A steam vacuum cleaner is a valuable aid in cleaning the house: with just one tool you can remove dust and dirt, washing most surfaces with the hygienic power of steam.
Yet, during cleaning, significant mistakes are often committed that risk to undermine all efforts made or, even worse, to cause damage around the house. If this is true even for the most traditional cleaning methods, when steam cleaning you need to keep in mind some additional tricks that will allow you to get flawless results without major efforts or sacrifices.
If you are lucky enough to have a steam vacuum cleaner, take note of these 5 mistakes you should never make.
- Not removing dust and dirt before washing the floor
When cleaning, it is a good rule to always start from the top going down.
One of the most frequent cleaning mistakes that can be made at home is to start cleaning from the floor. Before washing the floors, the best advice is to first remove dirt and dust, starting with furniture, ornaments and vertical surfaces, and then get to the floor.
When using a steam cleaner, it is necessary to first vacuum to remove most of the dirt, then finish off by using the steam and vacuum function for washing and drying the surface. This way, you will ensure better results in terms of hygiene and cleanliness.
- Forgetting the steam jet setting
One of the advantages of using a steam vacuum cleaner for house cleaning is the ability to clean and sanitize a wide range of surfaces and almost all floor types.
Before using your steam cleaner, always remember to adjust the steam intensity according to the type of surface to be treated to respect even the most delicate materials. Avoid directing the steam jet on delicate objects or on surfaces that are too cold before adjusting the steam level because they could be damaged due to the sudden temperature change.
- Not cleaning the filter frequently
Forgetting to clean the steam vacuum cleaner's filter is certainly one of the biggest mistakes you can make. Cleaning the filter is essential not only for the correct operation of the vacuum cleaner, but also in terms of hygiene and cleanliness of the house.
Cleaning the filters is not so complicated: in most cases it is sufficient to pass them under the tap water jet and let them dry. This operation should be carried out regularly to preserve the performance of your steam cleaner for as long as possible.
- Using demineralized water
Unless the manufacturer's instructions say otherwise, it is advisable to use tap water. One of the most common mistakes when using a steam vacuum cleaner is to use demineralized water. For some models of vacuum cleaners it is not recommended because the risk is to damage some metal components of the boiler.
- Not using the right accessories
Every model of steam vacuum cleaner is always equipped with a series of very useful accessories, designed specifically to make cleaning of certain surfaces easier and more effective. One of the mistakes to avoid with steam vacuum cleaners is not to use specific accessories, such as brushes for delicate floors, brushes for rugs and upholstery, or even suction nozzles, very useful for vacuuming dust and other debris from the most difficult to reach areas.
If you are lucky enough to have them at your disposal, why don’t use them?