If you're tired of scrubbing floors or turned off by the idea of using chemicals to mop, the H2O Steam Mop may be a good choice for you. It uses steam and a microfiber cloth to clean dirt and grime from your floors. After a very simple assembly, I poured steam into the reservoir, attached a mopping pad and waited. Within one minute the machine was ready. The H2O Mop removed hardened syrup, banana stickers and melted peanut butter in only a few passes, however, it performed best on vinyl, sealed hardwood and laminate flooring.
It cleaned ceramic tile but tended to leave residue in the grout lines like a sponge mop does. Pushing the mop wasn't effortless but it wasn't difficult, either.
H2O Steam Mop: Description
- Swivel triangular shaped head makes cleaning in tight spaces much easier.
- The unit weighs 9 lbs. and has a 17-inch cord.
- Provides up to 30 minutes of continuous steam.
- Replace filter every 3 months.
- Microfiber pads are machine washable and replacement pads are available
- Use tap water; owners with hard water can use distilled water for best results. Do not use any cleaning solution.
- 1-year warranty included.
- The H2O Mop requires only water to clean and disinfect floors.
- It's easy to use and requires little assembly and maintenance.
- The mop removes the toughest sticky messes almost effortlessly.
- The cord length is shorter than I would have liked.
- If you're not paying attention, too much steam can be dispersed, leaving floors too wet.
H2O Steam Mop: Review
Mopping has a reputation as back breaking work...especially if you live in a house filled with small children who spill on a regular basis. One of the keys to mopping is to use hot water. The hotter the water, the more effective the mopping, right? But what if the water was so hot it was actually steam?
Here's how it performed on our test floors.
Vinyl: The H2O mop worked perfectly on vinyl. Old stickers, jam residue, dried syrup and the remnants of a peanut butter sandwich that had been dropped, didn't stand a chance. With a short burst of steam from the trigger and a quick wipe of the pad, the residue was gone. The amount of steam, as controlled by the trigger, was ideal. Floors dried quickly and streak free.
Sealed Hardwood and Laminate: Less steam was needed on my sealed hardwood floors. That was easily accomplished by using the trigger less often. The H2O mop did a nice job on the hardwood, although as the floors dried, streaking was the same as with a regular mop. I'd hoped that the steam might dry the floors more quickly, but even using the trigger very little left streaked floors.
Ceramic Tile: The mop has some trouble on ceramic tile, though not with the tile itself. In fact, the tile had rarely gleamed so brightly. The problem came with the grout lines. Like other sponge-type push mops, the H2O mop tended to push debris and excess water into the grout lines, which were fairly deep on the test floor.
However, if your tile has less pronounced grout lines, the problem might not exist.
Overall the mop did a great job. If your home has vinyl, hardwood, laminate or tile floors with shallow grout lines, the H2O mop is certainly worth a look.