I am obsessed with steam cleaners. In my adult life, I’ve had a big carpet cleaner, a few steam mops and a handheld steam cleaner. My husband, Tom, would roll his eyes every time a new one came home, but I thought I needed all of those different types of steam cleaners for different applications.
When Tom came home from work last week and saw yet another one in the house, he said, “Lindsay. Really?” Yes, really! Between HomeRight’s new SteamMachine Plus and original SteamMachine, I can get rid of all of those other ones. The SteamMachine Plus is a steam mop that has many attachments – including one for carpet! – and a handheld unit (like a Dust Buster) that pops out of the mop for quick tasks, like steaming garments. The SteamMachine is a much larger unit with a larger tank for your larger projects.
I have plenty of uses for both of them. Here are 20 of my favorite uses:
1. Tile and grout – The most popular uses for a steam cleaner is for tile and grout. I like to use a brush attachment on mine so I can really get it cleaned well. The tile and grout look new when I am finished with it.
2. Rugs and Carpets – With an attachment, like the one on the SteamMachine Plus, you can get stains and odors out of rug carpets. Hello parents of children and pets!
3. Windows – Did you know that you can clean your window glass with a steam cleaner? Yep. My handheld unit and I are going outside for a little bit of spring cleaning.
4. Bathrooms – A steam mop is an obvious choice for a bathroom floor. And if it has attachments to get into the caulk around the toilet base? Well, mothers of boys will totally understand how awesome that sounds.
5. Curtains and Drapes – What a pain it is to iron curtains, even if you do use my self-declared genius solution of doubling up the ironing board. With a handheld steaming unit, you can steam the wrinkles out once they are hung.
6. BBQ Grill - Before you break out the grill for some spring and summer cookouts, give the inside of the grill a cleaning with a wire brush attachment. I bet your food will taste better!
7. Upholstery – Unless you have slipcovered furniture, you probably can’t just throw your upholstery into the washing machine. A handheld steam cleaning unit makes it easy to take care of stains and refresh your upholstered furniture.
8. Glass showers – Even though we clean our glass shower weekly (okay, every other week), it still has soap scum build up. It took me 2 minutes to steam clean the glass on the inside of the shower, and the glass looks brand new now.
9. Halloween and Dance Costumes – I have lived a lifetime of steaming dance recital costumes in a bathroom with the shower running as hot as it will go. It always only kind of worked. Now with a hand held steamer, I can take care of wrinkles with no problem.
10. Car interiors – My son got sick in my truck that was only about a month old. Need I say more?
11. Kitchen countertops – Steam cleaning your sealed counter tops (like laminate and granite) sanitizes them without using chemicals.
12. Outdoor patio furniture – When you bring your patio and deck furniture out of winter storage, give them a quick cleaning with the steam cleaner to remove any build-up that could be left over from the season.
13. Stuffed animals – Give your kids’ stuffed animals a quick sanitizing by blasting them with a shot of steam. It will be much better than spraying Febreze on them!
14. High chairs and trays – Speaking of kids, give their high chairs and trays a good cleaning with a steam cleaner attachment made to get into crevices. In my parenting experience, high chairs get dirtier than most anything else.
15. Oven doors – Yes, you are supposed to be able to see into the window in your oven. I had no idea!
16. Bedding – Much like drapes, bedding and duvet covers can be a pain to iron since they come folded in the packaging. A steam cleaner makes it easy to get the creases out of bedding.
17. Patio umbrellas and outdoor fabrics - Outdoor fabrics and umbrellas can get moldy when they are left in the elements. That’s nothing a good steam cleaning can’t fix!
18. Dog crates – We have one of our dogs crate trained, because he can’t be trusted when we leave the house. A steam cleaner helps to keep his crate clean and sanitized without using harsh chemicals around him.
19. Garments – Yep, I’m kind of lazy with the iron – have you noticed a trend in this list? It’s easy to release wrinkles (and avoid iron burns) in delicate fabrics with a handheld steamer.
20. Litter box areas – As a former cat owner, I can say that sometimes cats miss their litter boxes. And then they keep missing. Give the area around the litter box a good steam cleaning to keep them from purposely returning to the scene of the crime.
I’m sure there are hundreds of more steam cleaner uses that I haven’t even considered. How to you use yours?
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