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My parents just asked for my Christmas list – and the first thing that came to mind was a steam mop. It’s one of those things that I really really want, but can’t justify buying because I have a system that works fine right now (but is a major pain in my butt).  I’ll have you know, cleaning my floors has to be one of my least favorite chores. It ranks right up there with de-fatting chicken breasts. Ick.

My current method of cleaning my floors involves a spray bottle of mild vinegar water solution, a hard surface floor mop similar to the Sh-Mop (I picked mine up at Ace), and a whole lot of elbow grease. When I want to do a deep clean, I get down on all fours and scrub with a rag and a bucket of hot water/vinegar mix. I like the reusable terrycloth covers of the Sh-Mop. I love being able to toss them in the washer when I’m done and re-use them over and over. I bought a couple extra covers, and I’m set. The overall system has a very low overhead cost, and with water and vinegar both being cheap, it’s a very frugal cleaning method.  The problem is, I feel like the Sh-Mop just swishes some of the dirt around (even though I try to vacuum it all up first), and it doesn’t really feel like my floors are very sanitized when I use lukewarm water. I don’t really like using harsh chemicals, and I don’t like using any of the commercial products that create a waxy build-up. Also, I used to have wood floors (and hope to have them again soon), and I wanted ONE cleaning method that’s good on wood, laminate, linoleum, and tile flooring (doesn’t get them too wet, and doesn’t strip the finish or cause the wood to swell up). For this, the Sh-Mop and light coat of vinegar water is perfect.

But when steam mops became all the rage, and then so many of my friends started singing their praises, I perked up. Just heat to sterilize the floors? No harsh chemicals? Dries quickly? Reusable covers? Easy to use? I want one!

So I knew I wanted a steam mop, but then came the daunting task of choosing WHICH ONE TO GET.  So I hit Google, and I came to a conclusion after only about 10 minutes of online research.

I just got done reading this comprehensive review by A. Chandler on Amazon, and I’m pretty sure I’m sold on the Eureka Enviro Steamer 313A.

Consumer Reports also chose the Eureka as a CR Best Buy in their August 2010 issue.  At $68 on Amazon, it’s indeed a good buy, since most of the other steam mops CR reviewed came in at over $100. I must say, the CR report was nowhere near as detailed as the Amazon review.   

In their research, CR did find that a $15 squeeze mop proved comparable, if not better, at floor cleaning.  {But really, how sterilized do you think your floors are after swishing around that dirty water and one of those squeeze mops? Eww.} 

I think the major advantage to a steam mop (besides the obvious sterilization factor) will be the convenience factor. And if it’s more convenient, I’m likely to clean my floors much more often! I think it might make the chore actually fun – but we’ll see!

When I do get wood floors, though, I’ll have to go back to the drawing board, or use my Sh-Mop. Hardwood manufacturers don’t recommend the steam mop, for good reason.

If you think asking for a mop for Christmas is boring, you should totally see Tony’s list. He’s asking for a digital multimeter. Do you know how excited I am to see him open THAT on Christmas day? I can hardly contain myself! :)

How does everyone else clean their floors? Also, what is on the top of YOUR Christmas list this year?

2 Responses to “At The Top of My Christmas List”

  1. Janelle says:

    Absolutely love my steam mop. Got it at Costco when Mason started crawling.

  2. Tammy says:

    So where is the rest of your Christmas list???? Inquiring minds want to know…….

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