Literally the ONLY Cleaning Tool You Need to Buy

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Squeaky is all about the borderline genius hacks and ideas that keep literally every inch of your space pristine.

If were were to say to you that there really is only one cleaning tool that you should spend you money on, do you know what that would be? (Cleaning experts swear by this tool).

The most versatile cleaning tool, hands down is ... a steam cleaner. Steam cleaners are mostly known for cleaning tile and linoleum floors, but they can be used to clean so many more things around your home — and the only cleaning ingredient you need to use with a steamer is water!

What is a steam cleaner?

Steam cleaners are designed to distribute dry vapor steam that helps to lift dirt, stains, and buildup while sanitizing hard and soft surfaces.

How do steam cleaners work?

A steam cleaner works when water is heated past the boiling point and forced out as steam through a nozzle, brush, or attachment. The vapors loosen dirt and helps kill dust mites, mold, bacteria, and allergens. The high heat moisture dries quickly so it doesn't leave moisture behind.

What household items can be steam cleaned?

  • Tile and grout
  • Bathtubs and sinks
  • Toilets
  • Linoleum floors
  • Windows and mirrors
  • Kitchen appliances like microwaves, dishwashers, refrigerators, and ovens
  • Some fabric sofas and chairs
  • Carpet and rugs
  • Washing machines

What items should NOT be steam cleaned?

  • Unprotected wood surfaces
  • Cardboard or particle board surfaces
  • Porous surfaces like brick and marble
  • Thin plastic surfaces
  • Silk or velour
  • Large areas of carpet

Buy a steam cleaner here!


Jessica owns two blogs, Mom 4 Real and Pour Me a Cocktail. She has been sharing easy cleaning tips, recipes and ideas with her readers for over 7 years. She has been featured on the Rachel Ray Show, TODAY Parenting, MSN, Country Woman Magazine and more.

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