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to think the advert for the steam mop is pretty irresponsible?

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UltraBOF Thu 18-Oct-12 17:07:05

I've just seen an ad for a steam mop, which shows a woman washing the kitchen floor with it while a baby is sitting on the floor a couple of feet away. This is while the voice over intones "just water, and no harsh chemicals!", so is presumably meant to make us associate it with child safety.

But presumably if you used scalding hot steam to clean your floor, all it would take is for the baby to reach towards the mop and get a pretty nasty injury? I've scalded myself once trying to steam iron clothes with a similar gadget, and it bloody hurt. I bet the instructions say something about keeping it away from children, but the advertising doesn't give this impression.

A bit boring, I know, but WTF?

UltraBOF Thu 18-Oct-12 17:33:28

Aaaand, there it is again.

I am obviously just getting all Victor Meldrew at the telly.

HeinousHecate Thu 18-Oct-12 17:35:17

Ah well, they'll be assuming that people will use common sense.

<dies laughing>

MichaelaS Thu 18-Oct-12 17:39:24

Hmmm, maybe you can steam clean the baby too. The advert certainly seems to imply it.

Looking forward to the legal case suing the manufacturors....

Pickles101 Thu 18-Oct-12 17:40:30

I think this is a bit of an U reaction and yes, a little bit too Victor Meldrew

UltraBOF Thu 18-Oct-12 17:43:02

Do you mean that the rest might not be true, and that the floors don't actually sparkle? shock

JamesAndTheGiantBanana Thu 18-Oct-12 17:43:37

Is that the bissell steam and sweep thingy?

I hadn't noticed the baby. I just WANT ONE.

cozietoesie Thu 18-Oct-12 17:44:33

I managed to use my karcher last weekend - and it was great but with one BIG exception. I read all the multifarious warnings about what not to do with it but in the heat of battle (with the dirt) I still found myself using natural cleaning movements and coming close to a scald. That floor steam mop in the adverts looks different but I'd earnestly recommend that anyone using a more hand held device wears some sort of glove protection at least (not sure which ones would be best, just so that they could be whipped off quickly.)

WelshMaenad Thu 18-Oct-12 17:44:44

My toddler is currently coated in a sticky film from raiding his sisters sweets at the school disco. Maybe I can steam clean him...

Pagwatch Thu 18-Oct-12 17:45:30

If I got my teenager to stand back a little bit and sort of aimed...?

ZombTEE Thu 18-Oct-12 17:47:47

A baby or the mop, James?

I haven't seen the advert. My SIL once posted to Facebook asking if she could use one of those carpet cleaners you rent on the children.

She was kidding though.

I think...

UltraBOF Thu 18-Oct-12 17:48:45

I've seen girls iron the front of the school shirts they were wearing with their hair straighteners before, so I suppose you shouldn't underestimate people's stupidity.

cozietoesie Thu 18-Oct-12 17:52:56

With steam, the problem is that you're used to cleaning with things that don't emit danger. Next time you're scrubbing out a floor or going at a kitchen shelf or something, just stop and work out how often your hands have either come near to each other or near to other things/parts of your body. That's the danger with steam. Just forgetting.

Pagwatch Thu 18-Oct-12 17:53:47

My friend used to iron her hair every morning with an actual iron. It was bizarre and yet strangely talented.

TheCunnyFuntOfEastwick Thu 18-Oct-12 17:55:28

I remember my sister getting me to iron her hair with the iron, on the ironing board. Now that was stupid. Especially as I am known to be immensly clumsy.

TheCunnyFuntOfEastwick Thu 18-Oct-12 17:56:57

X posts Pag grin kind of, anyway.

And I meant immensely.

MissPants Thu 18-Oct-12 17:57:44

I did that!! <pride> It took skill that my aged self probably couldn't muster now grin

Gusthetheatrecat Thu 18-Oct-12 18:12:40

This is making me want a steam mop even more.
In spite of the fact that I never clean the floors (spoilt. Have a cleaner) so it would not save me any time at all.
I still want one.
Am heavily pregnant and irrational, though.

Pagwatch Thu 18-Oct-12 18:35:57

Someone on here needs to invent steam mopping hair and ironing dry.

ScarahStratton Thu 18-Oct-12 18:57:51

I spotted an all singing, all dancing one whilst channel surfing in the middle of the night. I really, really, badly want one, it cleaned everything.

It's a con, isn't it? The H2O X5 steam mop. And I've only just sussed it's name.

[thick and gullible emoticon]

Iodine Thu 18-Oct-12 19:03:39

I laughed at the "kills 99.9% of bacteria" claim which says in small writing underneath about having to hold the steam cleaner in position for at least 15 seconds to achieve this. That's a long time if you've got a big kitchen!

cheeseandmushroomtoastie Thu 18-Oct-12 19:05:58

I want a steam mop. Can someone recommend a cheap one for me to try?

ScarahStratton Thu 18-Oct-12 19:17:06

Oh no, you need the H20 X5 steam mop. With free vacuum. I even have the phone number saved - 0844 571 8681. Don't forget to say you want the free vacuum with it.


TheCunnyFuntOfEastwick Thu 18-Oct-12 19:43:33

There are zero steam mops on ebay. They must be popular!

cozietoesie Thu 18-Oct-12 19:47:14

There are simply loads of them on ebay. Your search must have been having a senior moment!

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