Steam cleaning is one of the safest, easiest ways to protect your home from germs and bacteria. That means it’s time to throw out your toxic old mop!

We understand that if you’re new to this type of appliance, you might not know where to start. So here’s a step-by-step guide to unlocking the magic of cleaning with steam!

A Complete Guide to Steam Cleaning Your Home

• Look for Quality in a Steam Cleaner

Steam Cleaner

Naturally, step one is purchasing a quality steam cleaner. Ideally, this would be one that’s lightweight, with two tanks (one for clean water, and one for dirty water). Look for one with multiple brushes that is useable in different areas and on a variety of different surfaces.

The three main kinds of steam cleaner include cylinder steam cleaners, steam mops, and handheld cleaners. Cylinder cleaners are the largest of the three, and look like a large, traditional vacuum cleaner. Their design holds larger amounts of water and covers more area. If the floors in your home are primarily hardwood or tiles, you will benefit from a cylinder steam cleaner.

However, these larger units are sometimes difficult to store and clean. That’s why steam mops are the most popular of the three for domestic use. With an upright and efficient design, steam mops also come with different heads for total functionality. They are highly maneuverable and good for a variety of surfaces. Finally, handheld steam cleaners are perfect for cleaning furniture and other smaller surfaces like windows and staircases.

• Preliminary Preparation Before you Clean

Prepare for Steam Cleaning

First, give the area a good sweeping to remove all debris from the floors. This keeps your steam cleaner clear and functioning properly. If you have pets and also want to steam clean fabric furniture, use a handheld vac followed by a lint roller to remove all superficial animal fibers.

Once you prep the areas, it’s time to clean. Make sure you steam with clean water and that your mop pads, brushes, and any other accessories, are also equally fresh and ready for use. You might also need extra pads if you’re using a steam mop. So it’s a good plan to keep extras on hand, depending on the size of the room.

• Steam Clean for Fresher Air in Your Home

Your final step is to use your steam cleaner and enjoy the non-toxic results. With the ability to clean surfaces efficiently without the use of harsh cleaning chemicals, steam cleaners one of the few life-saving appliances for people living with allergies.Steam Cleaning for Fresher Air Quality

Moreover, you can really feel the difference in air quality once the task is complete. It’s undeniably fresher, with no unpleasant undertones whatsoever. In an age where chemical cleaners seem to dominate the market, the simplicity of steam cleaning is genuinely liberating.

Enjoy Your Clean, Non-toxic Home

And there is your complete guide to steam cleaning! Of course, once this process has been completed, it will be time for you to clean up your mop pads and brushes, as well as empty out your water tanks. Thankfully, emptying out your tanks will be an easy, guilt-free chore.

The water is also contaminant-free and contains no chemical additives, so it’s safe to enter your city’s waterways. Steam cleaner maintenance is minimal when you consider the positive outcomes that steam cleaning holds for both your family, as well as your family’s carbon footprint. That’s a win-win for everyone.

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