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      Leifheit Cleaning Guide — Steam Mop

      5 Common Steam Mop Mistakes

      5 Common Steam Mop Mistakes

      Steam mops make it easy for us to clean and sanitise our floors. From food and pets stains to dirtied floors, steam mops can effectively remove any dirt and bacteria without any back-bending or hand-wringing.

      However, as much as they provide huge cleaning power and convenience, they do require to be handled carefully and used correctly.

      Here are 5 things that you should definitely not do with your steam mop!

      1. Do not plug in your steam mop before attaching the mop pad

      Only plug in your steam mop when you’re ready to start mopping. Steam mops can heat up very quickly… much faster than you think!

      To avoid accidentally scalding yourself with hot steam while trying to change out a mop pad, simply do it before you plug in your steam mop.

      2. Do not use your steam mop without vacuuming or sweeping your floor

      Floors need to be vacuumed or swept before they can be mopped. This is crucial, as without this step, the dirt, sand, hair, and food crumbs on your floor will be just be pushed around, leaving your floor as dirty as before.

      Furthermore, these particles might clog up the fibres of the mopping pad, reducing its ability to sanitise your floor and restricting the steam from coming out of the mop.

      3. Do not store the steam mop with a dirty or wet mop pad

      After you’re done steam mopping, do not store it immediately while the mop pad is still wet or dirty! Doing this might result in mildew forming on your mop pad, effectively ruining it.

      Instead, do let your steam mop cool down after you’re done mopping, before removing the steam mop pad. Then proceed to cleaning and dry it.

      4. Do not put anything in the water tank other than water

      You might think it is a good idea to fill up your steam mop’s water tank with detergents or other cleaning liquids… but it’s NOT!

      Most steam mops are designed to be used with only water. Using any liquids other than water may damage your steam mop and your floors.

      5. Do not wash mop pads with fabric softeners

      Most steam mop pads are made of microfibres, which don’t react well to be being washed with fabric softeners.

      As a rule of thumb, never wash microfibre cloths using fabric softeners, as it clogs up the microfibres, making it lose its absorbent properties.

      Wash your mop pads with detergent only!

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      WHAT exactly are Steam Mops & HOW do they work?

      WHAT exactly are Steam Mops & HOW do they work?

      The steam mop is one of the latest and best innovations in the home cleaning market. They are not just faster at cleaning than a regular mop, but they clean more effectively too. Yet, many still do not know about steam mops, how they work, and what benefits they have.

      So, we’re here to tell you how a steam mop works, and how to use one!

      If you dread using a traditional mop & bucket combination to mop your floors, you might want to take a closer look into steam mops.


      Steam Mop
      Steam mops are actually very simple cleaning systems! In essence, they work by heating up water into hot steam, which is passed into the floor to do the cleaning. When a steam mop is powered up, the water tank will heat the water up to 121°C, at which it becomes hot steam.

      The steam is then channeled down into the mop pad covering the mop head, soaking it up with the hot steam before it gets passed through into the floor.

      When the hot steam gets passed into the floor, it goes to work! The heat of the steam kills any germs, bacteria and dust mites on the floor.

      The steam also loosens up any dirt and grime on the floor using sharp and focused heat. The mop pad then absorbs the dissolved dirt, leaving your floors sparkly clean.

      Not only are steam mops more sanitary and faster at cleaning than traditional mops, they are MUCH more convenient as well. Say goodbye to dragging heavy buckets of water around, and save your energy squeezing out your mops!

      Furthermore, steam mops disinfect and cleans using hot steam, removing the need for chemical products. This saves you a lot of money from having to buy countless bottles of detergent!

      It’s hard not to see why steam mops are the new big thing in home cleaning!


      Steam mops are really simple to use. Just follow through with these steps and you’ll have a clean and sanitised floor in no time.

      Step 1: Prepare the floor
      As with any form of mopping, it is advisable to remove any loose debris on the floor before mopping. Simply use a vacuum cleaner or broom to rid of any debris that might potentially inhibit your mopping routine.

      Step 2: Get started

      Steam Mop
      Before starting up a steam mop, attach a cleaning pad onto the mop base, and ensure that the water tank has been filled up with tap water. Make sure you do this step BEFORE plugging in the steam mop to avoid getting burnt or receiving an electrical shock!

      After that, simply power up your steam mop and wait for it to heat up the water in the tank. Once hot steam is ready to be used, the steam mop’s indicator light will go up.

      Your steam mop is then ready to be used!

      Step 3: Time to clean

      Steam Mop
      When you’re passing over a surface with the mop, simply press the trigger of the steam mop to release the steam onto it.

      If any spots on your floor require more intensive cleaning, steam out those spots for 15 to 20 seconds to completely sanitise them. Do not steam a spot for more than 20 seconds to avoid saturating the floor with steam.

      If the steam mop stops emitting steam, quickly unplug the system, remove the water tank, and refill it with tap water.

      Step 4: Store it away

      Steam Mop
      Once you’re done cleaning your floor, switch off the steam mop and unplug it.

      Be sure to to remove the cleaning pad, give it a good machine wash and dry it out.

      Do not store your mop while it’s wet — it could result in mildew!
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      If you’re looking for a good high quality steam mop, do check out our new Clean Tenso portable handheld steam mop cleaner! Learn more here: