A new test was conducted by Consumer Reports regarding steam mops available on the market. This aims to helps consumers decide which one is best for their type of flooring. For those who are on the process of buying their new home, renovating their floors or building a house from scratch, it helps to check these steam mops before choosing floor tiles for sale to see if the material is recommended or if it is time to consider other flooring options.
For the tests, it was done on floor tiles which were applied with different stains including ketchup, jam and mustard. The same amounts of stains are applied and on the same spot too. With the help of a device specifically made for the testing, the testers can watch as the different steam mops are set to work.
To make sure that the testing is done fairly, each steam mop is allowed to do 20 passes, 10 strokes on one way, another 10 strokes on the way back. The end result is that every testing there should be a mess left behind to determine which mop cleans better. A clean result is not desired as it will not help them decide which steam mop actually did a better job. Prior to the start of the test, a photo was taken and the same goes after.
To measure the changes, photo-imaging software is utilized by the testers. This helps them set a score for each. The main goal of the testing was to prove that the category steam mop does not guarantee complete cleaning.
The Shark Steam Pocket requires constant movement to trigger the steam which is annoying based on the testers comment. The best performance was that of the Bissell PowerFresh Slim. The cheaper brand by $30 which can almost rival the cleaning of the Bissell is the Shark Genius, according to Consumer Reports. For tough stains, CR recommends purchasing the Bissell PowerFresh Deluxe.
If you think of getting laminate flooring or hardwood, check out floor tiles for sale first because the former options are not compatible with steam mops as it has residual moisture.