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Home Steam Cleaners: Mean, Green Steam Cleaning Machines?

Updated on September 26, 2013

Mean, "Green" Steam Cleaning Machines?

Home steam cleaners have been touted as THE most efficient way to clean your carpet, upholstery and other surfaces . . . and earth-friendly, to boot. Is it really true?

If you were already planning on getting your own home steam cleaner, there are a few things that you should keep in mind before you buy one. And if you are one of those people who questions whether home steam cleaners are really worth the investment, you'll want to read on, too.

Home Steam Cleaners Are More Than Just Hot Air

What's So Great About Steam Cleaners and What Can They Do?

Steam cleaners, are similar to vacuum cleaners but are specifically designed to remove deeply embedded dirt, kill bacteria and other contaminants. These machines have built-in "boilers" that super-heats the water inside to produce steam. This steam is then ejected at high pressures which effectively loosens dirt and stains on carpets and other surfaces.

What Kind of Surfaces, You Ask?

One of the great things about home steam cleaners is that you can use them on many types of surfaces. For example:

  • . . . Carpets
  • . . . Floor Tiles
  • . . . Hardwood Floors
  • . . . Rugs
  • . . . Linoleum
  • . . . Upholstery (and other furnishings)
  • . . . Bathroom & Kitchen Tiles
  • . . . Outdoor Decks
  • . . . and more

This kind of cleaning power does more than just clean . . . the super-heated steam is able to cleanse the area of bacteria, dust mites, molds, fungi, and other parasites on the spot. So, in essence, you are not only cleaning but you are also sanitizing or disinfecting at the same time.

Vacuum Cleaners vs. Steam Cleaners

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A vacumm cleaner

picks up surface layers of dirt

A steam cleaner

efficiently cleans and sanitizes at the same time

How Mean? and How Green? - Four Distinct Benefits Of Using A "Green" Steam Cleaner

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While some steam cleaners work with prepared cleaning chemical solutions to remove stains there are many that just use steam and rotating brushes to do all the cleaning.

Here are four key advantages of chemical-free steam cleaners:

  • 1) High Pressure and High Temperatures Ensure Deep Cleansing . . .
  • Steam cleaners emit steam that is at around 240 to 280 degrees Fahrenheit. that, combined with the high pressure, effectively strips away stubborn dirt from your carpet and floors. Another benefit of the high temperature is that it kills microbes, dust mites, mold and other harmful bacteria that can cause serious health problems.
  • 2) Safe Help for Allergy Sufferers . . .
  • Steam cleaners are known to benefit people who suffer from allergies. They clean your carpets and upholstery from pet hairs, pollen, and other allergens.
  • 3) Low, or No Risk of Chemical Contamination . . .
  • For the most part, steam cleaners that only use water help you avoid using ceaning chemicals that emit toxic fumes which can be very harmful when inhaled of when fumes come in contact your cooking and eating utensils which you can ingest.
  • 4) No Powerful Odors . . .
  • There are quite a few people who are very sensitive to odors and vapors, especially the type of fumes that some chemical cleaning products can emit. Steam cleaners emit steam or evaporated water, which is very safe and even beneficial when inhaled.

Steam Cleaners

Are Mean On Dirt, Stains

& Bacteria . . .

and Earth Friendly, Too!

Different Types and Sizes of Steam Cleaning Machines

A Range of Home Steam Cleaners Are Available

If you make a trip to your local hardware or home improvement store, you'll find that steam cleaners come in various types and sizes: from hand-held versions for spot cleaning and stain removal to rather large industrial steam cleaners for heavy duty cleaning. However in between these two extremes is the home steam cleaner that resembles a conventional upright (or even cannister-type) vacuum cleaner.

Some steam cleaners work with prepared cleaning chemical solutions to remove stains while other types just use steam and rotating brushes to do all the cleaning.

If you are in the market for a modestly-priced but quality home steam cleaner, here are examples of models to consider:

Example: Small Compact Home Steam Cleaner

Bissell Little Green Clean Machine Steam Cleaner is perfect for cleaning up stains and minor spills. It's a bit small for cleaning carpets, but perfect for spot stain removal. With its high pressure sprayer, you'll see that it loosens dirt and stains easily.

You can find out more by the CLICKING the link below . . .

BISSELL 1400B Multi-Purpose Portable Carpet Cleaner, Green
BISSELL 1400B Multi-Purpose Portable Carpet Cleaner, Green

Suitably named Little Green, the earth-friendly deep cleaner has been engineered with sustainable features to reduce waste and help protect the environment. The unit's redesign offers a 95-percent reduction in PVC. It includes a PVC-free hose, PVC-free solution and collection tanks (made of recyclable polypropylene), as well as parts constructed from 100-percent post-consumer recycled plastic.

 

Example: A Steam Vacuum For Carpets, Flooring & Upholstery

The Hoover SteamVac Plus Steam Cleaner is another good quality steam cleaner designed for heavy duty cleaning. A couple of cool features is that it cleans in both forward and reverse directions, has a long hose with attachments when doing stairs and a long power cord to ensure you that you don't have to constantly look for outlets when cleaning a large expanse of flooring.

You can find out more by the CLICKING the link below . . .

