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Steam mops- are they any good?

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fatbottomgirl67 · 04/01/2024 21:41

We have dogs, cats and kids, live on a farm and am struggling with the state of my slate kitchen floor. Like the idea of a steam mop but are they any good ? Are they up to a proper filthy floors or should i stick with the mop and bucket?
Tia

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sickbucket67 · 05/01/2024 11:22

I would try a manual spray mop (you fill it with detergent, spray and swiff) to see if that does the trick

my steam mop gathers dust since I bought this

I use the spray mop daily and then do a big mop with a mop and bucket 2/3 times a month

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Cookerhood · 05/01/2024 11:25

I had one years ago & it was rubbish. Maybe I should try again?

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caringcarer · 05/01/2024 11:49

I use mine 3 times a week. If it broke I'd replace immediately. Buy extra coral bonnets. Go for a triangle head one as gets in all corners.

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LadyDanburysHat · 05/01/2024 12:18

This thread has inspired me to buy a new steam mop. Ours broke a while back and DH felt we didn't need to replace, but honestly the floors don't feel as clean without it. We had a Vax, not sure
whether to get the same or try something else.

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mumda · 05/01/2024 12:20

fatbottomgirl67 · 05/01/2024 07:29

Thanks everyone. I was worried they would just smear the dirt around, but it sounds like they are more efficient than I thought
I will definitely invest in one

Buy extra cover things (Someone's described them as bonnets) because a dirty floor will make the cloth dirty very quickly.

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TheDogIsInCharge · 05/01/2024 13:04

I have had two - the first one was useless. The second one has ben amazing. Can't remember the brand but it is bright green and came from Robert Dyas. Floor dries really quickly too.

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BobnLen · 05/01/2024 13:07

I had two, I bought one and then I got a free one with a vax carpet cleaner, both ended up at the recycling centre, they were rubbish.

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arejcenencehche3uh9f3 · 05/01/2024 13:32

I have a Shark one, it's great on tiles and the grout is absolutely fine after 5 years use. And the pads can just go in the washing machine when finished.

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LadyEloise1 · 05/01/2024 13:41

caringcarer · 05/01/2024 11:49

I use mine 3 times a week. If it broke I'd replace immediately. Buy extra coral bonnets. Go for a triangle head one as gets in all corners.

What one do you have please.

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Bordesleyhills · 05/01/2024 13:55

Dogs, horses and mud here- it won’t stop the dirt but the floor dries quicker… turtle mats and no boots ( husband and dirty boots… drives me insane )

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GothConversionTherapy · 05/01/2024 14:58

Would they be ok for porous wood floors (oak)?

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changingzooms · 05/01/2024 15:12

We have this one and couldn't live without it. Mix of wooden floors and tiles.

https://www.johnlewis.com/shark-s6003uk-klik-n-flip-automatic-steam-mop-cleaner/p4907946

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caringcarer · 05/01/2024 15:22

LadyEloise1 · 05/01/2024 13:41

What one do you have please.

Russell Hobbs.

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caringcarer · 05/01/2024 15:23

GothConversionTherapy · 05/01/2024 14:58

Would they be ok for porous wood floors (oak)?

I use mine on wooden floors a couple of times each week. They use very little water. Just steam. I add a capful of Aldi lemon cleaner to get a nice smell.

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WhyAmINotCleaning · 05/01/2024 15:31

LessonsLearnedInLife · 04/01/2024 21:54

We have an air craft mop, we absolutely love it. It’s this one. We’re on a farm too and this does the job as it’s got lots of different pads for the bottom. I have slate floors in the kitchen and a mix of wooden and tiled in other rooms, it’s great for all of them.

https://aircraftvacuums.com/product/powerglide-hard-floor-cleaner-black/?gadsource=1&gclid=Cj0KCQiAy9msBhD0ARIsANbk0A-B0_3aua83KDWSM5F0AIrJQLqOFm96cJ77mQvOp5la_uP_KCTlAfkaArfzEALw_wcB

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Why do they always show these things cleaning a clean floor? I want to see someone clean a muddy floor, change pads etc.

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Groovy48592747 · 05/01/2024 15:50

I love my Shark on tiled floors. Don't know how it is on other surfaces.

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PurpleBugz · 05/01/2024 15:56

Absolutely worth it. Although you do need to still scrub the cracks between tiles if the dirt has a good hold.... weatabix for example lol

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70isaLimitNotaTarget · 05/01/2024 16:07

Mine's a Shark with the liftaway hand held bit and a smaller cleaning head .

YY to buy extra bonnets , I have one of each so washing and waiting for it to dry , I could really do with a spare .

I have cats so I like the fact it's just steam.

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CarterBeatsTheDevil · 05/01/2024 16:09

I got a Shark one, because everyone was raving about them, and we gave it away because we genuinely didn't find it cleaned any better than our standard mop.

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Catsfrontbum · 05/01/2024 16:23

Shark one here with the hang held bits as well. It’s the tits. Love it.

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BemusedBrenda · 05/01/2024 16:33

Does anyone have one that they use on LVT? I'm quite keen but DH is worried moisture could get between the planks and cause damp.

Edit to add we currently use a spray mop rather than mop and bucket so the floors don't get too wet. I never think it's really clean though.

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OhNaffOffYouWazzock · 05/01/2024 16:46

We have the shark one, it's really good. We used to have a craggy slate floor which eventually wrecked every other mop I tried. The Shark lasted well and it was only the mop covers which needed replacing.
We moved and have tiles on most of the downstairs and the shark is so much quicker than anything else, I have a spray mop for very quick spot cleaning but find it makes the floor smeary no matter what I put in it.
Old fashioned mop and buckets are great but time consuming for a large area and uses loads of water with all the rinsing and refilling of the bucket.

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LessonsLearnedInLife · 05/01/2024 16:54

WhyAmINotCleaning · 05/01/2024 15:31

Why do they always show these things cleaning a clean floor? I want to see someone clean a muddy floor, change pads etc.

I do it every day. Pink pads for cleaning and I use the blue ones to dry the floor. I don’t use the spray on the mop though, I use method floor cleaner scooshed on the floor first.

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WhyAmINotCleaning · 05/01/2024 19:17

LessonsLearnedInLife · 05/01/2024 16:54

I do it every day. Pink pads for cleaning and I use the blue ones to dry the floor. I don’t use the spray on the mop though, I use method floor cleaner scooshed on the floor first.

Are the pads easy to change?

Maybe you could do a video? Grin

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