Steam mops are an extremely useful tool for household cleaning. They are pretty easy-to-use, are fairly inexpensive and can clean a variety of floor types from tile and linoleum to vinyl and sometimes even carpets. They build on the design of the mop by adding the sanitizing and cleaning benefits of steam. And it’s this combination that gives them such great cleaning ability. It’s also the reason I believe everyone should have one in their home.
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Unsealed Hardwood Floor?
As good as steam mops are around the home, there’s one surface that they aren’t meant to be used on and that’s unsealed hardwood floors. While they can be used on sealed wood floors, using them on unsealed ones can result in wood damage and that’s why you might want to try a wet mop together with a hardwood floor cleaner on your unsealed wood floors instead of a steam mop.
It's easy to use, fairly lightweight and ecofriendly. It's cheaper than many comparative models and carries a 2-year warranty. To me, it's a winner.Read Users' reviews
While it's a little more expensive than I would like it to be, it does a very good job with day-to-day cleaning.Read Users' reviews
All things considered, I think that this is more than a decent steam mop - one I would recommend.Read Users' reviews
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While it didn't clean the grout on my tile floors, it did a good job of cleaning just about everything else.Read Users' reviews
The Benefits & Drawbacks Of Steam Mops
I have always felt like steam mops are some of the best cleaning devices on the market. While I didn’t buy the best steam mop when I first started researching steam cleaners, I feel like I do have the best steam mop today. However, that wasn’t because I stumbled onto the best one but only because I did a ton of research and read I don’t know how many steam mop reviews on the Internet. It was only after that I began to gain some proficiency in finding the ones that are best for the job.
As great as they are though, they can’t handle every single job put to them. Just like all of the rest of the steam cleaners, there are areas in which these devices excel and areas in which they don’t do so well. In the past, the only way to tell if the best steam mop was the one right for your chores was to try it out or check out a ton of steam mop reviews – like I did.
Today, I want to save you all that trouble by giving you a guide that will tell you the areas in which steam mops excel and the areas in which they fall flat. Hopefully, this guide will give you a few things to think about as you are searching for the next best steam cleaner. And hopefully it will save you a lot of time in the process. So without further adieu, let’s get started, shall we?
The Pros Of Steam Mops
As you can tell from most steam mop reviews, these devices really can do a whole lot of things. However, there are some things in which they really excel and have a clear advantage over canisters, handhelds or multipurpose steam cleaners. Let’s examine some of these pros:
They’re Excellent For A Variety Of Floors
One advantage to steam mops is they can clean a variety of different floors. They can clean hardwood, vinyl and linoleum. They can even be used on carpets, although I’d use them to freshen them and not to do any heavy-duty cleaning. While I don’t normally use them for grout, they also do a great job at cleaning tile – as long as they aren’t too messy. Overall, I think steam mops can handle a variety of different floors for day-to-day cleaning.
Steam Mops Are Inexpensive
Another thing that I like about steam mops is that they are relatively inexpensive. While handheld steamers are the most inexpensive steamers out there, steam mops are still less expensive than most canisters and multipurpose steamers. In fact, while there are some steam mops that cost over $100, the vast majority of them are under $100. Something to think about if you are on a budget.
They Are Fairly Lightweight
Sure, steam mops aren’t as small as handheld steamers, but they can be about the same weight. You see, most canister and multipurpose vacuums weigh well over 10 pounds and some of them even weigh over 20 pounds. However, steam mops usually weigh under 10 pounds and a lot of them are around 5 pounds. Which makes them easy to carry throughout the house.
Steam Mops Are Easy To Use
Another thing about steam mops are that they are often the simplest steam cleaners to use, except for maybe handheld steamers. Steam mops are easy to put together and are pretty easy to operate. From the time you take them out of the box to the time they are being used, they are often quick and easy. They are also usually very easy to fill and refill.
The Cons Of Steam Mops
As I’ve stated previously, even the best steam mop can’t handle every job flawlessly. There are some things that it just doesn’t do well. Here are a few cons of steam mops:
Not For Heavy-Duty Messes
If your floors or carpets are really, really dirty, then a steam mop might not be the best steam cleaner for you. That’s because these devices are really only good for day-to-day cleaning. They just aren’t designed for huge messes or for professional cleaning. If you need something to remove tough messes, then you probably will need to buy a canister steam machine.
Not Really All That Versatile
Unless your steam mop has attachments, then it is probably only good for cleaning floors or freshening carpets. While there are some steam mops that have detachable handheld steam cleaners that can be removed for other cleaning jobs, the majority of steam mops are only good for cleaning floors. You certainly won’t use your steam mop on your grill, shower door or bathroom grout.
Some Can Streak Certain Floors
If there is one problem about steam mops that is often cited in reviews, it’s the fact that even the top steam mops can occasionally streak certain floors. While not every steam mop on the market will streak the floor, quite a few of them do. Steam mops are certainly more likely to cause streaks on certain types of vinyl and linoleum than other types of steamer cleaners.
The Final Analysis
Well, that just about covers all of the pros and cons of steam mops. Hopefully, this guide will help you determine if steam mops are right for your cleaning needs or if you need something like a canister, multipurpose vacuum or handheld steamer. As you can see, steam mops are good for day-to-day cleaning of floors and are really simple to use.
Whether they are right for your household or cleaning routine can really only be answered by you. If you want to know the pros and cons of other steam cleaners – like canisters, multipurpose vacuums or handheld steamers – then please check out my other guides. Or if you have decided that you need a steam mop, then please check out my reviews to find the one that is best for you. Hopefully, you’ll find everything you need on this site to make an informed decision about which steam machine to purpose. After all, that was my goal.
Chances are, if you’ve been doing any sort of research for a steam mop, then you’ve probably seen the Bissell 1940 Powerfresh Steam Mop mentioned a few times. And there’s a good reason for that. At the time of this review, it was one of the best-selling steam mops out there. When I was searching for a steam mop, it seems like everyone and their mother had to have one of these, so naturally I decided that I needed to check it out for myself. After all, there had to be a reason it was so popular, right?
When I finally got my hands on the Powerfresh Steam Mop, I noticed a few things about. One, it was really easy for me to put together. It took me under five minutes to snap it all together and install one tiny little screw. Once I had done that, then I was ready to give it a proper testing by mopping a few surfaces in my home.
Before I could use it however, I had to set it up for use. Which was fairly easy. All I had to do was add water, put on a pad, plug it in and I was ready to go. I started out cleaning my bathroom floor – which is ceramic tile – to see how easily it could maneuver between the sink and the toilet. It did surprisingly well. When I first unpacked it, the mop head looked a little wide (it’s about 13 inches wide to be exact) but it was able to maneuver because it has a triangular shop and it was attached to the body with a joint that allowed easy movement. It did a fantastic job on the ceramic tiles, and I was even able to clean the grout by applying a little pressure to the flip down scrubber. However, I also noticed that you have to be very careful while doing this because the steam that comes out of this thing is pretty hot and it can be easy to get burned if you get your foot to close. Fortunately, you can set the heat level to one of three presets (low, medium or high) and that can minimize the risk of getting accidently burned by the steam. This feature also customizes your cleaning experience as well.
One of the things that I really like about the Bissell 1940 Powerfresh Steam Mop is that it doesn’t require any chemicals whatsoever. Which really makes it ecofriendly, at least in my book. And you would think that with not having to use any cleaners, then you would have less of a cleaning experience. However, that’s simply not the case. The steam was hot enough to sanitize the floor and the Fabreeze discs did a good job of leaving a nice clean scent—not just on the floor but throughout my entire home.
