Wooden floor mops
Wood flooring is a significant investment in the home and you will want to be careful not only to keep it clean but also reduce the risk of damage. Usually, cleaning wooden floors requires minimal water and lower or no heat, while laminate wood can withstand a little more. We have rounded up the best mops – both steam and spray mist – designed especially for wooden floors. Our favorite is the Shark Genius hardwood mop. This steam mop has three settings and uses unique mop cushions that work to loosen and lift dirt from the floor cracks and grooves without damaging hardwood.
Best overall: Shark Genius Hardwood Mop
Shark Genius is a steam mop specially designed for wooden floors. It has three different steam levels, so you decide how much heat and water you need on your floors. This helps to ensure that the wood does not get too wet or hot, which can twist it. The included mop heads are designed to pick up dirt and grime from deep grooves and cracks that occur naturally with hardwood floors.
When one side of the pad gets dirty, tilt the mop head so you can use the other side and continue cleaning. And when you are done, the pillow can be thrown in the washing machine or laundry room at the touch of a button instead of touching the dirty file. The mop pillows can leave streaks if you use them to wax the floors or wash them with a fabric softener or dryer. But washing with warm water and line drying should cut down or eliminate this.
- Three steam settings
- Duplex, reusable electrodes
- Removal without touch pad
Shark Genius Hardwood Mop
Jaws to clean
This steam mop is designed for wooden floors with several steam settings and textured mop cushions for cleaning tracks.
Best value: PurSteam 10-in-1 Steam Mop Cleaner
PurSteam 10-in-1 steam mop is an excellent value because it is a great steam mop that works on all types of floors, including hardwood. It is a handheld accessory that can be easily removed and used to steam clean other surfaces such as sealants, taps, mirrors and appliances. You can add accessories, including, to use the PurSteam mop to steam iron curtains, upholstery and clothing. It requires no cleaning agents or chemicals to use. It uses only steam, heats up in 30 seconds and is very effective in killing most bacteria.
The head of this mop is long, and it comes with several, replaceable and reusable mop cloths. However, it is not good to get into corners, especially those under countertops or behind furniture. The handle is also adjustable, but many people think it is too low even at the longest.
- Reusable steamer
- Control power
- Value for your money
- Short handle
- Not good at cleaning corners
PurSteam 10-in-1 Steam Mop Cleaner
This mop cleans hardwood, tile, laminate and more. The handheld attachment is used to steam iron curtains and clothes.
Best spray mist: O-Cedar ProMist Max
The O-Cedar ProMist mop does not use steam to clean hardwood. Instead, it has a dispenser where a cleaning solution is fed into the mop. You can control how much you spray on your floor while using the reusable, structured mop pillow to pick up a lot of clutter, including dirt. You can use different solutions for waxing and polishing hardwood. Or you can skip the detergent together and use O-Cedar as a dry mop to just dust the floor.
Because it is not a steam mop, you must use chemicals to clean, deodorize and disinfect the wood floor. This can leave residue on your floor. The O-Cedar ProMist also does not have a rotating mop head. This makes it more challenging to get close to corners. The handle is almost flat to reach far under countertops and furniture while cleaning. This spray mist mop does not require any batteries to operate.
- Power control
- No batteries needed
- No rotating mop head
- Chemicals needed for deep cleaning
Best spray mist
O-Cedar ProMist Max
No heat, less water
You do not need batteries, heat or steam to wash hardwood. This mop uses a spray of detergent to clean up the mess.
Best robot mop: iRobot Braava Jet M6
iRobot has entered the mop area with the Braava Jet M6. This robot mop knows when to spray a mist and when to clean the wooden floor. You can control the Braava Jet from your Android mobile phone, but iRobot also knows when to return to base to charge it alone. The motion sensor knows when something is in the way and avoids getting stuck in corners. It is also felt when there is a drop so that it does not fall down the stairs.
