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Guide | May 16, 2024

What are the advantages of a wet floor cleaner?

  • The humble mop and bucket might be the default tool for hard floor cleaning, but this system is hardly fool proof since it can be labour-intensive with varying results. Dyson engineers are at the forefront of floor cleaning technology, designing solutions that improve usability and hygiene when cleaning hard floors. There are myriad benefits to using a wet and dry vacuum cleaner or wet floor cleaner to remove dirt, spills and advanced stains from hard floors in the home. In the below guide, Dyson experts share how you can boost efficiency with this advanced floor cleaning alternative.

The wet floor cleaner vs standard mop

There’s no denying that a conventional mop and bucket is a straightforward, economic cleaning solution that requires little upkeep. However, this option does present several limitations:

  • Physically demanding

  • Mop accumulates dirt and grime that transfers to mop water

  • Cleaning quality is inconsistent

  • Lengthy dry time

  • May require stringent chemicals

  • Excessive moisture can warp wood and laminate floors over time

Although a wet floor cleaner or wet and dry vacuum involves a greater financial investment, Dyson machines optimise hard floor washing and provide several notable advantages over traditional mops:

  • Dispenses clean water only
  • Wet roller technology powerfully removes spills and stains
  • Easy to lift and move
  • Versatile cleaning on various hard floor materials
  • Less water is used
  • Quick dry time

Why choose a wet floor cleaner?

Wet floor cleaners unify dry and wet floor cleaning for a streamlined process. Dyson has engineered machines to expel only clean water to lift dry debris and scrub liquid spills and tough dried stains. Dirty water is confined to a separate container within the machine so that you maintain hygiene throughout cleaning. Our machines are compatible with a range of different hard floors including wood, stone, ceramic, tile, vinyl and laminate. Below, explore the major benefits of using a wet floor cleaner for mopping tasks around your home.

  • Streak-free, hygienic finish

    When using a traditional mop and bucket, it’s easy to distribute dirty water and contaminates around the home as you tackle grease and stains. As this water is spread across hard floor interiors, it can leave visible streaks that dry into new stains. The advantage of a wet floor cleaner is that clean and dirty water are isolated in separate containers within the machine’s tank. This means you only mop with clean water, resulting in streak-free floors. 

  • Powerful stain removal

    Challenging liquid spills or dried-on stains are either missed with a conventional mop or require great effort to manually remove. Designed with a precision-engineered, motorised wet roller head, a wet floor cleaner powerfully extracts dry debris and washes tough stains. Parents and pet owners will find that the wet floor cleaner can remove a diverse range of stains including pet hair, dander, mud and food spills. 

  • Time-efficient cleaning

    Between wetting your mop, wringing it out, dragging the bucket and finally cleaning the floor, conventional mopping is undeniably time-consuming. This process also excludes dry time, which can sometimes take hours depending on the size of your home, the type of hard floors, and the ambient temperature. Wet floor cleaners confine the washing process to one machine to eliminate the sweep or dry vacuum stage and significantly shave down your overall cleaning time.

  • Minimal water wastage

    It’s easy to overestimate the water needed to wash floors when using a standard mop and bucket. Wet and dry vacuums and wet floor cleaners are more economic with water usage since machines control the amount of water that is filtered out of the tank to clean floors. Whether you have a light spill that needs spot cleaning or an advanced stain that needs more attention, various cleaning modes also allow you to manage hydration levels.

  • Easy to move through the home

    Due to a lightweight design and in-built water tanks that negate the need for a bucket, Dyson wet floor cleaners are simple to transport throughout the home. The machine glides forwards and backwards for effortless washing and navigation of low furniture, and large surface areas. Dyson floor cleaning technology represents the convergence of hygiene and efficiency, tackling floor maintenance with the convenience of a single machine. 

How does the WashG1™ compare to other floor cleaners?

The WashG1™ wet floor cleaner is Dyson's first dedicated wet floor cleaner and has the added benefit of cleaning both wet and dry debris at once. Meaning you no longer need to vacuum before wet cleaning. Dyson engineers designed the Dyson WashG1™ to solve the frustrations current methods leave users with:

Performance: The Dyson WashG1™ powerfully tackles spills, debris and tough stains on hard floors
Dyson difference: Our two counter rotating rollers work together, one cleaning and the other finishing for a sparklingly clean finish. Industry standards for wet cleaners only test coffee, mustard and tartare sauce. At Dyson, we have tested WashG1™ with over 100 different debris to ensure superior performance.

Hygiene: The Dyson WashG1™ washes with clean water from start to finish. Covers up to 290sqm1
Dyson difference: The manual mop and bucket accumulates dirty water throughout your clean which is then smeared over your floors . Other wet cleaners use suction power which can lead to odour emissions after dirt and grime builds up in the internal mechanisms. WashG1™ does not use suction and has 26 hydration points ensuring that while the extraction pump removes all dirty water, the rollers are consistently cleaning with clean water.

  • A person cleaning a wet spill with the Dyson WashG1™

  • Manoeuvrability: The Dyson WashG1™ Effortlessly glides. Even under furniture
    Dyson difference: Often mopping requires a huge amount of effort to remove the smallest of messes. WashG1™ provides effortless manoeuvrability and removes tough stains without leaving you out of breath at the end of your clean. The low cleaner head height and machine design allows you to get underneath and all the way to the back of furniture. Leaving your house cleaner than ever, with only a fraction of the effort.

    Maintenance: Dyson's unique system separates dirty water from dry debris for hygienic disposal
    Dyson difference: Other wet cleaning solutions require a lot of effort to set up and then maintain. WashG1™ is designed without crevices, to help lessen grime build up inside the machine and easy clean up of external parts. Debris is collected in a fine mesh tray for easy bin disposal so all that is left in the dirty water tank is water ready to go down the sink. After use, the self cleaning mode flushes the entire system in preparation for your next clean.

Frequently asked questions

No, the Dyson WashG1™ is not a steam mop and does not reflect the same process. This is Dyson’s first wet floor cleaner design, which picks up both wet and dry debris. The WashG1™ has two rollers for even water application – however the water is not heated and does not produce vapour as a steam mop would.

Often it is thought that hot water helps to kill bacteria but the water used when wet cleaning is normally not hot enough to effectively kill bacteria. Dyson WashG1™ uses high density microfibre to agitate stains and the extraction technology removes dirty water rather than smearing it across the floor. You can use water up to 35° Celsius in the clean water tank of the Dyson WashG1™.

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1 Based on Dyson internal calculation with no repeated cleaning on the same area, with 0.5m/s speed. Actual area coverage may vary depending on habits and floor types.