Tile floors are great in kitchens, bathrooms, and other high traffic areas of your home. They're durable and, for the most part, easy to clean. But the care they require is different from hardwood or linoleum — and the best mops for tile floors address those needs, ensuring yours remain sparkling and clean.
If there's one thing that sets tile apart (in a way that drives some of us up a wall) it's grout and the care it requires. The area between tiles can accumulate dirt and debris fast, and it's also susceptible to mold and mildew, especially if you have tile floors in your bathroom. Since brown or greenish grout is never a good look, it's important to not only know which cleaning agents work best on tile, but to choose mops that clean this area well without scratching and scraping your tile.
Depending on your budget and whether you prefer basic mops or those with more features, an electric spin mop with a built-in spray cleaner that gently-but-effectively scrubs grout and tile may be the solution you need. If you'd rather have an ultra gentle mop, a steam mop that disinfects and cleans tile could be for you. And don't worry, budgeters: There are some incredible basic options on this list that won't break the bank. Keep reading to shop all the best options.
1. A Heavy-Duty Cordless Spinning Mop
Best for: Areas that experience a lot of foot traffic or that are located in easily-stained rooms like kitchens and bathrooms.
Why it's great: Instead of having to push down hard on your mop to dig up dirt from tile and grout, this cordless spinning mop has rotating, washable mop pads that provide enough pressure and friction to loosen caked-on spills or trapped dirt without scratching floors. This mop has also has built-in tank and spray controls. It provides about 20 minutes of ongoing cleaning when it's fully charged before it needs to be plugged in, and it's also safe for other floor types including hardwood.
2. A Traditional Mop & Bucket Combo That'll Get The Job Done
Best for: Traditionalists who still favor a mop and bucket duo over ones with built-in tanks.
Why it's great: Unlike its fancier counterparts, this affordable mop won't limit you in terms of the types of floor cleaner you use. Its simple design is also incredibly easy to use — but with a bit of modern flair. Its bucket features a foot pedal that you step on to automatically wring out the mop and control just how much moisture you apply on your floors. What's more, its microfiber mop head itself is an upgrade from traditional mop head fibers. It's made from washable microfiber that deep cleans tile floors without scratching them. The head is triangular and fits perfectly into kitchen and bathroom corners, where dirt and debris tend to accumulate.
3. A Highly-Rated Steam Mop
Best for: Fragile tiles and anyone who tries to avoid harsh cleaners.
Why it's great: Shark's steam mop sanitizes floors and breaks up dirt without scrubbing, which can often result in scratches, or cleaning solution — distilled water alone does the trick. This is one of the most affordable and highly-rated steam mops on Amazon for a reason. It heats up water in 30 seconds, has a pivoting head and washable pads that can get under furniture and into corners, and kills nearly 100 percent of bacteria and germs with just steam. Every time you push the mop forward, steam is released, so similar to the spin mop, there's no need for a bucket or other accessories. Weighing just 5 pounds and boasting an extra large, time-saving water tank, it can handle just about any job... anywhere.
4. A Basic-But-Gentle Tile Scrubber
Best for: Tile floors and grout, obviously — but also tile walls, ceilings, and tubs (aka bathrooms).
Why it's great: This is more of a tile scrubber than a mop, but unlike most abrasive spinning scrubbers on the market, this one has a gentler head and can be used in conjunction with your favorite cleaner on just about any tiled surface. Its pole extends from 26 to 42 inches so you can easily reach corners and ceilings without effort, and its antimicrobial, triangular head pivots to take care of corners. Honestly, you can’t beat the affordable price, either. For less than $15, your tile will be spotless.
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