If you have ever had to mop a floor, you know the downsides of the chore. Dirty water growing ever so much dirtier, a mop that slops that dirty water all over the place, and a wet floor that dries with streaks–which may have been why you started mopping in the first place! It may be time for you to look into investing in a steam mop.
What Is A Steam Mop?
It is an electric-powered mop that uses terry cloth (or other fabrics) pads and steam to clean your floors. Typically, the mop head gets a little damp before you start using it, then you pull the trigger or press the steam button, and hot water vapor emanates through the pad and onto the floor. While this is happening, debris is practically “melting” off of your floor as you push the mop fabric across the mess. Scrub-a-dub-dub for a little bit, and voila! Your floor is clean!
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What Are The Advantages?
- Since there isn’t a lot of water being used, you never have to wring out the mop head. Once the mop gets dirty, you simply remove the fabric and toss it in the washer.
- Unlike a typical mop that reuses the water in the bucket and potentially spreads your filth around on the floor instead of actually cleaning it up, a steam unit will introduce fresh “water” via the steam output, thereby giving you the cleanest way to clean your floors.
- My favorite advantage is the disinfecting properties of steam. Some mops deliver the water vapor at over 200 degrees, which is plenty hot enough to eliminate most bacteria and viruses.
Great! What About Getting a Cheap Steam Mop?
That is the question and the reason why we are here. The old saying goes, “You get what you pay for,” and this also holds true with steam mops. Getting the cheapest machine on the block may leave you dissatisfied with your purchase, but if you don’t have a huge area to clean and you won’t be pushing the unit to it’s limit with hours and hours of use, a cheap steam mop may suit you just fine.
The best way to determine which one will work for you is to seriously consider how often and how much you’ll be using it. If your usage will be massive, you will most likely need a machine that can hack it, one that leans more toward an industrial strength build. Then again, a typical household should do well with one regardless of its pricing.
A Few Considerations Before You Start Using it
If you have a rather large dirty area or a big spill, it is best to pre-clean the mess using towels and a spray bottle of some sort. Even a standard mop won’t be able to soak up an entire pint of spilled orange juice, therefore, this immediate clean up should be something you’re used to.
I personally like to run my vacuum over my moppable surfaces so my steam mop can really do a number on the floor. Getting rid of larger debris and streak-leaving dirt makes for a much more satisfying and impressive cleaning.
Finally, be sure to purchase extra mop heads! There is nothing more frustrating than having to wait for a mop head to come out of the dryer while you’re sitting amongst your half-clean floor. Whether you’re going cheap or high end, it should have plenty of replacement heads ready to go–so you can complete the job and get going yourself.