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Top benefits you probably didn’t know Steam Mop could provide!

Have you ever wondered how a steam mop could change the way you mop forever? Well in comparison to a mop and bucket cleaning system, using a steam mop makes it extremely convenient to rapidly touch up floors. Say adios to all the stickiest and toughest messes from your floors as very little effort is required to remove them with the use of steam mops. In fact, we have put together a few top benefits to steam mopping which might make you wonder why you haven’t include it in your house cleaning routine before!

Simple and quick

You only need one tool when you steam clean your floor. Compare that to a regular mop where both hands are needed in order to exert enough force to get the mop head to remove dirt. Not only will you feel like the hunchback of Notre Dame for a good hour, backache problems will also take a toll on you. It takes a lot less physical effort to clean floors with a steam mop. It’s just as much work as pushing a very light weight vacuum around the floor and can easily be done with one hand. Using a traditional mop and bucket can be irritating at times especially for those with a busy household as one have to make sure the drying time is sufficient and this definitely limits when you can clean your floors. Drying time is greatly reduced with the use of steam mops leaving after a beautifully dry floor. There will not be any rinsing and wringing in the middle of the process and the whole deal is much less time consuming.

Squeaky sparkly clean surface!

Steam mops are only as good as its stain-busting power. Only water is used thus the chances of having residues left are less and your floor surfaces will glisten. Hard to remove stains, or ground in dirt can be removed without the need to scrub. Say goodbye to elbow grease, cloudy film and murky looking floors!

An environmentally friendly way to mop!

It is eco-friendly as most steam mop models do not require addition of detergents. General household detergents may contain ingredients that some of us react to. Not only that, these ingredients may get left behind on your floor which may be a potential hazard to small children and pets. Therefore for those who are sensitive to or have allergies to chemicals, fret not as steam mops are less likely to trigger those allergies and can make your home more comfortable.

Sanitizing? Way to go hygiene!

The temperature needed to kill bacteria is at least 200 degrees Fahrenheit and steam mops are able to attain such high temperature though each models varied in their exact directions for sanitizing. Steam kills germs, mould, and fungus. Plus, it also comes in handy for cleaning grout.

As you can see, the benefits I believe you obtain from steam cleaning outweigh those for the traditional methods. Hygienic, efficient, environmental friendly, clean and of course chemical free! Best of all, steam mops also can be used to clean linoleum, ceramic tiles, hardwood and metal fixtures plus a number of surfaces in your house besides your floor. Say hello to a new kind of clean!

What should I go for?

Steam cleaning is taking hold of the market for a good reason. It is a healthier alternative when taken in comparison with a conventional mop. Therefore it is comprehensible why everyone is seeking advice on how to own one instantly. However, from experience there are quite a few out there who are a teeny-weeny bit skeptical about this method of cleaning. In addition, due to the variety of choices we have out there, looking out for the best steam mop can be quite taxing. So below I’ve compiled some of the features you should pay attention to before buying one:

Simple handling – the machine should be easy to handle and man-oeuvre. A lightweight mop equipped with a swivel head shall do!

Versatility – models that come with various attachments are available so you can tackle areas like counter-tops, grout and other crevices where dirt can hide. The size of the mop head included matters as too small a head will take you longer whereas too large a head will give you troubles in getting close to edges or into corners.

A large and removable water tank – a water tank that carries a great amount of water eliminates the need to lug around a bucket of water. Besides, it enables you to clean for a longer time without the need to pause and refill while cleaning. A removable water tank can be filled and cleaned easily.

Long power cord – The shorter the cord, the more often you might have to unplug it from one place and plug it in somewhere else to keep mopping. Hence, choose a steam mop that is at least 25 feet long as it lets you to clean wider areas without having to unplug.

Built-in power switch – With such a button, you can save up the hassle in plugging in whenever you need to turn it on or off.

So, which steam mop is the best for me?

Apparently many different types of mops are available out there and it’s not easy to search for some decent steam machine reviews depending on features, price and performance. Therefore, a few which had received positive feedback from customers are thoroughly evaluated and listed down below.

The Best 5 Steam Mop Reviews

Bissell PowerFresh 1940

Bissell PowerFresh 1940
This steamer is white in colour, costs around $89 (January 2017). Besides eliminating 99.9% of bacteria and cleaning up the toughest mess, it also leaves behind a refreshing fragrance. Its variable, digital SmartSet Steam Control is worth giving a shot as it allows you to regulate the steam according to your desired amount. Besides, this mop is light, easy to put together and refilling the water is relatively easy. One of the best sellers!

