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What is a steam vacuum?
Steam vacuums are home carpet cleaners. However, they don't actually use steam to clean. Instead, they clean carpets by spraying a solution of water and detergent onto the carpet, scrubbing the carpet with brushes and then sucking the water back up.
These machines are also called deep cleaners or carpet extractors.
How well do steam vacuums work?
Consumer Reports, which has conducted two reviews of steam vacuums (the last in July 2003), says that there have been improvements. However, the magazine still rates home steam vacuums as less satisfactory than a professional carpet cleaning service.
Also, reviews show that steam cleaners leak, and have durability issues.
What are the advantages of steam vacuums or home carpet cleaners?
Steam vacuums can be stored in a closet for use whenever you want to clean your carpet. Otherwise, you usually have to call a professional cleaning service or schlep to the store to rent a carpet cleaner.
What are the disadvantages of steam vacuums?
Consumers are often disappointed by the performance of home deep cleaners on dirty carpets. These carpet cleaners work best for periodic cleaning on lightly soiled carpets. They are not designed to remove stains, or clean very dirty carpets.
What are the styles of steam vacuums?
Like regular vacuums, there are both upright and canister models available. Remember, uprights are easier to store and usually have more attachments. Canisters are easier to maneuver in stair areas or for doing upholstery. They also usually hold more water.
What are some of the features to be aware of when shopping?
Here are some questions to keep in mind:
What is the range in price for steam vacuums?From just under $100 to more than $300.
Who are some of the manufacturers?
Hoover, Bissell and Dirt Devil are among those with models available.