The local hardware store carries some Bissell models (Little Green and QuickSteamer PowerBrush). I just realized I have coupons that would bring the price way down!
What else can you use these on? I'd like to use it on the car upholstery and carpet. I read that people use these to clean their wood floors...wouldn't that make them warp eventually, or ruin the finish? (I have solid wood floors from the 50's.)
Can you use your own cleaning fluid?
that's really all we use it for these days though since our house now is all hardwoods
Mommy to Lily & Kane and we're homeschooling
It pulls a lot of the moisture out of the surface you are cleaning. Carpet is never completely dry just afters. What warps wood is water getting into the wood fibers and making them expand. I think if you have a good finish on your wood the moisture from a Little Green wouldn't be on the wood floor long enough warp.
BTW - I broke the nozzle on my Little Green (after many years of use and a run in with a determined toddler). It was easy and inexpensive to get a replacement part on their website. I'm fond of good customer service like that!
Update--I did buy the Little Green and have used it on the formerly white sofa, which is now much less grey!
This cleaner is essentially a shop vac with a narrow nozzle that makes it easier to vacuum up the liquid cleaner. Somehow I thought there was steam involved, but it's just hot water (which cools off rapidly).
Main benefit--I am much more easygoing about spills and stains because I know I can get them out of upholstery or carpet! Makes me a better host (I am no longer wincing when people approach the sofa with food or drinks in hand). Downside--now I can see how secretly filthy my carpets are!