Shark Steam Mop…
I got a gift card to Target for Christmas and I’ve been trying to decide what to do with it.
I keep hearing (reading) about these steam mops and how fantastic they are. Well I am always looking for something that makes cleaning my floors easier. I have three dogs (two are large) and four cats and two small children, not to mention the husband. Our house is 1,000 square feet so it’s small. It’s all hardwood and tile. I vacuum almost every day, sometimes more than once a day, and I have to mop at least a couple times a week though it could probably use daily mopping. I like my floors to be clean, it distresses me when there are piles of fur or dirt or sticky spots.
So, the steam mops sounded good.
I got the Shark brand. It’s the kind that vacuums and mops.
I tried it out tonight. The vacuum on it works great, I love it. It works better than my actual vacuum cleaner! It sucked up almost everything quickly and it’s very light weight.
Then I tried out the steam mop function. I am so disappointed! Now I’m not sure if I’m going to keep this thing or return it. It does not get dirty floors super clean, at all…!
My tile floors just had muddy foot prints on them. It got up most of the mud on the first try, but left streaks. I put on a clean pad and refilled it and gave it a second try. It’s cleaner, but why did I have to do it twice? I don’t have time for that. Also, the grout still has all of the mud stuck in it. It did not clean a single bit of dirt out of the grout–I think that’s the most disappointing part. I definitely can’t mop twice, then hand scrub the grout. No way, especially not for how much this supposedly amazing steam mop cost me.
I even used the heavy duty pad, thinking it had bigger thingies on it that would reach down farther to grab the mud from the grout, but nope…
And it wasn’t even an extreme amount of mud either! Just some smears here and there that missed the rug and didn’t get wiped off of dog paws well enough.
Google says the streaks may be caused by chemical build-up from old cleaners, but this is brand new tile flooring! I’ve never used chemical cleaners on it, EVER.
The Hoover Floormate I have is big, heavy, gets clogged up inside with mildew and residual dirt easily, smells funky most of the time, and cleans with vinegar instead of steam…however, it super scrubs my tile sparkling clean instantly, a million times better than the steam mop. Plus it doesn’t have any pads I need to keep up with washing.
Is there something about the steam mop that I’m missing here? It was hot, pouring out steam. I tried going over the floors slowly. I tried leaving it to sit on a dirty spot for a few minutes then scrubbing with it.
I don’t know. It did not do anything amazing or wonderful like promised.
Why am I so upset over the under performance of a mop? I must be hormonal.
I’m also pissed off because at Target tonight when we were buying the mop Tyler took Rosie and Ada in the cart to walk around the store while I picked out some new nursing bras. (They are on sale for $10!) He didn’t notice (of course, Captain Oblivious) that Ada dropped her favorite toy–Sophie the Giraffe. She got it for Christmas and she’s been carrying it around everywhere recently, even sleeping with it. Rosie noticed that it was gone pretty quickly and was upset. Tyler came back and found me and asked if Ada had her giraffe in the cart earlier, because he didn’t believe Rosie (?) and she did…but now it was gone.
We back tracked, of course she dropped it in the electronics section when Tyler was distracted oogling over games. The man working at the counter in the electronic section said he saw it on the ground when he was helping someone, and when he finished helping them he went to pick it up and it had disappeared. The lost and found didn’t have it, they searched through every bin just in case it was put elsewhere as an item to be re-shelved. We walked around the store to make sure no one had picked it up and laid it down somewhere else. It was no where. I even called back later tonight and the lost and found didn’t have it turned in.
Looks like someone saw Sophie on the ground and took her.
It’s a popular and somewhat expensive toy. Who just takes a baby’s toy that was obviously dropped? Ugh! Especially a teething toy, gross. Ada nommed all over Sophie.
I’m so sad. We don’t really have $20 laying around to blow on another squeaky organic rubber giraffe, which is why it was a Christmas present.
I’m going to call Target tomorrow to be sure it didn’t show up in the lost and found when they closed and organized the store, but I would be shocked if they had it. I think it would have turned up by now.
Too bad Target doesn’t sell Sophie. I would return my disappointing steam mop and buy Ada another one.