Steam cleaners are designed for cleaning carpets and hard floors with hot steam. They work by heating water in a tank that holds up to 30 liters of water, then spraying it out as jets that the user controls from the handle or an onboard button on their machine.
Floor and Steam Cleaners: What Floors You Can and Can’t Use
Steam Cleaners are not ideal for the following floors:
1. Polished floors – It is difficult to remove dirt from polished surfaces because of the high surface tension. Steaming makes the dirt disappear temporarily.
2. dirty floors – Steam cleaners effectively get rid of dirt and grime on hard surfaces, but they can’t work miracles in cleaning disgusting messes like feces or diapers. Steaming doesn’t work when there is much mud or dried into a thick crusty layer that can’t be removed by gentle scraping with a putty knife.
3. Seamless and marble floors – Steaming won’t work for cleaning most types of granite and marble-like you see in kitchen and bathroom tiles.
4. Concrete-based floors – Steaming won’t work for cleaning most types of concrete-like garage floors or basement floors, even if it is sealed or is sealed with a sealer. The sealing may contain any oil residue that could cause your steam cleaner to explode. Also, concrete doesn’t make an excellent surface to clean because it’s cumbersome and may break the machine’s parts if pressure is applied too much.
5. Tile roofs – Steaming won’t work on most tile roofs because water damage from the steam is a risk.
6. Walls – Not all steam cleaners can clean walls, and many that do have attachments for this purpose don’t clean them well because of the combined effects of heat and steam, which cause wallpaper and paint to peel off and can even damage the walls themselves if not cleaned with care. Also, some may not be safe on wallpaper or delicate surfaces such as lace or silk because of the intense heat released from the machine, along with the steam vapor.
The Steamer Is Suitable for the Following Floors:
1. Porcelain Tile – Because of the porcelain nature of porcelain tile, steam cleaners clean it very well because the steam has a more remarkable ability to penetrate tiny cracks and crevices that are hard to reach with suction hoses, clippers, or brushes.
2. Grout – Steaming is an effective way to clean grout because the steams aid in loosening dirt trapped in tiny crevices and cracks.
3. Wood Floors – Wood floors are now rarer than they used to be, but many people still prefer them over carpeting. Steam cleaning is ideal for cleaning wood floors made of oak, maple, or other hardwood.
4. Ceramic Tiles – Steam cleaners are effective enough to clean most ceramic tile types because of the tiles’ porcelain nature and because they can release steam without causing damage to the tiles or their grout lines. Steam cleaners are especially effective at cleaning ceramic tile flooring since it does an excellent job of removing dirt and grime, while hot water can be used on any texture of tile so long as the steam cleaner can do so.
5. Water-based Flooring – Water-based floors are much easier to clean because they don’t have nearly as much grime or dirt clinging to them as conventional hardwood floors do. They are also more resistant to damage from steam cleaners because there is less of a chance of the floor’s grout lines absorbing the water and popping.
6. Wallpaper – Steaming wallpaper can effectively remove most dust and dirt trapped in the crevices and cracks between the individual layers. However, many times it will have little effect on the dirt covering the actual wallpaper itself. Instead, it will need to be cleaned with a special brush or cloth before being steamed again.
How to Clean the Floor the Right Way?
At first, you need to identify the type of floor you have and then choose a suitable steam cleaner.
Then, cut the steam cleaner hose and steam brush attachment to the correct length necessary for the job.
Next, fill up your water tank with water and let it heat up for about 30 minutes. Before you begin streaming, make sure that there is enough water in the tank for at least 10 minutes of cleaning. If not, wait until it heats up again before continuing. Otherwise, if there isn’t enough water in the tank to generate steam, your machine will burn out quickly and won’t be able to clean well because of a lack of steam power.
Then, turn on the steam cleaner and wait until the correct temperature is achieved. For some models, you will have to set a timer so that it can heat up right before your cleaning time begins. When you’re ready, please turn it on and start cleaning.
Steam cleaners’ accessories such as floor brushes or pads can be used to finish more delicate tasks such as getting into tiny crevices of the floor. If you’re steaming bases that may contain wallpaper or delicate linoleum, make sure to test them before using your steam cleaner. Be careful first and not damage them with steam pressure because of their small size and weight-bearing properties.
If you need to test the terrain before steaming, you can do so by using a putty knife or a sponge to get a feel for the floor’s surface. Soft surfaces will allow your steam cleaner’s head to fall onto it without too much resistance, while more complex surfaces may cause the head to fall off before it can get a good clean. The steam cleaner will come with instructions on preparing floors for cleaning, but if you’re unsure how to do it, contact the manufacturer for further instructions.
Steam cleaners should only be used on sealed or cleaned floors with a sealer because if steam cleaners use them on unsealed surfaces, damage may occur. The benefits of steam cleaning include the fact that it is an efficient way to sanitize an area with high bacteria levels. It also works well in removing dirt and grime, especially in hard-to-reach places like corners and crevices.