Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is the STEAM mop any good on hardwood floors?
    I clean my hardwood floors with a mop once a month and every week with swifter mop…the prob is it leaves STREAKS everywhere? What’s the best way to clean hardwood floors? Is that SHARK STEAM mop any good? I like that’s antibacterial because I have 2 babies at home. Thx for your input.

    • ANSWER:
      I would rule against any type of steam cleaning on hardwood floors. In fact that could warp the floor boards. I would use a Basic household cleanser (eg) Mop-n-Glo for Hardwood Floors ( cleanser and stripper ) to help bring back the shine and color of the wood. Try calling a hardwood floor Installer or a store that specially sells hardwood flooring… GOOD LUCK and have a great day.

  2. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to clean hardwood floors?
    Whats the best way to clean hardwood floors? What commercial or natural product do you use?I think I used to use vinegar and water, is that good? What are your methods, whats the best way to remove grease from hardwood floors? Do those steam cleaners work well? If so what brand do you recommend?

    • ANSWER:
      My entire house is is hardwood floors and I am well…. NUTS! when it comes to things being clean and shiny!!
      I have used most of the stuff out on the market. Do not use the Swifter wet stuff it just leaves a film and the steam cleaners really just pushes the dirt around at least that is what I have found. The best method vinegar and water and a good clean sponge head mop. The true method to bringing out the shine is to wipe the floors dry, I have a bunch of old towels that I just throw on the floor and with my two feet and sometimes hands buff the floors dry. I have a very light wood in my home and when the sun streams through the glass doors off the back of my house you see a brilliant shine. Best of luck

  3. QUESTION:
    Could a steam mop hurt scratched hardwood floors?
    I would like to get a steam mop for my house. I have hardwood floors that are really scratched. I have tried Murphy’s oil and several other hardwood products, but the dirt just seems to keep collecting in the scratches. I know the best thing to do is get it refinished, but I am renting and the owners are not worried about the floor. So I was wondering if a steam mop could get the dirt out. Since the floor is scratched, I would hate for the water to hurt the floor. Any suggestions would help thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      if the scratches are deep the water from the steam will eventually make those scratches turn black and more noticeable , aside from using Murphy oil you could apply a coat of paste wax on this floor and polish it ,run a damp cloth over it to remove dust and spots. I have a steam mop and I like it but I wouldn’t use it on a scratched floor.

      I will give you an old fashion tip that my mother use to do , in a pail put the Murphy soap and warm water ,go down on your knees and with the use of a scrub brush work in a circular motion making sure that the dirt comes out of the floor , rinse it and dried it with an old towel , it is a lot of elbow grease but at the end you will be pleased with the results then wax and polish . Rental or not you are the one living in it so if you are clean it’s for your own good. Keep the windows open and listen to music to go with the beat!

  4. QUESTION:
    Can you create your own scented water to use in the Bissell steam mop?
    Bissell offers a scented water sold in stores however it gets pricey for as often as I mop. I enjoy the smell of “clean” so I am looking for natural ingredients I can add to the water that will not ruin my steam mop or hardwood floors. Has anyone tried anything like this before? Lemon juice, lavender oil, mint oil, etc?

    Thanks for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      Lemon juice should work and should not cause a problem.

  5. QUESTION:
    How well do those steam mops really work?
    Does anyone have one and how do you like it? Does it really work?

    We have hardwood floors and some linoleum tile in our bathrooms, kitchen and sunroom. I have been interested in trying one of those steam mops (like the shark steam mop).

    But would like to hear from someone who has used one, instead of trusting the infomercials.

    • ANSWER:
      Steam mops are the new thing in home cleaning, promising an eco-friendly, detergent-free alternative to the traditional mop and bucket. Are these new fangled devices worth the extra dough? Will your floors really shine, or will you still need to break out the soap and water?

      First, it is probably a good idea to understand how these steam mops work. Although there are some differences in the way they operate, many of their features are the same. They are corded units that use electricity to heat water. The base of the mops are covered with reusable, and generally machine washable, pads. By pushing on the handle or pulling on the trigger, steam is released into these pads. These pads, with the help of the steam, pick up dirt as they are passed across flooring surfaces.

