This Powerful and Lightweight Steam Mop Makes Removing Floor Stains a Breeze (And It’s on Sale!)

published Oct 6, 2022
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I had a rather disturbing post-cleaning incident happen to me the other day, and I’m still not over it. After spending nearly an entire Sunday meticulously vacuuming and mopping all the hardware floors in our home, the time had some for dinner. As is typical, my toddler spilled something on the floor, so I applied my tried-and-true combination of Method Wood Cleaner and a paper towel to make quick work of the yogurt spill. Only, to my horror, instead of the paper towel coming up clean (with the exception of the yogurt, of course), it came up the color of brown mud, proving all my earlier floor-cleaning efforts were all for nothing.

Needless to say, I came away from the experience more than a bit discouraged (seriously, that scrub down took me hours) and more than a bit convinced that I needed to up my mop game. With a young child, a pup, and a rural home, it’s clear my basic mop head just wasn’t going to cut it anymore. What I really needed was something heavy duty, with dual-action cleaning methods that wicked away dirt and grime from my wood floors without much effort on my part. What I needed was Shark’s Steam & Scrub All-in-One Scrubbing and Sanitizing Hard Floor Steam Mop.

If you’ve never tried steam mopping before, now is the time to broaden your horizons. Instead of relying on loads of chemicals to clean your floors, these mops turn to the power of steam to gently yet effectively strip dirt, dust, mud, and more from your floors. And this Shark model takes things one step further than most mops, thanks to dual rating pads that deliver over 150 “scrubs” per minute and work two times better on stuck-on stain removal. The pads themselves are completely removable and easily washable, ensuring that the mop itself doesn’t turn into yet another thing you need to clean.

Shark’s Steam & Scrub mop comes with three useful settings, allowing you to cater your intensity to the job at hand: light mode for quick cleanups, normal for everyday use, and deep for stuck-on messes and stains. The steam method cleaning removes 99.9 percent of bacteria and doesn’t rely on any chemicals to be effective—great news if you have a kid, pets, or 200-year-old hardwood floors like me.

The best part? Not only is this Shark gadget okayed for use on sealed hardwood floors, but it cleans like a boss on marble, tile, stone, and engineered hardwood, too. Reviewers love this pick for the versatility (no more switching up your cleaning methods in between rooms!) and its ability to tackle grim and dirt you didn’t even realize was there. “I have used Shark steam mops for a long time already,” says one reviewer. “I will never go back to a regular mop again — this steam mop is amazing! I love that it spins so you know that your floors are getting cleaned. Once I took the mop heads off there was so much dirt on them. My floors looked cleaner than they ever have.” Another happy buyer even used the mop to remove pesky stickers (and their gooey residue) from their floors, while yet another claimed it made her old bathroom tile floors look brand new.

While this Shark steam mop is a worthy buy even at full price, you don’t need to worry about paying that — now through October 10 at Macy’s, you can actually score the gadget at a generous discount, bringing the total price to $149.95 (from $179.95). If, like me, you’ve been frustrated with the end result of your cleaning sprees before, I suggest you add this mop to your cleaning arsenal and never experience that disappointment again.