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How to kill fleas with steam

Updated April 17, 2017

Fleas and their eggs thrive in warm, moist environments. Therefore, using a normal steam cleaner in an attempt to kill them only provides additional comfort to the pests. Instead, a vapour steam cleaner which produces dry steam is required to kill fleas and their eggs. The vapour steam cleaner you use requires a minimum dry-steam temperature of 60 degrees Celsius to effectively kill fleas. To ensure that you are killing fleas that hatch between cleanings, use a vapour steam cleaner in your home at least once a month.

Slide a rubber band over the end of the hose on the steam cleaner.

Attach a large brush attachment to the end of the hose. Ensure that the rubber band is out of the way and does not get stuck between the hose and the attachment.

Wrap a clean dry towel over the large brush attachment.

Slide the rubber band over the towel to hold it in place.

Guide the large brush attachment over smooth surfaces, moving one inch every second. When cleaning carpets, upholstery and mattresses, move half an inch every second. Work the steam into dark cracks and crevices, where fleas tend to hide.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber band
  • Steam cleaner
  • Hose attachment
  • Large brush attachment
  • Towel
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About the Author

Meg Warren began writing how-to articles professionally in 2009. Born and raised in St. Louis, Miss., Warren has always been a creative person through art, writing and music. She is currently pursuing an associate degree at Patricia Stevens College for interior design.