Things To Keep In Mind When Steam Cleaning Furniture

steam cleaning furnitureWhen you are looking through reviews online about which steam cleaner to use for your home, you will tend to notice that different people are always finding new ways to use these devices. This can be a good thing, as this leads to innovation, but it can also be extremely detrimental to your home if you wind up using it on the wrong surface, either on purpose or inadvertently. There are some things that just shouldn’t be cleaned with steam cleaning machines. It can get kind of easy to get carried away sometimes while using one of these cleaners and start using it in a way that it wasn’t designed to be used. This can result in damage to the machine (costing you money), or damage to the material being cleaned (also costing you money), and in some cases, can even cause personal injury to the person cleaning (you get the picture). It is important to understand what you can and can’t clean with a steam cleaner, so we here at Steam Vac Carpet Cleaner have put together a short list of things you should avoid using a steam cleaner on at all costs.

Many Things Can Be Heat Damaged

There are a number of different upholstery surfaces that just can’t take the heat put out by a steam cleaner. This can include wall paper, water based paint, and cardboard. It should go without saying, but this also includes anything living, like family pets or children. You should never try to clean anything that could be sensitive or suffer harm from exposure to the high temperatures in steam. There are certain fabrics that can also suffer from this exposure, and if you don’t know what they are, you might be better off entrusting this work to a professional.

Delicate Items

There are a number of things around the house that are just too delicate to steam clean. Things like plastics, silks, and some wool articles or velour upholstery are just a few. This is by no means an exhaustive list, as there are a number of other materials that should never be subjected to steam cleaning. For a more complete list or to find out if any of your home’s furnishings would be put in this category, it is best to have a professional come out and take a look directly.

Porous Items

Anything around your home of a porous nature should never be steam cleaned, period. This can include brick, marble, and stucco, but also includes non-laminated and untreated wood. The porous nature of these surfaces means that the water used in the steam cleaning process will seep down below the surface and can wind up doing serious damage. In addition, this water will oftentimes become trapped leading to growth of mold and mildew.


While it might seem self-evident that you shouldn’t steam clean your TV, you will also want to refrain from using steam cleaning on any sensitive electronic equipment, including powered recliners, sofas, etc. Even when being careful and only trying to go over the fabric parts, stray steam or water can wind up wreaking havoc on the electronics if it finds its way in, and your hi-tech couch could wind up having more in common with its baseline model very quickly.

For the best bet at getting a steam cleaning for your furniture that won’t leave you with damaged goods, call in the professionals at Steam Vac Carpet Cleaner.