The 5 Best Mops for Laminate Floors of 2024, Tested

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Claire O
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Updated September 4, 2023
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A good mop for laminate floors will keep your beautiful wooden floors in good shape for a long time.

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I owned laminate floors for years and to me, they’re a good comprise. They have the charm and warmth of hardwood floors, the ease of maintenance of tile floors and they’re inexpensive.

However, they’re still made of wood – even if they’re less challenging and delicate to clean than hardwood floors.

And this means two things. First, I couldn’t clean them just like I would with any other hard surfaces. I needed to make sure I won’t scratch or flood them.

Second, they need regular maintenance.

And for this challenge, I needed the right mop for laminate. The World Floor Covering Association (NWFA) advises using a damp mop – and prevents using wet or steam mops.

Does this necessarily mean I couldn’t clean these floors with a standard mop or an electric mop?

Of course, not. But this implied that I had to choose the best suitable mop for this kind of high-maintenance floor.

After researching, reviewing, and testing dozen of mops for laminate for 6 hours, I concluded that the best option is a mop with microfiber mop pads such as the O-Cedar EasyWring. The pads are machine washable and can trap 99.9% of germs for efficient cleaning.

But there are other options you may consider depending on other factors such as the price, the usability, the compatible pads and so much more. If you’re on a budget, the Bona Premium Microfiber Floor Mop is your best bet. And if you’re more into technology and automation, we recommend the iRobot Braava Jet 240.

Our Top Picks

  • Best Overall - O-Cedar EasyWring Microfiber Spin Mop
  • Best Budget - Bona Premium Microfiber Floor Mop
  • Best Spray - O-Cedar ProMist Max Spray Mop
  • Best for Pets - Swiffer Wetjet Starter Kit
  • Best Electric Mop - Tineco Floor One S3
  • Best Robot Mop - iRobot Braava Jet 240
  • Read Full Review: O-Cedar EasyWring Microfiber Spin Mop Review

    O-Cedar-EasyWring-Spin-Mop

    Pros
    • No need for chemical cleaners
    • No streaks left
    • Versatile to clean any surfaces
    Cons
    • The bucket may tip over

    The EasyWring spin mop takes the top spot for its ease of use, well-designed features, versatility, and efficiency – and more than 145’000 reviews confirm that.

    First, instead of relying on your arms and back, the smart bucket integrates a built-in wringer with a foot pedal that does all the work for you. You no longer need to manually wring out the mop over the sink.

    But this also means that you can control the water level leaving the mop barely damp to clean laminate floors.

    We also appreciate the convenient splash guard to keep excess water from spraying wood floors – a frequent known drawback of having a bucket. A situation you really don’t want to happen on laminate floors.

    The significant advantage is the machine-washable microfiber mop head. Microfibers are densely constructed allowing them to hold 6 times their weight in water. This results in a more absorbent and effective wet mop.

    And our tests revealed that large spills or liquid messes are soaked up impressively quickly.

    Not only is this O-Cedar EasyWring mop effective but it’s versatile too. Microfibers are also positively charged. Since the dust is negatively charged, this microfiber mop will attract dust without redistributing it around the surface.

    By the end of the day, you’ll be able to dust mop, and damp mop your laminate floors with one single cleaning tool.

    However, we did notice a flaw in the design. While the thoughtful features let you think this mop is on the extra mobility side, the bucket doesn’t have wheels. Combined with a bulkier design compared to other options on our list, this mop might be a better fit for small surfaces.

    Still, we were really convinced by its impressive performance to clean laminate floors, but also other types of flooring – considering its low price point.

    O-Cedar-EasyWring-Spin-Mop-in-use

    What Customers Are Saying

    Customers were really satisfied by its deep cleaning ability on laminate floors, with the added bonus of leaving no streaks or swish marks. Instead of having to wet mop and then wiping the floor with another mop or head, they could avoid the “inevitable” streaks on laminate floors.

    However, some did find that the mop left the floors too wet. But eventually admitted that they might not have wrung the mop enough.

    More Focus On Our Experience

    During our tests, we were really surprised at how much dirt this mop can pick up. The floors looked clean and fresh as if we had just moved into the house. Our testing session confirmed that it left no streaks – the biggest nightmare of having laminate.

    And no surprise here, we found that the bucket system could benefit from having wheels. We found the fact to lug the bucket everywhere extremely cumbersome. And the bucket wobbled back and forth as we carried it.

