Steam mops are a truly green, environmentally safe cleaning item because they only use water to clean and sanitise your hard floors. There are no chemicals or cleaning products used in steam mops, and they produce clear safe results. Steam mop cleaning is faster and more effective than a wet mop, and there are many models to consider purchasing.
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A steam mop will effectively remove stains, dirt, grease, dust mites, allergens and even bacteria from your hard surface floors. A steam mop is safe to use on all types of floors, including hardwood, because there is no excess water on the floors to warp or ruin them. Steam mops will clean laminate flooring, marble, slate, tile, ceramic, linoleum and vinyl floors effectively.
Steam mops are very lightweight and weigh about 1.36kg. They are small and easy to manoeuvre in tight places around toilets, and their design allows them to fit into corners for complete wall-to-wall cleaning. Steam mops have long cords of about 20 feet so that they will clean an entire room at once without having to unplug the cord. These mops have a water container you have to fill before using, and the water is heated into a hot steam to clean your floors. A microfiber cleaning cloth is on the head, which scrubs the surface, and since they are reusable, the cloth pads are easy to clean in your washer and dryer. The mop takes only about a minute to heat on its safe warming pad before each use.
Assembly of your new steam mop takes only about one minute from the carton to the first use. The deep penetrating steam even cleans in the grout between your tiles on your hard floors so that you do not have to bend over and scrub them. You will never have to buy floor cleansers again if you use a steam mop, and the reusable cleaning pads save you from purchasing them repeatedly.
There are several manufacturers of steam mops, which all have the same basic features, though a few have additional features. Some models come complete with a handy hand-held steamer device to use on countertops and to remove dust mites from your mattresses. The Bissell steam mop has a fresh eucalyptus mint fragrance while cleaning, and several models come complete with a carpet glider that attaches on the mop head to steam clean your carpets. Other models sell the carpet cleaning attachment as an accessory.
The prices of steam mops vary greatly and start at about £39 as of 2009. There are many well-known manufacturers, including Bissell, Shark, H20, Euroflex, Harvest, Hyundai, Sharper Tek and Haan.
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