Searching for a tile steam cleaner to clean my kitchen and bathroom tiles was one of the reasons I started reviewing steam cleaners in the first place. I was always on the lookout for a cleaner that would not only do a great job at cleaning my tiles but also a great job on getting the grout in between the tiles. Fortunately, I’ve reviewed some great models which really get the job done.
Below you will find the list of top rated machines currently on the market.
Cleaning power boost
However, like I always say: just because a product is great doesn’t mean that it can’t do a better job. Which is why I have often paired some of my steam cleaners with tile and grout cleaners to boost their cleaning power. Sometimes these cleaners do a great job on their own and other times they need a little bit of steam to achieve their full potential.
I think this is one of the best steam mops I've used. For each project, it performed marvelously.Read Users' reviews
On all fronts, this cleaner did a great job. It's the kind of cleaner I wouldn't mind recommending to my friends.Read Users' reviews
I think this is a solid canister steam cleaner that does a good job.Read Users' reviews
Each project it performed fairly well and did a good job of cleaning the surface in question.Read Users' reviews
It's an inexpensive, decent unit for picking up those occasional messes such as spilled drinks, pet accidents and the like but I wouldn't recommend it for heavy-duty cleaning.Read Users' reviews
It had a couple of design flaws but it really did a good job of cleaning my tile floor and powering away the dirt embedded in my tile grout.Read Users' reviews
It's good for tile and grout and is also versatile enough to be used on a variety of other projects.Read Users' reviews
I liked the Bissell 1940 Powerfresh. It's easy-to-assemble and use and is lightweight. All of which are good reasons why it's so popular as a steam mop nowadaysRead Users' reviews
I was able to take advantage of the long-lasting pressurized steam and all of the accessories to really clean my grout out. It really did an impressive job.Read Users' reviews
My tile & grout cleaning advice
If there is one thing I’ve learned since I started my journey to learn everything I could learn about steam cleaning, it’s the fact that not all products are created equal. For instance, when I began my search for the best steam mop for tile floors I quickly learned that there can be a big difference among steam mops, especially when they are being used for one specific purpose.
Some of you might be rolling your eyes at that comment and at my naivety. However, it really wasn’t all that clear to me at least, not at first. Like many people I assumed that if I bought a steam mop for cleaning my floors that it would be good enough to clean my grout. After trying out several different models I finally found out that it simply wasn’t that simple.
That didn’t discourage me, though. I knew that if I put my mind to it I could find the best steam mop for tile floors. Which is exactly what I did and this article is the result of all that hard work. This is a guide that will show you the best steam cleaner for tile floors. At least, that is what I envisioned this guide to be when I first began writing it.
Now, I think it has evolved a little bit beyond just being a buying guide. I think of it more as a guide for taking care of your tile and grout. That’s because I’m not only going to introduce you to the best steam cleaner for tile floors, but I am also going to share with you everything I have learned about this flooring type along the way. I am not only going to show you the best steamer for tile floors but I am also going to show you what to look for in a tile and grout steamer and some tips for steaming your floors. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
Since we have so much to cover, I think it’s best that we get to work. So without further adieu, here is my guide to the best tile steam cleaner. I hope that it helps you with your next steam cleaner purchase and also teach you a little something you may not have known.
Don’t Replace Your Grout – Clean It!
By itself, tile is an amazing floor surface. It’s beautiful, durable and is pretty easy to clean. Most people that I know have no problems cleaning this particular surface. However, the same can’t be said for the grout in between the tiles. Because grout is usually lightly colored and very porous, it stains incredibly easily. However, that isn’t even the worst of it. Sometimes soap scum, food particles, and other nasty things get embedded into the grout and it begins to mold. A scenario that is simply a nightmare from a health standpoint, especially when it’s black mold that is beginning to take hold between your tiles.
