What’s the Difference Between a Vacuum Cleaner & a Carpet Steamer?

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Vacuum Cleaner versus Carpet Steamer

Carpeting is an investment and one of the best ways to give your home that aesthetic touch it needs. Since it costs you a buck, you need to make sure that you maintain it at all costs.

When you bring on your confused furry companions, enthusiastic kids, and sometimes bumbling adults, though, you can end up having the worst of messes. The sooner you get rid of that disaster, the better, which is why you need to invest in a reliable vacuum or carpet steamer.

That said, here are a few facts about the two devices.

Steamer Cleaner

Vacuums vs. Steam Cleaners

A vacuum cleaner is your regular go-to appliance that helps keep your carpets and rugs looking sharp no matter the time of day. With just a single pass, you can comfortably invite your friends and family for brunch.

It’s rare to find a home without a vacuum. However, those that don’t own one probably have the carpet steamer, which is an incredible alternative. A carpet steamer is a specialty device that comes out of the cleaning closet less often than a hoover. It’s an excellent choice if you have stubborn stains in high traffic areas or if you want to get rid of the spills.

Carpet steamers aren’t as easy to set up and run like vacuums, but they give you results worth the time. Since most people use these devices occasionally, many prefer renting rather than purchasing them.

Steam cleaners, carpet cleaners, and steam mops are all impressive pieces of equipment that make those lengthy and lackluster tasks of keeping your home fresh and shiny a lot easier.

Nevertheless, all of these products have benefits, and their best features and uses are pretty different. What you require the device for will ultimately determine which one will be the best choice for you and your family.

With that, let’s take a closer look.

Vacuum Cleaner

Vacuums are the most popular types of cleaning devices. They use suction to get rid of debris, dirt, dander, pet hair, and any other loose dirt specks from carpets and mats. You don’t use it with water or any type of cleaner.

With newer models coming up every day, though, manufacturers are going out of their way to offer you various attachments. With all the accessories that come with vacuums, you can easily clean all those small areas, stairs, and in between couch cushions.

Regularly vacuuming your floors and carpets keeps them looking fresh, but with time, you might notice dingy traffic areas and stubborn pet stains on your rug.

In as much as vacuum cleaners are great at their job, they can’t handle all the stains. So if this is the case, it’s time to get out and buy or rent that carpet steamer.

Pet and Carpet

Carpet Steamer

Carpet cleaners have changed significantly in the last few years. Some time back, the terms carpet cleaner and carpet shampooer used to refer to types of carpet cleaning devices that didn’t feature a water tank. They cleaned carpets and rugs using a cleaner in conjunction with brush action. The cleaning detergent stayed in the carpet to safeguard the fibers and wasn’t extracted, nor was any water applied. 

With technological advancements, though, today, the term carpet cleaner refers to any appliance that you can use to clean a carpet—including those with water tanks. Most of the modern carpet cleaners are steamers. They apply hot water or steam together with a liquid cleaning solution to the rug. The brushes rotate to lift the fibers and loosen the grime. Then, the water and cleaning solution is extracted into a wastewater reservoir on the device. They deep clean your carpets and remove the cleaning solution, later on, thus allowing the surface to dry quickly.

Even though some carpet steamers and cleansers feature a suction mechanism to get rid of the cleaning liquid and water from your rug after cleaning the area, you should remember to only use them for steaming or cleaning your carpets. You should never use them like a vacuum cleaner since you can damage them permanently.  

Spot Cleaner

Spot cleaners are compact, portable carpet steamers that are popular with pet owners. They work in the same way that most massive carpet steamers do—they apply a solution of cleaner and water to a spot on your carpet. The devices sit in one place, and then the rotating brushes do all the work. Subsequently, the solution (plus all the grit and grime) is removed from the carpet and dumped into a wastewater reservoir.

These compact steamers are also useful if you have any carpeted staircases, where the full-size appliances don’t fit.

Carpet Fibers

How They Work Together

Before you start steaming your carpet, you need to ensure that you always do a thorough cleaning with a vacuum cleaner to get rid of any pieces of debris.  After the steaming process, and once your carpet dries completely, make sure that you also remember to re-vacuum the area to lift the fibers and extract any detergent residue.

Keeping a home clean isn’t an easy task. Pesky allergens dirt and dander thrive around your home, and they don’t go away easily. Your furry friends are also top on the list of culprits that trigger allergies and asthma. They drag in all the grime, mud, and pollen on your carpets after playing all day outdoors. Therefore, with all these irritants threatening your living conditions, you need to invest in the perfect tool that can handle these situations.

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

Mark advises business, individuals, and organizations on how to use and get the best purifiers so as to maintain their offices and homes. For a fresher and cleaner environment, he is the man for you. He loves ideas and concepts and uses his skills to make them a reality.

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