These days, no one can ever complain of a lack of cleaning tools and devices for their home. From handheld steam cleaners, to cylindrical heavyweight cleaners, you can always hire, borrow or buy one. Okay, you shouldn’t really borrow a steam cleaner, because you can always call a professional cleaner over to your house for just a small fee. And if hiring a professional doesn’t seem like a great option to you, you can always buy one for yourself. They are affordable, efficient and energy conserving. Unfortunately there are also cheap and quite inefficient steam cleaners, which is why I suggest you read this article to end to learn how to pick the right one for your house.
Basically, the best steam cleaner should lift the hardest of stains, dirt and any unwanted particles on your floor with a lot of ease. Beware though that most of the cheap and widely available steam cleaners in the market aren’t able to remove the hard embedded dirt and stains. Most of them only remove dirt and other small particles, which is why it can be challenging to select a steam cleaner. All the same, here is a guide that could really help you buy the right tool that will provide best efficiency and improve your home’s comfort.
Main Types of Steam Cleaners
- Handheld: They are small, portable and good at cleaning out dirt on soft surfaces around your house. Unfortunately, these devices aren’t the best at cleaning tough stains on wooden floors or tiles, but they could really do a good job in sanitizing your kitchen or bathroom. In addition, there are a few of these models that can efficiently clean out grit, mildew and scrub stains brought about by hard water in your bathroom. And if you want more efficiency, you can add some attachments to these devices and sanitize or remove stains off your shirts and dresses. They are also good sanitizers for door knobs and other often overlooked areas like the curtains and windows.
- Mop Cleaners: They stand upright and these steam cleaners are typically used for cleaning floors. Mop steam cleaners are built with the inspiration of traditional mops, only that these devices store their water in narrow elongated tanks attached to their handles. And as their name suggests, they are basically meant for cleaning smooth flooring like linoleum or tiles. They are also very economical and cost much lower than other types of steam cleaners.
- Cylinders: They resemble the cylinder carpet cleaners you see with professional home cleaners. They have large water tanks, and often come with very long hoses meant for cleaning big sitting rooms and bedrooms. Most of them are also built with strong mortars, and could remove virtually any type of stains and grit off your floors.
How do Steam Cleaners work?
Residential steam cleaners heat water to temperatures of about 1500 and 3000 F and use the steam produced to kill dust mites, mildew, allergens and bacteria molecules off the surface of your floors. And if your buy yourself a good steam cleaner, it could loosen or completely remove hard stains and later sanitize the floors completely well. Do they leave your floors wet? No, they don’t. At such high temperatures, the moisture evaporates almost immediately, and with modern devices, they incorporate dry cleaning technology to leave your floors spotless and dry.
Important Features to Consider
The main factors you ought to consider while buying a good steam cleaner should be the heat up time, continuous water refill, the steam pressure and the steam volume control. Without any of these four features you don’t really have a steam cleaner.
Continuous Water Refill
A great steam cleaner should have at least two water tanks, one to hold cold water, while the second tank converts heated water into steam. In addition, a great cleaner should allow you to add water as you continue with your cleaning work without interfering with anything. Actually, steam cleaners generally push cold water into the hot water reservoir and then alerts you when you should add cold water, which is both time conserving and efficient as well. Most single tank water heaters unfortunately would have to stop when they run out of water.
Who would want to waste more than ten minutes waiting for a cleaner to heat up? Most of us have got other things to do, which is why having a steam cleaner that takes the least amount of time heating up is important. Most devices have a heat up time of ten minutes, which is definitely worth waiting if you want a good cleaning job.
Steam Volume Control
A good device should have a steam control. It helps you regulate the amount of steam used while cleaning different floor surfaces as well as helps you have a better transition between scrubbing tough stains and sanitizing.
Finally, don’t necessarily go for the device with the highest pressures, but one with good consistent pressure, great volume control and a strong mortar.