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Posted by victorian227 (My Page) on
Tue, Oct 2, 07 at 10:50

This is probably the longest posting on steam mops. We should have a tea party after all of this LOL.

Lynn:

On the Shark model you don't have to push a trigger. The steam is released as you move the mop back and forth. The shorter the strokes the more powerful the steam. Once thing I like about this mop is how light weight it is.

Pary of Six:
You are right, we did the whole downstairs about 900 sq feet and only filled the cup up twice. It really does go a long way.


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Does the steam mop do anything to pick up loose hair on the bathroom floor? I always vacuum before mopping but I still end up swirling around discusting hair on my sponge mop. Will it stick to the steam mop head?

Do you think you could use this on tiled shower walls or would it be too awkward to lift up?


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Hi, Sorry for the delay in posting re the Shark on my LAMINATE WOOD FLOOR; we've been going crazy around here, but my daughter had a birthday party at our house on the weekend so...I had to clean my basement floor for the party. It was absolutely fine on my laminate. There realy is so little moisture created by it that I think it has less potential to damage than a well wrung out cloth mop. It sure made my husband nervous though!


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livvysmom
first, sorry..I just posted on the other one..is this one better??? I always vacuum before I steam.. but I would imagine hair would stick to the micro fiber pad. I wouldn't recommend you cleaning your tiles with it..I don't think it was designed to work 'sideways' get a good hand held steamer for your tiles..works wonderful and there is another 1000 things you can clean with it..I am sure you will enjoy having both! Ree


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To all my steaming buddies,
Besides loving how well the mop works.. Just think ..you never have to buy floor cleaning products again! That in itself is a huge plus..or never having to say..shoot! I am out of cleaner and run to the store so you can wash your floors.. the faucet is always 'full'.... life is good! (smile) Ree


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Ree,
I am LOVING my Bissell! Came home from work today and just *had* to steam mop the kitchen floor again. Of course, it was barely dirty, but it's a new toy, what the heck! I'm really, really pleased with how clean the floors look. I used it on: tile, wood, marble and linoleum and it did a fantastic job on all! It's made me realize how much cleaning time is spent cleaning up the 'cleaner' -nothing here but good old steam!
Thanks so much for leading me to this great solution!


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bestyears
Oh I am so happy to hear that!!!! sounds like you got the 'steam fever' lol! I was the exact same way when I got my very first mop.... I was telling people "don't take off your shoes..just come on in".. then, you should of seen me when I got my hand held..I was up into wee hours steaming away, I just couldn't put it down..very addicting..isn't it? After everyone on here finally gets theirs..we will start a new thread..how dirty is your pad? LOL!!! enjoy it, I am so happy you love it so much! Ree


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RE: steam mops the new posting...looking for Gail

Hi Gail..haven't heard a peep from you! How is it going with your mop? Hope you are still loving it! Drop a line
Ree


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best years

Glad to hear you are having so much fun. It really is addicting!

livvysmom

Rees right, it isn't designed for horizontal use. I found out when I tried to steam my 10" base boards. The water came out and left a puddle and it was hot.


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Okay, after 3 weeks of waiting, I finally received my steam mop yesterday and I must say that it was worth the wait! I really like it so far. I washed my kitchen floor last night and it did a great job especially on some sticky baby cereal that was left behind from breakfast. Gross, I know, but I didn't notice it earlier. Anyway, I was pretty sure it would work well since I have steam mopped before but it has been awhile so it's really nice to be back to steam mopping.

Ree mentioned comparing the shark to my old Bissell and I think I already like this one better for a couple reasons. First of all, like Lynn mentioned, you have to push on a trigger to release steam on the Bissell. The older model was the same and for some reason, I would get a blister from time to time from it. Another thing is that the shark is lighter than the old Bissell was (not sure what the new one weighs). One last thing, I like the way the pads attach to the Shark better. My old Bissell steam mop had pads you had to put around the bottom and there was a tightening string. It was kind of like a little sock, I guess but I'm having a hard time explaining it! Anyway, whenever I would mop forward, I would worry about it coming off because it would shift a little. That and as a pp mentioned, the pads shrunk a little in the dryer and were hard to put on. I was surprised how well the shark pads stay on and even if they do shrink a little, putting them on shouldn't be a problem.

Enough of my novel, I have mopping to do!!! I'll have to report back after I have mopped my other floor surfaces. Hope to hear everyone else is loving this mop!!


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still loving it Ree I find my self going over the floor for a second time, not because it needs it but beause I feel so guilty taking so little time to clean a floor. Even going over it a second time it is still so much easier and faster, and as I saw a little earlier you can save enough in cleaner to pay for the mop. Still loving it Gail


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germfreak
Oh I am so happy it finally arrived. and just as happy you are loving it! Thanks for sharing the difference between the two mops ( I was just curious) It's truly a shame CS drove people away, it's such a good mop! happy steaming!!!!! lets us know how you made out with your other floors. Ree

Gail! I am so happy you are still loving it! I was wondering what happened to you..you wrote that you had it and loved it..then puff! you were gone. The beauty of this mop is that it's so fast and it really does a great job in getting your floors clean with out the use of harsh chemicals..it's a bonus not having to spend that money on them as well! ... funny..I went back to the first postings and was re- reading some posts..we go back two months now..believe??? Keep in touch, drop a line! Ree


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ok mine is ordered woo hooo!!!
Hopefully it won't take 3-4 weeks lol.

