Whether you're giving your kitchen floor a quick mopping or planning to clean the whole house from top to bottom, a quality floor cleaner can make your life easier.
A clean floor looks great and is a crucial part of a healthy home, but choosing a floor cleaner can be a challenging task. Whether you're looking for a tile, hardwood, laminate or multi-surface cleaner, this guide will take you through the key features you need to consider.
Keep reading to find out how to buy the best floor cleaner for your home.
Compare some of the best floor cleaners
What is a floor cleaner?
Before going any further, we should point out that the floor cleaners compared in this guide are for use on hard floor surfaces. These are products you use to remove dirt, grease and grime from surfaces like tile and timber floors, and you usually need to apply them with a mop or a spray bottle.
If you're looking for ways to clean carpet flooring, check out our guide to the best carpet stain removers.
What types are available?
Hardwood floors in particular can be quite difficult to clean, as harsh chemicals can potentially strip the finish from the surface. As a result, a good hardwood floor cleaner needs to be gentle enough to use without damaging the look of your floorboards, but still powerful enough to remove dirt and other gunk.
Other products suit tile floors and laminate floors. For example, tile cleaners cut through dirt and grime (including in the grout) without leaving behind streaks or a greasy finish.
Whichever floor cleaning product you choose, read the label closely to make sure it's safe to use on your chosen surface and for the type of cleaning you have planned.
How to compare floor cleaners
Rather than just buying the first floor cleaner you find on the supermarket shelf, it's worth comparing your options to find a product that's right for you. Along with the type of surface you want to clean, you'll also need to consider the following:
Which floor cleaner is best for me?
The best floor cleaner for you really depends on the type of cleaning you're doing – what surfaces are you working on, is it a general clean or are you targeting specific stains, and how much are you willing to spend?
Once you know what you need, you can compare the prices and features of suitable products. To help make the comparison process a little easier, we've weighed up the pros and cons of five popular floor cleaners in the table below:
|The good||The bad|
|Clorox Handy Andy General Purpose And Floor Cleaner Pink 5L||
|Selleys Multi Surface Floor Cleaner||
|Glitz Hardwood Floor Cleaner||
|Earth Choice Floor & Surface Cleaner||
|Long Life Tile Cleaner||
Hard floor cleaners and steam mops
If you want to wave goodbye to your old-fashioned mop and bucket for good, a specialist hard floor cleaner might be the answer. Available in corded or cordless form, these appliances look much like a regular upright vacuum but allow you to wash, scrub, dry and vacuum hard floors. Prices range from around $100 to $500.
Another option you may want to consider to bring the shine back to your floors is a steam mop. These increasingly popular appliances allow you to use steam cleaning power on a wide range of surfaces, so check out our steam mop buying guide for more information.
But if you're ready to buy floor cleaner and get your hard floors looking spotless, start comparing the available options now.