Hard surface furniture cleaners are not the same as hard surface cleaners. Normally, we associate pressure washers with cleaning hard surfaces. These machines pump their output onto hard surfaces to blast away dirt and substances present on hard surface.
This mode of operation is not suitable for cleaning furniture surfaces, no matter how hard they may be, due to two reasons. First, furniture surfaces are included in the category of semi-hard surfaces. Furniture surfaces lose their sheen, if exposed to high power output of pressure washers.
Secondly, transferring high quantity of water on to the furniture is not recommended. It can lead to the formation of mold and mildew, which would eventually lead to the damage of the furniture.
So, what are the best hard surface furniture cleaners? Floor steamers are best machines for the purpose. These machines clean with their high temperature output. Temperature of these machines range up to 386ºF. Most of the furniture surfaces are hard enough to withstand this range of temperature.
The following are some tips to make the best use of these hard surface furniture cleaners.
Handle with care
Users must show extreme care when cleaning furniture with floor steamers. The output, if directed to human body, can cause injuries. Do not put the nozzle of the machine too close to the furniture top. Hold the nozzle at a reasonable distance first.
If the nozzle of the hard surface furniture cleaners is too close to the furniture surface, the surface will face the full brunt of the high temperature output. Holding the nozzle too far would the make the output ineffective. Try various positions to find out the optimum distance.
Dry steam output
It is better to use steam cleaners having dry steam output. The uniqueness of this kind of output is that the liquid water content of the output is very low, as low as 5 percent. That means steam cleaning machines with dry steam output transfer low quantities of water on to furniture surfaces.
The output of these steam cleaners is powerful enough to remove any mold and mildew present on the surface. The lack of water content in the output of the vapor steam cleaners prevents further formation of mold and mildew. In short, steam cleaning machines with dry vapor steam are best suited for cleaning hard furniture.
Use suitable accessories
Commercial steam cleaners rely on a host of accessories to carry out the cleaning task successfully. The accessories of a typical steam vacuum cleaner include brushes, towels, and squeegee tools. The accessories are particularly important when using the vapor steam cleaners for cleaning furniture.
It is important to use commercial steam cleaners having small detail brushes for furniture cleaning. Large brushes cannot reach all the nook and cranny of furniture. On the other hand, a vacuum steam cleaner with small detail brushes can effectively clean almost any corner of any type of furniture.
Most importantly, know your requirements and then choose a machine. Go for the most reputable brands on the market.