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Industrial Steam Cleaners: The Ultimate Guide

The Industrial Steam Cleaner

What are industrial steam cleaners?

Industrial steam cleaners are essentially larger steam cleaning machines, capable of a much higher heat and pressure. 

The machines can vary from 230volt, 3kW to 3Phase machines well in excess of 54kW and the higher the wattage, the more powerful the heating element and the larger the boiler. 

All of this combines to result in a higher volume of dry steam.  Dry steam is one of the most natural ways to clean and is an ideal alternative to more traditional cleaning methods using chemicals.

They are usually applied during deep cleaning jobs as they offer an advanced, economical method of cleaning.

How do steam cleaners work?

Similar to a pressure cooker; cold water is poured into the sealed boiler and is then heated until it boils at 100°C and creates a hot supply of steam. The heat can increase further and this steam then becomes superheated.

This dry steam can then be channelled through different steam cleaner heads (steam lances, squeegees, steam floor brushes etc.) The higher the temperature, the higher the pressure and the faster the steam is emitted.

What is dry steam?

Dry steam is called so because it contains very little moisture and/or water particles. The standard of dry steam dictates that it must not contain more than 5% moisture. The reason for this is that dry steam cannot possess any impurities, but water can.

Why are steam cleaners useful?

Using a steam cleaner will enable you to clean effectively and economically. Sanitising any tough stains and dirt with ease, an industrial steam cleaner allows you to clean almost any given surface. 


What Can Industrial Steam Cleaners Be Used On?

Industrial steam cleaners can be applied to most different areas and surfaces for cleaning.

Kitchen Units & Surfaces:

Industrial steam cleaners can produce a higher volume of steam at a hotter steam temperature that reach up to 400°F. Laboratory tests have proven that dry steam will safely remove 99.99% of bacteria in the steaming process, more efficiently and environmentally friendly than the very best and expensive chemical cleaners.

Bathroom & Toilets:

Any stubborn lime scale, soap residue or grimy marks can be swiftly wiped away during a full steam clean.  Many steam cleaners will have a detail nozzle, built to reach much smaller places. Steam cleaning makes easy work of bathrooms, leaving your tiles, sinks, baths and toilets hygienic and naturally fresh.

Windows & Mirrors:

Using a steam cleaner’s microfiber cloth accessory or a dry steam window squeegee; windows and mirrors become a breeze to clean. It is advisable, however, to warm up these surfaces first before applying the steam cleaner directly.

Stainless Steel:

Keep your stainless steel surfaces sparkling clean with no streaks or grease to dampen the shine by using a microfiber cloth when you steam clean this type of surface.  This way, you can easily keep the surface grease free by occasionally replacing the cloth head.

Laminates & Hard Floors:

Before you clean any hard floor, ensure that any larger debris has been removed. Working in small sections and with a microfiber cloth attached to the floor brush, clean the surface of the floor in the same way you would use a standard mop. Ensure you check the floor brush regularly during the clean to ensure it is free of debris.


The days of a vacuum cleaner and sponge scrubbing will be a thing of the past when you apply a steam cleaner to stained, old or marked furniture. Steam cleaners can also remove tough chewing gum deposits but always test a small inconspicuous area first to ensure colour fastness of any material to be cleaned.

Tile Grouting:

With steam cleaners, you can attach a nozzle to the steam gun to detail clean any small or hard to reach areas, further utilising a brush if required. It is the best way to clean tiles and grouting. Afterwards, be sure to wipe dry the tile surfaces after with a microfiber cloth or use the window squeegee attachment

When cleaning silicone sealants, always ensure the steam is not applied for too long so as to avoid the risk of damaging the sealant properties.


Using the correct clothing nozzle, steam cleaner systems can freshen up general clothes; removing creases, hairs, lint and odours without the need for an iron or heated press.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) are available for most cleaning tasks upon request.


What Industries Can Utilise an Industrial Steam Cleaner?


Today's hectic catering and food manufacturing and retailing environments face a continuous challenge to maintain the highest cleaning standards at the lowest costs.  Public and government pressure bring the whole topic of food safety sharply into focus.  Dry steam sanitation exceeds regulatory food hygiene standards.  There is no safer or more effective way to ensure that hygiene cleaning methods are being fully optimised and any pathogens are being safely removed from the environment than by the introduction of dry steam cleaning techniques.

