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How Do I Choose the Best Power Steamer?

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  • Written By: T. Carrier
  • Edited By: John Allen
  • Last Modified Date: 08 October 2018
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A power steamer is an electronic portable device that uses pressurized steam vapor for certain applications. In most cases, the device is used for cleaning and sanitation purposes, such as removing dirt and bacteria from a floor. An effective power steamer should be easy to assemble and possess ease of mobility. Certain features such as sweepers, cleaning solutions, and warranties will also accompany more comprehensive products. Online consumer review sites can apprise a buyer of individual brand strengths and weaknesses.

A good power steamer will often provide several services in one. Versatile steamers may be used on various surfaces, from clothing to wallpaper to different types of floors. Many products also include a sweeping feature that picks up loose particles and materials before cleaning. Other varieties may contain a movable hose that allows steaming into hard-to-reach areas. Some power steamers are designed like a mop while others are even self-operational, which means that they can be programmed to navigate and clean a room without the need for human guidance.

Certain power steamers may be designed specifically for floor cleaning. Some categories are made specifically for carpeting, while others are made for hardwood floors or similar types. This information should be clearly indicated on the package or in the product details. For this type of long-range cleaning, it is important that the steamer has a long operation time if it is rechargeable.

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Assembly is a major concern for many individuals using a steamer as well. An easily assembled power steamer can reduce stress and ensure proper functioning. Some of the best power steamers come already nearly pre-assembled in the box. Some only require a few screw installations before they are operational. Filter, buckets, and other additions should also be easily removable. In addition, an extension cord should ideally be included for large rooms.

Important inclusions accompany the best power steamers. A bucket should ideally be included with the purchase, and many offerings have an attractive design. Further, cleaning solutions can prove rather expensive as an individual purchase, so a buyer should seek purchases that include at least one free bottle of solution with the steamer. Some varieties require a certain type of solution, so users should research the average price for refill solutions.

Since any product or equipment is subject to malfunction, warranties should be available. These agreements guarantee that a consumer will either receive a refund or pre-paid repair work in the event that the equipment stops working properly. Warranties can run for a few months or even several years. Buyers should inquire about warranties on power steamers before making a purchase.

As with any consumer decision, online research can be a great benefit. Numerous sites exist that specialize in providing expert and consumer product reviews on many different products. Major retailers also often contain product review sections on their websites.

Other factors to consider when purchasing a power steamer include mobility and environmental awareness. An individual should choose a smaller and easily transportable brand unless the steamer is to be used for business purposes. Environmental regulations might also come into play in some regions where water pollution is an issue.

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