    Price at time of publish: $46

    Technical Specs

    Weight: 5.3 pounds
    Mop Head Type: Triangular strip mop
    Mop Head Material: Microfiber
    Handle Length: Extends from 24 to 48 inches

    Bona-Premium-Microfiber-Floor-Mop

    Pros
    • Slim design
    • Easy to attach and remove pads
    • Hanging hook
    Cons
    • No built-in wringer

    This Bona Premium mop offers all the basic features of a great mop for laminate, with a few smart attributes.

    We didn’t test this mop – at least not yet. But we tested the Bona Hardwood Floor Premium Spray Mop. Having close similarities such as the mop head or handle construction, we feel comfortable recommending this model.

    At 16.5 inches, the extra large mop head is one of the widest on this list and cleans faster in fewer passes – which is quite remarkable.

    And the dusting pad utilizes electrostatic properties to trap dust and dirt. Once you’re finished with the duster, you can switch to the cleaning pad to tackle stains or dried-on messes.

    Both are gentle enough to clean your stylish laminate floors without scratching them. Add to this the rubberized corners to protect the baseboards and you’re truly on the safe side.

    While the handle isn’t exactly long, the telescopic pole offers you more flexibility.

    We also couldn’t ignore the fact that the pads are machine washable 500 times. Assuming you wash the pads once a week, it would take you approximately 10 years before you need to replace them.

    So for a bit under $20 (at the time of publication), you have an efficient mop for laminate floors – but also for any other types – for a decade. You can’t beat that record.

    What’s more? This Bona mop weighs just 1.4 pounds– the lightest option on this list – and is incredibly easy to push around the floors.

    However, unlike its Bona Hardwood Floor counterpart, no cleaning solution is offered with the purchase.

    And we also regret the flimsy and fragile design. Made of plastic, this Bona mop may seem cheap and this is confirmed by many users.

    Now, this mop does a terrific job at tackling the toughest stains on laminate floors at a bargain price. We couldn’t exactly expect more in terms of material considering the price and for such a performance.

    Bona-Premium-Microfiber-Floor-Mop-in-use

    What Customers Are Saying

    Many satisfied customers complimented the flat mop’s large head, lightweight design, and affordability, with customers explaining that they preferred it to the “paper mop” system (and once they tried it, they couldn’t go back to another mop or system).

    They also valued the excellent customer support that sends broken replacement parts at no cost.

    Negative reviews questioned the mop’s durability, with many users complaining about the plastic construction.

    Price at time of publish: $19

    Technical Specs

    Weight: 1.4 pounds
    Mop Head Type: rectangular flat mop
    Mop Head Material: Microfiber
    Handle Length: Extends from 34 to 52 inches

    O-Cedar-ProMist-Max-Spray-Mop

    Read Full Review: O-Cedar ProMist Max Microfiber Spray Mop Review

    Pros
    • Ergonomic handle
    • Wrap-around pad design
    • Large microfiber mop head
    Cons
    • Spray mechanism may be fragile

    While all spray mops possess the traditional wet-scrubbing characteristics, this Cedar Promist goes the extra mile thanks to its double-sided textured mop pad.

    First, the dual-sided pad may seem like a gadget. But for a flat mop, this is a must. No need to bend and change the mop head once it gets really dirty – which happens a lot with flat mops. Here, you just flip it and continue mopping.

    Second, the scrub zones give extra texture to tackle stubborn dirt or sticky spots. This also means that you can clean the floors with just water. Of course, nothing prevents you from using a laminate floor cleaner. But it’s not necessarily required.

    We also noticed during our testing session that this mop is really laminate-friendly. You literally can adjust the spray density to the minimum. In this setting, the mist is so fine and evenly distributed that there is no risk of soaking your wooden floors.

    In terms of usability and performance, we remarked that this mop is a game-changer too. Obviously, you no longer need buckets of dirty water. But you will no longer have tough stains or sticky patches on your laminate floors either.

    This O-Cedar is also easy to assemble, and the pads are washable and reusable multiple times.

    The only hiccup we found is that you can’t tumble dry the mop pad so you’ll just have to wait for the pad to dry on its own. And since only one pad is included, you’ll have to buy another to switch when one is drying– which we found a bit disappointing considering that this is not the cheapest mop on the market.

    However, for its versatility on any type of floor, performance on laminate and durability as we have owned it for years, we think that this is a fantastic investment.

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    What Customers Are Saying

    Happy users loved the mop’s ability to get into tight spaces and corners making it the perfect mop for small spaces. They also found the 360 degrees swivel head very convenient to move around obstacles without having constantly to stop and readjust.

    But negative reviews suggest that the handle can be a little flimsy at times. So they had to be careful not to put too much pressure. This is something to keep in mind especially when scrubbing tough spots as it might bend or break.

