This Compact, Editor-Favorite Steam Mop Destroys the Toughest Stains and Leaves Floors Spotless (It’s on Sale!)

published Jan 25, 2023
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You might think you can get by with a vacuum and perhaps some swipes from a microfiber mop every once in a while, but the truth is that even the tiniest apartments need a good steam cleaning on the regular. Even if your floors look tidy, you can never be too careful in trying to eliminate all the invisible bacteria that could still be lurking on your hardwood. That’s why we recommend investing in a steam mop in addition to your vacuum, but we understand it can be hard to find room for both in your storage closet if you’re living in a small studio. Thankfully, there’s the Shark Genius. It goes without saying that Shark is one of the most trustworthy brands when it comes to floor-cleaning machines, and this one is no exception. Normally maxing out at $130, you can get it for just $90 right now at QVC. Trust us when we say it’s a purchase you won’t regret.

Why am I speaking with such conviction? Well, former AT contributor Erin tested the Shark Genius, herself, not too long ago and said it keeps her kitchen floors grime-free for days on end. And that’s no easy feat considering how much she enjoys cooking at home! The mop, which is available in three colors, uses steam blaster technology to heat, moisten, and lift even the toughest dirt and food splotches from hard floors of all kinds. It also has three steam settings, letting you choose how much to apply depending on the level of stickiness you’re dealing with. “The Shark Genius Steam Pocket Mop is not only impressive when it comes to keeping my hard floors clean, but it’s also super easy to use,” Erin wrote. “If you’re working with a particularly stubborn stain, you can flip the mop head around and push down to trigger the release of a targeted burst of steam. I’ve found this helpful in my kitchen to get up food stains, clear out corners, and even clean my grout.”

With your purchase, you get not only the mop, but also a flask for filling its water tank, two thick pads that you can place in the washing machine afterward, and a triangular head with its own pad, which is great for getting into corners and tight spaces. After filling your mop with water, you’re immediately ready to start cleaning — there’s no need to wait for it to heat up! And when you’re done, you can store the mop with ease thanks to its lightweight build and slim, compact design. It’s just the tool you need for monthly (or weekly!) deep-cleans, and you won’t even work up a sweat while using it. If only all home tidying processes were this effortless.

Buy: Shark Genius Steam Pocket Mop with Accessories, $89.98 (normally $129.99)