The Best Way To Keep Your Hard Floors Clean

The Best Mops For Your Hardwoods and Tile Floors


The best way to keep your hard floors clean is with the right mop. Mopping can easily be a dreaded task but the right mop can make it so much easier. I’ve put together a list of the best mops and floor cleaners for all of the hard floor surfaces in your house. 


Chose the mop and cleaner that works best for your home then follow my cleaning routine to keep your floors dust-free and shiny. All with the smallest amount of effort. 



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The Best Mop For Hardwood Floors


A spray mop is hands down the fastest way to keep your floors cleaned up. My personal favorite is the O-Cedar ProMist Max Microfiber Spray Mop. I love how you can fill it with any cleaner of your choice. You push the handle, the solution sprays onto the floor in front of the mop, then you scrub away.




You can move quickly about the house, spraying, then scrubbing. If I feel like the removable mop cloth has gotten too dirty I just remove it, rinse it in the sink, wring it out and reattach it to the mop. Or even better just put on a new one because that’s way more convenient. 


Then, when you are all done just toss all the microfiber cloths in the wash. 


I have hardwood floors through my whole house and it can be a pain to keep up with. So every Friday I do my best to at least mop the high traffic areas with my handy dandy spray mop


The mop doesn’t break the bank either. It’s very reasonably priced and gets the job done. 


The Best Cleaner For Hardwood Floors


Method Wood Floor Cleaner is the best cleaner for your hardwood floors. It smells good, it cleans up all the dirt and grime and leaves them looking polished. 


It’s also plant-based and non-toxic which is a definite plus. It has a sweet almond smell and doesn’t smell like harsh chemicals. Those harsh chemicals will dry out your wood floors anyways. 



The Best Mop For Your Tile and Laminate Floors


Well, the best mop for your tile floor is… the O-Cedar Spray Mop. No surprises there. As I mentioned above you can fill it with any cleaner so it can be used on any floor type. 


The Best Cleaner For Tile and Laminate Floors 


In this case, I just make my own. I take the refillable cleaner bottle off the mop, fill it with half water, half vinegar, and a couple squirts of my favorite dish soap. 


This is great for the kitchen, bathroom, and any other hard surface floor in your house. This solution can be used on your hardwood floors as well. However, the vinegar can be a bit harsh on the wood and dry them out. 


Another Great Option For Your Tile, Laminate and Hardwood Floors


A steam mop is a fantastic way to keep your hard floors cleaner. It does, however, cost more and you have to use with caution on your hardwood floors. Your floors must be sealed in order to safely use a steam mop on hardwood floors


Overall this is a great investment and an awesome way to quickly clean your floors. The steam from the heat kills bacteria and loosens up sticky grime. Plus, it is non-toxic because it cleans with just water. 



I hope this makes cleaning your hard floors easier for you! 🙂


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The Best Way To Keep Your Hardwood Floors Clean


  1. Lee Bent

    September 9, 2023 at 1:07 pm

    My floors are engineered hardwood – sealed with polyurethan. Is a steam mop the right item for those? Thanks!

  2. Jackie

    November 14, 2022 at 3:08 pm

    These are such great cleaning hacks! I am wanting to deep clean our floors before putting our Christmas decorations up. We are doing some professional carpet cleaning this week but I will have to use these tips for the rest of the wood floors. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jackie

    September 19, 2022 at 3:27 pm

    These are such great mopping tips! I can’t believe I didn’t know this before. I am wanting to do some deep cleaning now that the kids are back in school. We are doing some professional carpet cleaning this week which I can’t wait for. Thanks for all the tips!

  4. Abby

    June 30, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    This will help keep my hardwood floors so clean! I’m going to add it into my cleaning routine. Thanks for sharing, Katie!

  5. Mary

    October 10, 2021 at 4:39 am

    I have always thought it’s not a good idea to use water on hardwood floors. Am I wrong? And thanks for all your information!

    1. KatiesKottage

      November 8, 2021 at 8:53 pm

      Hi Mary, I believe you need to make sure the floors get dry and that there isn’t an excess amount sitting on the floors. This is what is bad for them.

  6. Alicia Hursley

    October 29, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    Just picked up my steam mop and I am so excited to give it a try! We refinished our hardwood floors at the start of Spring and we’ve been trying our best to keep them looking like new. That’s why we’re super grateful for your tips Katie! Thanks for sharing them.

    1. KatiesKottage

      November 5, 2020 at 3:34 pm

      Thanks Alicia. Hope you enjoy your mop.

  7. Kimberly Coughlin

    September 12, 2020 at 7:48 am

    What type of soap do you recommend? I have seventh generation will this be okay?

    1. KatiesKottage

      September 12, 2020 at 3:18 pm

      That should be fine. Just double-check that it won’t hurt or dry out your floors.

  8. Ronél

    May 2, 2020 at 1:39 am

    Hi Katie thanks for all your advice on floor cleaning. I live in a very old house with NOVILON FLOORS and I really struggle to clean thoroughly and to let them shine. Can you please help me to let.them shine again. Regards Ronél

    1. KatiesKottage

      May 4, 2020 at 2:55 pm

      Hi Ronel, you can clean those floors with water and vinegar. You can add a small drop of oil, such as olive oil to help them shine. You can also add dish soap to help get them extra clean. Hope that helps!

  9. Jan Grijalva

    November 12, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    Thank you so much for the time you took to help busy people get a handle on daily cleaning and making is so simple!

    1. KatiesKottage

      November 12, 2019 at 4:25 pm

      You are so welcome! Thank you for the time you took to leave this very kind comment. 🙂

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