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BEST MOPS FOR ENGINEERED HARDWOOD FLOORS

Updated: Sep 12, 2022

Best Mops for Engineered Hardwood Floors


Using the right mop on your engineered hardwood flooring can help to keep it looking beautiful and new for years to come. Some people prefer to have one mop that does it all; others like to have one mop for cleaning, and another specifically designed for polishing and buffing. Whatever you decide, here are some of the best mops to use with engineered hardwood flooring.

Best Mops for Engineered Hardwood Floors


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5 Ways to keep your floors clean with less effort


Having an engineered hardwood floor can be both a blessing and a curse: on one hand, you have beautiful flooring; on the other, it may require special care to keep that shine and to prevent damage. So, what’s an owner of such flooring to do? Many people end up hiring professional cleaners. But if you need to cut back on your budget, there are many ways that you can keep your floors clean with less effort and hassle. Here are five tips for doing just that.


The first tip would be to choose a mop that is ideal for your floor. With engineered hardwood flooring, dry mops are always the best. Too much water could ruin a hardwood floor. For example, when mopping with a traditional mop and bucket system, it’s easy to get excess water on your floors.


This means you’ll have to use more elbow grease than necessary—and you may even end up damaging your floors in the process. But with a dry-mop system like Bona®, it’s impossible to get excess water on your floors.


The second tip would be related to setting up proper household care procedures. for example, taking off your shoes before walking on your floors will reduce excess dirt and dust from getting onto them. This is especially important if you have kids or pets who track in a lot of dirt and mud every day. Keeping all surfaces clean—from furniture to doors—will also help prevent dirt from getting onto your floors in the first place.


The third tip would be related to using products that are safe for engineered hardwood flooring. One of these products is Bona® Dust-Free Spray Mop Refill. This spray mop system can keep your floors clean without adding any water at all! It’s made with a special formula that’s designed specifically for hardwood flooring and it won’t leave behind any streaks or residue like some other cleaners might do.


Our fourth tip would be to clean a little bit each day. Don't wait until things get extremely dirty. This is an especially important tip if you have kids or pets, as they tend to track in more dirt and dust throughout your home on a daily basis.


By cleaning a little bit every day, you’ll prevent big messes from forming over time. It’s also helpful if you have large rooms with hardwood flooring, as it will help keep them looking good and shiny over time—instead of dull and damaged by neglect.


Our fifth tip would be related to following the care and maintenance instructions as outline in the product warranty information. Many hardwood flooring warranties require you to clean your floors with specific products. If you’re using a different cleaner, you may void your warranty. Make sure that you read your warranty information carefully before choosing a cleaning solution!


Buy the right equipment


Just like you wouldn’t mix paints with your bare hands, you shouldn’t clean your engineered hardwood floors with a sponge or mop. The soft fibers of these cleaning tools will not only damage your floors, but they can scratch them as well. Instead, purchase cleaning products and equipment specifically designed to protect and clean engineered hardwood floors.


Look for mops made of synthetic fibers or those that have a rubber nub head on a long handle; they are softer on your floor while doing a better job at cleaning it than standard mops. It’s also important to make sure you use microfiber cloths rather than regular rags—microfiber is far more effective at picking up dust and debris from hard surfaces such as wood flooring.


While it’s tempting to use a broom or dustpan, never sweep engineered hardwood floors with anything other than a soft bristle broom. Harder bristles can scratch your floor as well as push dirt into grooves and scratches where it can become trapped over time, potentially causing permanent damage.


When you are done sweeping or mopping, be sure to clean your mop head or dustpan thoroughly with soap and water before using them again—another important step that will keep your floors looking new. You should also change out your mop head every few months, since they tend to get dirty quickly. Engineered hardwood is beautiful and durable—with just a little effort, you can keep it that way!


Always use a dry mop system on your engineered hardwood floor. Wet mopping can leave water behind, which can cause damage to your floors and become trapped in grout lines over time. If you have pets or children, it’s especially important to never wet mop; pet urine and spilled drinks are more likely to seep into cracks and crevices of your wood floor when they’re wet, potentially causing permanent damage over time.


Purchasing a quality engineered hardwood cleaning kit is an investment that will pay off in both improved appearance and durability of your floors.


Clean in short bursts


Mopping engineered hardwood floors can be tough on them, especially if you go back and forth and tug or pull at them. To avoid damage from improper mopping, it’s best to clean in short bursts that cover a small area; cleaning each section of floor just once and then moving on is one strategy.


If you are using a mop that has an attached swivel head, such as a O-Cedar EasyWring Microfiber Spin Mop, you can take advantage of its built-in rinse tray and swivel head to clean sections of floor without making excessive contact with them. Mopping engineered hardwood floors doesn’t have to be difficult or damaging—just use the right tools!


