If you're not prone to buying products advertised on late-night infomercials, make an exception for the Shark Steam Pocket Mop. This mop offers significant improvement over the traditional bucket-and-mop approach to cleaning your floors. For working moms, the fact that it's quicker and easier is an added bonus.
The Shark Steam Pocket Mop is a portable mop that is designed to santize and clean your hard floors fast.
Here's how it works. Steam is created within 30 seconds of plugging the unit in. The swivel design of the handle allows you to reach small or tight spaces. It comes with washable, micro-fiber pads in different shapes and sizes. It's safe to use on hardwood, tile, laminate and marble floors
There is currently four different models to chose from:
Shark® Steam Pocket®Mop Model Model S3501 - Offers one steam setting and has 20-foot power cord,
Shark® Professional Steam Pocket® Mop Model S3801CO: Offers three different steam settings, dust, mop and scrub
Shark® Professional Steam Pocket® Mop Model S3601: Also has the three steam settings but also allows you to use more steam for tougher stains.
Shark® Lift-Away™Professional Steam Pocket® Mop Model S3901: This is the deluxe version offering everything in the previous model as well as a removable hand-held steamer.
How It Works
The setup is super quick which is perfect for when the kids go to bed and you just want to rush through cleaning the house.
Here's how it works: First you select the appropriate shape mop head and attach it. Next attach the appropriate all-purpose, micro-fiber pocket pad. Use the filling flask to fill the water compartment. Plug the unit in. Then pump handle until steam appears (approximately 30 seconds); Last, but not least, mop the floor!
Here's What We Loved About It
You can pick up one of these units at any local retailers such as Target, Walmart, Lowe's, Sams Club, BJ's, and Bed Bath and Beyond or go online at www.sharkclean.com. The assembly was easy out-of-the-box and the how-to use instructions were a easy, too.
It comes with a very long 30-foot cord and two different cleaning heads, a rectangle and a triangle. The triangle mop head is designed for hard-to-reach areas behind toilets or in kitchen corners (aka the yuckiest areas you really don't want to miss).
The dual-swivel cleaning head allows you to easily flip the cleaning head over to use both sides. Plus it was very effective on hardwoods, tile, marble and laminate type floors.
Here's What We Weren't Crazy About
We found that the cleaning cloths did not get completely clean with a normal washing. The pads do last two to three months, depending on how often you wash your floors. The price range is a big steep ranging from $100 to $150 so this an investment and not an impulse buy. A buyer may shy away from purchasing something even if it does save them time and energy. Last, their one-year warranty terms are ambiguous and subject to interpretation.
Our Final Thoughts
The look of clean hardwood and tile floors are attractive and they seemed like a great idea when remodeling or purchasing a home. However some of us forget to factor in how our kids, their friends and pets will treat these beautiful floors. Throw in a messy husband and it was almost impossible to keep these floors clean.
Traditional mops just don't do the trick. They are cumbersome, and it's hard to understand how rinsing a mop in dirty water helps to get the floors clean. Not to mention that mopping is a time-consuming process that most working moms would just rather skip.
After the first use of the Shark Steam Pocket Mop the results exceeded our expectations. It's lightweight, portable and easy to use. If you decide to mop your kitchen floor it'll look beautiful ten minutes later with no nasty water bucket and mop!.
Edited by Elizabeth McGrory