With all the different rooms in your home, it can be a bit of a nightmare to find the correct tools for cleaning everything properly. A vacuum cleaner may work well on dry surfaces but what about wet areas?
Bathroom tiles or a muddy hallway needs a bit more elbow grease in the form of mopping when it comes to shifting the dirt but you can quickly end up with puddles of water that cause a slip hazard and take ages to dry.
This is where the trusty squeegee is a savior.
They work by directing water towards the drain or outside so that the puddles thin out enough to evaporate dry in no time.
Squeegees can vary a lot in price and quality and it can be difficult to know where to begin when you set out to buy a new one. To help you out I’ve tried and tested 5 of the best squeegees available in the United Kingdom and have compiled this handy guide to help you choose the best option for your needs.
Have a read through each product review and if you like the sound of it simply click on the Price & Reviews button to take you straight to the sales page.
Top 5 Best Floor Squeegees UK
Top Choice – Leifheit Trekker Floor Squeegee
Runner Up – Kolliee Professional Floor squeegee
Best For Garage – The Chemical Hut Red Professional Hard Floor Cleaning Squeegee
Best For Wet Room – Tensun Floor Squeegee
Best Floor Squeegee Mop – OXO Good Grips Butterfly Mop
1. Top Choice – Leifheit Trekker Floor Squeegee
- Double Foam Squeegee Blade
- Telescopic Handle
- 3 Years Guarantee
- 45cm Blade
- Foam Blades not as hard-wearing as rubber
Let’s dive right in and checkout the top choice! Leifheit knows a thing or two when it comes to cleaning supplies and this floor squeegee is no exception.
With a telescopic, adjustable handle the pole can be set to various lengths between 85 and 140cm to suit the individual. No more backache as you clean the washroom!
The double foam lip is scratch free and can be used on any surface from laminate to wooden floors, wet room floors, and even heavy duty floors like in the garage or patio. The double foam wiper will be sure to remove all water and there is a non-slip rubber handle for ease of use.
This squeegee is designed to dry all hard flat surfaces and thins out water on uneven floors to allow quicker evaporation. The long blades are great to quicken the job and I like the fact that it has a loop in the handle so I can hang it up to dry.
The only issue I found with this model is that the foam blades are not as hard wearing as rubber blades but it comes with a 3-year guarantee so if it wears out before then you can always get in touch with Leifheit to request a replacement.
2. Runner Up – Kolliee Professional Floor squeegee
- Adjustable Handle Length
- Adjustable Knuckle Joint
- Comes with replacement foam blade
- Can be a bit floppy to use if you’re not used to it
Next up we have Kolliee with their take on the professional floor squeegee. This product serves a variety of functions so you really get a lot more than just a squeegee.
The foam rubber blade is anti-static and non-stick so can be used to remove pet hair or as a floor duster as well as removing water. The soft head is safe to use for window cleaning and the long handle adjusts between 95 and 127cm so you can even reach those high up spots.
The handle is a light aluminium so you don’t need to be super strong to use this as a window squeegee.
For even more versatility when it comes to those hard to reach places the head attachment has a flexible knuckle joint which is great for getting into tight corners and moving around furniture. This can get a bit floppy to use if you’re not used to it as some people have difficulty with this. Just apply even pressure to the head as you move it and that should solve this issue.
The floor squeegee comes with replacement foam blades but you probably won’t be needing them anytime soon. The blades hold up very well if used only on flat surfaces.
3. Best For Garage – The Chemical Hut Red Professional Hard Floor Cleaning Squeegee
Brand: Robert Scott & Sons
- Heavy Duty Alloy Handle
- Rubber Blade
- Safe to use on a variety of surfaces
- Doesn’t fit into tight corners very well
For more hard-wearing surfaces (like concrete) you’ll want to consider a rubber floor squeegee as these tend to be a bit more hard-wearing. The Chemical Hut has produced this heavy duty squeegee and it should handle tougher surfaces without any complaints.
The floor squeegee handle is made from a tough alloy and feels substantial to hold. It is very durable but only if used correctly.
The trick to getting the best out of this model is to not press too hard. Simply hold the handle at a 45-degree angle to the floor and lightly pull it towards you. This should easily remove water without wearing the rubber down. That being said, replacement heads are available to buy if you find they’re wearing thin after heavy use.
Because of the secure fit of the head to the handle, this squeegee isn’t very flexible. This makes it harder to use in tight spaces so better for an open area like a garage or an open plan wet room and shower squeegee.
If needed you can buy a replacement head if you look at the manufacturer’s shop on Amazon.
4. Best For Wet Room – Tensun Floor Squeegee
- Adjustable Length
- 180° Rotation
- Scratch Free Foam Blade
- Comes with replacement blade
- Not as hard wearing as rubber blades
The Tensun floor squeegee ticks all the boxes when it comes to wet room care. It’s a common issue with wet rooms that you have lots of tricky areas to reach, like around the sink, toilet, and pipework.
