Steam Cleaners are fun and work brilliantly
Why Steaming Is Best!
I first thought of buying a steam cleaner because of my respiratory allergies. Steam cleaners can be essential to allergy sufferers. This page begins with the story of my friend Triplosimac, the first one I had. Sadly he is not a US citizen yet, but maybe he hopes to emigrate. You can see him in the picture. Over the last few months the steam cleaner and I have become very well acquainted. He has been ill-used, but is happy. His picture shows a worn, tired and dusty appearance, but he has one of those lived in faces, unlike the newbies in the stores. He looks like that because he has worked tirelessly to save me from molds, dust mites and other unpleasantries including the patches where the kitties pee. This lens will tell you why I am a convert to domestic steam cleaners and what they can do for you too!
Photographs and images used here are my own, please do not copy.
Why is steaming better for your carpets
And how will it benefit the family?
It took me some time to discover what is the best appliance for pet owners. As chief of staff for three Persian cats you can well imagine the dust bunnies we generate. Removing fluff and animal by-products is not easy. Steaming is hot work, but is actually quite easy once you get the hang of it. Usually I hoover up while the boiler is heating the water. This gives me the best chance to get rid of the Persian fluff and various grubby bits before steaming. Vacuuming works best with the higher position on the multi-purpose floor tool, steam cleaning works best with the lower. I find it best to depress the trigger and move the tool really slowly over the carpet. You can really feel the pull here and the carpet comes up really nice.
Why do I need a steam vacuum?
How will ia steam vacuum cleaner benefit your family? Well, for a start if you have allergies it will remove, dust mites, pollens, dander and moulds. Steaming your kitchen tiles will kill bacteria and is much better for the environment than harsh floor cleaners. Pets who go outdoors bring in more than mud - steaming carpets, rugs, and upholstery will prevent ingrained dirt and stains and will kill flea larvae. You can even use it to squeegee your windows, clean the bath or launder a mattress. All of this without using chemicals! It has to be good!
Steam Cleaners - What do steam vacuums do?
Why it helps to get your carpet steam clean
Steam cleaners compare well with professional cleaning services. They deep clean your carpets and soft furnishings by sending steam vapour into the material which is then sucked out by a powerful wet and dry vacuum action. The best vacuum cleaners cannot do this. They remove surface dirt, but dirt that is ground in and longstanding is left behind to cause problems of wear and poor hygiene that affect allergy suffers. Use a steamer and the carpet pile bounces back - the feel is like new! Unlike carpet shampoos or fresheners, there is no irritating chemical residue, just pure, clean steam. All you need do is clean out your dustbox regularly and replace the filters when recommended. With one of these you'll be flying through the housework!
The Shark is versatile and cheap and will help with many of your household chores.
Shark Steam Cleaner - Versatile and Popular Budget Steamer (for hard surfaces only)
The Shark is popular in Europe as well as the states. It is a well known budget model for domestic use and is exceptional on hard surfaces. You can clean appliances, countertops, bathrooms, tiles, mirrors, glass using only tap water. Using steam turns ordinary tap water into a powerful cleanser.
I can recommend the Polti range to allergy sufferers and those who favour detergent free cleaning, I have the Lecoaspira now. These items are available on the UK Amazon site.
The Lowdown On The Big Hissy
Do Carpet Steam Cleaners really work?
The short answer? Yes. The 20 year old carpets in my new house were stinky and dull with no bounce. I thought I would have to replace them all and my credit was maxed - they now are clean and the pile is nearly like new, but my steam cleaner does MUCH more. I thought of calling in the professionals, but at 90 per carpet I thought the cleaner would be better value and so far I think I was right! Here is a review from www.hifreeads.co.uk:
Eventually I had to replace Triplosimac with a new steam vac basically because Colin killed it by running it on empty (not a good plan with steam cleaners). The new one is going strong - I used it only today to get rid of some stinky spots where furballs had been deposited. I also cleaned my mum's carpet, partly to remove the Vanish that the cleaning lady had been using for months as it was affecting mum's breathing in this hot weather.
Hoover Steam Cleaner - One of the Top Names in Cleaning
Unlike my Triplosimac, these cleaners are upright and use detergent. Hoover however is one of the most respected household names. The specifications of the Hoover Platinum Collection F8100900 are similar to my Triplosimac except for the use of detergent and the spinning brush technology which takes some of the work out of carpet cleaning.
Dog VS Vacuum Cleaner
This is an exceptional appliance. Although my preference is for totally green cleaners that do not use detergent, this one rinses on the back stroke so it would not be a major problem unless you suffered chemical allergies and the tiniest residue would upset you. I watched the video and was highly impressed, but I still love my Triplosimac!
My carpet cleaning equipment
Triplosimac EVT100 is MY lean mean steam machine
Can you imagine one machine that will do all this? No - neither could I. Believe you me, as an animal lover with mould and pollen allergies and Persian cats shedding continuously it was important to find a way to clean efficiently. I had a Dyson Animal vacuum cleaner (the best) to remove Persian fluffiness from my carpets, a mop to clean the kitchen floors. An air filter to remove dust mites, pollen spores, pet dander and moulds from the air and a Ventolin inhaler for when it didn't! Then I invested in the Triplosimac you see and retired the Dyson!!!
In this lens I have shared my enthusiasm for the Triplosimac steam cleaner and for steam cleaning in general. What do you think about it? Do you have one? Have you found it helpful? It would be nice to hear your thoughts, particularly on the green eco aspect of detergent free cleaning. Thank you for visiting!