Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Shark Bites the Big One

I was looking for a nice, quick, way to clean the kitchen floor now that Nathan has decided to be a messy eater. I can't stand the swiffer wet jet. I just don't think it cleans much. I hate dragging out a mop bucket because that's a lot of work with the kids around.

So I went to Walmart yesterday and bought the Shark Steam Mop. I read a lot of mixed reviews. Some that it was the greatest thing ever and others saying it's total crap. Well, I go with the low end crowd. I give it 2 stars.

While it is easy to get out and fill up and it leaves the floor dry and unsticky, it doesn't live up to it's promises.

I had several spots that I went over and over again and they were still sticky and I ended up wiping it up with a cloth. These were things like yogurt from breakfast (I used it about 10 this morning and breakfast was about 7), syrup drops, something sticky behind the trash can, and a splotch of dried dishwasher soap that I assume got onto the floor last night. I'm sorry, but those things should have been able to come up quickly based on its claims.

Second biggest issue is that thing is HARD to push. It doesn't slide along the floor easily. It takes a really good push and I was getting worn out. It took a long time with going over spots several times, and pushing it all around so hard and slowly. It would have been less work and I'm sure only a few more minutes to get out the mop and bucket. I can live with a floor that needs to dry.

I'm extremely disappointed. I was really hoping for a wonder product. Don't waste your money unless your floor is rarely dirty, you don't have toddlers, and you have a strong arm and shoulder.


The Stein Family said...

I'm with you on that -- My husband's Aunt got one last year when we were staying with them -- I was excited to give it a try, but thought it did no better than the swiffer, and like you said, it was hard to push. When you find the miracle floor cleaner, let me know...I have a couple messy eaters of my own :)

Maeve's Mom said...

I'm so bummed. I was really hoping it would be awesome and I could justify buying one to clean my craptacular vinyl kitchen floor that won't get really, really clean unless I get down on the floor and scrub it. Oh well, money saved I guess.

kim said...

I am so glad that you commented on this product. I recently got the
H2O mop and loved it! It was awesome, and then it died. I had only had it for about a month. It was under warrenty and I called the company and they sent me a new part, blah,blah,blah.... Long story short, the new part doesn't fit and it now sucks. I am getting ready to call the company again and see if they will send a whole new mop.
If not, I am going to tell my Dad, who bought it for me, to try and get a full refund.
I was looking at the shark as a possible replacement. Not so much now!