A steam mop is a handy device to have around the house for a variety of cleaning tasks. These mops are designed to clean floors and sanitize them without the necessity of using harsh chemicals. All you need to do is plug in your steam mop and allow it to heat up for about thirty seconds. When it comes to steam, it only takes about fifteen seconds of continual contact to kill germs and bacteria.
This is the best natural way to clean hard floors and surfaces without having to clean again because of the sticky residue that is left behind with many cleaning products. When it comes to the best steam mop, we reviewed are two great products that you might consider for your home.
Bissell PowerFresh Steam Mop
The Bissell PowerFresh has a scrubber that can rotate down to reach deep into the crevices of floors and to clean the grout in tiles. The unit features a SmartSet steam control which can be adjusted to clean up heavier messes or to lightly clean when messes are much smaller.The water tank can be removed to be filled up quickly and easily at your kitchen sink. The mop has Spring Breeze fragrance discs that you can place inside of the mop pad to leave a nice clean smell when you use the steam mop. The low profile mop head can reach into obscure corners and move around edges to clean the more difficult areas.
This unit works well as long as you do not use it too heavily, which can cause the unit to last for less time. The steam only lasts for about 15 minutes with constant use, so you will need to refill the unit and wait a further thirty seconds for it to heat up and be ready for use. This steam mop works well on a variety of hard surfaces, and in particular, those floors that have a lot of crevices.
Hoover TwinTank Disinfecting Steam Mop
The Hoover TwinTank is designed not only to disinfect, but also to kill about 99.9% of all harmful bacteria. The machine features a two tank system which lets you choose between steam only or the addition of a special disinfectant solution which is Hoover’s proprietary blend. The clean control dial can be quickly adjusted for any type of cleaning – heavy or lighter. As you are cleaning, you will notice that there is a power indicator light that lets you know how the unit is operating. This unit is suitable for wooden and tile floors, but it can also be used on carpets with a special carpet glide attachment which can refresh carpets easily. The triangle head can swivel so that you can easily move it around areas that are especially difficult to clean or reach.
The unit comes with its own cooling tray so that you do not have to worry about it damaging your floors as it sits and cools after use. Three interchangeable microfiber pads are easy to remove, machine washable and reusable. One drawback is that if a person is not too careful with this unit the powerful steam action could cause damage to wooden floor surfaces. It is best to test lower settings to see what your surfaces will bear. Some people do not like the fact that the trigger on the handle needs to be held down at all times and cannot be locked, but this is definitely an important safety feature.