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Anybody own a steam cleaner?(4 posts)

Anybody own a steam cleaner?SLB
Sep 23, 2002 11:51 AM
Does anyone own a steam cleaner for their carpet? If so what brand/model and would you recomend it?

I am debating whether it is a good investment, or if it would be more cost-effective to rent the one at the supermarket whenever I felt to need to clean. A decent steam cleaner will start at about $170 not including solution. A rental is about $30-40 a day.

how often will you use itColnagoFE
Sep 23, 2002 2:37 PM
i have a hoover steam vac and honestly dont use it all that often. it doesn't work as well as the commercial models and is still pretty bulky and inconvenient to use and clean out.
re: Anybody own a steam cleaner?rtyszko
Sep 24, 2002 4:47 AM
I had/have (it's on permanent loan) the upper end Hoover and I loved it. I had lots of carpets and lots of dogs and cats so I contantly used it and I feel that it worked well. For as often as I used to use it, it made it worth my while. I suppose that if you're just looking to do your house's carpets twice per year, I'd consider hiring in someone. There's no comparison to that and the ones that you can rent/own.

Bob Tyszko
WOM - Waste of moneymoneyman
Sep 24, 2002 6:06 AM
All that steam cleaning does is shorten the life of the carpet and turn the junk under the carpet into mud. Have you ever ripped up carpets? In April, we tore up carpet that has been on the floor for 9 years (we are the only owners of the house). We religiously vacuumed, had them professionally cleaned (no steam), and are generally clean people. The dirt and grime under the pads was embarassing - it looked like a beach with all the sand. When you steam clean, the steam goes through the carpet, saturates the pad, and turns all that gunk underneath into mud. Better to use a good vacuum and spot clean stains and things.

Also, since you asked, take your shoes off at the front door. All that dirt that comes in with you is what wears out the carpet and causes it to look nasty.

We replaced the carpets with hardwood and tile, covered by area rugs. A much better solution for us.

If you have nice wool area rugs, the kind made in southwest Asia, all you need to clean them is some ivory soap and a garden hose. Amazing that you can clean a $6,000 rug on your front lawn. I have learned more about those rugs than I care to admit.

Save you money. Buy some nice winter riding clothes instead.

$$ (Household hints free of charge)