A floor steam cleaner is what its name indicates. It is a cleaning machine that cleans the floor with its steam output. The steam melts the dirt and impure substances on the floor. The molten dirt is then removed either manually or with the aid of a vacuum.
A floor steam cleaner cleans with its steam output. Modern machines have an output temperature of up to 386°F. Such high temperature is suitable to clean hard substances, such as tiled floor and walls, which can withstand such high temperature. Soft surfaces and substances must be kept away from the output of the machine.
Hard wood surfaces are usually considered as part of hard surfaces. Although these are not as hard as concrete or tiled floors, these are capable of withstanding the steam output of a floor steam cleaner. However, there are differences between hard wood surfaces and concrete surfaces. You cannot clean hard wood in the same way you clean concrete surfaces.
The following are some tips to make the best use of a floor steam cleaner on a hard wood surface.
Check the temperature
For all the normal hard surface cleaning tasks, you would want the output temperature of the steam cleaner machine as high as possible. However, for hard wood cleaning, you do not want a floor steam cleaner that provides too high a temperature.
Do not over expose
When cleaning the hard wood surfaces, care should be taken not to overexpose the surface to the output of the machine. The output of the machine, even if limited to a certain temperature, is still sharp enough to cause paint damage or some other problems in case of over exposure.
Commercial floor steamer machines are known for their sanitization and cleaning ability. Wood surfaces can be the residences of many harmful microorganisms. Sometimes, some of these bacteria and fungi may even be resistant to heat. This is the reason why they do not perish even if exposed to the high temperature output of commercial steam cleaners.
It is better to use portable steam cleaner machines equipped with a specialized anti-bacterial technology. Such machines, as many independent lab tests have proved, are capable of eliminating many disease-causing bacterias, including Escherichia coli and listeria.
One of the main bonuses of using steam tile cleaners is the quick drying of the surface. Since the machine provides steam output, the surfaces dry quickly. The quick output has many benefits. It has been observed that dirt and dust quickly stick on to wet surfaces. If a surface becomes dry quickly, its chances of getting attacked by bacteria’s reduce.
The drying time can be made even shorter, if steam tile cleaners that provide dry vapor are used. Dry vapor refers to a super heated form of water, in which the liquid water content is less than 5 percent.
The advantage of portable steam cleaner machines with dry vapor is the drying time after cleaning. Since these machines transfer low amounts of water to the surfaces, the surfaces tend to dry up quickly. This is the reason why such types of hard wood cleaning machines are preferred for hard wood cleaning.