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Steam Vapor Cleaning Tips For Furniture




Welcome to our best steam vapor cleaning tips when it comes to cleaning furniture and everything else. Vapor steam cleaning is a breeze once you follow these guidelines.

When cleaning furniture there are many issues you may have to face at one point or the other. These include removing pet, urine, ink and marker stains. We will also cover other general cleaning “Dont do this!” I am sure you will want to avoid.


Urine and Vomit Stains

When faced with urine or vomit on your furniture, don’t despair.  Approach it step by step and you will soon see positive results.

  • The first step in dealing with this is quickly blotting and removing the excess moisture from the area as quickly as possible. Use a clean cloth to continuously blot and remove as much as possible.
  • The next step is to use an oxidizing agent, for example,OUT! Orange Oxy Stain and Odor Remover and spray it onto the stain. Let this sit for about 10 minutes. This product will seep deep into the fibers of your furniture to remove the stain and neutralize odor causing bacteria.
  • Use another cloth to blot the area and remove as much moisture from the area caused by the oxidizing agent without rubbing as we don’t want to spread the stain around.
  • The final step is to steam clean the entire piece of furniture paying special attention to the stained area. If after you have done this and the smell still persists, you can use baking soda which is a great odor neutralizer.

Ink and Permanent Marker Stains

Ink and Permanent marker stains are very common, especially with kids in the home!

But, not to worry, these can be eliminated with a little help from our steam vapor cleaner or even with a regular steam cleaner.

Note that the best time to remove permanent marker stains is when they are fresh because the older this stain is the more difficult it becomes to get rid of.

  • The first step includes blotting the area with alcohol or a hair spray which is non-oily.  I have a friend with 'creative' children who swears by using toothpaste to wipe the stains away.
  • After you do this, use a vapor steam cleaner to apply steam on the area and a cloth to remove the stain which the steam lifts off of the wall.

General Furniture Steam Vapor Cleaning Tips

A few things to note when steam cleaning furniture: make sure that you first test the steamer on a small part of your furniture to make sure that it does not damage the upholstery or causes shrinkage.

Also, if you regularly steam clean your sofa, you may want to occasionally use an anti foaming solution. Use this to prevent any extra solution that has dried in the furniture from re-sudsing.

Once you have finished steam cleaning, you should have some fans set up to facilitate fast drying of the said furniture to prevent it from forming mildew and to make sure they dry quickly and thoroughly.

Steam vapor cleaning is certainly an effective and environmentally friendly way of cleaning. It is certainly able to perform as well as and in many cases better than its chemical based counterparts.

Even though steam cleaning is great for just about everything, there are a few materials it should be kept away from. These include very heat sensitive materials like silk and velour should not be cleaned using steam.

You should also take care not to use powerful steam cleaners on the exterior of your vehicles as it can damage the paint job but is completely safe for cleaning the interior and wheels of the vehicle.



Additional Resources:

Natural soap is another way to avoid chemicals, more here!




Related pages:


How Steam Vapor Cleaners work and a review of the Vapamore MR-100.

A closer look at the Vapor Clean Brand and our review of two of their vapor steamers.

More about Vapor Clean Steam Cleaners with a review of the Vapor Clean TR5 Pro.

How the Dry Vapor Steam Cleaner differs from a regular steam cleaner and reviews of the Vapamore MR-100 and the Reliable Brio 250CC.

Our review of the excellent Sargent Vapor Steam Cleaner.

Vapor Storm Steam Cleaner Review. (no longer available)




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