Steam Mop vs. Regular Mop
Steam technology might have you wondering what the advantages are of owning a steam mop over a traditional mop. Because they use the power of hot steam to wash and sanitize floors and surfaces, they're actually quite different from a regular mop. Both options have advantages and disadvantages, so it makes sense to own both.
Ease of cleanup
|Quickly and evenly dries and sanitizes floors||Can be messy when lathering water and soapy solution over floors|
|Uses inexpensive microfiber pads that can be washed and reused||Uses mop heads which aren't entirely durable and can come loose|
|More expensive||Less expensive|
Advantages of steam mops
- Time Efficiency – Water heats quickly and the steam works quickly to sanitize floors. Surfaces will dry more quickly too.
- Extra accessories – You can use square or triangle mop heads to reach corners and other hard-to-reach spaces.
Limitations of steam mops
- Less safe – Any time you're working with hot steam, there's an added burn factor that forces you to be more cautious.
- Heavier – These mops have a water canister and, while they can be sleek and lightweight, they're still not as easy to store as a traditional rag or squeeze mop.
Advantages of regular mops
- Thin design – The mop head sits below a thin stick, so you can store this cleaning tool virtually anywhere.
- More absorption – You can tackle bigger messes because mops are more absorbent than their steam-powered counterparts.
Limitations of regular mops
- More hassle – You'll need to fill a bucket with water, carry it around the house and wring out the mop after each use.
- Extra preparation – With a regular mop, you need to add extra cleaning solution like soap, vinegar or bleach to the water.