When it comes to keeping your home clean there are a number of ways you can do this. Whether you sweep, mop, vacuum or steam clean, you are sure to want a home that is dirt free and hygienically clean. However, with sweeping and mopping you risk simply moving the dirt around and chemical cleaners risk affecting the health of your family and the environment. This is one of the reasons why people choose steam cleaning as their preferred method of cleaning as it sanitises without the use of chemicals. We take a closer look at the reasons to use steam cleaning and how it can be used to clean carpets, mattresses, tiles, drains and more.
• Chemical free cleaning
The only thing required for steam cleaning your home is water, which is heated to high enough temperatures to create steam. This is why this type of cleaning method is eco friendly and it does not leave any chemical residues.
• Cleans, sanitises and deodorises
When steam cleaning is done properly using the correct equipment it kills more than 99% of bacteria, germs and dust mites, as well as moulds and other things. Keep in mind that water needs to be heated to 175 degrees in order for it to sanitize your home effectively. Steam mopping equipment should heat the water to this temperature or higher (212 degrees is the temperature that is required to create steam that kills bacteria, germs and dust mites). Furthermore, using a steam cleaning machine helps to loosen dirt and stains, as well as grease and grime, and will help remove odours from mattresses, carpets and upholstery.
• Effective Cleaning
Because it uses extremely high temperatures steam cleaning is an effective cleaner and sanitizer. It can be used to clean both indoors and outdoors and on any hard or soft surface, from floor to ceiling. For areas that are mopped daily, using hot steam offers a more effective clean than chemical cleaners.
• Kills Dust Mites
Dust mites are little creatures that live in your mattress, carpets and upholstery and feed on the dead skin flakes that humans and pets shed. These creatures leave behind their faecal matter which is a common allergen and trigger of asthma. Floor steam cleaners can be used to kill the creatures and then a quick vacuum will remove any debris left behind.
As you can see using steam vacuum cleaners on upholstery, carpets and mattresses whether on your own or through hiring steam cleaning services, will go a long way towards cleaning and sanitising your home. Next time you think about ways to clean your home, steam clean it for the most hygienic and environmentally friendly clean.
Dave Tucker is a freelance writer with a keen interest in being environmentally conscientous.