When tile grout becomes embedded with nasty little particles, then a lot of people will merely see it as a lost cause and will simply have the grout replaced. Which is a perfectly legitimate thing to do but can be quite expensive. That is why I advocate cleaning it first. After all, you only really need to replace grout when it hasn’t been cleaned for a long time and the gunk is embedded too deeply into it to be removed. Fortunately, that’s only a small percentage of cases. Most people can actually get their grout clean with the best grout steam cleaner they can find.
Searching For The Best Steam Cleaner For Tile And Grout
When you are looking for the best steam mop for tile and grout, what you are really looking for is the best steam mop for grout. After all, most of the top brands will do a decent job at just cleaning tile. Sure, there are some you have to watch out for because they tend to streak the floor or maybe put down too much water or have some other defect that makes them undesirable. However, once you rule those out you are really just looking for something that will get deep down in between the tiles. Right to the heart of the grout, so to speak.
To accomplish that goal, you need to find a machine that does a few things well. First, it has to heat up to a pretty high temperature. That’s because heat is your greatest ally when you are cleaning grout. If the steam is super hot, then it can really help you remove all of that deep down gunk.
High steam heat isn’t your only concern, however, when you are searching for the best steam cleaner for grout. You also want a system that is highly portable. What I mean by that is you want a steamer that is either lightweight, if it’s a steam mop – or has wheels, if it’s a canister. That makes it a whole lot easier to move it around.
The last thing that you need to consider when finding a steamer that cleans both tile and grout are the accessories that may come with it. Long hoses, utility brushes and other accessories such as squeegees, floor cleaning tools and custom mop heads can make all the difference. Trust me, I’ve cleaned my tile and grout the old fashioned way – on my hands and knees and used steam cleaners. The more tools you have, the better.
My first thought when I saw the SKG 1500 for the first time, I thought that it looked like just another steam mop. Sure, it had a triangular head and not the rectangular head that most of them do but other than that, it still looked like one in the same. Boy, was I wrong.
The first thing I noticed about it was that it came with several accessories which increased its cleaning range beyond what a typical steam mop would do. The accessories which came with this unit were a cleaning board cloth, window cleaning tool, an extension hose, a garment steamer, a square head cloth and 3 cleaning brushes. With this assortment of accessories, a variety of different surfaces can be cleaned.
Another thing that I really liked about this unit was that it was detachable and could be used as a handheld unit. This meant that I could use it to easily clean tile and grout and other places that can’t normally be reached by a steam mop.
I filled the unit with water and noticed that it was ready to go in under a minute. And the steam it produces was hot enough to sanitize with, so I didn’t have to worry about using chemicals to clean my floors or other household surfaces.
This steamer also has an audio alert system which keeps you informed about the status of the cleaner. While in use, this unit will make a beeping sound at regular intervals to alert you that it is working properly. This beeping sound will become louder the closer it comes to needing to be refilled. After you use it for awhile, you begin to learn exactly at what point the steamer is going to need to be refilled. I like the regular beeping because it reminds me that the unit is still on if I walk away from it to work on something else.
All of these features are nice to have but as they say, the proof is in the pudding. So I decided to run this steamer through a variety of cleaning projects to see how it performed. I cleaned my carpets, my tile and grout, my stove and even the shower doors in my bathroom. For each project, it performed marvelously. It produced intense steam and cleaned the surfaces the way I wanted to clean them.
If there was one complaint I had about this steamer, it’s the fact that this steamer had a triangular head that really isn’t sufficient for cleaning large sections of the floor at one time – it’s kind of small. The swiveling triangular head is good for getting into corners but I wish that the head was a little bit bigger. Other than that, I think this is one of the best steam mops I’ve used.
I think this is one of the best steam mops I've used. For each project, it performed marvelously.
