Even if you’re super busy, there’s no excuse for having a one-month-old taco leftover on your car floor. Not when we have steam cleaning as the easiest way to clean your car interior. With a simple car interior steam cleaning machine, you can clean your seats, floor, and everything else at one go.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss the two types of steam cleaners. You will learn the 4 things you need to look for when buying a car interior steam cleaning machine.
Why I Absolutely Love Steam Cleaning My Car Interior
If you read some of my blog posts, you’ll notice that I highly favor steam cleaning over using chemical cleaners to clean your car. Steam cleaning, as its name hints, uses steam from water to clean surfaces. There’s zero chemical involved, minimizing your risk of irritation and other health problems.
Plus, it’s a convenient way of cleaning your interior since high-pressure steam can dissolve even the toughest stains. It do the magic even on sticky gums! – in seconds.
Two Types of Steam Cleaners for Car Interior
Handheld steam cleaners
As you probably have guessed, handheld steam cleaners are, well, handheld. They’re often lightweight, smaller in size than cylinders and has a narrow nozzle where the vapor comes out. You can use this to clean dirt buildup in hard-to-reach spots like corners and tiny compartments.
Most models also allow you to attach a nylon brush at the tip of the nozzle. You can use this brush to further clean the surface or if there’s a stubborn dirt. This type is ideal for smaller cleaning jobs.
Cylinder steam cleaners
Cylinder steam cleaners look a lot like your usual canister vacuum cleaner at home. This type of cleaners are often used for heavy-duty cleaning. So if you’ve got quite a messy car interior, this might be the one you need.
It also has a capacity for more water than handheld steam cleaners. This makes it ideal if you’re an auto detailer who offers steam cleaning services to your customers. Despite its bigger size, this type is still easy to use.
4 Things to Look for in a Car Interior Steam Cleaning Machine
Not all steam cleaners are made the same. There’s a lot of models out there, so you need to know what to look for when you finally decide to buy one.
I won’t be mentioning some pretty obvious ones like a warranty or ideal price, but the four features I include here are crucial but often overlooked by a lot of buyers.
- Fast heat-up time. Steam cleaning is all about convenience, and nobody wants to spend 30 minutes waiting for the water to heat up. Look for steam cleaning machines that have an average of 7 to 15 minutes of heat up time.
- Continuous refill. Some steam cleaners come with a continuous refill feature which allows you to just refill the tank in the middle of cleaning without having to wait for the fresh water to heat up. This is ideal if you see yourself needing lots of steam to get the job done.
- Stable steam pressure and temperature. Steam cleaners produce varying steam pressure and temperature, both of which affect the “depth” of cleaning. Higher pressure and temperature produce dryer steam which kills more germs and provides a deeper clean.
Be sure to also look for steam cleaners that can consistently produce consistent pressure and temperature as this will clean your car interior more efficiently.
- Steam volume control. It’s also a great idea to look for models with steam volume control. This feature will let you adjust how much steam or water the steam cleaner will produce. For some, especially when they don’t want to wait too long for their car interior to dry up, producing more steam (and less water) is better.
In my experience, having these features will make your life a hundred times easier, so read product descriptions and customer reviews carefully before making a purchase.
Once you’re ready to try your hand at steam cleaning your car interior, read this blog post on how to properly steam clean your upholstery. If you have any questions at all, just leave it in the comments section below!