Don’t limit yourself to just one or two areas of your home if you want to get the most out of your steam cleaner. With a little creativity you can utilise the power of steam cleaning in places you never imagined.
There are a myriad of cleaning jobs within any home and relying on elbow grease alone means you’re heading for a long, tough and sometimes un-enjoyable experience when it comes to tackling them. Yet with that new, un-boxed steam cleaner ready for action, life just got a whole lot easier.
The steam cleaner is able to tackle a wide variety of cleaning tasks within the home by generating a high temperature steam which breaks down dirt, grease and grime easily and hygienically. The heat generated is such that it kills 99% of germs and bacteria and leaves you with a clean, fresh and sanitised home and all without the need of chemical detergents.
Here are our top 7 ideas on where you can use your steam cleaner at home :
Cleaning Hard Floors
Most, if not all, steam cleaners come with a dedicated floor brush that can be used to steam away the grime, such as the Vax steam mop range, that can ingrain itself beyond what a regular wet cloth or mop can reach. Naturally, there are a wide variety of floor surfaces whether that be wooden, stone or tiled but the process for cleaning each is the same.
The only caveat to that is with a tiled floor where you should try and give an even clean to every part of the floor and to keep the floor brush constantly moving and not settling too long in one place. The reason for this is the grouting between the tiles. While there are usually tools to clean the grouting supplied with steam cleaners and which should be used for this purpose, when generally cleaning the tiled floor – an uneven clean or an unequal time spent on different parts of the floor could clean the grouting to varying degrees leaving behind an ugly mix and match of clean and not-so-clean grouting.
Defrost the Freezer
Defrosting the freezer and using sharp objects is not only one of the toughest jobs in the kitchen, but it’s not particularly safe either. So, if you’re looking for quick, clean and safe way of doing it then it’s time to deploy the steam cleaner. Not only is the cleaner a quicker and more efficient way of clearing out the ice in your freezer, but the hot steam sanitises the surfaces meaning that they are both ice and germ free.
Remove all the drawers and place a bowl at the bottom of the freezer to catch any falling ice and then introduce the steam directly. You may want to use any included scraper tool to ensure the ice comes away easier. When done, using a dry cloth to wipe down the surfaces and replace the drawers.
Cleaning the Windows
You might think that giving your windows a rub down with a damp cloth gets them nice and clean. Even more so when you add some window cleaning solution to the water. True, this method can do a half decent job. But when you’ve applied some hot steam and applied the usually supplied squeegee to the window, you’ll see just how much dirt, grease and grime you’ve left behind previously.
The process for cleaning windows with a steam cleaner, whether inside or out, is pretty much the same as it is without a cleaner. The only difference of course is the added benefit the steam cleaner brings.
Cleaning the oven is another one of those kitchen jobs that most people dread. It’s hard work and rarely produces the results you want. That grease and bit of sausage that fell off the cooking tray last week wants to do everything it can to stay right where it is. However, once again, cleaning the oven and hob with steam brings fast and great results that you’ll be left wondering why you’ve not done it this way before.
Obviously, there are a lot of chemical solutions to a clean oven and they do a pretty decent job – but seriously ask yourself the question : are you happy spraying chemicals where you cook your food? Using a steam cleaner is a much more hygienic way of doing the job without any risk and without leaving behind any nasty smells.
Just a word of caution : try and avoid using steam on and around the cooking element at the back of the over as it could damage it if you’re not careful.
Carpets and Upholstery
We’ll openly admit that general steam cleaners aren’t the best tool for cleaning carpets and upholstery. They can still do a decent job and remove stains but usually you need a few rinse and repeat attempts to remove the deepest of them. For the best results, you’ll need to use a dedicated carpet and upholstery steam cleaner.
That doesn’t mean it’s a useless endeavour. A general steam cleaner can still give life to an old worn carpet or sofa and, as mentioned above, with a few repeated cleans you get deep stains to fade.
Though steam cleaners don’t give off much water – 95% of what comes out of your nozzle is vapor – you need to aware that the small amount of water that does end up on your carpet, unless you have a steam cleaner with a vacuum accessory, will leave it damp for a while. As such, you need make sure the room is well ventilated so that it dries well.
Freshening Your Mattress
Whether we like it or not – every night we all go to bed with ugly little creatures that resist all our attempts to get rid of them. No, we’re not talking about the hubby, but dust mites! These tiny little creatures live within the mattress of our bed feeding upon dead skin skills. If their numbers grow to epidemic levels, they can contribute and sometimes cause, allergies in people.
First the bad news – we can never get rid of them. There’s too many and they are too prevalent to remove completely. The good news, however, is that we can be the dominant force in the on-going battle and keep their numbers to a minimum.
There are a wide range of methods we can use to keep on top of the problem and using our steam cleaner on our mattress is one of the tools in our arsenal.
Similarly, we can use the upholstery tools supplied with our steam cleaner to clean and freshen up our carpets. Fortunately, unlike carpets, they shouldn’t have as many deep stains and applying a steam cleaner to them can do a great job and freshening them up and breathing some life into them.
Just remember to make sure to read the label upon your curtains to check that they are suitable for steam cleaning before proceeding.