Features of Steam Cleaners
Heavily used carpets, such as those exposed to children, pets, and heavy foot traffic often require the need for a good carpet steam cleaner. Carpet cleaners can be rented commercially, but it is most convenient to purchase your own for unexpected spills and stains. Carpet steam cleaners come in many sizes, and importantly, each has special features that you should consider before purchasing.
Most steam cleaner models can work well on the hot water that the operator adds initially, but some newer models do have a water heating option. This feature might actually increase the cleaning efficiency of the steam cleaner.
Rotating brushes are a feature designed to help lift dirt from the carpet, so this is important when purchasing a steam cleaner. The number of brushes do contribute to the price of the machine.
Tank Size and Design
Most steam cleaners of the upright design will hold about one gallon of cleaning solution and hot water mix. The canister styles can hold more, but the water will cool faster. Most people prefer seperate resevoirs so the cleaning solution is sequestered from the dirty water.
Upright or Canister
Uprights steam cleaners are generally better suited to cleaning large areas, but may be too be heavy to push around. Canisters are usually better for small jobs like car interiors and furniture.
Tools and Attachments
Depending on the needs and price range of your family, you might consider purchasing a model that has upholstery and stair attachments, auto cleaning tools, and possibly a bare floor attachment.