Having a good steam cleaner can make cleaning so much easier. The great thing about a steam cleaner is that it doesn’t need any chemicals to clean so it’s far safer to use around the kids and pets.
I picked up a Gideon Handheld Pressurized Steam Cleaner, bought it with my own money, and I want to do a little overview on the machine. I was quite surprised about this steam cleaner and I want to share that with you below.
When I first got the package, I was amazed by how small the box it came in. Everything was nice and neatly packed and ready to go. I have a water bottle next to it for a size comparison. It’s amazing that they can fit so many things in this box.
You do get an instruction book that I do recommend reading before operating the machine.
What It Comes With
Here is the list of everything that was in the box…
- Steam Cleaner
- Extended Connecting Spray
- Long Spray
- Brush with Spray
- Curved Spray Nozzle
- Cloth Sleeves
- Nozzle for Windows, Doors, and more
- Measuring Cup
- Brush Plate
If you never had a steam cleaner before then you might be blown away by how little water it needs to run. In fact, you’re not supposed to fill it to the max capacity. If you fill it up too much, it can’t make steam.
I place the funnel and measuring cup next to a water bottle to show you how little water you will need. You only need 175ml of water.
That little bit of water is more than enough for cleaning. I have no problems cleaning my kitchen and then some with one tank.
So not only are you not using any chemicals, you use very little water too!
This steam cleaner feels sturdy and has a little bit of weight to it. This makes the steam cleaner feel more solid and better built than others I have messed with in the past.
The Gideon Handheld Steam Cleaner felt good in the hand. I like how the button is designed on this model; you have to push up to release the safety on and then push down. When pushing down, you do have some control over the amount of steam that comes out.
It was quite easy to fill up the tank. I recommend following the directions in the box, but all you do is take the top off when it’s cool and fill it using the funnel and measuring cup. Make sure to screw the lid back on tight, but don’t over tighten it.
You have a little red light on the bottom that turns on when you plug the machine in. So if the steam cleaner is connected to the wall, the device is active.
The red light is only on when it’s heating the water. The instructions say to wait 4 minutes for it to build steam, but mine did it much faster than that. I still waited the full 4 minutes just to be on the safe side – and would recommend you do the same as per the instructions.
You can even hear the water bubble up and steam too as it starts to build up in the machine.
Once you have waited for the light to go off and the time the instructions tell you to wait then, you can start to steam clean. The steam will heat up the surface and kill many germs. I recommend to wear household rubber gloves like these here and go behind the steam cleaner with a rag to pick up the gunk it lifts off.
When the steam starts to get low the red light will come back on and start to boil the water again. I was constantly cleaning all the hard surfaces of my kitchen and not once did I feel like the machine did not deliver, it works very well. I even had some water left after I got done with my kitchen.
The steam that does come out is very hot so avoid touching it or pointing it at people, pets, or things that are delicate.