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    looking for best steam mop for ceramic floors

    OK girls, I am full of questions. I am looking to buy a steam mop to clean my ceramic floors. Need your opinions, pros and cons on what you think is best one. I have light beige tile with light to med grout. The grout is my downfall. Due to disabilities I am unable to get down on my knees or "butt" without pain. I am hoping a steamer will help clean the grout.

    While on the subject of floors, I am also in need of a new vacuum for the carpet. I have short shag multi color beige and brown. The problem is the neighbors very long haired German Shepard. I love her to death but she sheds terrible. She spends most of each day with me. My Hoover canister is just getting plugged up! Will an upright work better or do I need to stick with canister and look for a new one. This one is five years old. By the way my home is a clean home not a house, with lots of adults and kids going in and out daily. Oh, can't forget the dogs or dogs on some days... depending on who is here. Grandkids all have one or two dogs that watch over them at all times. So I guess they would be my grand dogs. Who would have thought 20 years ago I would be a grandmother to dogs??!! LOL It must be a a late Spring cleaning bug I seem to have caught! Although I don't remember much of a Spring here. We went from snow to hot and humid. Thanks girls for any help you can give.

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    I'm a grandmother to dogs too, but I'd certainly rather have human grandchildren! Anyway, I have a Shark vaccum that I really like. It has good suction, easy to push around because it swivels, and it's easy to dump out the dirt. I also have a Shark steam cleaner, but I don't have tile so I'm not sure how it would clean grout.
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    I have the Shark steam mop. It's OK. Grout is still not perfect at times, but livable. If you have hard water, use distilled water. Mine has been plugged up a few times when I've forgotten. My husband has always been able to get it cleaned out, but it would be easier not to mess with it.

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    Can't offer any advice on a steamer. But for the grout...when we installed ours, the person at the tile store told me to seal the grout with 10 (yes 10!) coats of the sealer. I spent a couple of days with a small bowl and little kiddie paint brushes and did exactly that. Granted, my grout is very dark brown but it still shines like the day I finished sealing it over 20 years ago.

    For a vacuum, I have the Dyson animal and love it. I keep getting cheapie uprights for my upstairs and am never satisfied. End up dragging the dyson up the steps then need DH to drag it back down as it is heavy and I'm short. I would think an upright might be easier for you to deal with instead of the canister/bags. But don't go cheap. It's not worth it. DH has come home to find more than one on the front yard!

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    I have the Shark steamer and like it for my vinyl, but I don't have tile. I also have the Shark Rotator vacuum and absolutely love it! I thought my previous vacuum was doing a good job until i got this one but it didn't come close. I love that you can take it off the beater/brush at the bottom and carry it around when you need to.
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    We have a Haan steamer for our porcelain tile! We also have a Sebo vaccuum. Both are great.

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    We have discussed steamers and vacuums recently if you want to try the search function for more input. We had a big hairy German shepherd and got a purple Dyson and it really sucked up that fur from carpet and hard surfaces. Mr stitchnripper was dubious but soon became convinced. I have a shark steamer and also got one of those little new swiffer steamers and I like that too.
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    I have the shark steam n vac and I love it. I don't use the steamer often, but I use the vacuum almost every other day - it's great for a quick run over the hardwood floors to suck up dog hair, cat hair, and my hair!
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    I have a Shark steamer: works okay on bathroom tile. I have a kenmore hepa filter vacuum for years that someone brought to the salvation army thift store: was only plugged up but is dying now and hubby wants to buy a shark. Also got a dyson from the thift store that was also plugged up and leave that one down in my sewing room.

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    I have a very small Dyson which is easy to move around - it is half the size of a normal upright. My Bissell steamer came with a number of brushes, including a grouting brush. Perhaps you could work as a team by having someone else wield the brush on the grout whilst you hold the detatchable water steamer. The steamer requires that someone hold onto the switch on the handle to operate. It stops when the switch is released.

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    I also use a Shark Steamer and when the grout becomes darker looking I use spray bleach and then steam it. Comes out great.

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    I have the shark steamer also. I have light almond tile with light almond grout. The steamer doesn't really do anything for the grout. But it's great to get up drips, foot prints and spills. When we first moved into our house, I had DH convinced that the grout was dark brown. Till he noticed the color next to the baseboards. I recommend having them cleaned and sealed by a professional. Then it will be done once and for all. Oh, if you do get a steamer, get the extra box of replacement pads at the same time. It seems like they change the head shape every few years. Mine is no longer available in that size, but thankfully, I have 4 pads that are reusable after a wash in the washing machine.

