Eureka! I Love This Thing.

by Chris on June 2, 2011

At the risk of sounding like an infomercial over here, I had to share about my fun (totally worth it) toy. I have what my husband calls an obsession with reading reviews of products. Believe me, he loves that I do it. He just doesn’t get it.

eureka steam mop

He also doesn’t get my obsession with cleaning our floors. It’s as if it’s my life’s goal to find the perfect cleaning system for what this guy leaves behind.

dirty dog

Don’t believe me? Let me break down my cleaning tool “fails” for you. This one? A hot mess. Don’t recommend.

Hoover floor mate

This baby? Fine if you’re cleaning a sprinkle of dust that fell on your floor. Three minutes ago.

Next up? The sprayer broke. I used it for the mop head for a while, but it just wasn’t cutting it once we moved into the bigger house.

This method? It works. Key word: works. It’s tough stuff and not something I wanted to do on a regular basis. mopping

And finally…Bona. I love it. Really. It works very very well. It takes some muscle for the mop, however, and I always felt like I was just pushing dirt around. Still recommend it, though. Highly.

Bona floor system

Well, Nemesis. I think you have met your match. After extensive reviews and dozens of comparisons, I finally decided to get a steam mop. Scratch that. THEE steam mop.

I could go on and on about why it’s better than other steam mops, but just believe that I did my homework on it. Plus, the steps are easy peasy.

  1. Fill the component (I sound so official) with water.
  2. Place the cloth mop under the two side clips. (Oops. Didn’t take a picture.)
  3. Turn it on and wait about two minutes for it to warm up.
  4. Slide the mop across your floor. Like BUTTAH. Sooo simple.

how to use steam mop

Some reviewers said that it leaves too much water behind for the first few uses. This was my third use (yes, I’m a little obsessed), and I could already tell it wasn’t dispersing as much. As you can see, it’s already drying up after doing this little section.

hard wood floors

And the final result? Oh-to the-yeah! Unfortunately, it doesn’t get rid of Nemesis scratches on the floor, but it disintegrated every last drool drop on my floor. SCORE!

dark wood floors

I’m so thrilled with it, I just had to shout it from the rooftops. Or….

dark wood floors












from the mountain tops?

sound of music

Aaaaaand the disclaimer. I didn’t get any compensation for this post. Nope. Just like it. Also, my hardwood floors are sealed—they’ll be fine (thank you for your concern). Lastly, it doesn’t clean the grout of ceramic tile, but I have a deep-cleaning system I like to use for that anyway. The end.



Jacquie June 2, 2011 at 3:53 am

What do you use to clean your grout? If you don’t mind me asking.

Miranda June 2, 2011 at 3:53 am

Thanks for the review. I’m always on the lookout for better, healthier ways to clean. I usually do the hands and knees thing, but this looks wonderful! I love your floors, and my personal opinion is that scratches and dents give character and show the love a home is given :)

Saedi Oldham June 2, 2011 at 3:56 am

What is your grout cleaning system???

Chris June 2, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Ahhhh…the grout. I purchase a manicure brush from the beauty section and dip it in a mixture of bleach and hot water. I have also used the Clorox bleach pens. I just run a bead along the grout, and it sits while I scrub other sections. NOTHING else I’ve ever done has worked so beautifully as this system. We chose light grout, so it’s imperative! ;)

Tiffany June 2, 2011 at 3:59 am

We just ordered a steam mop after so much frustration in cleaning our tile floors. I saw this one while doing my research but ended up getting a Bissel to try out. If we don’t like that one I may just switch to this one as I read really good things about this one as well.

So my question, what do you use for your grout?

Chris June 2, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Hi Tiffany, I responded earlier in more detail, but I basically use a manicure brush and a mixture of bleach and hot water. Works brilliantly!

Julie June 2, 2011 at 4:13 am

I just bought this same one earlier this year. I’m loving mine. I really like that it sanitizes and how easy it is to use. I usually plug mine in, do my prelim sweep and then go for it.

Kristy June 2, 2011 at 4:20 am

I actually really love my floormate. Why a hot mess?

Chris June 2, 2011 at 11:59 am

Ugh…I never felt like it cleaned well enough, it leaked, it was disgusting to empty afterwards… If you like it, that’s all that matters!! I’m just one person who did not care for it. :(

Leslie, the Home Maker June 2, 2011 at 4:25 am

THANK YOU for this post!
I think we home makers ought to share more of this type of stuff.
We could all help each other’s homes run a lot better and more cleanly, doncha think?
A steam mop? Who knew?
P.S. Where did you buy it?

HUGS and blessings to you!

Chris June 2, 2011 at 11:57 am

Leslie, I TOTALLY agree with you! Some of my best solutions to things have come from other bloggers sharing their tips and secrets. I wasn’t sure if I should do a post on this, but then I considered how much I wish someone would have written it for me! ;0

Mandy June 2, 2011 at 5:01 am

Oh yeah! I also have this steam mop and now I finally feel like my floors are clean! The first time I used it, I couldn’t believe how nasty the pad was after, but now it doesn’t get too bad because my floors are that much cleaner! Eureka!

