9 Things You Need to Know About Steam Mops

9 things you need to know about steam mops

So…you’ve heard about steam mops from your neighbor or perhaps your friend. You’re interested in making a purchase. Here, we’d like to give you a quick introduction on these cleaning devices.

Steam mops are designed mostly for tiles and hardwood floors.

Online, you can find lots of positive reviews and feedback on steam mops’ ability to clean tiles and hardwood floors. But if you’re looking for a device to remove stains from your carpet, a steam vacuum is a better option.

True, there are some models that come with attachments for carpets (e.g., glider) and other surfaces. But in the case of rugs and carpets, these attachments work only for “refreshing” these types of surfaces. For instance, if you want to take out the pet odor from your carpet, a steam mop can do the job.

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Steam mops are friendly to both the environment and your pocket.

Price-tag wise, these cleaning tools don’t cost that much compared with steam vacuums, for instance, or a vacuum cleaner. It has a low operation cost as well. All you need is tap water – no detergent or chemicals needed. Because of that, steam mops are harmless to the environment.

You still need to prep your floor prior to steaming.

Nope, you can’t just jump right in and steam clean your floor. You need to at least sweep it to get rid of chunky litters that may get in the way of ineffective cleaning.

You may need at least 50 passes to thoroughly clean stuck-on messes.

The number of passes vary from one brand to another. In general, the more stubborn the mess, the more number of times you’ll have to push the steam mop back and forth to remove it.

Cleaning with a steam mop is bucket-free!

If you hate wringing mop heads, bending over to use a scrub brush to remove stubborn stains, you’re going to love steam mops. All you have to do is to fill up the water tank to the required level, plug it in, wait for a few seconds, and start cleaning.

Their mop heads come with at least two shapes – rectangular and triangular.

With some brands, you’ll get both rectangular and triangular mop head attachments. You can use them interchangeably to tackle large spaces and hard-to-reach corners.

Here’s a look at Hoover’s TwinTank Steam Cleaner WH20200‘s triangular mop head.

Their microfiber pads are washable.

Even when these cleaning pads are worn-out, they’re pretty cheap to replace.

Some models require you to “pump” the handle to release steam.

For instance, in the case of Shark’s S3501 and S3251, the manufacturers call this an “on-demand variable steam” mechanism. These steam mops are devoid of a steam-release on/off button.

Some models are multi-functional.

For instance, the SKG KB-2012 is a 6-in-1 cleaning tool. It comes with accessories that include an extension hose, garment steamer, and 3 brushes to help tackle above-the-floor surfaces such as kitchen counterparts and windos.

Here’s another brand to check out – MissyeeDirect Steam Mop X5.