Steam cleaner buying guide
Holly, self-taught DIYer, Cardiff22 guides
How does a steam cleaner work?
Depending on the technology and use of the steam cleaner, features such as flow rate and power vary.
What are the different types of steam cleaners?
Simply by heating the water to 100 ° C (some models can make superheated steam with temperatures as high as 200 ° C), the steam cleaner makes it easy to maintain your home without the use of detergents. It can take many forms, but to know which steam cleaner is right for you, just assess your needs.
The steam cleaner
Are you looking for an ultra-light option for a quick start on your small household chores? The steam cleaner would be suitable for you. It is a practical way of easily dislodging the grime and the scale that builds up on your taps and in your toilets. Nothing can withstand it.
The steam brush
The steam brush is the specialist in the cleaning of hard floors such as tiles, linoleum, or wood flooring. With its tall handle, it spares your back the pain of having to crouch and it is ideally light weight and manoeuvrable. Thanks to its size and easy disassembly, it is easy to store it out of sight when not in use.
The simple steam cleaner
Portable and often equipped with rollers, the simple steam cleaner is similar to a vacuum cleaner. This model maintains the versatility to sanitize floors, toilets, windows, fabrics, and various objects using an assortment of accessories. It is also available in smaller, less bulky models.
Steam vacuum cleaner
Two appliances in one, the steam vacuum cleaner combines two actions, steam cleaning and suction. No need to vacuum beforehand. Perfect for anyone short on time.
The window cleaner
Thanks to its small size, it's extremely easy to handle and makes your windows shine. Say goodbye to smudges and watermarks on the windows.
How to choose the power of a steam cleaner
The higher the power, the shorter the wait time and the better its performance.
Each type of steam cleaner has a general power range:
- Window cleaner: power from 12 W to 900 W.
- Hand-held steam cleaner: from 900 W to 1600 W.
- Steam cleaner with or without vacuum: from 1200 W up. If you want to save time, a 1900W steam cleaner will usually be ready to work in less than a minute.
How long does it take for a steam cleaner to do the job?
Capacity of the tank
What are the main characteristics of a steam cleaner?
Flow rate of a steam cleaner
The flow rate defines the amount of steam sprayed by the steam cleaner. The flow rate is measured in grams per minute (g/min) and ranges from 0 to 115 g/min. The higher the rate, the more efficient the steam cleaner. For hard flooring, a flow rate of 70 g/min is sufficient.
On some steam cleaners, you can adjust the flow rate depending on the flooring and how dirty it is.
Pressure of a steam cleaner
This means significant pressure also saves time. From 4 bars, a steam cleaner is considered good for effortlessly removing dirt on your carpets, between the joints of the tiles, etc.
What are the "comfort options" of a steam cleaner?
Weight of a steam cleaner
Sound level of a steam cleaner
Control at the handle
What are versatile steam cleaners?
A steam cleaner can be extremely versatile thanks to a variety of accessories? Depending on the accompanying tips, you will be able to meet all your most frequent cleaning needs.
The paper lifter
Final advice on your choice and use
On the other hand, if you are looking for a multi-function steam cleaner, there is nothing better than a vacuum steam cleaners. Often available with a squeegee, cleaning glazed surfaces is only one of the functions made easier by these models. If the surface to be cleaned is delicate or sensitive to water, it is better to consider options other than a steam cleaner.
Since a steam cleaner contains heated water, make sure to check the safety features it offers: safety valves and child safety features are extremely important. Otherwise, feel free to get to steaming.
Before purchasing, consider checking the availability of future or replacement accessories and try to find out how durable and flexible the squeegee, brush, and other accessories are.
If you have hard water, consider filtering it before use to improve the lifespan of your cleaner. The accumulation of limescale can clog the passage of water and damage the circulation.
For all kinds of cleaning, equip yourself with a high-pressure cleaner.
To your brushes!
Holly, self-taught DIYer, Cardiff 22 guides écrits
My passion for DIY all started 5 years ago, when my husband and I bought our very first house. We were so proud...and then we saw how much work needed to be done! Since I basically started with no knowledge of home renovations, I had to learn as I went along, working on projects both great and small. My husband helped me at first, but soon, I was showing him what to do!
Where we live, the rain makes gardens grow wild, so I've become somewhat of an expert on gardening tools. My friends and family all come to me when they need DIY and gardening advice. Now I want to share that knowledge - with you!