- Lots of steam
- Variable steam control
- Swiveling triangular head
- Steam in 30-seconds
- Very versatile
- Audio Alert System
- Mop head isn't sufficient for large areas
Weighing approximately ten pounds and designed as a heavy-duty steam canister system, the Pure Clean XL 1500 Rolling Steam Cleaner is a good model for taking care of chores around the house. It comes with about eighteen accessories which are designed to tackle a number of different jobs in and around your home. These accessories include a mop head, five different nylon utility brushes, two microfiber mop pads, a squeegee, a funnel, a measuring cup and two extension wands. It also comes with a scrub pad and a brass utility brush for really tough jobs.
The dimensions of this unit are about 15.7-inches by 11-inches by 13-inches and it comes with an easy-reach sixteen-foot power cord. This power-cord length makes it easy to service each room without having to plug in and unplug the unit a bunch of times. Another thing that makes this unit easy to use is its quick startup time. About ten minutes after filling it with water, it can have hot steam available to work on the particular task you need it to take on.
I decided to take this unit towards my bathroom and see what it could do and that is when I was hit with the first disadvantage this unit may have. The hose length and extension of this unit was short enough that I often felt like I had to stretch to reach the tile in my bathroom shower. Which is really a shame because this was one of the best steam cleaner units I had used up to that point. It did, however, redeem itself a little bit by providing me with about 45-minutes of hot steam. More than enough for me to clean my entire bathroom – from the shower to the sink to the walls.
Since it passed the first test with flying colors, I decided to go ahead and test it out on a few more surfaces. I decided to clean my stove with it and then refresh my carpet. I refilled it, warmed it back up and went to work on the stove. I noticed that it pulled up all of the grease spots that were caked on the stove, all without so much of a hitch. I then wheeled it into the living room and tried it out on my carpet.
On my carpet, I was able to use it in a number of ways. I was able to lift some pretty big pet stains out of the carpet and I was also able to refresh it when I was done with stain-lifting. On both fronts, this cleaner did a great job. It’s the kind of cleaner I wouldn’t mind recommending to my friends.
On all fronts, this cleaner did a great job. It's the kind of cleaner I wouldn't mind recommending to my friends.
- Power cord is nice length
- Delivers a nice amount of steam
- Has a nice, long power cord
- Heats up quickly
- Hose is too short
Designed as a portable canister system, the McCulloch MC1275 steam cleaner is a model of steam cleaners that I wanted to get my hands on way before I ever got the chance to do so. I was so excited about it, that when I finally did get it, I tore into the package and immediately began putting it together so I could use it. And trust me, I had quite a few jobs I wanted to test it out on. In only a matter of a few minutes, I had the whole thing assembled and ready to use. That’s when the fun began.
I lined up all of the accessories that came with this canister and took a good look at what I had. It came with eighteen accessories which included a nylon brush, a couple of mop pads, a brass brush, a stick mop head, a squeegee, a tipped jet nozzle and a few other odds and ends. Just from this precursory look, I knew that this canister could clean everything from tile and grout to floors to tougher jobs such as getting grease off of my stove.
I filled it up with water, turned it on and then clocked just how long it took to warm up. By my clock, this steam cleaner was up to operating temperature in about 10-minutes, which is pretty impressive since it holds about 48-ounces of water.
After I had it up and running, I decided to try it out in my bathroom first. I used the squeegee on my shower door and after I was satisfied that job was done to my standards, I then tested it out on my bathroom tile. This cleaner had no problem cleaning my tile to a sparkling shine and even brightened up my grout.
I then proceeded to take this steam canister on a cleaning tour of my home. I used it to clean my sealed hardwood floors and my linoleum floors, I used to clean my greasy stove and I even took it out to clean my BBQ equipment. And all while I was cleaning these surfaces, I still had steam. In fact, the steam lasted about 45-minutes or so, which gave me plenty of time to do all my chores.
One thing that I really liked about this model was that its trigger was easy to push down and had a trigger lock on it. This means that I could lock the trigger to the steam on position and not have to worry about keeping it depressed all of the time.
