After developing a great interest in steam mops and performing several experiments to determine how effective they are on different flooring like tiles, wood, ceramic, terra-cotta and so on, I received a few interesting requests from my readers. One reader wanted me to recommend a cordless steam mop while another wanted to know exactly how a steam mop works.
A steam mop, just like a regular mop uses steam to tidy up carpets, floors and other surfaces. While the regular mops use detergents, bleach and other cleaning agents, steam mops will use the heat generated from the steam to disinfect the carpets or floors.
To trap dirt, steam mops are equipped with a microfiber pad that is often located under the steam jet. Also, steam mops have a small water tank or two to provide dry steam.
After heating the water in the tank to about 120 – 200 degrees Celsius, the microfiber cloth or pad is moistened with the steam generated and is then used to clean up. The best steam mop, unlike a regular mop cleans through the dirt and therefore doesn’t leave any residue.
Steam mops are also capable of killing up to 99% of household bacteria due to the extreme heat generated from the steam. Other than killing the germs and disinfecting the floors, a steam mop when used in the proper way will restore shine, remove stains and kill dust mites.
There are some models that will even boast of a two-sided, flip mop head that will allow you to clean twice as much before changing the pad or cloth. A soft pad should be used on hardwood, laminates and other delicate flooring. For tough messes, a pad with in-built scrubbing strips will generate better results.
In spite of all the goodness that comes with steam mops, you should be extra careful when using one seeing that there is electricity and extremely hot steam involved.
Three Cool Cordless Steam Mops
Coming back to the reader who wanted suggestions on a cordless steam mop, I did discover some cool ones that came in different designs and very attractive colors and they include the following:
The Shark Steam and Spray Mop (SK410) had a removable cord which made handling easier. The battery-powered spray enabled me to use it as a cordless mop. For tougher messes, the mop provided the steam and spray mode while the steam only mode offered the option of sanitizing with no residue. It cleaned deeply and sanitized my wood floor satisfactorily.
I found the Bissell PowerFresh Steam Mop to be a cool cordless steam mop especially because it had spring breeze fragrance discs inserted in the mop head. These discs left a fresh, clean and alluring scent all over my living room. It did well on sticky messes especially on my kitchen floor and the end results were shiny and streak-free.
The SteamFast SF-292 Multi-Purpose Floor Mop and Handheld Steam Cleaner is not only a very attractive steam mop, it is also easy to fill and operate. It heated up in a very short while and got rid of grease, mold and other stains. It also came with a one year warranty.