What’s the best thing to use to clean wood floors?
We say that using a mop is better than a broom for cleaning hardwood.
The best type of mop for hardwood floors won’t scratch the surface.
It picks up fine debris that broom bristles miss.
Then, the best wet mops for hardwood floors won’t saturate the wood with water.
Too much moisture will ruin wooden floors. A damp mop is sufficient for keeping things clean.
First, let’s discuss how to deep clean hardwood floors.
Then we’ll go over the top mops for wood flooring.
- 1 How to Keep Your Hardwood Floors Clean with Less Effort
- 2 Get the Best Mop for the Job
- 3 Clear Away Obstacles to Cleaning Regularly
- 4 Install Features That Cut down on Dirt
- 5 Things to Avoid When Mopping Hardwood Floors
- 6 How Often Should You Mop Hardwood Floors?
- 7 Dry – Mopping with Dust Mops
- 7.1 Libman Freedom Dust Mop
- 7.2 Nine Forty Residential | Commercial USA Cotton Wedge Hardwood Floor Dry Dust Mop
- 7.3 Sladust Wool Dust Mop – Big Wooly with Metal Telescoping Handle
- 7.4 BISSELL Smart Details Lightweight Microfiber Dust Mop, 1763
- 7.5 Professional Microfiber Mop for Hardwood, Dredge by Temples Pride
- 7.6 Triangle Dust Mop Kit: 4 piece Industrial Dust Mop Kit by Direct Mop Sales
- 7.7 Mastertop 2 in 1 Two-Sided 16.8″ Mop
- 7.8 AmazonBasics Dust Sweeper
- 7.9 Genuine Joe Dust Mop Complete Combo
- 7.10 Scotch-Brite M005 Floor Mop
- 7.11 FEATHERHEAD Bontip 4 Pairs Unisex Washable Dust Mop Slippers
- 8 Wet – Mopping Hardwood Floors
- 8.1 Swiffer Sweeper Cleaner Dry and Wet Mop Starter Kit
- 8.2 Bona Hardwood Floor Premium Spray Mop
- 8.3 Bona WM700054001 Hardwood Floor Cleaner Cartridge
- 8.4 O-Cedar EasyWring Microfiber Spin Mop
- 8.5 Swiffer WetJet Hardwood and Floor Spray Mop Cleaner Starter Kit
- 8.6 Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop
- 8.7 Casabella Original Mop
- 8.8 BISSELL Crosswave Pet Pro All in One 2306A
- 8.9 iRobot Braava 380t Robot Mop
- 9 Conclusion
How to Keep Your Hardwood Floors Clean with Less Effort
Cut down on time you spend cleaning your floor with a little preparation beforehand. Preparation includes getting the best tool for the job you need to do.
Get the Best Mop for the Job
For example, consider how much space you need to clean and how complicated it is to navigate.
Will you prefer a mop with a wide head or something smaller? How about a swivel head?
Next, think about the material from which the mop is made. Microfiber is a popular choice but
cotton and wool each have their own advantages.
Of course, there are also disposable mop heads and covers.
After that, the length of the handle and the size of your storage space have an impact on your purchase.
Finally, take into account how easy it is to clean the mop head or replace it. Will you be able to afford replacements and have extras on hand?
Clear Away Obstacles to Cleaning Regularly
Now, consider the reasons why you’re reluctant to clean more often.
Is it because you have to move too much furniture?
Is it the length of time it takes for the floor to dry?
Figure out what you need to make the job easier. Perhaps rearranging the room or investing in a robot mop will help. A robot can clean while you’re away.
Install Features That Cut down on Dirt
You won’t have to mop nearly as often if you have floor mats by the doors and under the pet food.
Encourage family members to take off their shoes before entering the home.
And keep a cordless vacuum handy for spill cleanup.
Things to Avoid When Mopping Hardwood Floors
The Internet is full of advice about caring for hardwood floors naturally. A lot of it is junk.
To illustrate, cleaning engineered hardwood with vinegar or ammonia will degrade the polyurethane finish. It may not have a noticeable impact the first few times you do it, but down the road, it will.
Even using something as commonplace as Murphy’s Oil Soap can cause problems as it leaves residue on the surface.
Stick to neutral cleaners made specifically for hardwood. Use premade commercial mixes that don’t need to be diluted with water, so you don’t need to saturate your floor (1).
Too much water can enter into cracks and scratches on the surface and cause the wood to warp or stain.
Similarly, steam mops may force moisture into the wood and damage it.
