steam mops, I know, but I need help!

(60 Posts)

so after seeing one in action (Lauriefairycake) I really think I need one, but then I go read reviews and cant make up my mind.

I have all wooden floors downstairs, 2 large dogs, tiles in kitchen, bathrooms and fully tiled upstairs bathroom.

I need a mop that isnt too heavy, cleans well, doesnt leave my wooden floors wet, is hardcore and wont break after 5 minutes. I also want it to clean my windows, bathroom glass and tiles too.

So, lets have your recommendations and reasons behind.

MushroomSoup Wed 02-Jan-13 11:12:46

I love my steam mop. Cheap - £20 in the sales from Asda, only reduced from £30. I have solid wood floors, 4 DCs and a dog and, muddiest of all, a DH.
I sweep daily - sometimes more than once! - but Hoover every few days. Steam clean well once a week or more often when there are muddy footprints everywhere washable pads go in the washer.

but what brand is it Mushroom? I need one that can do floors and then be a cleaner and do tiles/windows etc.

mistlethrush Wed 02-Jan-13 12:02:14

<Sits quietly in on Jax's thread as a very similar scenario here>

ShirleySharpeyes Wed 02-Jan-13 12:08:50

<Also lurking and watching with interest>

no you cant lurk - you have to give thoughts to what steamy thing to get.

I have a list, but keep changing my mind. reviews are always hit and miss and I dont want to buy it and use it once and sit in a cupboard. <eyes juicer>

mistlethrush Wed 02-Jan-13 12:31:20

I don't have any good ideas yet so you're way ahead of me - perhaps you could share your list and then I might be a step nearer than I am!

right, I have had a look at good housekeeping online and they tested steam mops and cleaners... but they all get decent ratings - back to square one.

Themobstersknife Wed 02-Jan-13 12:40:36

I have the Vax one - the cheaper one that you don't need detergent in. It is great. I got an additional blue mop head as the microfibre ones that came with it are not great. The only thing I am not keen on is that they smell a bit. I have tried putting ironing water and also tried using a bit of zoflora but am still not keen. I used to have a very cheap one from ebay which was also good, but you had no trigger to control the steam. It just steamed as soon as it was on iyswim.

ShirleySharpeyes Wed 02-Jan-13 13:53:32

this is the one I am considering....it has good reviews, is a good price and looks small enough to store but I am worried about using it on (and damaging) wooden floors.

ShirleySharpeyes Wed 02-Jan-13 13:58:05

What does Good Housekeeping say about the Vax one? I'm also considering signing up to Which? for a month for research purposes...the Polti Pocket also sounds OK.

YoSaffBridge Wed 02-Jan-13 14:01:49

Also have the Vax one, and ditto buying the replacement mop heads as they are better. It is on sale at Argos at the moment down to £50. I luffs it so much it is embarrassing. I find the trigger for steam useful, as some spots need lots of steam and others just need a wipe with a damp cloth, really. But I do put the detergent in as well. Oh, and it steams carpets too.

mistlethrush Wed 02-Jan-13 14:03:18

I can tell you what which says at some stage but probably not this evening (busy).

ShirleySharpeyes Wed 02-Jan-13 14:10:50

What Which? say would be a big help to me.... thanks. I like the sound of being able to steam carpets as well...I think I am swaying towards the Vax one. I am hopeful it might make less of a slattern on the floor cleaning front if I have a new gadget.

I have a really cheap Lakeland one, and it's brill. I just put tap water in it (although it says not to smile but I'm not buying distilled water for it). I use it with the dettol squirty floor cleaner that dries really quick. No problems with it, and bung the cleaning pad in the washing machine.

But the ones you like are just mops - I need one that splits and cleans other stuff too.