Angela June 2, 2011 at 5:09 am

Thanks for the review. You have convinced me to give up my swifter and get one. Question though, do you have to buy new cloth pads each time you use the eureka? At $9 a pop, that is expensive and will add up quickly. Thanks again for the information! I’m sold.

Chris June 2, 2011 at 11:58 am

Good question, Angela. You do not. I threw mine in the washing machine, and they’re good to go again! Yippee!

Chelsy June 2, 2011 at 5:19 am

Thanks for the info! If you approve then I knoooow I will. I’m adding it to my Christmas list….ummm….if I can wait that long!

andrea June 2, 2011 at 5:22 am

Thanks so much for the review. I have been wanting a steam mop for a long time, but couldn’t decide which one to get.

Can I ask what your deep cleaning system is for grout??? Thanks so much!

Paula June 2, 2011 at 7:03 am

It looks great!! We put in laminate flooring in our remodeled kitchen last year. I just love the wood floor, I just have the same problem as you drool and scratches(from our samoyed husky). I have tried several products and I end up on my knees cleaning because nothing removes the drool etc. I even bought a Bona 2 weeks ago but I haven’t tried it yet because I didn’t want to use it and be disappointed again after spending $40.00 again. I thought about a steamer but I’ve read not to use them on laminate flooring. So I guess I’ll break out the Bona and give it a try. Thanks for the post:)

Kacey @ Shes.No.Martha June 2, 2011 at 11:02 am

I might need to get that! However, I still need to SWEEP with my vaccuum beforehand due to the mountains of dog hair that float around… I need a solution for a non-shedding Lab.

Screaming Meme June 2, 2011 at 11:59 am

Hahaha! :) Do you think it is better than a Haan??? Pls, let me know…My MIL bought me one and I love it…CLEAN feeling….but it seems to be too harsh on the laminate wood flooring…It seems to be a little more dull…I wonder if it is only for tile and real wood…she promises it isnt and she loves hers…Anyway, if you have heard anything about that one…let me know…:) I wanted to let you know, I am having a Chalk Paint Giveaway (2 cans)…Stop by and check it out…And I have a few finished projects…a slipcover with ribbon ties down the backs, a chalkboard I revamped and a new piece of furniture that orig. was $2300 that I snagged for $200…and the story about trying to get it home! lol :D lol

Chris June 2, 2011 at 12:07 pm

To be honest, it was between the Haan and the Eureka. I read pretty awesome reviews about both. A lot of reviews about the Haan were that it was very hot (perhaps even hotter than the Eureka?) and it was able to sanitize low pile carpet as a result. I wonder if it’s just too hot for your laminate? I did read great reviews, but the Eureka was more easily accessible. Didn’t want to order it if I didn’t have to! :)

Mic S July 11, 2011 at 12:03 pm

I have the shark pro steam mop and I love it. It actually has 3 steam settings so you can use it on laminate, wood or tile. I’ve been using it on my laminate kitchen flooor for about 3 months and it looks great!!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking June 2, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Wow this looks amazing. I have been wondering how these worked. Will definitely have to check this out! I have always liked Eureka products.

Kristi June 2, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Chris… I thought these were not supposed to be used on wood floors….?

Chris June 2, 2011 at 8:04 pm

They can be used on sealed wood floors–mine are. Hooray!

Jeanette June 2, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I have a steam mop (another brand) that I use on my wood floors, too. I love it but I have noticed that if I let the floor get too dirty it tends to leave a film!

Michelle June 2, 2011 at 1:37 pm

What a timely post….for me, anyway! I also have a dog (a big, hairy lab named Mason) and he drools on and licks (yes, weird, I know!) our hardwood floors. The floors never looked nice…..they looked like they had a greasy film on them. After trying almost everything, I found that the Vileda ProMist worked awesome, with just some water and vinegar in the spray bottle. I’m not sure if the Vileda ProMist is available in the U.S., but it is in Canada (for those who are interested). It got rid of the greasy film on the floor (and the drool and lick marks) and it was simple to use. For now, this is my go-to hardwood floor cleaning method. But, if it starts to fail me (like every other method I have tried), I know what to try next. Thanks for the post! Loved it!

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Samye June 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I have LOVED using a steamer to clean my floors!! In our previous home our entire first floor was tile and it was miserable trying to get it clean!! I wanted to see how much I was really leaving behind so I mopped my floor one day- really well. Then I took the steamer out to steam the floors and I couldn’t believe the crud that I still got up! GROSS!! Glad you have found the steamer-

Kate June 2, 2011 at 1:49 pm

I love my steam cleaner and use it on all my hard surface floors. When my current one dies, I might have to consider that one. I was wondering what you like to use as far as brooms/vacuum before you steam? I feel like I’m just pushing durt around with my broom, but I’m sick of buying vacuums/floor systems that don’t work.

Chris June 2, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Great question! I just recently purchased a Dyson, and it’s the best product I’ve ever purchased! It’s an adjustable one, so it moves flawlessly from the carpet to the hard floor. It picks up everything. LOVE it.

Bossy Betty June 2, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I get the obsession! Glad you found your dream cleaning tool!

