The Best Floor Cleaning Supplies to Have On Hand

We love the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Vacuum and the O-Cedar Spin Mop and Bucket

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From basic brooms and mops to floor cleaners and dusters, it's essential to have a handful of floor cleaning supplies for both your deep-cleaning days and quick tidy-ups. We tested and researched the best floor cleaning supplies on the market, assessing effectiveness, multi-functionality, overall value, and durability.

Our favorite tools are the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright Vacuum, which impressed our tester with its effectiveness on all flooring types, as well as the O-Cedar EasyWring Spin Mop and Bucket System, which doesn't need to be wrung out manually and also impressed our tester with its effectiveness. Together, they're a powerful dirt-banishing and floor scrubbing duo.

Here are the best floor cleaning supplies on the market, backed by our testing and research.

Our Top Picks

Best Vacuum: Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright Vacuum

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Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional with Dust-Away & 2 Microfiber Pads (NV356E)
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The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright Vacuum is one of our top picks for floor cleaning supplies because it weighs less than 14 pounds, making it super lightweight for an upright vacuum and convenient for moving around the house. Also convenient? The extra-large capacity (2.2 quarts) dirt cup which means less time emptying and more time cleaning. The vacuum also comes with a sealed HEPA filter that traps over 99.9 percent of dust inside the vacuum. Other features available include a premium pet power brush, dusting brush, and crevice tool.

Our tester found this vacuum easy to assemble, but said they received the wrong manual with their vacuum, so it did not come with as many attachments as they initially expected. To put this vacuum to the true test, our home tester used it on their high-traffic areas in their home by their entryway and across carpets. This vacuum not only impressed our tester with its suction power on both carpet and hard floors, but they also enjoyed the three attachments that all successfully met their purpose.

Our tester noted this vacuum is a bit heavier than other models, but it was still easy to maneuver and carry up the stairs. The only concern they had was how wobbly the canister was on hardwood floors. This wobble makes it prone to tipping over, which our tester did experience. Although this is certainly a drawback, it may be a compromise to the vacuum's otherwise lightweight design. All in all, we think this vacuum is a great option for practically any household.

Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional (NV356E)

Best Mop: O-Cedar EasyWring Spin Mop and Bucket System

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O-Cedar EasyWring Microfiber Spin Mop and Bucket Floor Cleaning System

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This spin mop and bucket system by O-Cedar made our other top pick for floor cleaning supplies because of its ease of use and the quality of clean it brings to floors. Plus, it has several well-designed features. A built-in wringer with a foot pedal means you no longer have to manually wring out a mop head over your sink. You can also control the water level on this mop with the wringer, and there’s a splash guard to prevent water from jumping out of the bucket.

The mop head is made from microfiber that allows you to tackle dirt without a need for chemicals. Plus, when you're done using it, you can wash it in your washing machine. O-Cedar recommends replacing the mop pad every three months. (Refills are available.)

Our tester enjoyed using this mop to dust her floors prior to wetting them. She was surprised by how much dirt the mop picked up, even though the surface of her floors looked clean to begin with. Our tester's one complaint was that the mop handle, which can extend, did not stay in place while she was using it. The mop and bucket are also made of a relatively cheap plastic, calling into question their long-term durability. Despite these structural concerns, we think the performance of this mop and its intuitive features make it a great option for home owners with hard floors. Just keep in mind that this mop may not be suitable for heavy-duty cleaning.

Best Carpet Cleaner: Hoover Carpet Basics Power Scrub Deluxe

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This Hoover carpet cleaner is lightweight at 18.1 pounds and features the exclusive SpinScrub Technology brush system that gives your floor a thorough cleaning. It also comes with an 8-foot hose and upholstery tool. There’s also a wash and rinse selection that allows you to first wash your carpet with cleaning solution and water, followed by a rinse with water only for the best clean.

Customers praise this product for its performance and results. Many say it’s super easy to use and tackles pet stains well. Some have had issues with it starting to leak or crack over time, but most customers were satisfied with their purchase.

Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner

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Best Broom: O-Cedar PowerCorner Angle Broom with Dustpan

PowerCorner Angle Broom with Dustpan

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Every household needs a broom, and while any sweeper will do, having one that can clean up messes quickly and stow away neatly is even better. The O-Cedar PowerCorner Angle Broom with Dust Pan does just that in a fun red design.

The angled design makes it easy to sweep up messes in all corners of the home, while the double bristle technology helps it pick up both fine hair and larger clumps of dirt. The included wide dustpan makes it easy to swipe it all up. This broom is great for new homeowners or just anyone who needs to update their older model. 

