How to Steam Away Green Algae on Outdoor Furniture
Posted By
Gail Wilson
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Project Steps

I didn’t know I would ever be needing to steam away green algae. However when I built my diy picket fence and my porch swing arbor I didn’t realize how much the weather would be a factor with my vintage porch swing. I painted the vintage porch swing with the Super Finish Max a couple of years ago.

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porch swing with mildew

And then this happened. . .

For the last 20 years or so the swing had been under cover. With the new pergola, it’s no longer protected from the elements and it is experiencing green algae! Ewwww!

Homeright Steam Machine Elite

Homeright sent me the Steam Machine Elite to tackle this problem and more! Notice that distilled water is recommended for this little guy!

How to steam away green algae

before and after steam cleaning algae from swing

To say I was amazed at the power of this Steam Machine Elite is an understatement. It quickly removed the algae from the swing.

the power of the Homeright Steam Machine Elite

I was hoping to get another season out of this swing without it needing to be painted. See how powerful the steam is? It’s removing every bit of the algae.

grimy algae steam cleaner

Look how much algae was removed from the swing.

wash steam machine elite pad

I threw the pad in the washer with the “pet sheets”.

steam machine elite accessories

Check out all the accessories and this optional handy storage caddy! A place for everything and everything in it’s place.

The Steam Machine Elite is perfect for all your floors, including steaming carpets! Without the pads, this powerful steam cleaner can clean anything! I removed the pad and used the wand briefly and it reminded me of a power washer!

Set Up

add distilled water to steam machine elite

Once the Steam Machine Elite is turned on and water is added, the unit takes approximately 8 minutes to build pressure and heat up.

Heat and Pressure

290 psi

When the steam pressure is built and the trigger is pulled, the Steam Machine Elite delivers up to 290°F of steam to the surface using 55 psi of pressure

Points to remember about the Steam Machine Elite:

  • 35-45 minutes of continuous steam
    (this depends on the amount of water added)
  • Delivers up to 290° F
  • 55 psi maximum pressure
  • 16 ft. cord
  • 6 ft. steam hose length
  • Tank holds up to 40 oz. of distilled water
  • Backed by a two-year warranty

So, I was hoping to get another year out of the swing before painting. That’s not the case, but the good news is, the algae is gone, and the swing is ready to be painted. Of course I’ll be using my beloved Finish Max and probably a better quality paint to make it last longer. Stay tuned . . .

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