How to Use a Steam Cleaner Like a Pro

Steam cleaning is one of the easiest and effective ways to disinfect and deodorise your home. Here’s how to do steam cleaning at home.

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Almost all the surfaces in your home, from the leather couch to carpets to mirrors can be steam cleaned. It is a new and revolutionary cleaning technology. Now, as it is new, not many know how to operate a steam cleaner or the different types of steam cleaners available in the market. Read on to learn how to steam clean your home and more.

Types of Steam Cleaners

Dry Steam Cleaners

The way the dry steam cleaners work is similar to a pressure cooker. The water reaches its boiling point and comes out as steam. In this case, the steam is hot. To start the cleaning process, you may have to wait till the water reaches its boiling point. You can fasten the process by putting hot water in the steamer.

Cool Steam Cleaners

The steam let out by cool steam cleaners isn’t hot but rather humid. Cool steam cleaners consume more water and do not have the disinfecting properties of dry steam cleaners.

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How to Operate a Steam Cleaner

Ingredients to Keep Handy:

a) Vacuum cleaner or broom

b) Water

c) Mild detergent

  1. Step 1: Read the Manufacturer’s Guidelines

    Like all electric gadgets, it is important to read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully before assembling/handling your steam cleaner. Seek professional help if you are unsure about something.

  2. Step 2: Fill the Steamer

    It is advisable to run a vacuum or sweep the surface cleaner before running your steamer over it. Get rid of loose dirt and dust from the surface. Now, fill the water dispenser of your steamer with water. If you’d like to start the cleaning soon, fill it up with hot water. It will reach its boiling point quickly.

  3. Step 3: Add Mild Detergent

    If you are steam cleaning your carpet or curtains, you may want also want to add a few drops of mild detergent to the water. Delicate garments made from silk, wool and cotton require extra care and using a mild detergent can work wonders. You can also use a steam cleaner to clean your woolen sweaters. Just hang them on a clothesline and run the steamer over it. This way, you don’t have to worry about your sweaters losing their shape.

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Steam cleaning is yet to catch on. If you are a cleanliness freak and excited about the new ways of cleaning, we suggest rent out one before making the decision to purchase one.

Key Step

To increase the disinfecting capabilities of steam, you can add half a cup of baking soda to the water tank in the steam cleaner.              

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