Posted by Nicci | Posted in Cleaning Aids, Way Back Wednesday | Posted on 20-06-2012
In the past, when the SeenOnTV Express blog has described an As Seen On TV product on our “Way Back Wednesday” feature, the tone of the article has frequently been a bit snarky. I mean, let’s face it–some of those early ’80s infomercials we originally featured were a bit ridiculous. Today, however, I would like to pay homage to an earlier product that launched a new way to clean: The Steam Buggy. One of the first products offered in our As Seen On TV catalog, the Steam Buggy was a portable steam cleaner that allowed users to clean and sanitize hard-to-clean areas throughout their homes. It was one of the first products to bring the professional power of steam cleaning right into your home, and since its introduction, steam mops and other steam cleaners have become common ways to powerfully and effectively clean floors, kitchens, bathrooms, and more.
So what is it that has brought about my new-found admiration for steam cleaning? Having a three-and-a-half-year-old dinner companion leaves my kitchen floor in need of a Hazmat crew after every meal. Ever since we introduced solid food roughly three years ago, we have been sweeping, wiping, mopping, and chiseling food from our lovely cream-colored tile. Dealing with the kitchen floor seems as unending and relentless as laundry. I would sooner try to sweep the sand from the Sahara as attempt to maintain a clean kitchen floor.
We currently have four rotating methods for cleaning our kitchen floor:
- Fastidiously wipe up any spills, vacuum any messes, and sweep or mop the offending area after each meal.
- Give the kitchen floor a quick clean-up at the end of each day.
- Clean up the big, gross spots ASAP, but save the mopping for a weekly chore.
- Ignore it and hope the Mop Fairy makes a surprise visit before the grime on the floor petrifies and becomes a permanent pattern on the tile.
None of these methods are particularly effective for our family. The first takes too much time. The second is also pretty time consuming and also doesn’t get the floor as clean as I would like. The third leaves me cringing every time I walk through the kitchen until Mop Day. And the fourth? Well, that’s just gross, and apparently, the Mop Fairy is on strike.
Because none of our floor cleaning methods are able to sufficiently battle a preschooler at mealtime, I’ve been looking for a quick and easy way to really, thoroughly clean the floor without spending too much time behind a broomstick. I have really been considering a steam cleaner to power away the stuck-on foods and to sanitize the floors–particularly since we will be adding another little mealtime terror to the mix in just a few months, one who will be crawling on the very floors in question.
Though the Steam Buggy served its purpose, I’m looking for something a little more conducive to cleaning an entire floor. Today’s As Seen On TV steam mops seem to fit the bill. Two products in particular have caught my eye: the One Touch Steam Tornado and the Shark Professional Steam Pocket Mop. Both of these steam cleaners are lightweight and feature an upright design. The Shark Pro Steamer has the look of typical sweeper mops, but provides three levels of steam control, reusable cleaning cloths, shaped cleaning heads, and a carpet glider head for carpet cleaning. The One Touch Steam Tornado can be used as an upright or handheld device for cleaning virtually anywhere and also features washable, reusable microfiber cleaning pads.
Finally, getting steamed over our kitchen floors is a good thing.