Best Wood Floor Cleaner: Bona Premium Spray Mop for Hardwood Floors

Bona Premium Spray Mop

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What's the quickest way to shiny, streak-free wood floors that don't leave a waxy residue — the Bona Premium Spray Mop for Hardwood Floors. With this all-in-one unit, customers will get a microfiber mop that easily glides over the wood floors that have been sprayed with Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner . Just run the mop over a few times, and you'll be left with like-new floors that dry quickly.

When you're all done cleaning, toss the microfiber cloth in the wash, dry, and you're ready for your next cleaning session. 

Best Dustpan: Rubbermaid Commercial Products 16-Inch Extra Large Heavy Duty Dustpan

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The standout features of this dustpan are the wide 14.75-inch opening the high sides that keep all the dust and debris inside once you’ve swept it up. Made of durable plastic, this product is lightweight at just 2.25 ounces.

Customers praise its size and functionality. One pointed out that the edge is sharp, so you’re able to get all the dirt up in one sweep. It can also conveniently snap onto a regular broom handle for storage. Some people find it's too big for their taste, so be sure to double-check the size is right for you before you buy.

Best Hand Broom: Casabella Quick n' Easy Upright Sweep Set

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For quick pickups, a hand broom is great to have around the house. This one from Casabella is a good buy. It features a brush and dustpan that conveniently snap together for storage when not in use. The brush features a pointed tip that helps reach cracks and edges more easily. The handle is also angled for ergonomic use. If you have to clean a bigger area, try investing in a push broom with a larger head and more durable bristles.

Users have been very happy with its performance, praising the angled tip for actually picking up the dirt in the first sweep.

Best Disposable Duster: Swiffer Sweeper Floor Mop Starter Kit

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Looking for a quick and easy way to clean up your hardwood floors? A classic Swiffer is a great option. This starter kit includes one sweeper, seven dry sweeping cloths, and three wet mopping cloths. The dry cloths pick up debris like dust and hair, and the wet cloths dissolve dirt and grime.

The Swiffer is simple to use and perfect for cleaning in between vacuuming. While refills can be expensive, if you’re looking for a quality disposable floor duster, this is the best one on the market.

Final Verdict

Our favorite products for cleaning your floors include the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright Vacuum, which is lightweight and effective at picking up messes on a variety of surfaces, and the O-Cedar EasyWring Spin Mop and Bucket System. Our tester was impressed with just how much dirt the mop could pick up, and we love that it doesn't need to be wrung out by hand.

What to Look for in Floor Cleaning Supplies

Convenience and Mobility

When it comes to cleaning your house, you'll need to think about how many rooms, their proximity, and whether you'll need to transport items to different parts of the house to make the most of your cleaning time.

If convenience and mobility are a priority, and you need to move from room to room, opt for something lightweight instead of heavy-duty.

Price

Vacuums are on the higher end of the price range, of course, but they arguably do a deeper clean than a broom or mop would. A hand-held mop or Swiffer is about mid-level in price and helps to grab more grime from your floors than a dustpan or broom, but you'll have to consider the add-ons, like wipes and or other cleaning agents.

Depending on your budget, space size, and how often you clean, you'll want to consider how these facts impact the overall price and products you choose.

Intensity of Clean

Depending on how dirty your floors actually are, you'll want to survey the options. If you're looking for a quick, occasional sweep then dustpan or broom makes sense. If you're more apt to clean weekly, a handheld mop might make sense for a deeper clean that doesn't disrupt the flow of your day-to-day.

However, if you want a full, deep clean (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, etc.) then a high-intensity vacuum is perfect for getting those hard-to-attack stains and caked on dirt that's accumulated over time.

FAQ
  • What is a neutral floor cleaner?

    A neutral floor cleaner is one that's mid-level on the pH scale—not too acidic but not too alkaline, either. Most neutral cleaners sit between a 6 and 8.

  • How do you make a homemade floor cleaner?

    You can DIY your own cleaner with a few household ingredients: rubbing alcohol (1/2 cup), vinegar (1/2 cup), 2 gallons of water, and a few drops of dish detergent.

    You can also add five to ten drops of essential oils if you'd like to add a fragrance. Just be sure that these are safe for kids and pets and naturally derived rather than compounds.

  • How do you remove floor cleaner residue?

    You can typically cut through floor cleaner residue with a mixture of water and a few drops of vinegar. If that doesn't do the trick, add a few drops of dishwasher soap and rub with a (non-abrasive) sponge.

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