Hoover Carpet Cleaner SteamVac with Clean Surge Carpet Cleaner Machine F5914900
Hoover Carpet Cleaner SteamVac with Clean Surge Carpet Cleaner Machine F5914900

This powerful home steam vacuum saves you the expense and hassle of having to rent a steam cleaner and keeps rugs, upholstery, and bare floors (other than hardwoods) looking like new. The powerful 12-amp motor combined with five spinning brushes that operate at either high or low speed lift the usual dirt and grime out of carpets.

 

Example: All-Around Home Steam Cleaner

The McCulloch Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner gets all kinds of rave-reviews because it's a compact but very powerful work-horse making light work of all kinds of cleaning indoors (even hard-to reach areas) and outdoors (like cleaning your BBQ grill (yuck!) and detailing cars, trucks, motorcycles and boats).

You can find out more by the CLICKING the link below . . .

McCulloch MC1275 Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner
McCulloch MC1275 Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner

The McCulloch Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner does it all. Melt away grease and grime from your engine, wheels and chrome accessories. Steam away stains and odors from upholstery, carpeting, and floor mats and get those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies spotlessly clean. Blast stuck-on dirt from your BBQ grill, patio furniture, or garage. With 1500 watts of power and 1 hour of use per full tank, this steamer makes light of almost any household chore. The unit features wheels and casters for easy movement, a steam control switch to meter steam output, and a storage compartment to store the small attachments.

 

More Examples of Modestly-Priced "Quality" Steam Cleaners - They May Be Inexpensive . . . But they Work Really Well

How To Choose The Right Home Steam Cleaner For Your Needs

What To Look For When Buying A Home Steam Cleaner

OK, so you're pretty sure you want to invest in a steam cleaner. To be sure, the choices are many. From modestly-priced machines to mid-level and high-end steam cleaning machines, you may be overwhelmed at the variety.

So, here is a brief list of considerations to help you shop wisely for a steam cleaner:

  • Use and Price-Range . . .
  • The size of your home and the frequency of cleanings can help you determine the price-range you should stay within. Are you living in a small apartment, town-house or large many-roomed mansion? You probably don't need to invest several hundred dollars in a machine for a small living space and sporadic use whereas a huge house with lots of carpet, rugs, upholstery, bathrooms that are throuroghly cleaned by staff quite regularly would require a more substantial machine costing a couple thousand dollars. On the other hand
  • you may have a small home but you also have little ones that you want o protect
  • from harmful bacteria.
  • Mobility and Weight of the Steam Cleaner . . .
  • Obvioulsy you want a machine that is easy to use and move around your home. Does it have wheels? Does it have a long power cord? Can you carry it if need be? Checking the weight of the steam cleaner will enable you to determine if you will be able to carry it easily to the upper floors if you have a two or three story home. And bear in mind that it will be filled with water at some point.
  • Appropriate Cleaning Attachments For Your Use . . .
  • Check on the cleaning accessories that come with the steam cleaner. Does it come with the brushes, wands, adjustable nozzles and other accessories you'll need for the type of cleaning you'll be doing? For instance, if you plan to keep your bathroom and kitchen tiles steam cleaned as well as your BBQ grill or car rims, you'll need the appropriate attachments.
  • Required Steam Temperatures and Pressure . . .
  • Not all floor surfaces will require the same amount of heat and pressure to clean. Being able to regulate the steam (with an adjustable nozzle, for example) is a plus. Be reminded that the temperature of the steam for home use should be at least 240 to 280 degrees Fahrenheit. You want to avoid cleaners where the steam temperatures are "not hot enough" . . . which causes an excessive amount of moisture to remain in fibers (carpets and upholstery) and require lengthy drying times.
  • Warranty and Service . . .
  • Always make sure to get informatin on the seller's or manufacucturer's stance on repairing and servicing your steam cleaner in the event it proves defective or is need of repair. Do you need to take it to a certified service center to get it repaired? Or do you return it to the seller? Just be clear on what to expect.

Hope This Info Helps - Let Me Know You Stopped By . . .

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      Sundaycoffee 3 years ago

      We are actually thinking of buying a steam cleaner. The info here is very helpful.

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      LouisaDembul 4 years ago

      I have seriously been thinking of getting a home steam cleaner. Like the fact that it disinfects, you don't need to go over the floors twice.

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      GREAT Lens!

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      I have that little green machine, it's great but I absolutely would love to get a full sized one for my floors and carpets etc.

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      Demaw 6 years ago

      I swear by steam cleaning. I find it makes my life easier, including getting wrinkles out of clothes.

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      Ladyclodine 6 years ago

      Some cleaning companies takes advantage of the need for carpet cleaning but Phoenix Carpet Cleaning company makes it practical for you to hire them.

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Also featured this lens on Save Planet Earth

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Just purchased a steam cleaner and a steam iron brush and am waiting for them to be delivered. Thank you for this article. It is a feast for anyone wanting to know all about them and a must for allergy sufferers. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and also on Parenting Young Children. Thank you for doing this lovely lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I got a steam cleaner for our floors and I love it! Your article re confirms for me the reason i bought this in the first place. Yes, I do feel things are cleaner and best of all I do not get sick from chemicals. Now to convience my husband to use steam in his house cleaning business.

      Thanks for this.

      Deb

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      anonymous 8 years ago

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      jaye3000 8 years ago

      I have a Bissle Little Green and love it! With four kids it truly is a necessity in life :)