Product: Hoover Enhanced Clean Disinfecting Steam Mop
Although mostly carpeted, my current apartment still has certain floors that are tiled, including my kitchen and bathroom. Having made do with a Swiffer Sweeper during weekly cleaning because of limited storage space in my apartment, I couldn't wait to test out Hoover's Steam Cleaner, a light, slim, steam-powered mop.
The unboxing of the Hoover Steam Cleaner was simple enough. The main body was already put together and all that was left was to insert the handle. However, in order to get started I had to consult the owner's manual thoroughly to figure out the different uses for the three different cleaning pads, two plastic liners, a measuring cup and a bottle of disinfectant.
The Steam Cleaner has a two tank system, one in the front for water to use for steam cleaning and the tank in the back for disinfecting. The setup is a bit complicated, especially for someone used to snapping on a wet cloth and mopping right away. Filling each tank with water and then disinfectant wasn't too complicated but required some time. After setting that up you need to select and attach the correct microfiber pad to the head of the cleaner (steam cleaning and disinfecting require different pads). With the two microfiber pads, a carpet glider and a cooling base, setup was a little overwhelming.
At the same time I'm a sucker for multifunctional tools and love how the Steam Cleaner can function as a powerful weapon against a grimy floor or just a quick simple mop. I was also pleased with the fact that this mop can also be used as a carpet refresher, which I'll go more into later. I started first with disinfecting my kitchen floor.
Once I had the setup ready, cleaning was easy. I plugged the Hoover Steam Cleaner in and selected the level of clean control. Once the steam was ready a green light lit up and I could start mopping. While running the Steam Cleaner across the floor, pressing the trigger on the handle starts the steam while water and disinfectant is released. My kitchen floor was clean and pleasantly warm from the steam, giving it a genuinely squeaky clean feeling.
Although it cannot be substituted for a vacuum, the carpet glider is a handy tool for refreshing your carpet. However, I'd suggest you start with a clean carpet for best results. Don't depend on the Steam Cleaner to fix a carpet that hasn't been vacuumed for weeks.
Perhaps my favorite thing about the Steam Cleaner is the swivel head and triangle nozzle. Not only is the cleaner light and portable, but the swivel and triangle shape of the head of the mop allows me to get into every corner, even in small spaces like my bathroom.
The Bottom Line:
The Hoover Steam Cleaner is the most effective lightweight mop I've come across. For people who are serious about their cleaning, the disinfectant gets rid of 99% of harmful bacteria on your floors. Setup is time consuming and a bit tricky, but it's the price you pay for an immaculately clean hard floor.
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