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Ditch the Chemicals, Clean with heated water: Euro Pro Shark Steam Mop

by Briana on October 31, 2009

One of the products we were given as part of the Ninja Launch trip was the Euro Pro Shark Deluxe Steam Pocket Mop. While, I love my Swiffer WetJet, the price of the refills can really add up. While, it isn’t totally replacing my Swiffer WetJet because I still need it for quick clean ups, I will use the Steam Mop for weekly, deeper cleanings.

I was delighted to use the Shark Steam Pocket Mop. Seriously, it was so exciting. I don’t get all that excited to clean either. I was a little skeptical at first because it is corded and I do love my Swiffer. However, it has a extra long cord and I was able to complete my whole kitchen/hallway area without finding a new outlet or having to refill the water.

Basically, you fill the water tank up with water, plug it in and let it heat up for about 30-60 seconds. After that, you just start cleaning and the heated water will lift and loosen dirt on your floor. With my other cleaning utensil, it seemed sometimes dirt was just getting pushed around with the microfiber cloth (machine washable) or leaves a chemical residue on your floor. After using the Shark Steam mop, my floor looked shiny and new again. Shark Steam Mop not only cleans but it sanitizes as well.

It was very easy to use. Again, that was my concern, will it take long to heat up, is the cord long enough, will it leave puddles of water? All of those questions were answered by using it. The mopping pads are microfiber and are two sided so you can easily flip to clean and sanitize your floor. Which, you can not do with other cleaning products unless you start completely over with a new pad or new mop. I’ve always thought it was gross it to use the same pad to clean your kitchen and bathroom!

As for the water, it dries almost instantly. So no more “Don’t walk on that floor, be careful you will fall!” I don’t know how many times one of my kids or even myself have slipped on the newly cleaned floor before we started using the steam mop! So another great feature which isn’t even one of Shark’s selling talking point – no more kitchen accidents from still wet floors from cleaning!

If you are concerned with environmental or health concerns of chemicals in store bought cleaning products, you don’t have to worry about either with a steam mop as it just uses heated water. Water is perfectly safe and natural, of course! This makes it good for your health and the environment.

You can read some scary facts about toxins here. I never really thought about it until I read some of the facts such as:

  • The average household has 3-10 gallons of toxic products, most of them common household cleaners.
  • Only 1% of toxins are required to be listed on labels because companies classify their formulas as “trade secrets.”
  • Within 26 seconds after exposure to chemicals such as cleaning products, traces of these chemicals can be found in every organ in the body.

Euro Pro Shark Deluxe Steam Pocket Mop includes:

  • All purpose rectangle head and a versatile triangle head
  • (5) two sided resusable, machine washable steam pockets and steam duster
  • Carpet glider (to freshen and deodorize area rugs and carpeting)
  • Telescopic, ergonomic adjustable handle

The suggested retail price is a little steamy (no pun intended) at $119 (Amazon). However, you will get your money back from not having to buy cleaning products on a regular basis. Think about how much you spend on refills or cleaning pads. When I calculated for our household, we would get our money back in just a few months. So think of this product as an investment for future savings!

What do you think? Do you have a steam mop? Are you concerned about the toxins in your normal, everyday cleaning products?

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