As you get older, you find yourself occasionally asking for the boring appliance gift that you’d like to have or need to upgrade to. It happens to us all. This year, I asked my Mother-in-law for a steam mop and HOLY CRAP, YOU GUYS, IS MY LIFE DIFFERENT NOW. She got me the Bissell PowerFresh Deluxe Steam Mop from Target.
I originally asked for it because I saw a few people online using one and got intrigued. I have a basic Swiffer and hate the idea of a regular ol’ mop and bucket situation. I didn’t even know these existed! I also didn’t know that the original color of my grout could ever be seen again.
The previous residents of our home were renters and, as far as we could tell from the amount of work we had to do when we moved in, this house wasn’t well taken care of. We thought the grout would just be dark forever and that there was no saving it. We were wrong.
The best feature on the Bissell PowerFresh Deluxe is the spot cleaner. You detach the body from the base and use the orange bristles at the end to scrub. If you catch it at just the right angle, you can get a really good scrub in the grout lines. I used mine on the higher of the two settings to grab and soak all the gunk that had built up on the grout and in the texture grooves of the tiles.
Years of not being properly cleaned, gone in just a few minutes time.
The Bissell PowerFresh Deluxe uses about 15 oz of water heated to steam and wipe away all the gunk off your floors. You have 2 settings: one for sensitive floors like worn hardwood and laminate, and one for tougher flooring like tile. The lighter, or first, setting worked perfectly on my hardwood flooring to pick up dirt and a dried milk spot that the Swiffer couldn’t seem to get out.
My tile flooring was so bad, that a full tank of water only last me about 6-8 12″ x 12″ tile. We were absolutely disgusted, but so proud of the little machine.
But, nothing is without fault. I will warn that this steam mop is a little heavier than I expected it would be and that amount of time I’m spending cleaning has tired out my weak back pretty hard. Also, the mop cover, understandable gets soaked pretty fast and easily, and takes forever to dry. While they are usable and can be washed, you have to let them sit and air dry, which can be done overnight.
Ultimately, I highly recommend this model for anyone in the mark. They retail for about $89.99 at Target, and is much more worth the investment than a regular Swiffer. You get 2 covers: one for everyday and one for scrubbing. The cord is also longer than any other cleaning appliance I’ve ever owned. Its fantastic. If you get it and have a home larger than 1000 sq that has no carpet, I recommend getting a second set of mop covers that will run you an extra $25 (but they’re currently discounted on Amazon). 100% worth the added investment.
Would you make the switch to a steam mop? If you already have, how do you like it? Let me know in the comments below!
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