However, while my experience with this steam mop was exceedingly favorable, there are a couple of things that didn’t feel right. For one, I really didn’t know what to think about the always-on steam. Sure, it was easier on my hands not having to hold down a trigger, but at the same time there were instances I wanted the steam off and I had to resort to unplugging. This kind of cuts down on the convenience factor.
All things considered though, I thought that this steam mop did a pretty good job on my floors. Even the sealed hardwood floor in my dining room. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. If you spend a lot of time trying to steam clean a small area, then there might be water buildup that contributes to a streaky floor.
I think the Bissell 1940 Powerfresh Steam Mop is a winner. It’s easy to use, fairly lightweight and is ecofriendly. And considering that it is cheaper than many comparative models and carries a 2 year warranty, then I think you really can’t go wrong with this model steam mop.
It's easy to use, fairly lightweight and ecofriendly. It's cheaper than many comparative models and carries a 2-year warranty. To me, it's a winner.
- Very easy to use
- Low profile allows unit to get under cabinetry easily
- Assembles easily with only a screwdriver needed
- Ergonomic: No trigger to hold down while mopping the floor
- Simple to use
- Easy to refill
- Extended warranty
- Cord is shorter than other steam mop models
- Always-on steam
- Can leave streaks on floor while sanitizing
When I first saw the Shark Professional Steam Pocket Mop (S3601D), I thought it looked a lot like the Shark Steam Pocket Mop (S3501). Sure, it had a smaller looking mid-section but it still looked like it’s older and cheaper brother. However, sometimes looks can be deceiving.
It’s 51.2 inches long and has a mop head that is about 12 inches wide. It has an extra-long tank that holds 15 ounces of water and uses 2-sided pocket pads. With all of these features similar to the (S3501), you would think that these were just 2 identical models. They aren’t though and the proof is in the use and features of this unit.
One of the big differences is the pads this one uses seem to be a bit higher quality. They not only feel more durable but they also have what you could consider little fingers – extra material like a shag carpet is probably another way to put. This allows the pads to scrub the floor better than the previous model. I’m still not a fan of the pocket pads, but since I’ve gotten used to them, they aren’t as hard to attach to the mop head as they once were. Plus, these pads can be used on one side and then flipped over and used on the other side. So you can say that I’m softening to the use of pocket pads and are beginning to see their positive side.
Another thing that makes it different from the previous model is that you don’t have to pump it. One of the biggest annoyances of the S3501 was that you had to push in the telescoping handle to get a dose of steam. With this one you don’t. That’s because the steam is always on. Sure, I’m not a big fan of always-on steam either. It often means you have to continuously plug and unplug the unit. However, it does have its benefits too. I didn’t have to struggle to get a dose of steam and I don’t have to constantly hold down a trigger. That makes it a bit better.
I did like the fact that this unit came with two quick release mop heads. You get a rectangular one for just cleaning the floor straight-on and then there’s a triangular one that can fit into corners. This improved the range and the usefulness of this unit by a whole lot.
What I really liked about this unit is that you can set it to one of three different levels of steam. You can set it to “dust” and basically just use the unit like a broom. Using it in this way puts down a minimum of steam, which means the floors dry a whole lot quicker. The second setting is “mop” and that puts down more steam and a little more water. This allowed me to pick up more dirt and power through some light stains. The final setting is “scrub” and it provides the most intense level of steam. I found that is really powers through stains, and I have no doubt that it sanitizes to a 99.99% sanitation level. However, when I used this setting I found that it sometimes left streaks on the floor or made the floor look dull. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because the pad is thick and doesn’t get moist enough.
However, for the most part, I think the Shark Professional Steam Pocket Mop (S3601D) did a pretty good job on all of my floors – on the ceramic tile, the linoleum and the sealed hardwood. Its swivel head moved around and underneath my cabinets very well and the steam was pretty hot. It couldn’t get the ground-in dirt in my tile grout, at least not with the included attachments.
Overall, I think the Shark Professional Steam Pocket Mop (S3601D) is a pretty decent steam mop. While it’s a little more expensive than I would like it to be, it does a very good job with day-to-day cleaning. It would be nice if the sanitation feature didn’t streak as often as it does, but that doesn’t happen every single time. I think for the most part most people would like how well this steam mop works.
While it's a little more expensive than I would like it to be, it does a very good job with day-to-day cleaning.
- Extra-large capacity tank
- Very quiet
- Easy To Assemble
- Pads are reversible
- 3 Levels of Steam
- Reaches corners and under cabinets
- Kind of expensive
- Steam is always on
- Sometimes streaks or dulls floor surface during santitation
- Doesn't clean grout
The Hoover TwinTank Steam Mop (WH20200) is a steam mop that I read a number of great things about and couldn’t wait to try it out for myself. However, I do have to say that after trying it out for a couple of days, during this trial, I noticed there were a number of things I liked about it and a few things I really didn’t care for. If you have a few moments of time, then let me explain in further detail.
The first thing that I noticed about this unit was that it was quite easy to assemble. All it took was removing it from the carton and snapping the handle into the unit. Pretty easy, if you ask me. I also noticed that the two tanks are easy to take out of the unit, fill and put back on. All you have to do is to grab them by their sides and they can easily be removed. So far so good on getting it all assembled and ready to be used.
However, this is when I ran into my first problem – the location of the power button. The button is right in the middle of the unit. Therefore, every time you had to turn it on or off, you had to bend over to do it. It would have been much more convenient if the button was located on the handle instead of the body.
As you might have noticed from the name, the Hoover TwinTank Steam Mop (WH20200) uses a two-tank system. One tank holds water and one tank holds a disinfecting solution. This dual tank system, along with the dialed control system of the unit, allows you to customize your cleaning experience. By turning the dial you can select one of four options: 1) Steam only, 2) General cleaning with solution, 3) Spot cleaning with solution, 4) Tough stains with solution. Turning the dial, however, doesn’t control the amount of steam. It only controls the amount of the solution used.
What controls the steam in the trigger on the handle? And this is where I ran into my next problem with this unit. To depress this trigger, you need to exert quite a bit of force on it. So much in fact, that it can cause your hand to cramp. I fixed this problem by taping it down, so the unit is always on, but that sort of took away the control I had over the steam. So I just decided to deal with the hand cramping while pulling the trigger.
I used the Hoover TwinTank Steam Mop (WH20200) using all of the cleaning options on the dial. I used just steam, I used it with solution, spot cleaning and for some really tough cleaning, and I have to say that this unit worked marvelously in all respects. This thing can really pick up tough dirt – both with the solution and with just steam. The only problem I had with using the solution, was that I felt it left my floors kind of tacky. However, that was quickly fixed with a quick run-over with just steam. The only thing it won’t clean is tile grout – so if you’re looking for a unit that does that, then you might want to look elsewhere. For me, it wasn’t a big deal but it is something to mention.
All things considered, I think that this is more than a decent steam mop. While it has a few design flaws that make it not as ergonomic as it should’ve been, I think that it cleans like a champ. And I also think that its main feature – the dual tanks – will prove invaluable to all those who use it. You can just get a whole lot more clean without having to fill up the tanks all of the time. Overall, I think the Hoover TwinTank Steam Mop (WH20200) is a product I would recommend.
All things considered, I think that this is more than a decent steam mop - one I would recommend.
- Disinfects & sanitizes
- Easy to maneuver
- Long-lasting water tanks
- Heats up quickly
- Mop head reaches hard to reach areas
- Easy assembly
- Extended warranty
- Trigger is not ergonomic
- Power button is inconvenient
- Won't clean grout
- Using cleaning Solution can make floors tacky
Today, I am reviewing a little steam mop called the Shark Steam Pocket Mop (S3501). I’m calling it small, although it really isn’t very small. Sure, it’s lightweight – under 5 pounds – but thanks to its telescoping handing it’s about 51 inches tall. Not very large but certainly not one of the smallest steam mops I’ve ever used.
