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.