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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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Can I Use Tap Water in My Steamer?

Steamers are appealing for chemical free cleaning using only water. You might be asking yourself, can I use tap water in my steamer? You can, but you shouldn’t. Here’s why. Tap water should be used with caution in steamers. Distilled water is the best choice. The minerals in tap water cause build up inside your…
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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 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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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 Get Wrinkles Out of Curtains

You may have struggled with getting wrinkles out of your curtains in the past but will never again! Yes, we all love decorating our spaces with curtains, but it can be a bit overwhelming when it comes to removing wrinkles.  In this post, I will take you through a step-by-step guide on how to get…
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Does a Humidifier Help With Snoring

Perhaps you know someone whose snoring makes it impossible to get a quiet night. Or, maybe you are the one who is on the receiving end of snoring puns? Whatever it is, the hard fact is that snoring isn’t fun. Approximately 57% of men and 40% of women in the US tend to snore while…
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Best Steamer for Wedding Dress

You’ve got your wedding dress, the date is set, and preparations are underway – congratulations! If you’re looking for a wedding dress steamer to touch up any creases and wrinkles that have formed during storage, look no further. In this post, I’ll cover the best steamer for wedding dresses, whether a handheld steamer, commercial steamer,…
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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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Does Steam Kill Cockroaches?

If you’ve seen a cockroach in your home, I assure you there are many more hiding in dark places waiting to contaminate your kitchen benches, cutlery and more. They are not just undesirable pests, these disease carrying critters shed skin, lay eggs (called Oothecae) and poop – and can cause you some serious health issues….
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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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Do Steam Cleaners Kill Dust Mites?

Steam cleaners are popular for deep cleaning around the home, particularly those looking to reduce allergens like dust mites without using chemicals. Dust mites are pesky microscopic critters that thrive in warm, humid environments such as mattresses, upholstered furniture, and carpets. They are known allergens and can trigger asthmatic reactions and allergic responses in sensitive…

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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