Sometimes, vacuuming is just not enough to get your carpet really clean. Dirt, pet hair and grease can be buried deep within the fibres – not to mention nasties such as fleas which may have hopped off your pet for a change of scene! Giving your carpet a steam clean every so often will ensure it remains as fresh as the day it was laid and it can give a new lease of life to an old carpet. Keeping your carpet clean is especially important if you have young children who like to play on the floor.
When it comes to cleaning carpets, there isn’t anything to better a steam cleaner for dislodging the dirt and grime that has settled into the pile. Steam cleaners use the power of steam, which is generated when hot water is forced through high pressure jets, whilst some also use detergent. The powerful jets permeate the fibres of the carpet, loosening the grease and grime that has accumulated. As the steam jets dislodge the debris, a vacuum sucks up the dirty water and excess detergent leaving a clean fresh carpet that will dry in a short time.
Sparkling clean bathroom
Of course, most quality steam cleaners don’t just clean carpets – many also clean floors, from tiles and laminate to vinyl and wood. They also do a great job of cleaning walls, windows and other surfaces such as kitchen work tops. These cleaners work in the same way with steam and detergent, but have a gentler action. They can power through dirt and break down grease and grime on kitchen surfaces or floors.
In the bathroom they can be used to eliminate soap scum on the bath, sink and tiles and to freshen up grout. They can even be used to keep the toilet sparkling clean and free from bacteria.
If you want a model that will clean hard floors in addition to carpets, you can purchase a 2-in-1 steam cleaner, specially designed for dual use and these will often have a separate attachment for use on hard floors or other areas.
Other uses for steam cleaners
Steam cleaners are now used for a lot more than just domestic cleaning. They are used by jewellers to remove dust and dirt particles from the surface of precious stones and professional valet companies often use them for cleaning cars and other vehicles.
Steam cleaning is one of the most effective and affordable cleaning solutions for the home. It removes dirt, grease and pet hairs and disinfects without the need for harsh chemicals or bleach. It will keep your carpets looking brand new and ensure they are free from fleas and other tiny visitors.
A steam cleaner could be one of the most worthwhile investments you make for the home. It is relatively inexpensive and the money you save on cleaning materials and professional carpet cleaning will soon offset the price. For one-off cleaning tasks, they can also be rented for the day or longer from various suppliers.