If you have ever watched a late-night infomercial where someone was trying to sell a steam mop you may have heard them talking about all of the various benefits of using a steam mop versus a traditional mop and a bucket full of water or any of the million other modern cleaning gadgets. You may have even heard them mention that it is healthier than using other types of cleaners. But what are the health benefits of using a steam mop? Are there any?
There are actually some health benefits to cleaning with steam. When steam is hot enough it can kill dust mites, mold and other allergens. The main health benefit of using a steam mop however is that you will replace the health hazard of using other cleaners and detergents. Most cleaning products contain chemicals that can be irritating and even dangerous. Any product that requires you to use it in a well ventilated area or wear rubber gloves can’t possibly be safe. Many people have even developed allergies to some of the toxic chemicals and solvents in common cleaning products.