1001 Applications for steam cleaners, vapor cleaners, carpet steam cleaners, vapor clean

There are a few rules of thumb when cleaning with vapor:

The lower the steam pressure, the higher the consistent temperature and the drier the steam. Pressure is great for down and dirty cleaning, but for everything else….turn it down. Condensation occurs at a higher pressure output….so once again, keep it down and let the heat do the cleaning.

Cut out the chemicals and the residues they leave behind

Remember, the sooner you cut out cleaners on your floors and surfaces, the sooner the residues will disappear. Soap residue attracts dirt and your floor or other surfaces actually get dirty quicker. There is no purer clean than steam.

Never put anything in the boiler or reservoir other than tap or distilled water. On the other hand don’t be afraid to use a safe cleaning agent if you run into a difficult situation that may call for more than steam. Cold water and soap cleans ok, but use that same soap with hot water and watch what happens. The same principal applies.

Get to know your accessories and their purpose.  Extension Wands – To be used with Floor brush, Triangle Brush or detail attachment. Elbow attachment – To be used with Floor brush and triangle brush to attach to hose nozzle or extension wands. This allows both of these attachments to have different positions for cleaning. Floor Brush - Nylon bristled large rectangle brush with clips to attach towels or mop pads to the brush. Large Triangle Brush – Nylon bristled large triangle brush with clips to attach towels for cleaning walls, upholstery, cabinets etc. Window Squeegee – Attachment for windows, mirrors Detail Attachment – Use for attaching small detail brushes, medium round and use by itself for detail cleaning Medium Nylon Bristled Brush – Use for smaller areas, ovens w/ scrubbie etc Small Detail Brushes – Stainless, Nylon and Brass Stainless Scrubbies - Used with all Vapor Clean machines for intense heat cleaning from the grill to the soap scum on the bathroom tile. Garment Pad -  TRPro5    Attaches to the large triangle brush


What to Clean and Accessories to use:

FLOORS  Tile, Slate, Ceramic Tile, Vinyl

Low - Medium Pressure Large brush + towel wrapped on clips , nozzle w/ nylon nozzle brush, rectangle brush w/ towel – For deep cleaning or sanitizing, use the recommended Steam Intensifier pads

Hints & Techniques:   Sweep or vacuum first; corners and baseboards w/ detail brush if necessary;  mop w/ large floor brush with towel or mop pad, heavily soiled areas use the Steam Intensifier pad as shown below.


Hardwood, Laminates Low Pressure

Large brush + towel and pad or Ultra-Steam pads,  extension wands

Hints & Techniques:Fix  towel folded in 1/2 or 1/3 or Ultra-Steam pad to large brush, heat with steam “on low”, turn steam off and mop floor if preferred, repeat as towel cools. Towel should be hot and moist, not wet. If using the Ultra Steam pad turning the steam off is not necessary.  It is the damp heat that will dissolve grime and build-up while the floors do not over-wet and evaporation is quick. No residues – only clean. Do not use on unsealed floors.



Grout ( Sanded ) Medium – High Pressure

Small Nylon Detail Brush or Stainless Detail Brush 

Hints & Techniques: Clean actual grout lines with Nylon Detail Brush. In many cases however follow our directions for using Stainless Detail Brushes for heavily soiled grout in kitchen, mud rooms etc. Clean dirty grout in a 10 x 12 kitchen in approximately 1 hour.

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Wax removal Medium – High Pressure

Small detail brush, nozzle attachment

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Stove Tops, Ovens, Grills, Vents -  Low – Medium Pressure

Nozzle w/ detail brush – nylon, brass, large nozzle brush, stainless steel pad, towel

Hints & Techniques: Use nozzle with brush, attach stainless steel pad for oven surfaces, oven racks, glass in door. Use small nylon or brass nozzle brush for tight areas, corners, burner bibs.

The photos at the right is an oven bottom with baked on food, within a minute the nozzle with scrub attached begins to melt the crusty mess away. In less than 2 minutes and one paper towel, half of the oven is sparkling with no chemicals, fumes or foamy mess.

This method can be used also with your grills, vents, drip pans, smokers.  Depending on the size of the area, choose the scrub and detail brush that will  work best.

