We always say that Steam Wash are wonderful since they can clean just about anything without the use of harsh chemicals—car exteriors, sealed hardwood floors, leather upholstery, most kitchen appliances, windows, mirrors, and showers.

But only few people know that not every steam cleaner will do every job.

Although some steam cleaners can clean all sorts of hard flooring and even carpet, that’s not the case with every model. You’ll need to check the particular cleaner to see which flooring it’s compatible with. Laminate and wood flooring require a cleaner with variable steam control, and laminate flooring needs to be well laid to boot.

Most household surfaces can benefit from steam cleaning, but you should always pay attention to the material you’re cleaning and think about how it will react to direct water and heat. Always remember to test a small area of the surface first to see how it will react to the process.

Here are a few things you shouldn’t clean with steam vapor:

  • Anything that can be damaged due to heat exposure, such as water-based paint and cardboard.
  • Porous surfaces, such as stucco, brick, and marble.
  • Large industrial spaces and food plants.
  • Large areas of carpet.
  • Delicate items, such as silks, thin plastics, and velour upholstery.

Now you may think why it is not recommended to use Steam Clean for these products. That’s because, a steam cleaner can clean large spaces, but it isn’t the most effective way to do so. Some silk items can also be steam cleaned with caution, but it isn’t suggested because the heat could ruin them. In addition, steamers clean sidewalks and cracks, but they probably don’t have enough power to clean them as well as other products.

Always be aware of where and what you’re steaming. Obviously, people or pets could be scalded by steam, and it shouldn’t be directed at electrical fittings and components, either. Watch out for the heat nozzles and tools will retain for a while after use, too.