Every homeowner knows the true value of electric cleaning equipment. Simply said, it makes like easier. I personally like these handheld steam cleaners because they are convenient to carry and versatile that you will find yourself using these cleaners to clean everything else that needs cleaning. They are small enough that they are able to clean up nooks and crannies and light enough that you can even use it to clean upholstery, tiles and even window sills. It pretty much saves me up from the horror of having to purchase a bulky and expensive cleaner. Realistically speaking, these portables will not work magic because of its size, however, If you are looking to do some light cleaning chores then portable or handheld steam cleaners are an excellent choice.
Portable Steamers – Clothes, Carpets, Furnishings
If you are looking to buy your handheld steam cleaner, the first thing to consider is what type of job you need done. There are portable steamers that are manufactured specifically to be used on tiles or bathroom surfaces, clothing or soft furnishings such as mattresses or curtains and some cleaners can double up to work as bathroom or floor cleaners. I find portable carpet steamers wonderful as it cleans the floor carpet well and if you have dogs or pets that shed, it can effectively remove it from the carpet.
Features to Look For
As handheld steam cleaners are portable, it will likely not be able to clean up a large area and would require homeowners to charge or refill it several times to cover large floor areas. If you are shopping for a steamer, look at the tank capacity to determine how much water the equipment can hold. This will allow you to determine whether it needs to be refilled or not. Some steamer tanks can hold 1.25 cups of water while others have a capacity of up to 21 quarts.
Aside from the tank capacity, another thing to check is the boiler. Some inexpensive steamers have plastic boilers, which can cause problems as plastics are prone to crack after prolong use. I got a steamer that is made of stainless steel, it is not only durable, but is also rust resistant so it can very much hold up for a long time.
Lastly, consider the accessories that come with the equipment. Some manufacturers include accessories such as brushes, steam hose, nozzles, measuring cups as well as cleaning covers or cases. If you are going to clean a large surface area, check the hose to determine its length. Some popular brands include Hann, Wagner, SteamFast and WhiteWing.
These are just some of the things that you should consider when purchasing a handheld steam cleaner. These portables are not as powerful as those regular or commercial cleaners, however, it can be very useful, especially for those who need to do light cleaning at home.