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Awful, Bionaire steam mop!
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Post# 176282   4/8/2012 at 01:39 (2,915 days old) by Vacuumfreeeke ()        

A friend's mother just bought a Bionaire steam mop and said it was too heavy for her to push. She gave it to me and told me to do whatever I wanted with it. Less than a month old and only used 1 time, I figured it would be pretty good. I have a Haan, but my Haan doesn't have a swivel head so I thought this might be fun. Boy was I wrong! Very wrong! What a piece of junk! This this is worse the the Shark steam mops if you can imagine such a thing can be true! I got it home and tried it out and the first thing I noticed is that the handle is really flimsy. It came off 3 times and felt like was going to break when I attempted to push the steamer... I say attempted because it was extremely HARD to push! I had to use both hands just to get it to move an inch and it barely made any steam at all. The whole thing is just flimsy. The switch is in a bad place and the water fill hole is as well. I can't remember when I've dealt with something that was made with such awful quality. I'm so used to the great Haan, that I expected more from this. I'm throwing it in the garbage tomorrow. I have a Bionaire tower heater with remote that I've had for years and it is great (so not all Bionaire products are this bad), so this really surprised me... I think they outsource a lot of their stuff if not all of it, so I don't know who makes it, but they should really go out of business. Anyone else try one of these things? If not, you aren't missing anything! I think Bionaire should pay me a fee for the energy I have to exert to haul this piece of you know what out to the dumpster. If I was forced to say something good about it at least it stands on its own and it's light weight so it will be easy to throw away!

Post# 176354 , Reply# 1   4/8/2012 at 14:04 (2,914 days old) by director12 ()        

Have you tried a Hoover steam mop, with Eureka Envirosteamer or Bissell steam mop? The Hoovers are good, with the Eureka, I don't know on the Bissells.

Post# 176361 , Reply# 2   4/8/2012 at 15:02 (2,914 days old) by danemodsandy ()        
What Am I Missing Here?

I have a confession.

I do not own a steam mop, have never used one, and do not see a need for one. My hard flooring is no-wax, which cleans up like new when mopped with a solution of hot water, Murphy's Oil Soap and ammonia. For the bathroom, the ammonia is not used; a bit of liquid chlorine bleach takes its place, for disinfecting purposes.

What on Earth is the point of this gadget? I could see it for hospital operating rooms or butcher's shops, where what's on the floor is a breeding ground for bacteria, but for a decently well-kept house? I just don't get it.

Post# 176365 , Reply# 3   4/8/2012 at 16:19 (2,914 days old) by joshdonnell ()        

I just won a shark one ill updated yall when a get one . Also i dont like murphys and bleach is not ecofriendly . So water and vingar is better

Post# 176366 , Reply# 4   4/8/2012 at 16:28 (2,914 days old) by joshdonnell ()        

My opinon it might not be better i dont know but i like it

Post# 176367 , Reply# 5   4/8/2012 at 16:34 (2,914 days old) by danemodsandy ()        

I should mention that I don't use a whole lot of bleach; it doesn't take very much to kill germs.

Post# 176368 , Reply# 6   4/8/2012 at 16:39 (2,914 days old) by raycarter (Taylor, Michigan)        

Steam mops are a useful alternative for people who find the traditional mop-and-bucket method inconvenient, or for people who are hypersensitive to traditional cleaning chemicals, such as bleach, which may actually make them physically ill. Steam mops are often more economical than the mop-and-bucket floor cleaning method in that they don't require the monetary outlay for chemicals or replacement mop heads, as they use microfiber cloth pads that can be easily washed and reused. My mother has a steam mop which she recently purchased to replace her Swiffer Wet-Jet, and she is very happy with it.

Post# 176372 , Reply# 7   4/8/2012 at 17:27 (2,914 days old) by director12 ()        

I don't like Swiffer. Their claims are not there. They are cheaply built and they don't last long.

Carpet Flick, a regular vacuum cleans better.

Wet Jet, give me a Floormate or a mop with steam.

Dusters, give me a dusting brush from a vacuum.