And yeah reeree isn't Dupont nuts? I can use acetone but not a steam mop?!? goofy lol.
Terri


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Is there not some store that carries this as see several Shark products in different stores???


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re the new model Bissell: I find the trigger mechanism works easily and I like being able to go back over a spot without having more steam released. The pads do still attach with a draw cord, but I've had no problem with them slipping or shrinking. They're microfiber now, so maybe that's why they don't shrink. (You'd think that if the old ones shrank in the dryer that they would have shrunk from the steam heat also.) I can't compare it to the old model or the Shark, but I can recommend it.


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terrio..can't wait for you to get it! my fingers are crossed you don't have that long of a wait! I think your laminate will be fine (much better than acetone!..lol) Let us know when you get it! Ree

linkay They do sell shark products in stores, but to my understanding, this mop is not sold in stores. I would imagine some day they will be, but as of now it's only through the company. Ree

catbird I am glad you are enjoying your mop! such a plus when we buy something we love! Happy steaming! Ree


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Ordered Shark steam mop on 9/25. Called cust serv # to find out tracking num and they said shipped on 9/27. gave me a track num and said shipped USPO. But post office had no record of package. called again and they said shipped Fed-ex. Fed-Ex had no record. Called again today to confirm track num and Cust Serv said shipped USPO. gave me same track number. checked with USPO and they were just notified today that a package was ready to be picked up. Shark must wait until there are a few to send out. Now to wait for mop to come from California. Can't wait to try on Kitchen and Bathroom floors. will let you know when it arrives. Kit


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Ok I went to Sears today here in Mobile Alabama and was just looking around and low and behold found the Shark Steam Mop..Was not sure was the same so came home and got on their web site and YES It was..Went back and it was $85.49 and I had a 10% off coupon and bought the extended warranty and it came to $95.53..Check it out..Got 2 microfiber pads with it..


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Kit
hang in there..well worth the wait..looks like CS still does not have their act together..geez! let us know when you get it!! Ree

linkay
wow! this is the first I have heard it was in stores! When I ordered mine I asked CS if it was sold in stores, she said no! Good for you! You didn't say if you tried it? let us know how you like it! Ree


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Hi everyone, I am BW. I have been reading this forum for about a week. It is like a good book, can't wait to read more. All of you should get commission for the sales on the Shark Steam Mop, you have done a wonderful job recommending it. I want one so bad I can't stand it, haha. Thanks to linkay for suggesting to check out Sears. I am going to do that tomorrow. I am wondering though, where did most of you purchase yours, from the 1-800 # or from the web sight? I was wondering if that made a difference as to the time it took to receive it in the mail. I want to thank reeree for all your information and encouragement about getting the steam vac. I was almost in tears for all of you that had problems with CS. I am really enjoying this forum.


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Hi BW! a great big welcome..your post is very sweet, thank you! everyone on here is great! .. ready to join our world of steam? very addicting~ ..(smile) I was surprised when linkay wrote she got hers at Sears! I think she is the only one who bought it in a store..everyone on here did get it from their web site..either ordering on line, or the 1 800 number..same place, just depends if you want to speak directly to CS (if you dare..lol) or just order it right from the web site. It would be great if you can find it at sears, this way you won't have to wait as long as some of us did..poor Gail..I thought a new model would of been out by the time she got hers..lol (only kidding Gail!) Hope you find it! let us know!
Ree


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Is this the one everyone is talking about?

Here is a link that might be useful: steam mop


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That's the one! Ree


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No have not tried it yet as had just mopped floors yesterday am before going to Sears..Also I did not mention that I went to Bed Bath and Behond as had a 20% off coupon and nope they did not have it..The only thing it is missing is the carpet thing..But I have a Hoover steam cleaner so did not care..BTW it is not on Sears web site..Linda


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BW If you call the 800# the carpet glide attachment is included and two microfiber pads. where if you order through website capet glide not included. Still waiting for mine to arrive. Kit


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Hello all

I have a question for you all....I have been considering a H20 MOP..The one me and my wife have been considering is the THANE h20 mop as seen on TV. And I have been looking around the internet for reviews but couldnt come across any do any of you ladies own one or know of any reviews on them.Any help would be great thanks!!


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I can't believe this is the third posting on the steam mop! I am in love with mine. I joined this forum just to find out about the mop. Welcome to those newer bees also! I ordered a second one for my daughter it will interesting to see how fast it comes.

byeb

The H20 mop the first post of this thread. This is the link and it will take you to the first post, there is a lot of good info there:

http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/cleaning/msg071327506163.html?150

The next one:

http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/cleaning/msg09095752891.html?85

Make yourself a cup of coffee , happy reading...


