What should you not steam clean

Steam cleaning can do wonders for the sanitary condition of our home. It kills germs and bacteria while getting rid of all the dust and grime that has built up over time all while not having to use harsh chemicals. It leaves our cars, floors, leather upholstery, appliances, etc. spotless and germ-free. But not all things can be subjected to the wonder that is steam cleaning. Objects that can be easily damaged because of heat, porous surfaces, and delicate items are some examples of things you cannot steam clean.


Porous surfaces

Certain surfaces, such as tile, glass, ceramics, and marbles, are easy to clean with steam cleaners. These are known as porous surfaces. It can clean your kitchen or bathroom, but you can end up with scratches, holes, or streaks when you use a steam cleaner on these porous surfaces. The same goes for ceramic and marble.

So, if you plan to clean these surfaces, make sure you use a fine steam cleaner. Also, be aware of the type of cleaning liquid you use. Make sure that your detergent is safe to use by testing it on a small portion of the surface and seeing how it reacts.


Large industrial spaces

If your workplace is an industrial, business, or industrial facility, any kind of place where high levels of air pollution are prevalent, you should not run any steam cleaner that doesn’t come with a steam dissipation kit. Many people leave their workplace steam cleaners running 24 hours a day—this is a huge mistake.

Steam cleaners and other hot air appliances emit dangerous levels of toxic chemicals into the air. That's because these cleaners are only efficient at cleaning large surfaces and hard surfaces. The steam doesn’t dissipate fast enough so when the workers come back the next day to work, they could inhale potentially dangerous chemicals into their system.


Delicate Items

Items that are made of silk, plastic, wool should not be steam cleaned at all. These items are too delicate for the harsh and extreme temperatures of steam cleaning. You should always follow the care instructions given when you purchased these items.


Wood flooring

Wood does not react well to being subjected to the temperatures that a steam cleaner gives off, it ends up shrinking due to the release of the moisture and you end up with gaps in your flooring. Steam Cleaners can use too much heat, and wood is porous enough that it would lead to cupping and long-term damage to the hardwood.



Never steam clean your walls. They are porous and will hold the water and even cause the wall to mold. Professional steam cleaners will ask you to remove any wallpaper first before they start any kind of cleaning process.


Electrical Items

Anything that runs on electricity should never be steamed cleaned. The mix of high temperatures, water, and electricity will have disastrous consequences. It could lead to damage to the appliances, and severe shock to the cleaners.