Steam mops are great at cleaning a variety of hard floorings and most manufacturers will provide some guidance about what sort of flooring is appropriate. Vinyl, ceramic tiles, porcelain tiles linoleum, stone, marble, and sealed timber can all usually be cleaned with a steam mop.
If steam finds its way into surface cracks or gaps between boards on a hardwood floor, it can seep into the wood and cause it to expand and warp. This process makes steam mops unsuitable for unsealed or waxed hardwood floors. Likewise, cork tiles are susceptible to damage from steam.
Some manufacturers don’t recommend steam mop use on linoleum or vinyl floors, as gaps or holes can also be penetrated by steam, which can weaken the adhesive and will damage the wooden floorboards underneath. If possible, it’s good to check with the manufacturer of your flooring whether a steam mop is suitable.
Both ceramic and porcelain tiles are suitable for steam cleaning. Steam mops can also clean tiled walls in your bathroom.