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Daff & BW..I ordered mine on the web site and I still got the carpet ring..they claim the first 500 orders will receive it..but I am sure everyone who orders it from them (either way) will get one....Ree

ps..if any of you actually tried the carpet ring yet..please share~


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Hi fellow steam moppers!! Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying their mops. I used mine on my laminate flooring and it did a great job. I think it may take a couple more times to get rid of the build-up from the last cleaner that I was using but I can tell it's shinier already. I also used the carpet ring on my runners yesterday and it really made them look fresher. I have two that are very thin and when I hung them over the banister to do the floors, they got a few creases in them. Nothing the steam mop couldn't handle, went over them once with the ring and the wrinkles were gone. I can't say anything for smell though because I didn't smell them. Maybe next time! Has anyone else found that when the water gets low, the steam doesn't come out? I went to fill it because I thought it was empty and I ended up overfilling it!! This is the only problem I've had so far and nobody else has mentioned it so I'm wondering if I'm the only one.
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Hi, BW here. Just wanted to let you know that I called Sears (thanks to linkay) Saturday morning, and lo-and-behold, they had the Shark Steam Mop too!! I live in Oklahoma, so possibly they have them at most Sears. I went over that afternoon and bought one. It doesn't have the carpet glider, but the infomercial says that it freshens and deodorizes. So I assume it doesn't clean spots or areas. Someone might let us know about that. Germfreak pointed out that she used hers on her runners and they were fresher. I did email Shark and asked if they sold the carpet glider by itself (I didn't see it on the websight along with the cleaning pads) but haven't heard back. I will probably have to buy more cleaning pads in the future. My mop did come with the 2 pads. The Sears salesman didn't know if they would be carrying them. He said that if it is a good seller, then they might carry them. So who knows, I will just have to check in the future and see. Would be nice so as not to have to pay S&H. I used the mop today, and like all of you, I love it too. I was surprised how well it cleans my tiles. The grout might take a while. When the tiles were installed during the building stage of the house, the builder didn't seal the grout and didn't tell us we should do that. The grout in traffic areas are stained. But the tiles look wonderful. My sneakers squeek when I walk across the floor. :) I did have to fill the water tank about 3 times, and one of those times it wasn't quite empty. I just watched carefully not to overfill the tank. I also found after that, that if I pumped the handle a few more times, it would start steaming again when I thought it was empty and wasn't. This way I used up all of the water before filling it again. I hope that helps you a little, Germfreak. I am happy to be joining all of you MOP HEADS. (tee-hee) A BIG Thank You to ree for starting this whole thing, and to all of you for keeping it up. It is better than an Oprah bookclub book!! :)


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Hi germfreak,
thanks for letting us know how you did with your mop! I am glad the steam ring seemed to work..was it hard to push it on the runners? I experienced the same..thought the mop was empty, and over filled it my self also...the old one wasn't like that..when the water ran out, the steam stopped and a red light came on..I do not think it is anything to worry about.. I am glad you are happy with it!..Ree

Hi BW!
A great big thank you again..so sweet! I have been a steamer for a few years and I don't think I could ever do with out one.. (smile)
I am so happy you got the mop and love it!!! I had no clue sears carried it until linkay told us..I think thats great, no waiting/ shipping charges...yea! (much better than dealing with their CS.. thats always a huge plus! lol)
well..enjoy your beautiful clean floors! Happy steaming, keep us posted!! Ree


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Hi! BW and all. Glad you got one at Sears BW beats the shipping and waiting..I had granddaughter married yesterday and all the prep for this and tomorrow AM have to go for epideral(spell?) so have yet to try this and it is killing me..Linda


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OK ladies, I'm a newbie to the forum (actually my first forum ever), I found the forum after I saw the info commercial on the shark steam mop, and had to check the net for info first. I ordered yesterday!! ( It's probably the first time I order something online that didn't come with an immediate email response saying they received the order. Not all that surprise after all the talk about CS.) However, I'm hosting a dinner party this friday for about 35/40 people and if sears has the mop,I could use it by friday. I'm going to check. If - Shark is so slow and Sears has the mop maybe I can cancel, or maybe mother in law gift for christmas, hmmm.
I own a Shark portable "professional" steamer. I bought it about 2 yrs ago at HomeDepot. I love it for cleaning out my refrigerator and frezzer. Saves tons of time, Thanks again for all the great info,


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Received my Steam Mop Saturday!!! Tried it right away. Love It!!! Liked the way it cleaned the tiles and grout lines. these are new tile floors and the grout lines need to be sealed. Another project. I used it in the bathrooms and Kitchen.
As Talk2bw said, it left the floors so clean, sneakers squeaked when walking on them. Have not tried carpet glider yet. will let you know when I do . Kit


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Hello All, I got back from our family vacation yesterday. Thought i would check here first before i ordered my mop. Im so glad i did because i will head to Sears to see if mine carries the Shark mop. I really, Really hope it does. I would rather avoid the CS troubles everyone has experienced. Boy, the week i was gone you ladies have been doing alot of mop chatting. Glad to hear so many more of you love the mop. We'll in off to Sears!


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Like some others, I found this forum (and these mop threads!) when I was researching steam mops. I ended up deciding on the SteamFast SF-290 because I wanted the versatility and the variable steam control.

And, I'm happy to report....I think I love it. We just picked it up last night and I've been trying it out.

The SteamFast converts to different things: power steam cleaner, steam mop, window squeegee, and fabric steamer. It has a variable intensity dial, so you can control the speed of the steam flow.

On the high setting, it really blasts through the nozzle. That is going to be great for cleaning fixtures in the kitchen and baths. My main concern about the mop part was that it would wet the floors too much, but on the medium setting, it is perfect. The floor dries in a few seconds after you've been over it.

And get this.....I had people coming over yesterday, so in the morning I scrubbed my hardwood kitchen floor on my hands and knees, and then mopped it TWICE. That floor should have been pretty clean. After one pass of the steam mop over about a quarter of my floor area the mop pad was nearly BLACK. I'm going to do the whole floor again today. I have a feeling I have quite a build up of dirt layers. No wonder I always have a slight stickiness after I clean the floor. I thought it was residue from cleaning products, but now I'm beginning to think it was just good ol' leftover dirt. Probably a combination of the two, though.

