Steam cleaners are quite simple to operate, but incorrect steam regulation can cause serious damage to surfaces in your home. There are also some surfaces where steam is the natural enemy.
Steam cleaners should not be used on oiled, waxed or varnished wooden floors.
Furthermore, in order to use these tools correctly, it is necessary to be aware of the temperature changes that steam can cause on porcelain and glass, for example. On porcelain and glass, it could even cause them to break completely. It is therefore not recommended to clean a window pane on a very cold day, for example.
Advertisements for these products promise amazing results in a short time and with little effort. In reality, using steam cleaners requires a lot of time. This is because it is necessary to divide the surfaces of the house into small parts to be cleaned and because removing stubborn dirt requires more than one pass.
Not only that, but one of the most common mistakes made by steam cleaners is not vacuuming or sweeping the floor beforehand. In fact, you have to vacuum before steam cleaning if you want to avoid wasting much more time due to the presence of large residues of dirt and dust. Not exactly the best for those who want to save time and avoid the hassle.
To complicate matters further, there is always the warning to pay attention to the time spent on the spot where you are standing with the steam broom, on any surface, which if it exceeds 20 seconds risks causing serious damage.
Lastly, these tools also require attention to controlling the steam jet which, if misdirected, can become a serious problem for all those objects that should not come into contact with the steam or for any plants in the home.
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