After reviewing several mops for tiles that I found to be pretty good at removing sticky stains, I got positive feedbacks. Those who read my review begged me to test steam cleaners for wood floors, and I couldn’t say no to them.
It was the reason for me to start my new experiment, and I expected it to be even more exciting than the one I’d done before. I was disappointed with the fact that the warranty of wood floors can be annulled if you apply a steam mop on them.
The reason is steam that may destroy a hard floor finish if you use the mop incorrectly. This kind of damage is very easy to recognize. If it happens, forget about your warranty.
There is no surprise that moisture is damaging to wood. When cleaning with a steam cleaner, you release hot moisture onto your floor. Once it gets into some parts of the flooring, the finish gets ruined.
As long as you use the best steam mop for hard floors along with the proper techniques there is no chance for moisture to cause any damage. For instance, avoiding releasing too much steam, you will receive excellent cleaning results without ruining the finish of your floors. To be able to control the release of steam, make sure that the device comes with a trigger that usually sits on the handle.
Take note that cheap floors may not stand even little moisture. If you don’t know whether your floor withstands steam, then you better seek professional advice to make sure.
Moreover, if your floor is relatively new, then you won’t have to use much steam to clean it. Do not trigger steam frequently. It is better to lift the device a bit and trigger a small portion of steam that is just enough to moisten a cleaning cloth. If you need a machine that is easy to use, then opt for a lightweight device.
Make sure that the cloth is always as clean and dry as possible to get the best cleaning results. That is why you should go for a device that allows for replacing the cloth quickly and with ease. Note that unlike some stick steam mops that use cloths only from their manufacturers, canister ones feature a floor attachment that allows them to accommodate any cloth.
If you want your floors to be as clean as possible, then use distilled water. Remember that the water from your tap comes with minerals that do not only leave streaks but also damage your mop.
Below, there are top 3 steam cleaners for wood floors
This steam mop works well because of its scrubber that flips down to remove dirt from the grout and crevices. It can get rid of much dirt delivering glimmering, streak-free results.
Eureka Enviro Hard-Surface Floor Steamer, 313A
A lightweight mop is very easy to lift frequently. It heats up fast and cleans floors perfectly.
Hoover FloorMate Deluxe Hard Floor Cleaner, FH40160PC
I included this device in the list because it was lightweight enough to lift and delivered satisfactory results. It comes with two water tanks. You won’t have any troubles when filling, emptying and rinsing them.