While steam mops are quite simple to use, today, they come in all shapes and sizes with a variety of new and improved features. Knowing how to use a steam mop is essential to you getting the cleaning results you want.
With this in mind, we’ve created this guide how to use a steam mop. In it, we’ll tell you about the cleaning processes for a variety of different floor types as well as share some tips that can help you along the way.
One of the most popular uses for steam mops in common households is on tiled or grouted floors, for example, kitchens and bathrooms, as these are the floors that normally accumulate the toughest stains.
Cleaning tiled or grouted floors with a steam mop is very straightforward. However, with tougher stains, you may need to leave the steam to soak on the surface which may incur longer drying times.
To get the best results, make sure you have chosen a steam mop that is able to reach at least 175 degrees Fahrenheit. You should also choose a mop pad that is able to scrub tougher stains.
Start by scrubbing in between the tiles to remove dirt and stains. Once you’ve scrubbed all the grout, use a normal mop pad to clean any dirt residue left from the grout. This may take a couple of cleans.
When it comes to learning how to use a steam mop on laminate floor, it’s important to exercise a little more caution. Some laminate floors do not react well to hot steam.
With that in mind, it is important you check with your floor’s manufacturer before using your steam mop on it. Even if your manufacturer says it is fine to steam mop your floor, test it on a small corner before cleaning the entire surface.
When cleaning, if you notice any form of discoloration or if the surface starts warping or curling at the edges, stop immediately.
It is important to note that you should not steam mop your laminate on maximum heat. Start low and build up to a medium heat if you do not see any signs of the steaming process affecting your floor.
Hardwood can be extremely hard to clean. Firstly, it can be very expensive therefore owners normally feel less inclined to experiment with different cleaning techniques.
The truth is, as long as you do not have a wax finish on your wooden surface, cleaning it with a steam mop may be the best option. In fact, steam mopping wooden surfaces often rehabilitates them to their previous shiny selves.
If you want to clean your hardwood floor with a steam mop, start by putting it on its lowest settings. Then, release any excess steam before using it on your floor.
From there, it’s just a matter of you passing your steam mop over your floor in even strokes. Because of the dark nature of wooden floors, you may notice it is dirtier than you originally expected.
As a result, it is important that you check your mop pad regularly and replace it every time it gets too dirty otherwise, you’ll just be pushing around dirt.
There are two important things to remember when cleaning a wooden surface with a steam mop. Firstly, do not, under any circumstances, steam mop your floor if it has any sort of wax finish as you may damage it. If you’re not sure, find out from your floor’s manufacturer.
Secondly, do not use a scrubbing brush on a wooden floor. If you have some tough stains to take out, get a cloth and try and get them out by hand. Last but not least, don’t be tempted to turn up the heat on your steam mop as you may damage the wood.
To use your steam mop on your rug or carpet, you need to make sure it comes with a clip on adaptor to make it compatible with these types of floorings. If not, you may damage your surface.
If you do have the right adaptor then start by clearing your carpeted area and giving it a thorough vacuum. Once you have vacuumed all the residue from your carpet, try and get rid of stains before starting to steam.
Once you have done all the above, cut up pieces of wax paper and slide them beneath the feet of all your furniture. This will protect your furniture from being damaged by the steam.
From there, you can get steaming. Using a steam mop on your carpet is a great way to avoid harsh chemicals found in usual carpet cleaners.
While you should follow all the methods mentioned above to clean your chosen surface, there are a few tips and tricks that can help make cleaning with a steam mop easier.
Steam mopping is the easiest and most sanitary way to clean any surface without the need for extra detergents and bleaches. By using some of the tips, tricks, and methods mentioned above, you’ll be left with a clean home for you and your loved ones to enjoy.