Read on for helpful advice on what to consider before buying a steam cleaner.
Steam cleaners (SC) are without a doubt a healthier and Eco-friendly method of cleaning. They require only water to operate which makes them hypoallergenic and reduces pollution. They have a variety of benefits and there are lots of machines on the market each with different features and price tags.
Read this steam cleaner review for practical advice on what to consider before buying.
If you are reading this post you are probably looking for domestic use. This means that you will be using it around the house perhaps weekly or whenever you give your house a proper clean. They have number of uses including:
- Cleaning/refreshing carpets and upholstery
- Cleaning windows
- Cleaning bathroom tiles etc where lots of limescale and soap scum builds up over time
5 important things to think about when buying:
1) How long does the SC take to heat-up?
Most SC’s will be ready to use between 6-10 minutes. Look for this when you are researching which one to buy. The heat-up time depends on the size of the tank.
2) Steaming time
This also depends on the size of the tank(s). I would aim for around 20-25 mins
3) Tank size
Most domestic SC’s have single tanks which are around 1 litre in size. Our professional equipment has dual tanks and can steam a whole house without needing to be refilled. This is of course reflected in the price.
4) Length of hose and power cord
You don’t want this too short for obvious reasons. Aim for hose length of around 1.5 meters and power cord length of 4m.
5) What accessories are included?
Look for accessories to help you clean tiles in the bathroom and in between patio doors etc. A round electronic toothbrush head style attachment works very well for this. If you want to go pro look for the brass bristles. You might have to buy the brass bristle accessories separately as we couldn’t find an off the shelf product in the domestic price range that comes with them.
Prices range from £50 to £500+. For a domestic use I would aim to spend between £100-150.
Having researched the market in my professional opinion KARCHER and Polti are safe bets. Argos do a reasonably priced KARCHER model: Karcher SC1020. (Read the reviews they are pretty good. We use Karcher for our professional steam cleaning service. We are NOT associated with Karcher in any way)
You can buy online from Amazon or retailers like Tesco’s stock them in their stores too.
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