By Janice from Pittsburgh, PA
I'm looking for a steam cleaner that can do it all. I already have a carpet steam cleaner but want one that can clean grout, showers, and have an attachment for tile floors. From what I've seen my only option is a handheld unit which is fine, I just want to find the best and most affordable one. I want to stay under $100.
By texlish from TX
I posted about this in the past and below is a copy... I personally prefer a "vapor" cleaner because for tough jobs like grout it will do a better job.
RE: Reviews of Hardwood Floor Steam Cleaners
Keep in mind, there are two classes of "steam" floor cleaners, steam cleaners and vapor cleaners. Steam cleaners heat up to about 220 degrees and leave the surface kinda wet. Vapor cleaners heat up to over 300 degrees and leave less moisture on the cleaned surface. Also the vapor cleaner cleans faster because of the increased heat. So if you can afford a vapor cleaner, they are vastly superior. The higher heat will not hurt your wood floors as you keep moving the floor attachment as it does clean quickly, especially on hard surface floors.
You also need to decide if you want a "stick" model that is only good for cleaning floors, or the canister model that is good for floors, counters and just about anything else. The canister model is the way to go as you will be cleaning everything with it and without using any chemicals, only tap water.
Whether you opt for a steam or vapor cleaner, the material of the boiler tank is so important. The choice is aluminum or stainless steel... The aluminum will eventually pit and leak, the stainless should last for many years if not forever. So, getting one with a stainless steel boiler tank is almost a no-brainer.
Here is a link that compares the different "vapor" cleaners, so they can clean virtually all surfaces, including the family car...
The model I bought is Reliable T630 (3rd from the top left at the above link). The one attachment it has that most others don't have is a carpet attachment and thus allows for cleaning carpets. This attachment was the determining factor in my decision to buy this machine.
Here is a link at eBay where it is sold $100 less then the posted retail price and another with 0 bids and a starting bid of $265. Both have FREE shipping!
This machine does an excellent job of cleaning, it works just as the manufacturers says and I have not had any problems with it, having owned it for about 18 months.
When I first bought this machine my wife wouldn't use it, thought it was just an expensive toy... We have brick floors in our kitchen, breakfast and family rooms, a bear to clean... My wife would constantly have to scrub the floor with a very stiff brush, then mop, this was a lot of work... One day I took out the vapor machine, vaporized the floor, moped up afterwards and the floor was the cleanest it has ever been! PLUS, it kills all pathogens, you really could eat off the floor after the vapor machine cleans it... She uses this machine for everything now, not a toy any more... :-)
AND there is a big advantage of buying a canister machine (such as the T630) as you really can clean anything with it, floors, counters, walls, toilets, etc... With a stick model, it is mostly a floor cleaner... You can also Google to see if you can find a better price, but I found the sellers on eBay had the best prices..
Jim in Jax
Does any have any ideas for how to clean the rotating brushes on my Hoover Steam Vac carpet cleaner? I've taken them off, soaked them in the sink, put them in the dishwasher, but there is still carpet fibers and hair that is stuck in the brush heads. Is there an easy way to clean these to get the build up out of the brush heads?
By go2jared from Columbus, OH
You will all ways have his problem with hairs and fluff,a common problem. The build up of debris on the Hoover roller brushes will result in loss of suction as well. Fit a "Hairyhog" attachment and you should limit the build up on the roller. Great for ingrained hairs which the rotating brushes do not remove.Tyres for the "Hairyhog"last for months and are inexpensive. Hope this solves your problem.
I own an H2O steam cleaner and want to continue using it for cleaning my carpets, but the carpet cleaning liquid that came with the machine is now all used up. I do not want to deal with this company and wonder what I can use to replace this concentrated cleaner that was mixed with water and came out in the steam leaving no soapy residue. As I am in Canada, I have to rely on Canadian retailers. I tried the Canadian Tire store, and they only have products that foam-up.
By Jeri from Ottawa, Canada
Try water only. My H20 Steam cleaner uses only water and it cleans. The steam that come from the cleaner is what cleans the rugs and floors. Hope this helps.
What is the best carpet steam cleaner?
By Irmgard from TX
I have a Bissell rug shampooer as well. I love it.
I also have a Bissell Spot Bot, which is a small rug shampooer spot cleaner. You just put the soap and water in, put the machine on the spill or where a pet may have had a wee-wee accident, push the botton and it cleans the spot through the various steam, rinse cycles itself. When your're done, if the entire area washing covered by the Spot Bot, just move it to the next spot and let it run.
My sister, sister in law and three coworkers have botten this. It's a life saver if you have children and/or pets. You don't have to drag out the big rug shampooer to clean up a small mess, like spilled juice, soda, etc.