Our Top Ten Household Jobs for Your Steam Cleaner

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Steam cleaners come in all shapes and sizes from portable hand-held steamers, to upright steam mops to scrubbing steam machines and whatever your household job there is a HAAN steamer to suit. Whether you want to valet your car, scrub your deck, sanitize your bathroom or simply keep your hard floors super clean, steamers reduce the time and effort needed to keep your home clean and hygienic considerably. Reaching temperatures in excess of 212°F steamers offer powerful one-step cleaning and kill 99.9% of all household germs and bacteria on the spot and all without the need for harsh and damaging chemicals!

Here’s are top ten household jobs for your steam cleaner…

1. Cleaning Hard Floors
Steamers are great for cleaning all types of sealed hard floor, from wood to laminate to tile. The high temperature kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria making them especially hygienic for use in kitchens and bathrooms. Keep the floor head moving and use the resting mat supplied when the steamer is stationery. Always check with your flooring manufacturer before steaming for the first time.

2. Freshening and Deodorizing Carpets and Rugs
All HAAN upright steamers include a carpet glide which is a dedicated attachment which fits to the bottom of the steamer in place of the pads. The carpet glide allows the steamer to move smoothly across the carpet or rug delivering steam directly into the fabric, freshening and deodorizing it. Always test a small hidden area of carpet before steaming for the first time. Aswell as cleaning the full expanse of carpet, steamers can also be effective for spot cleaning smaller areas. Portable hand-held steamers are particularly effective for this – use the upholstery tool with the supplied cloth, keep the tool moving and avoid holding it down or over-wetting any one area.

3.  Freshening and Deodorizing Soft Furnishings
All HAAN portable handheld steamers and multi-purpose steam cleaners which come with a detachable handheld, come with a upholstery attachment that is specially designed for freshening and deodorizing soft furnishings such as sofas, chairs, throws and cushion. Clip on this attachment and cover it with the supplied cloth. Then apply steam to the upholstered surface, keeping it moving so that you don’t over-wet the material. The heat of the steam kills dust mites and helps lift stains. Always test a small hidden area of fabric before steaming for the first time. Your steamer€™s upholstery tool and supplied cloth can also be used for steam cleaning curtains and clothing.

4. Sanitizing Mattresses
The steam produced by your HAAN steamer reaches in excess of 212°F which is high enough to kill dust mites and bed bugs, making it a great tool for refreshing and sanitizing your mattress and a must for allergy sufferers. Use a portable handheld steamer with the upholstery attachment and supplied cloth, making sure to keep the unit moving over the surface of the mattress so that you don’t over-wet. Once steamed leave to air dry, preferably on it’s side.

5. Cleaning Windows and Mirrors
Steamers are perfect for cleaning windows and mirrors leaving a clean, streak free finish every time. All HAAN portable hand-held steamers and multi-purpose steam cleaners (which come with a detachable hand-held), come with a window cleaning attachment that is specially designed for cleaning glass and mirrors. Clip on this attachment and work methodically across your window in strips, working from top to bottom and overlapping and changing direction to prevent a striped finish. Place a towel at the bottom of the window before you start, to catch any drips.

6. Cleaning the Oven
It’s pretty difficult to clean your oven without using chemical cleaners but steam cleaning overs a great low fuss, environmentally friendly alternative. All HAAN portable handheld steamers and multi-purpose steam cleaners, come with a wire brush tool which is great for cleaning metal racks, hobs and grill trays, but be careful not to use this on any non-stick surfaces as it will scratch. If you’re not sure, test a small, hidden area first to make sure it doesn’€™t damage it. Once you’ve finished loosening all stuck on mess pass your HAAN hand-held steamer over the surface then rinse with clean water and wipe dry using a clean towel.

7. Defrosting the Freezer
If you’€™re in a hurry to defrost your freezer, using a steamer is much safer than chipping out the ice. The steam also sanitizes and sterilizes the surfaces, so you don’€™t need to use any additional detergent. Remove all drawers and trays, place a bucket or bowl in the bottom of the freezer to collect the ice and water and then pass your steamer over the internal surfaces. The ice should melt off quickly and easily. Once defrosted leave to air dry.

8. Cleaning and Sanitizing Sinks
All HAAN portable handheld steamers and multi-purpose steam cleaners, come with a range of tools and attachments that make it easy to get to all areas of the sink including around the drain and the faucets. For the bowl pass your steam cleaner over the full bowl moving methodically. If an area of your sink is particularly grimy, hold the steam cleaner over it for a few additional seconds to loosen before running the steam cleaner over it again. Rinse with clean water and leave to air dry. For the faucets and handles, use the  concentrator nozzle to steam clean and sanitize making sure you work into all the hard-to-reach areas. The wire bristle brush can be used on the faucets if required but be careful to avoid scratching your sink surface. Thoroughly rinse with clean water and dry with a clean, dry cloth.

9. Cleaning and Sanitizing the Toilet
Steam cleaning is the ideal way to clean and sanitize the toilet; the high steam temperature kills germs and bacteria instantly and helps remove stains and limescale. All HAAN portable handheld steamers and multi-purpose steam cleaners, come with a range of tools and attachments that make it easy to get to all areas of the toilet including under the rim and around the seat hinges.

10. Cleaning the Barbecue
With the aid of a portable handheld steamer, cleaning your barbecue grill need not be a daunting task! All HAAN portable handheld steamers and multi-purpose steam cleaners, come with a wire brush tool which is great for cleaning metal racks, hobs and grill trays. For full instructions on cleaning your grill click here.

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