Floors can take a bit of a beating in a busy family home. Muddy footprints, biscuit crumbs, pet hair and general dust, dirt and detritus all contribute to significant wear and tear.
Keeping your wooden, vinyl, laminate or tile floors clean can be a challenge, particularly when it comes to knowing the best floor cleaner to use. Not all cleaning products are created equal and while some may smell amazing, it’s also important to consider how effective they are at removing dirt and bacteria from your home, leaving your floors and surfaces clean and safe for children and pets. Fear not, we’ve done our research to bring you the definitive list of the best floor cleaners to buy for every type of flooring.
We first tapped into the wealth of experience on the Mumsnet forums. With up to 10 million users per month, we found plenty of tried and tested product recommendations. We then consulted cleaning experts, ensuring the recommended products are well regarded and fit for purpose, before investigating wider consumer feedback, gaining more detailed views on their overall performance and ease of use.
Whether you want to restore shine on your wooden floors, leave your tiled bathroom looking sparkling or simply lift dirt from your kitchen’s laminate, here are the best floor cleaners you can buy.
Best floor cleaning products at a glance
Best for wood: Method Almond Wooden Floor Cleaner | Buy now, £4
Best for tiles: CIF Wild Orchid Floor Cleaner | Buy now, £2
Best for laminate: HG Laminate Floor Cleaner | Buy now, £10
Best for vinyl: HG Vinyl Cleaner Extra Strong | Buy now, £11
Best floor cleaning products for wood floors
Price on writing: £4
Non-toxic with plant-based, biodegradable formula
Pleasant almond scent
Restores shine without residue or waxy build-up
Relatively small bottle size
Suitable for: Wood, stone, tile or laminate | Size: 739ml
Mumsnet users love Method Almond Wooden Floor Cleaner’s fresh almond scent, as well as its unique shower nozzle spray head, allowing you to squirt it across your floor with ease before mopping the entire surface using long strokes.
This non-toxic and biodegradable wood cleaner helps quickly restore the natural beauty and shine of your wooden floor without leaving any unsightly residue or wax behind.
The relatively small bottle doesn't last long but it does have a budget-friendly price tag. It’s labelled as a wood cleaner but it’s actually suitable for use on all kinds of floors including wood, stone, tile and laminate.
Price on writing: £2.50
Helps restore shine
Fresh orange scent
Large bottle is diluted before use so lasts well
Not suitable for untreated or oiled wood
Suitable for: Special care floors like wood and marble. Not suitable for non-washable surfaces (e.g. untreated or oiled wood) and avoid using on aluminium/copper/brass. Use diluted on painted/varnished surfaces | Size: 1 litre
For long-lasting shine across floors such as wood and marble that require special care, Mumsnet users rate the Flash multipurpose cleaner, which is suitable for the majority of wooden floors except for untreated or oiled wood.
With natural, plant-based ingredients, you should dilute the liquid before use, although you can use it neat from the bottle if you’re happy to rinse the floor after use. Active ingredients help dissolve even dried-on grease and dirt, leaving your floor clean and fresh with a pleasant orange scent.
Helps clean and refresh oiled wooden floors
Quick and easy-to-use spray bottle
Costly but a little goes a long way
Suitable for: Oiled wood floors | Size: 1 litre
Specifically designed for use on oiled wooden floors, the Bona floor cleaner helps remove dirt and dust, while protecting your floors to keep them looking their best for longer.
With no need to mix, dilute or measure the solution before use, simply switch between the focused stream spray for spot cleaning and the wider fan spray for covering larger areas.
The Bona floor cleaner dries quickly, without leaving an unpleasant residue. And with plant-based ingredients, it’s safe for your family, pets and the planet.
Best floor cleaning product for tile floors
Price on writing: £2
No rinsing required
Fresh wild orchid fragrance
Helps restore shine and remove even dried-on stains
Some reviewers found the wild orchid scent to be a little strong
Suitable for: Linoleum, vinyl and ceramic tiles | Size: 950ml
A popular cleaner for refreshing your bathroom and kitchen floors, the Cif Wild Orchid Floor Cleaner can quickly restore shine, lift away dirt and grime and refresh your grout for a fresh and clean ‘just laid’ finish.
Suitable for ceramic floor tiles, linoleum and vinyl, Cif cuts through stubborn dirt and dried-on stains without the need to rinse your floor after use.
