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It doesn't matter who you are, where you live, how many kids or furry friends you have (or don't have), or the type of home you live in—regardless of your best intentions or cleaning habits, inevitably, your floors will get dirty. That's why—despite the uniqueness of your story—you need to get floor cleaning supplies that actually work.
So, what makes the best products? From the basic brooms and mops to cleaners and dusters, we've made a list of products we love (and why). Whether your floors are in desperate need or you're planning ahead for your next hosting event, here's a place to get you started on some quality cleaning.
Best Carpet Cleaner: Hoover Carpet Basics Power Scrub Deluxe
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.
Best Vacuum: Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright Vacuum
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional 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 dirt cup which means less time emptying and more time cleaning. The machine also comes with filter technology that traps over 99.9 percent of dust inside the vacuum, and two microfiber pads help clean bare floors. Other features available include a premium pet power brush, dusting brush, crevice tool, and a power cord.
Our tester found this vacuum easy to assemble and had impressive suction but notes that it doesn't fit easily under low-to-the-floor furniture.
Best Mop: O-Cedar EasyWring Spin Mop & Bucket System
This O-Cedar mop is beloved for its ease of use and the quality of clean it brings to floors. Plus, the features are great. It’s got a built-in wringer with a convenient step of a foot pedal. You can also control the water level on your mop with the wringer, plus there’s a splash guard to make sure you don’t get wet when you’re wringing it out. The mop material is a microfiber that lets you tackle the dirt without a need for chemicals, and you can also use it dry to dust the floors. The telescopic handle allows you to adjust the length up to 51 inches.
A great thing about this mop is that the microfiber is removable and machine washable. However, the manufacturer recommends replacing the pad with a new one every six months (refills are available.) Some people complained that there aren’t two compartments for clean and dirty water, and a few have had issues with the handle not locking when adjusting height.
Best Broom: O-Cedar PowerCorner Angle Broom with Dustpan
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
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
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
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
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.
What to Look for in Floor Cleaning Supplies
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.
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.
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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