Steam mops are great and we’re giving one away!

You already know that you can rely on TK Garnham for all your domestic appliance repairs. Based in Ipswich, we cover the length and breadth of Suffolk and you’ll regularly find us repairing washing machines and dishwashers throughout Norfolk from King’s Lynn to Great Yarmouth, and from Thetford to Cromer. But apart from fixing your appliances, we also like to offer you advice about all kinds of matters relating to the home. Since cleanliness is a big concern of so many householders, we thought we’d consider steam mops.

Steam mops are revolutionising floor washing. Rather than use a wet swiffer-style mop, you can do a better cleaning in about the same amount of time with the power of steam. While you will still need to get down on hands and knees with a cleaner occasionally to do baseboards, corners and tight areas, once you’ve used a steam mop for floors, you’ll not likely want to go back to the mop and pail routine.

If you think you’d like a steam mop but don’t want to fork out for one, how about trying to win one? We’re hosting a prize draw for some lucky winner to receive a quality Zanussi steam mop. All you have to do is go to any of our social media pages and look for the Zanussi Steam Mop promo. In Twitter you need to ‘Retweet’. In Facebook and LinkedIn, you need to ‘Like’. And if you’d like to give your friends a chance of winning while increasing your own chances, you can ‘Share’ the post on Facebook.

By the way, there’s nothing to stop you entering via all three social media sites. Go ahead and have a blast!


If you’re still wondering whether steam mops offer any real benefits, the following should give you food for thought.

Weight & Handling
Steam mops are usually easy to handle and don’t give the back strain associated with wringing or swinging a heavy wet cotton floor mop. Using a steam mop generally requires little effort, unless the model is large, bulky in design or has a secondary function which can add more weight to the tool.

Where the water tank is positioned and its size can also affect handling. Take time to inspect the mop you’re considering buying to check for accessories, features and especially lift and handling. Most but not all steam mops have swivel heads, making them easy to maneouvre around cabinets and into corners.

Cleaning Ability
Some steam mops do list the intensity of steam or wattage on their product specs, but others do not, making it difficult for consumers to compare between models. If you want to sanitise your floors, you do need very hot steam,  and the higher the wattage, the better.

Where they differ mostly, is how steam is generated and how many bursts it ejects. Full steam coverage on the mop pad also helps with performance. Some models use pump-driven steam (eject steam as you work with the mop), while others have a trigger control or continuous steaming. The type you go for is really just down to personal preference.

Steam Mop Accessories
While some steam mops come with two or more shapes of mop heads and custom cloths with replacements, other mops come with only one mop pad. A choice of mop head – triangular or rectangular, makes the mop more versatile allowing you to get into corners or cover a large floor area more quickly.

The more accessories that are included, the better. How long a mop cloth will last depends on many factors but it’s a good idea to have a spare cloth on hand. You should review the accessories that come with the model you choose and purchase at least one spare mop pad if none are included.

Benefits of a Steam Mop
Besides the convenience of being able to do several floors in much less time than with a regular floor mop and bucket, using a steam mop takes very little effort. There’s no bending, no wringing, no water pail to trail or slop and no smelly or expensive cleansers. They use only water and take very little room to store.

Consumer Tips
Always read your product manual, there are safety tips as well as important use and care information in it. You’ll also find a parts list should you need to get anything replaced.

When buying any appliance, you may want to consider purchasing an extended warranty contract. Generally speaking, the more expensive the item, the more beneficial such a warranty will prove to be.

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