How to Use a Shark Steam Mop

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how to use a shark steam mop

Steam mops are excellent tools for deep cleaning and disinfecting most hard surfaces. 

And if you’ve got a Shark steam mop, you’re in luck – they’re one of the best brands on the market today.

Fortunately, if you’ve never used a steam mop before, getting started is easy.

Here’s how to use a shark steam mop. Start by placing the mop head on. Next, fill the reservoir tank to the fill line with distilled water. Now plug in and turn the steam mop on. The water will heat up in about 30 seconds. Then, choose your steam setting and begin mopping the floor. Mop in a constant motion, as you would with a regular mop. 

What Types of Floors are Shark Steam Mops Safe For?

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The good thing about Shark steam mops is that they are generally safe for all types of sealed floors. This includes sealed porcelain, ceramic, slate, and stone tile, as well as hardwood floors and laminate.

You should not use shark steam mops on any unsealed tile or hardwood. You should also never use them on vinyl adhesive tiles since the steam can cause the adhesive to break down.

Step by Step Instructions for Using a Shark Steam Mop

The basics of using Shark steam mops are all the same, but specifics can vary a bit, depending on the model you have.

To use a steam mop, here’s what to do:

  • Thoroughly sweep the floors
  • Attach a clean mop pad to the steam mop
  • Fill the reservoir tank with distilled water
  • Power on the steam mop
  • Choose your setting
  • Mop the floors
In some models, you can control the steam by tilting the mop handle, while with others, all you need to do is push a button.

After you’ve finished cleaning and the mop has cooled down, remove the mop pad and throw it in the washer.

Here are some more specific instructions for two of Shark’s popular steam mop models:

How to Use the Shark Lift-Away Pro Steam Pocket Mop

To use the Shark-Lift Away Pro Steam Pocket Mop, begin by installing a fresh mop pad. Next, fill the reservoir tank with distilled water. Now plug the mop in, and the steam control button will flash blue. 

Press the steam control button once for low, twice for high, and three times to put your mop on standby. 

If you need an extra blast of steam, flip the mop head backward and tilt the mop handle back. To stop the excess steam, place the handle upright and put your mop head back in its regular position.

When you’re finished with the mop, power it off and unplug it.

How to Use the Shark Genius Steam Pocket Mop

If you have the Shark Genius Steam Pocket Mop, here’s how to use it:

  • Place a fresh pad on the mop
  • Fill the reservoir tank
  • Plug your mop in
  • The mop will flash blue, indicating it’s in standby mode
  • Press the steam button when you’re ready and then mop your floors
This model also has steam blast technology. For an extra blast of steam, flip the mop head backward and tilt the handle. To stop the excess steam, hold the handle upright and turn the mophead back in its regular position.

After you’ve mopped, power it off and unplug your cleaner.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How long does it take a Shark steam mop to heat up?

Shark steam mops heat up very fast, usually in under 30 seconds. If your model is taking a long time to heat up, check your user’s manual to determine if this is normal for the model you have.

Can I put cleaner in a Shark steam mop?

You cannot put cleaner in a Shark steam mop – you can only use distilled water. If you’re looking for an added scent, try Bissell’s line of demineralized scented waters, which are safe for Shark mops.

Can I put a little bleach in my steam mop?

You should never put bleach in your steam mop. Bleach is corrosive and can ruin your mop. Plus, steam mops are already great at disinfecting, so there’s little point in adding bleach to the reservoir tank.

Conclusion

Shark Steam Mops are very easy to operate. They do an excellent job cleaning, heat up quickly, and are the perfect size to maneuver between tight spaces.

Plus, most Shark steam mops are safe for all types of sealed floors. 

Using a steam mop is very easy to do, even if you have no prior experience.

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Katie Barton lives with her husband and three daughters in an 1800’s style log cabin in southern Ohio. She thinks cleaning is relaxing and is considered the organizing go-to person by her family and friends. She runs the blog Cabin Lane where she shares about cleaning, decluttering, and minimalism. See full biography here.

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