Out of all of the tools in my arsenal, a steamer is hands down the most versatile and I use it on every single job.
A steamer is a very simple tool requiring nothing but a power outlet and de-ionized water, making it extremely cost effective after purchase. Yet, this one tool can really help out your detailing regimen in many ways.
Fabrics: It works great on fabrics as it allows you to get the fibers, and more importantly, the contamination very hot without saturating the surface with water. This allows you to clean easier and more effectively. The fact that you are not getting the fabric soaking wet is essential as it allows you to deep clean seats and carpets without having to wait for them to dry. It also allows you to thoroughly clean headliners while not compromising the glue that holds it together, just make sure you are not getting it too hot.
Leather: A steamer works wonders on leather. Just like cleaning your face, the heat opens up the pores of the leather and allows for an extremely deep clean. However, just like your face, make sure to moisturize afterward. Except use a nice leather conditioner instead of cocoa butter!
Nooks and Crannies: You know when you’re driving your Lamborghini and spill a bit of coffee between your seat and the center console, then it starts to smell and now you have to get a new car, again? Don’t worry, a steamer can clean that! The hinges of the doors, the brackets of the seats, even the inside of the vent system are perfect for the steamers as it shoots a jet of steam that will heat the area that is difficult to get to, so you do not need as much scrubbing force to remove it. You can even shoot it into one vent and it will circulate through the entire vent system and sanitize it. It is crucial that you only use de-ionized water for this, otherwise you will leave water spots that can be extremely difficult to clean.
Removing Clear Bra: Having a tough time removing clear bra and vinyl? A heat gun works but the additional lubrication that the steamer provides makes the job that much easier.
There are many kinds of steamers. From the amazing Vapor Systems VX5000 to the lower end, but still good, Vapamore MR-100 Primo. Get the one that fits your specific needs and you will wonder what you ever did without one.
If you already have a steamer, what do you use yours for?