The best part is that the iRobot Braava Jet M6 uses learning technology to map your room or multiple rooms, and find out which way to go and what features to use during cleaning. It also vacuums your floors to pick up any loose debris, and then walks around to dry them. It is important to choose a cleaning solution that suits your specific floor type and a universal cleaner if you have different types of floors in several rooms that you want to be cleaned by Braava Jet. This hardwood mop is expensive, almost three times the cost of most mops. But it’s worth the price for convenience and the large area of clean you get.
- Learning technology
- Control from smartphone
- Automatic charging
Best robot mop
iRobot Braava Jet M6
See! No hands!
The IRobot Braava Jet M6 uses learning technology and an app to control when to vacuum and when to dry your floors.
Best wet dry mop: ITSOFT Microfiber Hardwood Floor Mop
This mop does not use steam, so there is no reason to get the wooden floor too hot. Instead, the ITSOFT Microfiber mop comes with five reusable electrodes to quickly pick up spills. The woven microfiber pads also pick up dust from hardwoods. When you are done, just throw the pillows in the washing machine and clean them until the next time you need them. The pillows have no scrub lines, so it is more difficult to pick up stains and clutter that have been sitting for a while.
The mop head of the ITSOFT microfiber mop rotates 360 degrees. This allows you to get into deep corners and under countertops and furniture. The handle can extend up to 59 inches long. ITSOFT wet dry mop does not have a dispenser like spray mops, so you have to buy and use this separately, but this is a good way to control what and how much is used on hardwood. But because this mop also does not use steam, you will not be able to clean the wooden floor thoroughly without using chemicals.
- Reusable electrodes
- 360-degree rotating mop head
- Do not spray
- No steam for cleaning
Best wet dry mop
ITSOFT Microfiber Hardwood Floor Mop
Dust, wash and polish
The ITSOFT mop is good for both sanding and washing the wooden floor. It has no water or steam to destroy your wood.
Best all-in-one: Bissell Symphony Pet Steam Mop
Bissell Symphony is a steam mop, wet mop and vacuum in one, and you can use them all at once or separately. All you have to do is press a button to turn the feature you need on or off. Both reusable and disposable mop pads come with this mop that attaches in a way so as not to get in the way of vacuuming if you want to use it while picking up wet clutter or mopping. The suction of the Bissell Symphony is strong enough to pick up animal hair, although some users feel that it is not as effective when used at the same time as the mop.
This hardwood mop heats water in 30 minutes, but allows you to control how much steam or water you use to ensure that your wood does not get too hot or wet. Bissell sells fragrant boards that work with Symphony steam mop that neutralizes and eliminates pet odors while cleaning. This is a larger mop compared to other models we have considered weight over 15 pounds before water is added. The Bissell Symphony is also a bit bulky due to the many features and functions included.
- More cleaning functions
- Check steam and heat
- Good for animal hair
- Suction is not as good when using a mop function
Bissell Symphony Pet Steam Mop
Vacuum cleaner, steamboat and mop
Bissell Symphony picks up pet hair and allows you to dry up wet clutter and steam clean wooden floors at the same time.
The bottom line
Shark Genius is the best mop for wood floors because it uses steam to clean and disinfect your floor instead of chemicals commonly used in spray mist models. Unlike traditional steam cleaners and steam mops, you can control how much steam you use, which reduces the risk of using too much heat or water that tends to distort wood surfaces. You can refrain from steaming completely and use Shark Genius as a dry mop instead.
This mop requires mop pads when in use. It comes with several reusable electrodes that can be cleaned and used several times before they need to be replaced. These cushions are structured and designed to pick up dirt in the grooves and crevices that occur naturally in wood grain. You can also use reusable mop pads with Shark Genius hardwood mop.
Credits – The team that worked on this guide
Nicole Johnston writes for several Future Publishing brands, including TechnoBuffalo. She has over 13 years of research and writing experience in both the public and private sectors. She has a good eye for finding good products for consumers and businesses.
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