A steam cleaner is a device (also called a steam generator), designed for the safe, hygienic and ecological cleaning and disinfection of hot steam-resistant surfaces and materials, reaching the narrowest and most difficult places without using chemical products. cleaned up. There is no trace of chemicals that can cause allergies on surfaces. This is especially important for families with allergies or young children.
The device's ability to produce steam with relatively low humidity allows it to be used both in industry and in domestic use.
Simple cleaning with detergents does not always give the desired result, the chemicals allow you to remove only the top layer of dirt. However, the vapors penetrate the gaps between the dirt particles, softening them, and then they are easily removed with the nozzle. Steam cleaning allows you to save up to 80% of water compared to traditional wet cleaning methods and leaves no trace of water or chemicals. One (1) liter of water produces 1,700 liters of steam - this is sufficient for a complete cleaning of an apartment with a space of approximately 60 m².
With the steam cleaner (usually when combined with detergents), you can remove old traces of fats, oils, ointments, paraffin and wax. Also, in combination with detergents, hot steam can also be used to remove rust stains. The steam cleaner thoroughly cleans the mold and can simplify the process of removing limestone deposits.
How does a steam cleaner work?The efficiency of the steam cleaning action is achieved due to the high water temperature in combination with the cleaning detergents and the mechanism of the device which is made of jet and / or special nozzle of polypropylene, brass brushes of different shapes and microfiber cloths).
Steam is generated in a tank (for water heating), which raises the water temperature to 115-155 ° C (in professional models it can be raised to 180 ° C) to produce steam with pressure. In the heating process, in the tank under the action of the heating element, the water is boiled and transformed into steam, in the tank an overpressure is formed, in the domestic appliances it rarely exceeds 3 bars, and at professional level it can reach even 9 bars and even up to 12 bars and low humidity (4-6%). When the shut-off valve is opened, the steam jet enters the steam line, then into the nozzle, and therefore on the surface to be cleaned.
Once reached the surface of the object to be cleaned, the hot steam melts the dirt, moistens it, penetrates inside the dirt, which leads to its detachment. Imagine a combination of an electric kettle with a vacuum cleaner that works "reverse" - the pressure steam released from the nozzle, striking the dirty spot. The dried dirt (mud) is instantly softened and the grease that is stored on the objects is drained, then wiped with a towel.
But if you want to clean the limestone deposits or the places where the fat has long been deposited, it is advisable to first clean with a cleaning product (detergent) and then with steam. The dirty solution is collected in a separate tank. Professional devices include models with an additional nozzle feed / injection solution. In such models, an additional pump for the cleaning solution is installed.
What can be cleaned with the steam cleanerFirst of all, they can clean all surfaces and products that are resistant to humidity and temperature. Perfectly cleans any hard floors (stone or ceramic floors, PVC, laminate, lacquered parquet etc.), allows you to perform quickly and effortlessly. large cleaning of the entire kitchen - floor, polymer countertops, glass surfaces, sink and mixer.
Using a steam cleaner, quickly remove the tile from the bathroom, windows, mirrors, toilet, sink, faucet and shower walls. Perfectly cleans any hard floors (stone or ceramic floors, PVC, laminate, lacquered parquet etc.), it allows you to quickly and without great efforts cleaning the entire kitchen - floor, polymer countertops, glass surfaces, sink and mixer. Using a steam cleaner, quickly remove the tile from the bathroom, windows, mirrors, toilet, sink, faucet and shower walls. In professional practice, steam cleaners are also used in cleaning clothes, carpets and upholstered furniture - it is extremely current and important if you have pets and children. It's hard to believe.
Due to the standard set of nozzles and additional accessories, the steam cleaner can be used for:
- Cleaning fabrics and plastic surfaces in the car salon, including wheel discs;
- quick removal of old wallpapers with a rectangular nozzle;
- cleaning of washable moisture resistant wallpapers;
- restoration of leather shoes (clothing) and clothing - it is ideally updated and cleans of dirt;
- cleaning children's toys, restoring their appearance;
- cleaning hard-to-reach places in radiators and batteries, walls, doors, furniture, etc., in other words, all that "is not afraid of hot steam". Any dirt, which can be dissolved with boiled water, is real to clean.
How to use a steam cleaner?How to use a steam cleaner ? After, we clarified how the steam cleaner works, we still have to talk about "How to use the steam cleaner?". By connecting the appliance to the mains, the water in the tank is rapidly heated to a high temperature and passes into vapor state. When you press the shutter button, the steam jet exits the nozzle and cleans the object to which it is pointing. Replacement nozzles that are part of the accessory set are used for cleaning different types of surfaces, or they can be purchased additionally.
To get started, you must follow these steps:
- Assemble the machine;
- Install the nozzle, appropriate to the type of surface to be cleaned;
- Fill the tank with water;
- Connect your device to the network;
- Wait for the indicator signal that displays the water temperature.
Careful! The device for cleaning with steam does not remove or with great difficulty the dry paint, with adhesives insoluble in water, grinders, traces of cement, gypsum and water-resistant polymers.