Post# 176395 , Reply# 8   4/8/2012 at 20:33 (2,914 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

Agreed. :)

Post# 176400 , Reply# 9   4/8/2012 at 20:43 (2,914 days old) by danemodsandy ()        

You think Swiffers are bad?

My late partner, who usually stayed out of housekeeping issues, would once in awhile see something on television and bring it home for me to "try out." These occasions were always a little trying for me, because the products rarely lived up to the ad claims, and I have very strong preferences about cleaning methods, products and equipment.

The worst was the Clorox mop. It was clunky and nasty to change pads on, the cleaning solution was ridiculously expensive, it left the floor far too wet and the cleaning performance was atrocious. I finally took to calling it the "Patented Dirt Spreader."

So glaring were its performance deficiencies that it was the last time my partner ever tried to bring home anything like that - he was quite embarrassed that he'd been taken in to such an extent by a slickly filmed commercial.

Post# 176402 , Reply# 10   4/8/2012 at 20:55 (2,914 days old) by director12 ()        

I knew Clorox had a horrible mop.

Post# 176407 , Reply# 11   4/8/2012 at 21:51 (2,914 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Im not allergic to chemicals but I adore steam mops - and buy the cheapest PRC types from Hometek. You may have it already in the U.S under a different name. There are two models. I bought my first one from Lakeland under Lakeland's name (but made by Hometek) then the blue one and now this one which is the modern version to the link I've given.

What I adored about the Hometek mops is that I can wash floors when Im either bare foot or wearing socks - I hardly have wet feet by the end of it - something you can't do with a traditional wet mop. I also like the convenience of just ripping the pad off at the end and chucking it into the washing machine and the Microfibre pads for these models can be used on both old and new models. The costs of which have saved me money compared to 6 month/yearly sponge replacement on my old Addis sponge mop.

I had the E-Cloth from the U.S but I don't rate it highly for cleaning floors - not by the claimed "use water alone" theory. The E-Cloth is far better to use for washing down walls and ceilings.


Post# 176438 , Reply# 12   4/9/2012 at 08:30 (2,913 days old) by Blackheart (North Dakota)        
Steam mops

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I have a Haan slim and light which is okay but i just can't shake the feeling that i'm actually spreading dirt instead of picking it up but i suppose you're doing that with a mop too

Post# 176555 , Reply# 13   4/9/2012 at 19:34 (2,913 days old) by director12 ()        

Tried a Bissell Steam Mop once?

Post# 176576 , Reply# 14   4/9/2012 at 20:40 (2,913 days old) by Vacuumfreeeke ()        

I put the piece of junk in the laundry room and someone took it within an hour... I don't know who it was or if they will like it, but I figured maybe someone who didn't have one could get some use out of it.

I sold the Eureka Enviro Steamers and the Bissell versions at Sears when they first came out, but I didn't like them as much as I do the Haan. And the Bissell requires you to buy water filters!

I have a floormate too, but it's heavy and loud and requires dumping and cleaning of the recover tank.... the Haan is so much easier that I actually gave my Rubbermade Reveal spray mop to a friend! I use the Haan exclusively to clean bare floors now unless there's a big water spill, then the functionality of the the Floormate is irreplaceable.

The Haan isn't good in tight spaces since the head is too big and it doesn't swivel, but it works well for open spaces.

Post# 176588 , Reply# 15   4/9/2012 at 22:07 (2,913 days old) by director12 ()        

Yeah the Bissell requires you buy extra filters. Since you don't like the Floormate that much, maybe you were investing in an older version, or not.

Post# 176612 , Reply# 16   4/10/2012 at 07:49 (2,912 days old) by kirbysthebest (Wichita, KS)        

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If only used once, she should take it back. "Didn't work as promised"--get refund. Buy something else.

Post# 176687 , Reply# 17   4/10/2012 at 19:36 (2,912 days old) by joshdonnell ()        

I love my ecloth

Post# 176770 , Reply# 18   4/11/2012 at 13:45 (2,911 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Interesting that the Haan doesn't fit into tight spaces - it is similar in look to our Hometek machine - and the beauty of that one with its Velcro strips on the underneath means you can angle the pad at any angle on the Velcro pin pickers on the base of the machine - so even if you can't get into a skirting board, when the pad is ripped off and placed with more material at one side, you can then get into the skirting boards or whatever space you're restricted with - certainly from the point of view where you'd think a swivel might benefit.

