Allergy season or not, maintaining a home that is free of pollutants is crucial to keeping many of your allergy symptoms under control. However, if you're tempted to reach for your favorite chemical spray cleaner to keep your space clean, take a minute and consider that it may actually be doing you more harm than good. Instead of using harsh and often-toxic chemical solvents to clean and disinfect your home, discover the 100 percent natural, healthier, and all-around safer cleaning power of a steam cleaner.
Why Chemical Cleaners Don't Work
Most of us have a collection of chemical cleaners stockpiled under our kitchen or bathroom sinks to address every possible issue, from getting rid of dust to removing mildew and soap scum. These products are chemically engineered to blast away dirt, germs, grit, and grime - or so they say.
In general, chemicals solvents do clean, but at a cost, and not always as effectively or as easily as their labels claim. Harsh chemical cleaners have been known to cause respiratory distress, especially among asthmatics and to trigger more severe symptoms among allergy-sufferers. Moreover, chemical cleaners are often incapable of completely removing germs and other pathogens from surfaces. The directions on most bottles state that you must leave the solution on a surface for as long as 10 minutes in order to achieve only a percentage of disinfection. For many people, this simply isn't good enough.
Steam Cleaners Take Over
With all the negative side effects of conventional chemical cleaners, it's easy to become frustrated and wonder what you can clean with instead and how you can avoid the unhealthy effects that chemical spray cleaners have on your indoor environment. The answer is a simple, cost-effective solution that uses only natural elements to clean and disinfect your space more effectively than your go-to spray cleaner. The answer is a vapor steam cleaner.
Steam cleaners, such as the popular Vapamore MR-100, are truly go-anywhere appliances for cleaning floors and surfaces in your home. These systems use only water and heat to create an all-natural, super-disinfecting steam that kills germs, obliterates bacteria, and removes dirt and grime from any non-heat-sensitive surface. Best of all, because vapor steam cleaners do not use toxic chemical solvents, they won't aggravate your allergy symptoms or cause respiratory issues. Moreover, the dry steam produced from a steam cleaning system is capable of killing 100 percent of common bacteria strains found on household surfaces.
Along with killing illness-causing germs, steam cleaners can be an important component in maintaining a healthy, allergen-free environment.
Steam Cleaning for Common Allergens
Steam cleaning is a one-stop solution for removing germs, bacteria, viruses, dirt, and mold without introducing new chemical pollutants - and new allergy triggers - into your environment. As part of the nature of the condition, allergy-sufferers must reduce the number of germs and pollutants in their home in order to preserve the health of their immune systems. In certain cases, allergy-sufferers have weakened immune systems resulting from their body's constant fight to fend off allergens. This is all the more reason to eliminate as many allergen triggers as possible without introducing new pollutants at the same time. A steam cleaner helps remove these pathogens, so your allergy symptoms remain under control.
Steam Cleaning for Dust Mites
Steam cleaning your home can dramatically reduce your allergy symptoms, particularly when it comes to dust mite allergies. Dust mites are microscopic organisms that make their home in mattresses, bedding, upholstery, carpets, and rugs. These parasitic organisms live off of moisture and our dead skin cells in a cycle that consists of feeding, reproducing, and eventually, death. When dust mites feed and produce waste, they become the big threat to allergy-sufferers.
Because of the small size of dust mite feces, as well as the size of the dust mites themselves, they are easily kicked up into the air by walking, sweeping, or otherwise moving about in your space. If you are an allergy-sufferer, and you inhale dust mite secretions, you may begin to experience symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, wheezing, coughing, and/or difficulty breathing. Read more about dust mites and their effect on your allergies in our article Dust Mites and Allergies.
If dust mites are a problem in your home, steam cleaning is the answer. When you clean mattresses, bedding, upholstery, carpeting, and rugs with a steam cleaner, dry vapor steam penetrates into the fibers of these surfaces, killing dust mites and their eggs, leaving zero moisture behind. A regular routine of steam cleaning stops new dust mite colonies from forming and ensures you get allergy-free sleep night after night.
Steam Cleaning for Pet Dander
Steam cleaners help remove pet dander allergens from your home as well. While air purifiers are the best solution for removing airborne pet dander particles, vapor steam cleaners help remove pet dander lingering on your household surfaces better than sprays. Moreover, cleaning with steam is safe for you, your home, and your pets, which gives you peace of mind at the end of the day.
Choosing a Steam Cleaner
Today's steam cleaners have taken an innovative leap in usability from their former counterparts. Today's models are simple to set up, operate, and maintain and feature a variety of safety features designed to protect you from the hot steam during use.
Steam cleaners come in a variety of styles to choose from, including steam mops such as Haan steam cleaners and the Reliable Steamboy T1 Steam Floor Mop as well as residential steam cleaners that come with a variety of cleaning attachments such as Reliable steam cleaners and Ladybug steam cleaners. If you are looking for a commercial-grade steam cleaner for use in offices, schools, hospitals, and other commercial settings, consider a Ladybug XLT2300 with TANCS or a EuroSteam steam cleaner.
To learn more tips for choosing the right steam cleaner for you, read our Steam Cleaner Buying Guide.
Investing in a steam cleaner to combat your allergy triggers not only improves your quality of life when it comes to your health, it can help save you money. Overtime, a steam cleaner pays for itself by replacing all the chemical cleaners you were using before. No longer will you need to maintain a collection of costly chemical cleaners for every task. You'll have one machine to do it all.
Still Have Questions?
For more information on our steam cleaners and ways to improve your indoor environment, visit our steam cleaner section and our Learning Center. Not sure what's best for you? We can take the guesswork out of decision-making. Contact our air treatment experts toll-free at 1 (800)934-9194 for a free consultation and product recommendation. Our goal is to help you make your indoor environment a healthy one.