The best floor mops for tiles

Make sure your floors remain clean and hygienic with our list of the best floor mops for tiles

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Whether it’s muddy feet (or paws), food flung from the dining table or everyday spillages, your floor tiles do require regular cleaning to keep them hygienic and stain-free. So, if you’ve recently just invested in a tile floor for your home or you’re finding that your current one just isn’t getting the job done, you may be wondering what the best floor mops for tiles are. Well, for the most part, it comes down to type of floor tile you have. 

Floor tiles are, typically, convenient to take care of. It’s part of their attraction – no frantic rubbing as you desperately try and work out a red wine stain, no embedded dirt and no discolouration. You’ll be pleased to hear that granite, slate, glazed porcelain and ceramic tiles are the easiest to look after, as they’re hard wearing, durable and aren’t susceptible to damage from water or abrasive mop heads (this makes them the best floor choice for busy households). You can use any mop you wish on these kind of floors, from steam, like our top pick the Shark Klik N’ Flip Steam Pocket Mop, to a spin mop, like our second pick – the choice is yours!

While limestone, marble and travertine look impressive, they are the most susceptible to water damage and staining, so special measures should be taken when keeping these particular tiles clean; for example, making sure that you use a floor cleaner that has a neutral pH, and using as as little water as possible are the two most important things to consider. While steam mopping limestone and marble is okay, experts say you should avoid doing it regularly, and instead go for a well-wrung regular mop to transfer as little water as possible. 

When you’re looking for the best floor mops for your tiles, you should also look out for the material of the mop head. The most popular choice is microfibre, as its soft, hygienic and fast drying. Some mop heads are slightly abrasive and are made from stainless steel, plastic and microfibre. While these are excellent at removing stains and embedded dirt, they shouldn’t be used on limestone or marble as they’re too abrasive. Sponge is also a good choice for a budget option, and is okay for flat untextured tiles. 

To help you look after your floor properly, we’ve created a list of the best floor mops for tiles. From steamers that use the power of steam to hygienically clean your floors, to spin mops that allow you to control how much water the mop retains. 

Shark Klik N Flip floor mop blue and white

1. Shark Klik N’ Flip Steam Pocket Mop S6001UK

The Klik N’ Flip cleans your floors quick

Best for: Stubborn messes and allergy sufferers
Type: Steamer
Bucket included: No
Material: Microfibre
Reasons to buy
+ Sterilises with no need for harsh cleaner + Easy to set up and use 
Reasons to avoid
- Only 15 minutes per tank  

If you’re not keen on using harsh chemicals, or you simply don’t want the additional expense, this steam mop for tiles uses water to sterilise your floors. A steam mop is suitable for using on most floor tiles regularly, but to be on the safe side, should only be used intermittently on limestone or marble. It takes 30 seconds to heat up, and a whole tank of water lasts 15 minutes, which should give you enough time to tackle your tiled floors. 

Mopnado spin mop black and bright green

2. Mopnado Rolling Spin Mop

Never mind a tornado, it’s all about Mopnado with this spin mop

Best for: Ringing mop head
Type: Spin mop
Bucket included: Yes
Material: Stainless Steel, Microfibre
Reasons to buy
+ Hand driven spin drive + Wheeled bucket 
Reasons to avoid
- Retractable pull handle perhaps too short 

To make cleaning floors as efficient and easy as possible, the less water the mop head retains the better. With that concept in place, spin mops are now the best choice if you’re looking to go down the more regular mop route, as they use centrifugal force to ring the mop of all its excess water. This spin mop from aptly named, Mopnado, is well received among users, with touches such as a wheeled bucket, hand-driven spin drive and both microfibre and scrub brushes included making it a great buy for tiles of all types.  

Bona floor mop navy and white

3. Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Floor Spray Mop

A bucket-free spray mop for quick and efficient cleaning

Best for: Quick cleaning
Type: Spray mop
Bucket included: No
Material: Microfibre
Reasons to buy
+ No need for water + Comes with a cartridge of cleaner 
Reasons to avoid
- Cartridge is an additional expense 

For those who simply want to get the job done quickly and well, this floor spray mop for tiles is the best choice. There’s no bucket and no running hot water involved. All you need to do is squeeze the trigger to spray the floor, then give it a good scrub using the absorbent microfibre pad. Bona Stone report that the cleaning liquid is suitable for stone and marble, as well as the more durable materials, making it a safe choice all round. 

Vileda Easy Wring circular mop white red and grey

4. Vileda Easy Wring and Clean Turbo Microfibre Mop and Bucket Set

Like the look of our second pick but not the pricetag? This spin mop for tiles is a good compromise

Reasons to buy
+ Foot pump control + Splash barrier 
Reasons to avoid
- Handle too short for shorter people 

While it may lack the finesse of our second pick, it’s still got some really great features that make it a good mop for all types of floor tiles. The centrifugal spin force is created by the foot pump, and ensures that the mop is rinsed of all excess water before wiping. It also features a splash guard to ensure water is retained, a pivot mop head so you can clean under furniture and a washable microfibre pad.  

Vileda Magic Mop red

5. Vileda Magic Mop 3Action

Effectively remove pet hairs and tough stains

Best for: Hair pick up
Type: Sponge mop
Bucket included: No
Material: Sponge
Reasons to buy
+ Tear resistant sponge + Push pull ringing mechanism 
Reasons to avoid
- Not for limestone, marble or textured floors 

So long as your tiles are flat and aren’t made from limestone or marble, this sponge mop should be an effective buy. Because the sponge is flat, it won’t clean textured floors properly, but it should do an efficient job of cleaning everyday tiles, such as granite and porcelain. According to Vileda, it’s particularly effective at picking up hairs, and the slightly abrasive sponge should be good at removing stubborn dirt.  

Oxo Good Grips scrubber with extending arm

6. Oxo Good Grips Extending Tub & Tile Scrubber

The best floor tile mop for bathrooms

Best for: Bathrooms
Type: Scrubber
Bucket included: No
Material: N/A
Reasons to buy
+ Cleans tough stains and marks + Good for floors and walls 
Reasons to avoid
- Only for hard wearing, durable tiles 

Bathrooms in particular often require a good scrub. This tile scrubber from Oxo is effective at cleaning both floor and wall tiles, thanks to the head’s abrasive nature. It features an extendable pole so you can scrub even the highest tiles, while its angled shape allows you to get into corners and behind sinks and toilets. Thanks to the pivot head, you should be able to get some good leverage to really work at the limescale, and you can easily buy replacements once the head is worn.  

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Some types of tiles need a little more care when cleaning than others: read our guides on how to clean stone floor tiles and maintain old clay floor tiles.