LG Steam Wash: Benefits, How It Works, and Is It Worth It?

Steam washing is a method of washing where hot steam is used to loosen dirt, stains, and grime from clothes.

The hot steam penetrates the fabric and kills the bacteria, thereby eliminating the allergy-causing elements.

This is the exact reason why it is sometimes referred to as a sanitizing wash.

The heat from steam kills germs, bacteria, and other contaminants that would otherwise require a full wash cycle to remove, this, therefore, saves time and energy.

It is a quick and effective way of cleaning and sanitizing clothes.

The best thing with most LG washers is that almost all the models that come with steam wash features claim to eliminate 99.9% of allergens (1).

In fact, there is a dedicated wash cycle for this purpose and it is called Allergiene Cycle.

How Does the Steam Cycle Work In LG Washer?

The steam cycle works by passing the water through a heating element.

This heats the water to produce hot steam, hot enough to kill germs and bacteria.

Hot steam makes the washing machine more effective by raising the temperature in the drum, which further causes the fibers to loosen and absorb water more efficiently.

So, it is a special cycle that is specifically designed to clean clothes using hot steam.

How to use steam cycle on LG washer?

It is quite simple to use a steam cycle in your LG Washer.

Just select the Allergiene Cycle option when washing your clothes, this will automatically turn on the steam cycle in your washer.

In Order to use the Allergiene Cycle in your LG washer, follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Load the clothes and program the washer to start the Allergiene Cycle.

Step 2: Press the Auto Sanitize button if your machine has it. Some models don’t have this button, in this case, refer to the instructions that came with your machine.

Step 3: Press the Rinse button OR Start the wash cycle and let the machine do its job.

LG Steam Wash Benefits

lg steam wash benefits

Here are some well-known benefits of using the steam wash cycle in your LG washer.

Reduces wrinkles

It reduces the amount of time spent on ironing clothes, as the steam will remove the wrinkles.

The extra warmth of the steam will make your clothes softer and also sterilize them.

Eliminates allergens

Steam washers use a combination of water and steam to increase the temperature of the drum, this helps to kill bacteria and eliminate allergens.

Furthermore, it also softens and removes the stain residues.

Saves Time

If you use a steam wash machine, you’ll also save time by not having to iron your clothes. When using a steam wash, you can use the steam to flatten wrinkles on dress shirts. However, not all washing machines offer this feature.

Is steam option on washing machine worth it?

Before concluding with any thought it’s first important to know what your requirements are.

If you are a single individual staying in an apartment and maintaining good hygiene, then you may not really need a steam washer.

However, if there are more than 3 or 4 individuals staying in the apartment,

Then it may make a lot of sense to go for a steam washer.

Here’s why…

  • Tomato stains, baby poop, coffee, and other stains are generally very adamant and they can be most effectively removed by using the steam cycle.
  • If you have kids and pets at home, a steam cycle can be a blessing.
  • Furthermore, it helps to sanitize the clothes and keep the kids safe from allergens.

Does steam wash damage clothes?

You can steam wash almost any fabric. However, some fabrics such as velvet may not be steam friendly and get damaged easily.

Therefore, it’s important to go through the care label once before deciding to steam any fabric.

Is steam wash the same as dry clean?

Steam cleaning is different from dry cleaning. With steam cleaning, the clothes are cleaned using steam generated by your washers. Whereas, dry cleaning uses a solvent to clean the clothes.

The process of steam cleaning is different from that of dry cleaning.

Even though steam cleaning helps to kill germs and bacteria, they take significantly longer to dry and might not be as successful at removing stains as dry cleaning.

Does steaming shrink clothes?

Steam may shrink woolen or cotton clothes up to a certain extent.

Your garments don’t actually shrink from the steam itself, they shrink because of exposure to constant heat and high temperatures for an extended period of time.

It is, therefore recommended to go through the care label before using the steam cycle.

Final Thoughts

Steam washing can be a good way to clean and sanitize your clothes without using any chemicals.

But it is important to use it only after you have read the care label and gone through the washing instructions carefully.

With all that said, if you don’t own a steam washer and plan to get one, just do a cost-benefit analysis and see if it is worth the investment.

Hemant Sarkar is a seasoned techie with a diploma in computer science and an impressive track record of over 15 years in dealing with speakers, kitchen appliances, and various home appliance-related issues. He is widely recognized for his exceptional expertise in repairing dryers and washing machines from all major brands. In addition to his appliance repair prowess, Hemant maintains engaging blogs on topics related to music and speakers. For any inquiries or assistance regarding appliances or tech-related matters, you can reach out to him at: hemant (at) theportablelaundry.com.