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If you are looking for steam cleaner reviews read this post before you go and read some reviews. In this how to guide we look at the basics and what you need to know about steam cleaners.

Many people associate steam cleaners with carpets and upholstery but steam cleaners have many multi-functions. Steam cleaners can be used to remove stains from hard floors, bathroom tiles, windows and much more. Many steam cleaners don’t need any chemicals or cleaning detergents.

Steam cleaners work by rapidly heating up water and turning it into steam, which is then applied to the surface at high pressure. This produces a dry steam which helps to remove dirt, grease and germs from places you might not be able to reach with a normal mop.

Choosing a steam cleaner

We will help you choose the best steam cleaner by explain the different types of steam cleaners you may come across. Later on in this article we will point to the best place for read reviews on steam cleaners.

Types of steam cleaners

Steam cleaners come in a wide range of shapes and sizes but generally are similar to vacuum cleaners. Many steam cleaners come in a cylinder shape, upright or handheld varieties. Depending on what task you need your steam cleaner to perform the first step is to decide what type of shape you would like.

Cylinder steam cleaners

Cylinder steam cleaners have a main body, bendy hose pipe and nozzle. They usually are lighter and give you flexibility to get into areas that seem unreachable.

Handheld steam cleaners

Handheld steam cleaners are small and easy to store. Hand-held steam cleaners can a good option if you think you will perform the occasional steam cleaner. Typical chores carried out using a handheld steam cleaner are curtains hard to reach carpet edges and shower tiles.

Steam Mops

Steam Mops are fairly new to the steam cleaner sector and they promise to delivery more steam power and convenient steam cleaning. These are usually light and upright mops with a water tank attached to the handle.

What do I need look out for?

When buying a steam cleaner it is important to think about how long it takes to heat-up. Heat-up time is usually referred you how long the machine takes to reach steam generating mode. Some steam cleaners have fast heat-up times and this usually depends on the capacity of the machine. Typical hand-held steam cleaners are light and easy to use but the steam won’t last long because of the small tanks. With steam mops you have fast heat-up and some models are ready to use in 20 seconds.

The steaming time is referred to how long you can use the cleaner without having to refill the water to generate more steam. The smaller the water tank means usually shorter bursts of steam. Steam cleaners can steam from 10 minutes up-to an hour.

Another thing to look out is the steam output usually measured in grams (g) of steam per minute and if this figure is high then steam is more powerful. However many models claim to offer powerful steam but they rarely meet the target.

When you are reading steam cleaner reviews have a look at attachments each model provides. If you decide to buy an upright steam cleaner make sure there is an attachment that you can use for those hard to reach areas.

There are many brands out their some of the popular ones are Vax, Karcher,Bissell,Black & Decker.Vax is the most popular brand in the UK for steam mops.

Best Steam Cleaner Prices

Many steam cleaners can cost between £40-100 but it all depends what type of steam cleaner you are looking for. The best way to get a feel on what type of steam cleaner you need is to read reviews and this help gauge other customers opinions on certain products. Best place is to start is this steam cleaner product reviews site i have used .