Can I Use a Steam Mop on a Carpet

In most modern houses, you will now find a mixture of types of flooring throughout the home. When the entire home was once covered with carpet, it was hard to notice the difference in cleanliness between the rooms.

But if you have hardwood flooring, and also have carpet, it can be hard to ignore how much cleaner the hardwood looks than the carpet.

Can I Use a Steam Mop on a Carpet

The same rule goes for tiled flooring, so when you are standing there cleaning your tiles with a steam mop, you might find yourself asking, ‘Can I use a steam mop on my carpet?’.

In short, the answer is yes! So if you want to find out more about using your steam mop to get your carpets looking like new, then keep on reading.

Can I use a Steam Mop on a Carpet?

As we have just established, yes you can use a steam mop on your carpet, and this can have incredible results. However, before you dive straight into using your steam mop on your carpet, it is worth noting that not all steam mops are suitable for carpets. 

While the majority of steam mops are designed to be used on tile or hardwood flooring, some devices on the market are also suitable for use on carpet. So if you know that you want to be able to use your steam mop on your carpet, then it is best to purchase one that is suitable for this from the outset. 

If you already own a steam mop and are unsure whether it is safe to be used on carpet flooring, it is best to check the manual to find out whether or not it is suitable. But you do not necessarily need your steam mop to be suitable for carpet for you to be able to use it.

Depending on the type of carpet that you have, a regular lightweight steam mop might be suitable, but we always recommend checking the manual before risking any damage to your carpet. 

Tips for using a Steam Mop on Carpet

If you have never used a steam mop on a carpet before, then this can be a daunting task to complete. Carpets are expensive, so, understandably, you might be wary of using them.

To help you out, we’ve put together some quick tips which are guaranteed to help you on your first experience with a steam mop, so let’s take a look at what they are. 

The first thing that we recommend is to vacuum your carpet before you go anywhere near it with a steam mop. Steam mops are designed to disinfect rather than collect dirt, so if you use them without vacuuming you are unlikely to see the full effect of the steam mop. 

Another tip to remember when using your steam mop is to never back yourself into a corner. When you are mopping it is best to have the same mindset as if you were painting the floor.

So begin at the far side of the room and work your way back towards the door, ensuring that you can leave the room without stepping on the wet carpet. You should not stand on a carpet that has been steam mopped until it is fully dry. 

Finally, we recommend moving furniture out of the way before you vacuum or mop.

Carpets collect a lot of dirt and dust, but so does the furniture so if you do not move the furniture you might find that your hard work is ruined by dust appearing from the edges of your furniture. 

Reasons to Use a Steam Mop on Carpet

We’ve given you some tips for using your steam mop on the carpet, but now let’s take a look at why you might want to use your steam mop on a carpet. 

The main reason that you might use a steam mop on your carpet, rather than a carpet cleaner machine, is simply because they are easier to use. Steam mops are much smaller in size, and a lot more comfortable to transport around your home and the different rooms while you clean. 

This links to another reason why you might use a steam mop on your carpet, and that is because it is great at getting up the small pieces of dirt and dust that a larger carpet cleaner might miss. 

Finally, you may choose to use a steam mop on your carpet because they are excellent from an anti-bacterial perspective.

Due to the high temperature of the steam mop, any bacteria and viruses in your carpet are going to be killed, and that’s without you even having to use any chemicals on the carpet. So it is clear why a steam mop might be a good idea. 


In short, yes you can use a steam mop on a carpet and it can get excellent results.

So if you have any stains that won’t shift, we would recommend trying out your steam mop to see if that does the job. 

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