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Small Appliances, Refrigerator, Freezer,l Microwave Low – Medium Pressure

Small Detail brush, Medium Round Brush w/ towel

Hints & Techniques: For large areas use triangle brush w/ towel, or large nozzle brush directly. Use nozzle without brush for nooks & crannies, wipe with towel.

Sinks, Faucets, Drains      Medium Pressure

Nozzle w/ nozzle brush – nylon or brass.

Hints & Techniques:  Melt away build up in hard to reach areas  Use nozzle to reach into tight areas, or use with small nylon detail brush where needed, rinse or wipe surface. This will remove build up in the smallest of places around fixtures, sink edges, set in cutting boards and help to kill bacteria.

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Counter Tops, Cabinet Facing    Low – Medium Pressure

Small triangle brush w/ towel clipped on, nozzle w/ nozzle brush

Hints & Techniques: Use small rectangle brush direct and wipe with towel, use threaded nozzle w/ brush on moldings, wipe with towel. Cabinet Facing: pre-steam w/ nozzle from a distance of 6″, let stand a moment, wipe with towel, repeat if necessary.

Tile & Grout       Medium Pressure

Nozzle, large & small nozzle brush, small rectangle brush

Hints & Techniques: Use steel detail brushes, small rectangle brush with no towel to clean grout, rinse or wipe clean. Use rectangle brush with towel to maintain.

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Porcelain, ChromeFixtures            Medium Pressure

Nozzle, nozzle brush – nylon, small rectangle brush w/ towel, extension tube 

Hints & Techniques: Use small rectangle brush w/ towel to treat larger areas, large nozzle brush w/ towel or nozzle w/ nylon nozzle brush for corners, hinges, ledges and bars, wipe or rinse away dirt.

Shower Stalls & Doors      Medium Pressure

Nozzle, nozzle brush – nylon, small triangle or round brush w/ towel, extension tubes, large nozzle brush w/ stainless steel pad.

Hints & Techniques: Use round or triangle brush w/  towel or medium round or small detail brush w/ stainless steel pad to remove heavy soap scum from glass or ceramic panels. Do not scrub, the heat will melt the soap buildup. Watch as our Vapor Clean melts away the extreme buildup in this shower stall.


Pre-treat area with mild detergent or vinegar if necessary. Rinse tools often. Wipe or rinse away loosened dirt.

Fiberglass      Medium Pressure 

Large round nozzle brush, small rectangle brush, extension tube, towel

Hints & Techniques: Use small rectangle brush direct w/ out towel, or large round nozzle brush for stubborn areas, rinse or wipe away soil. Use extension tube for easy reach.


General Window Cleaning

MirrorsMedium Pressure   Squeegee, jet nozzle w/ towel

We have never seen a window come cleaner than with steam.  No dirt, no residues, no cleaners! Windows will stay cleaner longer with no residue to attract dirt.

Hints & Techniques: We like to drape a clean microfiber towel over the squeegee first, turn steam to low and wipe down over entire surface the first cleaning. Remove the towel, steam window and squeegee down for a squeaky clean finish. Again, use the microfiber towel for a final edge wipe if necessary.  Avoid cracked mirrors or windows. Use caution on windows when temperatures are cold on the exterior.

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Method #2 If you are having trouble becoming a squeegee expert we suggest using your jet nozzle.  Turn your steam to medium / low and steam your windows / doors approximately 4-6 inches from nozzle tip. Use squeegee unattached and use drawing downwards. Wipe the blade and continue until complete. Excellent, fast results can be achieved also by this method.


Window Frames Low – Medium Pressure

nozzle w/ nozzle brush, Extension, towel

Hints & Techniques:Use jet nozzle + brush to renew tracks,  frame area, latches etc. Use towel over nozzle brush to finish and polish.

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Door Tracks & Window Tracks Low – Medium Pressure

Small Nylon or Brass Detail brush or nozzle without brush attached  - towel to wipe up, or drape over top             

Hints & Techniques: Sliding Glass Door Tracks clean in seconds If cleaning up heavy grime in your window or door tracks place a towel over the nozzle tip to keep particles from blowing around as they are released from the surface. Wipe and dry with towel after, surface and crevices are like new.



