Shark Steam Mop Product Description
- Shark Steam Pocket Mop S3501 comes with five microfiber pads: 2 rectangular pads, 2 triangular pads and 1 steam duster
- Pivoting heads
- Steam clean and sanitize with both sides of the mop head
- Chemical free
- 2 Quick release mop heads
- Safe for all sealed hard floor surfaces
- 2-sided cleaning
- 30' cord
- XL water tank (fill cup enclosed)
- Swivel steering
- Carpet glider
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- MSRP: $119.99
How the Shark Steam Pocket Mop S3501 Performed
Set-up was a breeze as was using this steam mop - there's no mess, no controls and it's simple to use. It's lightweight, even when the reservoir is filled. The handle seems sturdy and length is adjustable. The cord is extra long; I was able to do an entire kitchen, adjoining dining area and hallway without disconnecting. The mop pads are well made, wash up well and are easy to apply to the tool with velcro-type tabs.
I was very surprised at how fast the mop heats up - immediately after plugging it in, I reached down and touched the pad - it was already hot. As you mop (forward motion), the handle pumps and releases steam. It glides along well, with only a slight more effort than with a regular mop. With the extended handle length - there's no back discomfort, nor is the whole process tiring. The floor dries quickly - you can lift small chairs, mop and replace them.
One pass on newer vinyl floors was sufficient, but the true test for this steam mop was a cottage's older kitchen vinyl that had ground-in dirt. It performed extremely well, requiring another pass on very tough stains to get it clean. A job that would have likely taken a lot of wringing and washing with harsh cleaners if done with a regular mop.
What was very handy, was being able to turn the mop over to a clean side when dirty. The triangle mop head was used for the second go-round and it went into corners and tight spots (especially bathroom floor) easier than the larger attachment. The water reservoir did not need re-filling for the entire cleaning.
Not having to use smelly cleaners, wring out a mop or trail a bucket, was wonderful. And the unique 2-sided cleaning design saves having to unplug and cool the mop, in order to change to a clean pad. The carpet glide attachment worked well for a rug steam dusting (not a cleaning).
I have no hesitation recommending the Shark Steam Pocket Mop to anyone, it performs very well and as advertised. As recommended by the manufacturer, it's only for sealed floors. For this reason, I did not use it on my unsealed laminates and woods, but rather on linoleum, no-wax vinyl and tile.
I do find the cost of this steam mop a little high, but it has a good assortment of mop heads and pads, which adds a lot of value and function to this steam mop. The 2-sided cleaning is definitely its best feature and a time-saver.
Update May 2010:
Almost a year later and I still love this steam mop.
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