How to Use a Shark Steam Mop on Carpet

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Certain Shark steam mop models come with a carpet glider that allows users to groom, deodorize and freshen -- although not technically clean -- carpets and rugs. The glider attachment allows the pad of Shark steam mop to move over the carpet without getting caught.

Prepping the Steam Mop

Before steaming the carpets with the Shark, you'll need to prep the unit.

Step 1

Fill the Shark steam mop water tank to the fill line. Most models have a cap that screws into place on the water tank. Once you fill the tank, secure the cap so no water leaks onto the carpet.

Step 2

Snap the rectangular mop head onto the steam mop if your model has both a rectangular and triangular head. The carpet glider is designed for the rectangular head.

Step 3

Place the microfiber cleaning pad onto the cleaning head of the steam mop. Secure it in place.

Step 4

Place the carpet glider on the floor. Lift the Shark steam mop. Place the mop head on top of the glider.

Steaming the Carpet

Once you have the carpet glider in place, it's ready to freshen your carpets.

Step 1

Plug in the Shark steam mop, allowing it to heat up for about 30 seconds. Pump the handle to see if steam comes out after allowing it to heat.

Step 2

Use the "scrub" setting if your Shark steam mop model has one.

Step 3

Push the mop head back and forth across the carpet with the carpet glider touching the floor. The back-and-forth motion causes the Shark to produce the steam that deodorizes and freshens the carpet.


Shelley Frost combines her love of DIY and writing in her freelance career. She has first-hand experience with tiling, painting, refinishing hardwood floors, installing lighting, roofing and many other home improvement projects. She keeps her DIY skills fresh with regular projects around the house and extensive writing work on the topic.

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