Our best reviewed steam mops
Heard of steam cleaning?
Steam mops are a great alternative to the old fashioned methods. Traditionally households used harsh chemicals and a dirty mop which would sit in a bucket for months on end, harbouring bacteria and germs. Even warm soapy water won’t rid of the bacteria growth, yet this method was and is used. I find it hard to understand why some commercial environments still use this method. Perhaps it’s worth highlighting the importance and benefits of using a steam mop. It’s environmentally friendly, too, as detergents are not really needed, though some manufacturers do provide detergent tanks for the user.
It’s well know that the majority of bacteria is killed using steam. The hot water is enough to eradicate bacteria such as salmonella for up to 7 days. A perfect environment for bacteria growth is your kitchen floors and work surface. Preparing food and spillages often lead to food poisoning due to poor handling, which is why cleaning with steam is advisable.
- Dirty water
When a traditional mop is used, warm or maybe hot water is used in a container which cools down during use. This is a perfect breeding ground of bacteria and usually the mop will simply displace the dirt from one area of the floor to another. The dirty water is unlikely to reach temperatures high enough to kill bacteria.
- Water spillage
Often when using a traditional mop, the water used cannot be controlled so you find that dipping the mop head into the bucket and onto the floor will create pools of water that mean waiting extended periods of time to dry.
Using a steam mop is effortless. Yes they weigh more, but you only need to glide it across your floors to clean. There is no need to scrub the floor as the steam does all the work.
- Washable pads
In most cases the cleaning pads which you attach to the floor head can be washed, saving you the need to replace the pads regularly. After a while the pads do need replacing, but we’ve found ours will last a least 6 months before needing to be replaced.
One of our steam mop reviews – the Vax S2S Bare Floor Pro