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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 and a Eurogem commercial steam vacuum. And I use them – a lot! Especially cleaning up after my 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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Do Humidifiers Help With Dust?

Humidifiers can be beneficial in trapping and diminishing airborne particles, such as dust mites and other allergens, by raising the moisture content of the air. But do humidifiers help with dust removal? How do they help with dust? In this article I’ll explore how humidity affects our environment, discuss how you can use a humidifier…
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Can You Steam Clean Linoleum Floors? Tips to Avoid Damage

Steam mops are among the best cleaning tools for linoleum floors. They produce minimal water output and are lightweight – two things you need to consider when cleaning linoleum. Steam cleaners are not only helpful but also easy to use. In this post, we will discuss how to steam clean linoleum floors, safe practices for…
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Can You Put Vinegar in a Steam Mop?

There are many benefits of using vinegar as a cleaning agent around your home. When using steam mops or steam cleaners, vinegar is often recommended by manufacturers as a descaling agent. So, can you put vinegar in a steam mop while it is running and use the steamed vinegar solution to clean your floors? I’m…
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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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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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Does Steam Cleaning Kill Carpet Beetles?

Carpet beetles are bugs that feed upon the soft home furnishings in your homes, such as carpets, curtains, furnishings, linens, and clothes. They’re annoying pests because they eat and reproduce rapidly. Before long, they’ve spread throughout your home.  Many people wonder, does steam cleaning kill carpet beetles? The answer is yes. In this guide, I…
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Can Steam Cause a Smoke Alarm to Go Off?

You are steaming your clothes, cooking your dinner, or running your humidifier, and the smoke alarm sounds. Why does this happen? Can steam cause a smoke alarm to go off? Sometimes, yes.  About Smoke Alarms There are two types of smoke alarms. Light-based and ionization-based. Smoke alarms are tuned to look for the dark sooty…
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Help! My Clothes Steamer Smells Bad

Have you used your clothes steamer recently and it’s had a funky smell? Don’t worry, with a little effort you can get it back to clean and fresh again. The most common reason that your clothes steamer smells bad is that bacteria has grown inside it. This can easily happen when you use tap water…
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Can a Clothes Steamer Kill Dust Mites?

Dust mites are microscopic organisms that typically feed on dead skin from pets or humans. They can cause hay fever, asthma, eczema, and allergic rhinitis in sensitive individuals. I am frequently asked can a clothes steamer kills dust mites, and I am pleased to answer yes.  A clothes steamer kills dust mites because it penetrates…
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Where to Buy Scented Demineralized Water for Your Steamer

Whether you are using a clothes steamer, steam cleaner or humidifier, you should only add distilled or demineralized water to the water tank. Tap water contains mineral deposits and may cause your steamer to clog due to scale buildup. Instead of using plain demineralized or distilled water when steam cleaning, you can add some fresh…

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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