We all remember the dark ages of having to pull out the buckets of hot water, add soap, and wring out the old-fashioned string mop; these were not fun times. Technology is a beautiful thing and has brought us the wonderful thing known as a steam mop. Having a steam mop in your home is wonderful, especially if you have tile or hardwood flooring.
Most steam mops advertise that they get their water to 200 degrees to clean your floors. This means that just using water alone is killing more germs and mildew than your old-fashioned string mop because most water heaters in our houses only get water up to 120 degrees.
After moving the water from the sink to the bucket, and then getting that water on the floor, you are usually working with water that is only 100 degrees. Everyone wants to kill as many germs as possible, so having a steam mop that promises to heat the water to 200 degrees is absolutely an upside over the old mop.
What Type of Floors Can You Use Steam Mops On?
Manufacturers of these steam mops claim that their products are safe on sealed wood, tiles, various types of hard flooring and vinyl. Make sure though that before you use your steam mop on your flooring that you check the directions to ensure that it is safe. Also remember that if you have old hardwood floors that you will want to make sure that there are no cracks in your flooring where water could get in and damage your flooring. Furthermore, these steam mops should not be used on carpeted flooring.
When it comes to cleaning your pads from your steam mop, most require that you empty the reservoir of water first. You will need to remove the pads before they become too dirty, because after a while you will just be pushing dirt and grime around your floors, and let’s be honest here, that is doing no good to anyone.
The trickiest part of owning a steam mop is washing these pads that collect the dirt from your floors. If you are like me, you will not want to put them in the washer with the rest of your laundry, but the idea of standing over the sink and hand-washing them doesn’t seem overly appealing either. So you will have a decision to make; wash your pads by themselves, wash them with other laundry, or hand wash them in your sink.
There are many different models out there to choose from when it comes to deciding which steam mop to buy. If you want something that can reach into small areas, you will want to consider purchasing one that has a removable head so that you can use it as a handheld steamer. If you are more concerned with longevity, you will want to look into getting one that has a larger tank so that you can clean bigger areas at a time.
Whatever the reason for purchasing a steam mop buy the one that fits your needs the best. I myself love my Bissell steam mop, which I bought based on the bissel symphony review. However, if you find that another brand is better suited for your needs then go that route. Either way, steam mops are an excellent addition to your home cleaning needs. Below is a video of 2016’s best steam mops.