I’ve been waiting to get the Shark Steam Pocket Mop (S3501) for some time because I was pretty excited about some of the features I keep hearing about. Particularly, the extra-large water tank, the telescoping handle and the “Steam-On-Demand” feature that it so heavily brags about. So I put this steam mop, and all of its features, to the test at my home and what follows is my experience.
The first thing that I noticed about this product was that it was a stick style steam mop with kind of a big belly. Of course, its pot belly is the water tank which has a built-in window (so you can see when it needs refilling) and holds about 15 ounces of water. That’s a pretty good amount of water for any steam mop to hold. That’s definitely a plus and puts it into the upper limit of water storage for steam mops. The next thing that caught my attention was that it had a decent length cord (another good sign). It seems like I’m always struggling with cord length with these steam mops, but this one was a lot better than some of the other ones I’ve used.
This steam mop had a swiveling mop head that was about 12 inches wide and it used a pad that was a little bit different than what I was used to using. Instead of using a pad that just attached to the bottom, it used a pad that wrapped around the whole mop head called a pocket pad. These pads are pretty thick and they can be flipped around so you can use both sides. Which I can see being a big time saver. However, if you aren’t familiar with them, then putting them on and securing the velcro pads can be a pain.
Once I filled up the XL tank, secured the pad and plugged the unit in, I then proceeded to take it on its rounds around my house. Notable, my linoleum kitchen floor, my sealed hardwood dining room and my tile bathroom floors. While it did an adequate job on all three surfaces, picking up dirt and stains, there were a couple of issues I had a problem with and need to be discussed.
I noticed that this unit only produced steam when the telescoping handle was compressed. This is because this is the Steam-On Demand Feature. A feature that is supposed to save water because it only delivers steam when you need it. However, I noticed that it also made the unit harder to use. Every time you wanted steam, you had to compress the handle, which became tiring after a while. I appreciate the idea behind this feature, but its implementation is far from perfect.
Another thing that I noticed was that with the Steam-On Demand feature and the thickness of pads, it was really hard to lay down a lot of steam. This makes this unit a lot “drier” than other units, which increases drying time, but it also increases the amount of work needed to get the floor done.
Sanitizing is another trouble spot for this unit. Sure, it will sanitize up to 99.99 % efficiency, but you have to linger over a spot for almost 10 seconds to get that benefit. If I have to spend 8-10 seconds on each spot of the floor that I want to sanitize, then I’m going to be cleaning all day. Definitely not what I’m looking forward to doing.
While this steam mop isn’t as quick or efficient as other steam mops, it has a few things going for it. One, it’s cheaper than most of its competitors – sometimes by as much as 30%. It’s also lightweight and holds a lot of water – which means having to refill it a lot less often. Another thing going for it is that it heats up pretty quickly. While the Shark Steam Pocket Mop (S3501) wouldn’t be my first choice in a steam mop, it’s still a good choice for those looking for a budget conscious model.
While it wouldn't be my first choice in a steam mop, it's still a good choice for those looking for a budget conscious model.
- Very lightweight
- Extra-large capacity tank
- Very quiet
- Better than average cord length
- Pads are reversible
- Not enough steam
- Can be hard to use at times
- Will not clean grout
- On-Demand feature can be demanding
- Sanitizing can take too long
Today, I’m trying out the O-Cedar Microfiber Steam Mop. Before I bought this steam mop, I didn’t even know that O-Cedar made steam mops. I knew they made those handy spin mops (my neighbor has one), but I didn’t know they made other products. Anyway, I have had the opportunity to use it for a few days and wanted to pass along my thoughts on it.
My first impression of this steam mop is that it’s really lightweight. By far, it was one of the lightest steam mops I’ve ever used. It didn’t take much effort at all to push it along my floor or my carpet. However, while using it I did feel like it was not only lightweight but maybe not as durable as it should be. I’m not saying that it’s flimsy – after all, I’ve used it several times without a problem, it just feels like it. Of course, I guess it’s really just a balance between its weight and its durability. You can’t really expect a 5-pound unit to feel indestructible.
The next thing I noticed was that it snapped together really quickly and without tools. In about 2 snaps I had it together and ready to work. I also liked the fact that it had a cord that wasn’t too long but wasn’t too short either. For me, it was just the right length to get the job done.
What I didn’t like about the unit was how it had to be filled. It comes with a custom measuring cup so that you can put exactly 400 ML of water into the unit. However, there is no place to hang the cup on the unit. Which means you have to keep going back and getting it when you want to refill it. They could have at least put hooks on the steam mop to hang the cup. Definitely not convenient in my book.
However, I did like the fact that once you started the O-Cedar Microfiber Steam Mop, it produced steam within 20 seconds. Yes, you read that right. It was fully heated in under half a minute. And I’m talking about quite a bit of steam, too. Hot enough to kill 99.99% of the bacteria on the floor – not just as listed in the features, either. No, you feel like it’s killing all of the bacteria off of the floor.
The mop directions said it could be cleaned on all hard floor surfaces, even carpet, which really excited me. So I gave it a shot. And I had mixed results. While it cleaned all of my floors perfectly, it had a few problems on my carpet. For one, the carpet glider attachment kept snapping off for some reason. Then I checked it and realized that I didn’t have it snapped on all the way and had to fix it. Once I did that, it seemed to work just fine. Although I have to say that using this steam mop only freshens your carpet, it doesn’t deep down clean it.
All things considered, it did a pretty good job on my floors. While it didn’t clean the grout on my tile floors, it did a good job of cleaning just about everything else. This thing really puts out a ton of steam and sanitizes the floor without any chemicals. It also should be said that while it isn’t the most inexpensive steam mop, it isn’t the most expensive one, either. The O-Cedar Microfiber Steam Mop seems like a fine steam mop and if I had to buy it again, I wouldn’t hesitate.
While it didn't clean the grout on my tile floors, it did a good job of cleaning just about everything else.
- Heats up in 20 seconds
- Adjustable steam levels
- Easy to assemble
- Custom measuring cup is a pain
- Carpet snap-off tends to snap off too easily
- Doesn't feel very sturdy
You probably consider your kitchen to be the hub of your household. It is not only where you keep your food and cook it, but it is often a place where members of the family spend time talking or socializing. Therefore, it is probably your top priority to keep it as clean as possible. Unfortunately, the fact that you spend so much time cooking and socializing in this room usually means that the floor is covered in quite a bit of grease and grime. In the past, that would mean spending countless hours scrubbing the grease off of your floors, counter tops and appliances. A process that just isn’t time consuming but also back breaking as well.
However, times have changed. Now you no longer have to spend so much time and work removing grease from your kitchen surfaces. That’s because your best steam mop can handle the job for you. It will not only make it easier to remove grease from your kitchen surfaces, but it will also make it a whole lot easier. Just follow the tips below and before you know it, all of the grease from this room will be gone like magic.
Step One: Setting Up
Be sure that your steam mop is in good working order. Make sure that it is filled with distilled water (you should never use tap water in your steam mop) and there isn’t any limescale deposits on it. If there is, then be sure to thoroughly clean your steam mop and place a new pad on it before you begin.
If you don’t happen to own a steam mop, then now is a good time to look through some steam mop reviews and find a model that fits your needs. The price of steam mops are at a historic low and there are some really good deals available for these units,
Step Two: The Pre-Treatment
Before you actually steam mop your greasy surfaces, then you might want to make sure that you pre-treat the area first. You can do this by mixing together equal parts of bicarbonate soda and vinegar together and then applying it evenly over the floor. Once you have it applied, you should leave it on the floor for approximately a half hour. Then take a scrub brush and loosen it slightly. When that is done, you can then proceed on cleaning the greasy surface.
