What is a steam mop? Should you buy one?
If you're anything like me, your floors seem to get dirty all over again only a few days after cleaning them. It's frustrating and for a while (I'm ashamed to admit), I just didn't bother to clean my floors because it was futile! It's probably worse for me because I have two little dogs running around - they're cute but their paw prints trail all over the floors especially after they were just out on a rainy day. To make matters worse, one of them is not as house trained as I would like and still has accidents! I needed to come up with something better than using those Swiffer pads all the time because at $8 a box or so, they can really add up and to be honest, I was starting to feel that they weren't working as well as I once thought!
One day at work, someone was talking about a steam mop and how that is all she uses to clean her floors, that she loves how it cleans with just the power of steam and that she doesn't have to use more chemicals in her house. It seemed like a good idea to me and I'd remembered seeing them advertised on TV before but just assumed that it was another gimmick.
So one day not too long ago, I went out and bought my first steam mop by SteamTek. It was $79.99 and let me tell you, it's been well worth every penny!
How does the SteamTek work?
With the SteamTek, there's a small amount of assembly required but nothing that even the least hands-on person such as myself can't handle. You basically just screw in one small screw and one large one and there you go - ready to use! First thing first is to fill the removeable water holder with regular tap water up to the fill line. Put one of the mop pads (it comes with two) over the base of the SteamTek and pull the drawstring tight to secure it. Plug it in and wait for the LED light located along the shaft to turn green. It only takes a minute or so to heat up which I thought was pretty amazing.
There's a trigger on the handle that you squeeze down to release steam out of the bottom of the mop. Just start mopping over your floor the way you would with any mop! The steam (which is at 100 degrees Celsius) is what does all the cleaning and according to the insert from the box, it takes 8 seconds for it to sanitize your floor. Also according to the insert, do not leave the mop on your floor for more than 15 seconds at a time because it can become too hot and damage your floor. I haven't had a problem with this though and for a couple of tough stains that I had on my kitchen floors, I let the mop sit on them for more than 15 seconds to dissolve whatever it was. It really works pretty great and feels to me like I am using a magic eraser on my floors. Oh yeah, and the head of the mop is triangular and can easily swivel into corners and along the edges of your floors. I love how it does that!
The SteamTek is designed for all floor types (tile, hardwood, linoleum, carpet) and comes with a triangular adapter to put over your mop pad if you want to use it on carpet. The adapter just allows the mop to glide over the carpet. I've used it on my carpet to dissolved some pesky dog stains that I thought were set in. It did a pretty good job! I just had to vacuum afterwards with my regular vacuum because there is no suction on the SteamTek, just the output of steam.
When you're finished steam mopping (each fill of water will give you about 20 minutes worth of steam), just take the resusable pad off the bottom of the mop and wash it in the washing machine. You don't even have to wash it in the washing machine - I've just been rinsing mine out in the sink and then just let them air dry.
Overall, I'm really enjoying using the SteamTek. I think there are other types of steam mops on the market and I can't speak for them because I haven't tried them. The only disadvantage I can think of with the SteamTek is that the electrical cord is on the short side. I had to plug mine into an extension cord in order to reach the far corners of my living room.
I really like that I'm cleaning my floors with just the power of steam. I don't have to pay for cleaners anymore (or those Swiffer pads - at least I won't use them as much!) so it's saving me money and plus it feels like I'm helping out the environment.
Debbie Kaufmann on October 26, 2020:
I’m having trouble attaching the water reservoir tank to the steamtek mop anyone that can help?
allen on April 02, 2016:
STEAMTEK JC-206 is JUNK!! WORKS FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS UNTIL IT DIED . IT NO LONGER HEATS THE WATER JUST LEAKS IT EVERYWHERE. MINE IS IN THE TRASH WHERE IT BELONGS!! Also tech support is non existent. Sent 2 emails detailing the problem with no response. Evidently they are aware they are selling garbage and are content to be scum bags. ***BUYER BEWARE***
Michelle Dee from Charlotte, NC on November 07, 2014:
I absolutely love my Steam Mop. It's one of the best inventions this decade IMHO. No more chemicals and it uses a microfiber pad that can be thrown into the washing machine and reused. I even wrote a hub about it. Thanks for sharing, voted up.
Betty Anne on August 01, 2014:
Not sure why yours died. I have had mine for 4 years got it at a clearance sale. We love it. I use it at home and the shop I work in where they only gave us rope mop to move the dirt around. Constant steam, no let up of heat. I would buy another one in a heart beat if I could find one. Anyone know where they are available in Southern Alberta?
