Due to its advantages, using vapor steam cleaner for auto detailing became prevalent. First, why do we recommend that you use a steam cleaner for your car? One of the best reason for me is that it minimizes the use of toxic chemicals. Chemicals used to clean your car seat does not wear off easily and they are toxic most of the times. When your loved ones use the car seat, there’s a chance that it can cause irritation and worse, even health problems when used excessively.
Aside from saving you from using toxic chemicals, steam cleaners can also kill microbes and bacterias. So it’s a no-brainer that using it is a better option than using toxic chemicals.
Vapor Steam Cleaner Vs. Extractor:
Now, I just want to stress that if you are finding the right car cleaning tool and you haven’t yet decided whether to buy an Extractor or a vapor steam cleaner for auto detailing, then I highly recommend that you first buy a Steam Cleaner.
Extractor’s primary uses are for cleaning your car carpet while the steam cleaner can wash your car’s interior and exterior. A Steam Cleaner is more flexible with a lot of use cases. Don’t get me wrong; an extractor is an excellent tool to add to your arsenal. If you have the budget, then it’s better if you buy those two ‘weapons.’ But when choosing between the two, I’d rather you pick the Steam Cleaner.
Best Uses of Vapor Steam Cleaner For Auto Detailing:
Auto detailing consists of two parts, Interior and Exterior. As I have said before, Vapor Steam Cleaner works for both parts. Example of the car interior parts for Auto Detailing would be:
– Car Seat (Fabric, Polyester, Vinyl, Faux Leather, Leather)
– Cloth headliners
– Car Carpets,
– Door panels
– Floor mats (rubber, fabric, Vinyl, Polymer)
For the Exterior Auto detailing, you would need a heavy-duty steamer. Higher pressure is necessary to clean your car wheels. There are other ways to clean your car wheels aside from steam cleaning it. It’s much quicker to use a pressure washer with foamer then rinsing it with water. But there are times when vapor steam cleaner can better do the job. An example would be to get rid of dried up gums on your wheels.
There are also methods to clean your car beside steaming, here are 9 weird ways to clean your car.
Auto Detailing Services Vs. Do It Yourself:
Let me discuss first would be from the price perspective. Recommended auto internal detailing frequency is twice a month. Average internal auto detailing price from service providers is $50. So doing the math, if you can do it yourself using Vapor Steam Cleaner For Auto Detailing then you just saved $1200 for a whole year!
Another angle is your hygiene preference. Your car is like your portable home. You know every corner; you know every detail. We often want it cleaned our way. Careful instruction to the auto detailer before having it done by a service provider is necessary. Often than not, having them follow our instruction is challenging. But you won’t have to worry about that if you will auto detail your ‘baby’ yourself. You can clean it the way you want it, remove the stains which bothers you the most, and disinfect it using Vapor Steam Cleaner For Auto Detailing.
It is also satisfying to see your car shining like brand new. Is’nt it true that the car smells better once you did the hard work to freshen it up? You would also have increased confidence since you know every step of the cleaning process. You know its neatly and safely done because you are the one who did it. You could also read our article about 5 simple ways you could be damaging your car here.
Given the right tool, DIY auto detailing your car’s interior would be as good (if not much better) than having to pay for services for it. I will now proceed with the 2 types of the best Vapor Steam Cleaner For Auto Detailing. One is high-end, the other for medium uses and is way cheaper.
Let’s start with the cheaper one:
1.) McCulloch MC1385 Deluxe Canister Steam System
This Vapor Steam Cleaner For Auto Detailing holds 64 ounces of water. It takes 12 minutes to heat up; Uses 1500 watts, 120V. It’s made out of plastic, small and compact, and portable/mobile. It has different nozzle attachment with 23 accessories on the package.
If you start steaming before around 25psi, it produces more water than steam. So don’t start steaming before 25 psi. It must be used past 25 psi.
Effective for removing dried gums on your car mat – it effectively breaks it apart. It is also good for rubber mats ( just use triangle mop). Another combination which you can use clean your car carpet or mats is to use the brush first then after that, use steamer to wash it off. Then you can rinse it off with water.
This steamer works great for just about any flat surfaces in your car’s interior. Though you would have a hard time using it on curb surfaces you can’t curb the triangles to fit the surface.
For vents: brush it first to get rid of the initial grim, then follow-up with steamer then use cloth. It will work great.
Sometimes it’s faster to have the mat scrubbed and rinsed off with water than having to use the steamer. It’s a matter of preference which method is best suited for you.
Pick and choose when to efficiently use the Vapor Steam Cleaner For Auto Detailing.
Not Ideal Uses:
McCulloch MC1385 Deluxe Canister Steam System is not ideal to use on wheels. You’de save more effort and time cleaning the wheels using a pressure washer or just by wiping it with the wet cloth.
It’s also not ideal to use a steamer for door jambs. I usually don’t do this because it rinses off the solution.
This product not effective for exterior and engine auto detailing due to low pressure. What we recommend instead for steaming your car’s exterior and wheels is VX5000. It’s more pricey but would get your exterior detailing job done well.
To summarise, if you are new and just deciding what to purchase as your first Vapor Steam Cleaner For Auto Detailing, then you can start off with this one. Overall, price vs uses is good and is highly recommend. Using a steamer is not a solution to all your interior auto detailing problem. But it is an awesome tool to add to your arsenal.
Colin Marcelino is a Mechanical Engineer turned online entrepreneur. He sells car washers and any other stuff he finds useful. He also loves music. He is a guitarist on his own rock and roll world.