These Are the 14 Cleaning Tools HGTV Stars and Top Designers Swear By

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If there’s one thing we learned during the past year, it’s that we rely on certain appliances to keep our homes as clean as can be. To get an expert opinion on which cleaning tools are best to introduce to your routine, we asked a few top interior decorators and HGTV stars how they’ve been keeping their own houses tidy and to share the one device they lean on most.

From an electronics sterilizer to a steamer that cleans curtains (without having to take them down) to a mini vacuum that eats up crumbs on countertops, these are the cleaning appliances our pros swear by.

For Cleaner Floors

Shark S3501 Steam Pocket Mop Hard Floor Cleaner

Shark Handheld Cleaners Steam Mop


“We’re in the midst of a home renovation, so there’s sheetrock dust all over our hardwood floors. This mop makes a big difference because it doesn’t just push the mess around, it holds onto the dust and keeps it from floating in the air. It’s easy to use—just fill it with water and turn it on. Plus, it comes with two reusable cleaning pads that can be tossed in the washing machine. We use it daily, and even my kids jump in, as the dirt on my floor is the one thing we can control amongst all the construction chaos.”—Tamara Day, designer and host of HGTV's Bargain Mansions and founder of Growing Days Design and Growing Days Home

Bona Hardwood Floor Spray Mop, includes 28.75 oz.

 Bona Hardwood Floor Spray Mop

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“I recently refinished all my hardwood floors and invested in this spray mop for easy cleaning. We’re home a lot these days and cleaning more frequently. This product does an extremely good job at removing floor dirt and comes with a cartridge filled with cleanser and a machine-washable microfiber pad. It’s also Greenguard Gold certified, meaning it contains low chemical emissions, which is great for cleaning when my family is around.”—Chris Martorana, founder and chief designer of CM Designs

For Stain Removal

Bissell SpotClean ProHeat Portable Spot and Stain Carpet Cleaner

BISSELL SpotClean ProHeat Portable Spot and Stain Carpet Cleaner, 2694, Blue


“Having three little boys and a husband, our house is always prone to spills and mystery stains. I found this hard-working machine during a late-night Amazon deep dive, and it has been such a great addition to our house. I love it because it doesn’t take up too much space, it’s not complicated, and I can use it on carpets as well as our couches. We pull it out a bit more often than I’d like to admit.”—Meredith Triscott, founder and designer of PRIM Living

Rowenta Master 360 Garment Steamer

“This steamer has been a lifesaver when it comes to cleaning up pillows, curtains, and rugs. The heat dissolves any built-up messes and also kills pests such as dust mites and moth eggs. I steam everything now. Previously, I dry-cleaned our curtains to keep them looking fresh, but it’s such a hassle to take them up and down. This steamer revives them, and the best part is I can clean while they’re still hanging.”—John Robshaw, founder and chief creative officer of John Robshaw Textiles

For Cleaner, Healthier Air

Molekule Air Mini


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“After wrapping up a recent home renovation that included refinishing walls in a beautiful clay material, we were left with a fine layer of dust particles in the air—and on pretty much everything else. I decided to purchase my first air purifier, and although it was a bit of an investment, I’m so happy I did. This one removes viruses, VOCs, allergens, bacteria, mold and other pollutants from the air. We run it for a few hours each day, then again at night. The subtle sound it makes serves as white noise and helps me drift off to sleep. I’ve been sleeping better, my eyesight is clearer and less blurry when I wake up, plus my husband’s allergies have all but disappeared. And best of all, its streamlined design feels totally cohesive in our bedroom without being an eyesore.”—Camille Styles, lifestyle expert and author of Camille Styles Entertaining

“No cleaning appliance works harder for me than this air purifier. During wildfire season, I would step outside of my house and a layer of soot and ash covered the surface of everything that we had hosed down or blown off the day before. Knowing that the air quality inside my home was clean, despite what was going on outdoors, gave me solace and peace of mind. With its two filters, some of the cleaning happens at a microscopic level, and some happens at a very visible dog and cat hair-filled filter level. I am just so glad I made the investment.”—Mandy Cheng, owner of Mandy Cheng Design

