If your home includes hard floor surfaces that need regular mopping, you might consider using a steam mop instead of a traditional mop and bucket. These are great for cleaning up mud, spills and pet stains on hard surfaces, and they also remove 99% of the bacteria on floors. This makes them an excellent choice for homes with young children and pets.
However, these steam-fuelled mops do come with a caveat: they’re not recommended for all hard surfaces. They’re perfect for tiles, particularly porcelain tiles, but are not recommended for all other surfaces.
Can you use a steam mop on wood floors?
One of the frequent questions we are asked at Godfreys is, “Can you use a steam mop on wood floors?” The answer is sometimes, timer flooring manufacturers don’t recommend using a steam mop on all timber floors. That’s because the steam can damage unsealed hardwood floors over time. Sealed timbers, however, are able to withstand the heat unless they contain cracks where steam can work its way inside the wood. Drastic heat changes can warp certain timbers, so for unsealed hardwood floors, a quick clean with a regular mop is recommended. As a general rule, we wouldn't recommend using a steam mop on hardwood floors.
Can you use a steam mop on laminate floors?
Another frequent question we are asked is, “Can you use a steam mop on laminate floors?” The answer is no, it’s not advisable to use a steam mop on laminate flooring because this type of flooring doesn’t handle moisture well. In fact, moisture can cause the laminate panels to warp very quickly. Some people state that steam cleaning laminate flooring is better than wet mopping, which is true. This is because a wet mop leaves water standing for too long, making it more likely that the panels will warp. Steam dries in seconds, so it shouldn’t cause the same problem as wet mopping. But when you have paid for new flooring, it’s often better to err on the side of caution.
Can you use a steam mop on tiled floors?
Yes! These mops are perfect for cleaning tiled floors and will quickly remove surface spills, muddy marks and bacteria. Your steam mop can also lift light, fresh stains from your grout. If you need your grout thoroughly cleaned, however, it’s best to engage a professional who specialises in doing so, because a steam mop is unlikely to help with heavily-stained grout.
Best steam mop for tiles
Godfreys has a great range of steam mops that are perfect for cleaning tiles around your home. If you’re searching for the best steam mop for cleaning up after your family and pets, here’s our list of top picks.
- Bissell PowerFresh™ Lift-Off® Steam Mop: This Bissell steam mop features an EasyScrubber™ that helps remove tough, sticky spills, along with a carpet glider, window squeegee, grout brush and scent discs to help remove pet odours. It also has digital controls and removes 99.9% of germs.
- Vax VX22 Steam Mop: This powerful steam cleaner features dual tank technology with a 500mL water tank and a 250mL detergent tank. It helps to break down grease and grime and removes 99.9% of bacteria.
- Bissell Select Steam Mop: This Bissell steam mop is a lightweight option with a triangular head to clean hard-to-reach places, a rapid heat-up time and two microfibre mop pads (one for everyday spills and one for stubborn stains).
- Hoover Dual System Plus Steam Mop: This powerful steam cleaner features 25 steam holes in the floor head for extreme steam distribution, a dual tank design to keep water and detergent separate, a swivel head for cleaning hard-to-reach places and a trigger control for removing stubborn stains. It also has 14 accessories and a handheld steam cleaner.
For help selecting the best steam mop for your needs, why not chat to one of our experts online or in-store today?