Going to get me some microfiber cloths from Costco (what a deal--36 for $14 in automotive dept), and an extension cord. The thing only comes with one terry cloth mop pad, and the cord is just not long enough to get around my whole kitchen. But other than that.....I'm totally pleased. There are pretty substantial side clips on the mophead, so I think clipping the microfiber cloths in the side clips and maybe safety pinning across the top will hold the cloths in place without having to sew them up into any kind of shape.

I ordered it from Walmart online...you can get it shipped to a store near you for free, so the total was about $67 with the state tax added. I think Target might have a similar deal...but Target has terrible customer service reviews for their online store, so I went with Wally.

I'm posting the Walmart link instead of the company website because it has a good picture show of the different parts, the whole specs list and a bunch of customer reviews.

Here is a link that might be useful: SteamFast SF-290


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Hi guys!! I've been following this thread, all of them, since the beginning and I must say it's been very entertaining and informative. I still haven't purchased my Shark steam mop, but after reading some of the posts decided to visit my local Sears store and low and behold they have it!! I'm in TN by the way. I will probably buy it tomorrow, but I have two questions for those of you who already own it. First, my kitchen floor is a really, really rough tile, how do you think this will affect the performance of the mop? I understand that the mop can be hard to push and I'm concerned that my rough floor will make it impossible. And second, does anyone know yet how well the mop cleans sticky hairspray residue off of the bathroom floor (tile)? Thank you guys so much for all of your tips and insights. One of the highlights of my day is getting on my computer to see what's new in the postings...and yes I do have a life! :)


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earthie
good for you! Looks like a nice mop! first time I have ever
seen this one! enjoy it! here's to very clean floors! Ree

leeanne-rn
what type of flooring do you have? If it's a very rough surface, you may have a hard time pushing it..also the micro fiber pad may get stuck as well...the only thing I can suggest is, see if you can buy one and give it a try..if it doesn't work on your flooring, just return it. You will never know unless you give it a try..so go ahead..get brave..LOL! Let us know if you do try it and how it works on your flooring//maybe some one on here has tried it on a rough surface and they can share how it worked for them. Ree


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Okay...so I bought my steam mop today from Sears and I'm hoping to try it out on my rough, tile kitchen floor and then if that goes okay, I'm going to try it on the sticky hairspray residue on the master bathroom floor. Wish me luck!! I'll let you guys know how it works for me. :)


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Wow after reading all this I ordered my Shark Steam Mop today! Can't wait to use it.


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OK, I have been following this for weeks. Now, I think I have to have one. Is the general consensus that the Shark is the one to get? Can anyone who purchased theirs at Sears or Walmart post what the price was? I see it is around $80 on the website for shark (plus tax and shipping). Any pros/cons to ordering direct? Will you get the same accessories if you order from Sears or Walmart?
All comments welcome, Thanks.


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Cearab- I bought mine at Sears in TN today for $85.49 + tax which came to $93.XX. The only thing it doesn't come with is the carpet glider which I don't think I would ever use, so it wasn't worth it to me to pay the extra $16 for shipping to get it by ordering direct. My Sears only had a few of the mops and they don't seem to be listed at all on the Sears website. You have to acutally go to the store to get it. And Sears return policy is 60 days with receipt no questions asked and if I need to return it, this way I'm not out the shipping cost. I haven't used mine yet, but will be posting my thoughts as soon as I do.


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Leanne-m thanks for the info. I may try to run to Sears on the weekend to check it out. BTW: what would the carpet glider do anyway? It wouldn't vacuum the rug, and to get a carpet really clean you do need some type of cleaning solution. Curious about that.


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Cearab- As far as I can tell, the carpet glider is just to deodorize the carpet. I haven't read anywhere so far if anyone has used it.


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Cearab-I bought mine at Sears in OK and was exactly the same price as leanne. Mine also did not come with the carpet glider. Germfreak mentioned that she used hers on her carpet runners and it freshened and took out the wrinkles. The infomercial doesn't mention anything about it cleaning the carpets. I sent an email to Shark to see if they sold the carpet glider separatley. They just told me to look on the websight. But I didn't see it there. Sears offered extended warranty, but I didn't purchase it. Shark offers a one year warranty anyway. You will love this mop, seems like everyone on this forum does.

Ree-I wanted to ask you, didn't you mention in a much earlier post that the scunci steamer would clean the grout very well? I mentioned earlier that my grout is very stained because it was never sealed. I didn't know if the mop would eventually clean the stains. I have a scunci steamer that has been setting in the box for about a year (didn't know how to use it and didn't try). With you talking about the scunci made me think I should get that thing out of the box and start steaming. I am sooo glad I found this forum, I have learned so much. I read on another post that you could use fabric softener sheets to clean the scum from the shower doors. I tried it this morning while taking a shower, and wow, that is the fastest and cleanest my shower doors have ever been. Thanks a lot for all your suggestions.


