Mar 9 11
by cara
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CLEAN in 2011: A Steam Mop Discussion

As I was writing a post on the products I use for cleaning, it occurred to me that I don’t really care for my steam mop and that I need to get a new one.  Needless to say, I put that post on hold until I get this straightened out.

Do you use a steam mop?

I think steam mops in general are fantastic!  I love that I can clean my floors without any toxic chemicals.  I also really like that the floor dries a little bit quicker since it doesn’t get as wet, and that there is no sticky residue left behind by a cleaning solution.  It’s also great not to need to wring out a mop or deal with a bucket full of yucky, dirty water.  I like that I can just throw the steam mop pad in the washer and reuse it.

Here are some great resources if you want more information on the benefits of steam mops:

Steam Cleaning- Green Cleaning At Its Best @ Simple Organic

Steam Cleaner Reviews

Steam Mops: The Hot New Thing In Green Cleaning @ Tiny Green Mom

Steam Mop to Cut Water and Chemical Use @ Best Green Home Tips

Steam Cleaner Reviews @ Mrs. Clean USA

The steam mop I’ve been using is a Shark (the basic one).  It works well for quick cleans, but for really DEEP cleans or tough spots, it’s not the greatest.  You have to pump the handle to get the steam to come out.  The cord is short, and the water doesn’t get all that hot (the hotter, the better!).  Like I said, it is okay, but not great.

My plan was to write this post, get awesome suggestions from all of my wonderful blog readers, and THEN order a new steam mop.   But I got the trigger finger on Amazon yesterday, and order this Eureka 313A Enviro Hard-Surface Floor Steamer that I’ve been eyeing for a few weeks now:

4 Stars from 1,067 reviews on Amazon.  Can’t be all bad, right?  It has the longest cord (25 ft) of all the steam mops on the market, heats to 220 degrees (very hot, enough to kill lots of bacteria and pick up more dirt than many other mops), has a large water tank (larger than other steam mops), and you don’t have to pump the handle or hold down a button to get it to steam.  I’m looking forward to trying it out, and I’ll be sure to let you know if it really lives up to all the hype.

So, let’s discuss!  Do you use a steam mop?  Which one do you have?  What do you think of it?

PS.  If you told me last year that I’d soon be writing blog posts about cleaning (including my recent bathroom cleaning post featured on House of Grace!) and discussing steam mops in detail, I NEVER would have believed you!  What a difference a year makes! 

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