Leslie June 2, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I will tuck this info away when my Bissell needs replacing. I do love a steam cleaner. Oh and yeah… I’m going to need the grout cleaning 411. Thx. =)

Laura @ ON{thelaundry}LINE June 2, 2011 at 3:51 pm

I have a six month old crawler (no, that’s not bad, when she was a five month old crawler, THAT was bad) so i’m currently obsessed with cleaning my floors too. I started obsessively researching steam mops and my hubby got annoyed because I’ve had a few floor cleaning fails (the best ones really are the most work, augh) but I was like STEAM CLEAN! STEAAAAAAAM CLEAAAAAN! Kill all the bacteria! KILL IT! And no chemicals! And then my mom was like “Oh, I don’t really use my H2O mop because I have like 12 square feet of laminate floors compared to your 1000 square feet of hardwood, you may have mine.” and it was party on. I. LOVE. STEAM. MOP. My hubby was still blahblahblah until he used it and then he was like “Wow it really is like vacuuming your hard floors!” and now he’s sold on hard floors again. (Like I’d ever go back to carpet, where all the gross stuff is still there its just IN the carpet)

Chris June 2, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Ok. That made me laugh!

candice June 2, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Thank you for the review.
Where did you buy it from?
How much it cost?
Can it be used on laminate floors?

Chris June 2, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Best Buy. On sale for $70 (I think), and I had a gift card to spend. It was a no-brainer. :) I believe it works very well on laminate floors, but I’ve heard recommendations not to get one that’s too hot? Not sure about that.

JCHokie June 2, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Ohh, I have a Eureka and I LOVE it too! It’s making cleaning floors soo much more tolerable! Not to mention how well it works. I use it on hardwood, ceramic tiles and vinyl.

Chris June 2, 2011 at 8:11 pm

I love hearing that! I’m glad to see someone else loves it too!

Brittny Hemphill June 2, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Would you recommend it for brick floors? Trying to find something that won’t tear up a mop pad. My mom used one of those regular old cotton string mops with a bucket of bleach water on our brick floor when I was a kid, but I want something that will be easier and not as gross.

Chris June 2, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Gosh, that’s a good question. Because the mop is so easy to glide on my floors, I imagine it would not shred up too easily on yours. I don’t know how rough they are, so it’s hard to tell. However, it’s not a type of mop that you have to push down on. Might work!

Megan June 2, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Ohhh…now I have something else to my “must buy” list. I will send my husband your way when I get the eye roll :)

Chris June 2, 2011 at 8:06 pm

No way! I’ve got enough eye rolling that goes on at this house! Ha! :)

jill June 2, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Can I use this on my laminate wood floors?

Chris June 2, 2011 at 8:06 pm

From what I understand–yes. Might wanna double check since I wasn’t looking at it for those.

moddy June 2, 2011 at 6:54 pm

i have had love affair with my shark for quit sometime now! (we gave a shout to our shark on our blog!)
im so happy you have a new love of your life ;)!

Chris June 2, 2011 at 8:05 pm

It doesn’t take much for us, does it? :)

Kristel June 2, 2011 at 10:00 pm

I too am obsessed with product review AND vacuums, so much so, that my husband gets them all with warranties, because I use them OFTEN! I have hardwood floors and I’m afraid to use a steam mop, glad to hear that it works for you though. And the scratches, ah, well, I bought my two dogs booties from ultra paws. They are never with out them indoors :)

shelley June 3, 2011 at 12:42 am

SO love our Eureka! We live out in the country in the Pacific NW and have tile floors, and it’s the BEST thing to make the tile sparkle quickly! We fight a daily battle with mud (especially during the winter) and I LOVE that you can just wash the towel and steam again! Love seeing it on sealed wood floors as well!!

Leigh-Anne June 3, 2011 at 1:57 am

I have an obsession with cleaning floors too! What’s your system for cleaning the grout?

Handy Man, Crafty Woman June 3, 2011 at 2:13 am

This looks pretty awesome. I think I need one! :-) My kitchen floor is wood, and SO hard to keep clean; as it’s where everyone comes in the door. yuck!

Chris June 3, 2011 at 2:32 am

I’ve had an older version of this mop since 2002. It is completely awesome. I have found that after a while the shine is dulled on my wood floors, and so I use a hardwood specific cleaner once a month to keep the shine going.

Nancy P June 3, 2011 at 4:57 am

Well I never thought I would be so happy to read a review of a steam cleaner but I am doing the happy dance right now. I have been wanting one but just wasn’t sure if they worked as well as they say they do.
I am SO getting this. Thank you!

Kris {The Freestyle Mom} June 4, 2011 at 7:16 am

I need this. Pulling out the mop and bucket is more work than I have time for on a daily basis, but this looks awesome!

Jessica June 22, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I just got my Envirosteamer yesterday and tried it out on all the dried hairspray and dog drool on my bathroom floor. I love it! Thanks for the tip. I can’t wait to try it on my wood floors too!

Cindy Hotaling September 2, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I have all 100% wood stained only floors. Can I use this product on them?

Chris September 2, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Gosh, Cindy. I really don’t know. If they’re not sealed, I don’t think I’d recommend it. Sorry. :(

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