Can you clean a floor with just water?

Can the i-mop clean a floor sufficiently well with just water?

We wanted to put it to the test, so we shot a video of this exact scenario and measured the floor cleanliness before and after cleaning.

The i-mop scrubs the floor with dual brushes performing 350 brush rotations per minute, and the weight of the machine sits solely on the brushes. The unique feature of not having any weight-bearing wheels touching the ground while cleaning is what gives it such scrubbing and dirt removal power. But would the scrubbing power of the i-mop autoscrubber alone be enough to clean a floor without the use of any cleaning chemicals?

Floor Cleaning Test Conditions This test was conducted in the mess area of a low-medium traffic commercial office environment. The floor was a Polyflor Expona Design unsealed vinyl plank with a moderately textured surface. The texture on this surface makes it relatively difficult to clean as it does tend to hold soil in the grooves.

The test equipment used was an ATP testing device from the i-know kit. ATP is a commonly accepted testing methodology defined on Wikipedia as “a process of rapidly measuring actively growing microorganisms through detection of adenosine triphosphate, or ATP”. Simply put, the higher the ATP test score, the dirtier the surface. In this test case with a commercial office being a non-critical environment (a critical environment for example would be a food production plant) the typically accepted maximum ATP score is 100.

For this test we were using the following equipment;

  • i-mop xl Pro
  • Green Twister pads (Daily maintenance pad)
  • Water in the solution tank

The test process was as follows;

  1. Swab test area before cleaning
  2. Clean with the i-mop
  3. Allow 3 mins drying time
  4. Swab test area after cleaning

As you will see in the video, the ATP test result before cleaning with the i-mop was 155. After cleaning with the i-mop and just water in the tank the ATP test result was 54, placing the floor cleanliness well under the typically acceptable ATP test level of 100 relevant to this test scenario.

So yes – you can actually clean a floor with the i-mop floor scrubber and just water!