What Not To Clean With Your Steam Cleaner

When you look through steam cleaner reviews on the Internet, you’ll notice one central theme. People really love these devices and are always looking for another way to use them in their daily lives. Which is pretty much a good thing. These cleaning machines are amazing and can be used to clean hundreds, if not thousands of things in and around your house. However, there are some things that shouldn’t be cleaned with steam machines.

It’s pretty easy to get carried away and inadvertently use the device in a way that is inconsistent with the way it was designed. This could cause damage to the machine or the product being cleaned, and in some cases may cause personal injury to the person using it. Therefore, it is as important to know what you can’t clean with a steam cleaner as it is to know what you can.

That is why I have assembled this small list of the best steam cleaner tips for what not to clean with your machine. As you read through this list, you will probably notice that most of them are simply common sense, but in any case I feel like they are important enough to mention anyway.

Anything That Can Be Heat Damaged

There are a lot of things that just can’t take all of the heat put out by a steam cleaner. This may include wall paper (unless you are trying to remove it), water based paint and cardboard. It also includes living things such as your cat or dog. You should never try to steam clean them or anything else that may be sensitive, or get harmed, by exposure to high temperature steam.

Delicate Items

Things that are too delicate to steam clean include things such as some plastics, silks, some wool articles and velour upholstery. Of course, this is only a partial list. There are other things I may not have placed in this category that also may be to delicate to steam clean.

Many Porous Items

Anything that is porous shouldn’t be steam cleaned, ever. This includes brick, marble and stucco. Its also includes non-laminated or untreated wood. Just don’t do it.


I was a bit reluctant to put electronics on this list because it should be fairly self-explanatory that they shouldn’t be steam cleaned, but I went ahead and decided to list it anyway. Anything that can be damaged by water, steam or heat should never be steam cleaned. This includes computers and computer components, televisions, and other sensitive electronic equipment.

And that pretty much concludes my list of what not to clean with a steam machine. Luckily, there are quite a few things not on this list which means that our favorite little cleaning machine still can clean hundreds of other things. Just be sure that you read the instructions for the steam cleaner, as well as the instructions on what you plan on cleaning, and you should have no problems whatsoever. And as a final warning, be sure that you follow all safety tips and warnings listed in the steam cleaner’s instruction manual.