Steam mops are highly popular today, with good reason. They are lightweight and easy to use, and they clean hard surfaces such as tiled or sealed wood floors fast with excellent results. Unlike the traditional floor mop, the user does not need to wring out or rinse the sponge, or re-use a dirty mop on clean surfaces. Instead, the microfiber cloths are simply removed and washed again, or discarded when they get too dirty. Best of all, the primary cleaning component of the unit is hot steam. No harsh chemicals are used.
Because the steam mop is so efficient and easy to use, many people have thought of other inventive ways to use this product, such as using it to clean bathroom walls. However, steam mops are not recommended for certain surfaces.
Always read and follow the manufacturer recommendations carefully for the best results.
How A Steam Mop Can Be Used On Carpet
Most people choose light-colored carpeting for their home. It gives rooms a bright appearance and tends to widen its dimensions. The only problem with light-colored carpets is that dirt and normal wear are apparent much sooner than with dark carpets. Even the smallest stain or blotch of dirt can mar the look of a light carpet. As a result, lighter shades of carpeting need to be cleaned more often.
Dust mites are a problem with all carpets. Dust mites that collect in carpets can aggravate the allergies of sensitive people.
Steam mops are a great solution for both of these problems. Used regularly, they can remove some light surface stains and dirt spots. They can also deodorize a carpet. The steam provided by the mop is hot enough to kill dust mites and remove bacteria. Many models reach 220 degrees Fahrenheit.
It’s best to use a steam mop that is designed with a glider attachment for carpet. The glider is simply a plastic framed cover for the mop that makes it easier to move around on carpeting.
To use the steam mop for carpeting, follow these easy steps:
- Fill the water tank per manufacturer instructions and tighten the cap.
- Attach the mop head and microfiber pad.
- Place the mop onto the glider cover and secure it.
- Plug in the unit and wait for it to heat up.
- Use immediately as directed.
The water in the unit will heat up in less than a minute. The mop should not be allowed to stand in its heated condition, as the sustained heat can damage surfaces if left too long.
What A Steam Mop Cannot Do
A steam mop is not designed to deep clean carpets. All carpets need to be thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis with carpet cleaning units that have brushes and powerful vacuum to remove ground-in dirt and difficult stains. It is also ineffective to remove pet and human hair which can become caught in the fibers of the carpeting.
Using a steam mop on carpet regularly can reduce the number of thorough carpet cleanings needed on light carpet. It can improve the appearance and fragrance of carpet for daily use. It is also a great benefit to help remove dust mites that can plague the average allergy sufferer in the home.
Also see: Are Steam Mops Safe For Hardwood Floors?