Stains happen to everyone, and often, there is no way to avoid them. But in a day and age where there are countless machines, chemicals and tricks to use, how do you know which product will make your fabric look as good as new? One of the most popular stain removal products is the chemical spray cleaner. With most spray cleaners, all it takes is a couple squirts, patience, and a little elbow grease. Perfect for laundry, spray cleaners dominate the stain removal world, removing stains right before you throw them in the wash.
There are also many sprays for carpet that require a couple sprays, and some tough scrubbing, but they have been proven as very effective means for cleaning. Unfortunately they are poisonous and dangerous if you have small children or pets. If your looking for an alternative to sprays, one of the newer stain removal technologies is the steam cleaner. These contains no chemicals, and are much safer to use around the family. There are basically two different types of steam cleaners, the difference being how the steam is created. The first type uses a cooler but more humid steam. Because the water is not boiled, the steam will be more “wet”.
The second is a hot and dry steam. The machine boils the water, usually to about 260 degrees Celsius, creating a very low humidity steam or a dry steam as it is more commonly referred to. Generally people prefer the dry steam machine. It is environmentally friendly, and the water goes a long way, using one quart to produce about a thousand gallons of steam. Also, the area cleaned drys faster because the dry steam machine leaves less moisture, which is good for people with allergies.
Home steam cleaners are becoming more and more popular as people realize they are sufficient means to cleaning and there is no need to hire an expensive professional cleaner! It is advised though that if you are going to buy one, shop around a bit, and make sure you are getting what you paid for. If your looking for something less costly, hand held steam cleaners are also available. As their name implies, these are smaller, more portable versions of the steam cleaner.
They are not quite as powerful, but they are much cheaper and easier to use because of their versatility. The applications vary, but hand held steam cleaners are mainly used smaller for smaller jobs, such as cleaning a stove, or counter top. There are many different ways to remove a stain and the decision can be tough. The best advice is to choose which machine fits your stain, and shop around, making sure you make the right decision for your household needs.