      Contrary to popular belief, basic cleaning with steam mops generally will not sanitize flooring surfaces. The mop will not sanitize unless the cleaning pad is left in place for a specified period of time. For example, the Bissell 1867 instructs users to leave the unit in place approximately fifteen seconds to sanitize. It would take a long time to sanitize a small area, such as a foyer, and let’s not even discuss how long it would take to do a larger area!

      Also, these machines are not vacuum sweepers. Their design does not allow them to pick up dirt particles. The area must be vacuumed or swept prior to using. Sweeping or vacuuming just prior to use will also eliminate wear and tear on the reusable cleaning pads, as well as prevent scratching of flooring surfaces.

      Steam mops will ruin unsealed hardwood floors. There have also been reports of damage to no-wax surfaces. Contact the manufacturer of your floors to verify if these types of steam cleaners are safe to use on them. It is a good idea to test a small area to verify that it does not have any adverse effects on your floor’s finish.

      Steam mops use only water. If you are tempted to mix detergent with the water, don’t do it! You risk damaging your cleaner. Although tap water can be used, most manufacturers recommend distilled water if the tap is hard or to prolong the life of the filter.

      Although you will save money by not having to purchase expensive detergents to clean your floors, owning a steam mop is not expense-free. You will need to occasionally replace the cleaning pads, and may need to replace filters and other parts that may wear out from time to time.

      Overall, steam mops are an effective way to clean floors. However, keep your expectations realistic. Old worn out tile will not suddenly look new, and you may be disappointed if you think your grout will suddenly sparkle. However, it will do just as well as a bucket and traditional mop, without the back breaking hassle and time consuming work required by the old-fashioned methods.

  6. QUESTION:
    How can I REALLY clean hardwood floors that have not been cleaned in years?
    I just moved into an old house that was recently renovated. The all original hardwood floors had not been cleaned in years prior to us moving in. We’ve Swiffer-ed multiple times, vacuumed, and mopped with Murphy’s Oil Soap (and immediately hand dried with a towel) to remove the layers upon layers of dust and grime. But no matter what we do, the floors are still noticeably dirty from the years of build up and renovations. What can I do?

    • ANSWER:
      You will probably have to have them refinished to get that glow back.I know when I use to use the products you mantioned my floors looked worse and also had streaks.After talking to many floor specialist the only way I clean them now is with a Steam cleaner made just for hardwood floors..It’s made by Shark and sold at Lowes.I use just Distilled water and my floors are perfect everytime.They do sell Rejuvinators but once you use this you’ll never be able to clean them again the regular way as it leaves a wax coating,so be careful

  7. QUESTION:
    What’s the best floor steamer for home use?
    I am looking to purchase a steam floor mop to use on my hardwood floors. I was interested in the H2O mop (as seen on TV…) but most of the reviews were terrible.

    I would prefer to purchase this in-store instead of online, so what is the best and where do I get it?

    • ANSWER:
      I got one of the canister type Shark steamers. It looks like a small canister vac. Yeah, some of the attachments are a little flimsy but if you give the steam a chance to work (a couple of seconds as nothing is totally instant), that is not an issue.

      We’re so used to having to scrub because cleaning stuff just doesn’t work or takes time to work and we’re impatient! I love my Shark steamer! It’s wonderful for cleaning anything grease related like the gas grill, stove, range hood, cupboards. It also does a great job on windows and mirrors, walls and trim!

      I wanted something that could do multiple things rather than just floors and I have to admit that I’m happy with my purchase!

  8. QUESTION:
    What is the best product to clean wood floors?
    My landlord thinks the floors are hardwood, however, I saw some extra pieces in the garage, and it appears to be the fit-together laminate wood type of floor, although it is a dark color and looks as nice as many hardwood floors. I used Swiffer wet mop, but it doesn’t seem to take out the “smudges” from the floor–it’s clean, but you can still tell where the heavy traffic area is because of the paw “prints” and shoe “prints”. I do have a steam cleaner, but will that damage the floor because of moisture?

    • ANSWER:
      The Swiffer wet mop liquid leaves residue behind. I’m sure that’s what’s causing the “paw prints” you’re seeing.

      Try switching to a microfiber mop and using a vinegar and water solution instead. You can mix in the vinegar and water in any ratio you like.

      Don’t over-saturate the mop. You want a good wet mop, but not dripping.

