Update: The Shark Steam Mop has been updated and we have a new review of the Shark Steam Pocket Mop.
Many of you have seen the As Seen On TV commercials and have made it very clear that you wanted me to try the Shark Steam Mop in the past few months! The amount of requests I have received to try this amazing as seen on tv shark steam mop has been impressive to say the least. The Shark Steam Mop is a revolutionary chemical-free way to clean hard surface flooring (not carpets). The Shark Steam Mop sanitizes your floors and is safe for sealed hardwood flooring, something you do not see on the market very often. This unique product is available for $70 -$100 from retailers who sell as seen on tv products.
Well, I made the decision to try the Shark Steamer Mop for myself and I was very surprised with the end results. For the first test, I put the Shark Steam Mop in my car and headed out to my good friends place of business. My friend has rented a large office in town for his expanding business for the last six months. In this time, I knew for a fact that my friend had not hired anyone to come and clean up in his office nor had cleaned the floors in the entire six months he had been there (not to mention the private bathroom that is included in his monthly rent). On my drive over to the office space, I was encouraged to find out that the Shark Steam Mop states that it can clean caked on dirt on hard wood flooring. As I arrived up into the office I immediately noticed that there was indeed a lot of caked on dirt on the floors from the very wet and stormy winter we were having. My friend greeted me with enthusiasm; he was a bit skeptical about the power of the product I brought but this was a free clean for his office so he was extremely grateful.
After taking some photos of the office "before" our little cleaing experiment, I entered my friends bathroom and filled the Shark Steam Mop with regular tap water, walk into the main office area and begin with the hardest hit areas with the most caked on dirt. The as seen on tv product performs pretty well all in all. As soon as it starts up it picks up most of the dirt; but some of it ends up around the edges of the wall which get picked up later. The Shark works extremely well on the areas that have no caked dirt but are still dirty. “Wow, man, this thing is amazing!” adds my friend who is flabbergasted that this is not coming from a professional cleaning service. “What do you think about those scuff marks by the door?” he adds. I give him a grin and finish cleaning the smaller areas of unclean hard surface flooring and make my way over to the entrance to let the Shark Steam Mop tackle the scuff marks on the floor. The Shark handles this area, an area full of scuff marks from moving heavy desks , tables and chairs back and forth over the years, with great aplomb. “Wow! That was amazing!” my friend remarks, “Im sold,” he adds.
I was impressed with how the Shark performed today. The more I pumped the handle on the unit, the more steam I got, giving me more cleaning power. After a quick break, I took out a full bottle of orange juice and a can of soda from my bag I had brought with me. I turned to my friend, smiled and poured both bottles on his new clean office floor. “Now is the time for a nice little demonstration you only see on TV” I said as I saw him look up from his desk in horror. The Shark handles the sticky wet mess extremely good and leaves no marks or residues after I finish. I finished up the entire office and bathroom very quickly and made sure I took some photos that I could email to my friend later to prove to him that his office looks much better than we saw earlier in the day! I explain to my friend that a good bonus to the Shark is that you do not have keep on buying shark steam mop replacement pads (like a Swiffer or like product). All you do is throw your used pad in the washing machine after use and they are like new and ready to go again! The Shark seems to be a nice alternative to chemical based hardwood floor cleaning machines and if you are fed up with buying countless refills for your mops this could be a great investment. I always recommend following the directions on the Shark before first use, but I have no doubt you will be happy with your decision to try the Shark Steam Mop.
Not everyone has been as happy with the Shark Steam Mop as I have. To give a balanced view I have included a link to a negative Shark Steam Pocket Mop review if you want to read another review. I should note that this a review on the newer version on the mop that I reviewed in this post.