Just so you know how hard this thing has to work... I have all laminate hardwood floors in my house, ceramic tile in my 2 bathrooms, no rugs (except for the one in front of the shower), boyfriend, our 5 year old, 3 roommates, a 70 pound boxer, 2 side jobs that constantly direct people to our home and whatever friends decide to stop by that day... Needless to say we have a LOT of foot traffic to clean up after. It's a constant battle with the dirt that is brought in on a daily basis. After months of trying every cleaning solution, mops, brooms, Swiffers, etc. & still having the gritty feeling when we walked around or streaks across the floor from the dirt being pushed around, I bought the original steam mop & LOVED it. It lasted over 2 years with being used at least 6 times a week, and would have probably lasted longer except my loving boyfriend thinks he or his friends can fix anything. When the heating element went out (or so that's what he diagnosed it as), there was no more steam mop, instead a pile of purple & silver parts that looked like it once was my steam mop. We then moved to the vac & steam. It lives up to it's expectations and then some. You can easily see if you accidently suck up an earring or child's toy. Neither product leave streaks on your floor as long as you use a clean pad. The pads are easy to clean, and the attachment is held on by a strong magnet (easy enough to get off, but strong enough that your mop attachment won't just fall off when you're using it), and you can even get spills & spots up with ease. I've heard some people don't like their steam mops, but I think it's because they either don't sweep/vacuum before, or that it's just new to them to not use cleaning solution. The steam is so much better and more clean. No chemicals to inhale or stick to your floor, just to have to mop up the film left by them later. The Shark Vac-Then-Steam is truly a GREAT investment... It's even easy to talk friends into doing it for you because they think it's neat to try!
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