Ed gets to grips with the kitchen and bathroom floors …
Television producers do seem to like commissioning programs where people relive the past; most recently, I’ve been watching Back in time for dinner, recreating the diet of British people from the fifties to the present day. One of the things that really it really showed was just how much time was spent cooking and cleaning, and how without labour saving devices it really was an all day job. While some gadgets might seem ridiculous, overall our lives have been massively improved: just imagine cleaning rugs and carpets without a vacuum cleaner, or washing without a machine.
The most recent device to make its way into the flat is a Vida steam mop (£44.99 from ebuyer). This is an all in one device, with the steam generator part of the handle, weighing 2.7kg without water. Water capacity is 500 ml, which lasts 10 minutes of steaming. The mop head is a 20cm by 20cm by 30cm triangle, covered in a removable and washable microfiber cover. The head hinges, but doesn’t swivel, but this isn’t a problem as the mop is light enough to be easily manoeuvred. The flex is 4.7 metres long, and there are two hooks on the handle around which it can be wrapped for storage. Using the mop is straightforward; fill with water, switch on and wait 18 seconds for the steam to start. To prime the pump, the mop must be held horizontally which isn’t made clear in the instructions. Once steaming, use the mop as normal.
I’m finding that it does a good job of cleaning, and what I particularly like is that we’re trying to cut down on our use of chemicals, and this is one easy way of making a step in that direction, while still doing a good job. Another advantage is that using steam means that the floor dries quickly after cleaning. We’re finding it a useful addition to the cleaning cupboard and not a gimmick.
We received a Vida Steam Mop to review. All opinions our own.