Simply use a mop for cleaning large areas or gently scrub by hand to tackle tougher marks and spills. With no residue left behind, your sparkling floors will leave a long-lasting fresh wild orchid scent.
Price on writing: £9.50 (for two)
No need to dilute before use
Fresh, non-overpowering scent
Suitable for use on hard floors of all kinds, including vinyl, tile, parquet and laminate
Requires the use of a Vileda 1 2 Spray mop or Vildea 1 2 Spray Mini
Suitable for: Hard floors of all kinds, including vinyl, tile, parquet and laminate | Size: 2 x 750ml
While it does require the use of the Vileda 1-2 microfibre spray mop (sold separately) Mumsnet users can't speak highly enough of the Vileda Floor Cleaning Liquid, which is suitable to use on all hard floors including vinyl, tiles, parquet and laminate.
With no need to dilute before use, simply pour into the handle of the Vileda 1-2 Spray Mop or 1-2 Spray Mini and wash across your floors to provide a clean, streak-free finish with a subtle fresh scent.
This handy pack of two means you can always have a spare to hand when one runs out. Alternatively, you get one included when you buy the Vileda mop starter set.
Best floor cleaning product for laminate floors
Concentrated liquid diluted before use means the bottle lasts a long time
Removes dust and dirt
Suitable for a variety of hard floor types
Strong cleaner requires the use of gloves
Finish not as shiny as some other floor cleaners
Suitable for: All hard floor types | Size: 1 litre
Laminate floors look great when new, but they can quickly become a magnet for dirt, dust and fluff, meaning regular vacuuming and cleaning is a must.
This powerful HG laminate floor cleaner is suitable for all hard floor types and offers quick and efficient cleaning, removing grime and even stubborn spills and spots from your floor. It’s recommended you wear gloves when cleaning with it.
A concentrated 1-litre bottle goes a long way - simply dissolve 50ml in 5L of lukewarm water before cleaning the floor with a wrung-out mop or floor cloth. There’s no need to rinse - simply leave to dry for a clean and natural finish. It's worth noting that while this product offers excellent cleaning power, you may want to opt for the HG Laminate Shine Restorer if you’re keen to see your laminate really sparkle and shine.
Creates an anti-static layer with no sticky residue
Suitable for sealed wood, veneer and laminate floors
Protects against spills and stains while preserving natural colour
Some may prefer a multi-surface cleaner
Suitable for: Laminate, veneer and sealed wood floors | Size: 1 litre
Recommended for use with a spray mop floor cleaner, this concentrated liquid is specifically formulated for use on laminate, veneer and sealed wood floors, creating an anti-static layer and removing dirt and grime buildup without leaving a sticky residue.
With a fresh yet subtle scent, it can help preserve your floor's natural colour and protect against future spills. Some may prefer the convenience of a multi-surface cleaner, however, particularly when adding to your spray mop.
Best floor cleaning products for vinyl floors
Price on writing: £11
Helps revive shine
Can tackle even stubborn, dried-on stains
Costly as a high volume required per clean
Suitable for: PVC, linoleum, marmoleum, vinyl, rubber & resin floors | Size: 1 litre
Whether it's grease, mud stains, dirt or debris, keeping your vinyl looking clean, shiny and looking like new can be tough. When it comes to removing old or ingrained stains or stubborn spill marks, some multi-purpose cleaners just won't cut it, but this extra strong HG Vinyl cleaner is as close to a professional clean as you can get.
Suitable for use on PVC, linoleum, marmoleum, vinyl, rubber & resin floors, it’s ideal for use in rooms such as utilities and conservatories. Simply dilute one litre of product in five litres of water before applying liberally to the floor with a mop, scrubbing any areas with substantial marks or stains. The product should be left for around 10 minutes to work its magic, before removing with the mop and rinsing with clean water - repeating if necessary.
Price on writing: £19
Streak-free cleaning with no residue
High cleaning performance
Suitable for: Vinyl floor tiles | Size: 947ml
As well as being effective at removing dirt, grease and stains from your vinyl floors, this simple spray cleaner dries incredibly quickly, leaving your floors clean and ready to walk on again in less than 10 minutes.
A popular brand from the US, it may be expensive, but it prevents damage to the delicate sealants that can risk vinyl floors swelling or lifting. With a choice of application methods, you can use it as a stand-alone trigger bottle, simply spraying directly onto the floor and polishing with cloth for smaller spot cleaning of stains or food marks. Alternatively, for an entire surface clean, we recommend using with a mop for an efficient deep clean.
