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We have a steam cleaner and I try to use it every 6 months or so. How often do you steam clean your carpets? It's amazing how much dirt comes up even though we take off our shoes when we come into the house!!


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OK you guys reminded me that I have this Hoover SteamVac sitting in our living room that has been broken for months - we bought ourselves a new one but I hate to throw this away just because the clean water tank has a leak. So now I have my boyfriend in the kitchen sealing up the leak and I ordered the $5 replacement valve on the web (which cost $12 to ship!!). Anyway, now we can at least donate it to charity once we get it working again. Maybe a friend of ours will take it ...


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We use a Rug Doctor every 3 months. We do not use the cleaners for it, though. We use vinegar, Simple Green, or plain water, depends on how bad a stain is.


Funny, we have a Hoover SteamVac sitting in the back room. Motor went *poof* on it. The Rug Doctor did better than the Hoover, though.


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We got a Bissell to replace the Hoover and actually the Hoover seems to have worked better than the Bissell. Parts did fail on the SteamVac - we had to get a new brush set and are now replacing that valve but in general it seemed to suck up dirt far better than the Bissell did. We're just going with the Bissell since that Hoover was not holding together very well.

We have a little hand held spot cleaner too, that you put down on a spot and leave it there for 5 minutes and it cleans up the spot. That's also a Bissell.


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We don't steam clean. Having wet carpets for several hours in a high humidity area leads to mold growth. Not a great trade off for stain removal.

We spot clean and occasionally will have Chem-Dri come in and do a quick job (whatever it is they use dries in under an hour and it works).

I'd prefer to get rid of the carpet entirely and put in hard floors. Maybe after that ephemeral tax rebate...

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Yes agreed steam is the best mode of dry cleaning.Whether it is furniture,walls,carpets or for the matter a steam bath.


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I'm afraid of dry cleaning chemical types - but I have the luxury of living in a VERY dry area. We were talking about this in my "do your bathroom towels dry overnight" thread in my low carb forum smile So if we steam clean our carpets here, they dry in under an hour. So we get super clean carpets, using just water and safe detergent (or heck just water alone sometimes) and then POOF they're dry.

The more I hear about these humid areas, the scarier it sounds. I can't imagine living in a moldy house!! I imagine there must be some benefits though smile


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Lynn- Have you seen the new steamers that dry as they clean? They seem to do a pretty good job. Borrowed a friend's a few times.

When we used the Rug Doctor, we turn on all the ceiling fans, high setting, and also place box fans around the room. For the winter, we're lucky as the heat registers are at the bottom of the wall and the hot air goes right across the carpet.

Using vinegar in the water can dramatically reduce the chance of mold/mildew attacking the carpet, though I agree that hard floors will nearly eliminate the risk totally.


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Dry as they clean sounds like a great idea!!

The Scooba uses vinegar plus water as one of its standard mixes smile


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OK we FINALLY repaired our old steam cleaner and I hauled it downstairs into the basement. I didn't want to use our "regular" steam cleaner on the basement carpet because we have 2 cats and this thing is just grody. I didn't want the good cleaner gunked up with this stuff. But now that we have a "junk steam cleaner" I was quite happy to get that carpet clean!

And now it smells SO much nicer down in the basement, which is where my dance dance revolution setup is and the Bowflex. It's also where Bob's dart area is set up. So this is good for so many reasons!


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