by Cassandra Merkling
(last updated November 26, 2018)
Steam cleaning is a wonderful technology. With steam vapor, you can disinfect without using chemicals and end up with a more pleasant-smelling environment. The steam removes residue while eliminating bacteria, fungus, mildew and mold, and even viruses. Steam can be applied to dirty surfaces and will weaken and dilute the bonds the dirt has made to them.
So how does a steam cleaner work? Well, it is actually quite simple. You will first need to pour clean water into the tank of a steaming appliance. The tank will hold the water, which is heated up with some kind of element inside the machine, and the steam will come out of a nozzle. The steam can then be directed at a surface and do its work. You can then wipe off the dirt that the steam has loosened, if the steam cleaner you are using doesn't provide a tool at the end of its nozzle.
When buying a steam cleaner, you may wish to consider the bulk and size of the machine you are thinking of using. Take note of how much water your steam cleaner uses and how much its tank can carry. If the tank is large, you will need to lug around a lot of water; but, you won't have to refill it as often as you would with a smaller tank. You also need to take into account how long it takes for the water to heat up inside the appliance. Some other things to consider are your preferences for portability of the actual cleaning appliance, attachments that come with the steamer, mobility, and ease of use.
A common feature to consider when you are shopping for a steam cleaner is whether or not to buy the pressurized steaming component. Keep in mind that a pressurized steam cleaner does not apply all that much pressure even at the beginning of the steam cleaning process. It also tends to peter out and release a comparable amount of pressure to a non-pressurized appliance after the first few seconds. And what about those first few seconds? The pressure released in that time really only does one special thing, and that is to allow a small quantity of the steam to be pushed out at a higher temperature.
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