Baltic Manufacturing Group, SIA
Diklu iela 9
Riga, LV-1002

Office: +371 2781 9339
Cell: +372 2922 8078


Why Steam



Using steam differs from using high pressure hot or cold water to clean – including reduced runoff and power consumption. All steam cleaners are not equal; some provide much greater output and cleaning effectiveness than others which may appear similar. There are numerous applications where users obtain significant savings and improved performance using steam. Understanding these differences will help you select the right equipment, which can save you time and money and can improve the capabilities of your organization.

Pressure cleaning, even with hot water machines, leaves an oily film on surfaces. Sioux Steam Cleaners clean oily and greasy surfaces, completely eliminating oily residue faster and more thoroughly.

Steam cleaning action is not accomplished by a cloud of steam vapor, but by very hot water droplets accelerated by steam expansion in the nozzle. This process allows the water to reach the surface to be cleaned at a temperature as near the boiling point of water as is possible, enhancing the aggressiveness of most cleaning chemicals and making the task of thoroughly removing grease and oil much easier and faster.

Increased cleaning speed = LOWER OPERATING COSTS



1. Eliminate splash back during cleaning (onto operator, adjacent facilities and tools, etc.).

  • Improve operator safety.
  • Less mess and cleanup.

2. 57% less water consumption and runoff vs. hot water pressure washing.

  • Lower operating cost.
  • Less waste.
  • More environmentally friendly.

3.  Higher temperature increases the effectiveness of chemicals.

  • Reduced chemical usage.
  • Lower operating cost.

4.  Oily and greasy equipment and surfaces are cleaned more thoroughly.

  • Surfaces get cleaner, faster.
  • Completely eliminate oily residue.

5.  Reduced electrical consumption and smaller electric circuit required.  Many models can be run on a standard 15 Amp, 115 V circuit. 

  • Reduced electrical cost for the life of the equipment.
  • Versatility:  machine can be operated in many locations from a standard electrical receptacle.
  • Reduced installation costs. 


Principle One: EXPANSION
When water boils it changes from liquid to gas. The volume expands 1500 x !!!

Water droplets are accelerated in a properly designed nozzle.

Sioux Steam Cleaners heat water to 160C under 14 BAR, then discharge through the steam nozzle:

Sioux Steam Nozzle
Accelerates and directs the explosive energy of steam

A pressure washer nozzle used on a steam cleaner does neither!

Steam Nozzle vs. Wash Tip

Electric Circuit Required


Motor Power (kW)


30 LPM Hot Water Washer

19.9 kW

25 A, 460 V, Three Phase

30 LPM Steam Cleaner

4.1 kW

18 A, 230 V, Single Phase

Motor is about 1/5 the size
Less expensive to install, and more portable:

Uses 1/5 the electric energy!!!


  • Cleaning engines, transmissions, drive trains, and other equipment prior to performing service and maintenance work.
  • Thawing frozen drains, tanks, piping systems, culverts, etc., for street and highway departments, manufacturing and processing plants, pipelines, and other industries.
  • Thawing railroad tank cars to accelerate removal of viscous liquid contents, while ensuring that the maximum temperature is less than the boiling point of water (to prevent fires and other high temperature damage).
  • Removing chewing gum from sidewalks, tables, stadiums, entryways, etc.


To remove gum, hold the nozzle close.  Gum is totally dissolved instantly!


  • Degassing tanks prior to welding or other maintenance work, especially gasoline, oil, and petrochemical tanks of all sizes.
  • Preparing surfaces for painting, especially removal of cutting oils, grease, and similar oily or greasy substances.
  • Degreasing dies and tools in manufacturing operations.
  • Removing fats, grease, oils, and substances from surfaces and equipment in food processing plants.
  • Melting and removing paraffin and wax or grease from traps and drains in wastewater treatment plants, petroleum refineries, and for similar use in other industries.
  • Cleaning and restoring brick, block, stone and other masonry surfaces for maintenance or restoration projects, at monuments, cemeteries, and similar applications, where steam is more gentle and less intrusive and damaging than high pressure cleaning.
  • Wide range of other specialty applications

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