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    I understand your problem because I have light grout also. What I ended up doing was mopping the floor with bleach in the water. It really helped to make the grout look better. You might give that a try.

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    Tried a Shark twice at more than $100 each. Each one could only be used on the floor and each one died after a year. Seemed to know exactly when the warranty ran out. Now we have a VaporClean steamer. It is a canister with a hose and different nozzles. My husband loves it. So far he has used it to clean floors, the stove, the microwave, outsides of cabinets, countertops, bathroom tile, spots on the carpet, and even to get bugs off the car. We live in Florida and it's lovebug season right now! This is an expensive tool. I think he paid $500 for his, although they are on sale right now, but he believes it has been worth it.

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    I buy any one on sale or the cheapest and use it until it dies, usually about 2 years then buy another one. I have ceramic and laminate floors and can't tell any difference using the high end steamer from the cheap one. Steam is steam.

    The last two I bought was at Black Friday sales two years ago for $25 each. I think they are Bissells. One is still going strong and one is a spare still new in box. I have a hand held steamer and it works great for non floor cleaning.
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    I have a Dyson animal and I love it. It is the best vacuum I have ever had and I love it. I would highly recommend it. As for a steam cleaner I do not recommend the Shark. I had one that I loved. It lasted about 1 1/2 years and broke. My sister borrowed mine to try it out and loved it. Her daughter also bought one. All three were broken after 1 1/2 years or so. My sister and niece are clean freaks so they probably used theirs a lot. Me I don't clean like they do and mine didn't last that long. I have been told that the Reliable brand one is good but have not tried it yet.

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    I have an Oreck...what I like about this one is that you can control how much steam is released..more for tile with grout, less for hard wood...I had a shark before that and like it a lot, too, but now that I have the Oreck, I like it best! Had zero luck finding parts from Shark when mine broke...that's why I switched brands..I HATE these disposable appliances we are forced to buy now where you can't get a 2 dollar part for it..they want you to buy the new item...haven't had to find an Oreck part yet, but hoping they are better!

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    I have a Bissell steam mop. It does a good job on the ceramic tile but forget about the grout. It doesn't clean the grout at all. I don't think there is anything out there that cleans grout besides getting on your knees and scrubbing with an old toothbrush.

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    There is a grout cleaner, not sure what it is called and gave up with the dogs. But it works well.

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    the red shark professional lift away is AWESOME. I love it. I also have the Eureka Enviro steamer. I did alot of research before buying a floor steamer and I got this because it put out more steam and has a longer cord. I tried the shark steamer and I just wasn't happy with it

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    I have a Shark Steamer for the floors (tile and laminate) and the Shark Steam Cleaner for everything. I use it on the Stove Hood, the Shower stall (it sanitizes) windows (so easy) mirrors and anything else that will hold still long enough

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    Thanks girls for all your replies. I think on Monday (if I don't have to run errands) I will head on over to BBB and check out the Shark 501 or 502. I have a pile of coupons to take with. While there I will also look at the steamer. My daughter has a Dyson vacuum and hates it. Did not ask what model it was but she did say for the money she spent she does not feel it has good suction. In defense of Dyson they do have 2 cats and 2 dogs in the house along with 2 boys. I would imagine it does put the vacuum to test. A friend has the Oreck vacuum and likes it but it is several years old. It seems the older models held up better.

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    I have the Shark steamer and it's just ok. It doesn't put out enough steam and I end up carrying around a spray bottle with hot water in it to supplement what the Shark is doing. But I do feel like the steam helps get the floor cleaner, it's just not the great tool that I thought it would be.

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    WOW! I went to BBB today and bought the Shark professional Rotator vacuum. It said it was good for pets! I just finished vacuuming my rugs. Can not believe the amount of hair it picked up along with dust. And I just vacuumed two days ago. I'm sold. It came with several attachments even a car detailing set. It is a little heavier that I thought it would be but I think the amount of suction it has out weighs that drawback. Even has two LED lights to "light the way" It listed for 259.99 and I used my 20% coupon I had. I did not get a steamer yet (couldn't make my mind up which one to buy. I will go back later and will take another look at the Shark Steamer. Thanks for all your help. So even on this rainy day I think it was the right choice to make a trip to town.

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    I have a Dyson which I bought first. Then bought a Shark for a vacation home. I love the shark better and it was. Helper too. The canister comes off and I can clean around the baseboards or take it upstairs to clean without hauling the entire Vaccuum. You will be horrified with what goes in the canister from both. They both work excellent.

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