Steam mops can save you from a lot of efforts like heating water, using mopping buckets, etc. But, they come with some limitations as not all types of surfaces are suitable for steam mopping.
Shark steam mops set an exception to this limitation. But you need to know how to use it in the right way.
Why Use a Shark Steam Mop?
Shark steam mops have been consistent in providing a simple yet highly efficient solution for household cleaning.
All models of Shark Steam Mops come with no-frills and more sophisticated electronic units along with other amazing features.
It has both-sided cleaning pads to ensure the direct release of steam through the pad surface to slacken the dirt. So, when one surface of the pad gets dirty, you can flip it over and continue to mop.
With its Steam Blaster Technology, you can easily remove those stubborn stains and grease. All these features work together very efficiently to make your mopping experience more convenient.
Should You Use Floor Cleaner with a Shark Steam Mop?
Usually, the heat kills all the germs the water may contain and no additional chemical is required to use with a steam mop.
The steam produces a powder which alone is enough to combat the dirt.
Thus, never add any floor cleaning agent (powder or liquid) into the water tank of a Shark steam mop. If you still need to apply any cleanser, then simply spray it directly on the floor before mopping it.
How to Use a Shark Steam Mop
Depending on which kind of floor you are using your Shark Steam Mop on, the instructions and tips can vary a little bit. But overall, you need to go through these six steps to operate a Shark steam mop.
Step 1- Pre mopping Sweep or Vacuum
Just like using any other mops, you should sweep or vacuum your floor to clean up the dry and loose wastes. Otherwise, the floor will become muddy later.
Step 2- Assembling
Assemble the electronic mop and fill the water tank with fresh water to prevent steam pipe clogging. Switch the mop on and heat the water for thirty seconds.
Step 3- Pumping
Dampen the mop head pads by pumping the handle several times.
Step 4- Setting Up the Cleaning Mode
There are three modes for steam cleaning and you should choose between one of them.
- dust mode for light cleanup
- mopping for regular cleanup
Step 5- Mopping
Mop in a back and forth motion pattern to get consistent steam flow.
Step 6- Unplugging and Storing
Never leave your steam mop hot and plugged in. Always unplug it and let it cool before storing it in a safe place.
Various Use of a Shark Steam Mop
Shark steam cleaners allow you to use on various surfaces. Thus, you can use it for almost all types of flooring. But for the best and most effective results, you need to follow some specific instructions and tips when using it for different purposes.
In this section below, we would be discussing how you can use Shark steam mop differently on various floors.
Using a Shark Steam Cleaner on Laminate Floors
Almost every steam mop comes with an effective design for cleaning hard type floorings such as the ceramic tile flooring, stone, vinyl, and so on.
Some floorings like laminate and wooden floors are not suitable to use a steam mop. Using water or steam might cause planks warming with time.
But this is where a Shark Steam Mop stands out from all other steam mops because this mop allows you to clean laminate floors too. With these following tips and its accurate steam flow regulation feature, a Shark steam mop becomes very handy to use.
# Make Small Selection
Select a small area to mop and move the mop as a regular mop.
# Minimum Water and Maximum Heat
Try to set the temperature on the maximum while keeping the amount of water minimum. This way, your floor will be almost dry without any spots on it.
# Mop along the Planks
If you still don’t want to take chances in case of leaking, then always mop along the planks with a Shark Steam Mop and stay with the grain.
These tips will help you to clean your laminate floor without compromising its quality.
Using a Shark Steam Mop on Hardwood Floors
As we already know that hardwood flooring is quite sensitive to water or moisture. So, it is best to avoid steam cleaning your hardwood flooring.
Most hardwood manufacturers use a wax or resin coating on the hardwood to ensure long-lasting service.
If your hardwood flooring is also sealed, then follow these tips:
# Use High Absorbent Microfiber Pads
Try to use a microfiber mop head with high absorbance. This will keep the surface dry.
# Choose the Dust Cleaning Mode
Set up the steam mop at a delicate dust cleaning mode to avoid causing scratches on the floor.
# Avoid Using Floor Cleaner without Recommendation
Hardwood requires a different type of cleaning solution. So, don’t buy a random cleanser without the manufacturer’s recommendation.
Shark steam mop is very popular for its hassle-free and extensive use. So, you need to take care of it in a proper way too.
The following recommendations will keep your faithful cleaning assistant good for years-
- Always cool the water in the tank first and then empty it to avoid overheating.
- Wash and dry the pads immediately after mopping and then store it in a dry place.
- Try storing your Shark steam mop removing its head.
- Try to store it in a hanging position.