Rated 3 out of 5Â by 102
Rated 5 out of 5Â by kharndt Convenience and ease of use are winners
I have laminate wood floors and had been dying to try a steam cleaner. After doing a ton of research on whether steam was going to ruin my flooring (most industry experts say it will, homeowner anecdotal evidence suggests probably not), I went ahead and gave it a try.
The unit comes unassembled, but it takes only a minute to snap the handle together to ready it for use. The water tank is plenty large and easily accessible--I cleaned my kitchen, dining room and living room without having to stop to refill. Nothing is added to the water, the cleaning power comes from the disposable steam cloths.
After a very short warm-up, the steamer is ready to use and is activated by squeezing a trigger on the handle. The steam wasn't always visible, but you could always hear it, so I knew it was working. The starter kit comes with 2 steam cloths which are so easy to install. Open the wings, sit the steamer head on the cloth and pinch each corner into the steamer head (see picture). I used both cloths for the area I cleaned. There was a tiny bit of streaking, but not nearly as much as with another brand's steamer. After the floor dried, I did a quick follow up with a chamois polisher I got from Costco to get rid of the streaks. Love that the cord is super long and that there is a hanging loop on the end of the handle!
I also used the steamer in the laundry and bath, the unit worked great on the vinyl surface in those rooms, also. Overall, I'm very happy with the steamer and highly recommend it!
January 6, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5Â by Jackie309 Not as powerful as advertised
I bought this for my ceramic tile in my kitchen. This basic steamer works fine for general clean ups. Because it uses disposable flat pads the pad does not get the dirt in the grout lines which I have to do manually. The cord is long, and occasionally gets in the way. The trigger you have to hold constantly and the steam is not very hot, but it does take off spots on the tile. If you don't want to spend a lot of money, as a "plain vanilla" steamer it works ok. I wish there was a textured microfiber cloth to use with this instead of the disposables. As noted--the tiles are clean, however does not get down into the grout.
August 9, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5Â by JerseyEric Decent Mop But Trigger Broke
This is a decent mop. I bought this, because my more-expensive steam mop with microfiber pad leaked too often. I like the convenience of disposable pads for this model though I wish it came without the strong scent that sometimes makes me sneeze. Unfortunately, my trigger broke today after using this for 6 months -- how can I replace or fix this? I cannot find the replacement part on this website, which is the upper pole with handle & trigger.
September 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by PJCC Luv it as a Post Cleaning system, lightweight & sanitary
Mine arrived with 2 Individually wrapped Steampads in the OpenWindow Fresh scent. It's a clean scent, not overpowering, but not enough pads to finish a fair test of the product. I purchased a 20 pack box of the same scent.
The pads are secured like all other Swiffer products, at the four corners of the pad over a rubberized bottom, as pictured.
Lightweight, it's nearly the weight of an aluminum cane. The cord is more than 18 feet long. It is attached to the Steamer about a foot above the floor. An extra clip secures the cord is at the top of the handle. It easily moves across the floor without the cord getting in the path.
The temperature for realistic cleaning stays at about 170-180 with constant use of the steamer button, see the pics. I used a meat thermometer, pictured. That temperature may be useful on bacteria but will not sterilize to kill some pathogens. Depending on how long you are willing to spend holding the pad over parts of your floor you may kill bacteria.
I did a pre-cleaning. I daily clean a room that has a cat litter station. Depending on your preference a disinfecting product might be used and then the steamer. The steampads pick up some surface dirt and particles but push cat hair and larger particles around. Post-cleaning is the best use of the steamer.
This changed my life because I boil water to clean floors. My daily work is cut in half. I enjoy using it.
As a piece of engineering, it is a simple product that heats water. Tiles clean easily, the grout is not cleaned. On cement floors the pads fray and tear, but they take a beating before they do that. I've also tried washing the pads and using them again, that works.
Realistically, as a product that works for post-cleaning, it's worth the price. I particularly like moving it from the litter area to the kitchen to clean floors without worrying about cross contamination.
January 5, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5Â by Brittney84 Good while it lasts
I absolutely loved this steam mop until it broke. I was mopping my bathroom floor as I usually do when the trigger for the steam broke off. Now I can not use the steam option. I purchased this less than a year ago and did not keep my receipt so now I am out the money. Incredibly upset!
August 2, 2014