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Steam Mops

Floor Sanding and Polishing

New cleaning inventions appear from time to time. These are often useful devices that save time and effort, and hopefully prove better for the environment than older technology. But the right device needs to be used for the right situation. No one device does everything, so we need to use devices for their intended purpose.

Steam mops appeared on the market about 2005. They managed to be useful cleaning devices, and environmentally friendly because they did no use any chemicals. Instead they used small amounts of steam to clean the floor.

This steam cleaning approach proved excellent for tiled floors and a few other hard surfaces. The steam killed 99% of germs and bacteria, and let the floor almost dry, certainly much drier than mops and buckets. Furthermore, the plug and go actin of a steam mop made cleaning quicker, and was well suited to quickly cleaning up accidental spills.

Unfortunately, steam cleaning is not at all suitable for hardwood or any other types of timber floor. Timber does not respond well to heat or large amounts of moisture. So the steam mops would quickly cause the floorboards to warp, buckle and change shape. This simply ruined an expensive timber floor.

Timber floors are best cleaned with sweeping, vacuuming and occasional damp mopping. Any spills and stains can be spot cleaned.


Floor Sanding and Polishing

Timber floors should last for decades under normal conditions. If they are superficially damaged, if the surface is scratched or dented, they can be re-sanded to give a new surface. Any serious damage requires more extensive repairs, perhaps replacing individual boards.