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How to use floor steamers

A steam floor cleaner is a great investment to keep your floors looking their best! Read on for tips on how to effectively use steam floor cleaners.

Steam cleaning your floor is perfect for those moments when you find yourself facing dirt that can’t simply be swiped away, and even removing it with a vacuum cleaner won’t work. Steam floor cleaners are versatile cleaning instruments, and since their steam can get really hot, they are ideal for cleaning stubbornly soiled floors and help them look their very best again. Renting a steam floor cleaner or buying your own will end up being cheaper than paying someone to do the job for you – and if you know what you’re doing, it won’t even take you too much time.

How to use Floor Steam Cleaners on Hardwood

You have to be careful if you’re looking to use a steam cleaner on your hardwood floor; make sure to opt for a steam cleaner especially designed for this surface. Always read the manual before using a steam cleaner and test on an inconspicuous area of flooring before beginning first.

The only problem with steam cleaners can be that they generate a lot of moisture – moisture that you don’t necessarily want on your hardwood floor, as it could lead to damage when it soaks into the floor. If you do decide to steam clean your hardwood floor regardless, make sure to prepare the area first and remove any dust and dirt which can be easily removed.

Hardwood floor steam cleaners tend to only use water, so fill the canister and heat up the water until the steam begins to form. Then work your way across the room and clean the floor of any stains and dirt, making sure not to miss a single spot.

How to Clean Your Carpet using Floor Steam Cleaners

Carpet steam cleaners are amazing for getting rid of set-in stains, since they allow you to actually deep-clean the carpet fibres instead of just scratching at the surface. Again, always read the manual and check on an inconspicuous area before starting to clean your carpet.

  • As with hardwood floors, you will have to clean the area first, using a vacuum cleaner to clean the carpet from a layer of dust and dirt – your carpet steamers shouldn’t have to bother with that!
  • Add water to the cleaner, as well as some cleaning solution if necessary – carpet detergent will do the job, but be careful and only add a very small amount. Make sure to read the directions on the label and test the detergent in a small area first.
  • Start cleaning in a corner, ideally the corner which is the furthest away from the door, and move your steamer along the room, making sure you won’t miss any spots.
  • Move the carpet cleaner forwards and backwards over each section, repeating the process if necessary.
  • Once you’ve cleaned the entire area, let the carpet air dry completely before you move any furniture back in place.

Top Tip


Steam kills well-known bacteria such as e-coli, listeria, and salmonella and because steam cleaners only use water, this means they are eco-friendly. So for an effective yet also ‘green’ way to clean and sanitise your floor, consider a floor steamer!