Dry steam cleaners can be utilised for a wide assortment of food cleaning jobs:

  • Sanitisation of equipment: kitchen racks, large utensils, slicers, scales
  • Disinfection of all food preparation surfaces
  • Cleaning of any kitchen tiles and grouting or wall coverings
  • Grease & grime removal from any food preparation equipment such as stoves, vents, burners, fans
  • Sanitation of food manufacturing and food preparation equipment and surfaces
  • Conveyer belt cleaning


Infection Control and the fight against MRSA and other so-called “superbugs” are two of the biggest concerns within today’s medical and healthcare environments. Dry steam is proven to be effective against these “superbugs” and when used in conjunction with an integral vacuum, dry steam safely and effectively removes them instead of killing them leaving little scope for antimicrobial resistance.  Dry steam reduces the need for chemicals and leaves surfaces clean, dry and ready for reuse.

Dry steam cleaner machines are therefore perfect for hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, vets and other health centres.

Steam cleaners can help across numerous healthcare centres, via:

  • Public area cleaning: waiting rooms, floors and hallways.
  • Treatment area cleaning: sanitising patient rooms and labs.
  • Operating theatre: disinfection and sensitisation
  • Cleaning medical equipment.
  • Cafeteria cleaning and food preparation units.
  • Removing mould from air conditioner units.
  • Eliminate any harmful bacteria and viruses.


All of us consume dairy products on a daily basis, without fear of contamination. This is due to the very strict standards made across the industry regarding hygiene and cleanliness.

Working through a thorough clean after milking the cows takes time, between 30 and 60 minutes. As cows can be regularly milked throughout the day, up to 2 or 3 times, the cleaning can obviously take up a large part of the working day.

Dairy factories are large and in constant need of upkeep. Therefore, one of the best processes of dairy cleaning is to apply a dry steam vapour to all surfaces.  

Dry steam is also utilised in most other types of food production and processing plants, even though considered to be “dry” environments.

Motors & Garage:

Steam cleaners are a great tool to use on motor grease, dirt and grime. Many of the best motor cleaning services and garages utilise a good steam cleaner to fix any aesthetic problems under the bonnet or inside the car, leaving no mess behind.

Industrial steam cleaners can be used for a number of car cleaning tasks:

  • Car interior cleaning: inside doors, dashboards, vents, floor mats
  • Car exterior cleaning: rims, wheels, and body
  • Removing odours and stains from different fabrics and leather (spot checks on inconspicuous areas are recommended first)
  • Engine cleaning: remove dirt, grime and grease under the bonnet
  • Car window cleaning


Within the hospitality industry, keeping an excellent standard of hygiene and cleanliness is absolutely paramount to a guest’s satisfaction.  Industrial steam cleaners have been proven to be the ultimate cleaning tool for this market.   Providing excellent results and ease of use, steam cleaners can be heavily utilised across the hospitality sector; from the leisure club and catering departments to housekeeping and front of house, dry steam ensures that’s infection control and visual cleanliness is always at its best with fast results and no need for chemicals.

You can exercise an industrial steam cleaner to help with you many cleaning jobs:

  • Spot stain removal on carpets, sheets etc.
  • Thorough cleaning of bathrooms and industrial kitchens, including mould removal
  • Prevention of bedbugs through regular deep cleaning  
  • Cleaning tiles and grouting in spas, swimming areas and hot tubs
  • Cleaning furniture and upholsters 


Reasons to Use an Industrial Steam Cleaner:

Saves You Time:

Steam cleaning is quick and efficient.

Saves You Money:

No other products are necessary for steam cleaning.

Hygienic Cleaning:

No leftover chemicals or water remain on the appliance.

Natural Cleaning:

No more hard-scrubbing or scraping, simply steam and wipe.

Healthier Cleaning:

No harsh chemicals affecting you or your cleaning space.

Versatile Cleaning:

Steam can be applied to a multiple of surfaces; essentially the list where dry steam can be used is only really limited by the user’s imagination!

Environmentally Friendly: 

Steam uses no cleaning agents and requires low water consumption.

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