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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. 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.

Can You Use a Steam Mop on Peel and Stick Tile

Can You Use a Steam Mop on Peel and Stick Tile?

There are lots of benefits to peel and stick floor tiles. They are relatively affordable, simple to install, and low maintenance. But can you use a steam mop on peel and stick tile? Unfortunately, no. Using a steam mop on peel and stick tiles will cause the adhesive to melt, resulting in loose and warped…
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Best Way to Clean Laminate Floors – Top Tips for a Streak-Free Finish

Laminate floors are an incredibly popular choice for many homeowners, offering an attractive and low-maintenance option in flooring. However, it is important to understand the best methods for proper laminate cleaning to ensure your floors remain beautiful. This article will provide a comprehensive overview of the techniques used to deep clean laminate floors effectively and…
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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…
does steam cleaning kill fleas

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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How to Steam a Wedding Dress

No matter how you store your wedding dress, it is common for a couple of wrinkles to appear before your big day. I’ve written this guide on how to steam a wedding dress to help minimize the stress before your wedding day and the need for professional dry cleaning or steaming. Before steaming your wedding…
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Best Mop for Concrete Floors in 2023

Concrete floors are super strong and can handle a lot. They work great inside and outside, and the best part is they don’t stain easily, which means they’re not a lot of trouble to keep clean. If you want your concrete floors to look their best you need the right cleaning tool. I have put…
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How to Clean a Rowenta Steamer

Do you have a Rowenta handheld steamer or Rowenta garment steamer? If so, then you’ll want to know how to clean and descale it! Descaling is a process that removes hard water deposits and mineral build-up from your machine’s heating chamber. This will maintain the performance of your clothing steamer and extend its life. Follow…
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Can You Put Essential Oils in a Humidifier? Don’t. Learn Why

There is no denying the benefits of using essential oils for aromatherapy. They can boost your mood, help with sleep, or simply add fragrance to your space. If you regularly use a humidifier and want to add a beneficial scent, you’ve no doubt asked asked the question – can you put essential oils in a…
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How To Deep Clean Carpet With a Steam Cleaner (6 Easy Steps)

Whether you need to deep clean your carpet at the end of a lease, as part of your annual spring clean, or your kids have spilt their drinks one too many times, several options are available. You can hire a professional carpet cleaner, a DIY carpet shampooer, or deep clean carpet with a steam cleaner. In…
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Does Steam Cleaning Damage Grout?

Steam mops can assist you in scrubbing even the toughest grime and spots from your tiles. An excellent steam mop can blast dirt off tile floors and even reach tile grout to clean and sanitize. This will help your tiles and grout last longer and reduce the spread of bacteria. Steam cleaning is an effective…
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Can a Clothes Steamer Kill Bed Bugs?

If you are having a problem with bed bugs, you may be looking for a natural, cost-effective way to kill them. Using your clothing steamer for bed bug home treatment can help. Does Steam Kill Bed Bugs? Steam will kill bed bugs on contact, providing the steam is over 131 degrees Fahrenheit. Most garment steamers…
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Does Steaming Clean Clothes?

If you don’t have time to wash and dry your clothing between wear, try cleaning your clothes using your garment steamer. Steaming can clean your clothes, without the need for laundry detergents or washing. You simply need to ensure the steamer is hot enough to kill bacteria and odor causing germs, and steam for a…

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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