      You can buy microfiber mops just about anywhere…hardware stores, Home Depot, Walmart, Kmart, and even Dollar General.

      I think this will cure your problem.

      Good luck.

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  9. QUESTION:
    Know of any steam cleaner good for hardwood floors and easy to use?
    I’m interested in something like the Shark Steamer Pocket Mop but it seems that the 220 degrees may be bad for hardwood floors. Know of something similar but safe enough?

    • ANSWER:
      Water and steam are 2 things that should NEVER be used on wood.

  10. QUESTION:
    Know of any steam cleaner good for hardwood floors and easy to use?
    I’m interested in something like the Shark Steamer Pocket Mop but it seems that the 220 degrees may be bad for hardwood floors. Know of something similar but safe enough?

    • ANSWER:
      Wood doesn’t burn until somewhat above 220 degrees F. The problem is water. Wood will absorb the water and not let go of it for a very long time. “Steam” cleaning uses the fluidity of water as a solvent to loosen soil, etc. and facilitate its removal. The heat helps in this respect, but the primary factor in steam cleaning is the use of water as a solvent. The heat merely makes the water yet more soluble. Thus, certain things do well with steam cleaning (fabrics such as carpets are one example). But one can not use that technology on things that react poorly to water (wood is one example).

  11. QUESTION:
    Know of any steam cleaner good for hardwood floors and easy to use?
    I’m interested in something like the Shark Steamer Pocket Mop but it seems that the 220 degrees may be bad for hardwood floors. Know of something similar but safe enough?

    • ANSWER:
      Wood doesn’t burn until somewhat above 220 degrees F. The problem is water. Wood will absorb the water and not let go of it for a very long time. “Steam” cleaning uses the fluidity of water as a solvent to loosen soil, etc. and facilitate its removal. The heat helps in this respect, but the primary factor in steam cleaning is the use of water as a solvent. The heat merely makes the water yet more soluble. Thus, certain things do well with steam cleaning (fabrics such as carpets are one example). But one can not use that technology on things that react poorly to water (wood is one example).

  12. QUESTION:
    Know of any steam cleaner good for hardwood floors and easy to use?
    I’m interested in something like the Shark Steamer Pocket Mop but it seems that the 220 degrees may be bad for hardwood floors. Know of something similar but safe enough?

    • ANSWER:
      Wood doesn’t burn until somewhat above 220 degrees F. The problem is water. Wood will absorb the water and not let go of it for a very long time. “Steam” cleaning uses the fluidity of water as a solvent to loosen soil, etc. and facilitate its removal. The heat helps in this respect, but the primary factor in steam cleaning is the use of water as a solvent. The heat merely makes the water yet more soluble. Thus, certain things do well with steam cleaning (fabrics such as carpets are one example). But one can not use that technology on things that react poorly to water (wood is one example).

  13. QUESTION:
    whats the best way to clean hardwood floors?
    We just put a coating of polyurethane on them. Ive been using a steam mop but it leaves my floors cloudy.

    • ANSWER:
      I use Apple Cider Vinegar and water. Mix the two using a ratio of 1 part Apple Cider Vinegar to 3 parts water. Mop and scrub with this mixture.

      Apple Cider Vinegar contains tannins, which condition the wood while it cleans. It makes hardwood floors absolutely glow.

      Once in a while I also add a couple teaspoons of Lemon Oil to the mixture…but you could use just about any Essential Oil, or even baby oil. If you do add oil, stir the mixture often to keep the oil mixed.

      By the way….you might add a little oil to the mixture the very first time if you use this method. The “cloudiness” you’re experiencing is most likely hot water scorch. The oil will get rid of it.

      I used to use Murphy’s Oil soap, but it left a dull residue, so I switched to this method after hearing about on HGTV.

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  14. QUESTION:
    Is there a steam mop that is safe for laminate floors?
    I want to buy a steam mop to clean my laminate floors, but am afraid that the moisture may hurt the laminate. Please advice, thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Wood laminate floors are less expensive than hardwood floors and are much easier to install. Since wood laminate floors can be installed over virtually any surface, most homeowners install wood laminate floors themselves. For this reason, wood laminate floors are a great alternative to installing hardwood floors. Cleaning a wood laminate floor is just as easy as long as you have the right cleaning supplies.

