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How to Use a Steam Cleaner

Learn how to use a steam cleaner for great results that you can achieve easily.

How to Use a Steam Cleaner

Dousing your house in antibacterial spray seems like the best bet to keep bacteria low in your home. But, discard the harsh chemicals and try the cleaner, healthier method of steam cleaning. This article explains why steam cleaners should be in every home!

Steam cleaners have increased in popularity over the years. Almost combing the job of a hoover, duster, spray, and sponge, it is not difficult to tell why. 

A steam cleaner is excellent for cleaning various floors, such as laminated and tiled floors. However, a handheld steam cleaner is not just limited to floors, as you can use one to quickly clean and sanitise stoves, countertops and other surfaces around the home.

Its multiple uses mean it will quickly find its way into your cleaning cupboard, replacing that old and tired mop and bucket. 

What is steam cleaning? 

If you have pets, children or just do not like using harsh chemicals; a steam cleaner is an ideal clean alternative for your cleaning needs. 

A steam cleaner heats water to near boiling point and releases the steam through a nozzle. The nozzle uses the steam to remove soluble substances from surfaces. The temperature means that the steam can kill 99.9% of all bacteria and viruses. 

What are the benefits of steam cleaning?

No harsh chemicals: Steam cleaners sanitise and disinfect without bleach and other harsh chemicals. 

Quick-drying time: Some surfaces in the home can be damaged by moisture. The steam cleaner uses just enough moisture to clean while allowing for a quick drying time. 

Deep clean: Using elbow grease for those tough stains is no longer needed. A steam cleaner easily lifts the toughest stains. 

All Stains and Stickiness: A steam cleaner can lift the toughest stains, including oil and wax ones. 

Tops tips for using a steam cleaner

If you're new to using a steam cleaning machine, we've gathered some top tips to ensure you get the best out of your new home favourite: 

Wipe: Some steamer models, once the steam has lifted the stain or dirt, suck the moisture back in. If your model does not do this, you must wipe away the remaining grime, as a steamer loosens and lifts but does not collect. 

Heat: An obvious but important one; Steam cleaners use very high heat. Protective gloves and appropriate clothing will help protect you if you come into contact with the steam. 

Remove: When preparing an area to steam clean, ensure there are no items out that won't cope with the steam. Then, adjust the steam setting by examining the surface on which you wish to use it. For example, like an old sofa, you should use a moderate steam setting for thinner fabrics. 

Replace: When you purchase a steam cleaner, it comes with at least one mop head. These are often machine washable. In addition, the pads are easily replaced when they become damaged or worn out. 

Will a steam cleaner damaged floors? 

There are a variety of steam cleaning models on the market, which are best suited to different jobs around the home. 

However, they are not suitable for all surfaces, with the moisture causing some flooring to crack. 

Before purchasing a steamer, assess the type of flooring in your home. 

Steamers are great for laminate flooring and tiles, but other wooden floorings will need to be tested before you can use a steamer on them. 

To test whether a steamer is alright to use on a floor, pour a small amount of water on the floor. IF the water soaks through, a steamer will not be suitable for the flooring. 

If you are unsure, always begin steaming on the lowest setting!

Does a steam cleaner work on fabric and carpets? 

Again, all models of steam cleaners are different. 

Often a steamer can come as a two-in-one carpet cleaner and steamer. But it is best to do a test area before potentially spoiling soft surfaces. 

Steam Cleaners lift stains and dirt, which you can then wipe off afterwards. However, it does not collect the dirt. 

What else can I do with my steam cleaner? 

Whilst we don't recommend experimenting on different surfaces, steam cleaners still have a multitude of uses around the home, including: 

Cleaning hob and kitchen surface: Cooking can cause grease-laden surfaces. The steamer can lift these without relentless scrubbing on your part. 

Car Interior: Whilst this depends on your car's interior, A steam cleaner is ideal for cleaning the soft surfaces in your vehicle and sweeping across the dashboard. 

Cleaning mattresses: Changing our sheets every other week seems more natural than cleaning our mattresses. But regular sweat and skin can soak the bed, causing it to deteriorate faster. A steam cleaner can kill dust mines and cleanse the mattress, ready for a good night's rest. 

Conclusion: The Power of a Steam Clean 

The half rhyming name makes it sound futuristic, but steam cleaners have become a valuable addition to homes across the country. A steam cleaner is cheap to run, requires water and a power source, and is easy to use. 

Sanitise your home without the harsh chemicals with a steam cleaner.