    More Focus on Our Experience

    We found this O-Cedar to be a top-notch flat mop for laminate and for good reason. The microfiber mop is sufficiently gentle to clean delicate floors such as laminate – yet tough enough to tackle all kinds of dirt.

    We also really liked the fact that we just needed water. No fancy cleaning solutions are required, making it, even more, safer to use on laminate floors.

    But we regretted the lack of additional mop heads. For the price, we expected to have a set of several mop heads.

    Price at time of publish: $24

    Technical Specs

    Weight: 1.32 pounds
    Mop Head Type: rectangular flat mop
    Mop Head Material: Microfiber
    Handle Length: 53.4 inches
    Swiffer-Wetjet-Starter-Kit

    Read Full Review: Swiffer Wetjet Starter Kit Review

    We’ve tested numerous mops in our homes and we found the Swiffer WetJet Starter Kit to be unbeatable for mopping laminate and picking up pet hair thanks to its dry-wet pads and ease of use.

    Across our testing, we reported that the dry pads performed extremely well at catching loose dust, pet hair, dander, and stubborn debris on laminate floors after a few passes only.

    Plus, when using the spray, it was very effective at scrubbing (pet) stains and marks, too.

    To be more efficient, we had to apply a bit of extra pressure – but we didn’t consider it a major concern.

    We valued this Swiffer spray mop design. To us, everything has been designed with ease of use in mind.

    Attaching the pads or spraying the solution is a breeze. Maneuvering the mop forth and back is effortless, too. And if eventually, you need more cleaning solutions, you can have them with just the press of a button.

    Swiffer includes a bottle of cleaning solution. But you can purchase other cleaning solutions – all compatible with any type of floor, including laminate and hardwood floors, offering a versatility that’s worthing to note.

    However, the construction isn’t as heavy-duty as other mops from this list – so we noticed that it’s a better fit for small pet messes.

    Purchasing more pads will certainly add to the overall cost and this is something to consider in the long run. It’s not exactly the most eco-friendly solution either since the pads aren’t reusable.

    But considering its versatility, ease of use, and low-cost profile, we think that this Swiffer mop is a great option.

    What Customers Are Saying

    Many users praised this solid mop’s lightweight and maneuverability for its low price point. They pointed out that the Swiffer mop does need batteries – but four are included with the purchase.

    Pet owners enjoyed the fact that this mop could go under furniture where fur concentrates and where it’s hard to vacuum.

    More critical reviews complained about the price of the cleaning solution and disposable pads.

    More Focus on Our Experience

    During our tests, this spray mop proved to be an all-around cleaning solution due to its versatility on all types of floors, especially on laminate. This mop is an excellent pet mess and spot cleaner, and very maneuverable.

    But while the mop proved to be efficient at spot cleaning and mobility, it fell short in the overall build that we found pretty flimsy and fragile. The construction is actually made of plastic parts. And we had the feeling that if we put more pressure, the mop could bend.

    Swiffer-Wetjet-Starter-Kit-in-use

    Price at time of publish: $28

    Technical Specs

    Weight: 1.4 pounds
    Mop Head Type: rectangular flat mop
    Mop Head Material: Disposable pads
    Handle Length: 46 inches
    Pros
    • Long battery life
    • Clear battery indicator lights
    • Self-standing
    Cons
    • Water tank capacity
    We put this Tineco floor one S3 to the test in our homes and found that it offers a variety of smart features that help it to surpass other models.

    For example, the intelligent sensors are capable of determining how dirty your laminate floors are to then adjust automatically the suction and water flow.

    This is a feature we could effectively value in high-traffic areas. The Tineco mop vacuum focused more on tougher stains that are not that obvious to see on laminate floors.

    The LCD screen is handy, too since it displays a red ring when the floors are really dirty.

    The screen has a bunch of other indicators to help you during your cleaning sessions. Some are very clear – such as the battery or power indicator – but others are quite hard to decode. Thankfully a voice command helps by expressing out loud what you should do next.

    We were also really impressed with the Tineco S3 cleaning performance on wooden floors – it picked up all the dirt on our way, leaving the floors spotless without soaking them.

    However, we discovered that it could leak water at some points, especially when going from one room to another. If you run the mop over the threshold bar, the brush will release a bit of water. In such situations, we had to mop with a clean cloth after the Tineco S3 which we found quite inconvenient.

    We’re also not huge fans of the dual water tanks system where we had to empty all the gunk with our hands – but it’s inevitable with vacuum mop models.

    And it’s largely counterbalanced by the self-cleaning system. Once we were done with the cleaning session, we just had to press a button and the whole machine did the work for us.

    Simply make sure to empty the dirty water tank after every cleaning session – or you’ll have unpleasant persistent odors.

