Which floors can you clean with a steam cleaner?
No cleaning agents, no strenuous scrubbing and yet everything is hygienically clean – at least that’s what steam cleaners promise. But can they keep it on all floors without causing any damage?
The problem-free floors
Floors that can be cleaned completely wet usually do not suffer any damage when cleaned with steam. Tiles are probably the best-known example of this. With linoleum, it looks different. If the linoleum is sealed and glued, the heat resistance of the materials used must be taken into account. If these are suitable for underfloor heating, steam cleaning is also possible.
How can laminate and parquet be cleaned with steam cleaners?
Contrary to popular opinion, it is quite possible to remove dirt from laminate and parquet with a steam mop. There are, however, a few exceptions, just like with linoleum. If the wooden floor is sealed, designed for underfloor heating and shows no damage or cracks, the steam cleaner becomes a fast and gentle floor cleaner on the smallest level. So that really only the smallest amounts of moisture reach the floor, thick terrycloth cloths or at least 3-layer floor cloths should be kept between the cleaner and the floor. So it remains damp and safe. If necessary, the cleaning must be repeated if smearing and streaks appear. However, this is quite normal and usually only becomes apparent when the cleaning agent residues do not land completely in the floorcloth.
Care should be taken if the floor has cracks in places, worn corners or if the sealant is damaged. Such openings can allow steam to penetrate and cause the laminate or parquet to swell unattractively and irreparably. Moist wiping is then the better and safer choice.
Carpets and other types of flooring
Even some carpets can be steam cleaned. But only if they can tolerate heat and then dry sufficiently. Rugs made of natural fibers, such as coconut, are also cleaned and refreshed pore-deep by steam cleaners. However, these must also be able to dry completely as quickly as possible so that no mold forms in the depths of the material. Those who cannot find any care instructions on the back of the carpet should rather refrain from steam cleaning, as heat and moisture can cause serious damage, for example to wool.
Suitable floors at a glance
- Sealed laminate and parquet without damage suitable for underfloor heating systems
- Sealed linoleum
- Heat resistant carpets
- Coconut fiber rug
An overview of unsuitable floors
- Carpets with wool content
- All types of floors that may only be cleaned dry
- Damaged laminate or parquet flooring
- Unsealed linoleum, parquet, and laminate
Tips for steam cleaning
Whether laminate or carpet, before the steam cleaner is used on floors, it must be thoroughly vacuumed off. Otherwise, the dirt is only worked in deeper or smeared. In addition, a towel made of terry cloth or floor towels should be placed in several layers on the cleaning nozzle for each floor. The more sensitive the floor, the thicker the layers. And to ensure that nothing can go wrong, the steam cleaner should be tested at a low level on an inconspicuous spot and too much moisture removed immediately after cleaning.
Stress-free cleaning: 17 cleaning tips
Anything that makes cleaning easier is welcome. That’s why you’ll find 17 useful tips below to make cleaning easy – whether it’s spring cleaning or autumn cleaning.
1. Shining water kettle
Pour water and vinegar equally into your kettle. Turn it on, heat the contents until it almost boils, and turn it off again. Repeat this process once more and your kettle will be lime-free.
2. Stains on the sofa
Mix a teaspoon of baking powder, a third cup of vinegar, a little hot but not boiling water and washing powder to a paste and rub it on the stains, which should be on the collar.
After everything is dry again, you can sprinkle a little baking powder on your couch, let it soak in for a few hours and finally soak it all up. This not only removes unattractive stains from your sofa but also bad smells.
3. Old mop
When your mop has had its best days, you don’t have to throw it away and buy a new one. Instead, put terry socks over your mop or floor wiper. Of course, we love our steam mops and definitely recommend that if you need an upgrade!
4. Residue-free furnace plate
Rub some salt on the unsightly baking sheet and wipe it with household paper. Burnt-in residues are a thing of the past.
5. Clean water taps
To make chrome surfaces shine longer, polish them with baking or wax paper.
6. Clean the oven
Remove the stains on the front of your oven with a cloth soaked in olive oil. Then wipe the front of the oven-dry.
7. Burnt pans
To remove encrustations, pour some water into the pan, add a little vinegar and heat. When it starts to boil, take the pan off the heat and add a little baking powder. Empty the pan as soon as the chemical reaction caused by the baking powder has ended. If any dirt remains, rub baking powder over it.
8. Shiny glasses
Let your glasses shine in new splendor by washing them off with a few drops of vinegar. Alternatively, you can rub them with salt and let them dry in the air.
9. Dirty cups
Fill a cup with equal parts of water and vinegar, let the mixture work for an hour and wash the cup with a sponge. All impurities will disappear.
10. Polish iron
Place parchment paper on a wooden kitchen board and cover with plenty of salt. Then switch on the iron, wait for it to heat up, and gently run it over the salt for a minute.
11. Blocked drain
Mix equal parts of baking powder and salt together and pour the mixture into the blocked drain. Then pour in some vinegar, wait 15 minutes and finally tip warm water. The pipe should now be free again.
12. Bright white bathtub
If the bathtub appears dull after cleaning, polish it with a mixture of 200 ml buttermilk, three tablespoons of vinegar and a teaspoon of salt. Dip a cloth into the mixture, wipe the tub with it and let it soak in for 10 minutes. Rinse the tub thoroughly with lukewarm water. This trick is especially recommended for acrylic bathtubs.
13. Fat and burnt-in food scraps
You can also clean encrusted pans by pouring a lot of salt into the pan and adding some water. Wait 10 minutes for everything to work and then rinse the pan.
14. Animal odors
If your sofa smells like your pet, mix ten tablespoons of lavender or lemon oil with one tablespoon of baking powder and two glasses of hot water in a spray bottle. Shake well to mix the contents and spray onto your couch. It will smell as if Bello never took a seat on it.
15. Clean sponge
Put two cups of hot water and two teaspoons of salt in a plastic bowl, mix everything together and leave the dirty sponge overnight. The next morning your household helper will be free of dirt and fat.
16. Broken eggs
If an egg has fallen to the ground, sprinkle salt over the mishap and let it work for 15 minutes. Then remove the egg with household paper.
17. Clean sink
If you dip a lemon in salt and wipe your sink with it, it will shine like new and also spread a fresh aroma.
For many, cleaning is a burden. But with these tips, cleaning is much easier and faster. In addition, fewer chemicals are used. Try it out!