Benefits of Using a SteamMachine to Clean Your Home During the Cold and Flu Season
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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When illness or the flu sweeps through your home, it’s important to disinfect and clean your household surfaces to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. While you could use chemicals to do the job, sometimes a steam cleaner is a better alternative because steam cleaning machines use nothing but super-heated water vapor to blast away germs and kill bacteria. There are many advantages to using a steam cleaner, especially if you have children or pets who may otherwise be harmed by using harsh chemicals.

It’s necessary to understand how your family may be affected by using harsh chemicals. Most of the time we use these chemicals without thinking about how it’s affecting our bodies or loved ones. According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, “there is less chance of harmful residues contaminating the indoor environment” when using a steam cleaner, and the air can remain “healthy and clean for those within the space”. This is why a steam cleaner is especially useful if you have family members who are sensitive to harsh chemicals and the odors or fumes that they create. 

There are several ways that steam machines are more effective and beneficial than traditional methods of cleaning. As opposed to most chemicals, “hot steam vapor penetrates pores of the materials or surfaces to be cleaned” and is more thorough than traditional supermarket cleaners (Tapping, 2016). In addition, “hot steam vapor is a natural sanitizing and deodorizing agent without any chemical odor” that can be used to destroy “mold spores, germs, viruses, dust mites, and bacteria” (Tapping, 2016). This makes the steam machine a powerful tool to have around your home during the cold and flu season.

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Steam cleaners function by using super-heated, pressurized water vapor to steam clean your surface. In order to eradicate the germs and bacteria, “the steam should be at a temperature of 170 degrees Fahrenheit” (CMU). Steam cleaners like the HomeRight SteamMachine 53 reach up to 290 degrees, which makes this particular SteamMachine a great option for those looking to purchase this tool. Steam cleaners are particularly known for their reliability, durability, safety, and ability to be used over and over again (Tapping, 2016). All of these assets make the steam cleaner a great alternative to using chemicals.

Finally, a steam machine can be used on a wide variety of surfaces around your home, whereas different chemical cleaners are generally meant for specific surfaces. You can use a steam cleaner to disinfect your kitchen appliances, bathrooms, carpets, door handles, and more. Your kitchen sink, for example, contains 100,000 times more germs than your toilet, but you can easily steam away the worry of getting sick by cleaning it with a steam machine (CBS, 2011). It has also been found that “a steam cleaner is an extremely effective way for you to disinfect and clean your carpets thoroughly”, for they have the power to get rid of dust mites and dirt (CMU). 

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If you’d like to read more on the benefits of using a steam cleaner, please read the articles below. If you’re ready to buy a steam machine to use around your own home, check out our SteamMachine 53. 



CBS. (2011, January 21). De-germing your house: Words to the wise. CBS News. Retrieved from

CMU. How steam cleaning your rugs can prevent disease. Central Methodist University. Retrieved from

IIRC. Why steam cleaning carpet is more sanitary?. Institute of Inspectoin Cleaning and Restoration Certification. Retrieved from

Tapping, M. (2016, July 26). What is a steam cleaner? Allergy Consumer Review. Retrieved from

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