I googled steamers and the ones that sell for hundreds of dollars claims to get rid of dust mites, dirt and mold. I remember people here in the forums saying they bought steamers for $60, but to be careful because it may cause mold. Is it because it's a "cheaper" model of the more expensive steamers and is not equipped to get rid of mold, but might actually cause mold? I'd rather have a steamer than a vacuum because a steamer actually cleans the floors using very high heat which is great against bbs. Maybe you guys were talking about not getting the steamer too close to where the floor meets the wall because the wall may get moldy? Although I haven't checked it out, but is the $60 one a "hand-held" steamer to be used only on small areas compared with the bigger ones?
Hi i saw a hand held steamer in a department store. I think it was $30, could have been more and it said it was used to clean. It looked like an old oil can, the kind fro back in the day but bigger of course.
There are generally two types of steamers or at least there are in the UK. Dry steam is the idea solution as it contains little or no moisture and thus low to no mold risk. The cheaper models tend to push out a significant amount of moisture when they are under pressure so may promote mold growth.
Molds generally only grow in damp conditions so if you use a steamer make sure the area is dry after using it. If not use a hot air gun / hair dryer to dry it out.
If I were to buy a steamer, would I be able to use it on my vinyl mattress encasements or would the steamer just "melt" the encasements? I would like to know the proper way to treat using a steamer. Thanks, much.
I've also seen people suggest the cheaper ones you can get at Kmart and Target but then read the only the industrial ones work on bed bugs.
The larger ver yexpensive steames may be better on heavy stuffed furniture--maybe. The 30 and 40 dollar jobs work just fine for corners of rugs and wall corners.
I suggest you nearly saturate an area byworking inward towards the wall near the corner and work into the corner--then the other side--also into the corner down to where the floor and two walls meet:then you use a ceramic heater to dry and spray some lysol to reduce mold--this tkaes abut three days to dry.
so you hold the nozzle pointed in the direction where you want any eggs or bubs to be "blown" that would be inward, toward the corner where floor and walls meet.
I suggest you start about six feet from the corner on both sides. takes a few hours to do this right--and it is the heat--so you must hold it in place for a few seconds and not more than 3 inches away form the area being steamed.
David has a good point about mold, though. Mold can really mess you up. So make sure it's dry.
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