TheFallenNinja Wed 02-Jan-13 14:14:45

I use the Shark and its brilliant. Streak free on kitchen floor tiles. If only the lads new smile

sausagesandwich34 Wed 02-Jan-13 14:19:26

I've got a shark one too

sooo much easier than getting the mop out so it gets done more frequently

my cream grout is starting to look cream again!

also use it on the wooden floor in my living room, just turn the steam down

my front door opens straight into the living room so it gets used most days since the dcs don't seem to know how to take their shoes off!

ShirleySharpeyes Wed 02-Jan-13 14:25:23

This Karcher one was the other one I was looking at - it does tiles and floors, but it is £££ compared the the vax one. The shark ones look a similar sort of price.

Doodlekitty Wed 02-Jan-13 14:48:57

X5 ladies, x5

Got mine for Christmas and love it love it love it

Doodlekitty Wed 02-Jan-13 16:45:37

It would appear I kill every thread I post on hmm

I was looking at the x5 doodle it does tiles etc as well as floors iirc.

will go and have another look. I am hoping that I am chosen to review and try the mn steam cleaner.

Ruffello Thu 03-Jan-13 07:18:01

I went for this one from Lakeland. Very pleased with it for wooden floors, but less impressed for grout, though I suspect the dirt/mould is just too ingrained.

I quite like that one Ruffello. thanks

neveronamonday Thu 03-Jan-13 19:52:43

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ooh never let me know how you get on. Going to get DH to have a look at the shark 2 in 1. thanks

BettyBum Sun 06-Jan-13 13:07:39

The x5, it's brilliant!

neveronamonday Sun 06-Jan-13 22:47:50

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BettyBum Mon 07-Jan-13 11:42:55

You know you can take the handle off when you use it hand held don't you?

thanks never well I am going to speak to DH some more. My back is totally knackered again, so am not able to do anything at all so he is doing all cleaning. Think he would like a new gadget. grin

SadAboutSister Mon 07-Jan-13 17:12:55

I also think the Shark is amazing, fab results every time.

neveronamonday Mon 07-Jan-13 21:08:11

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BettyBum Tue 08-Jan-13 21:08:01

Oops sorry! Thought you bought the x5!

does the shark/x5 dry the floors?

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Wed 09-Jan-13 09:17:15

I have a Vax one, without detergent.

I read something from a 'professional' when I was researching mine. He said that steam will denature the detergent anyway so it's no benefit to have a detergent one. The steam is what cleans IYSWIM.

I only have it about a month and find it good so far. I would say wash the pads before you use it because the first time I used mine (fresh out of the box- eager) it left streaks. After washing the pads it was fine.
I have the knobbly coral microfibres pads on order now, they're meant to be good too.

Oh, I chose the vax because it wasn't that expensive and it is just a mop really. You don't need to spend a lot.

BettyBum Wed 09-Jan-13 11:27:32

Floors dry mega quick with the x5

WildRumpus Wed 09-Jan-13 11:34:31

[lurking]
even my 5 year old DD gets excited by the idea of a steam cleaner. Eager to hear more.

Bakingnovice Fri 11-Jan-13 09:47:56

X5!!

I love mine. I didn't open it for a fortnight as I tend to go berserk with things like this and true to form when I did open it I was in my bathroom for hours!! It's addictive. And empowering when you hold that big hot, erm, steam jet in your hands and blast away dirt. It's amazing.

I've only used it once, albeit in one long satisfying session, As I then got the bloody norovirus and still don't feel 100%. Like I said I need to know I've got a whole uninterrupted day with my toy when I next use it.

Bakingnovice Fri 11-Jan-13 09:48:48

Oh dear, why does my post sound pervy? Totally unintentional. So sorry everyone!

Sinkingfeeling Fri 11-Jan-13 12:11:29

Where can you buy the X5? Only on shopping channels?

MrsBungleBear Fri 11-Jan-13 12:15:55

I've got the x5.

It's great. Does all floors inc carpet. Attachments for Windows, grout, window blinds etc.

I find it really good.

I bought mine from internet.

Mine doesn't get the floor too wet.

