Published on June 12th, 2010 | by Greg0
Steam Away Your Troubles With the SteamFast 3-in-1 Mop
As we roll into the summer months, there seems to be an abundance of cleaning to do. There is the messy garage (if you are lucky enough to have one), not to mention getting the place ready for visitors, and finally having to clean the nooks and crannies we had haphazardly avoided during the colder months.
I typically despise any household cleaning besides laundry due to the smell of strong chemicals that irritate my eyes and dry out my hands. And yes, maybe a bout of laziness overcomes me and I curl up with a Ramona & Beezus novel. I have heard about steam mops and decided to see what all the fuss was about. Do they really do as good of a job as the videos and TV promos show? They basically look like Swiffers on steroids.
The Steamfast 3-in-1 Mop has the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval and I wanted to see if it gained our own stamp of worthiness. After a few weeks with it, indeed, the Steam Mop was worth the hype. We might not yet be ready to consider cleaning “fun”. But we did find ourselves cleaning up the messes we had avoided before. The Steam Mop is safe on sealed hardwood floors so I decided to try it out first on our hardwood floors. It heats up in a matter of 30 seconds and that was a plus from The Haan MS-30 Multi-Purpose Steam Cleaner we recently reviewed that took around 3 minutes to get ready to do some grime damage and cost almost double (though we were able to use straight tap water for the Haan and are supposed to use distilled water for the SteamFast).
The floors were moderately dirty from bare feet outside tracking footprints inside and small sticky spots. The Steam Mop was easy to maneuver and I didn’t have to repeatedly retrace my steps. The steamed area dried almost instantaneously and the floors were impressively clean. My mother-in-law even remarked how great the floors looked. We will advise that you make sure your steam control knob is set to the suggested setting before using. We noticed that when we had the setting too high on our bathroom floor that the water puddled. This is common if too much water is soaking the microfiber pad because the steam is too high. You can also repeatedly use the microfiber pads by machine washing them in cold water.
It is easy to morph into the handheld steam cleaner into simply by switching the microfiber pad bottom to a small nozzle that is able to get into hard to reach spaces (i.e behind your faucets and around stovetops).
We were able to clean the kitchen in a matter of minutes which was great because the usage time was about 20 minutes for one tank of water. Depending on what you are cleaning and the amount of space, you might have to refill a couple times.
The manufacturer suggests using distilled water so duly note that and file away when you are the grocery store to pick up a couple gallons of distilled. It’s worth mentioning that it’s a good idea to remove excess water leftover from the mop when finished before storing.
You can also use this device as a handheld steamer for clothes. The results were decent and once again it was simply a matter of changing the attachment. We were able to uncrease wrinkles in some dress shirts. We wouldn’t get this model if that was your primary goal, as there are better devices on the market, but it’s a useful bonus.
We were able to purchase directly from the manufacturer. The cost was a matter of 3 payments of $33.33 (wish they didn’t have to be so kitschy) otherwise known as $99.99. You also have a $14.95 S&H charge. Though I hate shipping charges, I calmed down at the fact that I would be receiving FREE microfiber pads for life and 6 included with my Steamfast as well as a portable travel vac and a steam iron. I hate ironing more than cleaning, so alas, the iron will most likely end up in one of my closets that I am trying to organize.