Why You Should Make The Change To Steam Cleaners

The days of cleaning our homes with pure, non concentrated, bleach have long been over. Why? Because bleach might be a good way to disinfect your floors, but it’s not good for our health. With side effects including irritation in your nose, eyes, skin, or lungs, or more serious ones such as skin burns, or respiratory problems, it’s no wonder the change was made.

That change, however, was to other chemicals that can be harmful. Ones that come with warning labels to keep away from children and pets. Ones that tell you not to ingest, and to keep away from your eyes. So, why do so many people still use these cleaning products to clean their floors? Why not clean and sanitize your floors with a steam cleaner?

Why Steam Cleaners are Better

Using a steam cleaner is an excellent way to remove harmful bacteria from your floors, and other surfaces in your home, with water. It’s not only an environmentally friendly way to clean, but can save you time and money.

With its internal boiler (or electric valve on some models) that heats water to disinfecting temperatures, steam is pushed out at a force to easily remove grime, grease, and dirt. Your surfaces are left with a fresh look and feel, without the use or smell of harsh chemicals.

Chemicals and Cleaning

If you are an allergy sufferer, you should definitely consider making the switch to a steam cleaner. Much like bleach, the chemicals used in cleaning products can be very harmful to your respiratory system. Anyone who currently deals with allergies, or asthma, may find that their symptoms are aggravated after cleaning with these products (which can be a good excuse to avoid cleaning, but will likely end up badly).

Even though there are eco-friendly products on the market for cleaning without chemicals, they are not as beneficial as cleaning with steam. By cleaning with only water, you are getting an inexpensive way to clean your home, while killing bacteria.

Dealing with Mold

On top of the bacteria that can come with dirt and grime build up, mold can also be an issue in your home -especially the bathroom. When in high moisture areas, mold can fester, and be a pain to get rid of. Having mold also means having harmful, and potentially deadly, mycotoxins that can result in, or worsen, a vast number of health problems.

What might surprise you is that bleach will not kill mold. However, steam cleaners will. Because they can allow the water to reach such a high temperature, steam mops will be able to kill the mold that can form in your home.

Using a steam cleaner can very well be the best way to ensure your home is completely clean and sanitised. With a one time purchase on the right steam cleaner for your needs, the only expense you need to worry about are the electricity and water needed to heat and clean.

They can be versatile as well, so you can buy one steam cleaner for your tiles, hardwood, laminate, and carpets, on top of your furniture, counters, windows, and any other areas of your home that need cleaning!

Richards Delivers The Steam Cleaner You’ve Always Wanted

Luna Plus by Morphy Richards

When you’re in the market for a steam cleaner, you want something that is versatile, and will actually do a good job. A lot of companies boast that their steam mop can clean multiple surfaces with no fuss, but simply do not deliver. They either come with attachments that don’t work, or multiple heat settings that leave you with warped floors.

One company that always seems to deliver, is Morphy Richards. Though fairly new to the steam cleaner market, their products continue to be one of the best out there. They are one of the only companies who have succeeded in developing an all-purpose steam cleaner that delivers. No exception has been made with their 15-in-1 720507 Luna Plus Steam Cleaner.

This steam mop can do so much more than give your floors a quick clean. With very little effort (depending on how dirty your floors are) your floors are free from all of that dirt and grime that tends to build up over time.

Luna Plus Features

For all of those annoying areas that are tough to clean, one of the many attachments for the Luna Plus is a vibrating head that you can turn on in order to do all of the scrubbing for you! There is also an attachment for the steam cleaner to glide along your carpets, in order to give them a good clean.

Along with your carpets, the Luna Plus can clean hardwood, tiles, and laminate flooring. The steam cleaner can be broken down to become portable for you to clean your furniture, countertops, upholstery, bathroom fixtures, oven or BBQ grills, windows, and everything else in your home that might need a good steam! Your home will never be as easy to clean as it will be with this steamer.

Just like with Morphy Richards’ 12-in-1 Luna model, the Luna Plus has an illuminated floor head, so you have some light to see where you need to clean. This is very useful for dimly lit rooms, so anyone can ensure their floors have been cleaned well.

Luna Plus Accessories and Care

The water tank also has a light so you can easily maintain the water level in your steam mop. With accessories including window squeegees, brass and nylon brushes, an extension hose, a swivel floor head, and shoulder strap for portable use, you will not need another cleaner in your home if you buy the Luna Plus.

Besides its amazing functionality and features, the maintenance on this steam cleaner is marvelous. The water tank is very easy to fill, with the water heating up in less than a minute. Each of the three settings provide a great clean, without causing damage to floors, and all of the pads are machine washable, so they can be constantly reused.

As long as you are not bashing the steam cleaner on your walls, and you are using distilled water in the tank, there should be no need for you to utilise the two year manufacturer’s warranty on the Luna Plus. Overall, Morphy Richards has struck gold again with their latest steam mop, and buying it for your home will be a decision you will not regret.

