Best Handheld Steam Cleaner For Grout

After researching, reading customer reviews and reviewing various steam cleaners, we found the BISSELL Steam Shot was the best pick handheld steam cleaning of grout. Although we found the BISSELL to be the best handheld option we’d highly recommend stepping up to a more powerful solution. Handheld steam cleaners will require frequent filling with water and don’t get as hot as larger steam cleaners. The
McCulloch MC1275 Steam Cleaner is a much more effective solution although it is more expensive but very reasonably priced for what you get.

Our Number One Pick:

BISSELL Steam Shot Handheld Steam Cleaner

The BISSELL Steam Shot is the best handheld steam cleaner for cleaning grout currently on the market. It comes with a large assortment of attachments which is handy for cleaning grout and other things around the kitchen. Construction quality is great for the price point. It has a 1000 watt heater with a 30 second heat up duration which is reasonably fast. The tank however only holds 6.6 ounces which is similar to other handheld steamers but not ideal for cleaning a lot of grout. It could be a great option for only cleaning grout on a backsplash behind a stove top for instance or a particularly dirty section of your floor.

There are plenty of inexpensive handheld steam cleaners on the market and most of them are from companies you’ve never heard of and look identical to nearly the same product from a different company you’ve never heard of. The BISSELL Steam Shot is from a reputable company with a similar design to those from the knockoff companies and is literally only a few dollars more.

A handheld steam cleaner is a great tool to have around the kitchen for smaller jobs but for cleaning grout it would get pretty tedious having to constantly refill the steamer with water. For this reason we strongly suggest considering our upgrade option.

Upgrade Option:

McCulloch MC1275 Steam Cleaner

The appeal of a small handheld steam cleaner is obvious but in reality it’s only good for small jobs. When you have a bigger job you need a bigger tool.

The McCulloch MC1275 is our suggestion for most people who are looking for a steam cleaner to clean grout. Our assumption is that you’ll be attempting to clean your entire kitchen floor, or at least some large areas. The water reservoir is more than capable for tackling most large jobs at 48 ounces and can run for 45 minutes continuously. It includes 18 attachments that make it better suited for all sorts of floor cleaning and other tasks.

It has a 1500 watt heater that takes 8 minutes to get up to proper temperature which is obviously a lot longer than the 30 seconds of the BISSELL but we’re talking about a lot more water. Once it’s up to temp you won’t need to stop for 45 minutes.

This steam cleaner receives high praise from the vast majority of customers for its cleaning ability and is one of the most popular steam cleaners in its weight class. If you’ll be doing larger jobs then this is the solution to pick.

The cost of this steam cleaner is remarkably low for its power. You can easily spend a small fortune for a high end steam cleaner like the Dupray One Plus although it is a stellar product. 

Worth Considering:

Dupray ONE Steam Cleaner

The ultimate whole home steam cleaning solution is the Dupray One Steam Cleaner. The Dupray One is worth considering if steam cleaning is something that you’ll be doing a lot of and not just on grout. This particular steam cleaner comes with a huge amount of attachments and has a very high build quality. Additionally it heats the steam to over 300 degrees at more than 50 psi of pressure.

While the McCulloch has a 48 ounce reservoir, the Dupray One only has a 39 ounce reservoir. Despite this, the Dupray One has a continuous steaming time of 50 minutes which beats out the McCulloch. It uses superior components that makes it more efficient and effective. Not only that but it will last much longer than cheaper alternatives.

This steam cleaner isn’t cheap at all but it is one of the best steam cleaners you can buy for your home. If you’re looking for the a powerful steam cleaning option that can clean almost anything and be the last steam cleaner you’ll need to buy, this is the option to go with.

Additional Information:

Things To Keep In Mind

How to Steam Clean Tile Grout

  • Prior to any scrubbing, steam the grout thoroughly to remove the majority of the build up in and around the grout.
  • Start with soft bristle attachments to prevent damaging your tile and grout.
  • Step up to harsher bristles in more difficult areas being careful not to be to aggressive and damage the tile or grout unnecessarily.
  • Remove the dirty water from your working area as you go. You don’t want to let the dirt you just removed have an opportunity to take hold again.

How do you clean tile grout?

If you’re wanting to try to clean your grout without a steam cleaner you may want to try a mixture of water and high quality oxygen bleach. Apply this solution directly to the grout and allow it to soak in. Be sure the grout is dry prior to applying. Oxygen bleach is non toxic so it’s safe for the family and pets. It breaks down organics very efficiently, which is the majority of what is staining your grout. A little scrubbing will be necessary if your grout is particularly dirty or stained.

Why should you use a steam cleaner?

  • Steam cleaning is environmentally safe as opposed to using chemical cleaners.
  • Steam cleaning disinfects household surfaces with heat.
  • Steam evaporates as opposed to water and cleaning liquids which need to be wiped away.
  • Steam can reach crevices that would otherwise be impossible to reach.
  • Steam is extremely effective at dissolving grime that could be very difficult to remove with other methods.

What can you do with a steam cleaner?

Steam cleaners can clean and disinfect almost any surface in your kitchen. Some great examples of what you can clean with a great steam cleaner are:

  • Appliances
  • Sinks
  • Countertops
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Floors
  • Trash Cans
  • Hood Vents
  • and more!

It should be noted that steam cleaning isn’t ideal for everything. Obviously things that are water soluble or paper based shouldn’t be steam cleaned. Be sure and follow all manufacturers instructions.

Wrapping Up:

Best Grout Steam Cleaner

Steam cleaning is an environmentally friendly alternative to cleaning with chemicals that is also extremely effective and sanitary. Hot steam can power away dirt and grime that would be difficult to nearly impossible to get rid of any other way. The best choice for steam cleaning grout that we found was the BISSEL Steam Shot. That said, we don’t recommend handheld steam cleaners for grout unless you’re only cleaning small amounts. We recommend stepping up to the very affordable McCulloch MC1275 Steam Cleaner. This steam cleaner can run for 45 minutes with it’s 48 ounce reservoir versus only a few minutes from the 6.6 ounce reservoir of the BISSEL.

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