Handheld steamers are fantastic tools to have for your home. Small and compact, they fit just about anywhere, but they still deliver a lot of power as well as fantastic results.
They are good for your health and have a better impact on the environment, but they can also be used on a wide range of things around the home.
In this guide, we take a look at seven of the things you can do with a handheld steamer, all of them useful, and some of them ones you never would have thought of before. If you are interested in how a handheld steam cleaner works read this.
So whether you are thinking of investing, or have one already, this is the perfect guide for you.
The Benefits of a Handheld Steamer
- Environmentally friendly
- Beneficial to your health
- No need to use detergents and chemicals when cleaning
- Eliminates dust mites and bugs
- Eliminates allergens
- Cost effective
7 Very Useful Things You Can Do with Handheld Steamer
#1 Cleaning Your Oven or Hob
Cleaning the oven and hob can be a pretty challenging task, but your handheld steam cleaner can make things so much easier. Plus, you don’t need to use any of the strong smelling chemicals sold at the supermarket to get the job done.
Using the steam cleaner is better for the environment, and it produces no nasty odours – both of which are excellent bonuses. However, you should never use the steam cleaner inside the actual oven as this can cause it to stop working.
It should be used on the glass and doors, and for the best results, you can use it on a high setting with a brush tool to help remove all that baked on grease and food. To finish, you should use a squeegee to prevent streaking on the glass.
A wire brush tool will work excellent on the grill rack as well as the hob, but don’t use it on non-stick surfaces, or it will scratch. A scraper tool can also be handy for any grime that has been burnt onto the surface.
#2 Defrosting Your Freezer
Sometimes, we don’t have the time to defrost our freezers correctly, and we find ourselves using kitchen utensils to chip the ice away. This is not a safe option, and it can actually damage your freezer.
Instead, why not use your handheld steamer to do the job? The heat it produces will sterilise the surface – so you don’t need to use any detergents to clean after the ice has been removed.
All you need to do is remove the drawers, and place a basin at the bottom of the freezer to collect ice and moisture. Direct the main nozzle of the steamer at the ice and turn the power on.
The ice should come away easily, and in large chunks, but you can also use a scraper tool to lend a hand if needed. Once this is done, wipe it down with a clean cloth.
#3 Cleaning Your Mattress
The high temperature of the steam that is produced by the steam cleaner is able to kill dust mites, which makes it a fantastic tool for cleaning your mattress – one of their favourite places to live.
If you, or someone you live with, suffer from allergies, you should definitely use a steam cleaner on your mattress.
Use the steamer with the upholstery tool attachments, ensuring that you move over the surface of the mattress constantly to avoid too much moisture getting into the material.
Once you have finished, leave the mattress on its side for a few hours to ensure it is fully dry before you put the linen over it.
#4 Cleaning Furniture
This method also requires the use of the upholstery tool set that comes with your cleaner (you can also buy these separately). Follow the instructions for use before you use it, and then apply steam to the upholstered surface of your furniture.
Keep it moving, much like with the mattress, so that you don’t end up soaking the material. It is advised that you test a small area of the furniture that is hidden before use to ensure the colour won’t run when you steam it.
#5 Cleaning Your Taps
Limescale, grime, and hard water are all things that get lodged around the taps in your kitchen and bathroom. They can be tricky to get rid of, but with a steamer, it has never been easier.
Use the detail nozzle on your model to apply the most concentrated blast of steam possible to the area, and you will find the dirt and scale are lifted away with ease. After that, all you need to do is wipe it down with a clean cloth.
#6 Cleaning the Curtains
Before you use your steamer on the curtains, make sure you check the care label that is attached to them, or the booklet of care that came with them. This will let you know if they are suitable for steam cleaning.
The upholstery tool can be used to clean the curtains quickly and efficiently, with fantastic results.
#7 Cleaning Hard Floors
Handheld steamers are fantastic for cleaning tiled kitchens and bathroom floors. This is because they help to kill off the bacteria that cloths and detergents are not always able to reach.
This guarantees an incredibly hygienic finish to your home. The hot steam can also help you to clean the grout between the tiles. Make sure to keep the head moving along the floor, as staying in one place too long can damage the grout.
Steamers are amazing and versatile pieces of technology, and the handheld versions are even more so. With these, you can do so much around your home – everything from cleaning your oven to sanitising your mattress. Make sure you try a few of these out around your house and see if they make a difference.
Do you have any uses for a handheld steamer that weren’t mentioned here? We love hearing from you, so please let us know in the comments.
Gemma Tyler is a freelance journalist with 15 years of experience writing for consumer publications. She has tested and reviewed a wide range of household items from vacuum cleaners to washing machines and dehumidifiers to steam irons. Her attention to detail and exhaustive testing certainly makes her an expert in her field.