Steam is created as a bi-product during the water boiling process. The device that heats and releases the pressurized steam is called a steam generator, or sometimes, a boiler.
Steam generators are essentially water tanks with heating coils and pressurized valves that heat the water and then release a high pressure burst of steam. The force of the steam and the pressure at which it is released creates a dry steam that kills bacteria and cuts through grease, dirt, or chemical film.
What Steam Generator Are Used For
Steam generators are useful tools in many household applications including:
- Adding moisture to the air as a humidifier
- Creating steam baths or home spas in the bathroom.
In industrial applications, steam generators are useful for de-greasing large cooking surfaces, and sterilizing equipment.
Benefits of Steam Generators
Steam is also a popular cleaning agent in the homes of allergy and asthma sufferers. Steam cleans kitchen floors, countertops, bathrooms, toilets, and a large variety of other surfaces in the home, making it an excellent substitute for pungent household cleaners that may aggravate allergy symptoms and cause respiratory discomfort. Steam can also neutralize dust mites in mattresses and curtains while leaving surfaces dry in seconds.
Steam Generators as Irons
Steam generators can be used to iron and clean wool, silk, velvet, cotton, linen, and other synthetic fabrics. When utilizing a steam generator in an ironing capacity, the water should be free of additives like starch or perfumes, as they will impair the output of steam and cause a buildup of residue in the generator. It is always a good idea to test the steam on a corner of the fabric before initiating the progress.
Steam Generators as Carpet Cleaners
Steam generators can also be used for carpet cleaning in the home, workplace, hotels, restaurants, and any other high traffic locations. Both wall-to-wall carpeting and area rugs can benefit from steam cleaning to restore vitality and remove stains. A professional steam cleaning company may be utilized, or rent a steam generator for a do-it-yourself deep cleaning.
Surfaces should be thoroughly vacuumed before steaming to remove loose dirt and dust particles, and if possible, go with the grain of a fabric on a rug and not against. Some hard surfaces such as concrete can also benefit from steam cleaning. Although some stains may not be fully removed from porous stone, they may be lightened.
Purchasing and Storing Steam Generators
Household steam generators for cleaning, humidifying, or spa creation can be purchased at department stores and online. Research should be done beforehand to compare features as well as prices. Humidifiers and bathroom steam generators should be placed away from insulation as well as circulation vents to prevent the formation of mold and rot.