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Steam Cleaner Review and Steam Cleaners Ratings
 
Steam cleaners that are powerful are proven to kill 100% of all dustmites and denature their allergens. Our range of steam cleaners use steam and suction and are safe, high quality and great for chemical free cleaning and allergen control. Steam cleaners will make light work of household chores. See Allergymatters Steam cleaners highly rated in the BBC Good Homes Magazine .
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Powerful Steam Cleaners are proven to kill 100% of all dust mites and denature their allergens. This range of steam cleaners uses steam and suction and is safe, high quality and great for chemical free cleaning and allergen control. Steam cleaners are of particular benefit for those sensitive to cleaning agents, as only water is used in the cleaning process. The uses of steam cleaners are too numerous to list, but include allergen control, cleaning of cooking appliances, furniture, mattresses, coats, carpets, floors and windows. Steam cleaners will make light work of household chores.

Why do you need a steam cleaner?

Steam cleaning is the natural way to clean without using chemicals. Steam cleaners sanitize and disinfect most surfaces and objects by simply using dry steam. Steam cleaners improve life for all providing a clean and healthy house. There are many reasons to why a steam cleaner is such a helpful household tool, but there are 3 main ones:

1. Better quality cleaning

Steam cleaners have been designed for effortless house cleaning and have a multitude of benefits. Not only does a steam cleaner enable you to remove dirt and grime, it is also used to disinfect and sanitize surfaces, whilst deodorizing odours around the home or work place. Steam cleaners do not require any chemical substances to be used in the cleaning process which means that they are environmentally friendly and do not pose a risk to our health and well being. So, not only are they safe to use, they are proven to be effective against the elimination of dust and stains as well as other toxic waste and allergens.

2. Economical

Steam cleaners do their job so well that there is no need to purchase other cleaning equipment such as harmful chemicals, mops, buckets etc. Don’t worry about having to spend lots of money refurbishing areas because you wont have to; your steam cleaner will bring them back to new every time.

3. A Healthy Home

All steam cleaners have been proven to kill 100% of all dust mites. All homes have dust mites. Dust mites are microscopic insects that feed on human skin flakes. Dust mites are found in mattresses, pillows, carpets, upholstered furniture, bedcovers, clothes, stuffed toys and fabric and fabric-covered items. Dust mites and their faeces can trigger asthma and allergic reactions. A steam cleaner will instantly kill all dust mites helping and preventing allergies

Also, steam cleaners use NO CHEMICALS preventing the risk of a chemical allergic reaction.

STEAM CLEANING REVIEW- STEAM CLEANER RATINGS

With all the different types of steam cleaners on the market, many of you will be wondering which type of steam cleaner is best for you. Allergymatters have therefore put together a simple guide and ratings chart that will help you choose the right steam cleaner for you and all your cleaning needs.

House Size
It is important to consider the size of your house or cleaning task when selecting a steam cleaner. For larger houses or larger cleaning tasks, you will need to choose a steam cleaner that is fully equipped and powerful enough to do the job in hand. For smaller cleaning jobs, you may consider a more economical steam cleaner that is quick, easy to set up and easy to use.

Continuous Refill Facility
Steam cleaners that offer a continuous refill facility give you the ability to steam clean endlessly. Mostly suited to those of you who have large households or commercial properties, and ideal for those that do not want a steam cleaner that you have to wait for, to cool down and heat up again when it needs refilling with water.
Many steam cleaners without the continuous refill facility can take up to 20 minutes before you are able to continue with your steam cleaning tasks.

Cable Length
The length of the cable will determine the distance your steam cleaner will allow you to clean before moving the machine. The longer the cable the further you’re cleaning range.

Steam Pressure
Most domestic and light commercial steam cleaners operate at low pressures, allowing the steam to loosen dirt and penetrate surface areas to provide intense cleaning ability.

 Boiler Capacity
Steam cleaners with small water tanks will need to be filled up a lot more often than those with a larger tank, and will affect the length of time it takes you to clean, especially if you are cleaning large areas. On average, a 1 litre tank capacity should give you about 45mins – 1 hour of cleaning time before it will need refilling.

Tools and Accessories
All steam cleaners will come with their own standard range of accessories. These can vary considerably from machine to machine. You will find that the more expensive steam cleaners are equipped with a better range of tools which are often of higher quality than the cheaper models, and are more effective in the job they do.
Optional accessories are usually available at an extra cost, so it is worth considering what cleaning jobs you intend to do and what tools you will need to carry out those jobs.