Step Three: Removing The Grease
Now you can begin steam mopping. What you might want to do is to divide your surface into imaginary sections and concentrate on cleaning those sections one at a time. This will make is easier to remember where you’re at in the cleaning process and will prevent you from missing any areas.
That is all there is to getting the grease off of most kitchen surfaces. Using your steam mop requires very little elbow grease and will ensure that the center of your home remains looking its best.
Steam mops seem like the easiest things in the world to use. You add water, you push them around the floor and the next thing you know your floor is sanitized clean. It seems like there is no way that a person could use them incorrectly. However, that isn’t exactly the truth. There are a number of ways to incorrectly use this amazing device. Ways that might not only damage the steam mop but also may damage the surface you are trying to clean. Which is why I wrote this guide. Today, we are going to learn about some of the things that you shouldn’t clean with your steam mop.
Unsealed Wood Floors
I know that some steam mop reviews make it sound like any floor in the world can be cleaned with a steam mop, but that is simply not the case. There are simply some surfaces that shouldn’t be cleaned with these mops, and that includes unsealed wood floors.
Yeah, I know that if you look on the Internet, then you will find example after example of people who’ve spent years steam mopping their hardwood floors without any ill effects. But usually these anecdotal statements don’t tell you what kind of hardwood floor the steam mop was used upon. Not all hardwood floors are the same, so you shouldn’t think that just because some people have done it that you can too. It’s usually fine to steam mop sealed wood floors, but you should never steam mop unsealed ones because that can cause the wood to warp. So be sure to do your research and if you’re still adamant about steam mopping your floor, then be sure to at least do a small sample area first.
Some of the best steam mops in the world can handle a variety of different fabrics, which usually includes drapes and furniture coverings. However, that doesn’t mean that all fabrics can be cleaned with this device. Be sure to avoid steam mopping delicate fabrics such as vintage linen, lace or leather.
If you have just waxed your floor and have noticed that there is some dirt on it, then do yourself a favor and not try to steam mop it. That’s because the steam from the mop can melt the wax on the floor, which in turn can not only ruin the floor but also ruin the steam mop. Just don’t do it.
Whenever you steam mop your floor be sure that you don’t linger on one spot for longer than 20 seconds. If you do, then you risk ruining your floor from the accumulation of heat and moisture. Besides, it doesn’t provide any benefit to leave it on one spot for that length of time. 10-15 seconds on each spot is long enough to kill the bacteria on your floor. Longer than that, then the risk definitely begins to outweigh the reward.
One thing that I’ve learned over the course of my life is that people will spend a considerable amount of time shopping for a steam mop and checking out steam mop reviews, but won’t spend the time to learn how to use this amazing device effectively. A steam mop is one of the most useful cleaning items in the world, but if you don’t take the time to learn how to use it properly, then you simply aren’t going to get much benefit out of it. Which is why I have decided to write this article. This is a simple guide that will allow steam mop owners, or potential owners as the case may be, get the most out of their steam mop.
Step One: Preparation Is The Key
The first thing that needs to be done before the floor is steam mopped is vacuuming. This step might seem a little basic, but you can’t imagine how many people skip this step. If you try to steam mop your floor before it is vacuumed, then you have to know that the mop isn’t going to be able to effectively do its job. Even the best steam mop in the world can’t clean the floor if there is an inch of hair, dust and dirt all over it. So be sure to thoroughly vacuum before using your steam mop.
Now to be fair, I know that a lot of people skip vacuuming because they have a combination vacuum/steam mop and think they can just do it in one pass. But I have two things to say about that. One, you would have to use the vacuum on the unit first and then use the steam feature. It can’t be done all in one pass. And two, using a full-size vacuum to do the floor instead of the combination vacuum usually results in better results. In other words, it gets more stuff off of the floor.
Step Two: Use More Than One Pad
Another mistake people make when they steam mop is to try to reuse the same pad over and over again. This really isn’t advisable because all you are going to end up doing is to smear the dirt you picked up the last time and redistribute back to the floor. Steam mop pads are pretty inexpensive, so there really is no reason to keep reusing the same pad over again.
Step Three: Use It The Way Intended
The last point I want to emphasize is that the steam mop is a general maintenance tool. What I mean by that is that it is designed to maintain a clean floor. It isn’t designed to cut through a half ton of mud or for use on really dirty floors. Its purpose is to keep the floors clean. Therefore, when you first receive your steam mop you should clean your floors the way you’ve always done it for the first cleaning, and then use the steam mop to maintain that clean. That will give you the performance you desire.
A lot of people install vinyl floors in their home because it is easy to maintain and is pretty low maintenance. It is also quite a bit cheaper than tile but still remains the same aesthetic beauty. Vinyl flooring is made from a very durable material called PVC that is formed under high heat and pressure. This makes it a very flexible material, but it also means that dirt and grime can accumulate on it pretty easily. If you don’t believe me, then check out one of your plastic bowls after you have served something greasy in it. Do you notice how hard it is to remove the grease? That’s because grease particles bond with plastic molecules, just like they do on vinyl floors.
A steam mop will cut through this grease though. If you don’t own one, then check steam mop reviews and buy one because today I am going to show you how your steam mop can make your vinyl floors look as good as new. A process that can be done in a few easy steps; steps that I am going to outline for your right now.
First, Prepare Your Floor
The first thing you are going to want to do is to make sure that you have swept or vacuumed your floor. After all, you don’t want a layer of dust and dirt separating your steam mop from your vinyl floor. That is certainly not the way to maximize the efficiency of your best steam mop. That isn’t the only reason to sweep or vacuum your floor, however. You also don’t want to try to steam mop a vinyl floor that has debris all over it. That’s because this debris can create small tears in your soft vinyl flooring.
Another thing that you might want to do before you steam mop your floor is to pre-treat it. You can do this by applying a paste of bicarbonate soda and vinegar to the floor and letting it sit for a minimum of 30 minutes. This will make it a whole lot easier to clean your vinyl flooring once you do start steam mopping.
Put Your Steam Mop To Work
Now all you have to do is prepare your steam mop and put it to work. If you have a particularly large floor area to clean, then you might want to divide it into 3 cubic feet sections and tackle each section individually. This will allow you to clean the floor more effectively and also makes it more apparent if you happen to miss a spot. Be sure to do the entire floor until it is done.
Maintain A Regular Schedule
Now that you have steam mopped your floor, it is time to set a regular schedule for future cleanings. An important thing to remember about vinyl flooring is that is needs regular attention. So be sure that you clean it at least every week. This will ensure that your vinyl floor is as clean and as beautiful as possible.
I think most people realize the practicality of using a steam mop. They know that they can clean floors better than regular mops, are easier to use and can kill most household bacteria. After all, these benefits are repeated over and over again in most steam cleaner reviews you see. However, the one thing that people don’t realize is that these mops are not only practical but are also economical. I am going to show you today that using a steam mop over the course of a year is going to save you a ton of cash. Here are some of the ways your steam mop is going to help your budget:
Bid Farewell To Car Detailing
Taking your car in to have it detailed can cost a load of cash. Especially if this is something that you have done on a regular basis. That doesn’t have to be the case, however. You can use your steam mop to clean your car’s interior from top to bottom. You can clean the carpets, the dash, the upholstery and even the car windows. All you need is your trusty steam mop and a little bit of time. If you want a real professional look, then you can also buy some of the car detailing accessories that are often offered with steam mops. Some of these include a detail brush and a squeegee.
Do A Professional Carpet Cleaning
Having a professional carpet cleaner come in and clean your carpets can get expensive pretty quickly. And renting one of the steam cleaner machines from the super market is not cheap either. However, you really don’t have to use any of these options because your steam mop is more than capable of handling the job. All you have to do is use an accessory called a carpet glider with your steam mop and you are good to go. Most of the best steam mops on the market either have this accessory or allow you to purchase it separately.
