Steam mops like the Bionaire 22499 create steam to disinfect and sanitize without the use of harsh chemicals. The steam mop is marketed as safe to use on all hard surfaces, but it's best to avoid using a steam mop on wooden floors unless they have been properly sealed. This unit comes with two rectangular quilted cleaning pads and a shaggy duster. The included pads and duster are removable for regular cleaning in your washer and dryer. The Bionaire Steam Mop plugs into any typical household outlet and takes just moments to heat up and create steam.
Sweep or vacuum the floor surface to remove all dust, hair and loose debris.
Spray any tough stains or particularly dirty areas with an all-purpose household cleaner.
Always spray the floor directly with the cleaning solution. Do not add cleaning solutions of any kind to your steam mop's water reservoir.
Attach one of the rectangular, quilted cleaning pads that come with the mop to the mop stick. To steam mop a sealed hardwood or laminate floor, use the included Bionaire shaggy duster pad instead of the quilted cleaning pad.
Fill the mop reservoir tank with tap water, and plug the steam mop into an electrical outlet. Give the mop a couple of minutes to heat up and produce steam.
The steam coming out of the mop is very hot and can burn you. Never touch the mop head when your steam mop is hot, and do not aim steam at people, pets or plants.
Mop the floor using a back and forth motion, pressing the steam button when you reach stubborn dirt or one of the areas you previously sprayed with cleaner. Just as you do with a traditional mop, start in the farthest corner of the room and work your way out. This will keep you from having to walk on the floor before it dries.
Steam mops are recommended for sealed surfaces only. Contact your hardwood floor manufacturer to ensure that the steam mop is safe to use.
When cleaning wood or laminate flooring, use only the shaggy duster pad to avoid getting too much moisture on the wood surface.
Flip the pad over if the surface becomes excessively dirty to avoid pushing dirt around instead of removing it.
Unplug the steam mop, and allow it to cool. When it has, remove the cloth cleaning pad and toss it in the washing machine. Wash and dry the cleaning pad before its next use.
Kimberli Nalven has been writing for more than 15 years and freelancing for over 10 years. She's experienced in the fields of computer and cellular phone technology, integrated medicine and health and fitness. She writes a monthly column for a local paper and posts daily Internet content in the area of elementary-years parenting.