Of course, not every steam cleaner is perfect and this model certainly isn’t without its drawbacks. One thing that I noticed is that the wand can get really hot during extended use. It wasn’t a big problem with me but I could see how it could be for some people. Other than that small flaw, though I think this is a solid canister that does a good job.
I think this is a solid canister steam cleaner that does a good job.
- Comes with a great assortment of accessories
- Quick heat up time
- 45 minutes of continuous steam
- Handle can get too warm
When I first unpacked the Steamfast SF-370WH, I wasn’t impressed too much by the way it looked. After all, it wasn’t the prettiest unit I’ve seen but that doesn’t really matter all that much. I’m not looking for the nicest looking steam cleaner, I’m looking for the best one, so I unpacked all of it and laid it out before me.
This steamer comes with 15 attachments. These include a jet nozzle, 2-microfiber pads, a brass utility brush, 2 extension wands, a mop head, a scrub pad, a sponge pad, a scrub tool, a squeegee, 2-nylon utility brushes and a measuring cup. A nice assortment of accessories that gave me a number of options when it came to getting down to the cleaning.
The next thing that I did was that I filled the unit’s 45-ounce tank and started the heat-up process. Much to my surprise, this steamer heated up rather quickly—taking only about 8-minutes to reach full steam. I was then able to take it on a tour of my house and see how it cleaned.
I used it to clean the tile and grout in my bathroom, my glass shower door and on some of the carpets around my house. Each project it performed fairly well and did a good job of cleaning the surface in question. My only complaint in this area is that I didn’t feel the steam was as dry as it could’ve been. While it wasn’t a constant problem, sometime it would “spit” water during a cleaning job.
As far as cleaning time goes, I got about 45-minutes of steam time out of this unit. Which is about half the time I got out of the Steamfast SF-375 Deluxe. That unit could clean about twice as long as this one. Of course, the SF-375 Deluxe is a bit more expensive than this unit as well.
One thing I really liked about this steamer was that it had a nice long power cord – about 15.4-feet long. This gave me plenty of cord to take this unit around my house and reach everything I needed to reach.
Each project it performed fairly well and did a good job of cleaning the surface in question.
- High pressure
- Long power cord
- Large amount of accessories
- 45-minutes of steam
- Steam not as dry as it could be
The Light N’ Easy steam mop is a pocket mop that I’ve been looking forward to reviewing. I’ve noticed that it has gotten a pretty good amount of good reviews on the Internet, so I was pretty fired up to bring it home and see what it could do. As you can imagine, I was pretty excited when I first got it and unpacked it.
From first laying eyes on it, I knew it was going to be a unit that will make itself useful in my home. It was lightweight, compact and could easily be transported around the house. It was a unit that wasn’t built to handle big, messy tasks but was designed to be convenient and easy enough to use for those smaller messes a homeowner often encounters throughout the week.
The first thing I really liked about this mop was that it only weighed 4-pounds and was ergonomically designed to be easy to carry around. I also liked the fact that once I had it filled with water and turned it on, steam was available in about 30-seconds. I then proceeded to use it to clean my floors.
It did a great job on all of my floor surfaces, with just a few exceptions. On my sealed hardwood floors and my linoleum floors, it did a really good job just blasting through messes. On my tiled floors, it did a decent job but I really couldn’t get down into the grout to clean it, so I’d have to say that it isn’t a model I’d recommend for tile and grout cleaning. I also couldn’t use it to clean my carpets because it doesn’t come with a carpet glider. That’s an accessory that needs to be purchased separately.
Taking everything into consideration, I have to say that this pocket mop is a decent one for picking up those occasional messes such as spilled drinks, pet accidents and the like but I wouldn’t recommend it for heavy-duty cleaning. It probably would be a good mop for small spaces or apartments, too. It’s an inexpensive unit that does a good job when used for the tasks it excels at doing.
It's an inexpensive, decent unit for picking up those occasional messes such as spilled drinks, pet accidents and the like but I wouldn't recommend it for heavy-duty cleaning.
