Can Steam Cleaning Remove Stains from Wooden Worktops?

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Do you have stains on your wooden worktops? You’re not alone.

Many people find that their woodwork is a magnet for dirt and grime, which can make it look old and tired. But don’t worry! There are lots of ways to clean your kitchen, diner, or office, including steam cleaning.  

Steam cleaning uses hot water vapor to remove dirt from the surface of the wood without damaging it or leaving behind any residue.

It also leaves a fresh lemon scent in its wake – so if you want to give your kitchen an extra burst of springtime cheer, this is the way to go!  

Do Steam Cleaners Work Against Dirt?

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Steam cleaning is a great way to remove dirt and grime build-up on surfaces in a chemical-free way. Dirt and grime have the ability to stick to all surfaces and can build up in the most awkward of places to clean.  

Steam cleaners only use water, the water is heated to boiling point which creates steam, the steam is then transferred, at force, through a nozzle usually attached to some type of cleaning attachment e.g., brush, mop.

Steam can be continuously produced until the water container empties.  

The steam created is used to loosen dirt and grime build-ups on surfaces. The heat will penetrate dirt, melting and softening the area. Using a cloth, simply wipe any dirt and grime left visible on wooden surfaces.  

Can Steam Cleaners Remove the Blood and Red Wine Stains from Wooden Worktops?

Red stains are so difficult to remove as many of us know. Red wine and bloodstains can be a nightmare for any homeowner. But can steam cleaning help to remove red stains from wooden surfaces?  

Red stains, such as red wine or blood, are best caught early. The longer the red stain has on the worktop, the harder it will be to remove. Don’t leave it too late, start removing that stain today.   

The dried red stain on wooden surfaces, no matter how hard you clean, leaves a light pink design embedded in the worktop. 

  • Steam cleaning will only help if the stain is caught early; using steam cleaning on new stains can prevent it from setting. Steam cleaning will not affect old stains. So how can you remove red stains from wooden worktops?  

An alternative is Ammonia, which is a compound of nitrogen and hydrogen.

It’s found in many household cleaning products e.g., Flash, and Dettol. Apart from its potent smell, Ammonia is a safe yet strong product to use to remove stains.

Chemical-free alternatives are white vinegar, and baking soda is a good way of removing stains. 

Can Steam Cleaning Remove Grease from Wooden Surfaces?

As many of us know grease doesn’t just simply wipe away, being a challenge to clean for homeowners and industries.

Grease tends to be oil-based which makes it such a task to clean and clear. But can steam cleaners help to remove grease?  

A good quality steam cleaner can remove grease from wooden worktops effortlessly. The steam produced penetrates pores and removes grease from tiny crevices.

The steam can also kill up to 99% of harmful bacteria left on surfaces.  

Steam cleaning is a great product to use in the food industry and home kitchens where grease is commonly found.

Steam cleaning is also a great chemical-free alternative for industries working around food like hospitality. Reducing the chance of chemical contamination and being just as effective as most cleaning products.  

Picture of a wooden floor after cleaning it with a steam cleaner.

Does Steam Cleaning Improve the Look of Wooden Surfaces?

Is your desk, kitchen worktop or even dining table looking a little worse for wear? Over time surfaces can become discolored, designs can fade, and you can start to forget what they looked like when new.  

Steam cleaning can work to remove stains, dirt, and dust mites that are not visible to us. Removing such stains can help revitalize the appearance of wooden surfaces. No need for any harsh chemicals. 

After steam cleaning, we would advise you to use a ‘wood feeding’ polish, such as Lavender polish to your wooden surfaces; this stops your wood from dulling, and not only will it add a lovely sheen, but it also brings the wood back to life. 

How Effective are Steam Cleaners at Destroying Bacteria on Wooden Surfaces?

Why use harmful chemicals to disinfect your home when steam cleaning does it all for you?

Steam cleaning is an effective and chemical-free way to sanitize your home. Heat has always been one of the most effective ways to destroy bacteria and microbial pathogens, but steam cleaners can do much more.  

Steam cleaners get to work instantly at fighting off harmful bacteria, viruses, germs, and even fleas.  

Quality steam cleaners have a water container that heats the steam to 175+° F, making it 99% effective against bacteria and viruses.  


Steam cleaning is a great way to remove dirt, grime, and stains from wooden worktops leaving them looking fresh and new.

Steam cleaning is an effective eco-friendly way to destroy bacteria, viruses, and harmful germs, keeping your family safe. 

Use Lavender polish on your wooden surfaces; this stops your wood from dulling

The only substance steam cleaning can’t help to remove is bold colored stains like red wine or blood, once they have ‘set’.

Below is a YouTube video showing how to clean wood stairs with a steam cleaner.

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