StarWind SSM5575 steam mop review
Dry cleaning the floor on a regular basis is a very important step in maintaining cleanliness in the house. In the presence of a robot vacuum cleaner or with frequent cleaning of the floor, sooner or later you will need a wet cleaning, or even a thorough washing of the floor. You can go the traditional way, ie. take a mop or cloth in hand and go to wash, or you can take a more modern device, such as a steam mop. The effect of hot steam facilitates the very process of washing the floor, but also helps to get rid of unwanted microbes and organisms, which is important if there are small children who spend a lot of time on the floor. Today we will meet a representative of this kind of device, namely the StarWind SSM5575 steam mop.
|Type||Corded steam mop/steam cleaner|
|Water tank volume||0.35 l|
|Heating time||30 seconds|
|Steam power||25 g/min|
|Anti-calc filter||There is|
|Power wire length||5 m|
|Number of nozzles||10 pieces|
|Dimensions||109 * 27 * 15 cm (as a mop)|
|The weight||3.15 kg|
Packaging, appearance and equipment
The mop is packed in a fairly long box. Except on one side, it is bright red.
The box has a full-color image of the mop, as well as an abundance of information: specifications, features and equipment. Those. the packaging is as informative as possible, besides, all this is written in Russian. Inside, everything is packed in a lot of bags and cardboard inserts, so let’s just unpack everything and see.
Delivery set includes:
- steam generator
- Extension handle with trigger and nozzle for cleaning floors and carpets
- set of different nozzles for use as a handheld steam cleaner
The steam generator is made of golden plastic with black inserts.
The shape of the steam generator is very similar to similar representatives, as well as portable and car vacuum cleaners. Those. This is a compact elongated device that carries all the elements necessary for work. In this case, this is a power cable 5 meters long, which is enough for almost any living room, of course, it will not master the kitchen-living room, but in a room up to 25–30 m², depending on the configuration of the sockets, it will be enough. Most of the body is occupied by the handle, which will be useful when used as a manual steam cleaner, you can also see the steam button on it. Next after the handle is a washer, which can be used to adjust the steam supply force (intensity). This will be useful when cleaning more delicate surfaces than tiles, for example. Near the regulator there is a small LED indicator that lights up red when ready and green when fully ready for operation. On opposite sides of the steam generator there are clamps for fastening the handle and nozzles.
Clamps will be needed when using nozzles, because. the steam is very hot and they will help to avoid burns. At the bottom, the device bears a label. I would say that it is standard, contains the name of the model, information about the manufacturer, power. Near it there is a translucent darkened window in which granules are visible. Maybe it’s water softener salt, like in a dishwasher. Near the power cord there is a hook that serves to wind the wire when the long handle is attached. In addition, there is a plug for filling water, which is fixed simply by a silicone ring, and thanks to it, leaks can be avoided.
The long handle for washing the floor has a pipe, presumably aluminum, with a plastic handle in the same color scheme and style as the steam generator. In addition to the steam trigger, there is a second hook for winding the wire. On the other side there is a nozzle through which steam will pass, as well as a latch for attaching an extension cord to the steam generator.
The nozzle with a rag, as well as the extension cord, will connect to the steam generator and snap into place with latches. At the base of this nozzle, you can immediately see in which planes it can move.
The napkin on a nozzle is fixed by means of hooks/loops. With them, she clings to the ledges on the site, which are toothy needles. The carpet cleaning frame is fixed over the cloth.
The rest of the nozzles are various combinations of nozzle widths and the presence / absence of bristles. They will be able to clean the seams, for example, in tiles, wash windows, clean especially stubborn dirt, steam usually helps a lot in this matter. All this makes StarWind SSM5575 a versatile household assistant that will help keep your home clean.
And of course there is a useful and capacious instruction.
Before using the steam mop, you need to assemble it. To simplify this event, you need to read the instructions in order to avoid excesses, but the assembly is intuitive and an unprepared person can handle it. Assembly comes down to connecting a nozzle with a napkin and an extension cord to the steam generator.
Somehow connecting incorrectly will not work, you can only break it. Therefore, we simply look at the counterparts and connect them. The latches will click at a certain moment, which will mean ready. Next, we fix the napkin on the site and if you plan to immediately use the device for its intended purpose, then I recommend moistening it. Assembly completed.
The next step is to fill the tank with water. For this, we will use a complete measuring cup. We take out the cork from the body of the steam generator, pour water inside. One glass (about 300 ml) is enough to fill the container almost completely. It is necessary to fill in filtered water or distilled water, in which case the device will last much longer. You can fill the device with water while standing, it is fixed in a slight tilt and stands steadily. The steam mop can now be plugged into an outlet
After switching on, the red LED lights up. The characteristics indicate that the preparation time is 30 seconds, but after 15 seconds the green LED lights up and steam is already being supplied. Those. plug it into a power outlet, go to the place where the cleaning starts and immediately clean it up. There is essentially no pause.
The steam is enough to warm the surface well and soak the dirt. After a single pass with a napkin, significant heat is felt from the surface. The wettability is sufficient to not have time to dry, despite a thick cloth and a warm floor, which dries it a little faster, but pre-wetting is necessary. There is enough maneuverability at the site with her head, as can be seen from the photo, she went under the table on which chairs hang almost in a supine state. In addition, the angle between the extension handle and the steam generator can be changed by squeezing the two latches and changing in the desired direction.
Now let’s try another nozzle and clean the seam between the tiles. To do this, we collect through an adapter and a cone nozzle. The adapter is fixed in the same way as the napkin platform, but the cone nozzle is a little different, at the expense of the protrusion/groove and the twist lock. The remaining nozzles are fixed in the same way.
It is always worth remembering that we are dealing with steam and be careful. I accidentally got my foot under a jet of steam, it was unpleasant. And if you have children, you need to be doubly careful and do not leave the device turned on in the outlet.
When the water in the tank runs out, the device does not report it in any way. However, you cannot miss this, firstly, the “ticking” will be noticeably louder, and secondly, the amount of steam will be much less. Therefore, you just need to add water and continue working. Inside there is a kind of “water catcher” that will follow the water in any position.
Washing approximately 55–60 m² of floor takes 23–30 minutes, depending on the speed of the mop, and approximately 2–3 measuring cups. The napkin collects dirt very well and even after 30 m² does not leave marks and streaks, it works 100%. However, this is not a reason to wash the entire area at once, it is still better to wash it. Below in the photo is a rag after washing the floor (including the entrance group, and the weather is frankly dirty now) and after, probably, the 9th wash. If you do not run, it washes very well.
A worthy device for keeping the house clean. Ease of use will not scare away even a person far from technology, and everyone else will simply use this effective device. Many nozzles will allow you to wash not only the floor, but also windows and tile seams, as well as other surfaces that have strong and persistent pollution. You should always remember about safety measures when using, because you will have to work with steam.