Steam cleaners are a revolutionary method of keeping a home sparkling clean, however the units themselves need some tender loving care every now and again.
Cleaning Your Steam Mop
It’s important to look after your top rated steam mop in order to make sure that you get the best results out of it. After every use you should wipe across the entire exterior surface in order to remove any moisture and dirt. However, there are two other important parts to your steam mop that need to be kept clean and in good working order. These are the cleaning pads and the reservoir.
✓ Cleaning Pads
Getting the cleaning pads clean is actually a really simple task. On most models these pads will be removable. All you should need to do is to remove the pad and put in the washing machine on your normal wash cycle, using your regular detergent. The only important tip to remember here is to ensure that the entire mop and the pads are completely cool before you remove them.
Sometime you might find that after use the pads aren’t quite dirty enough to warrant a full machine clean, and this is fine. Instead of putting the pads in the machine, simply rinse them off in the sink. You can use a small amount of washing up liquid if you feel it is necessary. Once the pads are clean, leave them to dry completely before you put them back on them mop.
You should be able to easily remove the steam mop tank from the rest of the unit if it is made from plastic. The point of cleaning this part of the steam mop is to eradicate any moisture that could develop into mold. To do this, simply take a clean and dry cloth and wipe around both the inside and outside of the reservoir until the whole thing is completely dry. If you find that your cloth gets dirty halfway through just swap it for a new one. Once the reservoir is clean you can just pop it back on the unit.
Cleaning Your Steam Cleaner
Much like a steam mop, some general steam cleaners also come with detachable cloths or towels. These should be removed and washed thoroughly, either by hand or in the washing machine. If you are not using drying sheets then it is possible to tumble dry the cloths, but air drying is the best course of action. Unfortunately, just keeping the cloths clean does not constitute adequately looking after your top rated steam cleaner. You also need to ensure that you get rid of any limescale build-up within the machine.
You can make your own limescale remover using a solution of 1-part baking soda to 4 parts water. Fill the tank of the cleaner with the solution and turn it on so the solution heats up. Keep the unit warm for around one hour and then use the cleaner for a minute to allow the solution to run through the unit. Once you’ve done this, let the cleaner cool for at least 3 hours. Empty the reservoir of any remaining solution and flush through with fresh water.
Cleaning Your Carpet Steam Cleaner
Most of the time, carpet manufacturers will recommend using a hot water extraction method instead of steam cleaning in order to clean carpets. This is because sometimes the high level of moisture generated by the steam can damage the structural integrity of the carpet. However, steam cleaning carpets can be useful when it comes to synthetic carpets and also for removing really stubborn stains. If you have been regularly using your steam cleaner to get rid of stubborn stains on your carpet, then may find that there is quite a build-up of dirt and residue within your unit.
As well as, like any general steam cleaner moisture is always the enemy. You should begin by removing any parts of the cleaner that can be removed e.g. the brush. These are fairly simple to clean and will likely only require a short soaking in some hot soapy water. You will then need to get into the inside of the unit and for this, you need to use the limescale remover recipe above.