Technology is growing rapidly day by day, thus making our everyday life easier. Out of the many types of machinery, ‘Steam mops’ are one of the leading devices which have recently taken over the market. This household device has created a large impact on house-wives and the ‘women-section’ as it is easy to use and the varieties of functions takes cleaning to the next level. But despite all these advantages and facilities, one question still remains and may pop up in mind when you are buying a ‘steam mop’, and that is ‘Do steam mops damage tile floors?’ Well, the answers lie below.
The different conditions
Well, the answer is both ‘YES’ and ‘NO’. The reason is that it totally depends on the type of floor tiles you are using. Steam heated mops affect differently to the different floor tiles and all of these effects are included below. However, before you go for the effects, a short description of how the steam mop works may help you to understand the ‘reasons’ better.
In a steam mop, the water inside the reservoir is heated up to 120 degrees (248 degrees Fahrenheit). This produces steam which helps to soak the pad and swiping the mop on the dirt, draws the dirt off the ground. The steam mops leave no residue on the ground. Moreover, it disinfects floors, restores shine and even kills dust mites.
Effect on different floor tiles
All though it has all these advantages but unfortunately they can’t be used for a few specific kinds of tiles. Go through the descriptions and see if your tiles can be cleaned with steam mops or you have to choose the old ‘mop and bucket cleaning system’.
Vinyl Adhesive floor tiles
Although they look good on floors and looks more attractive when cleaned, unluckily they cannot be cleaned using steam mops. When the heated steam is used against them, the floor tiles lose its adhesiveness. This is because the vapor from the steam causes the glue to fail from sticking to the ground, which eventually causes loose corners which are too much expensive to repair.
N.B: You will not notice any change for the first few days of using steam mops, but after a couple of weeks the loose corners may upset you.
Ceramic and Porcelain tiles
Well, good news for you! You can use steam mops to clean ceramic and porcelain tiles as much as you want. Not a spot will be there on your tiles as these tiles have a layer of mortar and concrete board surface. It does not allow steam to pass through it and is highly resistant to temperatures so large temperatures can’t affect it. The steam mop will clean the tile surface and the plaster, which will give a streak-free surface and simultaneously will disinfect the surface. No matter what condition your tiles are (cracked or old) the steam mop will clean it without any damage.
High heat steam can damage marble floors and may cause fatigue to these costly tiles. But you can still use steam mops because it does not produce that much heat (120 degrees) while cleaning your floors. Marble floor-tiles have the capacity to resist the heat given out from steam mops so now you can use steam mops to easily clean your floors.
Concrete floor or tiles
Steam mops are most suitable for porous surfaces. For concrete floors, there will be no problem in using it as they have the perfect porous surface. The ‘steam’ from the steam mop can easily extract dirt from concrete floor without any kind of damage.
N.B: Although there is no risk, still contact the manufacturer before using as it depends on how the concrete is sealed.
So what is your floor tiled with? These are all the effects of a steam mop on different kind of floor tiles. See if your floor tiles can support the steam mop.
However, there are other reasons why your floor might get damaged although you may be using concrete or marble floors. Well, nothing to worry about. Read the article below to know the reasons and be aware of them. It’s just as simple as that!
Using a chemical with a steam cleaner
If you use a chemical with a steam mop, then you may cause your floor tiles to be damaged. This does not apply for all chemicals, only those that are ‘unauthorized’ may cause this problem. You may get these unauthorized chemicals at a low price but do not make this mistake! These chemicals are mixed in a wrong proportion which may work almost like the real one. No matter how well-built is your tile with time, these shows its short-comings and can end up being damaged.
Overusing the steam mop
Although steam mops help in cleaning floors very efficiently. But, over-using it can result in your tiles to be damaged. Although it has very strong functionalities, do not underestimate its power. Overexposure to very high temperature and moisture can damage your tiles.
It is suggested to use the steam mop only once a week. You may use a standard mop and vacuum cleaner for other days and purposes. This will prevent your tiles from being impaired as well as keep your floor clean.
Puddles of water
Leaving puddles of water on the floor is not only disadvantageous while using steam mops only but it also often damages the floor tiles. The water enters the tiles through the grouts. This weakens the adhesiveness that holds the tiles to the floor. If normally the tiles get weak and after that, a steam mop is used with high temperature, the tiles may be permanently damaged beyond repair.
As the steps look as simple as that, do not underestimate any of the steps. If you overlook these steps, they may become a burden at the end of the day. Now you know which type of floor tiles can handle the steam mops. I hope this article helped you to get a wider range of ideas and thoughts and will assist you to come to a wiser decision.