O-Cedar Microfiber Steam Mop is well designed, lightweight and affordable steam mop. Due to its features and price, it is very popular steam mop. It doesn't have additional scrubbing system and it can operate only as a steam mop, not as both steam mop and steam vacuum, but it is simple to use, very simple to operate and it will help the user to keep the home clean.
Date: March 22, 2017.
O-Cedar Microfiber Steam Mop Features and Specifications
The O-Cedar Microfiber Steam Mop has 1550W heater, which heats the water rather quickly - in 20 seconds.
Power cord is ~20 feet (~6.1 m) long and could be longer. If one needs longer power cord, extension cord might be used, however, have in mind that the unit requires ~14-15 Amps of current and that it uses a polarized plug - one blade is wider than the other. Anyway, if you need to clean larger area, unplug the unit from one and plug it in another wall socket, without using the extension cord.
Also, there is no automatic rewind system. Good thing is that there is a power switch - many similar units start to heat the water as soon as they are plugged into the wall socket.
The O-Cedar Microfiber Steam Mop comes with two microfiber pads and a snap-on glider for refreshing the carpets.
Unit is very light and weighs only 5 pounds (2.3 kg), and thanks to the triangle cleaning head and swivel mechanism, it easily cleans corners and edges and hard to reach surfaces like under and around the furniture.
Unit's width is 300 mm (~12 inches), length 200 mm (~8 inches), height 1260 mm (~50 inches) and tank capacity is 400 ml (~14 ounces). Unit comes with 200 ml measuring cup.
Personally, I don't like the fact that the water tank cannot be detached from the unit. Also, it requires two refills with the cup to be fully filled.
To make things 'worse', water tank is not transparent and one doesn't know how much water there is in the tank as long as the steam comes out. Or the red LED light turns on.
So, before turning the unit on, before each cleaning, refill the tank, just to be sure.
Note: when it arrives, this steam mop must be assembled first. Assembly is rather easy, just be sure to check the manual first, not just for assembly, but to familiarize yourself with your unit, too.
Amount of steam can be changed, depending on the cleaned surface and the amount of dirt. When set to minimum, steam mop provides 14 grams of hot steam per minute and when set to maximum, unit provides 23 grams of steam per minute.
Lowest setting should be used on wood and laminate floors, if such floors are certified by their manufacturer for such cleaning.
Highest steam setting should be used to clean tiles, marble and similar very resistant floors.
Adjust steam settings for other floors types according to their sensitivity and amount of dirt.
According to the steam mop manufacturer, unit can use ordinary tap water. Unfortunately, there is no limescale build-up sensor. So, when the unit begins to produce less steam than usual or even fully stops producing steam one needs to remove the limescale from the unit. Fortunately, steam mop manual provides exact steps how to clean the unit.
Personally, distilled or demineralized water is not so expensive, and it leaves no marks or streaks on the floor and it doesn't lead to limescale build-up in the steam mop. So, use distilled or demineralized water, especially in the areas with hard tap water. But that's just me ...
Like many similar steam mops, this steam mop kills 99.9% of bacteria without any cleaning chemicals in lab conditions. In real life conditions, this result can be even better if the unit passes more slowly over the surface. Or it can be worse, if the floor is uneven, or if there are cracks where steam can't reach easily and raise the temperature fully.
Since this is stem mop only, it is good practice to vacuum the floors first, if they are really dirty - this way, mop pads don't have to be changed often and there are no interruptions during cleaning.
The O-Cedar Microfiber Steam mop is excellent choice for all sealed hard floor surfaces including tile, wood, vinyl, laminate and other hard floors. Note: wood, laminate and similar floors, the finish must be in perfect condition, or the steam will penetrate through the cracks and in the long run cause wood to rot and change its shape. In any case, be sure to use lower steam setting on such floors.
Carpet glider is included - it helps in refreshing the carpets and rugs, but it doesn't actually clean them. Nonetheless, a welcome feature.
Unit comes with 2 microfiber pads - they can be machine washed up to 25 times after which, they should be replaced with new ones. Microfiber pads are relatively cheap and one should always have one or two spare pads.
Pads are easily replaced, just be aware that used pads can be very hot. They absorb dirt, dust, bacteria and moisture very well, but over time they degrade. Newer pads also help floors get dry faster.
Unit comes with 1-year warranty, which is acceptable for the steam mop in this price range.
For more reviews and recommendations, check O-Cedar Microfiber Steam Mop Amazon link. If you need replacement pads, check O-Cedar Microfiber Steam Mop Replacement Pads Amazon link (both links open in the new windows).