In the world of cleaning materials, Shark is a very popular brand. In steam mops, Shark-branded mops are well-known because of their setup and efficiency.
The Shark Steam Mop
The first version of the Shark Steam Mop only came with a few accessories and moving parts, unlike its current version today. With the help of a specially designed funnel and filling flask, users can pour water into the mop’s tank to set it up.
Next, users should attach the microfiber pad that can be attached to the head, with the help of fabric hooks and loop fasteners. Once that is done, it is important to unwrap the power cord and plug it in to get started.
Like traditional mops, the first version of the Shark Steam Mop can be used by using the same motions used in old mops. The original version of the Shark Steam Mop also does not have adjustable settings and detachable steamers, unlike its current versions.
Assembly is also required in the current versions of the Shark steam mops. See the steps below:
- First, connect the handle to the water tank until you hear a clicking sound. The sound would signal that you managed to connect the pieces together properly.
- Connect the mop head into the lower end of the tank, depending on which one you would require.
- Put the mop head cover on the mop head, if you are using the Shark Steam Mop pocket version. You can secure the mop cover with the help of Velcro.
- Check the instructions regarding what type of water would work well with your Shark Steam Mop. Do not use chemicals or cleaning agents.
- Once it is fully assembled, unwrap the cord from its holder and plug it in.
- Turn on the mop and let the mop warm up the water for 30 seconds.
- After warming up the mop, try pumping the handle two to three times to get the steam to flow out. If there is no steam coming out of the mop, try settling the mop again for a few seconds to let it heat up the water.
- Once the steam is fixed, move the mop forwards and back on the floor, to help the steam flow easily.
- Start with one corner of your room and work toward the other side, and make sure you do not step on the areas which were already cleaned. Once you’ve cleaned the entire area, make sure your end point is the door.
- When you see the pad is already dirty, simply flip the mop head cover and continue cleaning.
- Monitor the tank often to check when you need to refill it. It is not ideal to put too much water in the tank, because it may flow out of the mop as you clean along.
- When you are done using the steam mop, turn it off and unplug to allow it to cool down for at least 3 minutes.
To store your steam mop properly:
- First, remove the mop head cover when both the pad and the mop head have cooled off already.
- If you still have water in the tank after your mopping, empty it to prevent possible mineral deposit formation in the tank.
- Carefully wrap the cord around the cord hook on the mop.
- Clean the mop cover using liquid detergent, and once it is cleaned up, put it to dry at a low setting, or put it on a clothesline to dry.
- It is also important to make sure not to leave the mop hot in one place, because it can create damage to your floors or carpets.
If you are satisfied with your Shark Steam Mop, there are ways you can prolong its use and make it last for a long time. Here are some tips below:
- The pocket-pads included in your steam mop are reusable and can be washed regularly. However, it is advised that you replace them every two to three months, to ensure your steam mop is still capable of cleaning well. Use liquid detergent only when cleaning your pads, because other cleaners tend to leave residue on the pads and harm flooring.
- If there is calcium or mineral buildup on the nozzle, simply unplug your mop, remove the head when it is cold enough and use a paper clip to clean the deposit. Once you removed it, test the steam to see if it has improved.