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talk2bw
I am happy to hear you bought the mop! Much better that you found it in Sears than having to deal with CS and shipping. anyway..before we ripped out our old bathroom, I used the scunci on the off white grout. It really steamed off the dirt..I am not sure if that grout was ever sealed as the previous owners are the ones who installed it. As far as the mop, I am sure with the steam being so hot , it will loosen and steam off the dirt, but if it is embedded you may want to use the hand held and blast it right off..once cleaned, you should seal the grout and with regular cleaning the floors with your mop, it should keep it clean. Let me know how you make out! Ree

leeann-rn...did you try it on your floors????? I am sure the mop will remove the hair spray from your floors, it may take going over it a few times if it's built up, but you should have no problem getting it off at all.. keep us posted!
Ree


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Still happily steaming away! I have noticed that about the third time I used the Shark the steam seemed to really increase. It is really steaming now. I wonder if it could have been a little clogged a first? I still have not tried the carpet glider but hope to have some time this weekend to try it out. I will keep everyone posted.


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If I read instructions right, the first time it is not going to be up to par, and some where on the forum it sais the shorter the strokes the more steam. I am thinking of buying another to have in case anything happens to this one. Then I wont have to go through withdrawels ,til another one arrives.LOL Gail


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Yes...I tried it last night and had mixed feelings about it at first. I started on my kitchen floor, the one that is so rough, and it didn't seem like I had much steam and the floors weren't wet AT ALL which made me wonder if it was even working. Couple that with the fact that this same floor NEVER shows any dirt ever, and I wasn't even sure that I was really accomplishing anything. But I pressed on and moved to the master bathroom next, the one with all the hairspray build up. It worked great in there!!! Those tiles are smoother and I could really see the steam and it took the hairspray right up. When I used to mop in there 'the old way with a bucket' I would have to first clean the floor with Windex and papertowels because that was the only thing that would remove the hairspary. My vinegar and water solution, no matter how hot, wouldn't do it. But the shark did great and it did seem like I had more steam the longer I used it and after reading some of the lastest posts I am hopeful that like Victorian I will only see improvement with the output of steam each time I use it. I am going to steam my guest bath tile tonight and I'll let you know if I think it seems more powerful on day two.

I do have a question for all of you who have the mop though. When I opened mine (it came from Sears), the little cap that holds in the water was wet on the inside. The pads weren't dirty and the mop appeared to be straight from the factory. And while my steam was hot, I didn't feel that it would burn me or anything and I was able to immediately remove my pad when I was done because the edges of the pad weren't hot at all. Does this sound right? I just want to make sure that mine wasn't used and returned or something and maybe I'm not getting all the power that this mop has to offer because it was damaged in some way.

And I echo what so many of you have said before...I too am so glad that I found this forum!! :)

How do you clean shower doors with dryer sheets...I must know!!!!!

Oh and one more thing. My mop didn't slide well at all on my hardwoods. It kind of skidded along like a pair of bad windshield wipers on a car?!?!


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Does anybody know of a steam mop that is rechargeable rather than plug in? I have 3 stories to clean and hate to fight with cords going up & down the stairs!


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Leanne-rn, I've never tried removing the pad right away, and I know if I put my hand in the steam now it would burn. I would use it few times and see if the steam increases. I do think it was odd that the plug was wet though. At least if you have a problem it's more convenient to take it back locally. Have you used wax on your wooden floors? Could be why the mop is skipping. You right about the forum it is a lot of fun. The bad thing is that I work at home and it is very tempting to peak at the postings through out the day. LOL!!

Gail, I know what you mean I am addicted to mine. I checked on the one I bought for my daughter and it shipped on Monday. Once she gets hers I will at least have a back up in case mine breaks.


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Leanne-I also bought mine from Sears. And the cap on mine was also wet. Mine even had condensation in the tank. I too was worried that it had been used. But everything else (the pads, the cord etc) was still packaged as though it were brand new. I asked my husband about it and he told me not to worry that during shipping from here to there it probably went from hot to cold in several places and that caused the condensation. I have only used it the one time so far and it worked great. My pad was also not hot to the touch when I took it off, and I took it off while still hot. But I did grab it at the edge of the pad. Next time I think I will wait till it cools off to be on the safe side and not burn myself.

About the shower doors and dryer sheets. The post I read said to take about 6 to 8 dryer sheets with me into the shower (while actually taking a shower). And just wet a few of them at a time and start rubbing on the glass door. I did this, and the soap scum just wiped right off. The best thing ever!! Then I just finished my shower and got out with clean doors. I got to thinking about putting fabric softener diluted with water in a spray bottle and spraying down the tiles and door and wiping them off with a wash cloth, I wonder if that might work too? I am going to try it on the tiles next time I take a shower. I'll let you know how it works out. I was so excited about getting the soap scum off without having to use those strong smelling cleaners. They give me such headaches and make me sick. This is so much better. PS: That post also said that any dryer sheets would work, even the very cheap ones from the dollar stores.


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Talk2bw- That makes me feel better that your mop had some moisture too and you were also able to remove your pad immediately without burning yourself. I'm going to clean my guest bath floor in the next hour or so and hopefully it will work even better than it did last night.

What kind of shower door do you have? Real clear glass or the kind that you can't see clearly through - don't know what it's called. Thanks for the info.