Also consider cleaning in short bursts during the day. It is best to clean a little bit each day, as opposed to letting things get out of hand. When you clean your engineered hardwood floors in smaller chunks, you are less likely to damage them with improper mopping. Using a mop that has an attached swivel head can also help keep your floor from getting damaged.


When using one of these tools, it’s important to make sure that you do not go back and forth or pull at your floor while mopping it; doing so can cause scratches and other types of damage. Cleaning your engineered hardwood floors doesn’t have to be difficult or damaging—just use the right tools!


Proper care and preventative maintenance


Doing little things like taking off your shoes or placing floor mats by outside doors can go a long way in keeping engineered hardwood floors looking great. For example, if you have pets and they spend time inside (or even just outside), it’s important to make sure that they don’t track in dirt and debris that can damage your floors.


If you have kids and/or pets, you should also consider purchasing a mat to place at the base of your front door so that dirt doesn’t get tracked into your home. A good mop is also an essential part of any maintenance routine. For engineered hardwood floors, we recommend using a mop with disposable pads—just toss them out when you’re done cleaning! Also be sure to check out our tips on how to clean laminate wood floors here.


Be careful about getting water on your engineered hardwood floor. Water can damage engineered wood floors, so it’s important to be sure that you don’t spill any liquids on them—or at least not very much!


For example, if you have a drink and accidentally drop it, try to clean up as much of it as possible before letting it sit for too long. If you notice that a liquid has spilled onto your engineered hardwood floor and left a stain, don’t worry—you can usually remove most stains with just some mild cleaning supplies and elbow grease!


Like with anything else in your home, it’s a good idea to take your engineered hardwood floor into consideration when you’re choosing household cleaners. For example, many cleaning products can be used on both laminate and hardwood floors, but you should always check to make sure that they won’t cause damage before using them on an engineered wood floor.


If you find products that are not advertised as safe for wood floors or safe for all wood floors, there is a chance that it might damage your floor. As with other finishes and surfaces in your home, if in doubt it’s better to be safe than sorry!


Follow the Product Warranty Guidelines


Every product comes with warranty information. Included in that information, are instructions on how to proper care for your floor. If you don't follow those guidelines, you may void your warranty and be left footing a costly repair bill. Always read warranties before buying any new product. It's also a good idea to check out reviews of products online before making a purchase so you can see what other people think about them and whether they're worth buying or not.


In addition to a warranty, some companies may offer additional product protection. For example, floor care products sold in major retail chains like Home Depot and Lowe's usually come with manufacturer-backed guarantees. Warranties are typically only provided by manufacturers; independent sellers usually can't provide them.


When shopping online, check to see if there is a buyer protection plan or service that is offered by either Amazon or eBay. For instance, products purchased through PayPal on eBay are eligible for reimbursement if they're not as described or don't arrive in new condition.


Product warranty information is extremely important, and even more important to follow. If you don't use a product according to its instructions, it could void your warranty. For example, if you have a wood floor that has been sealed with polyurethane or wax and you use a mop that contains water or steam on it, you may be voiding your warranty.


If your floor develops a stain after using a cleaning product or tool not recommended by its manufacturer, you may also be at risk of voiding your warranty. Some companies will send out their own technicians to repair damage caused by improper care; others won't cover it at all. If something happens because of improper care but there's no damage under warranty, then it's up to you to pay for repairs yourself.


5 Best Mops For Engineered Hardwood Floors


#1 Bona Ultimate Hardwood Floor Care Kit


  • Durable 4 piece mop handle with extra-large premium mop head

  • Two Bona Microfiber Cleaning Pads - designed for effective cleaning with dual zone cleaning action

  • Bona Microfiber Dusting Pad with electrostatic design traps dust, dirt and pet hair

  • Full size Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner Spray

  • Full size Bona Hardwood Floor Polish

  • Full size Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner Refill

  • Reusable pads can be washed up to 500 times

  • Packaging may vary

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#2 Bona Hardwood Floor Care System


  • Safe for all unwaxed, unoiled, polyurethane finished wood floors

  • Durable 4 piece mop handle with extra-large mop head

  • Bona Microfiber Dusting Pad with electrostatic design traps dust, dirt and pet hair

  • Bona Microfiber Cleaning Pad designed for effective cleaning with dual zone cleaning action.

  • Full size Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner trigger bottle

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#3 MAYSHINE 360 Spin Microfiber Mop System


  • 360 ROTATING FLOOR CLEANING SYSTEM: With a flat mop that rotates a full 360 degrees, a handle that extends to 60" and 5 reusable and washable microfiber pads, our mop is made to be the ultimate cleaning tool for your house or workplace!

  • 5 REUSABLE AND WASHABLE MICROFIBER PADS: Microfiber is a great material for all things cleaning! It absorbs water, is gentle on all su