The question l often gets asked by most people is, "Are steam mops safe for hardwood floors?"
A steam mop is definitely a device that saves energy and time. They are touted as the latest and greatest cleaning devices in modern times. And there is no doubt they can quickly cut off the most stubborn dirt and stains using the power of steam.
The short answer is YES, you can use steam mops on hardwood floors ... but don't use steam mops on hardwood floors that aren't sealed. Steam exposes your wood floors to extreme heat and water. This can cause damage - warping, bending, and rot. If your floor is sealed, you can clean it with steam at medium or low settings.
You see them everywhere lately - steam cleaning mops. They are the latest craze for cleaning gadgets and as their popularity increases, brand variations and price ranges also increase. Some are for the floor and carpet, which are for windows, which are for cleaning the sink, surrounding tiles, and the stovetop. The range and flexibility continue to grow. They are touted as the newest and greatest cleaning you will ever need but is that true?
So What Is Steam Mop?
The steam mop was actually imagined by a woman named Romi Hann around 1998 in South Korea. He realized that cleaning can be made more efficient by heating water above the boiling point without making contact with it. Dirt will soften and be released more easily at these higher temperatures with the bonus of killing harmful bacteria or microbes at the point of contact.
And by using plain water he will save money by not having to use special cleaning liquid, detergent, or bleach which in turn will make his floor clean and free of cleaning residues.
So, unlike ordinary mops, which require special cleaning fluids or some kind of bleach solution, steam mops, as the name suggests, only use heated water to produce steam to disinfect and release and collect impurities aided by the heat and moisture produced.
Is it safe to steam hardwood floors?
Using a steam mop on a wood floor that is not sealed will damage it and might void your warranty.
Steam mops blow up hot water at high pressure to remove dirt and kill germs. Even with wood floors that are tightly closed, there may be gaps in the joints and joints. Hot water can seep through them and cause a foul and rotten odor.
Pro tip: Avoid using steam mops on wooden floors that are not sealed. Floor cleaners, dish soap, and vinegar will make the surface of the floor dull with consistent use. The wax will also leave residue on the surface, making it attract lots of dirt and oil.
Make sure you don't use too much liquid or water on the wooden floor. For example, vinegar can damage the floor if used too often. Steam mops will cause water to seep through the wood and wet it.
Testing Your Floor if Sealed Properly
You can test seals on your floor by dripping water in several places. If the water is "beads" and still placed then the seal is adequate (in that place). But every place on the entire floor can be an entry point for water or humidity.
We know steam mops produce hot steam and wood expands and contracts only because of temperature. This means the connections and cracks can open only because of the high temperatures used in steam mops.
Will Steam Mop Damage Hard Wood Flooring?
Some companies say that their steam cleaners are safe to use on hardwood floors. So why did we tell you not to use steam cleaners? Will this damage your floor?
MANUFACTURER SPECIFY THAT THEIR STEAM MOPS CAN BE USED IN SEVERAL HARD FLOORS, INCLUDING VINYL, TILE, AND SEA WOOD. BUT ALL MODELS TESTED BY LEFT RESISTUAL MOISTURE, SOME MORE THAN OTHER. THE WOOD FLOOR THAT IS SEAL MAY HAVE CREVICES WHERE WATER COULD GET AND CAUSE DAMAGE.
If you choose the wrong one, you will end up with a replacement floor and budget level in your hands. Some steam cleaners and mops come with a mechanism that allows them to dry existing or moisture left on the surface. This is why they are promoted as safe for use on wooden floors.
How to Clean the Floor Efficiently with Steam Mop?
Clean simple wooden floors. If it is sealed, you can use a steam mop to clean it, remove stains and disinfect. If you have carpet or rug on a wooden floor, use a carpet cleaning guide to clean it and disinfect.
Here's how to clean a wooden floor without damaging it:
- Sweep the floor to remove dirt and particles. You can also choose to vacuum or dry it.
- Wet your mop a little if your floor is coated with polyurethane. Use clean water together with a little dish soap.
- Squeeze excess water from the mop before flowing on the floor.
- Mop in a back and forth motion but make sure to go with the oats. This will prevent visible scratches from being left behind.
- Rub the floor in a circular motion with a microfiber cloth to remove excess soap and excess water. This procedure will make your floor dry and shiny.
Always use a wood floor cleaner recommended by your manufacturer in their maintenance guidelines.
One of the best ways to care for hardwood floors is knowing how to clean them well. Here are some rules that will help you keep your floor in top condition.
- Clean up spills as soon as possible. This will prevent permanent stains.
- Always use an ordinary mop.
- Do you use maps that are paired with microfiber pads? String mops tend to leave a lot of water on the surface.
- Back to the top
If you clean strange people, avoid cleaning the floor like every day. This will not only use it but can also damage the layer above it. If you are at the point where your flowers lose luster, make sure you polish them every three months.
- Avoid using vinegar and water because vinegar, because it is acidic, will damage the coating and make the floor dull.
- Avoid soap and water. These two wax-based cleaners tend to leave residue on the surface.
- Do not use steam mops. Don't put excess heat and water on your floor. This is the kind of thing that causes long term damage.