Best Steam Cleaner For Grout

Today’s steam cleaners have a lot of uses. From tiled floors to carpets, upholstery and clothing, they can be used across a wide variety of surfaces to achieve a spotless clean without using traditional methods like harsh chemicals and elbow grease. While steam cleaners have the ability to clear up messes from almost any surface, we have found that one of the most effective uses for them is to clean out grouted areas. Instead of digging into grouted corners with handcloths or washing over them with traditional mops, steam cleaners provide you with an easy, effective and sanitary way to remove built up dirt in a matter of seconds.

There are several factors to consider when purchasing a steam cleaner for grout cleaning. Not all steam cleaners are born equal, and you want to make sure that the product you buy is designed to handle the job of grout cleaning. For a list of steam cleaners we suggest for this task, please check the bottom of this page. Here are a few things to look out for:

Factor #1: Does the steam cleaner provide “dry steam”?

Dry steam cleaning is the name given to steam cleaners that use pressure to boost steam production while minimizing water use. This is important because grouted floors do not need to be covered in water to maximize their effectiveness. In fact, more water can impact the cleanliness of your floor as particles are broken up and taken out of grout, but settle back into it since water always settles in the lowest part of any surface. Dry steam cleaners avoid this issue by using pressure to bump dirt out of your grouted areas and do not saturate the area, avoiding the issue of dirt relocation.

Factor #2: Does the steam cleaner come with a grout-specific cleaning attachment?

Some steam cleaners come with a tool dedicated specifically to the cleaning of grout. Depending on the model, this can be a steam brush or simply a concentrated steam stream attachment thin enough to get between the cracks and flush dirt out of them. While any steam cleaner can theoretically be used to clean grout, it is best to have an attachment to make the process faster and easier.

Factor #3: How much pressure does the steam cleaner provide?

The pressure output of a steam cleaner is measured by bars. Most steam cleaners fall within the 3 to 5 bar pressure spectrum. In general, the higher the pressure output of the steam cleaner, the more likely it is to break up dirt in grout and to remove it effectively. On average, a 3 to 4 bar pressure steam cleaner is sufficient for grout cleaning, but for ease of use and convenience, a higher bar pressure might suit you better.

By following these general rules for grout removal, you will be well situated to find the best steam cleaner for grout. What you are looking for is a steam cleaning system that features the following attributes:

– Produces “dry steam”
– Has a grout cleaning attachment
– Provides between 3 and 4 bar pressure

Best Steam Cleaner For Carpets

Steam cleaners have become a major hit in many British households for their easy cleaning ability. It’s easy to see the value in a cleaning method that handles nearly every aspect of everyday cleaning without the need for harsh chemicals. History shows that steam cleaners are typically associated with carpet cleaning, which brings us to the subject of this article. When it comes to carpet cleaning, what steam cleaner is the best? Here are a few tips on the important aspects of carpet cleaning, and a few of our picks for the best steam cleaners that make the grade:

Tip #1: Carpets do not need to be saturated to be cleaned

As a general rule, you want to make sure that your carpet steam cleaner is not emitting tons of steam. Contrary to popular belief, when it comes to steam cleaning carpets, less is more. Less water means less dampness, and less dampness in carpets means less potential for mould and mildew buildup. In other words you want a steam cleaner that produces “dry steam” – an effect which maximizes the heat and cleaning potential of boiling water without “washing” the carpet. This will make your carpets cleaner, more sanitary, and remove bacteria and allergens without risk. Vapour steam cleaners such as the Polti Vaporetto Eco Pro 3.0 Steam Cleaner, Polti Vaporetto Evolution Steam Cleaner or Kärcher Multi-Purpose Steam Cleaner are ideal for this kind of work.

Tip #2: Determine what kind of steam cleaning your carpets require

The amount of carpet you have in your home will determine what kind of steam cleaner you should use. For example, if you want full-area coverage in a house predominantly floored with carpet, you may want a steam mop with carpet attachment or a vapour steam cleaner. These are great for regular use and can get the job done fairly quickly. A few examples are the Morphy Richards 720022 12-in-1 Steam Cleaner, H2O Mop X5 5 in 1 Portable Steam Mop Multi Purpose and Shark 2 in1 Electric Steam Cleaner Mop.

Tip #3: Think about what else you want from a carpet steam cleaner

Do you want a steam cleaner limited only to carpets, or would you prefer for it to be able to handle other aspects of your home cleaning needs? We personally prefer multi-purpose steam cleaners for the simple reason that they can be used across multiple parts of your home. This reduces your cleaning time and helps with your overall productivity, allowing you more time to do the things that are important to you. Ideally, you want a steam cleaner that can handle carpet, upholstery and hard surfaces like tiles and hardwood. A few products that fit this bill are the Polti Vaporetto Go Steam Cleaner, Beldray 10-in-1 Steam Cleaner and Efbe-Schott High Pressure Steam Cleaner.