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So, here is an additional question. Went to see my parents today who have a prefinished wood floor in their house (hallways). Let me preface this by saying that my father is kind of (!!!!) nuerotic, and my mother is suffering from osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis. She uses a cane and is painful to watch. They are 72 years old. Today I go there and I smell Butchers Paste Wax. Father (both hips replaced as well as a knee) is on the floor WAXING the prefinished floor in their 6 year old house. He then takes out the floor buffer they had in my childhood house (the buffer is way older than I am) and is buffing rhe floor. My dog almost lost his life within the first 5 minutes of being in the house, the floors were so slippery. You really would have to have grown up in my house to appreciate the house that my father LOVES BUTCHERS PASTE WAX and would use it everywhere in anyone's house if he could.
Mom told me she damn near went down 3 times that morning, and she is having gall bladder surgery next week, so I am frightened about the slippery floors and the fact that she will likely be using a walker in the house post surgery. Dad could care less, he said the floors were dirty and that they needed cleaning and that is why he waxed them. (Please don't ask...I know these people are nuts, but they are my parents!!)
I told my mother about the Shark and that I was going to try to get one this weekend at Sears. She told me she might want one. What would this do to the prefinished floors? Would it take off the wax. They were so shiny today I could see my teeth in them! That cannot be a good thing.
Will anyone with crazy parents please provide your opinion? The rest of you with normal parents; count your blessings!


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Leanne-I hope that your mop does even better the second time. Like I said, I thought mine worked great the first time, if it just gets better after that then wow, that would be great. Let us know. My shower door is not clear glass, but smooth on the inside toward the shower and pebbly on the outside toward the bathroom. I used the dryer sheets on the smooth side. The soap scum even came off easily on the chrome around the glass. What type of door do you have?

Ree-thanks for your information on the scunci and using it on my grout. When I use it I will post how it worked. Do you know how easy it is to seal the grout and what to use?


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Talk2bw-I have the same type of shower door that you do and I will be trying out the dryer sheet thing soon. I used my mop again tonight and got the same results...it worked great on the smoother surface of the bath tiles, but didn't seem to do much on the kitchen floor. When we built the house I really liked that tile for my kitchen and while it doesn't show dirt ever, it is very difficult to clean. I guess it could be worse, it could show every little speck of dirt AND be hard to clean!! The only thing that shows dirt in my kitchen is the grout and the mop doesn't seem to be cleaning the kitchen grout very well, so I may need to invest in a hand held steamer to do that job.

Does anyone know...when you have your grout and tile sealed, does it make it smoother and shinier? I'm not talking high gloss shiny, but I'm wondering if that would make my kitchen floor not so rough and easier to clean.


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Finally used mt Shark mop today..Love Love Love it!!!


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Leanne-m:
Went to Sears today and they had 2 Sharks, which the woman told me they just started carrying last week. She knew nothing about the machine, and they did not have one put together out with the other vacuums, etc. My price was also $85.49 plus tax. I'll let you know what I think of it after I give it a whirl.


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I bought the shark steam mop at Sears for myself and my daughter after I heard about it here. It was a long time ago I saw the infomercial, is it the same mop? I forgot what the tv one looked like, thanks.


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Ladies,

I don't know how Shark does its quality control, but the condensation in your water tank could be from a quality check at the factory prior to shipping out: you know: does this unit produce steam?


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I used my Shark tonight (how boring am I, on a Friday night), and a few comments: It was simple to put together. I filled the tank and it started steaming after about 30 seconds. I did the all the wood floors in my kitchen, living room, and small hallway, as well as the tile in my bathroom. I have to say it did a really good job. I used the Pledge dry wipes and vacuumed first (cat and a dog, lots of hair). The cloth steam head was somewhat dirty, but not filthy, after cleaning. I will probably use it one more time before washing it. One negative: I hate having a power cord on such a lightweight piece of equipment. It would be much easier if there was a rechargeable battery on it. The cord seems to get in the way more so than with the vacuum cleaner cord. But it is lightweight, and my floors look clean. It also did a decent job getting up the hairspray from the floor in the bathroom, which is surprising.
I am pleased based on my first time experience.


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I read in the instruction booklet to wash the microfiber pad before using it and letting in dry for 24 hours. I just want to use it, is this something everyone did? Thanks again.


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I ordered my shark steam mop through the website about a week and a half ago. When I submitted my order, I didnt get a confirmation number, email, and my CC hasn't even been charged yet. I am ready to get started cleaning my floors!!! I hate using that swifter or mop and bucket, they both suck! And my carpets could use a little freshening up since I have an 80 lb dobie running lose in my house :) Anyway, has anyone else had this prob and can anyone provide the number for CC so I can call them and ask them where my mop is? I didnt see the number on the website at all. Thanks!


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luvmypets-I didn't want to wait, so I used one of the pads before washing. It was so dirty after doing the kitchen, hallway (which is very long), laundry room and entry way (lot of tile), that it definetly needed washing. So I tossed the dirty one and the clean one in the wash. It says not to put other things in the wash with it so as not to pick up lint from other items. I did put the liquid laundry detergent on the dirty pad before tossing it in the machine. It didn't come out brand new looking, but got pretty clean. Now both pads are ready to go for the next time. What did you other girls do?

leanne-wanted to let you know I tried the shower tiles with the fabric softener diluted with water in a spray bottle. It did take the soap scum off but took much more elbow grease, so I would stick with the fabric softener sheets, I think they worked much better.


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For those of you who are interested, I received an email back from Customer Service, and they do sell the carpet glider attachment separate from the mop. They said it is worth $19.95 (too much to me) and they would process the order through CS at 800-798-7935. Has anyone found that they really love the carpet glider attachment and would use it a lot? It would have been nice if it had been free in the Sears purchase but I'm wondering if it would be worth the extra purchase or not. Comments please?

Mishj-Several of the ladies had problems with the timing of their delivery and with CS, so you are not the only one. But the number above is the number you would use. Good luck.


