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An honest opinion
on 20 June 2013
Having looked at all of the reviews for all steam mops, I decided on this one due to a budget. This mop has some shocking reviews but I feel that unrealistic expectations were in force here. Every mop I looked at positive and negative review points. Even the really expensive ones had the same negative points so why pay all that money if the problems are going to be the same but you are £150 or more lighter in the pocket.
I have had this for a few weeks now and have used all of its functions and feel I can give a balanced and honest opinion now.
As a hard floor mop, I have had no issues at all. I have used it on relatively inexpensive laminate with no issues. The variable steam control means you can turn the steam level down to prevent water damage. Prior to using it, I gave everywhere a long and through vaccuuming then mopped traditionally. I do have two dogs and two children so my floors do get grubby. Unlike some reviewers, I do appreciate this is a steam mop not a cleaner. The steam mop head was still dirty despite the initial cleaning. The steam mop will loosen ground in dirt and the dirt that accumulates in the grouting of tiles too. I seriously think anyone doubting this mop yet thinking they can expect it to perform miracles when only using it once weekly is sorely misguided. Its so quick to use, that I now mop my floor every night before going to bed.I have had no issues with dripping or pooling water and the floors dry in one or two minutes. Don't expect to give it a swish round and for any noticeable dirt to disappear. Its is quick to use but some areas may need the head of the mop to be left on the area for a few seconds but that is all. I clean the downstairs of a terraced house in about 10 mins max after the initial hoover.
I have used the handheld part on almost anything that sat still long enough and its great for loosening grime and sanitising.You do need to change the cloths when dirty. Anyone who thinks this is a negative must use the same dishcloth without rinsing it. It comes with two handheld cloths and they are easily washed and can go in the machine too.
I have used this as a window cleaner and it is excellent. The squeegee works well unlike some of the handheld squeegies I have previously bought to do the windows traditionally as these were too rigid and didnt scrape the water off very well. Many reviewers have stated there is excess water which pools on the window ledges. Of course there is and would be if you did it traditionally. Another example perhaps of unrealistic expectations. A quick wipe is all that is needed. I have to say that due to the length and weight of the handheld unit ( which is not as cumbersome as some reviewers claim in my opinion), it is a little tricky to work right to the bottom of the window. I just went horizontally accross the bottom and it did a great job.
As a carpet freshener, I have had no issues either. The carpet glider attachment DOES allow the mop to glide despite what some reviewers have experienced . Granted it does not get rid of old stains, IT IS NOT A CARPET CLEANER AFTER ALL, but they are less noticeable. My daughter drops make up on her carpet and these sort of stains are grease based so I didnt expect them to disappear without some form of detergent but they are better. I have cleaned them with Vanish and bought her a washable rug!! There is a coffee stain in my lounge which has now gone thanks to the steam mop. It does come with two floor pads but I bought 5 more too. They fit by velcro and are secure. It does state you cant wash these in the machine but I dont know why. I can only think the velcro may loosen??
I have used the handheld as an upholstery freshener. Again it is not a cleaner!! I have a Vax machine that does all that if I could be bothered to set it all up!! It does freshen and does not leave the material as damp as I thought it would and as damp as a traditional cleaner does.
Now as a balance, I will offer to address the negative points I have read in previous reviews.
I am a healthy woman in my 40s and do not find this mop heavy or awkward to handle but would imagine if you have a disability or are aged, of course it may be more of a problem. That been said, if you can push a hoover around, this will be a breeze.
Water drippage - Only noticed water pooling when cleaning the windows which I logically expected. There was minor drippage onto my work surface when I cleaned the cupboard doors in the kitchen. My doors are shaker style and have groves running vertically which are a nightmare to clean. They are clean NOW!! I will say if you are using steam which will condense, you are going to get some water for Gods sake. The pad gets wet and the water has to go somewhere. However I cannot believe that this is seen as a major problem.
The pads are never white and pristine again, dont expect them to be.
Some people have said this is flimsy. Its made of plastic not reinforced steel when all is said and done. The handle is metal and in my opinion is robust for the purpose.
Some reviewers feel the handheld unit needs another handle on it. I haven't found this a problem as the unit is not heavy.
Reviews have stated the cord is short....No its not, its actually longer than the cord on my Dyson hoover. Unless you live in a house with only one plug socket, surely this can't be a genuine issue. Unplug, move to next room, plug in and crack on. Hardly a chore is it??
My only real issue with the mop is a minor picky one. That is that the cord when wrapped around the two anchor points on the handle when storing it, the plug ends up dangling. Hard to describe but the cord is too short to reach the top anchor so that the remainer and plug can be tucked under the coiled cable to make it tidy. This really is not an issue, I am sometimes niggly about finer details haha
I do not regret purchasing this AT ALL! It does what it should. Don't be put off by the reviews. I can only summise that some of the reviewers had unrealistic expectations. It is not an actual cleaner. It will clean surface grime but if your house if filthy, this mop will not be up for he job. Clean your house first and use this to keep it clean and sanitised. Maybe some reviewers think if this mop is plugged in, i will crack on cleaning whilst they sit on the sofa watching TV!!
All in all I am very impressed with this mop and I think its very reasonably priced. I admit to been ever so slightly obsessed with using it now! I have recommended it to three friends/work colleagues who have purchased and are also really pleased with