How does steam clean?
It's very simple, really. Dirt and grime have adhesive qualities that enable them to stick onto all types of surfaces. The heat of the steam melts the adhesive and the dampness of the steam dilutes the adhesive. A wipe with the attached microfiber pad quickly clears the dirt or grime away. Steam cleaning provides deep penetrating cleaning ability without the use of chemical additives.
What are the benefits of steam cleaning?
Steam is a natural source using just clean water to create a powerful cleaning force. The absence of potentially harmful and expensive chemicals makes it an extremely easy, safe and cost effective way to clean your home. Steam leaves no toxic residues on surfaces and won't stain clothing.*
When sanitizing steps are taken (focusing the steam for a specific amount of time, per that particular steam mop's instructions) steam cleaning can help reduce bacteria. Oreck's Steam-It, VersaVac and Grab-It & Steam-It produce temperatures hot enough to reduce bacteria such as e-coli and staph and clean grease and oil. These Oreck steam products can all sanitize hard floor surfaces. (Results based on lab testing under controlled conditions. Results will vary based on product used and the surface to be cleaned.)
How do Oreck's steam machines work?
Oreck's steam machines create a low-moisture vapor that carries heat to the surface you wish to clean. The heat combined with light agitation does the work for you.
Do they require chemical additives?
No. The wonderful thing about steam cleaning technology is that only water is used for incredible cleaning results.
Can I use regular tap water in my Oreck steam products?
Regular tap water can be used; however, if the water in your area is considered "hard," mineral deposits can be left inside the steam mop's tank. Mineral deposits built up over time will limit the amount of steam that can be released. Malfunction caused by mineral build-up is not covered under warranty. For this reason we suggest using filtered or even distilled water.
The Oreck Grab-It & Steam-It™ comes with a hard water filter. Depending on hard water conditions and/or use frequency, the filter should be replaced every 6 months.
What can you use Oreck steam machines on?
All of our steam machines, Steam-Glide, Steam-It and Grab-it & Steam-It, are perfect for use on most hard floor surfaces — including marble, ceramic, stone, vinyl, linoleum and sealed hardwood. They are also designed to freshen carpets and upholstery. Steam-It, with its multiple attachments and unique design that prevents spillage, can also be used for "above the floor" cleaning such as kitchen counters, bathroom tile and grout, appliances and more.
Is there anything that shouldn't be cleaned with Oreck steam machines?
We recommend NOT using our steam machines on fine silks, delicate materials such as velour, some very thin plastics, laminates, unsealed hardwood, engineered hard floor surfaces, ceilings, drywall and exterior paint of automobiles, electronics or items using electricity. If ever in doubt, test a small hidden area before beginning extensive cleaning.
Where does the water go?
The water is heated in a heat chamber where it changes it into a hot "dry" mist or vapor. This system produces a low-moisture, high-temperature vapor that carries only a small percentage of water. This "dry" steam vapor uses little water; therefore little water is left behind. The surfaces that you steam clean are dry within minutes.
What is "Dry" Steam?
An oxymoron? Perhaps. This describes a system that produces a high temperature, low moisture vapor.
*Not for use on fine silks, velour, very thin plastics, unsealed hardwood, laminates, engineered hard floor surfaces, ceilings, drywall and exterior paint of automobiles, electronics or items using electricity.