Medify Air MA-15 Air Purifier

MA-15 Air Purifier

Medify Air

“This cute and compact air purifier was the first purchase I made before going back into the office after months of working at home. I was looking for solutions, in addition to masks and sanitizing products, that would make me feel more at ease about doing what I felt was necessary for my business while staying as safe as possible. When I'm here, I keep my office door closed and am comforted by the thought that my air is constantly being cleaned. It does all the work so I can come in and get to work.” —Leah Alexander, principal interior designer of Beauty Is Abundant

For Controlling Germs 

Simplehuman 9-Ounce Sensor Liquid Pump

Simple Human

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“This touch-free soap dispenser has proven to be a sanitary and effortless addition to my home. Simply hold your hand under the mouth of the pump and the perfect amount of liquid soap is dispensed. Plus, the device holds a charge for what feels like forever. It's already been over two months, and I've never had to recharge.”—Megan Hopp, founder and principal of Megan Hopp Design in New York City and Washington, DC 

Wabi Baby UV Sterilizer and Drying Station

Wabi Baby UV Sterilizer and Drying Station

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“Sanitizing everything in our house has become a priority. We started out using this product just for our baby bottles, but now use it for so much more, including sterilizing our iPhones, keys, and kitchen wares like our kid’s bowls, cups and utensils.”—Haley Weidenbaum, interior designer and founder of Everhem in Los Angeles, California

For Small Messes

MoMA Design Store Mini Table Crumb Vacuum

“One day, a client and I were lamenting about our coffee grinders and how every time we put the bin back into the grinder, they’d shoot out leftover dust. I shared my desire to find a vacuum-like product that I could use on my countertops as I made my pour-over coffee. I soon received a text video from my client showing a teeny-tiny machine sucking up crumbs on a countertop. Fast forward to the next time we were together, and there was a small wrapped gift waiting for me. We laugh and talk about this product often, mostly because now, we use it every single day.” —Mandy Cheng, owner of Mandy Cheng Design

Anker eufy HomeVac H11 Pure Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

“Being home with young kids for the better part of a year juggling work, school, and everything else has required us all to become more efficient when it comes to cleaning. This handheld vacuum is perfect for small messes that need to be picked up quickly. The filter is washable and it charges with a USB port—two big efficiency pluses—plus it has a crevice tool that is awesome for cleaning your computer keyboard or hard to reach spaces.”—Anna Kroesser, principle of Kroesser + Strat Design

For Victories Over Pet Hair

Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum



“Like so many others, we adopted a puppy in 2020. He was an addition to our pack of four large dogs, bringing their collective weight in excess of five hundred pounds. Vacuuming once—or often twice—a day is not only a necessity, but also a calming break from all the wall-to-wall video conferences. Everything in our house gets touched by this vacuum and its attachments, from floor surfaces to nearly every piece of upholstery, including the mountain of dog beds that have overtaken my home.”Vern Yip, product designer at Vern Yip Designs, TV host, and author of Vacation at Home

Dyson v8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

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“I have a small one-bedroom apartment with a shedding dog, which means I’m vacuuming daily, so I need something lightweight yet powerful enough for dust and hair. The detachable heads make it easy to get at nooks and crannies, and it comes with a wall-mount charger for easy hanging in my closet.”—Karina Lameraner, creative stylist at Modsy

For Vacuuming Just About Everything Else 

Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction Powerline Canister Vacuum

Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction Powerline Canister Vacuum

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“I've been doing a ton of DIY projects around the house, from making giant pieces of art to ripping out carpets, all of which has generated a lot of dust and debris. So having a relatively lightweight yet powerful vacuum is key to keeping things clean. I use this one for pine needles to woodchips (I just moved to a large cabin in the woods), to construction dust and regular everyday dirt. Pretty much anywhere I'm constantly having to clean up.”—Orlando Soria, interior designer, host of HGTV’s Build Me Up, and judge on Brother Vs. Brother