Post# 176774 , Reply# 19   4/11/2012 at 14:36 (2,911 days old) by director12 ()        

The Haan is not a bad machine.

Post# 176777 , Reply# 20   4/11/2012 at 14:59 (2,911 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        
H2O Mop

Has anyone here on VL tried this steam mop? How good are they?

CLICK HERE TO GO TO floor-a-matic's LINK

Post# 176863 , Reply# 21   4/12/2012 at 07:15 (2,910 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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The H20 was recently tested by Which UK. Here's their report:

The Thane Housewares H20 Mop X5 is a steam mop but it can be converted into a handheld steam cleaner by removing the mop handle. It comes with a range of attachments to tackle lots of cleaning tasks. We tested this steam cleaner at the Which? lab to find out whether it is any good at cleaning without the mop head.

The Thane H20 Mop X5 is a Best Buy handheld steamer although its mopping performance doesn't quite match that of our recommended Best Buy steam mops. It does a good job of lifting grime and refreshing fabric, and it is easy to use.

Cleaning is satisfactory overall
It took 52 seconds and a bit of effort to clean glass using the squeegee attachment. The finish was quite good - some small streaks just needed wiping off - but it produced a lot of water. In contrast, using a Best Buy window cleaning spray took three minutes and the most effort but produced better results.
Grubby grout and soap-scum covered tiles took just over two and a half minutes to clean using the nozzle and brush attachment, and results were good, although we still needed to do a fair amount of scrubbing. Using a Best Buy cleaning spray with a brush and cloth, on the other hand, took four minutes and more effort but removed more soap and scum than any of the steam cleaners we tested and gave tiles the shiniest finish.

Improves stains and refreshes fabric
A conventional Best Buy stain remover was also better at removing a stain from upholstery. After two and a half two minutes of treatment with the upholstery tool some of the stain had been removed, but the material was dripping wet.

The steamer did a reasonable job of removing dog odour from fabric and was great at removing creases.
None of the steam cleaners we've tested, including this model, were any good at clearing baked-on grime from an oven.

Easy to use
The steam switch locks on until it's pushed off, which is helpful, but there's no real handgrip to make it comfortable to hold.

The accessories are very simple to attach and detach - the main ones push and click on, and smaller ones are screwed on.

You don't get a filling funnel with this steam cleaner, but it is easy to use the filling cap. The maximum fill level is clearly indicated. You need to turn the steamer upside down to drain the tank, but we found some water remains inside.

The steamer produced around 7.5 minutes of steam on a full tank. You can refill the steam tank without needing to let it cool down first which is an advantage.
Pros: Continuous fill steam tank
Cons: Not as good as conventional cleaning products at cleaning

Post# 177083 , Reply# 22   4/14/2012 at 13:13 (2,908 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I have lots of tile floors, so I could see a steam mop being useful in the kitchen and bathrooms. I have thought of getting one, but if I did I might go with a Swiffer instead.

Post# 177106 , Reply# 23   4/14/2012 at 13:46 (2,908 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

DO NOT buy a GTC steam mop!

The handle broke when I assembled it. :(

I exchanged it at HEB & the working one barely shoots any steam at all.

GTC brand products are sold only at HEB grocery stores.

I still haven't decided whether to go for a Haan like Vacuumfreeke's or a H2O steam mop X5.

Since I've never tried any steam mop, I need a bit more research on the H2O mop X5 before I buy it.

Post# 177108 , Reply# 24   4/14/2012 at 13:51 (2,908 days old) by director12 ()        

What is with steam mops these days?

Post# 177200 , Reply# 25   4/15/2012 at 08:08 (2,907 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Well, if steam mops were built with a bit more quality to them, they could start affecting sales of the larger pull along canister models. I'm sure a brand will start making better quality "mops" in time regardless of Shark and their cordless/mains power steam and vac idea.

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