TheReturnoftheSmartArse Fri 11-Jan-13 12:29:33

I was watching some shopping channel at 2am this morning (don't ask!) and was fascinated by the X5. It said you could also get it at Robert Dyas.

sooperdooper Fri 11-Jan-13 12:31:19

I must be doing something wrong with mine, it's a vax one but I think it's crap!?

fussychica Fri 11-Jan-13 15:32:19

X5 is available on Amazon - thought I might get one but the reviews of the product are poor, though everyone on here loves it.

BettyBum Fri 11-Jan-13 21:07:57

If you don't buy from Thane or Robert Dyas it's fake.

That's why reviews are poor.

Buy from Thane or RD and pay £99.99. See reviews on Thane, they rave about it.

after reading reviews I am going with shark 2 in 1.

mercibucket Sun 13-Jan-13 19:20:49

I want the one you use, bakingnovice
smile

Wingdingdong Mon 14-Jan-13 19:45:42

I just used my new Morphy Richards 2-in-one last night for the first time. I have spent all day today wondering what else I can blast tonight... Only used the mop, not the detachable handheld, but it did a great job on our seriously challenging kitchen floor (3yo and 10mo DC).

thats good wingding. want to come do my bathroom tiles?

Bakingnovice Tue 15-Jan-13 10:32:21

Mercibucket - it's fantastic. The only prob is I just can't schedule the time to use it often enough! I get carried away and like to have a good couple of hours to do a proper deep clean. It's addictive.

hellyd Tue 15-Jan-13 11:33:51

really keen to get one but DH is worries about the amount of steam it will create in our already slightly damp house. So ladies does you steam mop make your house/room steamy???

This morning, at 5am I purchased a steam mop! grin

DC have had chest infections and were coughing, which woke me up, so I had a quick check of emails and got a wowcher deal for the X7 mop. So, in my sleepy haze I bought it. Will let you know how it is once I get it and use it.

<stupidly excited>

Flisspaps Fri 01-Feb-13 14:33:12

hellyd mine doesn't (a Bionaire) - there's a tiny bit of steam around the pad, enough to clean the floor but not enough to make anything else damp!

So the X7 has arrived! Although my back is buggered I have done a few bits with DH help to hold the hand held part and I cleaned the downstairs windows, the frames and used the little jet part to clean the nooks and crannies of the window frame.

Also did the radiators near where the dogs beds lie, have a few tiles in the bathroom, used it to clean the floor in bathroom and kitchen, but I dont think I will use it on the wooden floors as they are oiled, so not entirely sure if that makes them 'sealed' or not and pretty sure DH would be less than thrilled if I warped the Oak!

Overall it is an absolute gem of an item. Havent used the brass brush (for car wheels and the like) but have used everything else - apart from garment steamer, but that will come in handy to freshen up DH suits inbetween dry cleaning.

I love it. I only wish my back was better and then I would be steaming everything in sight!

Rattitude Fri 08-Feb-13 20:45:02

I had never considered buying a steam mop but the various threads on MN are now swaying me towards one. Not quite sure where I would store it though.

For anybody who might be tempted to get one, Lidl is selling a steam mop as part of their Special Offers on 14 February. Here it is www.lidl.co.uk/cps/rde/xchg/lidl_uk/hs.xsl/index_38924.htm - it costs just under £30.

<Ponders whether this is a nice Valentine's day present or not...>

maybe your house would like a steam mop as its Valentine pressie. grin

I do really like it.

Rattitude Sat 09-Feb-13 23:24:15

wink That is about the only Valentine present this household is likely to get.

Does it create much condensation though? My house already suffers from it, so i would not want to add to the problem.

no not at all. no condensation it evaporates into the air.

Rattitude Sun 10-Feb-13 14:49:38

Thanks, Jax. I may check out the Lidl one then.

ChristianGreyIsAJackass Sun 10-Feb-13 15:13:54

Ooh that lidl one looks great!

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