Do you have a steam mop or steam cleaner in your home? Odds are you’ve found a few ways to use it, primarily on the floors. But your steam cleaner can be used for so much more than a mop! There are so many steam cleaner hacks you should know! We’ve rounded up 16 super smart ways you should be using your steam cleaner. Check them out!

16 Ways You Are Underutilizing Your Steam Cleaner; collage of steam cleaner on burners, grill, window, toys, and mattress

But before we get started, you may notice that all of these pictures include the same brand of steam cleaner. You’ll either see the HomeRight SteamMachine or the HomeRight Steam Mop. And considering all you can do about them, we’re not surprised!

Make use of all those little attachments that came with the machine but you just threw them back into the box because you did not know what to do with them;

  • Microfiber cloth pad
  • Microfiber mop pad
  • Jet nozzle
  • Brass and nylon brushes
  • squeegee
  • wallpaper steam plate

Smart Steam Cleaner Hacks You Can Try

1. Steam Clean Your Mattress

Sometimes you toss and turn in the bed and your mattress cover comes loose. You end up sleeping on the naked mattress and dirtying it. Or maybe you had breakfast in bed and spilled juice and coffee which stained the mattress and its cover. The cover is an easy fix, toss it in the washing machine.

Unfortunately, you can’t fit a mattress in a washing machine, but boy, do those things get dirty! Your steam cleaner comes to the rescue! Get mattresses clean, free from bed bugs and sanitized in about 10 minutes. Easy!Steam cleaning the mattress

via Not Just a Housewife

2. Cleaning The Shower Tiles with Steam Cleaner

The tiles used in showers are usually brightly colored and get water stains within a few months of use. You have tried scrubbing them down with all the soap and warm water, and scrubbing products you could find at the store, but, no matter how hard you try, those stains just hang on with the stubbornness of a mold.

With a steam cleaner, you will have the last laugh, just steam clean the tiles as you would your floor, and voila!! Afterwards, wipe down the wetness with sponge and soap using a microfiber cloth and your tiles will sparkle like new.

Bust through soap scum and hard water stains in your shower. (Get more shower cleaning hacks here!)

Steam clean your bathroom tilesvia Simply Designing

3. Clean Your Tile and Grout with Steam

Using a steam jet and a small brush attachment to clean the tile grout one foot at a time is a chemical mixture-free way to clean your tiles and grout. All that black residue on the grout will come right off and leave the light greige color you first had when the tiles were installed. A bigger brush will take care of the tiles themselves.

Clean your tile and grout thoroughly. I had no idea grout could get so dirty even with mopping. I wonder how different mine will look after using a steamer!

Tile and grout before and after steam cleaningvia Makely Home

4. Clean Your Grill Using A Steam Cleaner

Everyone had a good time at the BBQ you hosted last night, but they have now gone home and you are a bit depressed with all the work that lies ahead scrubbing down the gunk from your grates before you can put the grill away.

Worry no more, use a steam cleaner to clean your grill without harsh chemicals and vinegar. All you need are a wire brush attachment and a good bit of steam to remove grease and grime.

Using the wire brush attachment on steam cleaner to scrub the grillvia The DIY Village

5. Steam Clean and Disinfect The Bathroom

Sometimes the aim fails and your pee spills up on the toilet and the floor instead of inside the bowl. The floor tiles will soak up some of the pee and soon, the room will be smelly. Hope you didn’t eat asparagus last night eww!!

Get the pee stench out of your bathroom by using the steam cleaner to get in all those crooks and crevices that your hands just can’t reach.

Steam cleaner will get to all the nooks and crevices and draw out the pee stench from your toiletvia Infarrantly Creative

6. Steam Cleaner For The Oven

Clean your oven with steam, particularly if you can’t handle the fumes of commercial oven cleaning solution. Need more oven cleaning tips? We’ve got ’em! Remove the racks and use a wire brush attachment to scrap off any gunk on them. Use a nylon brush on the surfaces of the oven.

Make sure not to interfere with the heating elements of the oven.

Steam cleaning the ovenvia Thrift Diving

7. Baseboard Cleaning with Steam

In all honesty, I get around to cleaning the baseboards about once a year. But with pets, we definitely need to do it more often. I never thought of using the steam cleaner to clean baseboards until now. Smart! The nylon brushes will clean all parts and get into those dirt, nooks and crevices built into your baseboard.

