Do Steam Mops Work? – The Steam Mop vs Wet Mop

Steam mops have made cleaning floors easier and more environmentally friendly. We’re going to talk about some of the benefits of using steam mops and answer the question, “how does a steam cleaner work?”

In a nutshell: Steam mops are a great option for busy families and the elderly because they can clean floors quickly and with less effort.

You may have a lot of questions when it comes to using steam mops: How does a steam mop work? Are they better at cleaning than the traditional mop and bucket? What types of floors can I use a steam mop on? How do they clean without any detergent? Aren't they expensive?

How Does Steam Cleaning Work?

Let's start by explaining how steam mops work.

Traditional cleaning methods are usually limited to the surface you're cleaning. Steam penetrates into microscopic gaps between the surface, dislodging the dirt particles.

You can use ordinary tap water to fill the mop (although we recommend distilled water to avoid blockages - more on that here). The cleaner heats the water in the boiler to 300 degrees Fahrenheit to form vapour. The water cools to about 220 degrees Fahrenheit as it's applied. The heat weakens the physical bond between the dirt or stains to the surface it's stuck to. Using the dry steam, you can mop surfaces clean with the pad attachment.

Check out the video below to watch a steam mop in action.

You should always follow cleaning instructions based on the type of floor you have. The heat of the steam coming from the mop could be too much for your floor to handle. This true for wood, vinyl, ceramic, and laminate flooring.

Certain steam mops are better than others for laminate floors (which are very delicate), hardwood floors (which are prone to swelling under the wrong conditions)​ and tile floors (which can be tough as nails to clean in cases) - so do your research by visiting our steam mop reviews page before purchasing.

Steam cleaners come in different models and costs. If there's a brand that interests you, it shouldn't be hard to find it on sale or at a reduced rate during the year. The high price tag of steam cleaners has dropped in recent years because of competition.

Ditch the Detergent. Clean with Steam.

You may be wondering, “how do steam cleaners work better than traditional mops?” Can some steam really clean as well as some elbow grease and soap? Steam mops have a lot of advantages over traditional ones. Here are just a few reasons you should consider using a steam mop:

  • Shorter drying time
  • No harmful chemicals
  • Removes hidden dirt
  • Gets rid of germs
  • No bucket or dirty water
  • Easy to handle
  • Safer for pets and children
  • Eco-friendly

As you can see, steam mops have a lot of benefits over traditional mops. You don’t need to worry about avoiding wet floors or harmful chemicals. Steam mops also gets rid of the germs and bacteria you can’t see. Older people will also find steam mops easier to handle than traditional ones. Using steam is safer for pets, children, and the environment.

Traditional Mopping

How does a steam mop work?

Traditional mops come in all shapes and sizes. You can find flat mops, sponge mops, rope, dust and all sorts of other that keep your floors clean. Using a traditional mop used to mean you’d need a bucket to squeeze any excess water into. You don’t need to do this with newer mops because they come with their own system to drain the water. Here are some advantages of using traditional mops:

  • Inexpensive cleaning tool
  • Gives smell of freshly washed floor
  • Provides a good workout while cleaning

Most people are going to want to use both types of mops. There are some circumstances where a steam mop is useless. Trying to clean up a large spill with a steam mop will only spread the mess. Also, some floors don’t respond well to the high temperature produced by steam mops. However, if you’re looking to quickly clean your floors, you can’t go wrong with a steam mop.

Wrapping Up

If you’re worried whether it’s safe to use steam cleaning on your floor, you should consult an expert. There are a lot of resources online or at hardware stores. You should never switch cleaning products / tools without familiarizing yourself with the recommended methods.

This article should give you a better idea of the benefits of using steam mops to clean your floors. They’re easier to manoeuvre and clean surfaces with less effort. They’re also healthier for your family and environment because you don’t need any cleaning chemicals. Most steam mops come in a variety of models, so you can choose the one that fits your needs and budget.

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Nikki P

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