How Often Should You Mop Hardwood Floors?
The National Wood Flooring Association recommends damp-mopping your floor 4 or 6 times a year at a minimum. But dust-mop at least once a week to remove grit that scratches the finish.
Dry – Mopping with Dust Mops
Dry-mopping is a gentle but efficient way to keep your floor clean.
A quick spin around the house should only take a few minutes if you haven’t let the dirt build up.
Make it easier on yourself by getting a dust mop that you enjoy using.
Take a look at our suggestions below.
Libman Freedom Dust Mop
The Freedom dust mop from Libman is best for small rooms and tight spaces. It’s just under a foot wide, but it holds a lot of hair and dust.
The secret to its high capacity is the long fingers on the washable microfiber pad. It’s handy for knocking down cobwebs, too.
The total length of the handle is 56 inches, which makes it handy for taller folks.
The package includes a comb to clean the pad manually and a hanger tip for storage.
Nine Forty Residential | Commercial USA Cotton Wedge Hardwood Floor Dry Dust Mop
This dust mop has cut ends, not loops, so it’s less likely to snag. It’s made from natural cotton yarn and hand sewn in the USA.
The handle adjusts from 42 to 72 inches long when you twist to unlock it.
Moreover, the wedge-shaped cotton head works well dry or damp.
Sladust Wool Dust Mop – Big Wooly with Metal Telescoping Handle
Sladust’s wool mop is impregnated with natural lanolin that draws dust like a magnet. It stays put until you give it a shake.
On the downside, you can’t toss this dry mop head into the washing machine—it’s hand wash only. Hand-washing ensures that it retains its natural ability to dust well.
The sturdy metal handle adjusts from 34 to 59 inches in length. It has a resin coating to keep it rust-free. Meanwhile, the swivel head measures about 11 x 18”.
BISSELL Smart Details Lightweight Microfiber Dust Mop, 1763
Bissell’s Smart Details mop has a jointed handle. This allows you to sweep underneath furniture without bending over.
But that’s not all, – the flexible head bends to accommodate baseboards and swivels around obstacles and corners.
The soft touch grip makes it a pleasure to use, too.
You don’t need to have limited mobility to appreciate this mop. Those of us who hate moving the furniture to clean love it too.
–The Team’s take
Professional Microfiber Mop for Hardwood, Dredge by Temples Pride
If you have a lot of room to cover, try this 18-inch dust mop. It comes with washable microfiber pads that cling to dust. This one is especially good for hair.
The telescoping handle adjusts from 29 to 69 inches in length. That fact alone makes it easier on the back.
In the box, you’ll find a flat mop head with hook and loop texture, two heavy duty pads, and one superfine electrostatic pad for picking up pet fur.
The company offers a 2-year manufacturer warranty.
Triangle Dust Mop Kit: 4 piece Industrial Dust Mop Kit by Direct Mop Sales
This wedge-shaped dust mop has two different color-coded heads. Both heads swivel 180° so that they lay flat on floors, walls, and ceilings.
Both of the included professional mop heads are washable up to 70 times. They have closed loop fibers that won’t snag on uneven textures. They measure about 11 x 15”.
The included handle is 40 inches long when collapsed and 70 inches long at its maximum length.
Mastertop 2 in 1 Two-Sided 16.8″ Mop
This innovative two-sided mop has one side that’s microfiber and one side that’s chenille. It flips over so you can use one side to dust mop and the other to damp mop.
The package includes two refills. That way it’s easy to keep a clean mop head on hand.
FYI: the company says “long handle,” but its maximum length is just 44 inches.
AmazonBasics Dust Sweeper
AmazonBasics sells a budget-priced Dust Sweeper with a 360° swiveling head. The microfiber pad is versatile enough to use dry or damp. Plus, it’s machine-washable.
Genuine Joe Dust Mop Complete Combo
Genuine Joe’s combo package includes the frame, head, and handle. The mop head is washable natural cotton yarn made with recycled content.
The chrome-plated steel frame resists rusting and allows the mop to rotate 360°. Meanwhile, the lightweight wood handle is 60 inches long.
Scotch-Brite M005 Floor Mop
Scotch-Brite’s floor mop works wet or dry on hardwood, laminate, tile, or vinyl. It has a machine-washable head that swivels.
Fans of this product appreciate the fact that it just works well.
FEATHERHEAD Bontip 4 Pairs Unisex Washable Dust Mop Slippers
We couldn’t resist pointing out this fun way to mop your floors. Pull on these “slippers” over your feet or shoes and skate around with the kids.
