Having three babies at home all under age 4, you can imagine how many spills occurred either the kids playing around liquids or me trying to do too many things at once. The group of us should all be called Messy Marvins. It took it's toll on my floors. While paper towels and a sponge were often the first line of defense, I'd often find it felt "sticky" even after what I thought was a thorough cleaning with soap and water.
That's when I started exploring steam cleaners. At first the hand helds were what I used. Typically purchased at a big box store, these are really convenient to keep around the house and pop out whenever a sticky mess lands on the floor. Good for laminate flooring and carpets, I mostly used it for the laminate in the kitchen as I found it to leave the carpet too wet, and once gained a moldy smell.
When we installed tile, I used it on it as well and it does wonders. Gets the grout really clean. I'm so impressed with how quickly I can pull this out of the closet and quickly clean up spills. And even after a messy day playing in finger paint, I found that after using a paper towel to get the bulk of the paint up, going right after with the steam cleaner removed all the finger paint mess. Even the fabulous shade of purple brown that was created at the very end when each child mixed all their paints together.
I'm also finding the steam cleaner works well on my counter tops too and removes not only dirt but most bacteria with its high temperature steam. After months of cutting meat on a butcher block cutting board, sometimes it falls off and onto the counters. With the steam cleaning system, I am able to go over those areas and remove bacteria, pesticides and any other fallout from dropping uncooked beef, chicken and turkey onto the counters. It's easy to do when you are cutting large pieces of meat or whole birds. I never knew how poisonous chicken could be until I read an article describing all the diseases that are carried in their bodies.
My steam cleaner helps me feel like I'm doing the best cleaning job possible for my family. The high temperature steam that comes out and onto surfaces I'm cleaning removes staff and other micro organisms that could make us sick. Without being able to use bleach on my granite counter tops, this is the only way to remove invisible bacteria and disease. Check one out the next time you are shopping for new cleaning appliances for your home.