Hand Held Steam Cleaners are defined as being the smaller steam cleaning products that you can easily carry in one hand. In general, they weigh roughly the same as a pitcher of water. They also include the category of canister models which offer many different hand tools to clean the most impossible grease, dirt, stains and grime right off.
Where these units shine are in the kitchen and bathroom. The steam produced removes the baked on grease of kitchen ovens, goop that is stuck between stovetops and counters, backsplash areas, refrigerators and more. In the bathroom, they sanitize everything and help remove tWagner 905 1,500-Watt On-Demand Power Steamer and Cleanerhe dirt and darkened grouting that is slowly growing harmful mold.
What Types of Hand Held Steam Cleaners Are There?
You will want a hand held steam cleaner for either:
1. Garment, Fabric and Upholstery Steam Cleaning
If keeping your clothes looking fresh you will definitely enjoy a hand held model that can quickly remove wrinkles, deodorize and sanitize at the same time. That is the beauty of steam. It is multi-functional in that sense. These hand held models also come as travel companions. Very useful for someone on the go who needs to feel assured that with a quick steam application, their clothing will look as fresh as when packed. Worried about hotel/motel bedbugs? Just take a moment to pass the steam over the bed seams and other areas to get rid of the unwanted guests. (things may be a bit damp for a moment but will dry quickly).
2. Household Steam Cleaning
There are different sizes and powers available for different purposes. The temperature and force of steam coming out is determined by the wattage available. Units may vary from around 430 watts of power (something like a steam iron) to over 1500 watts. In general, more is better if there is some serious steaming to be done.
In general, the hotter the steam the better. This can be as high as 210º in some hand held models. It goes without saying that one must be very careful when dispensing steam. A steamer may sputter as the water tank approaches empty. Make sure that exposed hands and feet are not in the way – especially if babies and children are in the room. One of our favorites, is the Wagner 905 1,500-Watt On-Demand Power Steamer and Cleaner pictured above.
What Should I Look For In A Hand Held Steam Cleaner?
Some hand-held steam cleaners come with flexible spouts. This is great for getting under the rim of toilets and similar areas. There are also brush (nozzle) attachments to clean counters, Bar-B-Q grills, car engines, drapes, windows, upholstery etc.
Don’t get a cord length that will limit your reach. Go for a minimum 8-10ft. Longer is best.
Idealy, you will want a higher temperature for tougher jobs. Cleaning and de-wrinkling fabric does not require as much heat as killing bed bugs and other germs or de-greasing an oven or car. Anything around 200º is acceptable for most uses.
WARM UP TIME
Many hand held steamers start to work within 30 seconds. There are some models, however, that may take slightly longer. If you are the impatient type, check the specifications of the model you are hoping to buy.
Here is a new hand held model that we particularly like:
DB-Tech Multi-Purpose Pressurized Steam Cleaner
- 6 ounces of water per use
- Reaches 210º at tip
- 12 ft. Power Cord
- Effectively kills Mites, Scabies, Bed Bugs, Lice Mange and other insects
- Excellent steam cleaning of cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, garden equipment, workshops, etc.
- Removes staining from bedding, carpets, blankets, headboard and upholstery
- Quick and easy cleaning of furniture, table tops and counters
- Cleans Tile, Grout and Shower Doors without harmful chemicals
- Reaches cracks and crevices easily
- Steam will peel away chewing gum and candle wax easily and quickly
- Clean blinds, drapes and curtains
In the Garment/Fabric cleaning category we have selected this model as our Best Buy!
- Quickly removes wrinkles from fabric
- Heats up in a minute
- 6″ wide head
- High-power steam jets
- 62″ aluminum rod with loop for hanging items
- Removable water tank
- Automatic safety shutoff
- Stay-cool wand handle
- Rolling casters for portability
- Tank measures 14-1/2 by 11 by 17 inches
- 1-year limited warranty
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