  15. QUESTION:
    How should I clean my old hardwood floors?
    My house has old hardwood floors. Most of the living room and dinning room floors are covered with large area rugs. We want to take the old rugs out but there is a dirt line that is left around the perimeter of where the rugs were. Under the rugs the wood is nice and pretty still. Don’t have the money right now to hire someone to come in and buff the dirt out so I was wondering if there is a way of cleaning the floors ourselves without having to rent a buffer?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      If you are going to clean it by hand, I would try a Magic Eraser cleaning pad and plain water to clean the floor. Another little more expensive option is to use a Steam Floor Mop to clean the floor. Haan, Oreck and Bissell all make good quality Steam Floor Mops. The investment is not too much and it can be used on all your hard floors throughout your home. Steam floor mops are a great way to clean the floors and they really do work.

      I have been in the cleaning business for over 30 years and there are many ways to clean floors. I recently discovered a website that is dedicated to clean floors. The site to my surprised was free and after spending some time reviewing the site, I discovered that the site was accurate with its information. I would recommend checking this website out for cleaning all floors including wood, laminate, tile, stone, concrete, marble,ceramic, grout, vinyl, etc. The link is as follows, it is worth the visit and will guide you to how to clean all the floors in a home or a commercial building. Good Luck. http://www.keepingfloorsclean.com/

  16. QUESTION:
    How do I clean hardwood floors?
    We are moving into a house that has hardwood floors and I have no idea how to clean them? Can I use a Shark Steam Vac on them? We also have two dogs and wondering what to do if a dog pees on the floor?

    • ANSWER:
      I would not use any steam on hardwood. It can cause the wood to warp or the slats to pull apart.

      I use Apple Cider Vinegar and water on our hardwood floor. Mix the two in any ratio you want. Then mop and scrub with this mixture. Don’t over-saturate the mop…you want damp, but not dripping wet.

      Apple Cider Vinegar contains tannins, which condition the wood while it cleans. It makes hardwood floors absolutely glow.

      Once in a while I also add a couple teaspoons of Lemon Oil to the mixture…but you could use just about any Essential Oil, or even baby oil. If you do add oil, stir the mixture often to keep the oil mixed.

      I used to use Murphy’s Oil soap, but it left a dull residue, so I switched to this method after hearing about on HGTV.

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  17. QUESTION:
    How to deep clean bamboo hardwood floor?
    I just bought a short sale. The house has hardwood bamboo floors throughout the first floor but the tenants who were in the house were extremely dirty. I need someway to deep clean the floors without damaging them. Any suggestions are helpful as I have never had real hardwood floors before

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Remember that bamboo floors are wood floors. So the same precautions should be used to prevent damage. A Steam Floor Mop will work well on Bamboo floors because if it is left on the floor for a second or two, which will not cause damage to the wood flooring. Steam Floor Mops are an excellent way to clean floors. Plain water or laying a cleaning solution mixed with water and left on the Bamboo floor in an excessive amount will cause damage.

      I have been in the cleaning business for over 30 years and I recently discovered a website dedicated to cleaning all types of floors including Bamboo floors. You might want to check this website out, it is free of charge and loaded with a ton of information. http://www.keepingfloorsclean.com/

  18. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to clean hardwood floors?
    I have hardwood throughout my house. I sweep almost daily, but they always seem to have something on them. I usually sweep with a regular broom, then dry swiffer then wet swiffer. But still not everything is gone. How do you get the best results?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to your local hardware store and get Bona, preferably the whole kit. You’ll get the cleaning spray, a mop handle, a cleaning head for the mop and a dusting head for the mop. The dusting head will do a better job than your daily sweeping, then you just use the cleaning spray for when it’s dirty.
      Never steam clean or wet mop hardwood. Never use products like murphy’s oil soap, sudsing ammonia or any product that leaves a residue behind. Bona is all we sell at my flooring store to clean hardwood.

  19. QUESTION:
    How to get clean hardwood bamboo floors grease and streak free?
    I have been using glo hardwood cleaner and it has made my floors really greasy and streaky. How do I get rid of that and what should I use instead of that? I got the steam shark which helps a little. I have also tried using water, vinegar and dish soap and I have also tried adding olive oil to that also. It still has the streaks and greasy look. Any other ideas?? Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Why olive oil? Probably the greasy look is from the oil..
      I would just mop the floor with Murphy Hardwood floors cleaner.
      After moping the floor twice I would use just swifters or hardwood floors cleaners in the spray by Bona, this is a manufacturer of finishing , they make very nice products.

