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Hi I’m Lauren. I own a handheld, commercial and upright clothes steamer and have been steaming instead of ironing for the last 10 years.

I then discovered steam mops. I now own a Shark steam mop, a Vax steam mop with handheld unit, a McCulloch MC1385 steam cleaner, a steam mop with detergent feature, and a Eurogem commercial steam vacuum. And I use them – a lot! Especially cleaning up after my dogs (pugs). Click the button below to learn more about me and why you should trust my advice.

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From steaming clothing, to cleaning without chemicals, to natural pest control, the blog is where you will find helpful advice, how to guides and general information about using steam around your home.

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Is Hot Water Extraction The Same as Steam Cleaning?

Hot water extraction cleaning and steam cleaning are two terms often used interchangeably by carpet cleaning companies. Even though they have some similarities, they differ in several aspects. Before you decide on which method to use, it is important you understand how each one of them works. This will help you to make an informed…
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Can You Put Vinegar in a Steam Mop?

You mop, you steam, you conquer grime—yet you wonder if you can clean and disinfect faster by adding vinegar to your steam mop. While you’re aiming for that extra sparkle on your floors, it’s essential to consider whether the acidic nature of vinegar meshes well with your steam mop’s design. Generally, it doesn’t. Vinegar’s reputation…
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How to Make Distilled Water at Home

I’m always harping on about the importance of using distilled water in your steam cleaner, clothing steamer, humidifier, or any other steam generating device. The need to use distilled water is often hidden in product manuals, taking users by surprise after they’ve bought their steamer. If you struggle to get distilled water in your area,…
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How to Clean a Jiffy Steamer

Jiffy steamers are an investment, but a worthwhile one at that. If you look after your Jiffy steamer, it will last you for a very long time. Jiffy recommend cleaning their steamers every 3 to 6 months, depending on the water you use, how hard the water is and how often you use your garment…
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How to Steam Clothes – A Step By Step Guide

You’ve likely heard how clothing steamers are so much faster and easier to use than an iron. If you’ve bought one, you may soon realize there is a learning curve to steaming effectively. Get it wrong and you could create more wrinkles in your clothing than you started with! In this post, I will give…
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How Hot Do Clothing Steamers Get?

A clothing steamer will heat into the 200 degrees Fahrenheit range to produce steam. Despite their portability and ease of use, you can still suffer severe burns from a home clothing steamer.  You should never touch the metal parts of a clothing steamer without holding the body of the steamer first (or a towel). When…
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Does Steam Cleaning Kill Fleas?

Fleas are a type of parasite that primarily feeds on warm-blooded animals. The most common flea species is the cat flea, which despite its name, is the most common flea found on dogs. Out of the estimated 2,000 flea species worldwide, more than 300 are found in the United States. Fleas don’t just infest dogs…
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Steaming a Jacket | Down, Leather & Everything in Between

One of the most frequently asked questions about specific clothing pieces is whether you can use a clothing steamer on them. I often get asked “Are clothes steamers good for jackets?” and the answer really depends on the type of fabric. Therefore, in this blog post, I’ll cover the most common jacket and coat fabrics…
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Can Bed Bugs Live in Memory Foam?

Bed bugs are small, flat insects that live in cracks and crevices, so you’ll probably never see them unless you’re looking closely. One of the common pests found in mattresses today, bedbugs bite humans when they feed, leaving behind tiny red marks that itch intensely. Unfortunately, if you have a memory foam mattress, you’re not…
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Should I Mop Before Steam Mopping?

Clean, welcoming, or carefree, your home is the showcase of how you want to live. This is why people enjoy the convenience of a steam mop. Steam mops make it easy to keep up with the everyday messes life brings and make light work of cleaning. They are lightweight, maneuverable, chemical-free, and easy to use. …
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How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs in Clothes – A Guide for Laundry

When you’re dealing with bedbugs, how to get rid of bed bugs in clothes is a big question. As bed bugs feed on the blood of humans (and sometimes other mammals and birds), it might seem like leaving your infested clothes will starve the bugs to death. Unfortunately, that isn’t how it works. Bed bugs…

Product Reviews From Someone Who Actually Uses Steam

I may not be able to buy every product on the market, but, owning various steam mops and steam cleaners, I know what works better than others. I bring my experience with steam cleaning to every product review. Find reviews on:

  • Steam Mops
  • Steam Cleaners
  • Commercial Steamers
  • Steam Irons
  • Steam Closets
  • Steam Vacuums
  • Vapor Steam Cleaners
  • Handheld Steamers
  • Steam Press Machines
  • Humidifiers

Benefits of Using Steam

Steam cleaning is a process that uses high-pressure steam to sanitize, deodorize and clean in one step. Using steam for cleaning is an effective way to kill bacteria and viruses with little leftover residue.

Steam cleaners provide a hassle-free and straightforward cleaning method. With heat and water, you can now efficiently sanitize every corner of your home.

The health benefits of using this method are significant as it kills bacteria while improving indoor air quality by removing pollutants. Compared to using other methods like bleach or hot soapy water, steam is natural and effective, avoiding respiratory problems that can occur with chemical use.

If you have pets in your home, using steam for cleaning will help to reduce odors, sanitize pet areas and kill fleas and their eggs, with no nasty chemicals that could harm your precious pet.

Here are ways you can use steam around your home:

  • Clean floors including grout and tiles.
  • Cleaning your kitchen, removing grease and grime with ease, sanitizing benchtops and cutting boards.
  • Disinfect your bathroom, shower, toilet and other wet areas.
  • Safely kills mold, viruses and germs around the home.
  • Steam kills fleas, dust mites, bed bugs and other allergens.
  • Clean carpets, upholstery and other furniture.
  • Disinfect children’s toys, both hard toys and stuffed animals.
  • Clean windows, mirrors and glass.
  • Clean your car interior, wheel rims and engine bay.
  • Refresh your mattress, linen and remove wrinkles from clothing.
  • Sanitize pillows, comforters, cushions and soft furnishings.
  • Cook vegetables for maximum nutrient retention.
  • Treat yourself to home facials, self care or steam your hair.
  • Add moisture back into the air if you live in a dry environment.
  • Clean your clothing, reduce the need and cost of dry cleaning… and many more!

If you suffer from allergies, use a steam cleaner. Not only will you avoid irritating your allergies further, but it also uses chemicals that are harmful to the environment.

Steam cleaners are great for use on any variety of surfaces, whether hard or soft. They clean without using harsh chemicals and are very efficient – they kill 99% of bacteria.

Additionally, detergents fail to remove chemical residue left behind by previous cleaning processes. Hot steam vapor is natural, sanitary, and even cleans down to the pores of hard surfaces!

Using Steam for Pest Control

Professionals in pest control agree that steam can be used to remove a large variety of pests, from bed bugs to fleas to dust mites and even fly larvae. The high heat from steam eradicates pests in short amounts of time.

Steam can permeate deep into carpets, mats, rugs, and other materials. Harmful organisms are destroyed by steam, making steam vapor cleaners among the most effective methods to eliminate microorganisms.

Another benefit of using steam vapor cleaners is that the steam vaporizes nearly immediately, leaving carpets and fabrics virtually dry. Many solution-based cleaning methods leave carpets and other materials damp for hours after cleaning, creating an environment for these organisms to reproduce.

Steam cleaning is ideal for drains and other areas with organic matter accumulation. Not only will steam break down the organic matter but any larvae produced by pests will also be killed on contact with steam. So, if you’re having a pest control problem in your home, try using steam for a natural and safe method to keep pests at bay.

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