Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Shark Steam Floor Cleaner


I enjoy a clean house. I have always felt people do their best when their surrounding are organized and clean, they can focus on the tasks at hand. I am always looking for new and improved methods of cleaning, cut down on the time factor and do a better job. Enter the Shark Steam Floor Cleaner.
I have a lot of friends (and relatives) that use this and claim it's greatness. Every Bridal Registry you look at these days request one at the top of their list. I bought one. Couldn't wait to get it home, assemble it and go to town cleaning away.

I have what I consider miles of travertine floors(a form of limestone). It really isn't that much until cleaning day rolls around. I plugged my new cleaning machine in and the Shark was steaming away.
I tried it on the kitchen floor and noticed immediately, it doesn't "do" corners very well, read not well at all. I also noticed I had to go over the dried on drips that frequently happen in the kitchen, at least 5-6 times, no good in my book. These were not tough stains, mostly coffee drips. On to the billiard room where there is 350 square feet of travertine. That room does not get very dirty as it is rarely used. Zooming away with my Shark, having it dry almost instantly, it was totally streaked! ARRGHHH! Not acceptable. I pondered, it must be my technique, so I went over it again...new streaks.
Regressing a bit..I scrub my kitchen floor and my bathroom floors on my hands and knees. The kitchen has so many crumbs that drop, I have found I am able to pick up the most in this manner. Thinking about this, I rescrubbed my kitchen floor on my hands and knees. See the leftover dirt, even after two rounds with the Shark.

Thinking about not getting into the tight areas by the toilet gross me out. Sometimes even an old toothbrush is in order to clean everything well. The rest of the house I use a commercial bucket and mop, adding about 1/2 teaspoon of dish soap and 1/4 cup of vinegar to a gallon of water. New inventions are not always progress. Back to the bucket and mop.

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