Is Your Steam Mop Damaging Your Floor?
Of course, a steam mop can clean well and gives you a streak-free finish. If you have a Hardwood floor- this is not enough!
Determining the steam mop damaging your hardwood floor is a little bit confusing. While the internet is full of articles on both sides. So we need to consider the following:
What is the working temperature of a steam mop?
- It is about 248 degrees Fahrenheit to 348 degrees Fahrenheit.
- A steam mop works with boiling water and the steam helps to get the dirt from the floor.
- But you know hardwood floors typically can resist between 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Sealed floors may resist a bit of a higher temperature.
Engineered Hardwood Floors:
It is durable but this type of hardwood floor needs to use adhesives. And adhesives can be loosened by heat and steam applied for cleaning. Steam moisture may travel from layer to layer, so there is a large possibility that your floor may be permanently damaged. At the same time, it may crack, wrack, or be shineless after using a steam mop at an inappropriate temperature.
Solid Hardwood Floors:
Most of the internet articles say sealed hardwood floors can withstand the moisture and heat of a steam mop. But as you see the working temperature of the steam mop and the heat resistance of hardwood floors are unmatched.
What to do? :
You have to make a careful decision to mop your floor with a steam mop. You have to avoid it if your floor is not sealed. Though Sealed floors are not 100% safe considering the above facts, if your steam mop has a heat controller, you may try it by adjusting the heat. One thing you need to remember -do not hold the mop for a long time in a particular place!