Steam Cleaners Buying Guide
If you've got a dingy carpet , you may be doing more than damaging your reputation. Dirty rugs , carpets, upholstery and floors can spread bacteria and allergens in your home, easily causing sickness. The dangers of dirt are especially high for babies and small children , who spend most of their time crawling and playing on the ground. But don't panic; there is a solution to this icky, sometimes sticky problem! If you have a ton of carpeting your home and/or you don't want to spend the money on professional cleaning, it may be wise to invest in a household steam cleaner. Sometimes called heavyweight steam vacuums , these machines use a combination of water, detergent and suction power to remove stains, dirt, oil and bacteria from nearly any surface--many models come with special attachments for stairs, car interiors, bare floors, etc. So read the details on some of the different designs out there, take some of our simple suggestions and then let the cleaning begin!
Questions to Ask Before Purchase
- Do you need to use the steam cleaner on upholstery, bare floors, carpets or all of the above? Some models are designed for one specific surface, while others come with attachments to accommodate various surfaces.
- Is your carpet prone to set-in stains? Some steam cleaners won't be much help unless you pre-treat the tough stains first.
- Does your home have wall-to-wall carpet? Is it light in colour? If you have a ton of beige carpet in your hands, chances are that it will need a good cleaning every few months. Instead of spending money on frequently hiring professional cleaners, a personal steam cleaner may be a more convenient, economic option.
- How long is the warranty? Aim for two years or more so the pricey investment is worth it.
Check out some of the different models to figure out which may best suit your household's needs.