  20. QUESTION:
    What is the best stick vacuum for carpet and hardwood floors?
    I’m a college student and my dorm next fall semester is going to be pretty small. I would love to have a vacuum and thought of a stick vac. I’m not too familiar though with the stick vacuum products. My dorm room is carpet but I want to get one that will also be good with hardwood floors. Lastly like I said I am a college student so I need to get the best bang for my buck. Feel free to leave reviews of the product.

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve had several all the way from the ones that do not use electric to my shark and oreck stick types. It all depends on if your going to use it once in a blue moon (new boyfriend, girlfriend, study group that sits on floor, or OH my gosh the dreaded visit from Parents) yes I have a daughter in college. If you use it pretty much once a day the ones that Wal Mart put on sale for back to school that are in neat colors work fine. If you want a more sophisticated one I love my shark flip. You vacumn with one side and then you flip a switch and you can mop the floor. I’ve also tried the one from Oreck and it worked fine too. They work with steam and it keeps the allergies down and you feel like the floor is clean not just mopped over with dirty water. Good Luck in school. Another MOM

  21. QUESTION:
    How to care for laminate hardwood flooea?
    I have laminate hardwood floors, and I’ve been using pinesol to clean them. I think the pinesol is fading them. Am I using to much or is there something better thAT I can use to clean them?

    • ANSWER:
      Laminate floors are very low maintenance. Ironically, if you use a lot of cleaning products on them, they will actually look worse…they will get smudges and streaks, like you’re experiencing. And never use steam on laminate…steam can absolutely ruin laminate floors. It can cause warping and even cause the veneer to peel right off.

      Having said this, exactly how do you maintain a laminate floor? Mostly just by vacuuming it. When you need more than a vacuuming, use a microfiber mop and plain old water. No cleanser, no vinegar, no nothing…just water. Let the mop do the work. Microfiber is fantastic at removing dirt and streaks and doesn’t need a cleanser to help.

      In your case, I would definitely vacuum and then mop with a microfiber mop. Wet the mop and use it. No need to dry the floor, but also don’t let water pool on the floor. You want a good damp mop, but not puddles of water. (Streaks of water are ok.)

      If you don’t already have a microfiber mop, you can buy them at Walmart, Target, Kmart, Home Depot, and even Dollar General.

      I’ve never used anything but a vacuum and a microfiber mop (plus water) on our laminate floors and they still look fantastic after all these years.

      Hope this helps.

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  22. QUESTION:
    Has anyone used a steam mop on tile and hardwood?
    I have a now crawling baby and two dogs. Our wood and tile floors are constantly filthy. I don’t want to use chemicals to clean the floors and usually just use water and vinegar. I have seen the steam mops and think that it would be perfect for me if it works. Any one ever tried them?

    • ANSWER:
      I went through a few different floor mops I got at Target, they’re not bad but you get what you pay for. You should know that “steam floor mops” aren’t traditional steam cleaners. They more or less use a hot plate which water is shot over which produces the steam. If you hold down the trigger too long the plate becomes saturated and you leave you floor too wet. If you want a real steamer cleaner you’ll have to spend a lot more, there’s more info on this at the website where I got my steam floor mop.

  23. QUESTION:
    Who has a big house with a lot of tile?
    How do you clean it? Anyone use Hoover Floor Mate, Bissell Flip It, or Lysol Steam Cleaning Mop? It seems there’s got to be an easier way than sweeping and mopping but I don’t want to waste my money on something that doesn’t work and just ends up taking up space.

    • ANSWER:
      I have a big house over 3,000 sq feet and only 2 rooms have full carpeting, acres of tile and lots of hardwood. I use a Hoover FloorMate for quick clean up and certainly for heavy cleaning.

      Here’s my kitchen routine and my tiled kitchen is LARGE:

      Daily

      Quick Run With Large Dry Mop (you can get them at Lowe’s and they are washable)

      As Needed/Sometimes Daily

      Grab FloorMate (kept close by in Laundry and ready to go) and clean up “sticky stuff” by refrig, stove, sink, dishwasher and under table.

