Steam Carpet Cleaners

Which One Is Right For You?

For most folks, the idea of a steam carpet cleaner evokes visions of really deep, intense cleaning for all of their carpeted surfaces. Whether you need to purchase one for a large space or a small space, a residential area or a commercial area, for yourself or someone else, there are several essential factors that you need to consider when making this purchase. The purchaser will have high hopes that this appliance will last for many years to come. Therefore, make the most informed purchase possible and you will be spending your money wisely.

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Your first consideration should be price. While a super low price may make you smile, you need to be aware that when it comes to steam carpet cleaners the phrase “You get what you pay for” really rings true. Try to set your budget somewhat mid-range and keep your expectations realistic. At the same time, bear in mind that this purchase will last for a long time and will prove to be a cost savings in the long run.

You will also need to give some thought to the size of the area that you intend to clean and whether the models you are considering purchasing can handle that space. The requirements for a retiree’s small apartment steam cleaner will be very different than the needs of an appliance for family home that houses eight individuals as well as a few pets. If you are looking to clean large spaces you will want a steam cleaning vacuum that has a larger boiler, holding up to 64 ounces of water, as well as one that has a stainless-steel or aluminum boiler. Boilers made of these materials, versus those made of plastic, will be much more durable and not likely to crack or leak.

You will also want to look for a model that is easy to set-up, operate, attach accessories and store away. For instance, those with a detachable boiler are much easier to fill and therefore you will spend much less time setting up your appliance each time that you use it. Nothing is quite as frustrating as being inspired to use a home appliance, only to be frustrated and turned off by how complex or cumbersome the process may be. In those cases, the appliance does nothing more than take up space in the home and is rarely actually used.

At the same time, make sure that any steam cleaning model that you are pondering is easy to maneuver throughout your home. This is especially true if you live in a two story home or a property with a basement. Also, you should see if the power button has a locked option so that you do not have to continuously hold the button as you operate the device. This, too, can be exhausting and frustrating.

If you are looking to clean a variety of spaces (e.g., stairs, outdoor carpeting) then you should see if the appliance has a variety of accessories that you can use for specialized cleaning. For instance, a hand-held accessory for small crevices such as those in stairs or a variable steam output setting for when you need less power.

A steam vacuum carpet cleaner is a wise investment for most homeowners. Not only will it make your living space cleaner and healthier, but it will definitely extend the life of your carpets. An appliance such as this may require something of an investment, but when compared to renting a unit or having the carpeting professionally steam cleaned, it turns out to be a real bargain indeed.

Author: Leigh LaCava – Publisher of www.ilovemyvacuumreviews.comlives in Los Angeles with her husband Jeff and 15 year old daughter, Ava.

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