So, Memorial Day weekend has come and gone. For us, the holiday weekend meant a lot. Living by the shore, this particular holiday is the unofficial start of summer. Tie that in with multiple family birthdays and coinciding parties and you get a recipe for plenty of cleaning to be done – before and after. Now, living with boys means, well, nothing but messes. From the kids’ toys strewn across the floor and dirty cleat tracks on the carpet to Daddy’s grease stained work clothes and simply having three cats in a house with hardwood floors, there is always something to be cleaned. While laundry and dishes are the simpler things in life, the floors are another story. In our house, “mopping” the bathroom floor really means “the kids just got a bath, splashed water all over the floor, and I dried it with a towel.” Kidding, kidding! Though, we do have those days. The whole mop and bucket thing and scrubbing grout lines just doesn’t strike my fancy. I do, however, try my best to keep things neat, tidy, and clean. Luckily, I had the opportunity to take a new approach and try out a great product in the process.
Black & Decker – yes, the tool folk – allowed me to give a go at one of their newest products. I have always been a fan of Black & Decker and have come to know them, and their products alike, as a wonderful solution to just about every project. I was surprised to learn that they had taken the jump into household cleaning products but excited to see how their new venture would play out.
After trying a handful of steam mops that’ve bit the dust, pun intended, learning of Black & Decker’s SmartSelect Steam Mop had me eager to try something new. One of the main issues that I often had with other brands and models was the simple fact that they didn’t have customized settings for different flooring types. I actually had one that nearly melted a laminate entryway. The Black & Decker SmartSelect Steam Mop solves that problem. With digital technology that allows you to release the correct amount of steam needed to thoroughly and safely clean numerous flooring types, including sealed hardwood, you no longer have to worry about any potential damage during cleaning.
With the simple touch of a button, users can go from floor to floor without worry. Whether you’re switching from wood to tile or from a large space to tight corners, the Black & Decker SmartSelect Steam Mop is sure to have you, and your floors, adequately covered. Not only can it easily transition between flooring types but, with a quick step on the lever, the SmartSelect Steam Mop features a smaller, triangular steam pad to help you get into tight spaces. Locking in all of the nasty dirt and grime, the microfiber pad glides across all floors with ease.
My favorite feature is the steam itself. In addition to having the capability to evenly and safely disburse the accurate amount of steam for every floor, the simple fact that it is just steam sells it for me. The Black & Decker SmartSelect Steam Mop kills 99.9% of germs using only water! That in itself makes it, truly, perfect for us parents (of children and/or pets!). With no need for any chemicals, simply fill the tank with water, wait for the readiness indicator light to change color, and you’re all set. One filling will last for over twenty-two minute of cleaning time!
And as if it couldn’t get any better, I believe we may have a little something for one of you. How would you like to have your very own SmartSelect Steam Mop? Black & Decker is graciously giving one lucky Eighty MPH Mom reader the very same chance to keep your home sparkling clean while doing so safely. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter, and enter below for your chance to win a brand new Black & Decker SmartSelect Steam Mop! Good luck!
One (1) winner will receive a Black & Decker SmartSelect Steam Mop.
Giveaway open to US residents only. Ends 6/14/13. ARV $120.
*Randi received the above product(s), free of charge, to facilitate this review. All opinions are those of reviewer only.