Picking up Steam!
Tanny Sinfield, managing director of Columbus UK explains how steam cleaner machines can be used to clean a whole range of surfaces and describes the benefits they offer
Did you know that you can use steam cleaner machines to clean almost every surface, both hard and soft? From stainless steel industrial kitchens, to tiles, laminates, sanitary material, carpets and fabrics?. There are many advantages to steam cleaning that might make you wonder why you haven’t included it in your cleaning routine before.
Benefits of using steam cleaner machines
- Steam cleaning is Eco-friendly, no chemicals are involved.
- A proven water saving technology with DEFRA
- When steam cleaning, the heat will disinfect or sanitise nearly all surfaces.
- Steam eradicates bacteria and cleans in one application
- Steam evaporates quickly, so surfaces become drier much quicker.
- Enables the cleaning of the most difficult to clean cracks and crevices.
- A multi-functional, all round cleaning system.
Things to remember when steam cleaning
- Steam cleaning is not always a perfect solution to your cleaning needs. Here are some things you need to remember when steam cleaning.
- Wear personal protective clothing when using a steam cleaner.
- Only trained staff should use a steam cleaner.
- Use in accordance with the manufacturers user manual.
- Steam cleaned surfaces may still need to be wiped with a cloth, the steam loosens the dirt, but does not remove it unless you have a vacuumated machine.
- Some tasks may not be suitable for a steam cleaner and may still be done quicker by hand
Types of steam cleaner machines
There are two main types of steam cleaners on the market today. A steam only machine produces steam in a boiler and releases it under pressure through various accessories. These are excellent for detail cleaning, then you can remove any residue with a microfibre cloth for a dry surface.
Steam & vacuum machines are the most effective and are more multi-functional as the vacuum can be used for the extraction of moisture from fabrics and carpets and for the floor cleaning of small areas, for applications such as these, the CTM Etna 4000 is the perfect solution.
Both of the above systems are available with different pressured boilers and expert advice should be sought for the correct product selection.
What can you steam clean?
Most surfaces can benefit from using steam cleaner machines , but you should always pay attention to the material you’re cleaning and think about how it will react to direct water and heat. Always remember to test a small area of the surface first to see how it will react to the process.
Steam kills dust mites and removes stains from upholstery, mattresses, curtains and carpets. A dry steam cleaning machine and an upholstery attachment should be used for these surfaces. For carpets however, you should use a steam cleaner only for spot cleaning, use a carpet cleaning machine for large surfaces. Test an inconspicuous area first to make sure the material you are cleaning is colour-fast, and keep the machine moving so you done soak the fabric.
Steam kills germs, mould and fungus from floors and also from ceramic and metal fixtures. Steam is also very good for cleaning grout (but not epoxy or caulking). Use a dry steam cleaning machine with vacuum and floor attachment for these areas and keep the machine moving to avoid pressure in one area for too long. Steam should not be used on porous floor surfaces, such as concrete, paving stones, limestone, marble or unsealed hardwood.
When it comes to stainless steel kitchen surfaces and work tops, dry steam cleaners can sanitise and clean all surfaces in the kitchen environment, including rubbish bins, cutting boards, canopies, grills, ovens and work surfaces. You can also use a handheld dry steam cleaner to clean the fridge and defrost the freezer.
Finally, you can steam clean throughout toilets and washrooms, including tile grouting, shower screens, all bathroom fixtures and fittings, walls, floors, pipework, toilet seats, hinges and urinal pipework. Be sure to follow the directions on the steam cleaner for advice on how to clean these items.
If you require more information, please contact your machines manufacturer, or contact Columbus UK now to discuss the wide variety of steam cleaner machines we can supply
01325 371 439