Frequently Asked Questions about Steam Mops
Steam mops really come in handy for cleaning emergency spills around your home. However, they are just as useful for routine cleaning.
They do a wonderful job of cleaning and sanitizing bathrooms, kitchens and other messy areas in your home.
Although there are many different steam mops on the market, consumers tend to ask the same questions about them.
Can steam mops be used on all types of floors?
No, they cannot be used on all types of floors. It is okay to use a steam mop on sealed hard floor surfaces such as stone, marble, hardwood, laminate, bamboo or tile. A steam mop should not be used on unglazed ceramic, wax or unsealed floors.
How frequently should I clean the mop pads?
Pads should be cleaned as often as possible. Mops clean better when the pads are clean. They are more hygienic.
How long does it take for a steam mop to get hot?
It should take a steam mop anywhere from 30 seconds to a couple of minutes to get hot enough to clean thoroughly. Since each mop works differently, consult the manufacturer’s instruction manual or website for more information.
Can a steam mop burn me?
The steam coming from a steam mop gets hot enough to clean, but it should not get hot enough to cause serious harm to the skin.
How should a steam mop pad be cleaned?
Steam mop pads can be cleaned manually with detergent and water. They can also be machine washed, and this will not damage the pads.
How long does a steam mop replacement pad last?
This all depends on the amount of times that it is used. It also depends on how dirty the floors are when used. But many users have kept them for a year or better.
How much does a steam pad replacement cost?
Most replacement pads cost in the range of $10-20 dollars depending on the steam mop model.
Can steam mops clean grout?
Yes, a steam mop can clean grout. However, if the gout is unsealed, it may take longer to clean. To make this easier the next time, clean the grout thoroughly and seal it.
What type of water does a steam mop use?
Many steam mop users like to use regular tap water. However, some argue that tap water has minerals that clog steam mops. Most steam mop manufacturers recommend using distilled water.
What type of detergent should be used to clean mop pads?
You can use liquid detergent. Do not use fabric softener or powder detergent to clean the pads.
The mop isn’t creating any steam? What should I do?
First, depending on your steam mop, push down on the handle a couple of times, and the steam might eventually spurt out. Also, the machine may be clogged if you have hard water and fail to use distilled water. If this happens, unclog it and start the process again.
How often do you have to put water in the mop during a cleaning session?
Most cleaning mops will clean for about 15 minutes before a water refill is needed.
Do I need to use a cleaning solution?
Plenty of users like to put cleaning solution on the floor in order to deodorize the room; however, this is not necessary for cleaning. The steam cleans and sanitizes without the need for cleaning solutions.