    All in all, we believe that this wet-dry vacuum mop combo comes with lots of bells and whistles that justify its high price.

    What Customers Are Saying

    Many positive reviews complimented the mop’s ability to leave laminate or wooden floors barely damp. Other users appreciated the mop’s oscillation that does all the scrubbing work for you.

    Negative reviews were disappointed about the fact that it misses edges due to its large head.

    More Focus On Our Experience

    The Tineco wowed us during our testing with its incredible performance on wooden and laminate floors.

    The brush roll rotations combined with the water flow left the floors spark and clean. And since it vacuums at the same time, no need to vacuum and then mop.

    We also enjoyed the fact that it warned us when we were cleaning dirty and sticky spots thanks to the LED display. This way, we could add several passes and efficiently remove them.

    While this is a cordless vacuum, it has very good autonomy – up to 40 minutes.

    Just, we found the water tank on the smaller side in terms of capacity. We had to refill it twice to clean 970 square feet. But apart from this small inconvenience, we were really convinced by this automatic mop

    Tineco S3 One on Vinyl Floors

    Price at time of publish: $369

    Technical Specs

    Weight: 16.96 pounds
    Mop Head Type: Electric upright mop
    Mop Head Material: nylon
    Handle Length: N/A

    iRobot-Braava-Jet-240-Superior-Robot-Mop

    Pros
    • Compact enough to navigate into tight spaces
    • Easy to use
    • Convenient precision jet spray feature
    Cons
    • Small water tank

    The iRobot Braava Jet240 outperforms many costly models but for a fraction of the price.

    It handled messes like spills, patches, and oily substances with ease. And despite using nothing more than water and a disposable pad, no scrubbing, and no power (so to speak), we appreciated its performance during our testing session.

    It always left us evidence of its cleaning success left behind.

    We picked this robot mop to be the best for laminate thanks to its jet spray. The mist is fine – if the setting is set to the lowest – and doesn’t spray too much water on the floors. And whether you need to dry or wet mop, it does both excellently.

    With just the press of the power button, this small mop gets to work. Now, to be clear, it’s a small mopping appliance and doesn’t come with the smart features of other higher-end picks (it’s not a vacuum mop combo either – just a mop).

    No schedule, no map, no electronic barrier. But its mopping capacities are still impressive, especially in the smallest rooms.

    And even if it doesn’t include any advanced mapping features, it’s smart enough to avoid carpets and rugs.

    We were also amazed at how this iRobot mop is easy to use. Put the battery, slide a cleaning pad, fill the water tank, press the start button, and voilà!

    But it has drawbacks too. It actually comes with an invisible barrier but that’s not always reliable. It looks like the mop forgets about it on every occasion.

    And since the pads aren’t reusable, you’ll have to add the replacement parts to the expense.

    iRobot-Braava-Jet-240-Superior-Robot-Mop-in-use

    What Customers Are Saying

    Happy customers raved about the mop’s performance, especially on smooth floors – suggesting however that it won’t do as well on heavily textured floors.

    Negative reviews indicate that the wheels accumulate so much dirt that the mop just ends up spreading it all around the floor.

    More Focus On Our Experience

    We originally bought this Braava Jet 240 to wash the bathroom floors. But we ended up using it everywhere from our kitchen to our bedrooms (covered with laminate). And we weren’t disappointed.

    Even if it’s not a deep scrubber, this Braava mini mop excels at mopping the floors, whether dry or wet.

    When dry mopping, it could catch hair, seed, sand, and crumbs without any effort. With the wet pad, we were less enthusiastic as it left streaks, especially on laminate floors.

    We found the water tank on the small side too. Plus the construction makes it hard to know whether it’s actually filled or not.

    However, this is really a minor complaint considering its fantastic mopping abilities for the low price point.

    Price at time of publish: $199

    Technical Specs

    Weight: 3 pounds
    Mop Head Type: Rectangular mop pad
    Mop Head Material: N/A
    Handle Length: N/A

    How We Picked & Tested

    To choose the best mop for laminate floors, we researched and gathered information from laminate manufacturers, flooring experts, and sellers.

    We sought advice from professional cleaners, and read dozen of pages of cleaning forums to understand the key features to favor when looking for a mop for laminate floors.

    We also read blog posts from the NALFA (North American Laminate Flooring Association), the NWFA (National Wood Flooring Association), or the WFCA (Wood Floor Covering Association) and even reached out to them to submit our questions.