Variable Steam Control
It is important to consider whether steam cleaners have a variable steam control as some cleaning tasks (e.g. corners, grouting, faucets) require a finer, more concentrated jet of steam when cleaning. This can also be important when you want to avoid the splattering of dirt particulates all over the place. Other cleaning tasks that require a more dispersed steam output would include large surface areas such as floors, upholstery and plant misting.

Steam vs Steam & Vacuum - Traditionally, steam cleaners were made to sanitise and to dislodge dirt and grime, but they were unable to pick up the residue and moisture left behind. This meant that cloths were needed in order to dab off the residue…a very laborious and time consuming job, especially when it came to carpet cleaning!
There are still many of these traditional steam cleaners available on the market, but many people are favouring the new hybrid of steam cleaners – those that come equipped with suction or a vacuum function. These combination steam and vacuum cleaners do the same job that the ‘steam only’ cleaners do, but they are fitted with an extraction motor that sucks away all the dirt and grime that has been dislodged by the steam, and they leave the surfaces virtually dry to touch. The dual capability of steam and vacuum cleaners, make cleaning much quicker and an even more hygienic task to perform.


Weight
The weights shown refer to the weight of the machine before the water has been added to the tank. If you live in a multi-floor home or will be cleaning on different floor levels it is worth considering how easy it will be to carry the machine.

Safety Caps
Many steam cleaners on the market do not have a safety cap on the tank, which can pose a real danger when you need to refill or empty the water. Without the safety cap, you could experience steam burns if you open the tank too quickly after use. The safety cap feature will allow the steam cleaner to cool down to a safe temperature before it will allow you to unscrew it and is an essential feature, particularly if you have young children.
Steam Cleaners with the continuous refill facility do not need a safety cap because they use 2 tanks to produce the steam. The water tank you fill up in the 1 st tank never heats up, as the water is passed into the 2 nd tank where the boiler is located, and it is here that the hot steam is created.

Boiler Construction
Boiler construction is important for durability and also for performance. The very best machines have boilers made out of high quality stainless steel which are rust resistant and enable the machine to heat up quickly. Other types of boilers require longer heating times and become corroded with calcium and other mineral deposits much more quickly.

STEAM CLEANER BUYING GUIDE

Why choose a steam cleaner?

Steam cleaners have been designed for effortless house cleaning and have a multitude of benefits. Not only does a steam cleaner enable you to remove dirt and grime, it is also used to disinfect and sanitize surfaces, whilst deodorizing odours around the home or work place. Steam cleaners do not require any chemical substances to be used in the cleaning process which means that they are environmentally friendly and do not pose a risk to our health and well being. So, not only are they safe to use, they are proven to be effective against the elimination of dust and stains as well as other toxic waste and allergens.

How does it work?

A steam cleaner cleans and disinfects using water and heat (by producing hot steam over 200°F) to eliminate dust mites, molds, fungi and other harmful airborne spores that could be inhaled by your family.

How often should I steam clean?

The frequency of steam cleaning will depend on how often you wish to clean.

How can steam cleaning help, if I have a chemical sensitivity?

If you suffer with chemical sensitivities then steam cleaning is the choice of all choices. The steam cleaning process uses no chemicals or cleaning fluids, and eliminates chemical residues, while sanitising the surface being treated. It will actually remove chemical residues that may have been left behind from previous cleaning processes and will remove chemical odours such as perfumes and dry cleaning fluids from fabrics and garments.

What can I use the steam cleaner for?

Steam cleaners can be used for a variety of different cleaning jobs:

  • To eradicate dust mites and their eggs from bedding, carpets, upholstery and clothing without the use of chemicals or pesticides. Also helps to kill germs and viruses.
  • To kill mould spores in bathrooms, basements, window encasings and other damp areas where mould will flourish. However it will not eliminate mould that is already ingrained into grouting between tiles.
  • To sanitise and clean carpets, floors (vinyl, wood, tiled, concrete), blinds, glass, mirrors, stuffed toys etc.
  • You can use steam to clean your kitchen, bathroom and sanitise worktop surfaces and drains. Remove baked on grime and grease from microwaves, hobs and ovens and the build up of foods and mildew at the bottom and underside of your fridge. Also great for cleaning BBQ grills.
  • Clean and sanitise taps, faucets, shower curtains, toilet bowls and shower stalls.
  • Steam clean clothes to get rid of wrinkles, creases and toxic dry cleaning fluids.
  • To clean car/caravan interiors, degrease car engines and remove brake dust from wheels. Do not use on bodywork as the steam is too hot.
  • Use to strip your wallpaper using a special attachment (may not be included as a standard accessory, but usually comes as an optional extra) and to clean/wash down soiled paintwork.
  • Clean boat decks and trims, outdoor furniture, golf clubs, vents and ductwork
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