Harnessing the power of steam when cleaning your floors is generally a good move. Once the water reaches 175 degrees Fahrenheit, it effectively cleans bacteria and germs. And most household steam cleaners reach higher temperatures than that! Using steam in lieu of harsh chemicals can be an appealing eco-friendly option as well. The problem? Some flooring materials can be damaged when using steam.
At The Grout Medic, we only use steam vapor technology when on the job. Because we have experience on the matter, we want to share with you how to safely clean your floors with steam.
It is not recommended to steam clean laminate or wood flooring, as the steam can easily damage the top coating. Also, experts recommend avoiding flooring with potential gaps, such as vinyl plank flooring. Wood floors can have micro gaps present as well that you may not notice. If you force steam through these exposed areas, it can cause swelling and warping. Some manufacturers claim that steam mops are non-damaging to these types of floors if used on a low setting, but most experts disagree.
Because steam mops use high heat and pressure to force the steam into little nooks and crannies to clean, any floor without cracks and gaps is safe to clean with this method. Tile floors, for example, can safely be steamed.
With proper sanitation on the minds of many, steam cleaning is a great tool you can use to get the job done, particularly on your floors. It can effectively kill germs and bacteria that are likely lurking in the pores of your tile and grout. Even if you do not have the equipment yourself, you can still take advantage of this powerful cleaning method. The Grout Medic comes to your home equipped with professional steam cleaning tools and professional knowledge on how to clean your floors without damaging them. Call us today to schedule a virtual appointment!