Steam cleaners are usually huge and look very heavy to work with. But many companies today have developed and manufactured some simple hand held steam cleaners in order to make work easier. Their functioning is just the same as the full sized cleaners and is pretty easy to work with.
Just as the name suggests, they use steam to clean. Water is put in a reservoir and then a machine heats it up to produce the steam. When the steam is directed towards the area that needs cleaning, it is very effective in removing dirt even to the smallest of germs that can be found on any surface.
In order to make your cleaning work effective and easy, there are some tips that need to be considered before choosing the best hand held steam cleaner. First of all the name suggests that the cleaner is hand held and therefore you need one that has an easy grip. They are supposed to be portable and easy to handle therefore they should have a firm grip. There can be severe cleaning mishaps if the machine keeps on slipping from your hand every now and then. It can even be better if your steam cleaner has a reinforcement of a rubber handle which can improve on the grip and prevent bruises.
The faster the machine produces the steam the better. This is evident in the full sized steam cleaners but this feature should also come with the hand held ones. It should convert the water into steam in seconds and also should sustain this process for a longer period. The heating process should also be continuous to sustain the process.
The water reservoir is also a factor to be put into consideration. First of all the lid should be very secure to prevent spillage considering the fact that it is small in size. Steam is boiled water and can cause some bodily harm if the lid is not firmly fastened on the reservoir. There are some modern hand held cleaners that produce some rather dry steam. These are better than the wet steam ones because it does not require some extra effort to dry off excess water. Most of the modern hand held steam cleaners will have a switch for regulating the type of steam that one would require.
Lastly, the purpose of the steam cleaner is to remove germs. You need a hand held cleaner that will guarantee that 99.9% of the microorganisms will be removed. The cleaner should be able to annihilate these small unseen microorganisms effectively. You should not go for a very fancy gadget as well. The cleaner is not for show but for cleaning your house which will be seen by many people. So make sure that it does not break your bank in the process of acquiring it.