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The black and decker steam mop deluxe isn't quite as deluxe as I had hoped. When I was told this would be the model I would be reviewing I thought "great" the steam boost jet Black and Decker promised on their literature is exactly what I need to get rid go all the sticky and muddy marks that comes with being a mum to a messy boy. Unfortunately, there is no steam boost on the model I received so I am unable to comment on this feature. Also listed by Black and Decker is a carpet glider, again my model didn't have this so I can't tell you about it.
There is some push and click assembly needed when you bring this home, but it is straight forward and easily done. The detachable water tank is a good addition avoiding the need for jugs. The mop also click into a self standing position which is also good meaning you can leave it upright while moving toys/furniture without finding somewhere to lean it. There is also a cable grip on the handle so you can keep the wire out of the way and also one near the plug which is a good addition for keeping the cable tidy when storing it.
The mop comes with one micro fibre cloth pad which is disappointing again, even my mega cheap daily deal mop came with two. On switching on the mop it was indeed ready to use within the 15 seconds promised, probably more like 10. I switched the dial to the vinyl setting and set about cleaning the kitchen floor. This is when I noticed the amount of effort needed to push the mop back and forth. There is a lot of resistance between the mop and the floor much more than a normal mop and bucket and the other steam mop I have. A good workout for your arms, but only if you want to work them out. A few areas needed going over a few times for the sticky marks a 2 year old boy leaves after eating. This would have been where the steam boost would have come in handy, but i ended up getting a cloth out and scrubbing it by hand. On to the rest of the house! Dial clicked onto the wood-laminate setting, again the resistance was high, but overall left my floors clean, if a little chalky looking. The swivel head was good for getting into nooks and crannies but was annoying when it would swivel when not needed, especially when added to the resistance of the mop on the floor. The mop lying flat meant I could get under the sofa without having to move it. The leading edge of the mop head is straight meaning getting right up to the skirting boards was easy without too much manoeuvring. I don't live in a huge house but just doing downstairs I had to change sockets a few times because the cable is quite short. I would have hoped it would have a cable at least as long as my vacuum, but its nowhere near as long.
On to the bathroom floor, it coped well with the tiles we have in there, but the head is quite deep and even using the swivel I couldn't get in behind the loo or the sink pedestal.
All in all, I would be disappointed if I had spent £119.99 on this myself, as it does all the things my other steam mop does for nearly £100 less. And I'm not much of a fan of my other mop as it is.
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"Goodbye mop and bucket!…"
There was a surprising amount of assembly on this considering the size of the box, but once all the bits were out it went together really easily.
The water tank is removable for easy filling and 1 tank covers a large area plus it only takes seconds to heat up.
I tested mine on my ceramic tiled kitchen and bathrooms. The mop is light and really easy to manoeuvre without too much bending down. The floors dried quickly and were left with a lovely shine - no smears! I also like that you don't need chemicals and detergents to get a fab finish.
Once done the mop is super slim, doesn't take up much room and could also be hung on a wall for easy storage - the pad can be removed and chucked in the wash.
All in all I will not be going back to mop and bucket...!
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"Well made, effective.…"
The Black and Decker Steam Mop needs a certain amount of assembling out of the box. It is very sturdy and appears well made and clicks together easily. Pleasingly it has a removable water chamber which makes filling very easy and saves faffing about with jugs of water. The Microfibre head just sticks onto the foot with velcro and is deep enough to act as a sweep which negates the need for vacuuming first. It picked up dust and dog hair with ease. I put it to work on shiny porcelain tiles which streak at the first touch of detergent, the steam mop cleaned easily, dried quickly and most importantly left no streaks. On Karndean i adjusted the dial to the vinyl setting and the floor was clean and dry very quickly. I switched to the marble and stone setting and started cleaning the marble
tiles, this wasn't as successful as I don't believe that the steam is powerful enough to get into the natural holes and texture of polished marble. The surface was undeniably clean but the imperfections didn't come up as I would have liked.
The Steam Mop only comes with one microfibre pad which is problematical as I wouldn't use the same cloth in a bathroom or toilet then use it in a kitchen or living area. The other disappointment is the short electric lead. I had to connect to an extension lead because bathrooms don't have plug sockets in them I also had to change plug sockets frequently downstairs as I ran out of flex.
Overall it's a good, well made steam mop but the lack of additional heads and a short flex really let it down.
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