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Anyone own a steam cleaner? Steam spot cleaner? Steam floor cleaner?
Love it? hate it? What brand?
All the reviews online are so mixed. It seems people either love it, too lazy to use it, or it breaks.
I have a Bissell steam cleaner for the carpets. It's not a miracle worker, but it works well. Much easier than renting one.
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I have one for the floors, and one for the carpets. The floor version is a Shark; the floor is a Bissell. The Shark requires replacement pads at $20 for two; the Bissell requires special cleaning fluid, and has just begun to leak after about two years. Works well, though (the Bissell). The Shark is probably in its last year of use. Both are ideal for pet issues; otherwise, renting one for a day might be cheaper.
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I have a Bissell Little Green and find it pretty good. I cleaned my settees last week for the second time and it made a better job of them than the professional cleaner I had do them (he may have just been not very good at his job though!). I've also cleaned various marks off the carpets successfully.
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I have the Bissell Little Green as well and really like. Easy to use, and things turn out well. I like that it doesn't soak stuff, especially when I use it on the chaise.
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That's true - when I have mine professionally done they take hours to dry, doing them myself they dry so much quicker. Though I do always do them on a warm day when I can open all the windows.
3b in South Australia.
I have a Shark Pocket Steam Mop ~ not sure whether you're looking for carpet or floor cleaning. I have my carpets professionally cleaned by a local kick-ass, one-man carpet cleaning operation. He won my heart by effortlessly getting out a huge pink vomit stain that no one else ~ even the big name cleaners ~ couldn't. If you're looking for carpet cleaning advice, disregard this post.
It's the second SPSM I've owned. My first Shark gave out after 4 years of weekly use (and I really worked the steamer on it), so, because I've always been relatively satisfied with it, I bought another. Bitterly disappointed. They revised the steam delivery, and now while it doesn't really release enough steam with just the regular mopping action, if you pump it like I did with the original to increase steam production, it just gets the mophead sopping wet and not in a good way. I called the company to try to get one of the old mophead frames, but they don't make them any longer. The first question the rep asked me was if I was just using the steam produced by the mopping action, or was I performing additional handle pumping, which he then told me to stop doing. I guess that means I'm not the only one complaining about it. This worked great to produce extra steam with the other mop.
I know that seems like this would mean more steam and better cleaning/sanitizing, but it doesn't. It just results in a dripping mophead and floors that take forever to dry ~ so, pretty much like regular mopping.
I also have a Shark handheld steamer, but I'm not really sure it's good for anything. I used to use it to clean my bathroom, but it takes so much time, and I'm not sure the steam is powerful enough to do much actual cleaning or disinfecting.
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