What are the main types of floor cleaner?
When using a floor cleaner, it’s important to check that the product is suitable for your floor type, as using the wrong product can not only have poor results, it can even risk damaging your floor, causing it to dull, stain or lift.
The main types of floor cleaners are:
Multi-surface cleaners: For convenience, multi-surface cleaners are a popular choice, enabling you to clean your entire home across multiple rooms without needing to switch products every time you change floor type.
Tile floor cleaners: Tailored for use across hard tiles and grouted surfaces, tile floor cleaners tackle the build-up of dirt, grime, mould and mildew across tile floors and hard surfaces.
Wooden floor cleaners: When using a multi-purpose cleaner, wooden floors can sometimes be left looking dull or build up an unsightly residue that can actually damage the overall finish of the wood. Opting for a wooden floor cleaner can help protect the wood’s natural colour and shine, without leaving a waxy or sticky finish. It’s worth taking care with varnished, untreated or painted wood as wood cleaners vary so read the instructions carefully before use and if in doubt, perform a small patch test first.
Vinyl floor cleaners: Can remove dirt, grime and stains from high-traffic vinyl flooring without the risk of lifting or bubbling around the floor's edges and seals.
Laminate floor cleaners: Laminate floors are most prone to damage with traditional floor mops and cleaners sometimes causing laminate tiles to swell or warp. Using a floor cleaner specifically made for laminates won’t leave any sticky residue or smear marks across the surface.
Are floor cleaning products safe to use on all floors?
No, most products (except for multi-surface floor cleaners) are made specifically to suit set floor types, so you must read the labels carefully to prevent damaging your floor.
Hard wooden floors require additional care to prevent a waxy build-up or residue. You should avoid using lots of water (or products that require substantial rinsing) on laminate, as this can allow liquids to seep under the surface.
What do professionals use to clean floors?
Many floor cleaning professionals use a combination of industrial floor cleaners as well as traditional mops and buckets and a floor cleaner specifically tailored to the surface. It’s fair to say that professionals aren’t afraid of exerting some effort too, even where that involves getting down on the floor and scrubbing the surfaces by hand.
How can you clean floors without chemicals?
While many traditional floor cleaners contain strong chemicals, detergents and enzymes, more modern cleaners such as Method, Bona and Ecover are made from plant-based materials, making them safer to use around children and pets as well as better for the environment overall.
What’s the best floor cleaning product to buy in the UK?
The best floor cleaning product will very much depend upon your floor surface, however for an all-around floor cleaner that can tackle most hard floors across your home, we love the combination of the Vileda 1-2 floor cleaning liquid and spray mop.
How we chose our recommendations
Recommendations from real Mumsnet users
There is a lot of debate within the Mumsnet forums on how to clean floors, remove stains and restore their colour and shine, with many users sharing their hints and tips on the best floor cleaners, mops and tools for the job.
First, we sought out the trusted opinions of Mumsnet users, to get their feedback on the floor cleaners that they rate, recommend and use in their own homes.
We also looked out for any negative reviews, where Mumsetters highlighted products that they felt were overpriced, ineffective or challenging to use.
Next up, we considered reviews and feedback from trusted industry experts. We want to be confident that the products we recommend are fit for purpose, so we looked out for award-winning products or those that were well regarded in the marketplace, including those recommended by cleaning experts
Authentic consumer reviews
Finally, to bring you our definitive list of the best floor cleaners on the market, we thoroughly investigated genuine, in-depth customer reviews on retailer sites such as Amazon and Lakeland to get wider consumer experiences regarding the products on our shortlist.
About the author
Lucy Cotterill is a mum of two and Content Writer at Mumsnet, specialising in family and lifestyle product reviews and roundups. Having written product reviews on her own blog Real Mum Reviews since 2012, Lucy loves to research and explore the pros and cons of products, scrutinising reviews and consumer feedback to help parents make confident purchases that benefit their families.
Lucy has previously reviewed a number of carpet cleaning brands on her own channels, testing shampoos and carpet cleaners for their stain removal powers and ability to eliminate odours.
Originally from a HR background with a degree in Business Studies, Lucy developed a real passion for blogging and writing when her children were young, going on to write for several online publications including US parenting site Pregistry and the Evening Standard.
When she’s not manically tapping the keys of her laptop, Lucy loves nothing more than to cosy up with her Kindle and enjoy the latest thriller, or compete in Nintendo Switch rallies with her daughters aged six and 10.
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