Clothes Steamer usefulness?(3 posts)
I am considering buying a clothes steamer to help combat the bugs (not just bed bugs one so it has long term utility). Has anyone tried using a clothes steamer to attack bed bug hiding spots? I'd be grateful for tales of success/failure or any advice?
I have read that steam may neutralize PCO chemicals, so I would only use in non-sprayed areas such as furniture (inside dressers, desks etc) or right before a treatment.
I have also heard that "wet" steam can cause mold, which is a risk.
If you have a dry steamer in NYC, can I borrow it for a fee? I just can't afford to buy one. And I'm done with chemicals that don't work.
I was hesitant to buy a clothes steamer because I wasn't sure if it heats up enough to kill bugs and eggs. Temperature is very important. I was also wondering how easily you could move it around the room/ house they seem quite large. A pco had recommended I get a small steamer ( a shark) and steam my bedroom when the infestation was light. However, I steamed without knowing that I couldn't have so much steam and pressure coming out the nozzle. Small steamers don't have controls to control the steam flow. Only a small amount of steam should be coming out the nozzle (flowing slowly) But the Shark (dripped out so much water) and I didn't steam slowly but rather quickly. At the end the floor/ mattress was wet, it made the problem worse. And before I started I had no patience. Steaming any furniture takes a lot of time and patience. What I mean is set aside a couple hours to prepare and steam.
When using any steamer it is recommended that you get a dry steamer (which means more steam comes out the nozzle than water). Also, they run at very high temps over 150 degrees, but these can be very expensive.
If I could do it over, I would have bought a small hand held vacuum with a bag attachment and vaccumed 1st everywhere, bed, frame, wall borders, floor, closet. Then organized my bedroom and then steamed using the triangular attachment and a towel over the attachment, and I would have steamed every inch of my bedroom slowly, understanding this might be a couple hours or work, and I would have done this procedure 1x a week for a couple months cause it takes a couple months to know they are really gone. I also would have just bought 90% alchol to spray down my bedframe and some belongings. When steaming take your time and be consistent. It should be a weekly routine.
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