I got a steam mop but I've given up with it because it just doesn't clean as well as a bucket with a slosh of bleach and sons washing up liquid in it, it's a vax one so a good brand, I just don't rate it at all
Which magazine said that steamops/handheld steamers are no better (although they didnt say they were any worse either) than traditional cleaning methods, so I would take this as steam mops are just a different way of doing the floor. I have a steam mop but on occasion I will still wet mop - just because I prefer to give it a water/detergent once over once in a while. Also if you think about it, steam mop is just got steam with a towel pad, there is only so much dirt that towel pad will keep hold of before leaving at least some back on the floor. Unless you change it with every metre square of your floor lol.
That is worrying. I have a steam mop but tend to use it for cleaning everything other than floors (e.g. windows, bathrooms, bbqs, carpets) as I find it easier just to get out the wet mop for the small bit of tiled floor that I have. After your experience I think I will continue doing this.
I have had a steam mop for last year and half and haven't wet mopped since! It certainly looks clean but you have me worried now! I often give it a quick once over with a cloth on stubborn marks or odd spills. I don't actually own a normal mop anymore! I think I may need to invest in one though! Which steam mop do you have?
I got a steam mop about 3 months ago and since then have used only that to do the kitchen floor. Tonight I did it with a wet mop with a bucket of boiling bleach and flash water. Oh my god. The water was literally black. Clearly the steam mop hasn't been cleaning effectively. But I thought they were meant to be better than the old methods?