When it comes to mopping up laminate floors, less is always more – when it comes to water, that is. Over-exposure to water can cause your laminate floors to warp, the excess moisture seeping in between cracks and leaving streaks on your previously smooth, flawless floors.
Counter-intuitive as that may sound – how are we supposed to clean with less water, exactly? – there are workarounds for this problem. Particularly, your choice of mop. Let’s take a look at our picks for the best mops you can use to keep your laminate floors as pristine as possible.
Bissell 1940 PowerFresh Steam Mop
Microfiber is the way to go when it comes to laminate floors, requiring less water and chemical solutions to give your floors the thorough scrub-down they need to be squeaky clean. Pair this with a steam mop guaranteed to kill 99.9% of the germs and bacteria lurking on your floors without too much water, and you’ve got a winner.
This steam mop comes with a conveniently removable microfiber pad which can be slipped off and tossed into the wash between uses, preventing build-up of odors or bacteria. Microfiber pads effortlessly pick up stray pet hair or debris, giving you the most effective, thorough clean. The mop comes with an in-built scrubber you can set down with a press of your foot to remove even the most stubborn and sticky of dried up splatters and stains.
You don’t need industrial chemicals or detergents – the mop comes with a smart digital control interface to let you adjust the intensity and power of your steam cleaning needs amongst options for Low, Medium and High, with a removable water tank you can detach and refill as you need to. The mop also comes with optional fragrance discs you can slip into the microfiber pad as you clean up, leaving a pleasant, clean fragrance around your home.
Steam mops require less water to provide the most thorough, sanitizing clean, making them perfect for moisture-sensitive laminate flooring. The ergonomic design of the device makes it perfectly easy to maneuver while upright, without bending or struggling to position it, with a smooth swivel head that lets you easily sweep it in under furniture and into hard-to-reach corners.
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Swiffer WetJet Hardwood and Floor Spray Mop Cleaner
This battery-operated mop comes with a built-in water tank and dual nozzle spray that lets you control how much of the included Swiffer cleaning solution you’re using on your floors, while at the same time doing away with the need to lug a heavy bucket of water around with you. The cleaning solution dissolves even the most stubborn of stains, while the cleaning strip is specifically designed to both absorb and lock up any renegade dirt or debris rather than pushing it off or building it up on your floors. The super-absorptive pads suck dirt right up into their core and lock it there, making it a simple matter of stripping the pad off at the end of your cleaning session and throwing it away. The ergonomic handle is designed to be durable and easy to maneuver the WetJet with, equipped with a button to let you control when and where you release the cleaning solution.
Microfiber Wholesale 18” Professional Microfiber Mop
It’s a testament to their quality that these mops are the favored options of professional cleaners – they make the job of cleaning up and mopping down your floors as easy, effortless and quick as possible. The microfiber wet mop pads are removeable and machine-washable, promising multiple uses, the super-absorptive, fine particles of the pad capable of absorbing enough water to negate the need to carry around a bucket or use potentially harmful industrial cleaning chemicals. The mop won’t streak your floors or leave behind any excessive moisture which might warp the laminate, the textured material of the microfibers picking up and holding on to any dirt or grime it might encounter along the way.
To ensure your floors are left absolutely spotless, each of these mops comes with a microfiber dust mop pad as well, which can be switched out for the wet mop for dry cleaning, capturing larger debris like pet hair with ease. The telescopic handle is adjustable between 4 to 6 feet, with a 360-degree swivel head that lets you sweep the mop into the tightest of corners to give your floors a proper scrub down.
JINCLEAN 18″ Microfiber Floor Mop
The cleaning pad of this mop comes with two sides – a water-absorbing chenille side, and a thoroughly cleaning microfiber side adept at picking up and trapping down dirt, grime and even the finest of pet hairs. With a 360-degree swivel feature that lets you easily slide the mop head underneath furniture and into hard-to-access nooks and crannies, the mop handle is a sturdy, long-lasting aluminum construction you can adjust between 30 and 50 inches, so you don’t have to stoop to give your floors a thorough clean. The microfiber pad is reusable, and can be easily detached, thrown into the wash and attached back on to last you a very long time. The mop can also be used dry, working just as effectively to capture and pick up dust, dirt and grime without risking soaking into your laminate floors.
Choosing the Best Mop for Laminate Floors
Laminate flooring and water don’t go together, which means an added need to be judicious about how much water or water-based cleaning solution we’re using to keep our floors shiny and clean. While dry vacuuming is an option, it often doesn’t cut it when it comes to sticky, stubborn and old stains and splats – and this is where microfiber mops come in.
The minuscule, tiny fibers of these mops are incredibly effective at picking up crumbs, dirt, dust, pet hair and other debris with a single sweep while still dry, not only cutting down on the need for water, but also the constant investment in dubious chemical cleaners which might do your family – especially when it comes to pets and small kids – more harm than good. For more stubborn stains, a microfiber mop soaked in just a little water, the excess wrung out, is all you’ll need to sweep clean any spills, scuff marks or muddy footprints, without any cleaner solution needed.
Look out for options with sturdy, re-usable microfiber pads that can be washed up and reattached dozens if not hundreds of times, as well as mops which allow you to adjust the handle length to suit your preferences. Mops with swivel heads are also a must, since the extra flexibility lets you reach under even the lowest of furniture and the narrowest of corners to ensure every nook of your home is sparkly-clean.