Product Features:

  • Flip-down Easy Scrubber can easily reach grout and crevices.
  • SmartSet Steam Control is able to handle from light cleaning to heavy messes.
  • Febreze spring breeze fragrance discs add freshness to your household.
  • Can be refilled any time during use. Removable water tank makes it easy to refill and clean.
ProsCons
1. Built-in easy scrubber that can access grout and crevices thus cleaning them without any difficulties
2. SmartSet steam control for customizing the required amount of steam
3. Quick and easy changing/refilling the water
4. Sanitizes and kills up to 99% of all household germs and bacteria
5. Vulnerable flooring such as hardwoods and laminates are protected
6. Short floor drying time
1. The steam can be very hot
2. The highest steam setting will result in wet floors. This is in part due to the high steam level combined with the mop head being saturated and no longer able to absorb the water or dirt.
3. Scrubber brush on the back of the unit is a bit short

Hoover FloorMate Deluxe Hard Floor Cleaner, FH40160PC

Hoover FloorMate Deluxe Hard Floor Cleaner, FH40160PC
This newer model from Hoover costs around $115 more or less (January 2017). It comes with two types of brushes for different types of flooring. Its Patented SpinScrub Technology provides an all-around deep clean as it safely washes and scrubs hard floors from all angles with counter-rotating brushes. Your FloorMate not only washes with cleaning solution, it also suctions up the dirty water in one motion, leaving your floors dry and shiny all thanks to the Dual Tank Technology! This machine can be easily assembled, is light-weight and user friendly.

Product Features:

  • 20 ft power cord
  • 360° SpinScrub technology and SpinScrub Brushes cleans the best with gentle and safe scrubbing
  • Dual Tank Technology separates clean and dirty water
  • Wash/Dry Mode Selection- Wash mode cleans while suctioning up excess water whereas dry mode halts brushes to suction up excess water thus improves drying time
ProsCons
1. Solid suctioning ability
2. Easy to manoeuvre and lightweight- at under 14 pounds
3. Easy-to-clean filter
4. Dry mode aids drying time
5. Two storage tanks aids clean and dirty water separation
6. Clean Boost Control helps in clearing stains and heavy traffic areas
7. Works best on laminated floors
1. Hard to attach and remove brushes
2. Power cord not long enough

BISSELL Steam Mop Select, Titanium, 94E9T

BISSELL Steam Mop Select, Titanium, 94E9T
A sleek black model that comes with 2 triangle shaped washable microfiber mop pads; one is softer whereas one comes with built-in scrubbing strips which aids in tackling tough messes. Also, the triangular steam mop head gets into difficult-to-reach areas thus worry not in getting into and cleaning the corners. It does a wonderful job in cleaning any dirt! The setting up is easy plus it operates well. It is also light, compact and can be stored effortlessly.

 

Product Features:

  • Steam trigger is easy to use for steam control, no pumping is necessary
  • It comes with two triangular shaped steam mop pads for both hard and soft floor scrubbing.
  • Removable water tank eases refilling process
  • Triangular-shaped head mop for accessing corner and other difficult-to-reach areas
ProsCons
1. Light and manoeuvrable
2. Cleans crevices, grout, corners and other hard-to-reach areas well
3. Easy-to-use steam control trigger for controlling steam output
4. Mop pads are machine washable for reuse and have a nice cord fastener for easy on and off.
1. Power cord not long enough
2. Does not have a setting to have the steam continuously on

Bissell Hard-Floor Cleaner, Green Tea, 1867-7

Bissell Hard-Floor Cleaner, Green Tea, 1867-7
A calming green tea coloured steam mop discovers its own green way to clean! It provides an all-natural deep clean without any harmful cleaning agents. Therefore kids and pets that enjoy playing on floors are free from potential hazards. Most positives reviews circulate around hard floors owners, where apparently this particular model does a wonderful cleaning job on this type of flooring.

 

Product Features:

  • Upright electric mop which cleans hard-floor surfaces using steam only
  • 360-degree swivel mop head cleans hard-to-reach nooks and crannies
  • Comes with two microfiber mop pads that are reusable and washable
  
1. Simple to use
2. Short drying time
3. Small and compact, easy to store
4. Does not make much noise
1. Short Power Cord

Sienna Vibe Steam Mop

Sienna Vibe Steam Mop
Majority of the consumers who have bought and used this mop appreciate the value they got for the price plus the performance of the machine itself. It does a great job in deodorizing, sanitizing and cleaning all sealed hard floors. Recommended for use on wood, vinyl, and tile floor surfaces.

 

Product Features:

  • Lightweight- weighs less than 5 lbs
  • User friendly
  • Produces 1500 Watts of superheated steam in a few seconds using regular tap water.
  • “Steam Stop Mode” reduces the risk of over steaming.
ProsCons
1. Lightweight
2. Heats up fast
3. Easy to fill and drain
4. Steam is on the whole time without the need to constantly press the trigger
1. Does not get fully into corners
2. Limited cord length
3. Handle slightly wobbles

Conclusion – Best Steam Mop for you

Most of the products mentioned above kills up to 99% of bacteria on your hard floors, are user-friendly and compact. Regardless of whichever model you have purchased, do read the manufacturer’s instructions and follow them to the letter. Taking good care of your steam mop and working on the maintenance will definitely prolong the shelf life of your steam mop. Happy shopping!  🙂