Clean Your Furniture
Having a professional upholsterer come in and clean your furniture isn’t very cost effective, and throwing out your furniture when it gets dirty is just a waste. So what is a person supposed to do? Quite simply, they can use their steam mop to clean their furniture’s upholstery. And the best part about it is you can use the accessories that already come with your steam mop. For instance, a carpet glider works pretty good at lifting stains and dirt from upholstery.
Reduce Your Household Chemicals
How many floor and carpet cleaners do you buy over the course of a year? If you are like most people, then you probably spend a pretty penny on it. That doesn’t have to be the case however. Your steam mop will clean just about any surface you can clean and it will do it without using any chemicals at all. All it needs is a little bit of water to produce the steam.
Limescale is a problem that just about everyone can identify with. It not only affects a large segment of the world population, but also affects about 85 percent of the people in the United States. It is a problem that can not only make your taps, tiles and your shower heads look horrible, but it is also one that can interfere with the functioning of most household water appliances.
Limescale is caused by the calcium carbonate in your water supply. It is a hard and chalky substance that can be almost impossible to remove by hand. However, there is a household device that can tackle this substance, and this device is your steam mop.
Most steam mop reviews extol the virtues of the steam mop removing household limescale, but they usually don’t tell you how to do it. Which is why I’ve decided to write this article today. I am going to tell you how to turn your best steam mop into a limescale busting machine that will restore your taps and tiles back to their pristine state. Just follow these steps and you’ll have limescale removed from your kitchen and bathroom in no time flat.
Before you can tackle your limescale problem however, you are going to need the right steam mop for the job. Ideally, you will want a steam mop that has hand accessories you can use for the job, but if you don’t have one of these units, then a smaller steam mop—such as a pocket mop—will work just fine.
Cleaning Shower Heads And Taps
While you steam mop will handle most light limescale problems effortlessly, for bigger problems you might need to give it some help. For taps, coat them with either vinegar or lemon juice, wrap them up in a plastic bag and let them sit overnight. The acidity of the juice or vinegar will eat away much of that limescale build up. The rest can be removed with your steam mop.
Remove shower heads and soak them overnight in either vinegar or lemon juice. Then you can clean them with your steam mop quickly and efficiently.
It’s even easier to remove limescale from your bathroom tiles. Simply spray them down with a solution of vinegar and allow it to sit for 15 minutes. Then place your steam mop on the scrub setting and begin removing the limescale in small sections. In not time flat, your tiles will be sparkling clean.
One Last Note
If your taps and appliances are affected by limescale, then your steam mop most likely is as well. That is why you should try to use distilled water in your unit every time you use it. If that’s not possible, then be sure to clean it out on a regular basis by running an approved descaling solution through it or by cleaning it out with vinegar.
Many of you have gone through steam mop reviews and have recently purchased one of the amazing devices for yourself. And if you have, then you have probably used it on a variety of surfaces from your floor to your bathroom tiles, and maybe even your appliances. Which is a good thing. However, now that you’ve used it and have seen how well it cleans, then you are probably wondering what else you can clean with it. If that is the case, then you are in luck because I am going to tell you two of the things that can be cleaned with a steam mop that you haven’t even considered. Are you ready to find out what these two things are? Well, here it goes. Your steam mop is perfect for cleaning garments and curtains. It does a marvelous job on these two items.
Below are some handy tips for cleaning your curtains and garments. Tips that will not only get these two items cleaner, but will also ensure that you just aren’t using your best steam mop to clean floors.
The problem with curtains for most people is that they tend to get wrinkles or they get mysterious stains on them. This is not only visually distracting but it is also inconvenient because that usually means having to take them down to clean them. At least, that is what you used to have to do. Now, all you have to do is fire your steam mop and take care of the problem. And yes, you can do it while it’s still hanging.
Of course, you can only perform this task if you have a steam mop with a detachable hand-held unit. Which fortunately, most steam mops come equipped with. If your unit has one, then all you have to do is place your unit on the “dust setting” and use it to remove the wrinkles from your curtains. It will steam out the wrinkles in no time flat.
Cleaning your garments is even easier and doesn't require you to visit your local dry cleaner. All you do is place your garment on a flat surface, such as a clean workbench or kitchen table, and hook up your steam mop's garment steamer. Then merely place the unit on the "dust setting" and make even passes over the garment with the brush. This will not only remove your garment's wrinkles but will also remove any surface stains from the garment.
That is all there is to it, folks. Follow these simple directions and you'll have the best looking curtains and the sharpest clothes in the neighborhood. All accomplished without renting any complicated devices or hiring anyone else to do it.
Those of you who have a steam mop but aren’t using it on your ceramic floors might want to break it out today. And for those of you with ceramic floors who don’t own a steam mop, well you might want to check out steam cleaner reviews and buy one. That’s because I am going to show you all of the steps required to clean your ceramic floors quickly and easily. This is a lesson in steam mopping that you aren’t going to want to miss.
What few people realize is that steam mops are perfect for cleaning this type of flooring. Not only can its high heat steam lift dirt and grime from the floor, but is can also remove harsh chemicals left over from previous cleanings. And it can also sanitize the floor at the same time. Sounds like a good deal to me. Especially for those of you who have small children or people living in your household that are sensitive to chemicals and allergens.
Of course, steam mops aren’t just for ceramic floors, but they sure act like they were designed for this purpose. I don’t know any other device that can clean ceramic better than a steam mop. And if you don’t believe me, then all you have to do is try it out by following these very simple steps:
Prepare Your Ceramic Flooring
First, you are going to want to make sure that you remove all of the dust, dirt and loose debris from your floor. You can do this either with your vacuum or with a broom and dust pan. Just be sure that all loose pieces are picked up. Pay particular attention to the corners where there may be an accumulation of cobwebs.
Prepare Your Steam Mop
The next thing you are going to want to do is to get your steam mop ready for action. Make sure that is has water in it and attach a clean pad to the end of it. Be sure that when you fill the unit with water that you don’t use tap water but use distilled water instead. That’s because tap water may have mineral deposits in it that can streak your ceramic floor, or even worse, cause damage to your steam mop. Also be sure that you don’t add anything to your steam mop but water. Cleaning chemicals aren’t needed, and in fact, they may be counterproductive to cleaning because they may leave a residue. Plug your steam mop into the nearest outlet and you are ready to clean.
Start Steam Mopping!
Now all that has to be done is to take you best steam mop and give the floor a good cleaning. To make things a bit easier, you might want to divide the floor into small sections and clean the sections one at a time. This not only allows you to get a better clean, but also helps you spot any areas that you might have missed quicker. Your ceramic floor is now clean and ready to be used.
Summer is quickly approaching and you know what that means. Friends, family and outdoor fun. Of course, if you spend a lot of time during the summer entertaining guests or having family gatherings, then it probably also means that there are going to be a bunch of outdoor projects that have to be accomplished. Projects that include cleaning the car, the grill and the patio area. Projects that can require a lot of time and a lot of work.
While these jobs may seem like a pain, they really don’t have to be. Not if you’ve done purchased a new steam mop from one of the many steam cleaner reviews on the Internet. A steam cleaner can not only make these jobs quicker to accomplish, but they can also kind of make these jobs a bit more enjoyable as well. Let me show you how.
Cleaning Your Sun Room
The first project that your best steam mop can accomplish is cleaning your sun room. It can not only handle the task of cleaning the tile or sealed wood floors, but it can also be used to clean the walls and even the windows. This will allow you to clean it in no time flat and start enjoying it a whole lot quicker.
