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Never mop the kitchen floor again.

This steam cleaner makes it simple to clean your kitchen without chemicals or detergents.

This may shock you, particularly if you know me and we hang out, but I don't actually enjoy cleaning my kitchen floors. I don't know about you, but I am forever seeking ways to make the job easier. Add to that my recent forays into greener living, and the idea of tossing soapy water around the kitchen is even less appealing.

Steamy. Yet so cool. HAAN Corporation

The HAAN Steam Cleaning Floor Sanitizer makes cleaning the kitchen floor a little easier--and a lot greener. It looks like an oversize Swiffer or a small vacuum cleaner. But fill the chamber with plain tap water and plug it in, and the HAAN goes to work. In about 2 minutes, the machine heats the water to 212 degrees to produce steam. And that's all you need to clean and sanitize your floors.

When I tried the machine, I was delighted to discover that it snaps together in seconds right out of the box. Two minutes with the instruction manual was plenty of time to understand how the HAAN works. I swept the major dirt from my kitchen floor, then set out with the steam cleaner.

It took me about 5 minutes to wash my 200-square foot kitchen floor thoroughly. (You can run the HAAN for about 20 minutes without a refill.) And using nothing more than steam, the 15 evenly spaced jets got rid of sticky, dried apple juice, mud, and the rest of the mess four children and two parents can make in two days. And, as promised, the machine leaves floors dry to the touch, which means you don't have to stand guard at the doorway screaming at people not to walk on your floors. (Oh, come on. Am I really the only person who does that?)

Using just 800 watts of electricity and no harsh chemicals or detergents, the lightweight HAAN is safe to use on hardwood, laminate, vinyl, ceramic, linoleum, marble, slate, and just about any other flooring you could have. And an optional clip on tray lets you take the HAAN to other parts of the house to steam clean carpets, sofas, and bedding.

You could also use the HAAN to sanitize your countertops--a good idea if there's been sickness of any kind in your home. The steam kills household germs and allergens including salmonella, E. coli, and dust mites. And even my 8-year-old was impressed. "Cool mop, mom," she said, nodding her approval. Now, really, does it get any better than that?