Anyone have a steam mop? If so, tell me about it. I want to buy one, but I am not sure what to get. I bought a Bissell® steam mop from Target. I'm sending it back. All the reviews I've been finding have almost equal number of good to bad for each model, so I'm not finding any front runners. Any advice, experience, recommendations would be greatly appreciated!
Heather in CA
I can empathize with Heather as I needed one for all my tile floors. With five children, my floors get too dirty too fast and the only satisfactory method I had found was down on my hands and knees. I searched and read reviews and am pleased to recommend the Eureka® EnviroSteamer. I only add water and plug it in with the washable waffle pads secure and it's almost as good as being on my hands and knees, but with the obvious benefit of hardly putting out any physical effort at all. And I believe it's about half the price of the BissellŪ.
I got a Shark® Steam Mop for Christmas. This is the newer version and costs $89 on sale at Wal-Mart.
I have not used it on my wood floors, as I had read posts on how it scratches the surface and didn't want to risk it. However, other posts specifically said to use the purple cloth and I'll keep this in mind when/if I decide to try it.
I wanted this mop because we have six animals and four adults packed into 1700 square feet of space and things get dirty quickly. I have been pleased, but am still reluctant to toss my traditional mop. I have even used my SharkŪ in our fiberglass bathtub with excellent results.
I've had a SharkŪ iron for a number of years and love it. It's funny, but the steam mop has the same smell as a freshly ironed shirt!
We would recommend Haan® products. We bought a floor sanitizer and were very happy. Then we bought the steam/vacuum for my 82-year-old mother. She loves it. It's lightweight and yet picks up a variety of stuff on both hard flooring and carpets. She can vacuum the hard floor and then steam clean. No more hands and knee cleaning for her.
My Uncle had purchased a SharkŪ steam mop. I refuse to use it and take ours to clean his floors. It feels flimsy and didn't clean as well.
I bought a SteamFast™. It was reasonably priced and came with several accessories. It did a great job cleaning, but I had to mail it back while it was under warranty during the first year. The part that connects to the metal handle is plastic, and the stress broke it. It just broke for the second time in the same place. I will be looking for a replacement with a metal arm for the handle.
I received a Shark® Steam Mop last year. Although I don't think it does a great job deep cleaning (I still get out the bucket and brush for that every once in a while), I do find that a quick weekly cleaning with it helps to keep my kitchen and bathroom floors in good shape. It is so light and easy to use that I don't mind getting it out for spot cleaning spills or mud/snow.
After much research, I settled on the Monster™ brand. I found a good deal online that included extra pads. These replacement pads are expensive so it was less expensive to get them with my original purchase. Monster has a straight handle and stainless tank, which are the most important features. I am pleased with this purchase.
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