Cleaning Your Outdoor Furniture
Now that you’ve finished your sun room, you can then take your steam mop out to tackle the job of cleaning your patio furniture. A steam mop is the perfect tool for removing dead bugs, cobwebs, dry leaves and just about anything else that might be clinging to your outdoor furniture.
Cleaning Your Grill
While you’re outside cleaning furniture, then you might as well as tackle the task of cleaning your grill. More than likely, you steam mop has a bunch of attachments that will not only clean the outside of your grill but will also clean your grill top. Using only a few minutes of steam, you can melt the grease from your grill in no time.
Cleaning Your Car
If you’re like most people, then your car has gotten pretty dirty over winter and spring. Not only is there an accumulation of salt and dirt on the outside of your car, but there is probably a lot of debris inside the car. Perfect jobs to be tackled by your trusty steam mop.
Cleaning Play Equipment
This is also the time of the year when you will want to clean your children’s play equipment. Once again, the steam mop is perfect for this job. It can clean swings, slides and monkey bars with almost no effort at all. Before long, you children will be out playing on their equipment and enjoying a little bit of fun in the sun.
As you can see, steam mops are not only for your kitchen and bathroom floors. They are also the perfect tool for helping you deal with those big summer jobs. This will not only ensure that the outside of your home looks as good as the inside, but will ensure you spend less time cleaning and more time with your family.
You probably installed a tile floor because you were looking for something that was durable and require very little maintenance. You knew that tile floors were a great choice because they weren’t affected by heat and water like other types of flooring. Tile floors are also pretty easy to keep clean. However, keeping the grout looking like new is another matter altogether. It doesn’t have to be though. All you need to do is check steam mop reviews and buy one that fits your needs. A steam mop is one of the best tools you can use to not only keep your tiles looking clean, but it can also be used to clean the grout between the tiles. Today, I am going to show you how.
Getting ready to clean your tile floors with a steam mop is a pretty simple proposition because these types of floor are resistant to moisture. All you have to do is take your broom and dustpan, or your favorite vacuum if you prefer–and clean up any dirt, dust and debris that may be on the floor. If your tile floor is particularly greasy, then you might also have to pre-treat it. You can pre-treat it by covering it with some soda bicarbonate and vinegar. This mixture will break down the grease compounds and make the floor easier to clean. Just be sure that you leave it on the floor for at least 30 minutes. Once you’ve done that, you can then move any furniture that might be in the way and prepare your best steam mop for cleaning.
Do The Tiles First
The best way to clean your tile floor is to do it a small section at a time. Mark off a section about 3 square feet of tile in your mind and concentrate on that area. Once that has been cleaned, then move onto the next section. Do an initial pass over the floor with the steam mop set to high steam, and then go back and linger on any heavily stained areas for about 15 seconds. Once you have done all of the tile, you can then concentrate on the grout between the tiles.
Next, Do The Grout
Like I said earlier, cleaning tiles is a pretty easy process when you are using a steam mop. Grout, on the other hand, can be a downright pain. Non-stop foot traffic, spills and dust can really make your grout look terrible. The majority of grout that is used on bathroom and kitchen floors is a lighter color and it will definitely become discolored if it isn’t given attention on a regular basis.
For this part of the job, you are going to have to use the detachable hand unit of your steam mop. This will allow you to deliver a concentrated blast of steam to the floor. As before, do one section of the grout and a time—and when that is done—move on to the next section. Before long, you will notice that you steam mop will have removed all of the dirt and grime that has been stuck between your tiles. Leaving nothing but a tile floor that looks as good as new.
Everyone knows by now that steam mops are the perfect tool for cleaning floors. They not only pick up even the toughest dirt but they sanitize the floor as well. What most people don’t know about these little machines however, is that they can be used for a variety of different tasks. And one of those tasks is removing wall paper from your wall.
Yes, that’s right. Your trusty steam mop is the perfect tool for removing wallpaper. Don’t worry if you didn’t know this fact. It isn’t exactly common knowledge. In fact, there isn’t even that many steam mop reviews that extol this particular fact. Today, that is going to be my job.
However, I am not just here to give praise to the steam mop for turning a task of undeniable drudgery into something that quick and easy. I am also going to show you just exactly how to do it. So if you want to know how to remove wallpaper from your walls using your trusty steam mop, then please continue reading.
Since removing wallpaper requires a lot of reaching and stretching—unless you have extremely short walls that is—then you are going to need the best steam mop for the job. You won’t want to use one of the bigger steam mops for removing wallpaper and that’s for sure. So make sure that you use one with a lighter weight, such as a pocket mop.
Once you have acquired the correct steam mop, then be sure to fill it with water and then place it on the scrub setting. It’s as simple as that. You are now ready to begin removing your wallpaper.
Make sure that while you are removing wallpaper, you divide your wall into small sections to be worked on. This is because it is not only easier to do it in this fashion, but also because the moisture and the heat will still be fresh when you peel the paper. Apply steam to a small section, and then strip the wallpaper off. Continue until the entire wall has been done.
The best part about using your steam mop for removing wallpaper is that it can not only be used for peeling the paper, but it can also be used to clean up the mess. Just fire up your steam mop and you can clean residual glue off your wall effortlessly. You’ll still have to dispose of the discarded wallpaper by hand, but that is the easy part.
Congratulations! You have just used your steam mop in an innovative way and you have turned one of the hardest jobs in the world into something that is almost a pleasure to do.
Those of you who have a linoleum floor probably already know that this type of flooring is one of the most rugged and versatile types of floor in homes today. That is probably why it is used in kitchens all over the United States and Europe. However, that isn’t the only reason it is so popular. Another reason for its popularity is that it can be made to look like just about any other type of flooring. There are linoleum floors that look like ceramic and those that look like wood. It really is an amazing flooring.
However, I am sure that you aren’t reading this article to hear my praise for linoleum. Most likely you are reading this article because you want some tips on using your steam mop to clean it. Tips that I am going to give you right now.
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Prepare your floor carefully before steam mopping. Always make sure that you thoroughly sweep or vacuum your floor. This may seem obvious but it is really important for a number of reasons. First, sweeping or vacuuming insures that your steam mop has direct contact with the floor and isn’t riding on a cushion of dirt and dust. Second, it will remove any small particles that might tear your flooring. And thirdly, it will prevent these aforementioned particles from destroying your steam mop.
Make sure that you fill your steam mop with distilled water. Tap water often has hard water deposits in it that can not only streak your linoleum floor but may also damage your steam mop over time. These particles can also make it harder for your steam mop to pick up the dirt from your floor, so be sure to only use distilled water in the unit.
Make sure that you don’t add any additional chemicals either to your steam mop or to your flooring prior to mopping. That’s because steam mops don’t require any additional cleaning compounds to do their job. The power of steam is all you need.
What you can do however, is pre-treat your floor with a solution of equal parts bicarbonate soda and vinegar. Apply this mixture to your floor for at least a half hour. This will break down any grease compounds that might be one the floor.
Clean your floor into sections. This is the quickest way to clean your linoleum. Just divide your floor into imaginary 3 cubic foot sections and tackle each section individually, before moving on to the next section. This will ensure that you cover every square inch of flooring and won’t miss any obvious stains.
That’s all there is to it folks. Just follow these six easy steps and you’ll have shiny, clean linoleum floors in no time flat.
I think it is safe to say that most people either own a steam mop or knows someone who owns a steam mop nowadays. It seems like they are everywhere. You can see them in grocery stores, on the Internet and in about half of the infomercials on television these days. They are literally everywhere.
However, it doesn’t matter how much exposure these amazing little devices get if people don’t take the time to learn about them and use them correctly. Even the best steam mop in the world won’t perform well if it isn’t used in the correct manner. Which is why I have decided to write this article here today.
