Steam question(7 posts)
I have yet another steam question. I have looked at the FAQs, but this is just not clear to me. How do I steam a recliner? Do I use a wide head with cloth over it? Won't that leave the crevices of the recliner untouched? Is it better to stick a pointed jet nozzle into the crevices and steam? Or will that spread them?
Thanks so much, again.
I'd like to know, too, what the difference between 'wet' and 'dry' steam is. Is there any?
I think wet steam has more water in the steam itself, so more water is deposited on the steamed objects. The objects then are wet longer and take longer to dry. This increases the risk of dangerous mold growth. Mold is a health hazard which can be worse than bed bugs.
Dry steamers still produce some moisture in the steam that's put out, but a lower percentage, and the objects dry faster.
That's my understanding, anyway.
You’re gunna want to use the triangular shaped head unit with the cloth covering to steam the surface areas of the chair. If you are opening the fabric on the bottom of the chair you could even use it in there as well. But you will also use the jet nozzle (I also cut a small piece of cloth and use a zip tie to keep it in place over the head) for the cracks and crevices and the small areas you can’t see into. The steamer should be used with very little pressure, you want to kill them not blow them away.
Recliners are one of the most troublesome comforts in the household. Sofa-beds/Pull out couches as well. Just be thankful you don't have a built-in Murphy Bed as I recently had to deal with.
Before steaming a recliner, especially if you have concerns of spreading the infestation, use the crevice tool of a good vacuum. A tedious task, but will considerably reduce the chance of "blowing" a few live bugs futher into the room, thus spreading the problem. Take the necessary precautions with the vacumm bag/or canister.
The biggest advantage of a dry steamer is that you can take your time and tackle the recliner without the risk of soaking the fabric. With that said, if your house is like mine with the dry forced air heat, a damp recliner would be parched in less than 12 hours. If an area does get too wet, a careful heat application using a hair dryer or heat gun may suffice.
Thanks KQ and Action. I can't wait to steam the recliner tonight .
What about steaming the floors? Just steam with a wrapped floor attachment, and hope it works?
You can steam nearly everything .... with the exception of small children and pets. Steam is your environmentally friendly friend.
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