As a floor care professional, I have maintained and refurbished floors for the past 20 years.
Last week I went to assess a project, unfortunately, the floor was badly damaged. When I ask the occupants about their housekeeping routines, they said they regularly use a steam mop to clean the floor.
People are using steam mop’s extensively as a cleaning method.
Logically thinking, our vinyl floor coverings are made of PVC and other natural products, and all floors are covered with some sort of coating, this may be damaged, or the floor surfaces softened due to the use of heat.
I am sure the intense heat of a steam mop, which is usually 120 degrees, has an adverse reaction to the floor. The microfiber applicator pad may reduce some of the intensity, but even still, it is too hot to clean the dust from floors – it is a bit of a sledgehammer approach.
A steam mop might be a great little tool but is it safe on our assets…..? This is the question we need to ask.
Here is a list of floors we have in our homes:
· Vinyl floors
· Linoleum floors
· Polyurethane wooden floors
· Coated wooden floors
· Veneer floor tiles
· Granite floors & surfaces
· Marble floors & surfaces
· Marmoleum floor surfaces
If you also have concerns about floor cleaning, do get in touch with our team.