by Karen Bates
(last updated May 22, 2017)
Do you wish you could keep your hard flooring clean without needing to use chemicals? A lot of people are sensitive to the harsh cleaning chemicals that are so common and want to find a better alternative for keeping floors in great shape. Although many chemical-free cleaning methods don't meet expectations, some work wonders on hard flooring.
A steam mop is a fantastic cleaning tool that allows you to remove dirt and spills as well as to sanitize surfaces without any harsh cleaners. If you hate scrubbing the floors and want a natural, simple way to remove dirty build-up on your tile, laminate, sealed hardwood, or stone floors, a steam mop could be the right fit for you.
Steam is an effective way to sanitize surfaces, and it can also work wonders on dirty or greasy build-up that collects on the floor. In the kitchen and bathroom especially, you will find that all kinds of dirt and spills occur on a regular basis. Messes that have been left without being cleaned for too long can be especially troublesome to clean, but if you use steam the heat and moisture can be very beneficial.
To use a steam mop, fill the mop's reservoir with water and turn it on. The steam mop will then begin to heat up, and within a few minutes it will be ready to clean. Follow the instructions for your specific model of steam mop, pushing the head of the mop over the floor and releasing steam to clean up messes. Be sure that you have swept the floor prior to steam mopping the floor for best possible results.
Steam mops come with removable cleaning pads that allow you to replace them easily. If the cleaning pad becomes soiled over time, you can simply remove it from the mop and discard. You can find a replacement at many cleaning supply stores, or available to order online. You should be able to find just about any replacement part you might need for your steam mop on the internet with a simple search. Once you place the new cleaning pad on your steam mop, you'll be ready to take on more cleaning tasks.
Although using a steam mop means you can avoid potentially dangerous chemicals, remember that the steam mop can get very hot and may be a safety hazard. Be sure you handle it correctly and use caution when in use.
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