I want everyone to get the full potential out of their steam mop. It doesn’t matter if it is one they’ve owned for a while or one that they’ve recently purchased. I want everyone to learn how to maximize the power of these steam mops and use them in the most efficient manner. With that being said, let me present to you some tips that will maximize the potential of your steam mop and allow it to perform in the manner suggested by many of the steam mop reviews on the Internet today.
When setting up your steam mop, you should never plug it into an electrical outlet before you have attached the head to the unit. If you plug it in before you attach the head, then you are likely to burn yourself and may even damage the steam mop.
Always sweep the floor thoroughly before attempting to steam mop it. This is not only so you can make contact with the floor—and not the loose dirt on top of the floor—but also so you don’t damage your steam mop or floor during the cleaning process.
Make sure that you only use distilled water in your steam mop. Don’t use tap water—which can cause scale to develop in your mop—and don’t add any chemical cleaning products to your mop. They don’t need it and the addition of chemicals to the steam mop may actually cause damage to it.
Make sure that you thoroughly clean up your steam mop after it has done its job. Be sure to remove and clean the mop head, remove any extra water that may be left over in the tank and unplug it. That way, it will be ready for your next cleaning project.
Make sure that you properly maintain your steam mop on a regular basis. Every so often, you will want to completely replace the cleaning pads and check the unit for scale buildup. If you do find scale buildup in your unit, be sure to clean it up using a method approved by the manufacturer.
If you follow all of the above tips, then your steam mop will not only perform a better job but it will last a whole lot longer. As you can see, a little forethought and preparation goes a long way to maximizing the potential of your steam mop.
One complaint that I have heard from people considering buying a steam mop is that sometimes all of the specs and features that can be found in steam mop reviews are confusing. It seems like there is a myriad of options as far as options, price and style is concerned. Which can make it hard for even the most savvy consumer to decide exactly what they need. If that is the case for you, then you need not worry. Today, I am going to show you a few things you need to know about steam mops so you can make an educated purchase.
The first thing you need to figure out before you purchase a steam mop is what you intend to use it for. Some units are designed to be used only on floors, while other units have a few more options. If you only intend on doing floors with your mop, then you have cut your options in half. Simply put, if you don’t need a ton of features, then you are probably better off buying just a standard floor model steam mop.
You should also consider the size of the head when you are looking for a steam mop to purchase. You want the right size mop head for the job you intend to use it for. If you buy a mop with a small head, then you need to realize that it will take you longer to do a larger section of floor. On the other hand, if you buy a steam mop with an over-sized head, then it will take less work to finish a large floor area but it will be harder for you to fit it into small corners or crevices. So you have to make sure that you weigh work load versus maneuverability.
If you always seem to end up with a lot of tough stains on your floor, then you might want to consider buying a steam mop with a feature called variable steam control. Variable steam control is usually a trigger that allows you to crank up the steam over really tough stains. This allows you to clean your floor on a lower setting and tackle stains with a higher setting. It’s an invaluable feature to have and is usually found on the best steam mops.
Another thing you’ll want to consider is the steam mop’s power cord length. The standard length of the power cord on most steam mops is usually between 15 to 30 feet. You’ll want to purchase one with at least 25 feet long to give you the range that you need to be able to mop your entire floor.
Even better, there are now units that are rechargeable. This is a great option for most people because it allows them to do the entire floor without having to worry about the location of their outlets.
If you consider these 3 options while you are buying your steam cleaner, then you will more than likely end up with a unit that will give you years of trusty service.
You already know that your best steam mop is pretty good at cleaning hard floors. After all, I am sure that you use it all of the time in the kitchen and the bathroom. But I bet you didn’t know that your trusty little household utility device was also pretty good at cleaning carpets. Yes, that same steam mop that powers the dirt off of your hard floors will do the same for your carpets.
I can see right now that some of you are shaking your heads in disbelief. That you just can’t imagine that you steam mop is good at cleaning carpets. If that is the case you ask, then why do they sell carpet cleaners? To which I say, carpet cleaners are good at cleaning carpets but they are usually too big and bulky for the average person. A steam mop on the other hand provides a great level of clean and is a whole lot easier to cart around the house. While a carpet cleaner might be specifically designed at cleaning carpets, it doesn’t mean that it does a better job than modern day mops that can be found in thousands of steam mop reviews all over the Internet.
I can still see you are doubtful, so I am going to give you a few reasons why steam mops are so good at cleaning carpets. By the end of the following list I am sure you will be convinced that you should be cleaning your carpet with a steam mop instead of using a conventional carpet cleaner.
Great For Small Particles
While it is true that carpet cleaners are better for bigger messes than steam mops, I say that when it comes to most of the day-to-day cleaning, then steam mops win. That’s because these little devices are really good at picking up smaller particles such as pet hair and food spills. That is their wheel house and they will clean those messes up quickly every single time.
Easy To Transport
Steam mops are also easier to use around the house. They are smaller, lighter and don’t have that messy configuration of hoses. And to top it off, you can clean just about any area with them. You can do wall-to-wall carpeting and stair carpeting with ease.
Don’t Use A Host Of Chemicals
Another thing that makes steam mops superior to carpet cleaners is they don’t need to use a bunch of chemicals to get your carpets clean. They only have to use pure distilled water to take care of the dirt and they do it better than most carpet cleaners and their battery of hazardous chemicals.
They Pick Up More Than Dirt
The last reason why steam mops are superior to carpet cleaners is the fact that they do more than just pick up dirt. They also sanitize the carpet killing almost one hundred percent of the bacteria, viruses, dust mites and other small pests that may have found their way down into your carpet. Carpet cleaners just can’t do this and that is why the steam mop is superior to the carpet cleaner.
It seems like everybody is raving about steam mops nowadays. You see their ads plastered all over television and the Internet. Your friends are talking about how great their steam mops are and even magazines are saying how great these little household tools are at cleaning your house. Yet you still remain skeptical and are still wondering what makes the best steam mop such a good investment. Well, if that is the case, then allow me to enlighten you. Today, I am going to go over some of my favorite things about steam mops and tell you why I think they are the best household cleaning tool to come along since the vacuum. If you’re ready, then lets get this show on the proverbial road.
Deep Cleaning Power
Traditionally, the only way to deep scrub your floors was to spend hours on your hands and knees. That was the way your mother did it and her mother before her. A back breaking and time consuming marathon on cleaning that was done to make sure every speck of dirt was removed and every corner was as clean as it could be.
That is no longer necessary thanks to the steam mop. Not only can the floors be cleaned nearly perfectly but they can also be sanitized at the same time. And those pesky corners, you ask? Well, most steam mops have no problems getting every bit of dirt out of them.
When you mop a floor with a traditional mop, then you are left with a big problem. The huge bucket of dirty water that is left over at the end of the process. A bucket that usually has to be dumped down the drain to get rid of it, which in turn results in you having to now clean the sink.
With a steam mop, you don’t have those problems. There is no big bucket of dirty water left over after you’ve done the floors. Sure, there are times when you have to empty out the water from the mop, but this water is clean water and not dirty water.
Less Drying Time
When you mop with an ordinary mop, then you have to let the floor dry for a pretty long period of time. And during this time you usually have to become the floor’s personal bodyguard by trying to keep your children and pets off of it. Don’t you have better use for your time?
When you use a steam mop, the floor dries in a fraction of the time. The hot steam cleans the floor and then dries up at a pretty fast clip. This allows you to spend more time doing what you want to do and not protecting a small section of linoleum.
Steam mop reviews tell you all the time how these devices destroy 99 % of the germs of the floor. Which is true. While old fashioned mops are a haven for bacteria and tend to spread it all over the floor, the steam mop truly sanitizes your floor. A healthier environment for all.
