When I shared about the progress in the ensuite bathroom a couple of weeks ago, the thing I was asked about most was the steam cleaner I bought to keep the tile, grout, and glass clean! So, in this post, I’m sharing the brand of steam cleaner I bought and offering a review for those who are interested in purchasing a steam cleaner.
First of all, I have used a steam mop to clean my hard floors for years. I love my steam mop so much that I’ve given them as gifts. It is definitely my favorite way to clean tile, sealed wood, and even my painted studio floors. It gets the floors squeaky clean and sanitized and doesn’t require any cleaners or chemicals. My steam mop (I currently have the older version of THIS ONE) does come with some attachments, but it really is best to use on the floor. It’s a little bulky to lift, especially when it’s filled with water.
So, I started looking into getting a steam cleaner that I could use to keep our new bathroom, particularly the shower and around the tub, looking like new. After reading a bunch of reviews, I purchased the Neat Steam Cleaner.
It’s new and I’ve only used it a few times, so read this review with that in mind. I’ll definitely share in a year or two how it’s held up and performed over time.
It comes with a ton of attachments and wands for cleaning upholstery, mattresses, tile, glass, grills, floors, and more. It is boxy, but it’s on wheels and can be pulled around like a canister vacuum when you’re cleaning floors. (So, you can just get this instead of a steam mop.) It also comes with various pads, covers, and brushes designed for a variety of cleaning tasks. The hose is a nice length and I’ve been able to reach all of the surfaces I’ve wanted to clean.
I always fill my steam cleaners with distilled bottled water and a few drops of lavender essential oils. Tap water would be fine in a pinch, but minerals and such can eventually clog it up, so distilled water is best.
So far, I have used it on my sink, counter, stove, tile, grout, and toilets. I keep a pretty clean house, but I was able to find one nasty spot to clean to show you how well it works! This is the threshold between the kitchen and my studio. I have scrubbed it with a cleaner and sponge so many times, but could not get it looking clean. I decided I’d give the steam cleaner a try…
…and it worked so well! I couldn’t get into the tight corner against the door frame, but all of the areas I could reach cleaned up nicely.
The steam does leave the surface wet, so I wiped it down with a dry, clean rag. For that reason, it’s not totally hands-free cleaning, but it does do all of the hard scrubbing and sanitizing for you.
A few things I’ve noticed after using it a few times…
- It does take the steam cleaner while to heat up, much longer than the instructions state. It might be because it was full or because it’s new, but it took about 20-25 minutes. In subsequent uses, I filled it and turned it on to heat up while I vacuumed and cleaned other surfaces. It’s not going to be good for quick spot-cleaning for this reason. My steam mop heats up in about two minutes, so that’s better for quick cleaning.
- While it’s on and hot, it’ll really spit out water when you start using it after letting it sit for a few minutes. I now point it into a sink when I start using it to catch that initial spray of water. It’ll release steam after just a few seconds and that extra step saves a lot of water clean-up!
- The steam is super hot, so just be careful with it to avoid burns.
- Vacuum or wipe up loose debris before steam cleaning. The steam will just sort of push it around if the surface is dirty.
- As I said, when you’re using one of the attachments without a pad, it’s not completely hands-free. You do have to wipe the dirt off the surface that you just loosened with the steam. When you’re cleaning a floor, the pad will pick up the dirt. (And the pads are washable and reusable.)
Steam really is my favorite way to clean and it leaves surfaces looking so good. There are never streaks or a residue left as there can be with some cleaners and it does an amazing job at cleaning up spots, grime, and grease. It’s the kind of tool that you start using in one place and, before you know it, you’re walking all over your house wondering what you can use the steam cleaner on next! Or, maybe that’s just me!
I used it on my kitchen backsplash, around the sink, it got the grease off the range hood, I cleaned the cooktop and grates, doorknobs…
Here is a video showing the threshold cleaning in action…
There is a $40 coupon available on the Neat Steam Cleaner on Amazon right now, making it $150.
Does anyone else love steam cleaning as much as I do? Any other favorite steam cleaning brands to share? Any other cleaning/housekeeping-related questions for me?
PS – This post isn’t sponsored and I have no affiliation with Neat or Shark. I am sharing a review of the products I purchased as a customer. This post does contain affiliate links.