Wet – Mopping Hardwood Floors
We should call it “damp-mopping” as leaving your hardwood floor wet is a no-no.
We know that there are some traditionalists among you who prefer to fill up a bucket with hot water and dump in floor cleaner.
But we ask you to consider using a pre-mixed spray that doesn’t require rinsing and won’t take long to dry. It’s less effort for you and better for your hardwood floors.
Swiffer Sweeper Cleaner Dry and Wet Mop Starter Kit
The Swiffer Starter Kit includes components for dust-mopping and damp-mopping your floors.
Swiffer is addictive and can become a costly habit because it works well. Although we’re not fans of disposable products, we know that they have value for people in a hurry.
Furthermore, Swiffer offers a refund if you’re not pleased with their mops.
The package includes one handle, seven dry sweeping cloths, and three wet mop cloths pre-dampened with cleaning solution. Everything’s unscented, too.
Bona Hardwood Floor Premium Spray Mop
Bona makes some of the top products for cleaning floors. Their spray mop uses refillable cartridges that contain water-based cleaner.
The mop and cleaning liquids are safe for unwaxed, unoiled, wood floors with a polyurethane finish.
The microfiber pad is machine-washable, and the handle has two grips for better control.
Bona WM700054001 Hardwood Floor Cleaner Cartridge
These are the replacement cartridges for the Bona mop. But don’t worry because you don’t need to constantly buy cartridges. It’s possible to refill the original cartridge that came with your mop.
The liquid inside dries quickly and doesn’t leave a residue. But more importantly, it’s GREENGUARD GOLD-certified to be safe around children and pets.
O-Cedar EasyWring Microfiber Spin Mop
We included the O-Cedar spin mop and bucket system for two reasons.
The first is that you can use the washable microfiber mop head dry or wet. So yes, it’s both a dust mop and a wet mop, although it’s not excellent at either job.
And second, the bucket system with the pedal that you pump to wring out the water works fairly well. It’s better than manually wringing out a cloth mop head if you’re willing to spin it for a while.
Other advantages include the 360° mop head rotation, the telescopic handle, and the splash guard to keep water inside the bucket.
One final note, the maximum length of the handle is 51 inches.
Swiffer WetJet Hardwood and Floor Spray Mop Cleaner Starter Kit
Swiffer’s WetJet spray mop kit comes with the handle, five pads, four batteries, and a bottle of cleaning solution.
The handle features a dual-nozzle sprayer that disperses the cleaning liquid on the floor.
They recommend using this product on sealed flooring only. If you don’t love it, contact the company about their money-back guarantee.
Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop
Rubbermaid’s spray mop is also useful for dust-mopping. The microfiber pads pick up fine dust and are machine washable up to 100 times.
The handle has a built-in refillable bottle to hold cleaning solution. Just pull the trigger to spritz a spare amount on the floor directly in front of the pad.
To limit the amount of moisture, swap the pad when it becomes saturated.
In case you wanted to know, the metal handle is 54 inches long.
Casabella Original Mop
Casabella sells this cellulose mop with a steel handle. It comes with a lifetime guarantee.
This is the type of mop with a lever to wring out the moisture.
The head is not washable, but it is replaceable.
BISSELL Crosswave Pet Pro All in One 2306A
The Bissell Crosswave is a popular choice as it’s a vacuum and mop all-in-one. It literally vacuums and washes your floors at the same time. Talk about a timesaver!
The 25-foot power cord ensures that you don’t need to hop from outlet to outlet.
This particular model has a microfiber and nylon brush roller to pick up pet hair. Fortunately, it’s tangle-free, so you don’t need to spend a lot of time digging fur off of it.
Also, the strainer separates hair and debris from the dirty liquid to avoid clogging your toilet or sink.
Another bonus is that it’s compatible with Febreeze freshener inserts.
iRobot Braava 380t Robot Mop
No mop review would be complete these days without a robot mop.
The Roomba Braava can dry and wet-mop your bare floors. It covers up to 1000 square feet dry or 350 square feet wet.
Although you can install reusable pads, it’s compatible with disposable ones as well.
It’s less work to maintain hardwood floors when you have the right tools. A mop with the correct handle length and pads that pick up the dirt well make cleaning a lot easier.
We hope we helped you discover a new dust mop and damp mop today.
Let us know how well they are working for you in the comments below.
1 https://www.woodfloors.org/maintenance.aspx accessed 24 June 2019