Today I got a steam mop, the one that I got was from Aldi supermarket as was a special buy for Sunday 23rd March at only £24.99The model is an Easy Home 59322, the specification is 800ml water tank, 8 metre cord, 20 second heat up, Steaming time: approx. 25 minutes, 1500W. Now I have never used a steam mop / cleaner, so thought I would share my view mainly on this Aldi model, but this would be the same for any other basic steam cleaner mop.
First it is very light and very easy to assemble. The water tank removes for filling, you do get a little measuring jug but really don’t need it as can fill direct from the tap and the tank has the max limit of 800ml marked on the tank. Start-up time is very quick the first time was just over 20 seconds and then is ready to use.
To use all you do is press the trigger to release the steam and just glide over the floor. It is best to do in either and forward / backward or sideways movement. The head on this model swivels 180 degrees which is really useful in getting along edges or corners. For basic cleaning it is great as a lot easier than using a standard mop and water with cleaner. With this kind of mop you do not need any chemical cleaning solutions it just uses the power of steam to clean.
For more stubborn dirt or stains you hold the mop with steam on over the area for upto 8 seconds. Be vary wary with doing this as on part of my tiled kitchen floor did take a bit of the shine off, though this flooring has been down about 5 years and before moved in last year I would probably say not been cleaned or taken care of. Also make sure you have fully swept up or vacuumed as any debris on the floor may scratch the floor surface. I even used it on a marble base on kitchen table and that came up really well.
The Aldi one does come with a adaptor that you can use on carpets this just attaches to the bottom, so that the microfiber pad does touch the carpet. I did try this and a large pile mat that have had for a few years and did clean it well, though nowhere near a full carpet cleaner like a Vax, but does a really good job of refreshing the pile ion carpets ort rugs so nice and soft again. If doing carpet remember does make the carpet a little wet, but not really a problem.
I even tried this unit on bathroom tiles, now as this is an upright unit it is not designed for this use so was awkward, but wanted to see if steam cleaners do clean the grout in between the tiles and even using this unit it did clean them, not for this would need an handheld steam cleaner.
Im not sure what I was expecting when buying this as you do see the adverts on the tv that show these kind of steamer cleaners making a massive difference, well with most people that do clean there hard floors it won’t make that much of difference, but is a lot easier than a normal mop, as does glide over the floor very easy. The running time stated on this model is 25minutes and this is about right. If you do have a really dirty floor, these kind of steam cleaners would make a massive difference.
For the price that I paid for this basic Aldi one, I am impressed with the unit for the price, though I assume the higher cleaners would be better, but this one does have 1500w so is reasonably powerful and don’t think you would need any more than that.
Here is the full spec of the Aldi Model
Ergonomically designed with 180° swivel head to help you get under furniture and into tight spaces.
800ml water tank
8 metre cord
20 second heat up
Steaming time: approx. 25 minutes
Includes: Reusable Microfibre Pads, Measuring Cup and Carpet Glider
Choose from: Purple or Teal (Though I got a White one) Product reference: 59322
Removes grease and dirt on:
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