Are steam cleaners good

What do steam cleaners do in the household?

They are available from 35 euros, high-priced devices are over the counter for over 100 euros and they all promise absolutely clean, chemical-free and, above all, very easy cleaning - from the windows to the floors to the fittings in the bathroom.

Tip:

Do not fill the kettle completely and use lukewarm water, this will speed up the heating process.

Water vapor and pressure

Put simply, a steam cleaner works like a pressure cooker. The water is heated in a closed kettle until it boils. This creates steam. Depending on the device, this takes between one and about five minutes per liter. Then use the dispensing gun (handle) to release the steam onto the surface to be cleaned. Warning: the hotter the contents, the higher the pressure and the spray power of the steam! Modern models are equipped with various attachments such as brushes or wipers.

Pro Contra

When cleaning with steam, you primarily work with hot water and nothing else. Advantages of this: You can usually do without chemicals, as the lack of cleaning agent is compensated for by the high pressure. You only need one device for all surfaces in your home and the steam is also effective against conventional house dust, as, according to the manufacturers, it binds it instead of stirring it up. The steam or high-pressure cleaner is perfect wherever you don't want to get your hands dirty and need a lot of spray power. Especially when cleaning rubbish bins, robust floor coverings, in corners and niches that are difficult to reach.

But such a steam cleaner also has disadvantages. The devices are powered by electricity and use significantly more energy to produce the steam than you need to prepare normal warm cleaning water. You can also not create every stain with steam cleaners alone; in the case of heavier soiling, you usually have to go over it again with a scrubber or cleaning sponge. Drops and streaks that remain when cleaning glass surfaces and windows with the steam cleaner are particularly annoying. You rarely escape polishing with the dry cloth if you really want it to be streak-free.