From the moment your new car hits the road it’s under assault. Pollution, debris on the road and weather all can take their toll on the look of your car and keep it from looking its best. In the past, if you wanted to maintain your car’s showroom quality look, then you would have to take it to several different places to have it cleaned and detailed. However, that is no longer necessary.
Now your best steam mop can handle this time consuming and arduous task for you. You can use it to handle just about every cleaning task that your car requires and it will accomplish this task for a fraction of the cost of a car wash and car detail service. Today, I am going to show you just what your steam mop can do for your car.
Carpets And Upholstery
Getting in and out of your car while it is raining or snowing can leave a lot of dirt on your carpet. This is true whether you have car mats in your car or not. Over time, this wet, dirty mess can seep around your car mats and leave your carpet looking like it has just been in a flood. That doesn’t have to be the case, however. Your steam mop can tackle this job in no time.
It can also be used to clean your car’s upholsterer. Most steam mops have special attachments made specifically for cleaning upholstery. If you specific steam mop didn’t come with one of these attachments, then check steam mop reviews and see if you can find one.
Your Car’s Windows
Another thing that can be cleaned with your steam mop is your car’s windows. In fact, if you use your steam mop on your windows you will notice that it does a superior job compared to your local car wash. The heated steam from your mop will leave your windows sparkling and streak free.
Another thing that can be cleaned with your steam mop is your alloy wheels. Using your mop’s detailing brush, you can get them so shiny that you would think they have just rolled off of the assembly line. Steam mops do a beautiful job on allow wheels.
Now, A Word Of Caution
Before I end this article I want to leave you with a word of caution before you try to clean the body of your car. Not all steam mops are made to clean the body of your car. You need to make sure that your unit is specifically designed for this task. If it’s not, then you could end up ruining the paint on your car, so be sure to exercise caution and understand the limitations of your particular steam mop.
More and more families are turning away conventional cleaning methods that require loads of cleaners and other harmful cleaning products. This is because these families are beginning to realize that maybe it isn’t such a great idea to have all of these chemicals around our children and pets. They are beginning to see that if they want to safeguard the health and well-being of their families, then they are going to have to use an alternative method for cleaning their floors, carpets and appliances. And what is the alternative method these families end up using? Quite simply, it’s a steam mop.
The best steam mops are the perfect tools for cleaning a home, particularly one with small children and pets. That’s because these mops never need any of those harsh chemicals to get household surfaces. It just uses the power of steam. And since it uses high heat steam, it also means that it is sanitizing the floor as it cleans it.
Steam mops not only neutralize dirt, bacteria and viruses without using chemicals, but they can also help eliminate allergens. These devices can pick up allergens that conventional mops leave behind. Just another reason why you should be using a steam mop around your home.
Another reason these mops are perfect for the family is because they save a whole lot of time. They do the work in half the time of conventional methods and don’t require constant trips to the store to buy cleaning products for them. This gives families more time to do the things that are really important. Things like going to school or work, running errands, doing the grocery shopping and enjoying some quality time with your family.
The last reason steam mops are perfect for your home is because it is economical to use. After you have checked out steam mop reviews and purchased one, then this cleaning device is practicality cost free. All it requires is a little bit of electricity and water. And on occasion, steam mop pads (which just happen to be very low cost).
Which brings me to my point. Steam mops are perfect for families. These devices clean better, have less of an environmental impact and are safe to use on areas where children and pets congregate. They are just about the perfect tool for any household. Why not buy one for yourself and see what it can do? I bet that you’ll be as pleased as I was when I bought my first steam mop. I don’t know what I would do without my steam mop and I hope that I never find out. My handy little mop has allowed me to design the kind of family life that I always dreamed of having.
If you’re like most people, then your sofa is the central core of your household. It is a place where family members enjoy each others company, watch television together and share the day’s accomplishments and setbacks. Which can make it not only one of the most used pieces of furniture in the home but also the one that is quite likely to also be the dirtiest.
Traditionally, when you wanted to clean this item of furniture then you had to rent a steam cleaner or have an upholstery service clean. However, that is no longer the case. As you’ve probably noted from steam mop reviews, most steam mops can tackle this job. And today, I am going to tell you how to do it.
Before you start cleaning your sofa however, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First and foremost, you need to use a steam mop that has the right accessories for the job. One with a detachable, hand-held unit. Most of the best steam mops on the market have this accessory. If your current steam mop has one, then great. You are good to go. If not, then you can use your normal lightweight steam mop, but it’s going to take a bit more effort. You will also need to have a hand-held vacuum you as well.
Once you have the right steam mop and it’s filled and ready to go, it is now time to prepare your couch for cleaning. You can do this by removing the cushions, pillows and anything else that might be on your couch. Then you will want to take your vacuum and make sure all loose dirt, hair and debris is removed from the sofa.
Now that your sofa is cleaned, you can then attach your steam mop’s accessories and begin the cleaning process in earnest.
Choose Your Settings and Accessories
Most likely, your steam mop will have several different settings for you to choose from. Since your sofa is somewhat delicate it is usually wise to choose the lowest setting possible. However, that isn’t always the one that is going to get the job done—especially if your sofa is particularly dirty or grimy. In that case, you may have to go up a setting or two to get your sofa clean.
As far as accessories are concerned, you most likely have several options available to you. If possible, try to use the one labeled as a detail brush. If your mop doesn’t have that accessory, then you might have to use your mop’s bonnet or carpet glider. Don’t worry though, these usually work just fine.
Be sure to test a small area of your sofa to make sure that it isn’t going to get damaged by the steam mop. After you’ve done that, you can then proceed to clean the couch thoroughly. All that is left to be done now is to give yourself a big pat on the back.
Your steam mop can be used to clean a variety of different surfaces. It can clean tile, marble, walls, appliances, and even carpet. Tasks that it performs effortlessly and easily, as long as you keep it properly maintained. If you don’t keep it properly maintained, then it can take longer to do the job in which it was designed and may even break down. The best steam mop in the world will never live up to its potential if it isn’t take care of in the proper fashion.
Fortunately, taking care of your steam mop is a pretty simple proposition. All it takes is a little foresight and a little bit of time. Just do the simple things to your steam mop that needs to be done and it will perform its best on every job. And not only will it work better but it will also last longer. In effect, what proper maintenance does for your mop is to ensure that it works as well as the steam mop reviews say it does. Below are some of the tips you’ll need to follow to maintain your steam mop properly.
Check Your Pads
You should check your pads after each cleaning to make sure that they don’t have a buildup of dirt and grease on them. If they are dirty, then detach them from your mop and soak them in a solution of water and liquid detergent. Be sure that you don’t use powdered detergents because they can leave particles on the pads which might be harmful to them.
Eventually, cleaning isn’t going to be enough however, and you will have to replace them because the pads have become frayed. When you replace them, be sure to use only pads that are designed to go with your particular steam mop.
Remove Mineral Deposits
If hard water deposits begin to form on your steam mop, then be sure to clean it with a descaling unit authorized for use by your steam mop’s manufacturer. In the future, use distilled water so that these hard water deposits don’t keep returning.
Only Use Water
The only thing that should be placed into your steam mop is water. No cleaning chemicals or compounds should ever be added to the unit under any circumstances. Adding chemicals to your steam mop will not only interfere with its cleaning ability, but it may also damage it and void the warranty.
Properly Put Your Steam Mop Away
After each use you should unplug your steam mop and prepare it for storage. This usually involves removing the cleaning pad and emptying out the water tank. Once you have done that, you should wipe the outside of the steam mop off and store it in a secure location.
Follow the above steps and your steam mop will give you years of faithful service. If you don’t keep these maintenance tips in mind, then you need to realize that you are taking the life of your steam mop into your hands and effectively shortening it. A tough statement to be sure, but one that has to be said.