Our family got a chance to try out a Shark® PRO Steam & Spray™ so we put it to good use against our “well used” (i.e. disgusting) kitchen floor! We started homeschooling last week so cleaning hasn’t been top of my priority list so pitting the Shark against our kitchen floor “wasn’t a fair fight” according to my husband! I just figure it will really show us how it works!
We opened up the box and assembled all the parts – the mop came with batteries (4-AA) and they are required to use the sprayer as well as use the mop wirelessly (with just the mopping/spraying function and not the steam function.) There is a “Quick Start” guide that comes with the mop that shows exactly how to set up the mop for use and how to use the different modes of cleaning.
There are 3 modes of cleaning. The steam cleaning mode is great for wood floors and sanitizing and dusting. The spray mode is good for quick cleaning. This mode is battery operated so you can leave the cord behind. The steam and spray mode is great for breaking down tougher stuck on stuff and grease.
Shark® Steam Energized™ Cleanser is the soap the is used with the mop. It is non-toxic, biodegradable and safe around kids & pets. To use the soap bottle in the mop you remove the white flat cap and the seal from the bottle of cleanser. Throw away the cap and securely attach the silver cap (that looks like a sports bottle cap) to the bottle. Then, plug the cleanser bottle into the mop.
While filling the mop with water it is suggested to use distilled water instead of tap water. Several friends who own various steam-type mops suggest the same thing.
Once the adaptor cap is attached it cannot be unattached. There might be a way to steam the cap off much like in the case of the Swiffer® WetJet® – but I haven’t tried it personally yet. So, in order to use the mop you must use this particular bottle of cleanser.
The mop comes with two different cleaning pads. The re-usable pad is used for more difficult jobs and higher heat while the disposable pads are more for quick, low-heat jobs. The re-usable pad is machine washable and even has a little “foot tab” that makes it easy to pull the pad off the mop.
I tasked my husband with the actual mopping while I took photos (a very important job!). He said he was making it a point to not put a lot of pressure onto the mop. One thing he mentioned while he was getting ready to mop though was that there wasn’t a light to indicate that the steam was hot and ready. Our old (from a few years ago) Shark Steam Mop suggested waiting 30 seconds for the mop to heat up but the instructions for this mop didn’t say that. The mop heated up fairly quickly though, I don’t even think it took a full 30 seconds. There are a couple heat settings and we used the hottest one (along with the reusable cleaning pad.)
As you can see in the photos – this mop worked really well. Our kitchen floor was really gross and it came completely clean. The floor didn’t have a sticky residue afterwards either. The soap smelled “clean” and not strong at all.
The retail price for the Shark® Steam & Spray™ PRO is around $189.70 and can be purchased online and in retail stores like Wal-Mart. It is a bit pricey, but for me, personally, my Swiffer® WetJet® lasted only around 4 months with hard use. A lot of my friends report that their WetJet® lasts around 2 – 4 months with heavy useage. Also, the WetJet® doesn’t have a steam-cleaning ability. It might be an “investment” but the Shark® PRO Steam & Spray™ will absolutely last longer and just plain do more compared with the Swiffer® WetJet® and similar products. The Shark® PRO Steam & Spray™ also comes with a 5-Year VIP warranty plus a limited lifetime warranty.
You can learn more about the Shark® PRO Steam & Spray™ as well as other Shark® products at their website: http://www.sharkclean.com/
Disclosure : Review product courtesy of http://www.sharkclean.com/