The modern active home works hard, plays hard and can get a little dirty. Make cleaning and upkeep easy by purchasing a steam cleaner for the home and you will get upholstery looking and smelling new longer.
Instead of dealing with the hassle of renting a steam cleaner for a day or the expense of hiring professionals throughout the year owning a steam cleaner makes upholstery cleaning a manageable part of your home’s cleaning routine. Regular steam cleaning can also extend the life of your furniture, and remove more dirt, stains and debris than spot cleaning and vacuuming alone. Especially in homes where allergens are of concern, steam cleaning removes more of the organic matter that feeds and encourages the propagation of dust mites and microbes.
When shopping for a steam cleaner for upholstery, there are two major categories. Handheld steam cleaners can spot clean carpeting, or be used exclusively for rugs and furniture. Carpet steam cleaners are larger, but also have attachments for use on upholstery. For homes with a lot of carpeting, the larger dual purpose cleaner is a better choice, but in homes with flooring a handheld cleaner can suit the needs for exclusive spot and upholstery cleaning.
From BISSELL, the perennial expert in home cleaning accessories, the Little Green ProHeat (Model 14259) is a great product. It’s billed at a compact multipurpose carpet cleaner, but is a dream for upholstered furniture in addition to spot cleaning carpeting. Many users found it a great way to freshen up furniture that gets a little stale or musty from lounging pets. The suction out of the little unit is even sufficient for cleaning microsuede without leaving a watermark.
Top reviewers rave about its fantastic ability to treat recent spills and dirt but also to lighten and remove long-standing stains. It’s quick to set up, use and put away so messes are eliminated before they even have a chance to turn into stains. It weighs a manageable 13.4 pounds, making it easy to carry from closet to furniture to be cleaned. It also has a built in water heater to make cleaning solution up to twenty-five degrees hotter than water from the faucet to power out tough messes, and lift away long-standing mustiness.
The SpotClean Professional is also from BISSELL (Model 3624), and is a heavy-duty upholstery cleaner. It features a flex hose and includes 9 stair and tough stain tools to give you every advantage when tackling long-standing stains or dinginess in your upholstery. It also has the powerful suction necessary to clean microfiber couches. Works great in automotives and with its dimensions under 14” it can fit easily inside the car while you’re cleaning and since it weighs just over 16 pounds it’s easy to lift and carry wherever you need to go.
The large capacity water tank means you won’t have to make frequent trips back to the sink to fill up while you’re powering through your cleaning routine. Users love the superior suction and professional results from the SpotClean Pro, and cite the long power cord and easy wrap-up hose as some of its most convenient features.
The Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner isn’t just for carpeting. It works great on upholstery as well. The model has carpet-friendly wheels, making it easy to transport around the home without lifting. Simply wheel it up to the furniture to cleaned and use the handheld attachment to reach every nook and cranny of upholstery. It also has a great motorized oscillating scrub brush to do the hard work for you when it comes to scrubbing out messes.
The Portable Spot Cleaner advertises twice the amount of suction as found in other handheld steam cleaners, making it that much easier to get out stains and keep furniture cleaner for longer. Owners who love this machine tout the fact that it’s returned old or heavily trafficked areas of their home to like-new condition, and they can go longer between cleanings than with just vacuuming.
For chemical free cleaning, the Hand Held Multi-Purpose Steam Cleaner from Comforday is a well reviewed product. Not just limited to upholstery, it’s powerful steam cleaning action can be directed at counters, floors and vehicles as well. Because of the high water temperatures it can even be turned against mattresses to combat bed bugs. All while being 100% natural for consumers sensitive to chemicals and cleaning products. Because the steam is heated to 212 degrees fahrenheit, it can blast stains and messes out of upholstery and carpeting just as well as product that require cleaning chemicals. It’s very compact, dimensionally less than 10 inches and weighing just over 3 pounds, so can be a great tool for apartment dwellers, or homes with limited closet and garage space.
Another great lightweight steam cleaner is the Steamfast SF-510. While it’s not handheld, the base unit with the water features wheels, making it easy to transport and position wherever you plan on using it. It heats up fast, in under a minute and provides continuous steam for nearly an hour before needing a refill.
The SF-510 also features a telescopic pole, making it easy to clean drapes or reach otherwise tough to clean areas. With a small footprint of less than 12 inches, it fits easily into closets and pantries, wheel it out when it’s needed & tuck it away when you’re done. Steamfast also prides themselves on customer support and a one year warranty on all their products, in case it doesn’t work just the way you need it to. Their products are also well constructed and easy to maintain, meaning they last for years and keep working like new.
For steam cleaners that require a cleaning product, remember the the quality of cleaner will impact that effectiveness of the machine, take time to research a select a cleaner that best suits your needs. Home steam cleaners are the quick affordable way to keep upholstery fresh and clean.