I was rather sceptical when my wife saw the Efbe Schott Power Steam Mop advertised on Ideal World and wanted us to buy one. After all, we used to have a handheld steam appliance a few years ago and that was pretty useless.
It claimed to clean hard floors and carpets by steam power alone, without needing to use any chemicals.
When it arrived, it was flimsier than we had imagined it would be - this was to become one of its advantages - and it required a little self assembly. It was a little bit tricky to attach the triangular mop head, but it soon slotted into place.
The mop works by filling up its water tank and plugging in the power cord. You can either take off the water tank and fill it at the cold tap or use the filling cup supplied to pour in the water through a pluggable hole. We decided to do the latter, as the tank was awkward to get on and off and the user manual warned that it was fragile.
Always hoover the floor before using the mop, as it isn't intended to pick up dust.
Within about 30 seconds steam is generated out of the mop head and through its detachable cloth mop, on demand from the trigger on its handle. Two cloth mops and a fluffier chenille mop are supplied. You simply put these in the washer afterwards. When using the mop on a carpet, there is a triangular glider accessory that the mop head fits into to aid its movement.
The 1500W of power produces a surprising amount of steam and within seconds it is starting to lift stains. For more stubborn stains you may need to hover the mop over the area for longer. The mop is really light, is very easy to move around and its triangular head is designed to get into all the corners. Most tasks can be completed using one fill, but its advisable not to let the water run out.
The results are amazing. There hasn't been a stain yet that it hasn't tackled and at least faded. The demonstrators on TV claimed that it doesn't wet the floor/carpet. This isn't strictly true, especially if you've had to concentrate on a particular spot for a while, but it isn't drastic and soon dries.
Get the Power Steam Mop and it will take much of the back strain out of cleaning your hard floors and carpets.
* I have also written this review on Ciao