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4.0 out of 5 stars Very, very good steam mop., 25 Aug 2013
This review is from: Black & Decker Handle Command Steam Mop, 1600 Watt - White/ Blue (Automotive)
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The mop itself is easy to assemble and takes just a few minutes, without any complex fittings or procedures. I'd recommend ignoring the quick start guide and read the whole manual first; not only does the manual contain important safety features but the quick start guide is somewhat misleading as the pictures don't match and you'll waste time with the carpet glider when you don't need it to begin with. The build seems pretty rugged and though lightweight it is a substantial piece of equipment.

Using the mop is very simple: once you have filled the reservoir, switched it on and selected your floor surface it heats up very quickly and you're ready to go. The deceptively small reservoir actually allows you to mop a surprisingly large area. We mopped the whole of my roughly 80 square metre shop using about half the water. The results were also surprising as no other cleaner is used other than steam and I obtained results better than the mop and bucket we had been using. We have a few large refrigerators in the shop that have a very low clearance (say 5cm) and the thin mop head easily got under to a distance of about 10cm, the head also swivels which increases the the mop's reach.

Once finished cleaning there is a small mat to place the mop upright on once you've clicked the handle into place, this turns the mop off. The water reservoir needs to be emptied before storage and this was a little faffy as the opening protrudes into the body such that a small amount of water becomes trapped in a gully surrounding it. There are two machine washable mop pads supplied.

My only qualm is that unlike with a mop and bucket you may want to plan your mopping route so that you end at the socket into which the mop is plugged, otherwise you'll have to traipse across your freshly cleaned floor. That said, the tiles dried within minutes, so that if you plan it properly, your route back to the socket will be dry by the time you have finished a medium sized floor. Leaving the resting mat at your planned finishing point will allow you to stand the mop, switched off, until you can reach the socket. The time saving compared to traditional mops means that the inconvenience of waiting for the floor to dry is very minor indeed.

Overall, I'm very happy with this mop; it's easy to use and cleans hard floors very well, some minor gripes make it less than perfect but it is a solid piece of equipment and much easier and with less water usage than traditional methods.
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