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Shark Steam Cleaner - Eco Friendly Steam Mop

Updated on August 20, 2015
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Some may call me a shopaholic. I like to discover new things that improve my life! I love providing real & honest reviews to help others.

Are you thinking about buying a steam cleaner or floor steam mop for your home and wondering if it's worth it? I wondered myself and took the plunge and bought a floor steam cleaner, I decided to try the Shark Steam Pocket Mop. Let me give you some background first. Maybe you can relate. (Feel free to skip down to the next section if all you want to know is which steam mop I chose and how I feel about it - I won't be offended!)

I’ve had a cleaning lady for most of the last five and a half years. When I was pregnant with my first child, I was still working full time and cleaning our then townhouse became a chore with my big belly, so I decided to get a house cleaner. I told my husband that it would only be until the baby came, or maybe a month or two beyond that until I was settled in to the new life with baby. I’m sure you’ve guessed by now that I was wrong; it never ended. Maybe deep down inside I knew that I wouldn’t be able to give her up once she started, and then especially when baby number two came eighteen months later.

When we moved and bought a larger home I was lost trying to figure out how to clean it. I had a cleaning lady for a while, but she got injured and had to stop cleaning.

In the meantime I had to clean the whole house myself (I know, poor me!) I have a two-story home, with the entire downstairs being tile. I had no idea what I should be using to get it clean. I tried a number of different mops and mopping systems and was not satisfied with any of them – they were all very cumbersome and messy and I didn’t feel they worked well. I also couldn’t find a cleaner that I liked that didn’t smell too strong or cost too much.

I chose the Shark Steam Pocket Mop

I had seen many an infomercial on different types of home steam cleaners and I decided to learn more about them. I asked friends what they used and I asked other moms on a website I belong to where moms ask moms for help about anything and everything. Hands down, the most recommended type of floor cleaner was the steam mop, and the most recommended brand was Shark, more specifically the Shark Steam Pocket Mop. So I bought it. And. I. Love. It. I’ll tell you why…

It works. It uses water. One time investment. Super easy to use. No cleaners to buy. Clean, sanitized floors in minutes.

Are you convinced? Okay, I’ll give you some more details about this super great steam mop. The steam mop is designed to clean up stuck on gunk, grime and footprints. It’s not a vacuum, so you need to vacuum or sweep your floors before using it – especially if yesterday’s cereal crumbs are still hanging around. Using ordinary tap water, the Shark Steam Pocket Mop gives you a chemical-free, non-toxic clean to your home’s floors. It is safe on all sealed hard floor surfaces, including hardwood, linoleum, tile and marble. It comes with a couple of different quick-release mop heads (triangle, rectangle and XL rectangle) and pads for each head, as well as a steam duster pad and a carpet glider to ‘freshen-up’ your carpets. The pads are machine washable.

The mop heads are double sided, so when one side gets too dirty, just flip the whole mop over to use the other side. The steam mop has a thirty foot cord, so you don’t have to keep moving the plug around. It also has an extra large water tank which lasts a long time – my downstairs is probably around 1400 square feet and one tank-full is more than enough to do it all. Oh, and it heats up really quickly when you turn it on – thirty seconds or less and you’re ready to go! Just pump the handle a few times to get the steam started, then when you start mopping the steam is created automatically as you go. Also, the steam evaporates quickly, so the floors dry very fast!

My favorite feature of this steam mop, besides its ease of use and how great it cleans, is that I never have to buy abrasive floor cleaners again. I can use tap water not only to clean my floors beautifully, but to sanitize and sterilize them, too! Think about it – doctors and dentists use steam to sanitize and disinfect their equipment, right?

How do steam mops work?

Well, basically they work by boiling water which in turn produces steam.  The steam is ejected at high pressures.  By combining the steam vapors with high pressure, you’re able to loosen dirt and stains that are stuck to the floor – no more bending sown to scrub stuck-on stuff!  The high heat of the steam alone is enough to sanitize and disinfect the areas being cleaned – this is a huge benefit for homes with babies, especially crawling babies!

If you are concerned about the environment and how chemical cleaning agents affect it, then a steam mop is the way to go.  Steam cleaners are the perfect household cleaning tool for people who suffer from allergies, too, as well as those wanting a clean and healthy home environment.  


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      Lily Rose 5 years ago from East Coast

      Sure, Anne! Let's see if I can explain it well - if you look at the picture of the Shark Steam Pocket mop above you'll see the darker grey area that meets the top of the purple body. That darker grey part of the handle actually slides right down into the body (about 3") and creates that "pumping" action. You don't really have to do anything extra, as you mop back and forth it pumps itself. Sometimes, though, if you feel the need to pump it up more and get some more steam going, just hold the mop still (no back-and-forth motion) and push down the handle to pump in place. I hope I explained that well.

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      Anne 5 years ago

      Could u explain how to pump the handle thanks

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      Muktu 7 years ago

      Lots of great info here, thanks for the work. I've got a shark steamer myself and love how easy it is to use. Tried my friend's steam mop too and enjoy the same one you recommend.

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      Lily Rose 7 years ago from East Coast

      Glad I could help, PaperNotes!

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      PaperNotes 7 years ago

      I've always wanted one! Thanks so much for the tips and information, I think it's time I invested in one too!

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      Lily Rose 7 years ago from East Coast

      Thanks for visiting, myawn - I'm sure you'll love it when you do!

      Herbivorehippi - sounds like a perfect match! Yes, it works fine on wood floors, but it must be SEALED wood floors. The best part is that the steam dries in seconds - no need to go back and dry with a towel ever! It's truly awesome; I'm so glad I bought this!

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      Shut up!! This looks perfect!!! OH my! lol Do you know I wash my floors sometimes every day because the dogs are constantly in and out, in and out all day long! Is this good for wood floors? I assume yes? Awesome hub...thanks for such great information!

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      myawn 7 years ago from Florida

      sounds very nice i may try it one day soon

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      Lily Rose 7 years ago from East Coast

      Yay, Jen, amother fan!!

      Holle - well, they are not vacuums, so you'd have to vacuum first, but the steam mop would definitely help get off all that dirt that the dogs probably bring into the house - and it'll sanitize the floor for you...of course you'd probably have to do this a few times a day - that's why I'm so hesitant to get a dog even though I love dogs, I hate the hair everywhere!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      If these are good for dog hair, I need three or four! lol

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      JenDobson27 7 years ago

      I absolutely love my steam mop!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your wonderful help and collection. It sounds a great tool.