Cleaning with a Steam Cleaner
What can be cleaned with a steam cleaner? You can really make your life easier with such a device. Not everyone can afford it, but it gets rid of the dirt and bacteria with hot steam and that is quite fun and effective.
Cleaning with muscle power and chemistry
Regular and thorough cleaning is essential to keep your home in top condition at all times. Different cleaning methods and detergents are the right choice, depending on the surface and the degree of soiling.
These can be feather duster, rag, broom, mop or vacuum cleaner. However, when it comes to really stubborn dirt, this cleaning is very exhausting. And it has to be done again and again.
Technology is the best solution for such cases. Only then does the saying apply that cleaning is a man’s business. Otherwise rather not.
A steam cleaner needs to be understood first
But as with all electrical appliances, not all steam cleaners are the same. There are many things you need to keep in mind to find the right model for your needs.
Performance is certainly one of the most important criteria. Rising electricity costs and growing environmental awareness are leading to lower performance appliances. The thought is commendable, but out of place at this point.
Note: Not the absolute power consumption, but the energy efficiency class is important. Low-performance devices have the disadvantage that you have to work on a job longer in order to achieve the same cleaning result. If you get rid of the dirt at all!
The extra time ultimately increases the power consumption beyond the supposed savings. An indication for a good performance is above all a heating time as short as possible.
At the same time, however, you must pay attention to the size of the water tank. Of course, less water gets hot faster. Thus a combined consideration of achievement, heating-up time and water quantity is announced.
What can you clean with a steam cleaner?
Another important parameter is the steam pressure. Particularly in surfaces where dirt can penetrate deeply, this must also be thoroughly removed. A pressure of several bars is usual, but the manufacturers give the value to one decimal place exactly. The comparison is worthwhile, because more is actually more in this case.
So that you get the hot steam at exactly the places where you really need it, you must pay attention to several things. How long is the power cable? How long is the steam hose? What kind of nozzle and padding does the appliance have and can it be replaced? The longer the cables and hoses are, the more flexible you are with the appliance and do not have to constantly look for a new socket or pull a meter-long extension cable behind you.
Good – but what can be cleaned now? In short: All coarse dirt.
- Especially in the bathroom and in the kitchen, where dirt has unpleasantly crawled into cracks and crevices.
- In the bathroom – especially in the shower and toilet, where you simply don’t want to scrape off the lime with a toothbrush.
- Large areas as a workshop, garage, garage door and, of course, your car.
It should be able to decalcify
Apropos bath and shower or garage: a steam cleaner should be able to decalcify. But not every appliance can. So be careful! An important criterion for a proper steam cleaner is the descaling function. With the descaling function, you have the advantage that no limescale is released with the steam into the surface to be cleaned, which prevents the surfaces from becoming dull and stains from forming.
What is also not always available: A possibility to add disinfectant to the water so that the cleaning is not only thorough but also hygienic. But should already be, especially for Bad & Co.
Of course, not everyone is the same and so everyone has their own criteria as to what such a steam cleaner must be able to do. These are compared for you in the test by cleaning professionals. So you have an easy possibility to decide for the right model.
A few Steam Cleaning Tips
Steam Cleaning bathroom fittings
Faucets in washbasins often have small grooves in which dirt accumulates over time. A lot accumulates especially in the depressions in the drain. The toothpaste and the lime often create an unsightly shade in the depressions.
In order to get these grooves clean, aggressive cleaners are often used. These are not only harmful to your health, but also to the surface structure of the washbasin and the chrome plating of the fittings. With a steam cleaning device, however, such places become child’s play.
Simply use a spot jet nozzle and the dirt is simply flushed out. Then just wipe dry with a cloth and your sink will look like new. This can be done with any fittings, whether in the shower, bathtub or kitchen.
Simple and effective joint cleaning
Another nuisance is the joints in the bathroom. Especially white joints discolor very quickly due to dirt. A steam cleaner can rinse any dirt out of these joints, so no more scrubbing with toothpaste. If, however, the joints have calcified over a longer period of time, a steam mop can often no longer help.
Here you will have to work with aggressive cleaners. With regular use of a steam cleaner, however, limescale formation can be effectively prevented. A steamer can also effectively eliminate slight mold growth in joints. However, it is essential to allow the joints to dry thoroughly afterward. It is best to open the window for several minutes. In the case of strong mold infestation, no steam cleaner will help.
Here the joints must be sanded. It looks even worse with silicone joints. If the mold has settled in these for the first time, the silicone must be removed completely. Here also no mold remover helps.
Cleaning of joints and tiles
Especially in the dining area or bathroom tiles get dirty very quickly. In the bathroom, the constant fight against the lime stains is and in the dining area/kitchen against coffee stains and the same.
Especially nasty stain from soft drinks or sauces. Here you often have to scrub on your knees for a while. However, this is no problem with the right steamer . Even the joints are cleaned at the same time. For this, you need a floor nozzle and a microfibre cloth. The microfibre cloth should be changed regularly when used.
Stainless steel – extractor hoods
Stainless steel surfaces are particularly often to be found where it comes fast and often to soiling. The material is particularly resistant and easy to clean. However, this only applies if it is cleaned regularly. However, there are often inaccessible areas on the surfaces. These get dirty over time and are often a real nuisance when it comes to getting them clean again.
One finds something like this in every household. The extractor hood. Fat accumulates in this, which later results in particularly resistant fat encrustations. A steamer gets such dirt cleaned with a point jet nozzle very easy. The stainless steel surfaces can also be cleaned on a large scale with a hand nozzle. However, do not forget the microfibre cloth with the hand nozzle.