Cleaning With a Handheld Steam Cleaner?

January 12, 2006

Handheld Steamer against a white backgroundI just purchased a hand-held steam cleaner (Scuunci that we've all seen on the infomercials) that I love. However, I was quite disappointed with the manual. I was hoping for a list of ideas for steam cleaning. I certainly know to clean around the faucets of the sink, under the rim of the toilet, etc., but I'm curious if any of you have come up with other creative uses for steam cleaners.


Thank you!

Barb from Lake County, OH


By sherry (Guest Post)
January 13, 20060 found this helpful
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One of the things I do that makes a huge huge time saver is getting the hand held steam cleaner and our floor steam cleaner and use both to defrost the freezer. I use the hand held to melt the build up and the floor to suck it up from the hand nozzle. It makes a normal all day job done in about 2 hours. Another thing I use mine for is cleaning in the laundry room. It makes your washer and dryer where you have all the groves around the dials shine like new. Also it works wonders on your stove knobs too.

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By Liz (Guest Post)
January 15, 20060 found this helpful
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It is great to do the tracks in your patio doors and tracks of the windows.

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January 31, 20060 found this helpful
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I bought one of those too. I have a parrot and it makes short work with cage cleaning. Removes poop from all the crevices with ease. Now I don't have to wait for a hot sunny day and lug his huge heavy cage outside to hose it down.


Plus I don't have to use any type of cleaner. They are so toxic and the steam does it all.

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August 14, 2019

Any suggestions on handheld steam cleaners? I don't want to pay too much. I have discovered these clean way better, and I don't have to use chemicals.


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August 14, 20190 found this helpful

Are you talking for floors or clothing?

I have not used one for clothing, but I like my Bissell Steam Cleaner for carpets. It has an attachment that works nicely on our wood and tile also.


It is a model they no longer make, but overall their products are good and last (at least in my opinion). Ours has been going strong for over 10 years!

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August 14, 20190 found this helpful

Bissell makes the best hand held for under $40

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August 16, 20190 found this helpful

I believe you are referring to a hand held steamer that can be used to clean bathrooms/ kitchen and many, many other house fixtures as well as outdoor items?


There are several on the market and the price range starts at about $40 and goes as high as you wish to pay.

The least expensive that appears to have decent reviews is the Bissell.
This - as most of these steamers - has had mixed reviews but seems okay for general use. (Affiliate Link)

I have had a Scunci for many years and have never had problems but this one is more expensive and - like the others - has good and bad reviews. Sometimes people do not keep the general maintenance up on hand appliances and this causes irreversible problems.
But - just in case - if it is not too expensive, I would purchase product warranty for 2 years (and this is not something I would usually recommend). (Affiliate Link)

Here are some Scunci 'knock offs" but I have no idea as to how good these are. (Affiliate Link)


You might want to read about different ways to use your steamer on these sites.

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