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What to Pay Extra Attention to When Using Steam to Clean Your Vehicle

Better the cleanliness greater is its performance. It is just like our body – maintain proper cleanliness and enjoy good health.

Paying extra attention when you clean your vehicle with steam can be beneficial in many ways, here is why!

Automobile cleaning process is popularly known as detailing. It gives the vehicle a sparkling new look and smoother drive. The process involves dusting, vacuuming, deep cleaning, surface rejuvenation, and polishing. Traditional dusting and vacuuming of the vehicle and washing with water are good methods of vehicle cleaning, but it takes time and consumes a lot of fresh water which is unnecessary. To get rid of heavy dirt and stains from the interior and exterior of the vehicle along with conserving water, steam cleaning is a preferred method.

Vehicle owners, therefore, are resorting to the eco-friendly steam cleaning methods now.  Steam cleaning has many benefits but there are also a few concerns. Lack of knowledge and attention to details may damage the vehicle or even injure the detailer.

Avoiding Injuries

The injury can be serious if people clean their cars without proper knowledge and experience of steam detailing. It is always better to clean the vehicle by professional detailing services. The main dangers associated with steam are burns or scalding of the skin. Another hazard is poor visibility factor. Steam makes it difficult to see what you are actually doing, which could lead to accidents. There is also the risk of slipping if the vehicle gets wet with excess steam. If you still want to do the cleaning at home, in-depth knowledge of steam detailing along with its proper way to work with steam can help solve these problems.

To ensure that you are not being burnt or scalded while using steam for cleaning, be aware of temperature control of the steam. The steam temperature should not go beyond 120 degrees Fahrenheit. It is possible to control the temperature if you use steam cleaners of standard make that have temperature control valves. If you need to use steam at an even higher temperature, wear protective clothing, such as gloves, face shield, eyeglasses, long apron, and boots.

Electrical Outlets

Using Steam to Clean the Car - Cloud of steam

What to Pay Extra Attention to When Using Steam to Clean Your Vehicle

Avoid plugs, sockets and electrical equipment of the vehicle while cleaning with steam. Cover all the sensitive and electrical items before the process begins. Place non-slip mats on the floor if there is a danger of getting wet. If a steam cloud appears, stop working and wait for the cloud to dissipate before resuming the cleaning task.

A detailer has to ensure that water does not enter the engine, air intake or the distributor cap of the steam machine if so equipped.  It is best practice to make sure the wand of the steam cleaner is kept moving all the time. Otherwise, the high steam pressure can remove the vehicle’s paint and may injure the detailer.

Follow safety precautions by manufacturers. Pay extra attention to when to use steam to clean your vehicle. If the product requires you to use rubber gloves or a face mask make sure to do so. Even if it is a small job, there are reasons why the precautions are printed on the products. However, it is advisable to use professional detailing services for optimum cleaning results.



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