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talk2bw- I did exactly the same thing you did. I couldn't wait to use my mop and so I didn't wash my pads first. I used one of them and it was moderately dirty and then I washed both pads together in a lingerie bag with some towels. I let them air dry. My used pad didn't come out sparkling white but it was pretty good. I didn't use any fabric softener, but I noticed the next night when I mopped that the washed pads didn't seem to stick as well to my mop so I'm concerned that that will be a problem long before the actual pad wears out. Anyone else notice this?


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I did not wash any of the pads before using them ..I really didn't see the point..

talk2bw..I have washed mine a million times already, I have not had the problem with the pads..maybe call CS and tell them you are having a problem ..maybe they will send you two new ones..I would ask for sure, can't hurt to try... as far as the carpet ring?? It is not worth 19.95..what a joke that is.. it is a cheap plastic "ring" they have some nerve..I honestly do not think you are missing anything at all.. I will probably never use mine..I honestly have no interest to even try it.. Ree


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If you are having trouble with the cord being in the way, try to make sure that the cord is clipped into the cord clip just below the handle. I was frustrated at first with the cord and kept thinking "this thing needs to be attached at the top" then I noticed the "cord clip"! I have gone off of rechargeable things because they never seem to have enough power to last the whole job. I did, however, attach a lightweight extension cord to it as the cord is far too short.


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Forgive me for this, but I have been searching the site for my answer and have gone cross-eyed in the process. And I still haven't found my answer and I know that some of you here will know. How do I use white vinegar in my fabric softener dispenser? Do I fill it to the line using full strength vinegar? Can I use it if I have used Mule Team Borax in my wash cycle? Are they compatible? Thanks a bunch. I promise not to ever post a question in the wrong category again. :)


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Thank you reeree for letting me know about the carpet glider. I thought $19.95 was a bit much, especially since it was free with some of them. And then to add s&h on that? I don't think I will miss it at all so I won't be purchasing it. By the way, how exactly do you wash your pads?


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hi talk2bw.. I wouldn't buy that ring for that kind of money..they could keep it.. I think that should be part of the mop no matter where you buy it.. it's like buying a vacuum and they tell you if you buy it "here"..the attachments are free..and if you don't, you have to buy them..I think it is pretty nervy to give it to some for free and sell it to others for that price..

I just put the pads in when I am doing my towels..I do pre-wash them in the sink first so they do not sit with the dirt on them, I find they do come out cleaner. if you do that, it avoids the dirt from setting in. I never put them in the dryer, I put them out side in the sun and they dry pretty fast.. Ree

(off topic to Leanne)
leanne-rn..just put an 1/8th of a cup where you would normally put your fabric softener..and yes,,you can use borax with it as well....(put the borax either mixed in with the detergent, or where you put the bleach..) are you using natural laundry detergent? Ree


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Ree- I don't use all natural detergent, but I have really hard water and I've looked everywhere for Super Washing Powder and another A&H product called Raindrops and I can't find them anywhere. (I'm in TN.) I'm hoping that the Borax will help my detergent do its job. As far as the vinegar goes, do I use an 1/8th of a cup and that's it. I don't need to dilute it like you do concentrated softener? Thanks so much for your help!!!


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leanne..the borax will act like a "whitener" it is a laundry boost also.. the vinegar..yes..just an 1/8th of a cup..maybe you can add a few 'drops' more because you don't want your clothes to smell like vinegar..this works as a natural softener..also natural detergent will soften your clothes in it's self.. maybe give it a try..can't hurt. If you have more questions, you can email me at smittygirl02@aol.com this way I can help you out and recommend with out talking laundry on this steam mop forum.. Ree


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Ree and leanne-your subject sounds very interesting, would you mind starting another forum with the subject you are talking about so others like me that are interested can get information? Thanks, BW.


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BW - the new thread has been started...let the learning begin. :)


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So would any of you think it was crazy to try and steam the dirt off my neglected fiberglass shower floor using my shark steam mop. I don't own a hand held steamer and I'm pretty frugal so I probably won't buy one (at least not yet) and I was thinking that maybe I could steam the ground in dirt off the textured floor of the shower. What do you guys think? It can't hurt anything right? The shower is clean, but I can't get out some of that dirt that's down in the crevices of the non-skid bottom.


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Leann, I swear we have the same shower, haha. My shower floor is textured and gets ground in dirt that is awful to clean. That is where the bleach thing comes in and I almost make myself sick. And it still does not clean the imbedded dirt. If you try the mop on it let me know if it works. I do have a scunci steamer, but have never tried it. Guess I should get to using that thing!! haha.


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BW - I won't get to do it until at least the middle of the week, but I will let you know how it worked when I try it.


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Thanks talk2bw and all for the info. I to love my shark steam mop, that I got at sears. With the extended warr.,which costs 12.00 so the total was 105.00 some change i forget.
I did pre-wash the pads and let them dry in the sun. I guess i'm afraid of anything going wrong. I am washing one with some kitchen towels I use with my scunci steamer.
Tomorrow I will finish under the table and all with the other one until I get out and buy some, you said Target, right? Thanks again to everyone.


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My daughters steam mop finally arrived, it shipped on the 8th and got here today. Maybe CS is getting it together better. Still they could at least send a follow up email with an order ID number otherwise you don't know if they received your order or not.


