Choosing the best mops for hardwood floors is the easiest way to keep your flooring in peak condition. Here at Rhodium Floors, we have been providing our customers with the finest hardwood flooring for decades. From the contemporary to the eclectic, and from natural tones to multi-color flooring we pride ourselves on the quality of our product.
As our valued customers, we want your hardwood flooring to last you a lifetime. That is why we have put together this guide to the best mops for hardwood floors.
In essence, there are five main categories of mops. This includes the classic mop with microfiber, the microfiber with double-sided cloths for wet and dry, the electric mop, the steam mop for a deep clean, and the spin mop. We’re going to take a look at all five categories, and explain the pros and cons of each, as well as recommending some of the more reliable brands.
Classic mop with microfiber
When compiling a list of the best mops for hardwood floors, you have to start with the classic mop with microfiber head. After all, there is a reason these remain classics. Found in almost every home, these simple cleaning devices are cost-effective, versatile, and an essential addition to any cleaning regime.
Benefits of the classic mop with microfiber
Affordable and easy to find, they provide excellent value for money.
Replaceable heads microfibers mean that the mop itself will last you a long time.
With many brands now having rotating microfiber heads, it’s easier to get under furniture and into tricky corners.
Can be used wet or dry.
You can buy standard pads for regular cleaning, or scrubbing pads to help with particularly tricky stains.
Drawbacks of the classic mop with microfiber
Overuse can cause the handle to come detached from the mop head.
The microfiber pads are thick and tend to absorb much water, so be sure to wring out before use.
Using the mop over a large hardwood floor requires a lot of elbow grease and can be tiring.
Top classic mop with microfiber brands
If you want a classic mop with microfiber, there are plenty of brands to choose from that offer exceptional cleaning. These include both Viqui and Turbo, though most retailers produce a perfectly serviceable classic mop with microfiber.
Cost: You can get a decent classic mop with microfiber for between $15 and $20
Microfiber with double-sided cloths for wet and dry
Virtually the same as the previous category, the microfiber with double-sided cloths for wet and dry offer one unique advantage. Namely, that you don’t have to swap heads to get your floor cleaned, nor do you have to rinse out the microfiber before wet-mopping.
Benefits of microfiber with double-sided cloths for wet and dry
- All of the benefits listed for the classic mop with microfiber apply here.
- Cleaning takes less time, as you don’t have to replace the head.
Drawbacks of microfiber with double-sided cloths for wet and dry
Likewise, these models suffer the same drawback as the classic mop with microfiber.
Additionally, the swivel action of the double-sided cloths can end up detaching from the pole due to overuse.
Top microfiber with double-sided cloths for wet and dry brands
Dulcii, Haerbin, and MTS each manufacture a high-quality microfiber with double-sided cloths for wet and dry, that are well worth your consideration.
Cost: Microfiber with double-sided cloths for wet and dry don’t cost much more than the classic mop with microfiber, meaning you can pick one up for between $20 and $30.
Electric mops do most of the hard work for you, conducting the relevant spinning motion as you move the main body of the mop itself. Capable of operating wet or dry, these devices polish your hardwood floor to a fine sheen.
Benefits of electric mops
- Less labor-intensive than many manual models.
- Adjustable heads allow for effective cleaning, from light dirt to ground-in grime.
- Many models incorporate a vacuum facility too.
- Gives your hardwood a deep luster.
Drawbacks of electric mops
Heavier than a manual mop, it can be difficult to move for some people.
Slow to operate, as the mop heads need more prolonged contact with the hardwood to clean entirely.
Top electric mop brands
If you’re on the lookout for an electric mop, Costway and Bissell both produce impressive models that should cover most of your needs. Gladwell’s cordless electric mop is a particularly versatile model, and comes highly recommended for more hardwood floor cleaning duties.
Cost: Most electric mops come in at under $100, with some available for as little as $40.
Steam mop for deep clean
Many owners of hardwood flooring swear that a quality steam mop for deep clean is among the best mops for hardwood floors. It’s easy to see what makes them so popular, with serious cleaning ability locked up in a portable device.
Benefits of a steam mop for deep clean
- Ideal for getting rid of the most stubborn stains.
- The heat from the steam mop aids in loosening dried-in dirt, as well as other nasty messes, like food spills.
- Doubles as an effective dry-wipe mob, if you operate it without the steam attachment.
- High-temperature steam is effective at killing viruses and bacteria, with a 99.99% success rate.
Drawbacks of a steam mop for deep clean
- Overuse of the steam mechanism can cause warping to your hardwood floors.
- Compared to other types of mops, buying a steam mop for deep clean can be rather expensive.
- These mops tend to be a lot heavier than traditional mops and can be challenging to manoeuvre.
Top steam mop for deep clean brands
Of the various brands of steam mop for deep clean on the market, we recommend either the Bissel PowerFresh or the Shark Genius. Both mops are well-designed and useful for all your hardwood floor cleaning needs.
Cost: A steam mop for deep clean is one of the more expensive options. While you can certainly find one for under $100, the more reliable brands are likely to set you back around $150.
Spin mops do exactly what you would expect of them: the mop head spins rapidly on its axel. This serves the dual purpose of swift, circular mopping as well as a simple way to wring water out of the mop after use. Spin mops can easily be considered the best mops for hardwood floors, particularly for people needing a less physically-intensive mop.
Benefits of spin mops
- Requires less manual effort to operate.
- More effective cleaning than a manual mop.
- Utilizes a pivoting handle, allowing the user to lay it flat for mopping underneath furniture.
- Most spin mops use a microfiber head, which uses less water than a traditional mop.
- Lightweight construction and lower water volume make them easy to carry.
Drawbacks of spin mops
- Some models can be fiddly to put together on first use.
- Applying pressure on the mop head can cause the bottom section to detach.
- The center of the mop head can cause minor damage to some hardwood floors because of its spinning mechanism.
Top spin mop brands
If you’re considering a spin mop, you should choose from one of the top brands on the market. These include O-Cedar EasyWring, Twist and Shout, BulbHead, Mopnado, Casabella, Libman, and Happinex.
Cost: Spin mops are fairly cost-effective, given their notable advantages. You can get a good spin mop, with a bucket, for around $20-$30.
So there you have it. Five different mops, with five distinct methods of operating. While the choice ultimately lies with you, even the very best mops for hardwood floors are only as good as the floor they are cleaning. That’s something we know only too well here are Rhodium Floors.