How we test floor cleaners

Here's how we get the results that help you choose the best floor cleaner.

Getting a sparkling floor all year round

Whether you're doing a brief mop or the annual spring clean, the job is made much easier with an effective floor cleaner.

Our expert testers

We buy floor cleaners available from major supermarkets and use our laboratory for testing them. We also work out value for money of each product by measuring how much is recommended per use vs how much it costs to purchase at time of testing.

We also include a home remedy in our testing. Our home cleaner has 4 tbsp of pure soap flakes melted in 1 cup of hot water, 2 cups of vinegar, 3 tsp of eucalyptus oil and 8L of hot water. We mix it together in a bucket and apply. This is suitable for sealed cork, linoleum, sealed timber floors, terrazzo, glazed ceramic, quarry tiles and slate.

How we choose what we test

With a range of products on the market, what makes us choose one floor cleaner to test over another? As with most of our product testing, our aim is to test the most brands on the market and what you're most likely to see in stores.

We check in-store to see what's available and survey manufacturers to find out about their range of products. From this information we put together a final list that goes to our buyers. They then head out to the retailers and purchase each product, just as a normal consumer would. We do this so we can be sure they're the same as any consumer would find them and not 'tweaked' in any way.

How we test

Overall score

Lab experts put each floor cleaner to the test by soiling white ceramic tiles with oily grime. Using a scrubbing apparatus with a damp cloth (or wipe) attached, the tiles are scrubbed 20 times. The reflectance readings are measured before and after cleaning to determine the overall score which is a measure of dirt removal.

Test criteria explained

Dirt removal accounts for 100% of the overall score.

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Take a look at our floor cleaner reviews for full test results.

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