Benefits of Steam Cleaning
That dirty old mop and heavy bucket of soiled water are the cleaning tools of the past! Step into 2021 with a new and effective way of purifying your home, steaming. A high-quality steamer can use intense heat instead of chemicals to effectively clean your home. The right steamer, when used correctly, can expertly destroy 99.99% of germs in a safe, eco-friendly way. Steam cleaners are chemical-free, versatile, economical, and environmentally friendly. These powerful cleaning machines use heated vapor molecules to penetrate a surface’s pores to force out dirt, grease, stains, mold, germs, dust mites, and other pollutants.
What Can A Steam Cleaner Clean?
Steam Cleaners can use used on various surfaces and materials. Most steamers have an overheat protection feature that prevents your steamer from getting too hot and destroying your delicate material. You can use a steam cleaner to expertly clean:
- Hardwood floors
- Sealed tiles
- Machinery and more!
How to pick the Best Steam Cleaner
Before you waste money on a steam cleaner that does not work, do your research to learn about which product will best fit your needs. Here are a few things to consider when buying a steam cleaner:
Functions: Since you’re going to use your steam cleaner to clean your entire home, you’re going to need to make sure you have all the proper attachments you need. Purchase a steam cleaner that has a variety of attachments and fixtures so you can get the job done.
Warm-up Time: Some water tanks take a long time to heat up which can prolong the cleaning process. Choose a steamer that heats up quickly so you can get your cleaning started.
Tank Size: You need a tank that holds a lot of water so you can clean for longer before you need to refill and reheat.
Heat: To destroy germs on your clothing or surfaces, the water in your tank must heat to a 200-degree minimum.
Can A Steamer Kill Germs?
Steam does kill harmful pathogens that can make you sick. According to Philip M. Tierno, Ph.D., a clinical professor of microbiology and pathology at New York University, most pathogens, including the coronavirus, will die at 212° F.
A high-quality steamer can exceed that temperature and be used to effectively kill germs. However, to effectively kill all germs, you may need to steam your surface for a few minutes, which can potentially damage your material.
In addition to cleaning, steamers also deodorize material. Steam cleaning kills 99.9% of harmful germs including E.coli, Staph, Salmonella, and other micro-organizing such as surface mold. Experts suggest using water that is heated to 175 degrees for a light cleaning and water that is heated to 212 degrees for a deeper cleaner that will remove dirt, loosen stains, grease, and grime.
Is A Steam Cleaner Enough?
A steam cleaner may be an effective way to clean your floors and surfaces but it is not the only precaution you should take when you’re keeping your home clean. Due to the fact that harder to kill microorganisms such as dust mites and grease, require extended exposure to the steam for them to be destroyed, it is not recommended to use a steam cleaner alone.
Add a steamer to your cleaning routine and continue your healthy hygiene habits including wearing a face-covering, washing your hands, and practicing physical distancing.
Stay Clean with theLAShop
We have a lot to be thankful for this year. In 2021, it is more important than ever to spend time with the ones we love. Connect with your family and friends virtually this year.
Many statewide restrictions are put in place to keep us healthy and protected. Though this change may take some time to adapt to, it does not mean that we still can’t enjoy our current lives. Spend this time safely with your immediate families, and appreciate the time you have together.