December 15, 2020
Did you also go crazy for finding a steam cleaner for the carpet as I did?
Are you overwhelmed with the variety of models and brands available?
Do you have no idea, which steam cleaner will work the best on your new, expensive carpet?
Well, I was in the same situation as you are, that’s why I have compiled my whole research together, and written this article to help you out!
I won’t brag about how difficult it was to this research, but yes this has been helpful for my friends and family! I know these days with work from home it’s impossible to spend time on cleaning! Get a carpet cleaner and divide work within your family!
I would recommend grabbing a pen and a paper to list down all the models you have seen so far so that you can weigh it against this article! If you have not listed any steam cleaners for carpet, I have done that for you too.
Here are all the reasons and potential checklist that you need to verify before buying a carpet steam cleaner. Make sure to check each model against the order of the points of the article from 1 to 9.
Weight and size are the most critical factors. It will help you know how many places you need to store the carpet steam cleaner, and how much weight you have to carry for cleaning your house! If you have kids in this house, then you should opt for a steam cleaner that is light weighted and smaller in size. Check if it is ok with you to carry such a heavy carpet steam cleaner across the house. Most of the people store their carpet cleaner in a closet just like Monica from friends did! So yes, the first thing you need to check is weight and size!
What’s the use of a carpet steam cleaner if you do not get the accessories and attachments that help you clean those small corners of your room. Many brands offer different attachments to clean different types of floor. If you have one such type of carpet steam cleaner on your list, then go for it. It will save space in the house, and it will make it easier for you to switch modes for cleaning different floors, rather than changing the whole cleaner.
Many steam cleaner brands for carpets sell attachments separately, which keeps on increasing price, beware of such brands as they are nothing but a scam!
I’ll be honest with you, and I wasn’t much concerned about the sanitization option earlier. But COVID-19 around every corner of the world, I would recommend buying a carpet steam cleaner that not only cleans your house but allows you to use surface cleaners that can sanitize your home. We have come to a level that cleaning is not enough. Our kids, parents, siblings, and even you are at risk of getting this virus. I use sprays and steam cleaners that let me sanitize my house from viruses and germs and not just clean it.
Just because we have all the money in our pocket, it does not mean we can buy the most expensive steam cleaner for the carpet for our house. The high cost is not associated with high-end features and of course, cleaning! Also, you need to see the type of steam cleaner you want to buy. Steam mops and handheld steam cleaners cost less as compared to cylinder type steam cleaners. However, the cylinder type cleaners are multi-purpose, taking the extra cleaning load off you.
There are many high-end steam cleaners that I did not have a positive experience with. It took me twice the time to clean, which affected my whole routine and work. What I have experienced is low to mid-priced work well. They offer higher durability. But still, I would say check what your use for the steam cleaner is, then decide your price range, and then list down the steam cleaners for your carpet.
The amount of steam produced depends on the water in the tank. The time of steam cleaning you will get has a high dependency on the water tank. Steam cleaners with smaller water tanks take frequent refills. However, the steam cleaners with a large water tank have high heat up time. This is why I suggest you buy a steam cleaner that has a standard and mid-range size of the water tank.
The size of the water tank also varies from the type of steam cleaner you are palling to buy. So, think wisely! Personally, for me, it’s a large water tank as I can do other chores while the steam cleaner heats up!
There are various steam cleaners for carpet that can be used for other purposes as well. As mentioned earlier, go for a multi-purpose steam cleaner, helping you save time and space both.
Just like vacuum cleaners, steam cleaners also make some level of noise. However, the noise level of steam cleaners is lesser than a vacuum cleaner. But some models of carpet steam cleaners make a high level of noise, whereas others make lesser. Check the customer reviews of the model you are planning to buy.
Please verify the amount of noise they make as compared to claimed by the seller. It’s ok to have some level of noise, but it’s certainly not ok that noise gives you a headache depriving you and others in the house from performing other chores as well. Especially the situation of work from home has made it hard for everyone to work in the background noises.
These are the most important factors as they are related to the quality of cleaning you get. The temperature decides how hot the steam will be, and pressure determines the cleaning pressure generated by the steam cleaner. High pressure cleans deeper, removing all the dirt and germs. However, it can also damage your carpet. Therefore, make sure you buy a steam cleaner that has mid-level pressure and temperature so that you have the right amount of cleaning without damaging your carpet. Also, a high temperature and pressure cost more, so think wisely of this investment.
Now comes the best checklist feature. Now you have determined which steam cleaner on your list is perfect for your perfect. It’s time to see if all of them easier to use or not. This is the final deciding factor for you to see that if the steam cleaner is easier to use or not. If filling the water tank is easy if setting up temperature is easy, and most importantly if it is easier to set up the whole machine, even for your 13-year old!
This is all. If you have been eyeing to buy a carpet steam cleaner, I have prepared the checklist needed for you! Do let me know in the comments if this checklist has been helpful for you!