Tensun has found the perfect solution as the stainless steel pole comes in 4 sectioned segments so it is extendable to reach just about anywhere. The blade is fixed on a rotating hinge connector so can adapt to corners easily.
Where you have delicate tiles or glass you can still use this squeegee. The blades are made of a scratch-free soft foam which is lightweight and dries rapidly.
It comes with a replacement foam blade so it’s easy to replace if you find it’s wearing thin.
5. Best Floor Squeegee Mop – OXO Good Grips Butterfly Mop
- Great all-round floor cleaner
- Microfibre Layer
- Hinged squeegee head
- Doesn’t scrape the floor as dry as other squeegees
If you’re looking for a multi-purpose tool that does both mopping and squeegeeing then the Oxo Floor Mop is the perfect choice.
It has a hinged mophead design so easily glides under tables and into those hard to reach spots.
The head of the mop is a thick sponge layer that absorbs the water and a microfibre layer to lift away all grime and grease and squeegee the water away. The handle has a lever that folds the head to wring out excess moisture and then you’re good to go. It’s a simple pull so easy to use and won’t require excessive strength to do so.
The sponge head folds up and sits on elevated feet for storage so it won’t stay damp and end up mouldy.
Being a mop design, it doesn’t squeegee the floor completely dry like the other models listed here, however you will end up with a sparkling clean floor.
Replacement sponge heads are available to purchase alongside this mop so you’ll get a hygienic clean every time.
Things To Consider
Before you set out to buy a new mop or squeegee there ar a few things that need to be considered. This handy buying guide will walk you through all the things you need to consider before you click that buy button.
What Surfaces Need to be Cleaned
What do you need this tool for? Whether it’s a wet room, tiles, laminate, wood, concrete or any other surface, the squeegee design needs to complement this.
If you’re needing it to clean windows or glass then a soft, scratch-free foam head is ideal. An extendable handle as well will help reach up into those corners.
If it’s a wooden deck or concrete garage then you’ll need something a bit more hard-wearing. A firm rubber won’t wear down as quickly and will serve you better in the long run.
How Often You’ll Use It
Are you needing a squeegee to help dry the wet room daily or will you just be using it once a month to clean windows?
How often you use the squeegee needs to be taken into consideration as durability can vary between brands. The softer, sponge mops tend to wear out quicker than the hard wearing rubber ones so if you’re going for a softer material you may want to consider getting some replacement heads as well.
If you’re using a squeegee daily then getting one that’s the wrong length can end up causing backache and can really take its toll on you. Tall people will find a shorter mop causes them to stoop over and shorter people using a long mop will have to work extra hard to push the thing around.
If you’re not sure what size you need, the best solution is to buy one with an adjustable handle so you can set the length to fit you.
Squeegee Head Material
The material of the head part of the squeegee is important as you need to ensure you choose the right design for the job at hand.
A window cleaner or tiled surface needs to be a soft foam maybe with an added rubber scraper for removing excess moisture.
If using as a mop or floor sweeper a cloth or foam head will be an ideal choice.
If it’s concrete or paving slabs then a heavy-duty rubber is required to ensure the head doesn’t wear away after a few uses.
Of course, the final thing that needs to be considered is the cost. Make sure you check that the price listed is inc. VAT and that it fits into your budget All items reviewed here fall between £15 and £30 so won’t break the bank. To check current prices, click the Price & Reviews button under each article.
Can I use a squeegee mop to clean rough tiles?
Most squeegee work fine to clear water from rough or patterned tiles. You’ll want one with a more flexible material for the headpiece so that it can adjust to the crevices.
Can I order replacements blades for my squeegee?
Most companies either supply a replacement head with the mop or have these available to purchase alongside the squeegee. If in doubt, check the manufacturers website before you buy the product.
How do I adjust the handle?
This can vary with the product used. Most handles come in separate parts that simply screw together to adjust the length.
Can I use it to clean the car?
Be cautious when using any product on your vehicle if it doesn’t specify that it’s safe to do so. If the material is slightly rough you can end up scratching the paintwork which is very expensive to fix. Only use products on a car that are designed for the job.
Should I put the head in the dishwasher?
Some mops have heads that are safe to go in the dishwasher for cleaning but this is not a standard feature. Check the manufacturers instructions first and if in doubt, best wash by hand or buy a replacement head.
Will a squeegee work to clear snow?
As squeegees are designed to shift water droplets, snow and ice may be too tough for them. Whilst a squeegee may work to clear a light snowfall for heavier or compacted snow use a snow shovel or scraper as this could damage your squeegee.
There’s a lot to consider when buying a new squeegee mop. Make sure you weigh up the pros and cons of each design and take into account your own needs as well as the price. I hope this guide has helped straighten things out and set you up well for your next cleaning equipment purchase.