10 Cleaning Jobs That Are So Much Easier With A Steam Cleaner

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Is grime getting you down? Is the thought of hours of cleaning, dusting, scrubbing and mopping too tiring to contemplate? Keeping your home and garden as clean and sparkling as you want it to be can be a real chore, especially when it comes to those tough or hard to clean places like tile grout, upholstery or windows.

The thought of getting started on those tough cleaning jobs feels like a drag. Imagine if there was just one cleaning tool that would see to all those problem areas with the minimum of mess and fuss?

Enter steam cleaners. These deep cleaning superstars will help you tackle the most difficult and grimy of cleaning tasks for a like-new polish with hardly any effort. Once you’ve invested in a steam cleaner like the Steamfast SF-370WH Multi-Purpose Steam Cleaner, you won’t look back. Even better, steam cleaning is completely chemical-free, making it safe for your home, family and the environment.

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If you're ready to tackle those tough tasks and give your home the deep cleaning it deserves, check out these 10 hard to clean items that the best steam cleaners can tackle in no time at all.

1. Outdoor Grills

Outdoor grilling is one of the best parts of the summer. Good food, good friends and delicious food add a delicious twist to any summer night. Unfortunately, outdoor grills are also really difficult to clean. From meat juices to bits of marinade that end up everywhere, your outdoor grill probably looks a little the worse for wear after a few grilling sessions.

Keeping your grill clean will prolong its life. A dirty grill means clogged up burners and even the risk of small fires, not to mention more chance of rust. Your grill just won't last as long. Whether you're looking forward to your next cook out or want to clean up your grill ready for winter storage, it's important to tackle that baked-on grime before it gets any worse.

Up till now you've probably struggled to scrub out your grill with liberal amounts of soapy water and elbow grease. You have to soak the grates, scrub under the hood, get all the grime off the inside walls, and then take care of the cabinet and exterior.

A steam cleaner turns this arduous task into an easy job. Simply switch on your steam cleaner, wait for it to reach the right temperature, and put it to work on all those tough cooked-in stains. A steam cleaner is versatile enough to get into all the nooks and crannies with no need for soaking and scrubbing.

The Steamfast SF-370WH Multi-Purpose Steam Cleaner comes with a handy brass utility brush that is designed for metal items in need of a really good clean. The result is a thorough scrub without much effort at all and a grill that shines like new.

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Take your grill apart before steam cleaning it – you'll be able to get into the hard to reach places even more easily for a grill that's clean from top to toe.

2. Mattresses

Keeping your mattress clean is so important – and so difficult. No matter how clean and tidy you are, the fact is your mattress does get clogged up with dirt, dust, hair, sweat, and even blood. It's not a pleasant thought! Keeping your mattress clean is not only more hygienic, but also a sure fire way to help your mattress last longer. In fact, keeping your mattress clean can even give you a better night's sleep and if nothing else, you'll be able to sleep more easily knowing that all that dust and dirt is no longer in your bed.

Traditional wisdom says to turn your mattress twice a year, and while that may help, it's not enough. Many modern mattresses have pillow tops or other features that make turning them impossible. So what are you to do to keep your mattress clean and pleasant to sleep on?

Cleaning a mattress is a big undertaking. First you need to vacuum it thoroughly. Next, you'll need to deodorize it with baking soda or a store bought solution. Finally, you'll need to attack any stains with solutions of household ammonia or hydrogen peroxide.

With a steam cleaner, mattress cleaning turns from a major slog into a simple cleaning task that you can do in less than an hour. All you need to do is fill your steam cleaner and get it to the right temperature, then simply drag it slowly and methodically over every part of your mattress. And with the Steamfast SF-370WH's generous 45 ounce water tank, you'll get 45 minutes of continuous cleaning, so you won't have to stop to refill. To see more detailed info and reviews or to buy the Steamfast multi-purpose steam cleaner, check out the box below.

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Give your mattress a quick vacuum before you start. You'll get rid of surface dirt and it will be even easier to steam clean.

3. Upholstery

Upholstery is notoriously difficult to keep clean. After all, you can't just put your sofa in the washing machine, or drag your favorite chair to the launderette. Some furniture does come with removable covers, but these are still awkward to get off, and cleaning them doesn't clean the furniture itself.

