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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-01-2012, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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Carpet Steam Cleaners

In light of hairballs and the spots where Book soils himself when MowMOw pins him down I'm thinking it's time for a carpet steam cleaner to get out spots.

Anyone have one? What brand and what are the most important features?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-01-2012, 07:47 PM
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I have a Hoover SteamVac. I bought my first one about 15 years ago and just replaced it last summer. I bought another Hoover SteamVac, since I was very happy with my first one. I use it once a year to do a full cleaning of all rugs, carpets and fabric furniture, and I use it upon occasion to do spot cleaning of stains that I can't get out otherwise. It's extremely easy to use. When I do haul it out to do spot cleaning, it only takes 10 minutes to set it up, clean the spot and put it away. So it's not a major undertaking. Plus, it's relatively light, so it's easy to carry up and down stairs. Finally, it does a great job cleaning, although you should (and I do) use the pre-cleaning solution, as recommended. When I bought my first SteamVac, I had off-white carpeting and teenagers...and when I sold that particular house, the carpeting looked brand new. I still have several rugs and light colored fabric furniture (couch and chairs) that are all more than 10 years old, yet they also look brand new. Highly recommended.
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Yeah, that's my problem with my new apartment. The OLD apartment rug was brown and to be honest.....cat stains blended in. The new rug is a light beige and everything shows up.

I was thinking a handheld small one but I really like the idea of doing thorough cleanings in between my twice yearly professional cleanings..
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-01-2012, 08:17 PM
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I had a while back the bissell little green machine for spot cleaning. It was great, and had a built in heater so the water stayed hot. I lent it to my mother and she dropped it down concrete stairs though, and that was that. I've since gotten a full size steamer, another bissell, and that one, although large and cumbersome, also does a good job with stains. Thankfully, I don't have to use it often. I miss my little spot machine. I use Resolve now in between, and it typically pulls up the stain without having to go back with the steamer, I also use it as a pretreatment when I do have to pull out the big machine.


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I bought a small hand held one last summer, before I got around to replacing my Hoover. It's a Bissell SpotLifter. Useless! I do a better job with a scrubbing brush and bucket. I can't say if all the handheld ones are the same, but I wasn't impressed with the Bissell.
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