Written on: 16/03/2012 by Koopatroopa (1 review written)
As this was the first steam mop I’ve tried, I was interested to see how it would fare against the mop and bucket. Following the simple and clear instructions, I filled one tank with water and the other with detergent (supplied), plugged it in, waited a minute and it was ready to go. I used it to clean lino flooring.
Pros: The product is easy to assemble, light and stores away neatly. It cleans well and left a shine on the lino which is still visible many days after cleaning. The lino didn’t take long to dry after cleaning which was another bonus. The microfibre cloths were easy to detach and wash after use, ready for next time which was definitely easier and more hygienic than cleaning a dirty mop and waiting for it to dry.
Cons: The water and detergent tanks were fiddly to detach at first and this could be a problem for people with reduced dexterity. I found it heavy in use and difficult to push around but given time, could get used to this. While the cleaning was a quite a bit better than the mop and bucket routine, it wasn’t as outstanding as I had been expecting. The additional expense of the steam mop (detergent (optional)/replacement microfibre cloths and electricity) in long term use should also be considered.
Lowdown: Handy product for homes with extensive hard flooring. Nifty and easy to use, clean and store. Performs better than the mop & bucket just don’t expect too much. Worth investing in for hygiene and efficiency.