- Assess the Job. Try to clean everything that will use the same brush at one time, because changing brushes slows you down.
- Don’t skimp on towels or mop heads. A dirty towel will drag dirt onto the next surface. If you don’t want the washing – try using paper towels to finish off and dispose of once used.
- Also, don’t use damp towels – they won’t absorb dirt into their surface. The idea behind using a towel is that dry cotton sucks up” the dirty moisture droplets from a surface as the vapor works its magic.
- Always work from the top down on any project. This way dirt and drips will not fall on cleaned surfaces.
- Work efficiently. Avoid changing back and forth from one type of brush to another. Start with the smallest brush necessary and clean corners and other tight areas first, just as you would if you were painting. Work your way up to larger brushes as you clean.
- Speed up your work on hard surface floors where you need to do a two-step process (scrub and clean) by scrubbing 1 to 3 square meters and immediately vacuum dry or wipe up with a loose cotton or industrial paper towel if your steam cleaner is not fitted with a vac. system.
- Just throw the towel on the floor and mop it over the cleaned area using the brush.
- You can also use industrial paper towels (sometimes called “wipes”) that can be thrown away instead of cotton towels. This is especially advisable when cleaning bathroom floors so you do not have to handle towels that may be soaked with urine residue.
Clean Up As You Go
- A surface will be twice as clean after you finish if you do not allow the cleaned area to dry before wiping it up.
- All surfaces-even glass and metal -have pores just like skin does. The superheated vapor works because heat opens the pores, allowing trapped dirt and grease to be released. If you don’t wipe off the released dirt immediately, it will sink back into the open pores and trapped once again when the surface cools.
- Be thorough but move quickly. The dry steam vapor you are using will clean faster than you think it will.
- As a rule it is better to go twice over an area quickly than once slowly.
The temperature of the vapor at the tip of the nozzle is between 100 and 120c, depending on the brush you are using (having a towel wrapped over a brush raises the temperature).
WARNING: A towel clipped over a brush can get hot enough to burn you as long as vapor passes through it but it will cool within seconds after the vapor is turned off.
Adjusting the steam volume
- Always start cleaning with low pressure and increase the pressure if the substance being cleaned requires it.
- Low or medium pressure is recommended for most cleaning tasks. This will extend the operating time before the water tank requires re-filling.
The Mop Heads & Towels
- The purpose of using towels or a fitted mop head with your steam system is to absorb moisture and dirt as a surface is cleaned. 100% white cotton terry cloth towels work best.
- Wash towels hot, with strong detergent and bleach.
- Always use dry towels. Wet ones will smear dirt.
USEFUL TIP: Using a scented fabric softener when washing the towels or mop heads will “per- fume” the air when the heated vapor goes through them later.