Floors dry 'instantly' with new steam mop cleanerJML steam mop promises germ-free, spotless floors
20 January 2011
JML's new Shark steam pocket mop makes some bold cleaning claims - claims that Which? will be putting to the test very soon.
UPDATE 14/01/12: we've now fully reviewed and rated the JML Shark steam pocket mop at the Which? test lab - see how it fared, along with 15 other steam mops in our steam mop reviews area.
The Shark steam mop won't leave pools of dirty water behind when you use it, according to its makers, making cleaning your floors with it virtually like 'dry cleaning'.
The steam mop's head is designed keep a continuous flow of steam moving through it while avoiding the build-up of condensation that can leave steam cleaned floors wet. And unlike a regular mop, there's no need for buckets of water or concentrated floor cleaner.
We'll be trying out this steam mop here at Which? to see how spotless it can get our tester's floors - we'll publish our first look conclusions soon in our Laundry & cleaning section.
Steam cleaners explained
A steam cleaner works by rapidly heating up water to produce steam, which is then applied to the floor at a high pressure.
This produces a 'dry' steam that manufacturers claim is able to bring up dirt, grease, bacteria and dust mites. As well as steam mops, you can buy all-purpose steam cleaners to use on carpets, floors, upholstery and even windows.
For tips on what to look for when shopping, take a look at our guide on buying the best steam cleaner.
Steam mop cleaning
The Shark steam pocket mop can swivel 180° and is double-sided so you can flip it over to clean with the other side. JML claims the steam mop kills 99% of the bacteria it comes into contact with.
It's £99.99 and on sale in Argos or through the JMLDirect website. Tesco and Robert Dyas stores will also stock them from mid-February.
A portable, handheld steam cleaner for £89.99 is also in the range, designed to be used to blast dirty worktops, ovens and tiles with steam.