Looking for the best mop for hardwood floors?
Good, because you’ll find it here!
We help you compare and contrast the top choices on our list below, and offer you some useful cleaning tips that will help you keep your wood floors looking their best.
The most important factor when it comes to choosing a mop for your hardwood floors is the mop head.
You want microfiber. It’s soft and very effective at attracting and holding small dust and hair between the fibers and it’s machine washable.
First choose a mop, then a cleaner.
If you have little ones that crawl everywhere, you want to avoid harsh chemicals. Those little hands that touch the floor always end up in the mouth at some point, so keep your kids safe by choosing non-harsh cleaners.
The same goes for your pets, too!
Here are a few top brands that wood floor owners trust.
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The best thing to do before you take a damp mop to your wood floors is to remove all of the large debris and hair with a thorough pre-clean routine.
Use a vacuum that is safe for wood floors (you want an attachment with soft bristles or that adjusts height so that spinning bristles won’t rake across the wood), use a broom with soft bristles or use a dry mop to pick up all of the bigger stuff.
When you’re using moistened mops on wood flooring, aim for damp and not sopping wet.
Hardwood floor cleaners, even if they are water-based, will also contain drying agents that allow the moisture to dry quickly once you have passed over an area with the mop.
If you plan to spray the wood floors directly and then pass over the area with a mop, make sure the microfiber mop head you are using is already dry slightly damp.
Here are a couple of other options you may want to try:
- Spin Mop. A regular mop is to wet to use on hardwood flooring, no matter how well you wring it out. Spin mops, on the other hand, work just like the spin cycle in your washing machine and remove far more water than a traditional mop.
Since your goal is to safely clean your wood floors, it’s best to use a spin mop. Check out numbers 2 and 6 on our list if you’re interested in this type of mop!
- Spray Mops. There are also spray mops you can use, such as the Rubbermaid (number 9) or Bona (number 10).
Just attach the microfiber pad and fill the spray tank with cleaner, and once you’re ready to start mopping you can spray cleaner in front of the mop before you pass over it.
Since they are manually operated, you can spray as much or as little product as you like.
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Lightweight – yes. Extendable handle – yes. Microfiber pad – yes. For all of your dry, pre-cleaning needs, this is the best mop for hardwood floors on our list.
The mop head measures a full 16 inches wide, allowing you to cover a huge area as you sweep (less cleaning time and more play time, yeah!)
The extendable handle is made of aluminum (so is the mop head frame), so it’s lightweight and easy to maneuver. It extends up to 60 inches, making it easy for taller users.
The microfiber pad attaches to it with Velcro, you can just plop it on the floor, set the mop on top and then use.
Once you’ve removed the dirt, hair and anything else lurking in the corners or under the furniture, it’s time for the real
As we mentioned above, spin mops are better than traditional mops for cleaning hardwood floors and most of them come with a microfiber head already.
The best way to use this is to start out with it dry, spray your wood floor cleaner in the area you want to clean, and then pass over with the mop.
Once the mop gets dirty and you want to rinse it, just fill the bucket with clean water and use the handy rinse/spin cycle at the bottom of the bucket to shake loose any dirt!
The bucket itself is also well made. A stainless steel spin basket, soap dispenser and it even has wheels and a handle for easy transport around the house!
(*note- if plan to use this mop on other flooring, use separate microfiber mop heads for each one. You don’t want any lingering chemicals or residue used on your tile or laminate to come off on your wood floors).
For dry mopping or damp mopping, Bona makes plenty of great products for your hardwood flooring, this being one of them!
It comes with both the dusting pad for dry mopping as well as the cleaning pad to use with a spray cleaner (Bona makes a great spray, as we mentioned above).
The handle is extendable and it will lay down flat so you can access those hard-to-reach areas, however some have found that the handle isn’t as reliable as some of the other models out there. Others have had no problem with it!
An excellent cleaning tool to have in your closet if you have hardwood floors.