Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Steam -vs- Wring

I was asked the other day about floor care. More specific, about steaming the floors & what my thoughts were on this versus the old standard mop and bucket route. So here is my personal review...

We bought the Shark steam mop from Lowe's last year and just love it. It's not the stick model that is pictured above but instead is a canister style model. It has several attachments that really help in cleaning and make it very versatile. We have used it to not only steam our tile floors, but also using one of the attachment pieces steam the inside of our toilets, steam and squeegeed our mirrors, steam the patio furniture, steam our grout, sanitize our mattresses & rugs and more.

I love the fact that it does not use chemicals but simply water. We do add in vinegar to the canister at least once a month to help reduce mineral buildup from the water, but other than that...it's a great machine that cleans, sterilizes and dries better than the old mop and bucket routine we grew up on. in comparison to the Swiffer gadget...well, there is no comparison at all.

In my opinion, the steamer really gets your floors clean; much cleaner than mopping. Instead of waiting lengthy periods the floors to dry after swishing that mop over the floor, our floor is dry within just a minute or two. My hands always stay dry and clean as I don't have to wring anything out or put my hands in dirty mop water. That in itself is worth it to me. I could go on and on but to sum it up....I love this machine and highly recommend it to anyone.


Anonymous said...

How much does one of these mop-cleaning-machines cost? Sounds like a much easier way to mop floors, plus help with other household cleanings.

I'm all for an "easier" way to mop the floors. I currently get really "old fashioned" with mopping. I literally get on my hands and knees and use a mop sponge to clean all the tile surfaces in our home (I wear gloves, but after 1.5 hours of mopping, the dirty water goes up the gloves and that's just pure nastiness) because when I use a mop, I can't get into the "nooks and crannies" where dirt likes to hide. Does this steamer help with getting into the "nooks and crannies?"

Keeper of our Home said...

Our steamer ran about $100. Like I said, we got it at Lowe's but the stick type machine is available all over.

As far as getting into nooks and crannies...I don't know about the stick model as I don't own one but the canister with the attachments lets you get everywhere. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

I just looked online and ours is actually called the Shark Ultra Steam Blaster - S3325. Target has it with a photo of all the attachments that come with it.


cranky grandma said...

Wow and wow! I am sold! I really hate the old mop and bucket routine! I never thought about toilets, mirrors, rugs, etc! Thank you so much for this great info!!

The Girl in the Pink Dress said...

I've actually been considering one of these for some time now. I really hate mopping floors...as mine need loads of scrubbing. How does it do with worn linoleum? That's what my kitchen has for now...and it's SO hard to clean it, unless I use a scrub brush. :S
The Girl in the Pink Dress

Keeper of our Home said...

The Girl in the Pink Dress ~

We have ceramic tile in our home, so I honestly have no experience with linoleum. However, I will say this as an observation...since it steams the appliance does do a good job of "heat blasting" (for lack of better words to describe it) things out of crevices and grout. So I would think the results would be pretty good on any floor surface. But like I said, I have no experience with this type of floor and the steamer so this is just my best observational thought. I hope that helps some.

For the record though, I will never go back to the old mop & bucket routine unless I absolutely have to. I just can't rave enough about it.

~Mrs. M

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Patty said...

I have been wanting to get a steam cleaner for some time now. Thanks for posting the information about yours. I am going to take a look at the model you mentioned. Do you know if it can be used on wood laminate floors?

Keeper of our Home said...

Patty ~
Since the steam dries so fast I don't think it would harm the laminate. You might look at the web site and see if they list anything on it. Their site is www.sharkvac.com I hope this helps some.

~Mrs. M

Jen said...

We bought one last year and LOVE it. I have the stick model. I have not seen the canister one before. But I still really like mine. I've also used cloth diapers as the steamer pad, as well as old towels.