Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Give Away: Bissell Steam Mop

From the moment our family moved into our most recent apartment I found myself on the lookout for a way to sanitize my floors. Our parquet wood flooring circa 1970 has been met with one-too-many a shoe that has walked the streets of Manhattan-and it showed. I knew this was a job bigger than my Swiffer Wet Jet could handle- so I was on the hunt for something new.

In my search for floor sterilization products, I came across a whole myriad of steam mops.
Some were European, some were industrial strength- all were tempting.....and expensive. I loved the idea though- a chemical free way to clean (and even sterilize!:) your floors by using steam.

As I furthered my search, in hopes of finding a cheaper steam mop alternative, I came across the Bissell Steam Mop. It was much cheaper than the competition ($79), and had some pretty high ratings, so I thought I would give it a try.

Overall, I love this mop. It ships mostly assembled- which is nice. You have to pop the head on, and screw in the handle, pop on the filter, and that is it assembly-wise. Slide on the microfiber cover (it comes with 3!), fill up the water tank, plug it in, and within a minute or so you are ready to steam your floors. Very easy.

I love that the head of the Steam Mop swivels. It can fit in the little space around my toilet, and slide under my couches and beds. One of my favorite things about this mop is that there is not much to buy beyond the original purchase of the mop. No refill cleaners or expensive paper replacement mop heads like I have had to purchase in the past with the Swiffer Wet Jet.
The only thing that requires replacement is the water filter ($10). You can prolong the life of your filter by using distilled water in your Steam Mop.

The Steam Mop covers slide easily over the base of the mop, and can be tightened securely with the attached toggle. When you are done mopping, the cover can be easily taken off and machine washed.

Some things to be aware of if you are considering purchasing the Steam Mop:

  • The Steam Mop only emits steam when you push down on the steam trigger. It will not release a continuous steam. I found myself pushing the steam button for most of my mopping experience (yes, I am a clean freak) and getting a finger cramp at times.
  • The Steam Mop will not work miracles. It does a fantastic job at cleaning my floors- much better than any mop I have previously owned- but with that said you still have to do some bicep work. The mop is somewhat difficult to push across my hardwood floor (although it does glide nicely over my tile).
  • You have to be careful about what kind of flooring you use it on. It cannot be used on unsealed wood. Period. Some people have reported problems when they used it on their old linoleum. I have no problem using it on my bathroom tile, kitchen tile and parquet wood floor.
With caveats aside, I love this mop. I use it twice a week in our home. After mopping my floors I occasionally change the mop cover and steam my low-pile area rugs. It cleans them very well (not recommended by Bissell, and I wouldn't do this on a priceless rug, just IKEA rugs like I have). I love the idea of cleaning my floors without chemicals. My kids spend most of their day on the floor playing so keeping the floor clean and chemical-free is a big deal to me.

Who wants to clean their floors with the chemical-free BISSELL Steam Mop?? One lucky reader will win their very own BISSELL Steam mop! Enter by leaving a comment on this post before midnight October 14th. The winner will be randomly selected and announced on the morning of the 15th. Shipping to continental US only. Thank you BISSELL!!

73 comments:

Natalie said...

Sounds like a great option! Thanks for the tips!

Dan, Heidi, & Maddy said...

This is great. I currently don't have a mop and this seems ideal. I love your blog.

Amylouwho said...

Oh please, I need this!

Scott and Elly said...

Ummm, that sounds a heck of a lot better than my swiffer, which I never use. So glad you found this product!

All-American Preppy said...

I would love to win this steam mop--it looks like it works great... and my current mop is so busted that I can't even use it!

aprilmay said...

I have been begging my husband for one of these. My swifter seems to build up after awhile and my baby is crawling stage.

Kristie said...

Mopping is one of my least favorite chores :) anything to make it easier would be great.

Julie said...

I also hated my swiffer. Those darn covers never stayed put! This would be wonderful!! I really like the idea of steam rather than harsh chemicals.

Ricki said...

I can totally relate to this post/giveaway. I am a clean freak too! And I've used European steam cleaners and loved them, but couldn't afford one and also didn't love getting burned by them. Since this is just for floors it's probably harder to get burned by a jet of steamy water, another plus! I would love, LOVE one of these!!!

Debbie said...

OK I have a dog and 4 kids, I am the one :) Thanks for all the tips too. Love your blog!

Jebomini said...

This mop sounds awesome. I love that it is green and I would love one. Thanks for the info

Dawnell said...

I have a new place with lots more floors to clean. Come on Bissell.

Amy J. said...

Wow! What an incredible give-away! Dust bunnies BEWARE!

Marla said...

OK, now this one I want for sure! Now if only it came with someone who would do it for me...

Aubrey said...

I would love to use this in my new house!

AlexisTexas said...

I would LOVE LOVE LOVE one of these!

squick said...

I need this!! I have a 3 month old who spits up all over the floor and this would REALLY help!!!!

bradyandamy said...

