Kitchn Love Letters

This Steam Mop Makes It Easy to Get Rid of Grime and Leaves My Kitchen Floor Sparkling (and It’s on Sale!)

published Sep 9, 2022
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Stephanie Wong's kitchen
Credit: Petra Ford

When it comes to keeping my kitchen floor clean, I’m always facing a struggle. My kitchen is tiny (64 square feet to be exact!) so it seems as though any grease from frying, sautéing, or pan-searing lingers on just about every inch of the floor. What’s more is that I almost constantly keep the window open to let air flow into the otherwise hot, stuffy, and AC-less space, which means there’s usually dirt and dust that comes in from the city outside, too. No matter how much sweeping, vacuuming, and Swiffering I do, I’m never able to keep my floor clean for more than a day or two. I’d been on the search for a steam mop for a few months now to solve this issue, and I finally have one that cleans up a shocking amount of grime — and keeps the floor clean for days!

The Shark Genius Steam Pocket Mop is not only impressive when it comes to keeping my hard floors clean, but it’s also super easy to use. And it just so happens to be on sale right now at QVC, along with two head options for even more versatility. I can honestly say I look forward to cleaning my floors now with how simple this steam mop is to use, from set-up to clean-up.

Our editors are no strangers to testing out steam mops. We’ve put dozens to the test, including a $60 Amazon find that hundreds of reviewers swear by and an impressive 10-in-one model that our Director of Commerce, Mark, uses to clean floors, shower tiles, grout, and more. As for my own steam mop needs, I wanted a simple yet effective model that I wouldn’t mind using regularly without complicated controls.

The Shark Genius Steam Mop has proved to be exactly what I needed. I love how easy it is to set up and use. The included pad has inserts for each corner of the mop head, which can then be locked in place, so it won’t slip off while you get to work. I’ve noticed that the pad can also withstand two cleaning sessions in my kitchen as I use just one side per mopping. The pads are large and thick, capable of collecting a ton of dirt and grime.

After putting the pad on, you then fill the water tank with the handy pouring tool included. I was surprised that the mop was instantly ready after filling with water and turning it on, as other mops I’ve tried sometimes required heating up. There are three easy controls that you can switch between while you clean depending on how dirty your floors are.

Perhaps what’s most impressive, however, is the Steam Blaster feature. If you’re working with a particularly stubborn stain, you can flip the mop head around and push down to trigger the release of a targeted burst of steam. I’ve found this helpful in my kitchen to get up food stains, clear out corners, and even clean my grout. When you’re done mopping, you can simply press a button that releases the pad. From there, just toss it in the dishwasher!

This special deal from QVC not only provides the Shark Genius Steam Mop, but also includes an extra triangular head for smaller spaces and tight corners. Plus, you’ll get two rectangular pads instead of one and the triangular pad.

As for my Shark mop, my grandma used it for years before giving it to me, so it seems to be a pretty durable option. For just $100, this steam mop might be just the right investment to have sparkling floors with pretty low effort on your part!

Buy: Shark Genius Steam Pocket Mop, $99.98 (normally $119.99)