It’s All in the Details
When it comes to cleaning your upholstery, carpets, car seats and the like, many people rightly choose steam cleaning as the way to go. However, the industry is somewhat misleading – both hot water extractors and dry vapour steam machines tend to fall under the same banner of steam cleaning, which is technically incorrect.
Hot Water Extractors
Hot water extractors use, as you might have guessed, hot water, as well as a powerful vacuum to deep clean your carpeted surface. The heated liquid helps to extract debris embedded deep in the carpet, and breaks down grime and dirt, making it easier to remove. Hot water extractors are particularly effective with regards to sanitising car seats, carpets and rugs. The hotter the water, the greater its cleaning prowess. However, hot water extractors do tend to leave the surface damp, which means that drying machines will also be required.
Steam cleaners, meanwhile, only make use of the water vapour generated by boiling water. Steam cleaners are incredibly effective at sanitising various surfaces, and only leave a slight dampness behind, which dries very quickly. However, steam doesn’t deep clean the material, but rather, emulsifies dirt and grime on the surface, which can then be easily removed. Steam cleaners are also great for removing shoe scuffs, mould and sticky substances, among other things.
Depending on what surfaces require cleaning, it may be useful to make use of both a hot water extractor and a steam cleaner. The versatility of steam cleaners isn’t limited to the kind of stains it can remove – they also come in a range of devices, to make chores simpler and easier. For example, you can choose from the best steam mop, or handheld steam devices for smaller items.