I finally did it! I purchased a steam vacuum! It's really sad that I am this excited but I can't help it!
We have only two carpeted rooms in our house- the den (Southerners call it "the keeping room" so we do too) and the master bedroom. In the past we've had a yearly visit from Stanley Steamer. However, that was silly because for the price of 1 Stanley visit, I purchased my own steam vac.
Hoover SteamVac Carpet Cleaner with Clean Surge, F5914-900
from Amazon.com for $139
It cleans carpeted floors and hardwoods as well. It also comes with an upholstery attachment and a spot cleaning tool.
After reading the instructions the vacuum was easy to use. I vacuumed both carpeted rooms and then used the upholstery tool on my kitchen chairs. I wish I had taken some photos of the chairs. It made a huge difference. I promise I will take photos next time!
Overall, I am very pleased with my purchase. Here is the run down of pros and cons:
My carpets are clean! Stains came out! Got A LOT of dirt out of my carpeting and upholstery
Easy to use
Carpets dry very quickly in just a few hours
Price- paid for itself by in one use
I have to vacuum
I now realize that carpeting is totally unsanitary. I can't believe how much dirt came up!
Takes some work to clean the machine afterwards- however, this is the case with all steam vacs
It's big and heavy- needs to be stored in our basement
Does anyone else have a steam vacuum? Do you like it? Any other creative uses for it?