Can You Use The i-mop On Timber Floors?
In this article we will have a look at the different types of timber floors and provide more information on cleaning them with the i-mop floor scrubber.
We’ve also produced an explainer video for you.
Firstly, let’s have a look at the common types of timber floors.
1. Laminate floors
Laminate flooring is commonly referred to as a floating floor. It’s called a floating floor because it doesn’t need to be glued or fastened to the subfloor, it locks together with a tongue and groove system.
Laminate floors are made up of compressed wood chips, and the top layer is a photograph of a particular type of wood finish encased in a clear durable wear layer.
Laminate floors are popular for their low maintenance and durability as well as their relatively low cost.
2. Engineered hardwood floors
Engineered hardwood floors are increasingly popular compared to solid hardwood floors as they have good resistance to warping.
Most engineered hardwood floors consist of a plywood base, topped with a 100% solid hardwood of varying thickness.
Engineered hardwood floors are available in many different timber finishes. They can be more expensive than solid hardwood floors due to the superior quality and durability of these floors.
3. Solid hardwood floors
Solid hardwood floors which are 100% solid wood all the way through. A solid floor will normally be 15 – 30mm thick and me finished with a polyurethane sealer, wax, or an oil finish for a more natural look.
Solid hardwood floors have a beautiful natural look, however they are high maintenance and are more susceptible to wear and damage, for example from high heeled shoes.
4. “Timber look” vinyl
These are not actually a timber floor, however some timber look vinyls are so incredibly good an imitation it can be difficult to know! A timber look vinyl floor contains no wood at all, but rather a vinyl material rendered with a photograph of a wood finish encased in a clear durable wear layer.
The i-mop can be used to clean any of these wooden floors.
The i-mop has a specific water mode that reduces the water flow by 40% to make it safer for these more water sensitive floors. Not only that, the i-mop extracts the water it applies within 1 to 2 seconds of it touching the floor so there’s very minimal risk of water damage to the timber.
There is two different brush types we recommend for use on the i-mop when cleaning timber floors. Most common is the soft light blue brushes which are our default recommendation, however if you have a particularly high gloss finish then we’d recommend the soft natural fibre brush as it will help to protect and enhance the gloss levels.
What chemical should you use to clean timber floors with the i-mop?
Often you can get away with just warm water for light cleaning of timber floors with the i-mop.
However if you do wish to use chemical for extra cleaning power, any floor cleaning detergent with a neutral PH (ph range of 7-9) is safe to run through the i-mop and should be ok for your timber floor. Alternatively if you have an i-mop xl, you can use the i-dose tank with the E52 daily floor cleaner pod.