Manual steam cleaners: how to choose and use?

Manual steam cleaners: how to choose and use?

Steam cleaner – a device that allows you to clean various surfaces with steam. When choosing a steam cleaner, you should understand the features of the equipment and the desired front front. For cleaning small rooms or a car, a manual steam cleaner is perfect, for work on a large area or to remove complex contaminants it is worth choosing an outdoor option.


Before you begin to disassemble the features of manual and outdoor steam cleaners, it is worth noting that it is not necessary to confuse a steam cleaner with a steam generator. Not every steam cleaner has the ability to disappear clothes. By making a slight retreat, moving to the main part. Let’s start with manual steam cleaners, because they are most often acquired due to low prices. These fixtures have the following advantages:

  • The small mass of the device allows you to treat the most uncomfortable places and does not shove your movements+
  • Convenient in storage+
  • Because of the small volume, water is heated faster to steam condition+
  • Small energy consumption.

The disadvantage will be all the same small amount of tank. It is enough for 30-40 minutes, after which it will be necessary to re-pour water.

When filling, turn off the steam cleaner from the network and wait until the water comes to a boil.

What is it needed for?

The initial purpose of steam cleaners was disinfection of the premises. Couple destroys most of the famous microbes and allergy pathogens. Also, steam treatment eliminates ticks and other parasites. For this cleaners are very valued by people with allergies. Modern household steam cleaners are used in various everyday needs. With their help, you can remove in any room: kitchen, living room, bedroom, bathroom or toilet. Hot steam will be effective in the following cases:

  • Removal of frozen spots from tiled surfaces, hob, microwave oven+
  • Elimination of lime plates from mixers and other chrome things+
  • Cleaning carpets and furniture+
  • Getting rid of parasites+
  • Washing windows, blinds and mirrors+
  • If the steam cleaner has an appropriate function, it can be used as an excavator for clothes.

The spectrum of functions performed by a steam cleaner is very wide and varied. This is a useful thing in domestic needs.

Rating of the best brands

When choosing a steam cleaner, it is not bad to have a list of reliable and proven manufacturers at hand. This list for popular brands will be shown below.


Karcher – famous German brand. In the ruler of steam cleaners, there are both compact models and very powerful functional devices. Products are characteristic: high-quality assembly, rich accessories set, warranty.


CLATRONIC manufacturer also comes from Germany. Models of this company are considered budget. But complete with cleaners are the necessary nozzles, and the design itself is characterized by high technological. There are both manual and outdoor models.


The Italian brand ARIETE offers a choice of manual steam cleaners, canister steam cleaners, as well as steam mops. The goods applies to the manufacturer’s guarantee. Complete to outdoor models there is a set with nozzles of various purposes.


Another Italian Brand. In the line of models, except manual and outdoor options, there are 14, able to cope with the most different tasks. As an additional nozzle is offered steam disinfector, For professional use.


Philips products have long been known in the market of domestic consumers. Special love enjoy the steam generators of this manufacturer. The choice is offered hand and vertical models. The manufacturer’s warranty can be up to 5 years.

How to choose?

When choosing a steam cleaner for the home, you should pay attention to the specifications and package. Standard modern set when buying a steam cleaner includes a minimum of three nozzles. It should be understood that with an increase in the class of the unit becomes more than the number of nozzles. For budget models, it is possible to acquire the necessary components separately.

Optimal can be considered the following set:

  • measuring glass and funnel+
  • Extra long nozzle+
  • Round Brush+
  • Cleaning brush for smooth surfaces and fabric for fragile things.

Compared to manual, outdoor steam cleaners include a larger number of nozzles and functions, but for normal household cleaning, they are redundant. The next important point when choosing is the technical characteristics. There are several parameters from which you need to repel when buying.

  • Power – main component performance. For manual steam cleaners whose power ranges from 0.7 to 1.6 kW, the optimal choice is the models more powerful 1 kW.
  • Pressure inside the tank. This indicator depends on how multitasking your device will be. It is recommended to choose models with a pressure of 3 bar.
  • Heating time. For manual models, this value is around 10-30 seconds. About heating reports indicator. Outdoor models are warm at least 5 minutes.
  • Paper generation. There are two options for vaporization: in the reservoir itself or at the output of the nozzle. The first option is typical for manual steam cleaners, so steam does not have time to cool.
  • Case material and reservoir. The case must be made and heat-resistant material, the boiler is performed from steel or aluminum. Aluminum is a winning option because it reduces the total weight of the product.
  • Reservoir capacity. From this parameter depends, how long can you use a steam cleaner without topping the water, and how quickly it will be heated. In manual models, the volume of the tank varies from 200 ml to 2 liters. Choose from your needs and physical abilities.
  • Length of cord. In order not to limit the scope of the steam cleaner, it is recommended to choose models with a length of the cord from 4 to 6 meters.

How to use?

Do not think that a steam cleaner will turn cleaning in an easy and fast process. For the greatest efficiency, it is necessary to correctly use the nozzles for the cleaner. Steam feed must be carried out at a distance of 2-5 centimeters from the spot of pollution. When processing the ferry of plants, the cleaner must be at a distance of 30-40 centimeters. If your steam cleaner model does not have an excrement function, then you should not risk with the treatment of curtains and clothes. A large amount of steam allocated may damage your things. The following security measures should also be observed:

  • When working, try not to touch the reservoir and hold on to the handle+
  • Do not open the tank before cooling the water so as not to get under the emission of steam+
  • Avoid hitting the jets of steam to unprotected body surfaces.

Adhering to recommendations from this article, you can choose a steam cleaner who will satisfy your household needs.

In the next video you will find a brief overview of the Karcher SC manual steam cleaner 1.

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