How do steam mops work? What’s the point of steam cleaning? Can steam mops really be better than old-fashioned mopping?
Join us as we take a look at the benefits of steam cleaning – and find out if steam mops are really worth the hype…
1.Steam mops don’t use harsh chemicals
Steam mops clean using water alone. Unlike regular mops or spray mops, there’s no need to use cleaning solutions or chemicals – steam mops work by heating water to 100°C, producing steam, which is hot enough to lift grease and grime and thoroughly clean all sealed hard floors – without the need for additional cleaning products.
2. It can be better for the environment
Cleaning floors without toxic chemicals means fewer cleaning products being washed into our waterways, with potentially harmful effects to wildlife and the environment.
3. Steam mops can sanitise floors
Shark steam mops can clean and sanitise up to 99.9% of household bacteria* using just steam – so you can enjoy the confidence of a chemical-free clean and relax knowing your floors are sanitised. Perfect for homes with children, pets or allergies.
4. They’re great on all sealed hard floors
Wondering what kind of floors you can use a steam mop on? The answer is any sealed hard floors – including tile, stone, marble and hardwood. Don’t use a steam mop on unsealed wood, unglazed ceramic floors or floors treated with wax though – if in doubt, check the use and care instructions from the floor manufacturer.
5. They’re not just for floors
Some steam mops can also be used as handheld steam cleaners, all around your home. For example, the Shark Floor & Handheld Steam Cleaner S6005UK transforms into a lightweight portable unit with 5 attachments included for precise above-the-floor cleaning – so you can easily clean bathroom taps and tiles, kitchen counters and inside the oven, glass shower screens, grouting and fiddly areas, all with the power of steam.
6. Tidying up is easy
No need to empty dirty water from a mop bucket – or worry about the cost and hassle of disposable floor wipes. All Shark steam mops include machine washable, reusable Dirt Grip microfibre cleaning pads – simply pop them in the washing machine and use them again. Plus, the touch-free release system means there’s no need to come into contact with the dirt.
From automatic steam mops to simple manual models, browse the full range of Shark steam mops and steam cleaners here to find the best steam mop for you.
*Sanitisation studies were conducted under controlled test conditions. Household conditions and results may vary. See instruction booklet for instructions.