    Based on this preliminary research phase, we analyzed the market and several mop models. From there, we established a list of the features to consider such as:

    • Laminate floor compatibility
    • Cleaning performance: from effectiveness to residue-free or streak-free floors
    • Usability and maneuverability
    • Moisture control
    • Durability and construction
    • Maintenance
    • Value for money
    • Bonus: Extra pads, batteries or cleaning solutions

    We also valued the brand reputation, customer support, and warranty terms. We shortlisted several mops for laminate and tested some of them in real-life situations and in our homes.

    For 6 hours, we tested the mops on laminate floors. And we challenged them on other types of wooden floors such as hardwood floors too. Since homes are rarely covered with only wooden floors, we tried them on tiles and vinyl floors, too.

    This step helped us to have a full picture of their abilities to pick up dirt, dust, grime, or hairs, remove stains, and sticky spots and wash the floors.

    Not only that, but we also evaluated their comfort (handle, glide capacity, going underneath and around obstacles). Then, we looked at their moisture control capability, durability, construction, and material.

    Mop’s maintenance is a bit of a hit or a miss so we took this into consideration too.

    And if they’re sold with extra pads, batteries, or cleaning solutions, we noted this as a bonus.

    All of these factors have been reported on spreadsheets assigning for each criterion a ranting out of 10.

    We gave each mop an average and final rating allowing us to select the top picks for laminate floors. Our final work consisted to identify the best category for each model.

    What to Look for in a Mop for Laminate Floors

    Types

    Whether you choose one type or another, all have pluses and minuses for mopping laminate floors.

    Flat mops are great tools for surfaces that can’t handle much water, such as laminate flooring. But they aren’t very good at removing stubborn marks.

    Spray mops are useful if you don’t have much storage space but some models can spray too much water or cleaning solution. Electric mops will do all the hard work for you – but are more expensive.
    A string mop can work too. But they tend to be very absorbent and retain water a lot. This is the reason why we didn’t list string mops in our top picks.

    Spin mops come with a spinning mechanism allowing them to wring out excess water. This makes it a suitable choice for laminate floors since the mop is damp and not wet.

    There is only one type we don’t recommend using: steam mop. Steam mops can damage laminate floors in the long run.

    Mop Heads

    When it comes to choosing mop heads, you have several options: disposable or reusable, made of microfiber or synthetic fabric.

    We personally have a preference for microfiber pads. They are very effective at picking up dust and dirt and won’t leave streaks on laminate floors.

    Reusable pads are also a good choice for environmental considerations in our opinion. Plus, most of them are machine washable so very easy to maintain. But again, this is a personal preference.

    Maneuverability

    Maneuverability can mean many things. But when looking for a mop, focus on features such as an adjustable handle or a light weight.

    For each model on our list, we indicated the exact weight in the technical specifications so you don’t have to. Check and choose the best option for you in terms of comfort and mobility.

    FAQ

    How Often Should I Mop My Laminate Floor?

    You should mop regularly to keep your laminate floors looking new and shiny.

    But what does “regularly” exactly mean? The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) brings clarification since it advises mopping laminate floors daily. But without detailing if this concerns dry mopping, wet mopping, or both.

    To us, you should dry mop every day or two. If you’re wet mopping, once a week is largely sufficient.

    Is It Better To Mop Or Steam Mop Laminate Floors?

    It’s best to mop laminate floors instead of steam mopping and here’s why.

    Laminate floors are made of wood and wood and water don’t mix. On the other hand, steam mops produce steam that comes from water. If you expose laminate floors to steam (or in other words, moisture), you run the risk to damage them.

    In the long run, steam can cause laminate floors to swell or warp. And if this happens, your only solution is to replace the floors.

    A mop may be a more traditional way of deep cleaning laminate floors, but it’s safer too.

    Why Trust The Housewire

    Claire writes for thehousewire since 2018 but she’s writing for longer than that. She started to edit various texts in the cleaning niche in 2013 and started a few months later to write. She’s a professional tester too and she loves to share her cleaning knowledge with the goal of always providing reliable information. A cleaning enthusiast, Claire has conducted extensive research to write this article. To identify the best products, she analyzed various factors such as the features, benefits, customer reviews, and industry specific recommendations from laminate manufacturers or flooring organizations. She spent nearly an hour on the phone discussing with Maria Cancarevic about laminate floors maintenance and mopping srategy. Maria spent the past decade at working as a sales manager at Deco Plus Parquet, a hardwood and laminate French leading company. An expert on wooden floors, she offered deep insight on mop styles, suitable mopping methods to keep laminate floors clean and dust-free.

    Claire also tested several mops in her own home. This practical approach allows her to gain valuable insights into the mop’s performance on laminate floors. This also ensures her audience that her recommendations are backed up with proof of use.

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