If you have hardwood floors, laminate, tile, bamboo, or even cork, you know the challenges of keeping your floor clean. Each type of hard flooring requires special care when cleaning, and the right cleaner machine can make the process easier.
Hard flooring comes in a variety of materials, such as wood or laminate. Even though each type is designed to last for years, cleaning is a “must” for extending the life of your flooring.
Many people choose hard flooring because they think it’s less work than carpeting. In some ways it is, but non-carpeted flooring still requires frequent cleaning and maintenance.
Depending on the type of flooring you have, a regular mop and a bucket of water might not keep it clean. Hardwood floors, for instance, benefit from occasional mopping but too much water can do more harm than good.
Hard floor cleaner machines are designed to protect your floor as you clean, and most are affordable and easy to use. With the right equipment, you can spend less time cleaning and doing more of what you enjoy. A hard floor cleaner machine may actually make cleaning your floors a fun experience!
Similar to its brother CrossWave, but specifically designed for cleaning and removing grime from sealed hard wood floor.
Before You Clean Your Hard Wood Floors
The hard floor cleaner machines are safe to use on nearly every type of hard flooring, but if you have concerns about how to clean a specific floor, talk to a local flooring expert.
They are likely to give you helpful cleaning tips. If they try to sell you products that are similar to our recommendations, our suggestions are likely to be more affordable and work just as well (if not better).
We usually like to quickly prep the surface we’re about to clean by removing excessive dust, rocks and other debris with a duster. You may want to vacuum dust off your hardwood floors to prevent any scratching before polishing.
BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max All in One Surface Cleaner
Cordless for improved mobility
Powerful motor with strong vacuuming for fewer passes
Wide 12″ cleaning path
Separate dirty water and cleaning formula tanks
Limited use before recharge
Long charge time
Our favorite all-in-one cleaning machine to date. The BISSEL CrossWave Max not only acts as a wet and dry vacuum cleaner, it can tackle multiple surfaces and rug areas too… all with cordless freedom.
The improved edge cleaning technology is designed to pick up any dust or pet hairs that gather along baseboards and corners of your home, making cleaning far quicker, more thorough and easier.
What makes this cleansing gadget stand out from the rest is its self cleaning cycle ability for maintained cleaning performance and Wi-Fi connection capabilities providing useful tips for machine maintenance.
This makes the CrossWave Max one of the most technologically advanced cleaning machine in the market today and all at a affordable price.
Bissell CrossWave Max Specification Table
Cleaning path width
Lithium-Ion Battery 36V
Battery charge time
Run noise level
BISSELL CrossWave Floor and Carpet Cleaner with Wet-Dry Vacuum
Vacuums & cleans
Suitable for multiple floor types
Easy-to-use controls on the handle
Small tank, frequent emptying
Bearings susceptible to moisture
The BISSELL CrossWave Cleaner is one of our favorites because not only is it suitable for sealed wood and laminate; it does an excellent job of cleaning area rugs. Say good-bye to multiple cleaning machines.
The CrossWave Cleaner cleans similar to a scrub brush and a bucket of floor cleaner, but it’s easier on your body, cleans an area faster, and cleans more thoroughly. The cleaner has a dual-action brush roll that rotates at 3,500 RPMs and comes with a multi-surface cleaning solution. Whether you’re trying to clean pet stains and odors or gently clean a laminate floor, BISSELL has the efficient cleaning solution for you.
The water tank has a 28oz. Capacity and the dirt tank holds up to about 14 oz. of dirty water. The cleaner has a 25-foot cleaning cord, swivel steering, and a cleaning path of one foot wide.
BISSELL Spinwave Powered Hardwood Floor Mop and Cleaner
Reusable micro-fiber pads
Two “scrubby” pads
No carrying handle
Polishing pads don’t pick up tough dirt
Hardwood floors are challenging to clean, especially when you’re trying not to scratch the surface or use too much water. The Spinwave cleaner has a compartment for floor cleaner, which you can easily spray on the floor by pressing a button on the handle.
There are two reusable and washable microfiber pads which will clean and polish your hardwood floors without damaging the surface.
It’s important to note that the BISSELL Spinwave cleaner is only safe for sealed hardwood floors. Like with other cleaners, attempting to clean your hardwood floors that are sealed can cause damage. Another thing we love about the Spinwave cleaner is that it’s an excellent option for other hard flooring.
Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional
Easy to clean
No vacuum bags needed
Works on all surfaces
No cleaning solution needed
Vacuum is top-heavy
Cord gets tangled easily
The vacuum needs to be cleaned regularly
Vacuums are a “must have” in most households but it’s challenging to find one that works well, gets all the dirt, and is easy to use on all types of surfaces. While the Shark Navigator doesn’t have any “wet” cleaning capabilities, it’s one of our favorite upright vacuums on the market right now.
