Keeping tile sparkling is a permanent job that many housewives have struggled for centuries. No matter how frequently you wash them, they’ll be dirty in minutes because of the juice stains or pet hair. That’s why a mop becomes so important for your household. Hope this steam mop review can help.
What are Steam Mops?
Steam mops are electric cleaning appliances that use steam to clean tiles and carpets. Unlike the regular mops that should usually clean floor with soap or detergent, a steam mop can heat up water inside a reservoir, then high-temperature steam can be created. By pumping the steam out of the mop head, a steam mop can loosen stubborn stains on the floor, which can mop the grime away and even kill bacteria with the high temperature.
What’re the Differences between Steam Mops and Regular Mops?
The most evident difference between steam mops and regular mops is the convenience of using. Using a steam mop doesn’t require many mopping skills under the help of high-temperature steam. While regular mopping needs you to mop with physical labour and mopping skills. Here’s a comparison between the two mops.
What to Look for When Buying a Steam Mop?
- Cleaning Performance
The best steam mop must possess powerful cleaning performance firstly. They can easily get around the furniture and corners, and also have excellent power to clean stuck-on stains with few processes. That requires a steam mop to heat the water to a very high-temperature. Usually, if the steam temperature can reach up to 200 degrees, you can count on the steam mop to sanitise your home. Moreover, less heating time is an additional advantage to make a steam mop outstanding.
- Cord Length
Cord length is essential for choosing a steam mop since a long cord allows you to reach as much space as possible to clean. You don’t have to plug and unplug the steam mop in various sockets.
- Steam Time
There’s slight difference of water heating time among those stand-up mops — up to 30min per refill. But for their handheld counterparts, the water heating time lasts for about 10 minutes.
- Additional Cleaning Accessories
All of our steam cleaners are equipped with piles of bonus nozzles or mop cloth. You can mop furniture or steam the garments to kill bacteria with high-temperature steam.
The following table is a comparison of performance among our steam cleaners:
How to Maintain Your Steam Mop Well?
- Use Distilled Water Where Possible
If you use water with impurities, then the mineral deposits may start to clog the nozzle, which isn’t good for the long-term maintenance of a steam mop. Using distilled water (water that has been purified) can solve the problem.
- Do Not Add Chemicals or Soap
All a steam cleaner needs during the cleaning is pure water. It heats up the water inside the reservoir and creates high-temperature steam to sanitise. Any chemicals or soap added would cause internal destroy.
- Clean Your Water Reservoir Often
Please make sure that it is turned off before you do this, and unplug it just to be sure!
- Wash the Mop Pad after Every Use
Certainly washing the mop head is necessary after every mopping task. The stains, dust and debris stuck on the mop head have to be removed for next cleaning. And regular cleaning can extend the mop head’s life span.
- Clean the Steam Nozzle Often
To prevent the steam nozzle from being blocked by mineral deposits, regular cleaning of steam nozzles is necessary. But if you use pure water, the nozzle cleaning job can be alleviated a lot.
- Match with Proper Cleaning Tricks
More cleaning tricks can be checked here: Five Stress-Free Cleaning Tricks to Make Your Tiles Shine