I would love to have a reason/excuse to try to be cleaner...

ZAC said...

I hope my luck kicks in for once on something I really really want and somehow I win this mop...

Julie said...

Wow--I might actually try to clean my kitchen floor if I get this!

Brian and Amelia said...

I would love this!!!

Melissa said...

Wow, sounds great! I'd love to try this out!

Kim and Nathan said...

I have been looking into getting a steam mop, but have not yet made the plunge. Your review was very helpful. I have lots of tile and dont like to use chemicals. This would be great.

Hiatt Family said...

Maybe I can win THIS!

luke & sammy said...

What an awesome give away!

Scott and Megan said...

I would LOVE this, especially since my little baby has just become mobile and I am trying to figure out how to keep the floors CLEAN!

laurel said...

Wow, this sounds great! My floors need it.

blueviolet said...

I love that this is chemical-free. This would be put to good use in my house. I am obsessed with clean floors!
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Joni said...

I would love this. It could replace me swiffer!!!

Sarah said...

What? How have I never heard of this? I too have floor that have seen much better days.

Matt and Doreen said...

Wow! You give away some awesome stuff on your blog!! I want everything you blog about.

Brent and Ashley said...

I still use an old sponge mop. I am way too old fashioned. I need an update!! This would be SO cool!!

hazel said...

I've never even heard of a steam mop before, that is an awesome idea! I bet it works wonders.
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banny said...

if i am lucky...

Kristen said...

Oh my goodness that sounds like just what I need!!

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Amy said...

I have lots of wood floors - this would be fantastic with 3 kids constantly marching all over the floors! It's impossible to keep them clean! starkgirls4@gmail.com

Brooke said...

My mother in-law had a steamer and I fell in love with it! I would definitely love to win this.

Mama J said...

Ok, so this really works? I'm so reluctant when it comes to things like this. I'm glad your willing to try things out first...my tile could really use a cleaning!

Dustin & Erin said...

My husband (the neat freak at our house) would flip! I may need to get him this for Christmas! :)

Holly said...

I would love this mop. I love the idea of steam instead of cleaner that leaves a residue.

The 4 Hoggans said...

I have tons of tile. This looks fun and I hate to clean.

Juli said...

I don't know if I could do twice a week like you, but I promise to clean the floors at least once a week with this!

Jess, Dust, and Wyatt said...

With tiny babies toddling and crawling the floors, this is an absolute dream for me to have...count me in for the give away!!!

Rachel said...

wow... that sounds great!!

Em and Ms said...

This would make my life so much easier.

Tuesday Girl said...

I would love to try this out. I hate using chemicals where my children play/crawl

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Brenda Jo said...

fingers crossed

David and Stephanie said...

I have been wanting one for soo long, i would love to have this one!

aftie and ella's mamma said...

just found your blog and i love your clean look. i'd love this for my wood floors.

Tim, Laurel, and Olivia said...

Sounds awesome!

Megan said...

This looks so great. Thanks for the find!

Susanna said...

this would be awesome! please - me!

Elizabeth said...

Great Idea!

Heather said...

I hate mopping my floors--I totally need this!

Alison said...

What a great mop! And a fun giveaway! We've loved our other Bissell products...

Lise said...

So I have hated every mop that I have owned since I have been married for ten years. This sounds like the perfect answer.

jenny said...

wow i love to own one of them thay look so neet and realy cool to use thanks

KHH said...

I have always wanted to try a steam cleaning device and this review has convinced me that I should try this one! thanks, Kathleen

Kami said...

my floors would love this!

Mary said...

Steam mop! That's what I need!

Justina Selim said...

I hate my mop! I would love to replace it with this!

Shanna said...

Wow, this sounds very cool!

Sara said...

I love the idea of cleaning with steam!

Brian and Arika said...

This might be exactly what I've been needing!!!

Pie said...

I absolutely loathe mopping- I just have one of those wimpy sponge mops that don't actually clean anything off the floor that might be stuck. I love that no chemicals are needed- this would sure make mopping less hated at our house! Thanks for the great giveaway and tips!

Su Wang said...

Will this clean the dried up splats from my toddler's food bombs? we've tried the roomba, not so good. this has to be better.

Li'l MG said...

Thanks for the chance, because I could definitely use this!

Kristie said...

My baby just started crawling and her little clothes are getting so dirty on our laminate floors! I NEED this to help me get cleaner floors - Swiffer isn't doin' it for me anymore!

bec said...

I hate my swiffer. I can't stand dirty floors. This sounds awesome.

Courtney said...

My daughter is learning to crawl, so I have been extra concerned about my dirty floors lately...it is disgusting how dirty they can still be even after an hour of mopping! My daughter would definitely love for me to get one of these, I'm sure!

Rebecca Smylie said...

Oh man. I Have one of those awesome manhattan wood floors. Would love a shot at it being clean.

Paul, Brittney, and Avery said...

This looks like a great product! I would love to try it out!

Alissa said...

Sounds like a great product I need!