Carpet Surfaces – Steam Cleaner with extraction and injection neededVapor Clean Gaia,  Desiderio & Desiderio Plus have this feature as shown below. Medium Pressure

Large brush + towel, extension wands

Hints & Techniques: Vacuum and then attach the transparent floor brush or deep clean tool. Use both injection and steam to initially wet the carpet, then turn off the injection and go back over the surface with steam and vacuum functioning at the same time. When clean, extract any final dirt or water from the fibers and dry. Stubborn areas may be pre-treated with a light application of gentle soap free spotter followed with steam treatment.


Spot Cleaning – Steam extractor not needed Medium – High Pressure      

Nozzle or Steam gun Hints & Techniques: When using nozzle or steam gun on spots, STAY 4″ – 6″ from carpet surface. Blot spot w/ towel, repeat as necessary. DO NOT OVERHEAT!


Painted, Paneling, Wallpaper Low Pressure

Small rectangle brush or large brush with towel, extension wands

Hints & Techniques: Painted walls, wallpaper, wood paneling are heat sensitive. Always use 2, preferably 3 layers of towel on brushes when treating these surfaces. Do not dwell on any one area too long – treat once, allow to cool and retreat. On heavily soiled areas, pre-steam w/ nozzle 6″ from surface and then use brush w/ towel. towel surface may be pre-treated w/ gentle detergent mist to help loosen soil. On wood paneling move quickly, check towel surface for color transfer. Wall Paper Removal: use nozzle on seams, score your wallpaper with a Tiger Tool for that purpose. Prespray area if you like, then apply steam and wallpaper should remove easily. 

Acoustical Tile Low Pressure

Small rectangle brush or large brush with towel, extension wands

Hints & Techniques: Acoustical tile is heat sensitive as well, see Painted, Paneling & Wallpaper

Vents Medium – High Pressure    

Nozzle or extended nozzle, extension tubes, large brush with towel

Hints & Techniques:

For hard to reach vents, use extension wands. A couple of swipes across your vent will clean it quickly. Wipe vent surface w/ large brush w/ towel. Pre-treat with extended nozzle if necessary. For louvered vents, use nozzle w/ nozzle brush and towel.



Vinyl Synthetics Low – Medium Pressure 

Small rectangle brush w/ towel

Hints & Techniques: Test in inconspicuous location prior to treatment. Some velour’s are very heat sensitive and may deform. Pre-steam area with steam gun at 6″ from surface. Use small rectangle brush w/ towel over surface, working in two directions. Towel should be hot & moist, not wet. Use nozzle on seam lines at 2″ from surface, wipe away dirt with towel. Condition leathers after treating. 
Patio and Porches

Screens  For large areas use the rectangle brush / smaller areas the triangle brush. Attach towel to clips and use medium to low steam and slowly wipe screen removing all soil without water spills or hoses.

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As towel becomes dirty, rinse well, wring and re-attach to continue cleaning. Cleaning window screens can now be done any time of the season without removing from the window frame. Remove pollen and allergens without disturbing and sending them airborne again!

Decking and Brickwork

Venetian Type, Horizontal Low – Medium Pressure

nozzle, extension wand

Hints & Techniques: Light dust – open blind 1/2 way & use nozzle on Medium – High from 4″ away. CAUTION: Thin plastic blinds may be deformed by too much heat. Use care. Heavy or greasy dust – shut blind, mist w/ mild detergent, use nozzle at 4″ from surface, wipe immediately w/ towel. Vertical vinyl – small rectangle brush w/ towel on one side and large brush w/ towel on opposite side – top to base, switch sides.

Vertical Low – Medium

Small rectangle brush w/ towel  or large brush w/ towel

Hints & Techniques: Follow directions for Venetian Type, Horizontal Blinds.

Interior Surfaces Medium Pressure

Small rectangle brush w/ towel, nozzle  w/ nozzle brush

Hints & Techniques:

Detailing Interior, Exterior Medium Pressure

Nozzle, nozzle brush – nylon, small rectangle brush w/ towel, extension wand

Hints & Techniques: For nooks & crannies use nozzle, wipe w/ towel. Use nozzle brush on chrome & gaskets. Wipe with clean towel to polish