Steam cleaner for upholstery - is that possible?

Again and again, the question arises, if you can not use a steam cleaner for cleaning upholstery and pillows. Whenever possible, what types of steam cleaners are suitable, and what you must be aware of when cleaning, read here.

Type of cover fabrics

It is not possible to say which coverings (or coverings for interior cushions) are suitable. It depends especially on the heat resistance of the material.

Steam cleaners not only generate a lot of moisture but also high temperatures. Some substances are sensitive to higher temperatures. You can damage the fibers or discolour them when cleaning.

The same applies to upholstered furniture. The cover fabrics can also be laminated with other fabrics, among other things. This leads to the problem that, although the fabric tolerates the heat, the Kaschierstsoff not. Also in this case, it can lead to a serious and irreparable damage to the surface.

Information about the properties of the fabric

If one knows or can find out the manufacturer of the upholstery, the safest way to ask for it is. Manufacturers know the properties of their fabrics precisely and can provide sound information here.

Another possibility is to pay attention to possible care instructions for the cover fabric. Temperature sensitivity or other limitations are usually given here.

Suitable for the steam cleaner

You should definitely use steam cleaners with the following properties if you want to clean upholstery, upholstered furniture or carpets: mit steam cleaner with adjustable temperature and steam quantity (both should be set as low as possible)

  • nozzles with fabric cover and without sharp edges Edges
  • Small diameter nozzles (for spot stain removal)
  • Also, make sure that the steam cleaner is also explicitly identified as suitable for cleaning upholstery. Not all manufacturers include this as a field of application. Steam cleaners that are not rated as suitable should not be used to clean upholstery and upholstered furniture.

Mitten control with the steam cleaner

In order to effectively kill mites, every square centimeter of the fabric surface would have to be steamed for several minutes. Since this is not feasible in practice, because otherwise the pad would be soaked too much, the mite removal using the steam cleaner remains little effective. This applies all the more where you also have to reduce temperature and steam. Untersuchungen Even tests, which has carried out Stiftung Warentest, showed that. After all, with proper cleaning, but many of the mites are killed, so that after all, a small benefit.

Proper use of steam cleaning

First, reduce the temperature and the amount of steam considerably. Move the fabric coated nozzle

over the fabric surface as quickly as possible and without pressure

. For stains, insert a nozzle of very small diameter and treat the stain directly. Then pick up the loosened stain dirt with the fabric-coated nozzle. Always make sure that you do not overwet the fabric too much. Tips & TricksIn many cases it is easier to clean cushions by other means (such as with foam padding). As far as possible you should also avoid washing detergents because of the large quantities of water. A flat treatment of mattresses with the steam cleaner is usually not a very good idea and helps little against mite infestation.

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