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I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I was to get this steam mop 3 weeks ago! Hubs and I went on a date, and instead of going to the movies we went shopping. Now, I'm not a huge fan of shopping, I find it boring and usually end up buying nothing. But when I saw the Bissel Steam Mop my heart went pitter pat and I just HAD to get it. It's something that's been on my wish list for oh... a year maybe? And I've looked for it everywhere and the only place I'd previously been able to find it is online. Nothing wrong with buying online, but I guess I just wasn't motivated enough to place the order or something. So when I suddenly found it at Kohl's I practically lept for joy! I had looked for it there in the past, but they just recently started carrying it.
I was so excited that I told the cashier, "This is almost as good as Christmas!" Yup, that's what I said. lol
We also got the Cuisenart Griddler, which I'm thrilled with, so stay tuned for that review next week. :)
So what do I think of my new steam mop now that I've had the chance to use it?
Well, there are several features that set it apart from other steam mops I looked at:
#1: It comes with 2 re-useable terrycloth pads. So there's nothing disposable to buy more of later! Ever! You just throw the pads into the wash and so far mine have come clean beautifully. I've read other reviews online that talk of their pads slipping as they use the mop, but I haven't had that problem and I suspect that it's something bissel has fixed with this model.
#2: It uses pure water, no cleaning solutions! This to me was a huge draw. No chemicals on my floors! This is huge to me since obviously I have two little ones. Plus it's very economical, nothing more to buy ever in order for it to work the way it's designed to. Fabulous! So far, I don't feel like I'm missing anything in regards to how clean my floors come out. Except for maybe that pine scent (barf!).
#3: It is EFFECTIVE! Even Hubs who pretty much never comments on my cleaning raved about how clean the floors were. Some cleaning products that I've used in the past have left my tile either tacky or slippery, but with the steam mop my floors are simply clean. Honestly, my floors haven't been this clean since the day we moved in.
#4: Easy to use! Just put the pad on, put some water in, plug it in, wait a couple minutes until the light comes on, then you're good to go! I did have to do some minor scrubbing action with the mop to get up some spots, but I know I'd have to do a lot more with a regular mop! The steam really assists in getting up those tough sticky spots.
There are only two drawbacks to the Bissel Steam Mop that I've found and I'd be remiss to omit them. Obviously, it's a mop, not a vacuum. You do need to sweep or vacuum before you use the steam mop otherwise you'll end up with clumps of dog hair in the corners and such. It's simply not intended to pick up hair or particles, it's intended to clean and sterilize and that's exactly what it does. The only other minor thing that I'd change about it is that the cord is too short, not nearly as long as the cord on my vacuum. As a result, there is one area of my house that will never be cleaned with the steam mop unless I get out an extension cord (which I probably won't bother with). I think it's a little silly that the manufacturer didn't test this in a real home, because I think if they did they'd automatically see the flaw and make the cord about 6 feet longer. Our house is only 3 years old and our outlets are spaced according to code (read: close together), so you'd think this wouldn't be a problem... but it is.
All in all, I LOVE my steam mop. I'll never go back to a regular mop or one of those swiffer dealies. The other floor cleaning options out there totally and completely suck compared to my new steam mop. I've never been so thrilled with a cleaning product, and Hubs has never been so baffled over my glee. :)
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