What is a
vacuum mop?

What is a
vacuum mop?

The ultimate guide to 2-in-1 vacuum cleaners

It’s time to take your cleaning to the next level. Meet the vacuum mop combo – the 2-in-1 vacuum cleaner that can vacuum and mop your floors simultaneously. This multi-functional cleaning powerhouse will change the way you clean forever – saving you time and effort so you can spend more time doing what you love most. Discover more about this game changing cleaning system, how it works, and how to get your hands on one so you can clean smarter, not harder.

Vacuum mops explained

What is a vacuum mop?

A vacuum mop combo is the revolutionary cleaning system that’s taking households by storm! Using a 2-in-1 vacuum mop allows you to vacuum unwanted dirt, dust, and hair, whilst mopping and sanitising your floor all at once.

Vacuum mops often come as a single appliance but can also come with a mop attachment to go with your cordless stick vacuum. Vacuum and mop combos are built to take the pain out of cleaning your hard floors at home, leaving you with impressive, streak-free results.

Learn more about the differences between vacuum cleaners with our vacuum buying guide.

What is the best vacuum mop?

When it comes to finding the best vacuum mop, like with any vacuum cleaner, it comes down to personal preference. However, a vacuum mop combo that is flexible, versatile, and works in almost every household, is the Kobold® 2-in-1 Vacuum Mop. This high-performance vacuum mop system brings you 90+ years of high-quality German design, with intuitive cleaning technology engineered by Vorwerk for a streak-free finish every time.

Kobold’s mop attachment can be purchased in a bundle with the Kobold® Cordless Vacuum Cleaner giving you the 2-in-1 cleaning system ready to go, or as a mop head attachment, if you already own the beloved Kobold stick vacuum.

This two-motor vacuum mop has a long-life lithium battery, that’s powered to last for up to 40 minutes of continuous vacuuming and mopping on hard floors (runtimes will vary depending on suction power and attachments). And with the cordless, lightweight body of the Kobold stick vacuum, you can seamlessly vacuum and mop even the smallest of spaces.

If you’re an allergy sufferer, this vacuum mop is great as it includes a TÜV-Nord certified hygienic filter bag for easy dust removal, and the oscillating microfibre mop removes strong bacteria without the need for harsh chemicals.

All of this, combined with the smart technology to tell you when to replace the filter bag, means that you will no longer simply move around dirty water that happens when you use the traditional bucket and mop cleaning method!

How does a vacuum mop work?

Setting up & preparation

Before you get started, there are a few simple steps to ensure you’ve properly prepared your mop head attachment to your Kobold stick vacuum:

  1. Firstly, attach the mop head to your Kobold VB100 vacuum stick by removing the vacuum cleaner head first, and then to get started release the cloth holder by stepping on the striped petal above the green function key.
  2. Attach your cloth to the cloth holder and place the cloth holder back onto your mop head by simply clicking it back into place.
  3. Pop out the filter tank on the right side of your vacuum mop head, add your chosen Koboclean solution to the cap, which is a handy liquid measuring tool, pour this into the filter tank and top it up with water before re-attaching. Ensure the cap is closed tightly to avoid leakage.
  4. Switch on your Kobold stick vacuum and to moisten the cloth before you start mopping, press the green pedal on the left side (about 3 seconds) until the lights at the front of the head turn on – this tells you that the cloths are moistened and ready to go!

Using the vacuum mop

Once you’ve prepared your vacuum mop, you’re now ready to experience next level cleaning. There are a few helpful tips to remember when using the cleaning system:

Flexible design & oscillating cloth

Clean your hard floors with flexibility and ease due to the cordless vacuum design and oscillating cloth. You can manoeuvre around nooks and crannies whilst the effective microfibre cloth grabs and cleans stubborn dirt, dust, pet hair and more.

Moisture levels

Choose your moisture level carefully. You can alternate between moisture levels by tapping the green pedal.

  • Moisture level 1 – minimum level of water for moisture sensitive floors
  • Moisture level 2 – medium level of water for everyday dirt on most types of hard floors
  • Moisture level 3 – highest level of water for heavy dirt on almost all types of hard floors

Refilling the vacuum mop

After some time, yellow LED lights will appear. This means that the tank is empty and is ready to be refilled. When re-filling the tank, we’d also recommend changing the cloth. Ensure the vacuum is turned off, remove the dirty cloth, and repeat the process.

Watch the vacuum mop in action

Care instructions & tips

Excess Liquid Suction

Avoid vacuuming liquid as this can cause excess liquid suction. The LED lights will flash red when the cloth has excess liquid. The vacuum mop will turn off automatically and the safety flap will open to avoid damage due to excess liquid/moisture. When this occurs, turn the main switch off and let the vacuum cleaner fully dry.

Washing The Cloths

All Kobold vacuum mop cloths are machine washable. Wash in a washing machine at 60⁰C, using only laundry detergent and no fabric softener.


  • Tank: Clean the tank regularly with warm water and a mild liquid soap (if necessary) and allow to dry.
  • Sealing Lip Frames: Clean the sealing lip frames occasionally (located of the outer edges underneath the mop head). Wash them under warm running water and allow to dry.
  • Safety Flap: Open the safety tank (located on the left side of the mop head), remove trapped dust, dirt and hair, and wipe the magnetic clasp with a dry cloth.

Where can you use a vacuum mop?

2-in-1 vacuum mop combos are perfect for those households with hard floors such as solid and engineered hardwood, tile, laminate, vinyl, stone, and parquet. Vacuum mops should not be used on carpeted, rugs or other upholstered surfaces such as car interiors and furniture. If you’re looking for a mini vacuum for fabric surfaces, you’ll love our

When identifying the type of vacuum mop accessories you need for your floor, we’d recommend the following:

Benefits of vacuum mops - why you need one!

So, you may be asking yourself, is a vacuum mop worth it? The answer is crystal clear (just like your floors will be) – absolutely! Once you try using the all-in-one cleaning system for yourself, you’ll not know how you ever lived without it. There are just so many reasons to buy a vacuum mop! The main benefits of the Kobold® 2-in-1 vacuum mop include:

Save time & energy

It’s no doubt that one of the biggest advantages of a vacuum mop is that it enables you to cut your cleaning time in half. This means that you will have more freedom in your life to do the things you love. Long gone are the days of arduously sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping your floors separately – with a vacuum mop combo, you can clean in one swift and easy motion.

Hygienic cleaning & better results

Traditional mopping typically involves a mop and bucket system. Studies have shown that this is not only labour-intensive but can also cause a build-up of bacteria as a result of re-mopping with dirty water during use. With the refillable water tank system and Sensitive Choice accredited filter bag, the Kobold vacuum mop captures 99.9% of allergens and removes stubborn dirt, pet hair and bacteria. Kobold vacuums’ compact filter bags are also TÜV-Nord certified, and have the ability to trap fine dust particles that can cause allergic reactions. These premium filter bags are designed to be detached and removed with minimal contact with the dust collected.

Save storage space

Cordless, compact, and convenient, 2-in-1 vacuum mops save you storage space, as you don’t need several bulky cleaning tools taking up precious room in your cupboard. And thanks to the vacuums’ upright parking position and removable battery, the Kobold cordless vacuum is designed to be placed anywhere around the home without requiring a fixed docking station.

All in all, this multi-functional cleaning system truly speaks for itself! Relax knowing that you’ve got cleaning under control with the smart, sleek 2-in-1 system and discover the power of the vacuum mop.

Still unsure? Feel free to contact us online, or view our many helpful tips, tricks, and tutorial videos!

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