      Every few months I do the whole house and it does take time, but well worth the effort. If you dry mop and vac often you don’t need to be washing your entire tile floor. Just clean the areas that need it.

      Here’s one nice thing about the Floormate, it will quickly suck up any spills like that huge glass milk all over the floor. Grab the FloorMate and click to Wet Pickup. Empty the tank of the spilled milk and then switch to clean and finish up the area. You are done in a flash and no dripping paper towels.

  24. QUESTION:
    What’s the best product to use when cleaning hardwood floors?
    I have tried just about everything (including apple cider vinegar) and I haven’t found anything to keep the floors shiny without any residue..
    Murphy’s oil soap leaves a residue.

    • ANSWER:
      What are your floors sealed with? That may be the source of your problem. If you have floors sealed with water-based poly then you’re more likely to have streaks if you don’t use a floor cleaner specially made to clean that finish. If you have a wax or oil-based poly sealant, then you should be able to use any wood floor cleaner and/or mop with a solution of water and white vinegar.

      Have you tried steam cleaners? That may be something to look into….I think you may have a water-based poly topcoat on your floors, which would explain why Murphy’s leaves a haze on them…

  25. QUESTION:
    Anyone recommend the Shark vacuum steam mop?
    I am looking to buy a combination steam mop/vacuum? Anyone have recommendations or advice? My whole home is hardwood and laminate floors. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
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      Euro-Pro manufactures the Shark line of steamer/cleaner products and they are widely available for purchase at Target stores, www.target.com,
      as well as most Mart stores, Pharmacies like CVS & Walgreen’s, as well as Home Improvement stores.
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      I have the Shark steamer and I really like it alot. It works really well and I’ve used the scalding hot steam to sanitize MANY items (like grills, coffee pots, the outside of small appliances that can not/should not be submerged in water..
      as well as hairbrushes, combs, coolers, car surfaces on the dash, make up brushes, the bottoms of Jelly shoes, rubber floor mats, nail supply items, tweezers, gym shoes, luggage, any beauty & health care items that should be sanitized, etc).
      ALSO;
      insects (and their eggs/larvae) can be successfully killed by applying direct, high-force steam (anything at 140*F) to them. It is the BEST way to eliminate any insects, without having to bring harmful & toxic pesticides into your home (necessary if you have pets, children, or anyone in the house has a weakened immune system or breathing problems). Pesticides aren’t good or safe for anyone..so the ability to use STEAM to wipe out insects is great.
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      The Shark I have works wonderfully.
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      The floor steamer looks great, to me anyway.
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      You can reach Euro-Pro’s Customer Service and Customer Support Product Line
      Mon – Sat
      7am to 11pm EST
      (800) 798-7398
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      Their representaives are available to take questions or concerns re: all of the Shark steamer products, as well as being available for on-line chat during the same hours.
      They can direct you with your purchase, if you give them details of what you’ll be using it for. I recommend phoning and speaking to a rep, and asking questions. They’re armed with important information re: how to clean the products, how to properly use them, and how to clean specific items in ones home, which SHARK steamer will work best for you.
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      BTW;
      I have hardwood & laminate flooring, as well. The Steamer works great on hardwood & laminate. But the BEST way to clean hardwood & laminate flooring is to buy a large squeegee. The kind used for squeegee-ing windows on a vehicle, usually available at Gas Stations.(in that tub of blue, Windex-y type liquid). You need one of those, they make HUGE ones, available at Home Improvement stores.
      The Shark steam + squeegee combo is THE BEST for FLOORiNG, (ceramic tile, granate, marble, slate, laminate & hardwood).
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      Steaming the floors, (small areas at a time, like 5 feet by 5 feet), and then using the squeegee to wipe away the steam/water = easy as pie. Flooring manufacturers recommend the squeegee method for flooring. Hardwood floors can take alot, but laminate can get bubbled & strange if water is left on them for any period of time. (= mops are OUT).
      Depending on the expertise of the one who installed the flooring, you could be dealing with flooring that has not been sealed perfectly. In any case;
      you’ll want to steam the floors, and quickly squeegee up the water, wiping it fast. Going over it, again, with the squeegee is best. You can unscrew you broom and screw the broom handle into the squeegee, to give it a long handle, for doing floors. (works well for tall windows, too).
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      I like the Shark products alot. That super hot steam KiLLS GERMS, so that, in and of itself, is WORTH IT. MANY uses around the home, car, and with personal beauty & healthcare items. Even toothbrush (ha).
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      SHARK products
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  26. QUESTION:
    Can the Shark Steam Mop be used on laminate wood floors?
    My parents just installed new laminate wood floors and we found a really great deal on a Shark Steam Mop at a garage sale… Can they use it on their new floors? Otherwise they’ll just have to stick to their ceramic tile I guess. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      It is best to avoid steam mops. We have seen laminate floors that have been damaged from these. I suggest a micro fiber dust mop lightly spayed with Bona hardwood/laminate cleaner.

