Best cleaning tool for tile floors

By Daniel Berry •  Updated: 11/18/21 

So you want to clean your tile floors but you don’t want to have to scrub them by hand, who does? This has obviously led to you looking for the cleaning tool for tile floors, well we have done the research for you, check out the best cleaning tools below!

Best cleaning tool for tile floors

When it comes to cleaning tools for tile you have a few different subcategories of tools. There are manual scrub brushes, these are the cheapest but most labour intensive.

Then you have spray mops, a little less labour intensive but a little more expensive.

Up next will be steam cleaners and then finally at the highest price point, you gave specialist hard floor cleaning systems.

We will dive into our favourites in all these different subcategories, so no matter your budget we will have the perfect tile cleaning tool for you.

Best Tile Scrubbing Tool

Tile scrubbers are the most affordable option for cleaning tile floors. This brush comes with a long extendable handle, meaning you won’t have to crawl around on your hands and knees to clean your tile floors.

Best Tile Scrubber
OXO Extendable Tub & Tile Scrubber
£14.00
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    The anti-microbial head is ideal for scrubbing both tiles and grout, it really gets into the grout between tiles really well making for easy efficient cleaning. If you want a tile cleaning tool but don’t have a massive budget then I would definitely recommend this brush to you.

    Obviously, you will have to put some elbow grease into this to get the most out of it but it has many advantages over getting on your hands and knees with a regular scrubbing brush.

    Best Spray Mop Tool

    Coming in just above the tile scrubbing tools in terms of price point we have spray mops. Spray mops are essentially just a mop with a spray mechanism built-in. This Vileda mop has a large reservoir built in which runs the entire length the handle. You fill this up with your tile floor cleaner of choice and then can spray cleaner on-demand using the trigger at the top of the handle.

    Best Spray mop
    Vileda Microfibre Flat Spray Mop
    £30.80
    • Vileda 1-2 Spray Mop with spare Microfibre head
    • Trigger spray gives a fine spray of cleaning solution to the floor in front of the mop head
    • Flat mop head ideal for larger floors and also pivots to reach right under furniture
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    These spray mops make cleaning tile floors a lot easier. You can spray then mop without having to put down the mop, they are ideal for removing areas of dirt. What they don’t excel at however is cleaning up your grout, if you have white grout for example then you will still need to scrub this separately.

    I recommend the Vileda as this is the mop I own and use in my own home. They are a well-known brand and I have found the built quality to be better than all the Chinese clones that plague the Amazon marketplace.

    Best Steam Mop

    Moving up the price ladder once again we come to steam mops. Steam mops are a tool that seemingly went through a popularity boom a few years ago but have seemingly died off a little since.

    Best Steam Mop
    Vileda Steam Mop
    £69.99
    • The quick and easy way to hygienically clean your floors heats up in only 15 seconds
    • Kills 99.9 Percent of bacteria on your floor without the need for any cleaning chemicals
    • Also includes carpet glider for refreshing carpets. Includes two microfibre pads and a filling jug
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    They are however a brilliant cleaning tool and are particularly suited to tile floors as you don’t have to worry about the steam damaging the flooring as you do with a wood floor.

    The main advantage of using steam to clean is that it kills bacteria on your floor without using harsh chemicals. For homes with small children who like to crawl around the kitchen floor, they are a really great tool, you get all the bacteria-killing benefits without the nasty and dangerous chemical usage.

    Another advantage to using steam is that it can really break up tough marks and stains, helping to lift them and making them much easier to than simply mop away. This ability to turn a tough mark into loose dirt is a real advantage to steam mops.

    Again I have recommended the Vileda steam mop as it has a higher build quality than the unknown brands. With these brands, you have a customer support team to call if something goes wrong with the product, with the Chinese clones you are normally completely on your own when something goes wrong, which it invariably does.

    The Vileda steam mop heats the water to steam in just 15 seconds, meaning you aren’t standing around for an age waiting for hot water.

    One of the best features of this tile cleaning tool however doesn’t even involve tile. This mop comes with a carpet glider, which when attached allows you to use the mop on carpet. This lets you give your carpets a good hygienic clean, a real plus of this tool.

    Best Electric Mop Tool

    The only tool for you if you want to clean your tile floors with a minimum amount of effort. This electric mop has two rotating circular mops which are powered by a small motor. The mops spin at high speed and tackle even the worst floors with ease and what’s more the pads are detachable and can be cleaned in the washer so you don’t have to buy endless amounts of pads.

    Best Electric Mop
    Bissell Electric Spray Mop
    £148.37
    • Cleans dirt and grime with less effort than a spray mop
    • Includes soft touch pads for gentle cleaning on hardwood floors and scrubby pads for tough, sticky messes
    • Gently cleans your hard floors with soft microfibre pads to reveal their natural shine
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    Like the regular spray mop, this tool has a spray trigger so you can put your cleaning solution down on demand. This tool works great on natural stone tile as well as porcelain tile floors and ceramic tile floors. No matter the type of tile this cleaner will excel.

    While being tough and aggressive on dirt this tool is suitable for use on sealed tile floors as well as wooden floors.

    FAQ’s

    Do steam mops damage tile floors?

    No, steam mops are perfect for tile floors. They may, however, damage wooden and wooden laminate floors as they can cause the wood to expand. So be very careful if using a steam cleaner on a wooden floor.

    How do I disinfect a tile floor?

    Well, using a steam cleaner will have the added benefit of disinfecting the floor you too, after all those nasty bacteria cannot without a 100°C blast of steam! If you are not using a steam cleaner then using an antibacterial cleaning solution as you clean will disinfect the floor for you.

    How to clean a natural stone tile floor?

    We recommend the steam cleaner or spray mops for a natural stone tile floor. The bristle tool will work but hard bristles can scratch a natural stone tile which is why we don’t recommend them for this use. Also never use an acidic cleaner like vinegar or lemon, these can soak into the porous stone and lead to miscolouring. There are special natural stone cleaning products on the market if you are in any doubt.

    Can you clean tiles with bleach?

    Yes, on porcelain and ceramic tiles this will be completely fine but for the same reasons as stated above we would not recommend bleach for a natural stone floor.

    Daniel Berry

    Hey, I'm Dan, I studied computer science with artificial intelligence at Loughborough University. I try to bring my tech knowledge to the posts where it is needed while also offering a DIY view to go with Sam's professional view on tools. I am a very keen DIY'er and have experience of doing everything the completely wrong way.