- Ergonomically designed
- Heats-up quickly
- Carpet Glide must be purchased separately
- Not for heavy duty messes
If there was one thing that I knew about the Bissell 1940 Powerfresh Steam Mop before I decided to try it, it was the fact that it was one of the more popular steam mops out there. Which isn’t surprising, because it’s also one of the ones with some the best reviews. Now, I don’t know which came first, it’s popularity or its reviews, but I do know that I had to try one out as soon as I could. I had to really see if these were one of the top models currently out there.
There were a few things that really caught my attention when I finally did get my hands on it. The first thing I noticed was that it was really easy-to-assemble. Armed with only a screwdriver, I was able to put all of the pieces together and be ready to clean in just a matter of minutes. The next thing that I noticed about it was that it had a low profile, so I was pretty confident it would help me get some reach under some of my cabinetry without having to do too much bending.
I filled it up with water and went to work. It did a great job at handling both my sealed hardwood and linoleum floors, and also did a pretty good job of cleaning my tile floors as well. I could sanitize the floors without having to use any commercial cleaners whatsoever, which was a really important point for me. If I wanted that cleaner scent, however, I could pop in a Fabreeze scent disc and it would give a nice scent to my floors. A scent that often wafted throughout the entire house.
While I was using this model of steam mop, I only really came across two issues that I didn’t like. One, the power cord was a lot shorter than I would’ve liked and it would’ve been more convenient if they had made it longer. And two, if you do a lot of sanitizing in one particular area, then this model could end up leaving streaks. All things considered, however, I would have to say that I liked the Bissell 1940 Powerfresh. It’s easy-to-assemble and use and is lightweight. All of which are good reasons why it’s so popular nowadays.
I liked the Bissell 1940 Powerfresh. It's easy-to-assemble and use and is lightweight. All of which are good reasons why it's so popular as a steam mop nowadays
- Low Profile
- Short power cord
- May occasionally streak
When I first used the Wagner 915 on the tile in my bathroom, I really didn’t know how well it was going to perform. I knew it was a 1,500-watt steamer but it looked kind of small and unimposing when I took it out of the packaging and pressed it into service. I wasn’t sure it was capable of getting the job done. Wow, was I wrong.
It produced a hot blast of pressurized steam that really loosened up all of that sticky soap scum that was embedded in the grout in my bathroom. And it had a special nozzle that I could use to really direct that steam exactly where I needed it. It also had quite a few other accessories – 8 in all – which includes a squeegee wand, the aforementioned jet nozzle, two extension wands, a steaming plate and a large cleaning brush. It also includes an eight-foot hose for cleaning large areas.
What I really liked about this system, however, was the on-demand trigger. It was easy to depress and allowed me to decide exactly when steam was released. This unit produced about 45 minutes of continuous steam, which was further extended by me being about to control when the steam was released.
The Wagner 915 was a great system, but what I really didn’t like was that there wasn’t an indicator telling me how much water was left in the unit. As a result, I ran out of water a couple of times and the thermal reset on the machine kicked in, turning it off. I really didn’t like the fact that I basically had to guess when it needed more water.
Another thing that I really didn’t care for was the fact that this system had to reheat the water every so often. However, it wasn’t too big of a deal. When the red light comes on, it is reheating the water. When the green light is on, then you can resume steam cleaning.
All things considered, I thought the Wagner 915 was a great steam machine. It had a couple of design flaws but it really did a good job of cleaning my tile floor and powering away the dirt embedded in my tile grout.
It had a couple of design flaws but it really did a good job of cleaning my tile floor and powering away the dirt embedded in my tile grout.
- Low Price
- 8-Foot Hose
- Decent Assortment of Accessories
- Pressurized Steam
- 45 Minutes of Steam
- No Water Level Indicator
- Needs to Heat Every Once In Awhile
It was really no surprise that the Sienna Eco-Canister Steam Cleaner SSC-0312 is a good steam cleaner for tile and grout. After all, it is the one that I use on a regular basis and have known for quite some time how good a job it does in this particular area.
