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Recently, I took my first vacation since before the pandemic, and I returned home to find my apartment was a mess. After spending a week in an airy, spotless hotel room, I was now standing in a tiny studio where the floors looked dull and dirty, the shelves were dusty, and the whole space felt cluttered. While I vacuum and dust regularly, I realized that after nearly two years of spending more time at home (including working from home), my apartment desperately needed a much deeper cleaning. Over the following weekends, I started purging closets, dusting everything from bookshelves to baseboards, and to help tackle a multitude of chores, I purchased the PurSteam ThermaPro 211 10-in-One Steam Mop, an Amazon bestseller with over 23,000 5-star ratings that I had read about on Apartment Therapy.
I had been considering buying this steam mop for quite a while, because it claims to do it all: clean floors, rugs, blinds, glass, mirrors, grout, and upholstery, and it even converts into a handheld clothing steamer (because who feels like ironing?). Since I was on a mission to make my place spotless, it seemed the perfect time to finally take the plunge and buy this multitasking tool. The fact that the mop was on sale for $70 didn’t hurt, either!
Once the mop arrived, I couldn’t wait to take it for a spin, because I was certain it would make my life easier. Lifting it out of the box, it was surprisingly compact, lightweight, and easy to assemble. All I had to do was attach the mop head to the base. The mop comes with eight attachments — an angled nozzle, a scrape tool, a double brush tool, a big brush tool, a small brush tool, a steamer jet, a steamer attachment, a squeegee attachment — plus two washable, reusable microfiber cloths, a steamer cloth for the steamer attachment, a carpet glider for cleaning rugs, and a funnel and cup for filling the water tank. Whew!
The options of what I could clean were endless, but I decided to start with my drab hardwood floors. After vacuuming my living area, I attached a microfiber cloth to the mop head, filled the water tank (which provides 12 minutes of steam), plugged it in, and turned the dial up a few notches to get a small stream of steam flowing. It heated up within seconds, and then I effortlessly glided it across the floor and wiped away dust, dirt, and a few tiny dried-up stains I hadn’t noticed before. Within five minutes, I was done, and the wood was literally gleaming and looked like new — even some of the small scratches in the floor were hardly noticeable.
Next, I tackled a few tasks in the bathroom, using the steamer jet and double brush tools to scrub the blackened grout between the floor tiles. I was appalled and amazed by the dirty water that pooled on the white tile as it swiftly lifted out the grime. After mopping down the floor, I turned my attention to the sink faucet, which had a bit of limescale buildup on the knobs. For this job, I refilled the tank and again used the steamer jet and double brush attachments to scrub the discolored deposits away (be careful when switching/adding attachments — those things can get hot from the steam). Though it took a few minutes, the steamer did an incredible job and the silver fixtures were left spotless and sparkling.
Since there was still some water left in the tank, I turned my attention to the shower tiles, swiftly brushing any traces of mildew out of the grout. Usually I find this chore laborious because of all the stretching and scrubbing, but the steamer made it so there was no sweat strain on my back. With my cleaning done for the day, I filled the tank one last time, attached the steamer tool and cloth, and steamed the wrinkles out of a shirt I wore to dinner with a friend that night. Among the topics we discussed? My obsession with my new steam mop!
The PurSteam ThermaPro 211 is seriously a game-changer, and I only wish I had gotten it sooner. I have been wowed by how useful it is and how it makes cleaning my apartment so much faster and easier. In fact, it is actually motivating me to clean more, and I can’t wait to use it on my stove, my area rug, my sofa, my windows, and my mirrors. If only it could wash my dishes… but maybe they’ll make an attachment for that too.