Always fill your steamer with distilled water. Next, turn the heater on, and allow it 10 to 15 minutes to heat up and build pressure. Attach the hose to the heater and affix the desired brush. Steam has many uses on a vehicle, including engine detailing in tight areas. The compressed steam pushes grease and engine grime out of tight spaces without the use of heavy chemicals.
Be sure to use the single-shot sprayer nozzle for this application. Scoop up the dislodged grime with a terry towel cloth and continue. Next, it can be used on carpets and fabric. Depending on the level of dirt, you can wrap the head of the nozzle with a microfiber towel for more sensitive areas such as headliners and cloth seats, or unwrapped for carpets and floor mats. Be sure to use the three-hole sprayer nozzle for cloth material cleaning.
Plastic and leather can be cleaned safely with steam as well, but older vehicles should use the wrapped nozzle with the three-hole head on low or medium pressure for safety. On newer cars, the single-shot nozzle can be used to warm up the plastic and leather to open up the pores. Then, interior cleanser is sprayed, brushed in, and immediately wiped up to get the ultimate deep clean. This approach is great for removing bacteria, germs, and allergens found in our daily driven cars. For serious detailers, the steam machine can be used on rims and calipers for the ultimate concord look.
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The pressurized steam on high delivers roughly 50 to 60 psi, which helps dislodge hidden dirt without the use of chemicals. Use Q-Tips or small brushes to help agitate the dirt and shoot it out of tight areas. And trust me, this can become quite addicting. Steam can be an amazing tool on engines, rims, interiors, and even glass, but I do encourage detailers to avoid using it on exterior paint as it typically doesn’t create enough moisture or lubrication required to safely remove heavy dirt and contaminants without potentially scratching the paint.