Hardwood flooring can be a real beauty. Whether yours is an investment buy or an original feature, you’ll want to be sure to keep it in great condition when you clean it. The best hardwood floor mops are made to avoid harm to the timber in addition to removing the dirt, and with a wide range of designs on offer, we’ve found the top choices.
360 degree swivel pole
Clean your floor with the microfibre side of the pads that come with this design, then flip the pad over to apply a wax or other specialist cleaner the wood requires. The mop’s pole is telescopic allowing you to avoid backache, while the 360-degree swivel of the head ensures you can get into corners and nooks. It comes with a tool to comb debris off the mop head, so you can be sure you’re not going to scratch a precious floor.
Eliminates bacteria and picks up debris
If you’re going to use a steam cleaner on a hardwood floor, it needs to be a model that’s specially designed to care for it, and this model has three steam settings so you can adjust it to clean timber. Double-sided cleaning pads both pick up dirt and dry more quickly, and you can click to remove without touching the muck. Lightweight, this design will help you power through the housework.
Ideal for large areas of hardwood
Let a robotic mop get the dirt off your hardwood floor while you’re out of the house, or doing something else. This nifty cleaner vacuums first, then goes back to mop, but it’s vital you pick a cleaning solution that’s suitable for your floor. You can use the app on your smartphone, or control it with Alexa, and the motion sensor will know when there’s something in its way. It’s a more expensive option, but worth it if you have large floor areas to clean.
Suitable for wet or dry floor cleaning
You control how much water, or cleaning solution, you spray on to a hardwood floor from the on-board tank with this design, thus avoiding over-wetting the timber. Don’t want to use water at all? It doubles as a dry mop. The pole is extendable to suit your height, and the three microfibre pads it comes with are washable.
Dirt-attracting floor head
Grit tracked into your house can be hard to spot, but it can damage a hardwood floor. You can keep on top of the problem by mopping regularly with this low cost design, which makes use of the dirt-attracting properties of a microfibre pad on the floor head. The mop has a durable stainless-steel handle, and the head swivels to clean every area of the floor easily, and slide under furniture.
A hardwood floor mop can take the worry out of caring for a surface you treasure. The MR. SIGA Professional Microfiber Mop will pick up dirt then wax or treat the surface with its two-sided pad, and is no trouble to manoeuvre around the room and below furniture.
Prefer to let a robot do the cleaning for you? The iRobot Braava m6134 is worth the outlay if you have large expanses of hardwood flooring to look after. It can navigate its way around obstacles, and you can control it through the app, or via Alexa.