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Hey, I'm new and have been reading this forum for about a month now, and it is about as addictive as a soap opera - I finally broke down and ordered my Shark steam mop today - I can't wait. I found it at Sears too, but I went ahead and ordered off the Internet, so I could order the extra cleaning pads at the same time. All of you have had some great advice, thanks for sharing with everyone.


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lawless
Welcome to the 'world of steam' lol! can't wait to hear how you like it! keep us posted! Ree


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victorian
How is your daughter liking her mop? Very fast shipping (for once..he-he) How are you making out with the home tour plans? getting excited? Ree


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Hi Ree,

I've been out of the loop for a few days, had out of town company. My daughter loves her mop. She has a German Shephard puppy and a new lawn LOL! It cleans the laminate beautifully and quickly. The residue left behind from chemicals has disappeared, now the steamer glides more easily across the floor. I'll start a new post in decorating and catch you up on the tour there.


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Hi...looking for feedback on H20 Steam Mop versus the Shark Steam mop....I stuck trying to make decision and leaning towards H20. Any thoughts?
Kim


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Got my mop!! Actually got it last week but it was to crazy around here to get it put together and use it until this past weekend. All I've used it on so far is the tile in my kitchen.

omgosh, can you say PIGSSSS lol. We are disgusting. I've mopped twice and both times the pad was soooo dirty. Thank goodness I ordered the extras. I'm totally afraid to use it on the bathrooms. I tried washing the pads out by had right after taking them off, but no way are they going to come clean. I'm sure they are stained somewhat. But better there than on my floor I guess lol. Unfortunately (or fortunately???) my tile hides dirt wonderfully, so I'm not seeing a big difference just yet.

I haven't used it on my laminate yet. I will in the next day or two and let everyone know how it worked. Mine is brand new and I've only used water on it so far, so there shouldn't any residue built up.

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Kim..I don't know of anyone who has actually tried the H20mop..most ordered the shark...Ree

Terrio826
you are too funny! I am glad you are liking it! yes..the pads will never be as white as they are new..but your right..better on th epads! Enjoy it! Happy steaming..let us know how you make out on your laminate! Ree


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The shark is also available at target.com and walmart.com, for $79.99 and about $8 shipping.


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I would like to know if anyone has any suggestions for a steam mop that picks up hair good. I hate sweeping the bathroom floor and then mopping it, and it seems like the hair is still there.


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Wow...you've sold me! I'm gonna go out to Sears this week and purchase one of these babies! I have two 5 month old puppies who still have "accidents" in the house. (actually I don't think they are accidents, I think the puppies just like to see me freak out and frantically scrub the floor!) I am wondering though, my kitchen/family room floors are made up of those individual vinyl self-stick tiles. (sounds ugly just saying it, but the tiles are very pretty..honest!) When I mentioned a steam mop to my husband he mentioned the possibility of the heat causing the tiles to "unstick". Anyone know if that's a valid concern or not?

Thanks!
jiggreen


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Will the steam mops work on a linoleum or vinyl floor? My kitchen floor is white and grey; no matter how much I scrub, it still looks dirty (and it's only 4 years old!).


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My steam mop arrived last Thursday, so I've been steaming all weekend - even steamed my mom's. We both were in shock on the dirt that came up! Glad I ordered extra pads! I love it, but I was wondering if anyone has seen or used the Shark steam mop that Lowe's sells? I saw it yesterday and it has the mop plus attachments to use for steaming countertops, etc. It is a canister type steamer, and the box says you can work for 50 min w/out refilling. It sells for $99.99.


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cheerful1: My kitchen floor is also linoleum and one of my bathrooms is vinyl tile and the mop worked great on both!


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I have been reading this forum with a lot of interest but did you see the reviews on he following:
http://shopping.sympatico.msn.ca/reviews/shp/?itemId=12661133


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Like Kim, Iam looking for anyone who used the H20 mop? the one with the triangle head.


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How is everyone's mops holding up?

I bought the Shark Steam Blaster Jr. - Red (S3210R) Spent half the day Saturday steaming! LOL (This model is very similar to the Rainbow Steamer and Scunci)
It worked well. A few minor complaints. The squeegee attachment was useless, water everywhere when I used it on bathroom mirror. I may try using it again on the inside of my shower doors.

Many of the complaints I read was the amount of time wasted in refilling/waiting for reheat. I found that you can work out a routine to work around the waiting. The steam lasts for about 15-20 minutes. Then I'd wait 5 min. to cool, let out the steam and refill. I didn't mind the wait.

Bathroom: Overall cleaning the bathroom was a success.

Kitchen- WOW! I was pleasantly surprised that it was strong enough to remove baked on grease on my stove that I've been trying to remove for months! It took a little elbow grease. A little trick I used was to drop very small drops of dish detergent directly on the stain then blast it with the steam! BINGO! Beautifully cleaned the microwave, oven door, granite counters, sink, and tile floor grout!

Unfortunately I could not get baked on grease off the bottom of my pans. - SO... I ordered from Walmart the SteamFast SteamMax Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner. LOL! I'll report back when I receive it. And I really wish I had checked Sam's Club.com before ordering from Walmart, b/c they carry the Monster SC60 Steam Cleaner It seems a little bit more powerful than the SteamFast.

I hope all this info helps.

Here is a link that might be useful: SteamFast SteamMax Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner


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I thins I have been convinced by all of your comment to purchase the Shark steam mop. Has anyone used the Carpet Glider, if so how well does it work.

Thanks to all


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