With the kids being on half term and the summer holidays looming, there is one thing that can’t be avoided – the dirt and grime that kids at home can create!
From muddy shoes (yes, even during summer), spilt juice and ice-cream on the floor, every day can feel like a new cleaning adventure.
If you want to try something a little more effective the usual mop and bucket, then the steam mop now on offer from online suppliers like 24studio.co.uk is worth trying.
Like all steam cleaners, the steam mop produces steam by rapidly heating water, which is then applied to the floor through the steam mop head at high pressure.
This pressure should create â€˜dry’ steam, which leaves little moisture on the floor, in contrast to the traditional mop method of spreading the dirt on the floor about evenly with soapy water.
Thus, one advantage of the steam mop is that you can ditch the bucket of dirty water.
A more important advantage of the steam mop for those with small children is that you can also dispense with concentrated floor cleaner. The high heat and pressure of the steam should be able to lift dirt and grime while killing germs without the need for chemicals.
Allergy and asthma-producing dust mites should also be neutralised, which can make a significant difference, especially if your child has respiratory issues.
The efficacy of a steam mop pretty much hinges on the amount of steam that the steam mop head can deliver.
This is measured in grams (of steam) per minute, and is one of the key specifications to look at when shopping around. Other obvious factors include the weight of the steam mop, and the capacity, which will determine how long cleaning steam is provided before a refill is required.
Steam mops tend to resemble vacuum cleaners, in that there are two basic types. One has a separate steam-producing cylinder, with a hose and cleaning head attached. The other is the upright, integrated type, where steam is produced in the same unit as the cleaning head.
Another key specification to look at is the heating time of the unit. Generally, the more you spend, the shorter this will be, although the trade off will be higher power consumption.