When I moved in to a new apartment late last year, the first thing that I noticed was how clean and hygienic the tiles looked. Compared to my last apartment, these particular tiles looked awesome, heavenly even. I vowed to maintain the same level of cleanliness come rain or sunshine.
There and then, my search for the best steam mop for tiles began. What surprised me was the huge number of people out there looking for the same information. I bought a few brands of what my friends and relatives considered to be the best, set aside a portion of tiles in my kitchen and got down to business.
Below are some of the qualities I was looking for:
Efficiency – just like every one of you, I expected the best steam mop for tiles to be more convenient than the ordinary squeeze mops. I approached the little portion of tiles I had set aside for my experiment and coated it with all kinds of sticky household substances I could lay my hands on, from tooth paste, raw eggs, hair spray, pancake syrup, oatmeal and barbecue sauce. Later, I retired to bed and left the filthy concoction to harden overnight.
The next morning, I woke up early, eager to discover which one would emerge the best among the various steam mops I had purchased for my experiment. After a hearty breakfast, this is what I discovered –only a few brands eliminated most of the spills with the first two attempts, most were not so effective and only wiped off the grime after 4-5 attempts and the results were still not satisfactory.
Killing germs – the majority of my chosen brands produced a steam that was very hot – 200°F or more which according to me was way too hot for any germs to survive, unless of course the germs are from mars or some other planet.
Safety – I discovered that many of the models left a bit of moisture on the tiles which can be damaging. Also, the residual moisture made the tiles a bit slippery which can be dangerous especially if you have kids in the house. Wetness will eventually lead to mildew and some unsightly lines both of which contribute to a dull look.
Top Three Steam Mops for Tiles
The Oreck Steam-It All Purpose Steam Wand proved to be among the very best. It cut through the mess eliminating most of the stains with the second attempt. Also, it run continuously for more than 30 minutes and the heat was enough to kill germs. Other than tiles, it was also great on floors and had attachments for windows and toilets. The only negative thing I noted was that the cleaning cloth had to be attached manually and held with clips.
The Sienna Aqua Pro Steam Mop did well at removing the sticky mess and especially the oily ones. It also heated up within a very short time and its water tank was removable. However, removing this water tank proved to be quite a challenge and its run time was not more than 15 minutes. Also, I had to manually attach the cleaning cloth.
The Reliable Steamboy T2 Sweep-and-Steam Mop also qualified in my search for the best steam mop for tiles. It removed the sticky and oily stains satisfactorily. It had a removable water tank, stood upright on its own and it’s cleaning cloth fitted automatically.
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