When it comes to housework, it has to be said I am not normally one who makes a run for the gadgets out there to get things done. Tasks such as cleaning my floors, is where I usually roll those sleeves up of mine and get stuck in with a scrubbing brush. Alright, so maybe occasionally I get the mop and bucket out but really, often my floors look twice as dirty as when I first started cleaning them when I use a soggy mop. You can imagine my delight when I was offered the opportunity to keep my sleeves rolled down and test out Black & Decker's newly released Steam Mop ~ Deluxe 2 in 1 with Steam Handheld Cleaner. Wow. If there is one product out there that can save me all that elbow grease surely this has to be it. When it arrived I couldn't wait to try it out and in eagerness had let my floors, sofa's and curtains get especially grubby. Well that was my excuse anyway ;) I thought the steam mop was very pleasing to the eye too, always helps when doing such things as housework ;)
This new model comes with a nifty detachable hand held steamer so really ,useful for your upholstery too, and you can even use the handheld cleaner for steaming the inside of ovens and shower cubicles.
It comes with a heap of handy attachments and is equipped with a steam bust button to help remove stubborn marks and stains which you can press during use to apply that extra cleaning power.
Black & Decker say....
"The new models are environmentally friendly using only water and heat. The high temperature of the steam works to break down dirt, and destroy bacteria ~ in fact 99.9% of germs will be destroyed. The best things is you don't need to use any chemicals: So whilst the Black & Decker Steam Mop is relentless when removing dirt and germs, it remains gentle to your home and family"
The great thing about this product is that it uses Digital Autoselect technology and therefore you can select the correct floor type (stone-marble, tiles-vinyl, wood-laminate) and then the right amount of steam is released and floors will dry in seconds. The Steam mop is safe to use on all sealed floors. You also have a carper glider attachment that helps freshen up carpets too. I was keen to try it out on the laminate flooring we have in Miss. Poppins' room, and as a pre-teen you can imagine what the floor gets like in there sometimes. Using the removable easy to fill water tank, which has its own built in water filtering system, I simply filled it using the included measuring jug with tap water. It only takes 15 seconds for the tank illumination to change from red to blue and we were ready to go.
Although occasionally you do have to put a bit more welly into pushing it along, once you get going it slides along very easily and I just love the swivel action so you can really get into those little corners.
After only a very short time I thought I would switch it off and have a look underneath. Yes, it was certainly picking up all that unwanted dirt.
I carried on and the room was finished really quickly and I was really pleased with the result. I couldn't wait to have more of a little play, so next it was on to the bathroom. First I had to select the correct floor type.
As the upstairs bathroom is teeny tiny, it was finished in quick speed.
And again the handy swivel action came in very useful.
Having, albeit a very lovely and cute dog in the household, means our sofa's occasionally get used as a bed for a certain someone. Yes I am very naughty letting him on there, but well, when he looks at me with 'those eyes' I can't resist.
Of course, now I have the handy hand held cleaner to use, I want to keep my sofa's looking like new, so for now he is (almost) banned from jumping up and it was so easy to use the detachable hand held cleaner for the sofa's.
We gave the curtains a little freshening up too, and I love that it is all natural, just steam, so no nasty chemicals involved.
I am yet to try out all the attachments, but I am very keen to get it working its steamy magic on the inside of my (very dirty) oven. Yes, if this multi-use steam mop can bring some cleanliness and delight to the inside of my oven, well, it deserves a medal.
I think it's got it's work cut out, don't you ;) So I have to say this product is great, a real time saver and a multi use, nifty little number. I would not normally have thought a steam mop could do so much around the home, but Black & Decker's deluxe model with handheld cleaner does practically everything you would want it to do and I look forward to coming back and sharing with you my shiny new clean oven :)
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