Soft brush on steam cleaner will get the baseboards clean via 11 Magnolia Lane

8. Steam Cleaning The Microwave

After months of service, the outside surface of the microwave will start to look dirty and old. Wiping it down with a dish soap and cloth won’t work as well as steaming and wiping off the excess water.

Make your microwave look new inside and out. Finally — something to get that stuck-on-grease and dust off the exterior!

Steam cleaning the microwavevia Addicted 2 DIY

9. Clean The Range Hood Using Your Steam Cleaner

Your range hood is probably covered in grease and dust buildup too, right? Make it spic and span after you finish with your microwave. No chemicals needed, just your handy little steam cleaner.

Use the nozzle attachment to spray steam all over the surface and before the vapor disappears, wipe off that gunk with paper towel. You’ll find that the steam has dislodged and loosened all the grease.

The chemical-free way to clean your range hood. Before and after photos with steam cleanervia The Shabby Creek Cottage

10. Get The Grime Off Your Stove Burners with Steam Cleaner

There is a thin layer of grime debris that sticks to your burners with such tenacity that eventually you convince yourself that the burners came with that coat. Problem is, sometimes they cause the fire to burn unevenly and can even cause a fire in the kitchen if unchecked for too long.

Are your stove burners a complete disaster? Use a tiny attachment to really get in there to clean them out. It’s an instant facelift for one of your most frequently used appliances.

Clean the stove burners using a steam cleaner
Use a Steam Cleaner to Clean Your Stove Burners from Lillian Hope Designs

11. Steam Clean Your Stainless Steel Appliances

Steam can make all your appliances shine, particularly the stainless steel appliances that seem to be a magnet for fingerprints. Just blast them with steam and wipe, repeat if necessary.

Steam cleaning stainless steel appliances and utensilsvia Rain on a Tin Roof

12. Remove Wallpaper The Easy Way

You are tired of the old wallpaper and you have decided to change it out or maybe remove it and just apply a coat of paint to the wall. However, when you tried peeling off the wallpaper, only the top layer came off and the bottom layers remained stuck on. You tried scrapping the layers off and it was just too much work so you left the project unfinished and the wall even uglier.

Removing wallpaper is a chore, but it’s a little easier using steam to loosen the paper after you score it.

Use steam cleaner to peel off the wall papervia Making Lemonade

13. Use Steam Cleaner to Disinfect Baby Toys

Sometimes I am hesitant to wipe down the baby’s toys with disinfectant because they will wind up in his mouth. I do not want that bitter disinfectant test to put him off. So I just throw the toys in a basket and blast them with steam for a few minutes.

Clean baby toys, high chairs, and other things covered in baby germs with your steam cleaner. That’s seriously such a handy way to clean a bunch of toys at once.

Steam clean and disinfect baby's toysvia DIY on the Cheap

14. Steam Your Curtains to Get Wrinkles Out

You don’t have to get the ironing board out every time you buy new curtains. Just steam them to get the wrinkles out. It’s s much easier. Hang the curtain against a flat surface or use your hand to stretch out parts of the curtain and use the attachment to flatten out those wrinkles.

Straighten the wrinkles off your curtains with a steam cleanervia Farm Fresh Vintage Finds

15. Steam Clean The Upholstery

Pets create so many stains on furniture. Between fur, dirty paws, and drool, cleaning upholstery can be a real challenge. At least… it used to be. Steaming the stains out works like a charm. I used one of the scrubbers as well as the drapery steam attachment. The scrubber worked great for the piping and gross dried-up drool marks.

Cleaning stains off the upholstery using a steam cleanervia Four Generations One Roof

16. Steam Clean Your Windows

And lastly, did you know that you can use a steam cleaner on your windows? As a very short person, this is a total game changer! The squeegee attachment only needs one swipe and the window section is clean. Wipe off the water with a microfiber cloth and your windows won’t be left with any watermarks or soap stains, just sparkle.

Steam cleaning the window panesvia Makely HomeSteam clean your toys
lean and disinfect your toys!! We LOVE our steam cleaner.  Can you tell?? It can even squeegee windows!! Here is where we got ours.

Squeegee attachment on window panes

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Using a steam cleaner, collage of baseboards, microwave, upholstery and curtain

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