Keeping a neat and tidy home is a lot easier said than done. Dusting and vacuuming is only half the battle; you’ll have to figure out how to get rid of all of the loosened gunk. If you’re wondering what all the hubbub is about with steam cleaning, you’ve come to the right place. Today, we’ll briefly go over what steam cleaning is and what its benefits are.
The phrase “steam cleaning” pretty much speaks for itself. Essentially, steam cleaning involves the use of steam to blast all kinds of surfaces—including tiles, plastic, and fabric—and dissolve all caked-on dirt and debris. A steam-cleaning tool, aptly named a steam cleaner, comes with a built-in boiler that heats water to and beyond its boiling point (212°F/100°C). The resulting steam is dispensed through a tube or attachment for better accuracy and cleaning results.
When it comes to cleaning floors, you’ve probably relied on traditional mops and buckets all your life. While there’s no problem with a good mopping, there’s no guarantee that it’s truly eliminating all bacteria on the floor. Unless you switch the water out with a fresh bucket after every pass, you’re simply pushing bacteria from one place to another.
Steam cleaners are entirely different. First, they do not rely on harsh chemicals to kill bacteria and viruses. Instead, the heat from the steam does the job, leaving all surfaces up to 99.99% free of pathogens. Different types of steam cleaners and their attachment will allow you to dispense steam only nearly any surface you can imagine.
You can find steam-cleaning machines in a variety of different shapes and sizes. There are handheld models that work great for spot-cleaning smaller objects and surfaces, steam mops that make mopping entire floors quick and easy, and dry-vapor steam cleaners that super-heat water to 240°F or hotter to leave no residual dampness.