by Liz Gonzales
If you think steam cleaners are only useful for cleaning walls, tiles and household gadgets then you're not alone. Many people have no idea about the genius steam cleaners hacks.
In this guide we'll talk about some good uses of your household steam cleaner. Knowing about these will only make you fall in love with your steam cleaner more.
A steam cleaner is not just for cleaning tiles, its also can be used for disinfecting many things. There are so many ideas that will be interesting to you.
You can apply the steam on the tile grout and the heat will swiftly soften up the mold, mildew, stain or any kind of dirt inside. Some steam cleaners have different types of nozzles and some have special brushes around the cleaner to make the process easier.
Some people use steam cleaners with grout cleaners, thinking that will be of extra advantage. But normal water vapor is enough to soften up any dirt accumulation. There's no need for cleaners.
Toilet walls and floor have the dirties grouts. The constant water splashing and wet environment is best suitable for bacterial growth. You can apply steam to bathroom tile grouts to remove bacterial growth.
If a grout is already cracked and steam vapor is entering and making the crack weaker. Occasionally sealing grout can be a good idea in this case. As a rule of thumb, seal the grout when minor cracks appear.
While cleaning a couch, steam cleaning is much simpler than manual cleaning. It's more time saving, efficient and efficient cleaning method. Before steam cleaning a couch, you should take the larger chunks of debris manually or with a vacuum.
Steaming on dirt will make large stain marks on the couch surface which looks ugly. So dusting off before steaming is important. You can also use a cleaning agent to strengthen the cleaning water to be used inside the steamer machine.
Steam cleaning your walls to remove smoke gunk or other debris is a great and easy way to do the job. If you have thicker gunk in the walls, you can use a scraper and slowly shave off the smoke residue.
Don't use anything harsh like a metal scrubber. You will risk damaging your walls in that way. Don't push too hard on the walls and go slowly. The softer gunk resides will be removed.
If you have a thick layer of smoke or gunk on the walls then it's a good idea to remove some dirt manually. The top layer of stains and gunk will be softer than the bottom layer.
If you have gunk in the corners of the windows or wall and floor contact points, it will likely be hard to use a scrubber at those places. A good idea is to use a clip to remove gunk in those hard to reach places.
You can use your steam cleaner as an easy way of disinfecting some sooil you want to use on your tubs or in your garden. Soil from random places might contain bacteria and pathogens that can be harmful for your house or plants.
Although this is not that necessary, sometimes disinfecting soil gets necessary and in time like those this machine will come in handy.
Leather car seats can accumulate a lot of dirt and debris from passengers. As leather is a soft material, dust and debris tend to stick to it. Stains from food and drinks will also create stain marks.
The stain is easy to clean with a steam cleaner. Leather needs some time to be soaked and softened well, so take some time to apply steam evenly on the seat surface. Have careful attention to the headrest as that place will gather most oil.
To ensure a good health of your bees, honey and everything related, cleaning and disinfecting the beehive regularly is important. Before steaming, ensure all the bees are taken out of their hives.
You can ensure this by applying some steam from a distance to the hive. Slowly get close to the hive and the bees will notice this as a threat and start leaving the hive in no time.
After the bees have left, start applying steam through the surface of the beehive and inside. After you've done the hive, start repeating the same process on the other connected items on the hive. Regularly doing this will help the bees stay protected from viruses and diseases.
Hays collected from farmers can contain many pathogens and disease causing virus and bacteria. It's a good idea to disinfect and clean hay before feeding it to animals.
One of the most popular and common hay cleaning methods is washing and soaking it in water, but this method has some drawbacks. Soaking hay in water will cause the hay to not only get damp but also become less tasty than dry hay.
Steaming can be a good solution in this case. Steaming will do both the task of cleaning and disinfecting pathogens from the hay and keeping its taste intact. Steam cleaning will not change sugar levels as well, like water does.
After making a hand knitted item, it's a common thing to iron it to look beautiful and flat. Similar to ironing, steam cleaning can do the same job. You can apply steam on a knitwear to flatten it after sewing. And the steam will level up the creases of the fabric.
With time and use, jewelries get dirty from the dirt and oil from skin. You can use water mixed with liquid soap and apply the mixtures' steam to the jewelries to remove all the dirt. Using soap will help with removing oil and grimes.
Shoes get creased with time and overuse. Steaming a shoe will give you a temporary glossy finish that can stay for a few days. It's not the best idea but can get the job done when needed.
Leather shoes will need much more heat application than synthetic ones. Shoes made from synthetic leather or rubber / plastic materials can get damaged from overheats, so know what material is a shoe made of before applying steam on it.
Wooden and steel chairs will get dirty and lose the glossy finish of a new one. You can disinfect and recreate the lost glossy texture by steaming on them.
Tables and tablecloths hold a lot of bacteria from unclean food particles left for a long period. It's important for a house to keep the cooking and eating place clean to ensure a good healthy family.
Start with manually removing food debris from the table first and then apply the steam evenly on the surface. Apply more steam on the stains and then with a clean dry cloth, rub the stain off the surface.
If you don't have time to iron your shirt while going out and you still want a quick solution, a steam machine can be your good friend. Put down the fabric and blow some steam to the cloth from a distance.
The heat will straighten up the cloth wrinkles quickly. Although this is not as effective as ironing, in times of necessity, this is a great idea.
Bacteria is the major reason for causing odor in clothes. If you sweat a lot, your clothes will soak all the water, along with the bacteria, up. Steaming on a sweaty cloth will destroy the odor causing bacteria and help the fabric lose the bad smell.
However, you should allow the cloth to completely dry off before wearing or using it again.
You can use a steam cleaner to iron your bed sheet or window covers. This is a cheap and easy alternative to ironing. The result won't be of the same quality as ironing would but still a better and cheaper alternative than ironing.
Pet hair can be messy to clean up. It's greasy and sometimes a single strand is hard to remove by hand. Applying steam on it will soften the hair up and afterwards, can be removed with a cleaning brush.
Car dashboards shouldn't be cleaned directly with water as there's risk of water getting inside of the dashboard electronics and damaging them. However, steam cleaning uses very less water so it's much safer than water cleaning.
Before steaming your car dashboard, make sure to clean off the dust with a cloth and only then start applying steam. Steaming on a dusty dashboard will get things messy and make the whole task much more harder than it should be.
If your pool is unused in the winter and gathers algae and other debris on the walls and the floors, steam cleaning can be a great way to clean everything up. You should use a commercial pool cleaner to mix with the water to strengthen the steam.
Apply steam on the algae and as it gets softened, clean up with a brush. This will clean as well as disinfect the pool walls and floors.
Cleaning carpets with steam is similar to cleaning couches. Both of them gather a lot of food debris and oils. The process of cleaning both of these is similar. Start by vacuuming the visible debris first and then steam to wet the stain marks and rub off with a clean dry cloth afterwards.
We mentioned only a few from the countless ideas you can apply on with your steam cleaner. The more you use this machine, the more creative you'll get with its uses. The opportunities are endless with this gadget.
About Liz Gonzales
Liz lives in a suburb in New York city.
Both of her parents are the art professors at Sate University of New York.
As such, Liz grew up with all kinds of art objects, portraits, and books laying around the home.
Liz met up with Linea through another friend in some kind of online art forum. There great minds sparkled to take their passions onto the next level @ linea.io.