Not only is it lighter than other uprights, but it has a detachable canister, which makes it easier to clean various areas of your home without lugging a vacuum up and down stairs. Want to keep your wood stairs as clean as your laminate flooring? The Shark Navigator can handle all surfaces from carpeting to hard flooring.
The HEPA filter helps to catch dust and allergens, and the clear canister shows you just how much dirt and pet hair you’re cleaning off of your floors. The gentle brush is perfect for hard floors, and the rolling brush is ideal for carpet. All you need to do is flip the switch and vacuum.
Vmai Electric Mop with Polisher and Scrubber
If you’ve ever tried to polish or scrub your floor with an industrial floor cleaner from a rental place, you can probably attest how long and arduous the process is just to clean your floors.
The vmai Electric Mop can seemingly do it all. It’s a cordless spin mop, a hardwood floor cleaner, a floor polisher, a tile scrubber, and waxing capabilities.
In addition to it being a multipurpose floor cleaning tool you never have to trip over a cord or feel limited by where your outlet is located. You have 35 minutes of cleaning time before the battery needs recharging and in that time, you can scrub, polish, gently clean, or wax the hard floors in your home.
Reusable and washable microfiber gentle scrub pads
A tank for cleaning solution
Weighs less than ten pounds
Rechargeable battery pack
Limited cleaning time before you need to recharge
Takes about two hours to charge
Small water tank
Gladwell Cordless Electric Mop
Like the vmai electric mop, the Gladwell Electric mop has similar capabilities and cleaning power. It has an integrated sprayer, reusable microfiber scrubbing pads, and can wax, dry/wet mop, and polish a variety of hard floor surfaces.
We like that the Gladwell mop has a wider degree of swivel than the vmai (180-degree vs. 60-degrees). The Gladwell Electric Mop is quiet, cordless, and has a space-saving design, so you can easily store it in a utility closet.
One nice feature is how it’s designed to effortlessly glide along multiple surfaces including wood, marble, tile, and laminate floors.
Quieter than a vacuum or other floor polishing machines
Reusable cleaning pads
Top-rated for maneuverability
Easy to use
No hassle of a cord
Does not suck up dirty water
Some users report a cracked water/cleaner reservoir after a few uses
Cleaning pads may be difficult to clean
Homitt Electric Mop
The Homitt Electric Mop has many of the features that we want in a cordless hard floor cleaner. The Homitt has an ergonomic handle and telescoping rod to ensure comfort and ease of use while cleaning, polishing, or waxing your floors. The floor cleaner comes with washable dual-sided wash pads. There’s no need to spend money on cleaning solutions, you can make your own and put it in the water tank.
What sets the Homitt apart from similar cleaners? The running time lasts longer, and we also like the 90-degree swivel.
Washable scrub/polish pads
Running time is nearly an hour
Suitable for most hard flooring
Charging time takes 4 to 5 hours
Sprayer is inconsistent
Cleaning pads may not clean all levels of dirt
Our Favorite Choice
We think that most of the floor cleaner machines on the market do a great job of keeping your hard flooring clean. In fact, picking a clear winner was hard as there was very little in it, but our top pick for the best hard floor cleaner machine is the BISSELL Crosswave Max.
Not only does the floor cleaner machine have wet and dry capabilities, but its self cleaning cycle ability not only extends the machine’s life, it also maintains a strong and constant cleaning performance.
Frequently Asked Questions
✓ How can I deep clean my hardwood floors?
Firstly, remove dust and debris using a broom or a hardwood floor vacuum cleaner by cleaning in the same direction as the floorboards. Next used a microfibre mop that's damp (not too wet to stain the wood), and give the floor a once over to pick up any remaining particles and/or smudges. Finally mop floors with your deep cleaner product designed specifically for wood floors. Try to focus on one small area at a time to make sure you thoroughly cover the whole area. Be sure to clean your mop regularly as not to transfer dirt back onto the floor... once again, while doing this, make sure you follow the direction of the floor boards.
✓ Can I steam clean my hardwood floors?
Provided your wood floors are sealed, then they can withstand the moisture and heat coming from steam. Not only that, steam truly disinfects the floor, kills bacteria & leaves them streak-free. The only time to avoid steam, or a wet mop for that matter, is when your wood floors are unsealed. They are more susceptible to moisture and water damage!
✓ How can you tell if your hardwood floors are sealed?
Before using steam or water to clean your wood floors, it's paramount to make sure they are sealed properly to avoid moisture from getting through and causing damage... this will be an expensive mistake. Pour a bead of water on one of your boards (away from the seam). After about 5 mins come back and check to see if the bead of water has retained its shape and size. If it has, it means not water has soaked through and indicates your wood floor is sealed. There is a caveat though, you need to test this in different areas of your floor, particularly the area that gets the most use, as the seal may have worn away at these areas.
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