Cleaning with steam has become a more and more frequent practice among households everywhere; whether you live alone, or you live with children and pets, steam cleaning, and consequently, steam cleaners, have become more and more of staples in modern living.
However, steam cleaning isn’t a totally revolutionary new concept in terms of cleaning; it’s always been around. We’ve had steam laundries around for as long as we can remember; we’ve had cleaning service providers that offer the same service for home and business. It’s only now in the present day, after the last century’s economic highs, that appliances allowing homeowners of all kinds to use steam cleaners they can actually take home.
Steam cleaners have since become all the rage, especially with the development of newer, more efficient and eco-friendly models that can actually make a difference in their users’ balance sheets.
Let’s take a look at just how steam cleaners can help you, and whether they are right for your situation; by no means is this an exhaustive discussion as everybody’s circumstances differ, but it’s an excellent starting point.
The Pros and Cons of Steam Cleaning
It’s not surprising why people have dubbed steam cleaners as a must-have item around the house, regardless of whether it is one with a vacuum attachment, or one that runs on a tank. The main argument for using a steam cleaner is that they are powerful yet efficient machines for cleaning; another argument is that they do not need detergents or any other cleaning agents. Steam neutralizes and dissolves any coarse particles of dirt it encounters, while the heat that the steam generates is sufficient enough to kill allergens, bacteria, mold, and any other foreign pathogens that get into surfaces.
Furthermore, operating these machines do not require any training (or a master’s degree). All that needs doing is to fill up a tank with water. Even the obligatory elbow grease that comes with using a conventional vacuum cleaner or a similar appliance is gone; you just let the steam do its magic.
The main concern that most people have with regard to steam cleaners is what seems to be the exorbitant costs of the devices themselves; another important concern is the fact that there are surfaces and materials that steam just cannot clean.
When is the Right Time to Clean with Steam?
So, with all things being considered, when could you use a steam cleaner? The short answer is almost any surface that you can use for flooring. Nothing works better than steaming a ceramic or terracotta surface; this goes for bathrooms, kitchens, and showers. Steam cleaners get into the spaces between tiles that can be a headache to get rid of. The same is true for your metallic surfaces such as sinks and ovens. Caution should be taken however for cleaning surfaces such as parquet floors or carpets; when choosing a steam cleaner, make sure that they clean such surfaces on the label. As for fabrics, cotton and linen are safe to clean with steam, but extra caution should be taken when attempting to clean more intricate fabrics such as silk.
All in all, buying a steam cleaner, especially for those who live with children and/or pets, is definitely a recommended option. Though they retail for rather expensive prices compared to conventional appliances, they will repay you many times over for being able to clean surfaces that most other cleaners couldn’t. Besides, nobody ever thinks about buying a steam cleaner for an investment; it’s not as if their prices will rise depending in years to come. You can instead choose to view them as you would cars: they do depreciate greatly after a couple of years, but think of the convenience that you will experience by not having to always call in specialists, or waste hours researching and using elbow grease to clean something that a steam cleaner handily does, and therefore freeing you up to pursue more pleasurable activities.