Wayne on July 05, 2014:
Never used it but after about a year decided to use it and used it twice and it died.
Alfred on June 09, 2014:
After two years mine stop steaming I did not use very much I tried opening it and putting back, it work about four hours good then very little steam I tried to find service in Vancouver I did not find any I found palace in Québec they recondition then and sell them again.
Mbrenda on May 04, 2013:
Mine lasted over 2 years and then had the same issue. My friend's lasted less time than mine. I too will have to replace the mop and fill up the land fill.
SC Chan on January 05, 2012:
Same experience as all of you. I bought one from Costsco and it worked very well at first. I recommend to a lot of friends. Now it was dead and before reading your comments, I tried to find out what happened. Should Costsco or this company do something to restore our trust?
Lora Witzel on January 03, 2012:
well I can't believe how many people are in the same boat as me. I bought on in the summer and haven't used it very much at all. The last time I used it I had to clean it out but this time it steams for about 2 mins and then dies. Tried cleaning it again but no luck. Taking it back to London Drugs and if I even buy one again I will definitely research it next time.
Jessica (Vaughan) on December 27, 2011:
I completely agree with all the above comments, however my experience was worsened by an incident with the Steamtek that left me burnt. The mop would perodically work, so on one attempt a few months back, I attempted to use it and to my astonishment, my hand brushed up againt the plastic and it must have over heated because I found myself burnt similar to an oven burn. It scabbed and a faint scar remains. I attempted to notify the company and the staff in Montreal was completely useless and condesending. Basically, STAY AWAY from this product, not only does it cease to function after a little over a year, but it also poses a safety hazzard!!!!
Sharon/London on December 26, 2011:
I have had mine about 2 years or more and it works just as well now as it did when I first received it as a gift.
Ken/Vancouver on December 20, 2011:
Can't believe all the negative comments. Mine died after 11 months. A friend bought one as well and died after 11 months! Great idea and worked great ...but for just 11 months!Don't waste your money!
dragon on December 07, 2011:
I will never buy this product again I'm for going bigger company like Bissell Steam.
Den on November 24, 2011:
Mine and 3 other gals I know..same thing. Lasted from 4 months to just under a year. BOOOOO.
mosi on November 16, 2011:
you are lucky that at least one year you enjoyed.I bought one today and it doesn't work.really frustrating...
peridot on November 01, 2011:
My experience exactly, it worked ONCE and never again. There should be something that can be done to this company.
Kay on August 12, 2011:
Works great but not for long. Back to the old mop.
Sheila on August 12, 2011:
I received a Steamtek as a gift about two years ago. After 6 months it stopped working. Took it back and got another. My second one, now 14 months old, just stopped working! From Costco. Have receipt, but it's over a year. I love it, but what a rip off.
happy custom on August 08, 2011:
I have had my steam mop for 2 1/2 years now and it is running just fine. Its the best thing I ever bought. I even share it with people cause I'm happy with it. I must be an odd one out there. I feel bad for the rest of you.
Morag on August 08, 2011:
Yeah, I've had my mop just over a year and right out of the blue it just stopped producing steam. Other than taking the whole thing apart and trying to fix it, I'm at a loss as to why this happened. Is it programmed to stop working after a year so that we have to buy a new one?
Eileen on April 30, 2011:
OK. Glad to know it's not just me. Mine died less than a year after buying. Worked well up to then and I loved it and recommended it to lots of people. Tried the Water/Vinegar thingy and it worked a few seconds. Thought I was away to the races. But no, soon as I tried to use it, no steam. What's going on? Is there no recourse here? Do you not get that this is a crappy product? READ THE COMMENTS, PEOPLE!
Elaine on April 07, 2011:
I'm in the same boat as the rest of you, loved how it worked for about 10 months. Now it won't steam anymore what a waist of money. I would never buy another steam mop i well go back to a regular $5. mop and bucket of hot water it does a great job also..
Pam on February 28, 2011:
I have a SteaMtEK mop and really like it but the water tank cracked and you cannot get replacement parts, unfortunately it is off warranty and I cannot find my
receipt, does anyone want to sell their water tank that
has a machine that does not work??
Heather on January 13, 2011:
I got my Steam tek for Christmas and have had no luck getting steam I've tried the vinegar water solution, changing plugs and absolutely no steam from this mop. You can hear the pump but no steam. We threw the box away so I am stuck with a junk mop and will go back to my trusty swiffer mop. London drugs will not take it back without the box.
