It’s only spring, but it’s hot in here already. That’s because I unboxed my new HomeRight SteamMachine today. You need this machine.
I got oodles of spring cleaning projects done today, and I haven’t even STARTED on what this baby can really do.
Did I tell you I turned down this machine twice already? Really. I feel like I’ve got too many gadgets, but when I was talking with my friends at HomeRight, the list of what this could do just kept mounting. So I said, sure, send me one. What the heck. I’ll give it a whirl. I’ve been more than happy with their power sprayer and the Paint Stick.
The thing is, I’ve thrown out TWO steamers within the last year. My stick mop from that big company kept clogging. That little green spot machine…same problem, plus I had to keep special shampoo to feed that. The third steamer that I own is a mid-sized garment steamer that isn’t quite powerful enough. This ONE little gadget replaces all three of them! The fewer appliances you have, the less you have to organize.
The three projects I lined up for today were:
- cleaning the entry rug
- cleaning the oven
- cleaning the bathroom tile and grout
They were supposed to send Scott McGillivray over with this machine to help out, but I had to go it alone. I was surprised how fast I was up and running with this machine. I highly recommend you watch Serena from Thrift Diving’s video, both for ideas and safety info. Love her. And then unpack all the goodies. Most of them get stored on board on the front compartment. Love that!
The first project was kind of a fail, but I think it’s really my fault. This wool rug (above) hasn’t been professionally cleaned in at least a decade (or ever). I can’t even believe I’m admitting that. But instead of steaming it, I ended up throwing it in the tub and thoroughly washing it. If you are starting with a relatively clean-ish rug, then you can keep it clean the way Laura shows you how to steam clean an area rug.
My second project, cleaning the oven, WIN! Who else is afraid of the self-cleaning oven feature? I usually just get in there with some baking soda and elbow grease, but the steam machine gives me a way to get hard to reach places. LOVE! You don’t really need for me to point to the before on the right, and the after on the left, do you? I would recommend, though, using the nylon brush head and not the brass one that I used.
The third project was a laugh for this little machine. I mean, it just laughs at grout. It was born to clean grout. I’ve had the whitener/sealer to rehab my bathroom grout for a few weeks, but you need to thoroughly clean the floor first, or you won’t get a good application. Well, with just a few minutes, all of my tile, grout, and nasty corners are CLEAN! I guess I’ll have to touch up those few spots and apply the sealer, now. I almost don’t even need the whitener. Compare the upper left corner of these pictures. Yep. Really.
Did I say three projects? Right. I couldn’t stop myself. This little mess on my closet carpet has been there for years. I tried spot treatments, but thought this carpet was a lot cause. This steam machine nailed it! About 10 minutes of alternating steam and scrubbing with a plain old microfiber cloth almost got it out. I scrubbed with a little baking soda for just a minute, and now those stains are history.
That was the moment this little steamer won my heart.
Checking under the carpet, the steam did reach under the pad, so if you are doing spot treatment on top of a hardwood floor, protect the floor underneath from the water with a silicone pad or additional layers of carpet. If you are on top of a plywood or cement subfloor, I wouldn’t worry at all.
I couldn’t put it away without doing the kitchen floor, which hasn’t been scrubbed since I gave away the stick mop last year. The very expensive, frustrating mop. I hated that thing. Never got hot enough. Would cycle steam on and off. And always clogged! With the HomeRight steamer, as long as I’m pulling the trigger, that thing is smoking. Kitchen and bathroom floor are sparkling tonight. I can enjoy those clean floors for an entire 10 hours before the little ones hit the floor tomorrow morning. Sorry it’s a grainy picture. I know I’m not the only mom who cleans floors at night.
One last project…the wood floors in the foyer where I started the day. With the foyer rug still drying in the tub, I took a quick swipe at this floor. I had no idea how many “scratches” were actually just dirt. It looks amazing right now. Sorry, no picture of this one. By then I was beat.
If you’ve read through this whole post, you are truly a friend of mine. I’ve written about sexier topics, but this one can be super important, especially if, like me, you are trying to reduce the chemical load in your household. I’m down to just a handful of cleaners, and baking soda is the one I reach for the most. You don’t want to ever add chemicals to your steamer, but steaming something you’ve treated with Oxi or baking soda is just fine. For those of us with allergies, having a steamer on hand can help keep the house healthier with less dirt AND fewer chemicals.
I have got a long, long list of projects for this little machine for the future. I’m amazed at what it’s capabilities are:
- freshen and de-crease drapes
- de-wrinkle sofa slipcover (Did that this week at a home we’re staging. LOVE!)
- clean baseboards
- clean grill
- sanitize mattress and kill dust mites
- remove pet stains on carpet
- clean front door glass
- steam clothes for consignment sales
- REMOVE WALLPAPER. Oh yeah. I’ll be doing that, but probably not for another year. (Update: We came. We steamed. We conquered.)
I’ve never seen HomeRight in stores. You’re going to want to head to HomeRight.com to look for this SteamMachine under products. I don’t think they stock them at the big box stores. But I could not believe when I saw the price. $99 is so worth it for all that power.
Guess what? HomeRight is going to pony up for another SteamMachine for me to give away to YOU! I can’t keep all this steamy goodness to myself. Enter below!
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