Is It Safe to Use A Steam Cleaner on Flooring Besides Carpet?

If you already own a steam cleaner then we don’t need to tell you how great they are, or how beneficial they can be for your carpet. But what about the other types of flooring in your house? Will a steam cleaner be just as effective?


Steam Cleaning Ceramic Floors


As a matter of fact, if you are only using your steam cleaner for your carpet then you’re not using this helpful machine to its full potential. Steam cleaners are actually one of the best things to use for cleaning a ceramic floor. The high pressure steam strips the floor of residue and chemicals left over by other household cleaning products. If you have any pets or children that spend a lot of time on the floor, it’s very important to keep these harmful chemicals off of your tile. To use a steam cleaner on ceramic floor, first do a thorough sweep of the floor to pick up all the larger pieces of dirt and debris. Then just add the water, place the microfiber cleaning cloth on the unit’s cleaner head, plug the machine in, and you’re ready to go!


Steam Cleaning Hardwood Floors


Using a steam cleaner on a hardwood floor isn't quite as simple as it is with a ceramic floor. It depends very much on what kind of steam cleaner you get, as well as the condition of your floor. If you are going to steam clean your hardwood, make sure to only purchase a steam cleaner that is advertised to be used on hardwood. Then, you will notice that there is a warning on the steam cleaner that says to only use it on floors that have been properly sealed. To test the seal on your floor, place a drop of water on it. If it immediately up, then the seal is intact and your floor can withstand the steam. If the water spreads out or sinks into the wood, DO NOT attempt to use a steam cleaner on your floor.

For more information on steam cleaning and professional steam cleaning services, be sure to contact The Steam Team.