Natasha on January 07, 2011:
I just got a SteamTek as a gift today but figured I should check some reviews first. Looks like I won't even be opening the box! I have the receipt handy for a swift return first thing tomorrow morning! Even though the comments are unanimous I'm glad that so many people still bothered to record them. Thanks - it's much appreciated!
li on December 25, 2010:
I have to join you, my one didn't work after several monthes. I'd like to know what's the solution for it, just throw it away?
Valerie on November 20, 2010:
Well, loved it when it worked. Bought one a year ago and recommended it to my family and friends. Mine stopped working after 4 uses (thought it just a lemon)so I returned it to the store and got another one. So now here I sit and type to say this one also gave up the ghost and I haven't even had it a year. After reading all the above comments I can see that there are definite issues with this machine. What is this company going to do about fixing or replacing machines that don't work.
Reje on November 07, 2010:
My cleaner also stopped steaming after 11 months.I loved the job it did when it was working but I am hesitant to purchase another one for 11 months of cleaning.
Pet on November 05, 2010:
I'm in the same boat. Bought mine a little over a year ago at Wal Mart. Now there is no steam. It worked great and I loved it but like all of the other people with their comments about this mop, this one will be in a landfill for quite some time. No, I will not buy another one.
Mindy on October 28, 2010:
I'm on my second Steam Tek from Costco. First one died after a few months, wouldn't produce steam. Now second one has died also - my sister had the same problem with hers. Will be bringing it back again for a replacement - now our Costco doesn't carry the Steam Tek anymore and has replaced it with a Bissell. Hopefully that one will fare better because I do love my steam mop (when it works).
Hope on October 24, 2010:
I also need to join the club. Feel have been ripped off. I didn't expect Costco to carry something so poorly designed. Not even 9 months, wonder if I can return it.
italychick on October 24, 2010:
My husband loved using the mop - but in exactly 1 year it stopped working.
Have to find the receit - did they intentionally make these machines work for only 1 year - mabey they should put an expiry date!
BCLOSE on October 24, 2010:
Bought two from Costco last Fall 09. Took one down South and it died after 6 months. Figured that it cost me $3.29 a cleaning. The other one died last week, also cost $3.29 a cleaning as it was only used for 6 months. I only used filtered water. Cheaper than a house keeper, but sad for the land fill! I agree that they should last a lot longer. Great product when it worked. I will be giving Costco a call.
nmac on September 05, 2010:
I agree with the above. We purchased one from walmart on sale and not even 1yr now it is no longer working. My mother had bought one as well and after she got it out of the box it worked 2 times and died, she returned it to walmart and I should have doen the same. Now I'm left with a steam tek mop that no longer works, what a waste of money. Would not recommend this product to anyone.
Amanda on September 01, 2010:
Its been almost a year and my mop no longer works aswell. We bought my mother in law one last year aswell and hers no longer works!! What a waste of money.
Vanessa on August 23, 2010:
Bought one at Costco about 8 months ago- it not longer works!!!! Loved it when it worked though!! Keep your reciept if you buy.
dave on July 24, 2010:
Great concept but yeah our stopped steming a few days ago. Purchased a mere 7 months ago from Costco, they can have it back.
James on July 21, 2010:
Mind if I join the club? Ours didn't even wait for the warranty to expire before the steam just stopped suddenly. Will be returning it to London Drugs tomorrow. Hope to find the receipt.
piper on July 15, 2010:
Same after 1year the mop did not work you can't tell me Steamtek did not know.Pass this around companies like this should go down.
mary ann on July 10, 2010:
Yes, I loved it originally too but as the above comments note after almost a year our mop is now not working!!!
I would expect a product to at least work for a minimum of 5 yrs and now it is of no use!
Sharon on June 26, 2010:
I had exactly the same results....just as the warranty runs out, so does the steam !! Nice one, STEAMTEK....maybe the Better Business Bureau needs to know about these rip-offs !!
Dina on May 19, 2010:
I had the steamtek mop too and loved it. Unfortunately less than one year after purchasing my mop it no longer steams. Now it is uselss- i have been saving the environment by using only steam to clean my floors but now my broken mop will sit for eternity in a landfill somewhere.
I would like to purchase another mop and hope that this new one lasts longer than a few months- overall I love the product but have been dissappointed that it broke rather quickly.