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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 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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Soft Water vs Distilled Water – What is the Difference?

Is soft water distilled water? This is one of the questions most people are not able to answer due to the close similarities between these two types of water. Water softening and distillation processes involve the removal of minerals to make the water safer to use. So, what’s the difference between soft water vs distilled…
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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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How to Clean Stamped Concrete

Stamped concrete can withstand harsh weather and last decades when properly installed and maintained. Color hardeners used in stamping make the surface smoother and more resistant to abrasion and water penetration. Contractors apply protective sealer coats to prevent dirt, chemicals, oil, grease, and other substances from penetrating and protect against UV damage. However, stamped concrete…
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How To Get Rid Of Carpet Beetles In Car (Natural and Safe Home Methods)

Carpet beetle infestations are among the worst pests to have in any vehicle; they breed quickly and cause considerable damage to carpets, upholstery, and other fabrics while feeding on organic matter. They can hitch a ride on your clothing leading to an infestation in your home, or workplace. There are approximately 400 species of carpet beetles…
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Can You Steam Clean a Memory Foam Mattress? (Why It’s a Bad Idea)

We spend almost one-third of our life lying down in bed. But worrying about its cleanliness (aside from changing the sheets) is often an afterthought. Mattresses absorb sweat, bacteria, stains, and dead skin cells; every time it comes in contact with our bodies.  While memory foam doesn’t harbor bacteria and germs like other mattresses, cleaning…
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Can You Use a Steam Cleaner on Clothes?

If you have a handheld steam cleaner or canister steam cleaner then you know the invaluable benefits of steam when it comes to cleaning your home. You might be wondering, can you use a steam cleaner on clothes? Yes you can. This guide will show you how, as well as some of the problems I…
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Can You Put Fabuloso in a Steam Mop?

Cleaning your floors can be a time-consuming task. But what if you could make it easier and make your floors smell great by using Fabuloso? Can you put Fabuloso in a steam mop to clean faster without harsh chemicals? This article will explore this question (the short answer is no) and provide alternatives to using…
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Best Substitute for Distilled Water

Most people prefer using tap water in their steam cleaner or clothing steamer; it’s quick and simple. The problem with this is that unfiltered tap water contains over 2000 tiny contaminants. Some contaminants may include bacteria, protozoa, viruses, chemical pollutants, heavy metals, and microplastics, among other impurities. You can use different water purification methods, such…
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What Floors Can You Use a Steam Mop On?

Cleaning your floors can be an arduous task. From mopping up spills to vacuuming debris, the effort needed for a thorough clean can seem overwhelming. But what if there was an easier way? What if you could make light work of grime and dirt with one simple tool? Enter the steam mop. With its powerful…

Steam Cleaning Carpets vs Shampooing

When it comes to maintaining clean, pristine carpets in your home, the question often arises: should you shampoo or steam-clean? The problem arises due to the wide range of carpet cleaners available on the market, each promising a clean so thorough it leaves your carpet or rug nearly indistinguishable from new flooring. However, as with…
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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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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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