There was a discussion awhile back about a steam mop for hard surface
floors. I can't find it now but it got me to thinking maybe I need one. Most
of my floors are hard surface and I mop with vinegar and use swiffers.
Would one of those steam mop things work for me? Would I get the floor
cleaner and if so what kind should I buy and how much would it cost? I wish
I had paid more attention when you all were discussing it but as I said, it
got me to thinking I may need one.
First of all, you can always search the archives of the newsgroup for topics
that were previously discussed. The link will take you to Google's advanced
search page for newsgroups.
All my floors are laminate on the first floor except the master bath, which
is ceramic tile. I have tried everything and settled on the steam mop. It
does a great job, uses no chemicals, is quiet, easy to use, and it was
inexpensive. My sister swore by her Hoover Floor Mate for her laminate
floors. Unfortunately, the Floor Mate put so much water on the floor that
over time it ruined her laminate! I had bought a steam mop for her several
years ago, but she refused to try it - don't ask why, I'm sure there is some
complex but irrational explanation. Eventually she broke down and tried the
steam mop after replacing the laminate. Now she is completely convinced
that the steam mop is the best way to clean. She has 10 dogs, so she gets
lot of practice!
I have a Eureka Envior Steamer Deluxe. I think they may be discontinuing
that model as is seems to be out-of-stock in many on-line stores. If you
have a Tuesday Morning store in your area, they have them there under the
"Homeworks" brand for $39. If you can't find that one, Bissell makes one as
does Delongi. You can do a search (Froogle, Shopzilla, etc.) for "steam
mop" and see what is available.
I recently got a Swiffer Vac. Before using the steam mop, you have to sweep
or use a Swiffer. The Swiffer Vac has worked out very well. I got mine at
Big Lots for $12. It seems that it was sold under the Dirt Devil brand and
was acquired and re-branded by Proctor and Gamble under the Swiffer name.
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