What makes this system so impressive? Well, the first thing is that it produces some of the hottest steam I have ever seen with a steam cleaner. The temperature of the steam is 212 degrees Fahrenheit, about 12 degrees hotter than the McCulloch MC1385 Deluxe Canister Steam System. And when you consider its high-pressure steam, then you soon realize just how powerful it really is.
This system doesn’t come with a whole lot of accessories but it does provide just the right accessories that you need. The accessories that come with this steam cleaner is a triangle fabric brush, a squeegee, angle concentrator, 2 round brushed and a funnel. Plus, it comes with two microfiber cloth pads and two extension tubes.
Another great thing about it is that it is very portable. It’s small and you can just wheel it to where you need to use it. And if that still doesn’t get you close enough, then it has a 3-foot hose. That makes it super easy to use.
However, there are a few things that need to be mentioned about this unit. For one, you can’t regulate the steam temperature. It comes out super hot and stays that way. Not a big problem but it would be nice if the temperature could be turned down for certain projects.
This thing also can spit quite a bit of water. Which isn’t a big deal when you’re cleaning tile but it could be if you are using it to clean wood floors. Just something to think about.
With that being said, I really love the Sienna Eco-Canister Steam Cleaner SSC-0312. It’s good for tile and grout and is also versatile enough to be used on a variety of other projects.
It's good for tile and grout and is also versatile enough to be used on a variety of other projects.
- Super-Hot High Pressure Steam
- 35 Minutes Of Steam
- Extra-Long Hose
- Good Mid-Range Price
- Great For Tile And Grout
- Steam Temperature Can't Be Regulated
- May Spit Water
- Cumbersome Trigger
It’s probably no surprise that the McCulloch MC1385 Deluxe Canister Steam has made it on another top list. That’s because it really excels at cleaning a variety of different surfaces. This is made possible with its durable construction, all of its accessories and its thoughtful design.
One of the strongest features of this canister steam cleaner is that it comes with 23 very useful accessories. These include: angled and jet nozzles, a large brush, triangular brush, nylon utility brush, brass brush, round brush, round scrub pad, extension wand, mop head and brush, squeegee and scrubbing mop pads. Quite a lot of accessories to tackle those tough cleaning jobs.
Another thing I really like about this unit is that it creates about 2 hours of continuous on-demand steam. And the steam it produces is very hot and under high pressure. That allowed me to really blast between my bathroom tiles and get them sparkling clean. However, there is one drawback to having all of this steam at my disposal. I noticed that with extended use the handle really got warm. Warmer than what I would’ve liked.
Since the McCulloch MC1385 Deluxe is a canister that has a pretty slim profile, I was able to wheel it right into the area where I needed it the most – my bathroom. But even if it hadn’t, I’m confident that I could have still used it to clean my tile because it had an extra long power cord and an extra long hose with extensions that would have made it possible.
Of course, no system is without its flaws and the McCulloch MC1385 Deluxe Canister Steam is no exception. One thing that bothered me about this canister is that it is quite expensive. It is more expensive than the other two steam cleaners on this list – and by quite a lot, too.
I also didn’t like the fact that this steamer was kind of hard to fill. It really should have come with some sort of funnel. I had to go out and buy a funnel in order to keep from spilling a funnel. Not a big deal but something to consider.
However, this unit did do an impressive job of cleaning my tile and grout. I was able to take advantage of the long-lasting pressurized steam and all of the accessories to really clean my grout out. It really did an impressive job.
I was able to take advantage of the long-lasting pressurized steam and all of the accessories to really clean my grout out. It really did an impressive job.
- Large Assortment Of Accessories
- Hot, Pressurized Steam
- 2 Hours Of Steam
- Durable Construction
- Handle Gets Too Warm
- Needs A Funnel
- Kind Of Expensive