Have you ever visited a house that is spotless all the time, even when you drop by, uninvited? I know a woman who has always had her home in order, even with a child and three dogs. When I asked her if she engaged in a home cleaning service, she said no. I asked her what was her secret and she chuckled and said, it’s not much of a secret at all. She introduced her steam mop to me, and my oh my, I instantly got myself one too!
Now, this is not an article to sell you a steam mop but to tell you how you can make the most out of your steam mop. Therefore, you can reduce the use of cleaning chemicals and even cleaning tools while making your HDB unit the cleanest of the lot!
Clean the grout
I used to wonder about the need to use a toothbrush to clean the floor. Isn’t that some kind of torturous punishment? I later found out that it is to ensure the grout (the cemented area between two tiles) can get really icky if you don’t scrub-a-dub-dub it out.
But with a steam mop, you can easily get rid of the grease and grime by attaching the appropriate nozzle and with the spew of steam, the gunk is pushed out of the crevice effectively – no chemicals needed.
Potty-train your puppy
If you have a pet puppy that you love but it drives you up the wall because it is marking its territory everywhere when it is really your territory?
A steam mop can help with potty training your puppy. You see, with their sharp sense of smell, once they make a pee-pee mistake, they will keep going to that spot to do it again. What you need is a tool that will eradicate the smell, so they are left with only one spot to do their business at.
You can get rid of the smell by using your steam mop. It leaves no strain of smell, as opposed to covering up the smell with another fragrance, which we know does not work.
Hoods and Hobs
Okay, I admit it – I am lazy. Too lazy to keep cleaning the hoods and hobs of my kitchen area, though I do love to cook. So, what gives?
Instead of leaving the stain to accumulate over time, use the steam mop (again, please change the nozzle) to clean them out without scrubbing. Don’t need to use the baking soda and vinegar hack too. Just plug the steam mop and buzz the grime off. After that’s done, wipe it down and trust me, you’ll be able to see your reflection after.
Windows and Mirrors
How often do you clean your mirrors and windows? Maybe not often enough. But when it is time to clean our fingerprint stains from the mirror or rain spots on windows, I must reach out to the back of my storage to retrieve the window cleaner – but with the steam mop, there is no need for that.
Again, I changed the nozzle, and got old newspapers and started cleaning. One swipe from the steaming nozzle and another from the old newspaper will do – clean and clear
Remove wrinkles from curtains
You probably still need to take your curtains down and wash them in the washing machine. That is the easy part. It is when you hang the new curtains up and see the creases that you go, hmmm, that has got to go.
However, you don’t have to take down the curtains and iron them if you have a steam mop. You can remove the creases with the curtains still hanging. Wrinkles on your bed sheets and comforter? Do the steaming and voila, you’d think you have silk sheets.
Clean and disinfect toys
If you didn’t already know, a steam mop does more than getting rid of dirt, grease and crease, it kills germs too. Almost all steam mop brands claim that it can kill 99.99% of bacteria. Instead of using sanitising agents, you can just use your steam mop to clean your children’s toys (non-plastic ones). Don’t fuss over scrubbing them to remove the dirt as a steam-over and a wipe down with a microfibre cloth will do just fine.
Now that you know the potential of your steam mop, it is time to bring it out for a quick spring clean this weekend. Want more tips and tricks on how to manage your home? Check out Renodot’s GoodReads!