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Back To The Basics: A BISSELL Powerfresh White Steam Mop 1940 Review
Dec 18, 2012
I don't like old fashioned mops, as they clean surface dirt but I don't think they effectively kill bacteria. I'm not opposed to using chemicals, but prefer not to when I can reasonably avoid doing so. So I've progressed from avoiding mops as much as I could, to using a Swiffer mop, then finally opting to use a steam mop. I prefer the steam mop over the other two.
The Bissell Powerfresh steam mop, made in China, features includes an easy scrubber, 23 ft power cord, two washable Microban microfiber mop pads, and a two year limited warranty. The box contains the handle, lower body, mop head, fragrance discs, and two mop pads. The SmartSet steam control provides three settings from light to medium, and sanitizes with steam to kill 99.9% bacteria, and is safe to use on marble, ceramic, stone, vinyl, laminate, linoleum, and sealed hardwood floors.
Assembly requires snapping the main pieces together and screwing the handle into place. To use, put on a mop pad, add water to the tank and plug in. There may be some knocking sounds the first time the steam mops used, this is normal. Once the ready light is illuminated, select a steam setting and start mopping.
I dislike perfumes and dyes, so the concept of using a fragrance disc to make the floors smell like a spring breeze seems odd. I want my floors to be clean, not scented. I guess Bissell thinks you'll miss the fragrances from chemicals used for regular mopping or the Swiffer. Adding fragrance for the sake of scenting flooring materials just doesn't make sense to me. Fortunately placing the scented discs into the mop pad pocket is not required.
While mopping, the steam is always on. My other steam mop has a switch to turn on steam when needed. I like being able to control the steam, and without this feature the mop pad on the Bissell Powerfresh steam mop becomes saturated with moisture. Additionally, taking a pause requires turning off the steam mop. Plus, a tray isn't included to set the steam mop into to protect the floor while pausing or during cool down.
The mop head is a 13" wide by 7.5" deep arched back rectangle connected with a swivel joint. The mop head is larger than the one on my other steam mop, but seems to fit in the same tight spaces. The real difference comes from my other steam mop using a ball joint which provides better maneuverability.
The Bissell Powerfresh steam mop is a decent basic floor cleaning tool. However, after using the Hoover TwinTank steam mop, I greatly dislike using the Bissell Powerfresh steam mop. Both are effective at cleaning floors, however the Bissell Powerfresh steam mop lacks the features which make the Hoover TwinTank steam mop so much better.
PROS: Easy scrubber reaches down into grout and crevices SmartSet steam control for light to heavy cleaning Sanitizes and kills 99.9% of harmful bacteria Washable Microban microfiber mop pads Safe to use on marble, ceramic, stone, vinyl, laminate, linoleum, and sealed hardwood floors Two year limited warranty
CONS: Leaves the floor with streaky appearance Swivel joint at mop head Steam is always on
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