If you've got upholstery in need of cleaning and don't have a steam cleaner, tidying it up takes a lot of work. First you have to vacuum it. Then, you'll need to scrape off any stubborn stains by hand (yuck!) before going to the store for upholstery cleaner. That means figuring out which one is right for your furniture, followed by hours of working it into the fabric and trying to scrub the dirt out.

A steam cleaner makes cleaning your upholstery so much easier. Because it's suitable for most kinds of fabric, you don't need to worry about choosing the right cleaner for your furniture. Just heat up your steam cleaner and you're good to go. Give your furniture a quick vacuum, then remove any loose cushions and start with those. Finally, clean slowly from the top down.

Steam cleaning does more than just remove stains and dirt. It also gets out embedded odors to leave your furniture smelling fresher than ever. If you choose a steam cleaner like the Steamfast Multi-Purpose steam cleaner that heats the water to over 200 degrees, your furniture will also be thoroughly disinfected by the hot temperatures. You can even use it to clean your car upholstery, too.

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Tip: Fans and open windows will help your furniture dry much faster.

4. Windows

Let's be honest, windows are a drag to clean. If you've ever struggled on with wadded up newspaper or paper towels, you know what we're talking about. Cleaning windows takes a lot of time and elbow grease.

Scrubbing windows just moves the dirt around and doesn't really solve the problem. Traditional cleaning clothes can create static that encourages even more dirt to cling to them. Even a squeegee with soap or detergent usually results in unsightly streaks that are a chore to get rid of.

A steam cleaner solves all of those problems and makes it easy to clean even hard to reach windows. With the Steamfast SF-370WH you can reach up high with no need to bust out the step ladder. Not to mention that steam cleaning your windows means no chemicals to coat or streak the glass, for a smooth, non toxic, streak free finish.

Why stop at your windows? Steam cleaning is also great for sliding doors shower cubicles and even your car windows. The Steamfast SF-370WH comes with a squeegee attachment that makes it easy to clean any window. Just work slowly from top to bottom in even strokes for a sparkling finish.

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Make sure the glass isn't too cold when you start steaming, or the heat could crack it.

5. Tiles and grout

Tiles and especially grout can soon start looking dirty. From soap scum in the bathroom to cooking splashes in the kitchen, tiles and grout quickly build up dirt and grime for an unpleasant discolored look.

Cleaning tiles and getting the dirt out of grout usually means a barrage of cleaning products. From bleach and baking soda to vinegar and even sandpaper to try and scrub the dirt off, cleaning up your tiles and grout means some seriously hard scrubbing.

Luckily with a steam cleaner, the job is much, much easier. For the best finish, start by blasting the tiles and grout with a jet of steam to loosen up that caked on grime. Then get to work using the nylon brush to give it a thorough scrub.

A steam cleaner also makes short work of tile floors. Use the mop attachment at the end to give your floors a proper polish.

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Try using the Steamfast SF-370WH's extension wands and corner tools to get into even hard to reach tiled corners in the bathroom or kitchen, or under the edges of cabinets for a sparkling floor.

6. Carpets

Keeping your carpets clean is a real chore. Every day life soon takes its toll on the carpets throughout your house. From spills and splashes to wear and tear and those times dirt from the outside ends up insides, your carpets take quite a beating.

Getting a carpet clean usually means paying out to rent a carpet cleaner, or even hiring a professional to come in and do it for you. It's costly and time consuming and usually involves the application of chemicals to get things really clean.

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Steam cleaning makes it much easier to keep your carpets clean. For the best results, start with a thorough vacuum: vacuum in one direction and then go over the area again at a ninety degree angle to the first stroke. That way you're not just picking up dirt, you're also raising the pile to let your steam cleaner get even deeper. Now all you need to do is work thoroughly over your carpet with your steam cleaner. The Steamfast SF-370WH's nylon utility brush makes it easy to tackle even stubborn stains.

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Plan your route before you start. That way, you won't be walking across your freshly steam cleaned carpet.

7. Outdoor Furniture

Outdoor furniture is a great addition to any home that has a yard, lawn or deck. Add a few outdoor chairs, a table, or an umbrella to shade you from the sun, and you can enjoy the great outdoors with family and friends, all from the comfort of your own home.

