Using Hot Steam To Remove Stains From Wooden Surfaces
What You Will Need Before You Start
- Steam mop or handheld steam cleaner
- Clean white absorbent towels
Wooden surfaces that are sealed properly are just fine to clean with steam; however using hot steam to remove stains from wood that hasn’t been sealed and finished off correctly could lead to a warping in the wood. If all is sealed then you’ll find steam a swift means of getting rid of stains and breaking down sticky problems.
- If cleaning wooden floors, be sure to sweep or vacuum up and debris. Wipe down counters or furniture that you plan on cleaning with steam.
- Fill your steam mop or handheld steamer with water and wait for it to start producing steam.
- Carefully and slowly run the steam over the stain and observe it. Stains left behind by crayons, food, and even paint will start to quickly dissolve when exposed to the steam.
- Quickly wipe up the stain residue once it starts to break up, so that you can be sure it is completely gone and not likely to simply move to another spot.
Remember that when you are using hot steam to remove stains, you need to always clean up the loosened stain residue. While steam mops do have absorbent cloths on the bottom of them, you’ll find it a lot easier to just simply give the area a quick wipe down before moving on.
Steam can also be used to remove stains inside of the fridge or the dishwasher. Ensure that the fridge is empty and turned off, then place a steaming bowl of white vinegar and a bit of lemon juice into the fridge for up to fifteen minutes. This will loosen the stains and give the fridge a nice fresh smell. The same can be done in the dishwasher, with a bowl of steaming water. This will work stains out of the dishwasher and also help to disinfect it.
Use your handheld steam cleaner to remove stains from upholstered surfaces, just be sure to use a towel to absorb the stain residue and help to remove any excess moisture that could otherwise lead to additional grime sticking to the furniture. Also take care that you work very carefully with the boiling water, otherwise you’ll find yourself with a very painful burn.