Steam cleaners are mechanical devices that clean carpets to give them a new look. Steam cleaners have a water container and heater. The heater heats the water to boiling point to produce steam which is released under pressure down a hose. This steam is then applied to clean different surfaces through nozzle attachments like a floor tool, hand brush, or jet nozzles.
Types of steam cleaners:
It is used for cleaning small areas and is small in size. It is cheaper than other cleaners. These steam cleaners can easily clean the most difficult spots. It is lightweight, portable, and easy to use. It eliminates dust mites and other allergens. Cleaner air and chemicals are also not required.
It looks like a barrel vacuum cleaner and is used in larger areas and can be used for other cleaning jobs.
A full-sized model with a built-in vacuum cleaner
This model is used on its own or in conjunction with the steam and has lots of features and is expensive.
Vapor steam cleaner
A cleaner, which uses only steam, is called a vapor steam cleaner. Some people have a belief that this device is unable to clean carpet, on its own. This cleaner uses dry steam to seep deep into the carpet, loose the dirt and bring it to the surface. The dirt can then be removed.
The vapor steam cleaners can not only penetrate deep, clean, and deodorize carpet but also used to clean other things like upholstery, fabrics, sinks, mirrors, and even bathroom tile. It leaves the carpet drier than other steam cleaners and keeps the carpet clean for a longer time. It can even kill mites, mold, and mildew.
Its most important characteristic is its capacity to clean like a vacuum. In any case, if you pull all the dirt and the vacuum doesn’t pick up, it will be pushed back into the carpet.
Its biggest drawback is that it cannot be used on all types of carpets.
Hot water steam cleaner
A hot water steam cleaner is of multipurpose use. Chemicals and hot water are put onto the carpet and then cleaned with a brush. The dirty water is then sucked back into the machine and put into a separate water bin for disposal.
These machines are safe for many carpets but depend more on the type of chemicals used. Its biggest disadvantage is the inability to dry the Carpet. This will leave the area wet, which can grow mold and mildew if left for a long time. In some cases, you can wash the Carpet with only water.
There are various sizes of steam cleaners each possessing their own distinct characteristics and features.
Accessories required with steam cleaners
Rotating brushes helps to lift dirt from the carpet. There are 4 to 6 brushes of different types and shapes.
Upright or Canister
Uprights are used for cleaning large areas and are heavy to push around whereas Canisters are best if used for small areas, car interiors, and for furniture.
Tools and Attachments
A steam cleaner is considered best if provided with auto cleaning tools like upholstery & stair cleaning attachments, and a bare floor attachment.
Some newer models are also offering a water heating option which is normally not available in other models.
Some tips for carpet cleaning
For hot water cleaning the temperature required is 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Hot water extraction cleaning is made between 150 and 200 degrees.
There are three inter-related factors at work when you clean carpet like heat, dwell, time, and agitation. In any case, if you are unable to maximize one of them, you can make up for it with the others. If you can’t get the cleaning solution hot then let it “dwell” a bit longer in the carpet so that you can scrub.
All vapor steam cleaners units vary according to tank capacity, type of accessories/cleaning tools, functions, and control features. It is important to note that entry-level in less expensive models will not function as effectively as in residential or light commercial models which are more expensive. Though mid-range models are slightly more expensive, they deliver steam at higher temperatures, come with higher quality accessories, which helps in effective cleaning and are more durable and long-lasting.
The best choice for the use in residential purposes is VaporStorm. It has a mid-range vapor steam cleaner & sanitizing system with quality cleaning tools and attachments. There are many advantages to cleaning with steam. These steam cleaners are more powerful and efficient than other types of cleaning devices.