Tips for Getting the Best Results from Your Steam Mop
Choosing the best steam mop is certainly important to get the results
you want when it comes to cleaning and sanitizing your home's floor surfaces. However, doing the right things will
also ensure you get the best possible results for that steam mop. Here are some tips to follow to be sure that you
are getting the most out of your steam mop when you use it:
Sweep or Vacuum Thoroughly First - Unless you have a steam and sweep steam mop, you will want to be sure
that you carefully sweep or vacuum your floors first. I use an inexpensive stick vacuum on mine most of the time
because it is quicker and easier than a broom. Cleaning loose debris off the floor first is important or you could
end up with a yucky mess when you do start steam mopping, especially if you have pets and a lot of pet hair on your
Spot Clean the Worst Spots First - It's not necessary, but I like to spot clean some of the
worst spots first. That's because I have small children and there are usually some sticky, dried messes on my
floor each time I mop. The steam mop can certainly tackle these
spots but I don't like my mop pad to get dirtied to quickly so I take a damp kitchen towel to these spots first to
extend my mopping time before I need to stop and replace the mop pad with a fresh one.
Change Pads When they Become Saturated - When you notice the mop pads of you steam mop are
becoming too saturated and leaving the floor a little wetter than usual, stop and change it with a fresh one.
This will help prevent streaking while the floor is drying. This is no problem because every steam mop
manufacturer provides at least two mop pads with it's steam mops and you
can also purchase additional mop pads, usually fairly inexpensively, if you have a larger home and more rooms to
Mop 2 to 3 Times a Week - If you have a high traffic home (think kids and pets tracking in and
out all the time), consider mopping at least two to three times a week, if not more. Steam mopping is
quick and easy so this is much more possible than it is when you are mopping your home with a mop and bucket.
Mopping a little more frequently if you have a high traffic home means it will take less time to get the results
you want when you do mop. With two small kids, I find that only steam mopping once a week means I usually
have to do the floor twice because they leave it that dirty.