  27. QUESTION:
    i saw an infomercial last night for a steam vaccum cleaner for hard floors?
    i think the name was a women’s name maybe? italian name? it was yellow and cleaned hard floors with steam. maybe with an m and a b.
    i wouldn’t be using this on hard wood floors- i have tile and use a mop/water frequently ( :

    • ANSWER:
      Was it “scooba” … little sister to “roomba”, made by I-robot. The company claims that it is safe for SEALED hardwood floors … having lived with woodworkers all my life, I would believe the claim because this generation of wood sealers are very very good. If you have a newer floor, check with the company that installed the floor (or the company that most recently refinished and sealed the floor) for recommendations.

      I use a steam mop (B*ssell) on my vinyl floors; claims to be safe for SEALED hardwood floors. It is WONDERFUL for almost everything except truly grubby floors (like the “mud path” just inside the back door). It doesn’t get as close to the baseboards as I like, so I do the perimeters the old fashioned way. My kitchen, breakfast room, hallways are clean and dry in less than 15 minutes; no wet mops (throw the steamer cover in the washer with the whites); no buckets to empty; no toxic cleaners to worry about, and steam is just about as germicidal as you can get without poisoning all other life forms in the vicinity.

  28. QUESTION:
    Whats the best cleaner for laminate floors?
    Im wanting to get something like a Shark Vac then Steam type of cleaner that will work with my hardwood floors. I have about 1400 sq ft of laminate.

    • ANSWER:
      Bona laminate floor cleaner works the best and it is totally safe for the floor. Steam mops are not good for laminate.

  29. QUESTION:
    Can I use cleaning solutions with the Shark steam mop?
    Hi.

    I recently got my shark steam mop. It seems like it does a great job on hardwood floors, but not on my kitchen floor. i won’t get the really sticky stuff off. I tried to get it off and it just spread it around the whole room. Can I use any cleaning solutions with the Shark mop? And if so, how? Because then it seems like it would steam and use chemicals which sounds great.

    Thanks so much!!

    • ANSWER:
      DO NOT put anything other than clean, clear water, preferably distilled water, in any steam cleaner. Chemicals can become noxious, toxic, and explosive when super heated (internal boiler temperatures can reach upwards of 250 degrees!). Further, chemicals can damage the boiler and internal parts of your steam cleaner.

      http://www.bestvacuumreviews.com/steam-cleaners.html

      You don’t say what your kitchen floor covering is, my suspicion is that it’s vinyl. If that’s the case, then the steam mop is probably melting and removing the finished surface from the floor, leaving behind a stickiness. If you look at the floor after it has dried, you’re probably going to see mop marks and a very dull finish. If this is the case, immediately stop using the steam mop on the floor or you’ll further damage it. Light surface damage can be buffed out with a dry automotive detailing buffer pad/machine. Heavy damage may require applying and maintaining a wax finish or replacement of the vinyl.

      How do I know this? I’ve had more than one steam mop melt the surface of my vinyl floor. For this reason, I don’t use steam equipment on vinyl and either wet mop with a standard mop or by hand.

  30. QUESTION:
    what is the best steam mop for harwood /ceramic floors?
    I clean houses fro living and I need a steam machine that will help me to clean better in less time also. I have tried all kinds of mops , not that great! but now I want to my cleaning using steam cleaners for a better job.
    any suggestions?

    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Never use Steam on Hardwood floors this can damage and warp hardwood floors, it is best to dry dust and damp mop those types of floors Good Luck !


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