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What Is The Best Steam Mop For Hard Wood Floors?

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Are you looking for a high quality steam mop that's really great at cleaning tile and grout? There's a lot of steam mops out there and you can spend a lot or a little on different models that are actually quite similar.

If you don't really care too much about all the features and design styles but only want to safely get your tile floor clean then see below for your best option as well as reasoning for the recommendation. Lower on the page I've provided some tips for keeping your floor safe when you use steam mops.

Hoover TwinTank Disinfecting Steam Mop - WH20200
Amazon Price: $169.99 $89.99 Buy Now
(price as of Aug 30, 2013)
This mop has two tanks. Use one only for steam and the other for a disinfectant. Your call. This is one of the best selling steam mops for good reason.

Can You Use A Steam Mop On Wood Floors?

Cleaning your hardwood floors with a steam mop should be done every so often. I wouldn't recommend using a steam mop on your wooden floors every few days but wood floors that have been properly protected and cared for over the years should do just fine with a steam mop every now and then.

Water is not the best thing to use on wood as it can break down the wood but better steam mops are less likley to leak all over the floor and they are far more likley to heat your water hot enough to create a good steam environment for disinfecting surfaces.

One of the most important things you should do when using one of these mops is to ensure you keep your floor well swept so that dirt and grime don't get ground in - that way you won't have to use them as often.

The next point is to make sure to dry your floor immediately after steaming it. If you dry it then the water that remains won't sit there damaging yoru wood.

Always remember to protect your wood surfaces on regular intervals so that water damage is as unlikley as possible.

People with old or damaged wood floors may not do so great with a steam mop but most homes in good condition shouldn't avoid these cleaning tools - they make life so much easier.

The Hoover TwinTank (linked above) is one of the most popular hardwood steam mops for sale today but it's not the only option out there.

There are plenty of lower priced steam mops that are very highly rated. Almost any one of them will do an amazing job at cleaning your wooden floors without damaging them.

More Options For Keeping Your Floor Clean

As noted above cleaning ahardwood floor with steam is not best for floors that are in bad shape or poorly protected. If you haven't resealed your wood in a reall long time then you might be best served picking up somehing else instead. Steam can get down into cracks in the wood or seams between wooden planks and damage it really fast if you aren't careful.

Traditionally the best way to clean wood floors is to use a dedicated cleaner meant for hardwood floors specifically. Soem of the more popular hardwood floor cleaners come in spray bottles and don't need diluting making them easier to use. Yes, they cost more to use in the long run but you won't run the risk of further damaging your wood forcing you into costly repairs.

Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner Spray, 32-Ounce
Amazon Price: $8.95 $6.80 Buy Now
(price as of Aug 30, 2013)
This is a very popular wood floor cleaner that doesn't need to be diluted. It leaves no residue and will cost you a lot less up front than the cost of a new high end steam mop. Cleaning with this takes a bit more effort but it may be the better choice for keeping your floor in good condition.
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