Steam cleaners have become a major hit in many British households for their easy cleaning ability. It’s easy to see the value in a cleaning method that handles nearly every aspect of everyday cleaning without the need for harsh chemicals. History shows that steam cleaners are typically associated with carpet cleaning, which brings us to the subject of this article. When it comes to carpet cleaning, what steam cleaner is the best? Here are a few tips on the important aspects of carpet cleaning, and a few of our picks for the best steam cleaners that make the grade:
Tip #1: Carpets do not need to be saturated to be cleaned
As a general rule, you want to make sure that your carpet steam cleaner is not emitting tons of steam. Contrary to popular belief, when it comes to steam cleaning carpets, less is more. Less water means less dampness, and less dampness in carpets means less potential for mould and mildew buildup. In other words you want a steam cleaner that produces “dry steam” – an effect which maximizes the heat and cleaning potential of boiling water without “washing” the carpet. This will make your carpets cleaner, more sanitary, and remove bacteria and allergens without risk. Vapour steam cleaners such as the Polti Vaporetto Eco Pro 3.0 Steam Cleaner, Polti Vaporetto Evolution Steam Cleaner or Kärcher Multi-Purpose Steam Cleaner are ideal for this kind of work.
Tip #2: Determine what kind of steam cleaning your carpets require
The amount of carpet you have in your home will determine what kind of steam cleaner you should use. For example, if you want full-area coverage in a house predominantly floored with carpet, you may want a steam mop with carpet attachment or a vapour steam cleaner. These are great for regular use and can get the job done fairly quickly. A few examples are the Morphy Richards 720022 12-in-1 Steam Cleaner, H2O Mop X5 5 in 1 Portable Steam Mop Multi Purpose and Shark 2 in1 Electric Steam Cleaner Mop.
Tip #3: Think about what else you want from a carpet steam cleaner
Do you want a steam cleaner limited only to carpets, or would you prefer for it to be able to handle other aspects of your home cleaning needs? We personally prefer multi-purpose steam cleaners for the simple reason that they can be used across multiple parts of your home. This reduces your cleaning time and helps with your overall productivity, allowing you more time to do the things that are important to you. Ideally, you want a steam cleaner that can handle carpet, upholstery and hard surfaces like tiles and hardwood. A few products that fit this bill are the Polti Vaporetto Go Steam Cleaner, Beldray 10-in-1 Steam Cleaner and Efbe-Schott High Pressure Steam Cleaner.