The only problem is cleaning it. During the course of a summer, lawn furniture can soon look as if it's seen better days. From rust, dirt or weather damage or chairs and tables to stains, mildew or even unmentionable stains left by birds on umbrellas and cushions, outdoor furniture is subject to a lot of wear and tear.

Getting outdoor furniture clean is a time consuming task. You'll need to use different cleaners for different bits. Your umbrella will need the right detergent, while hard surfaces need different cleaning products. You'll find yourself scrubbing every area just to get it clean.

A steam cleaner will get your outdoor furniture ready for another summer in no time. Instead of messing around with different cleaning agents, you can just steam cleaner the whole thing from top to bottom. Steam cleaner will sort out stained umbrellas, dirty cushions and grimy tables or chairs in next to no time. All you need to do is steam everywhere and leave it outside on a sunny day to dry off.

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Try using the Steamfast SF-370WH's different attachments to get into all the nooks and crannies of your outdoor furniture.

8. Pet Cages And Beds

Pets are wonderful to have around, but keeping their cages and beds clean is a lot of work. Cleaning out a pet cage normally means a long time spent scrubbing every inch and wrangling with some pretty yucky mess. Meantime, pet beds are frequently too big or awkward to launder, leaving you with only spot cleaning or vacuuming as options.

Steam cleaners make taking care of pet cages and beds so simple. Even better, steam cleaning means no soap or chemicals, which is far better for your pet. By choosing a steam cleaner that heats the water to over 200 degrees, you'll be making sure your pet accessories get sterilized as they get cleaned.

Steam cleaning pet cages and beds is easy. Just heat up your steam cleaner, then thoroughly steam the whole thing from end to end and top to bottom. It won't take long, and your pet's favorite place to relax or trusty travel case will be much more pleasant for them to be in. Not to mention steam cleaning is tough on odors too. You can even steam clean feeding trays and litter boxes for extra cleanliness.

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If you find any stubborn caked on mess, you can use the Steamfast SF-370WH's jet nozzle to blast the dirt and grime right off.

9. DIY And Garden Tools

Whether you need to rake leaves, put up some shelves, or change the oil in your car, you'll need your trusty DIY or garden tools to hand. Most households have a selection of tools in a garage, cupboard or outhouse somewhere. They're the kind of things you don't think about until you need them – and then you pull them out and find they've seen decidedly better days. Oil, grime and caked on dirt from the garden can soon dirty tools and even reduce their useful life.

Cleaning tools used to mean assembling a collection of things and chemicals to scrub with. Whether you opted for steel wool, a wire brush, or sandpaper, getting tools clean invariably meant one thing: Elbow grease and oh so much scrubbing.

Not so when you have a steam cleaner! With a steam cleaner you simply choose the best attachment for the job, get your steam cleaner heated up, and away you go. The steam will help loosen even the most stubborn dirt. If you still need a helping hand, try out a brass or nylon utility brush attachment to easily scrub away dirt from any tool. A brass utility brush is fantastic for metal garden tools and return their shine in no time.

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Carefully wipe down and thoroughly dry your tools after steam cleaning to prevent rust.

10. Curtains

Curtains make a lovely addition to any home decor, adding warmth to any room. The only problem is, they're also very difficult to clean. Curtains soon pick up dust and soak up odors, leaving them less than clean. If you want to keep your home feeling spick and span, keeping your curtains clean is a must.

Without a steam cleaner, you'll need to find a way to launder your curtains. Even smaller curtains are awkward to pull down and put through the machine, and then you have to find a suitable place to dry them. Larger curtains are even more work, especially if you need to haul them to launderette or dry cleaner. Wouldn't it be great if you could just clean them right where they hang?

With a steam cleaner, you can. All you need to do is close your curtains, heat up your steam cleaner, and get to work. Go slowly and work down your curtains from top to bottom until you've thoroughly steamed every inch. That's it! Now you can just leave them to dry. Do check that your curtain fabric is heat safe before you start steaming.

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A distance of about six inches is good for steaming curtains, but move in to two inches around the seams for a through clean.

Tackling stubborn dirt, stains, grime and odors throughout your home doesn't have to be a headache. Invest in a steam cleaner and you'll find yourself with a versatile cleaning tool with a multitude of uses around the home. Before long everything from your curtains to your garden spade will be clean, fresh and in good working order with no fuss, no effort, and no problems.

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