Thursday, May 28, 2009

Hot Steamy Love

Bleatings from EnviRambo.

I have over 2,200 square feet of hard floor surfaces to clean.  With a combination of hardwood, tile, and vinyl, it offers the potential for many cleaners, many dollars, and many chemicals.  Cleaners leave my house reeking of lemon, spring rain, or pine trees.  And, companies are always coming out with a new and improved, better performing, make-my-life-easier version that I just have to have.  It eventually leaves me with dirty floors, a smelly house, a cupboard full of half-used toxic chemicals, guilt that I am not the perfect housewife with sparkling clean floors, and an empty pocketbook.  I have found them all to be unnecessary.  

Through the power of water I can have chemical-free sparkling-clean floors you could eat off of.  Yes, by using just water - and a little heat.  Steam cleaning has been around for a while.  Perhaps you have seen the infomercials for the Shark steam cleaner?  Tired of lackluster results and back-breaking scrubbing on my hands and knees, I decided to give steam cleaning a try.  After online research and review reading I decided on the Eureka Enviro Steamer.

I was pleasantly surprised to discover it matched my kitchen.  The only assembly required was screwing the telescopic handle to the base.  I was up and running within five minutes of unpacking.  The instructions were very easy to follow.  The unit only requires 12 ounces of water to work, giving you an operating time of 15 minutes.  A convenient indicator light alerts you of when it is time to add water.  Refilling was easy as well.  I was able to do so without waiting for the unit to cool down.  Just turned it off, unplugged, unscrewed the cap and poured in fresh water.  It reheated within 3 minutes and I resumed cleaning.  The steamer is ideal for ceramic, marble, vinyl, parquet, stone, linoleum and sealed hardwood floors.  It requires no chemicals to clean and utilizes plain tap water.  As an added bonus, the packaging included little plastic.

The unit was supported by cardboard, not sytrofoam.  The only plastic in the packaging was the handle on the box and an unnecessary in my opinion plastic bag around the head of the unit.  There was also the red tag attached that stated "Do not use chemicals".  I do feel the company could eliminate these pieces or replace them with something more sustainable.  The unit itself is plastic and came with a plastic funnel and cup for adding water.

I made short work of the kitchen tile and mudroom vinyl.  It was the wood floors that really needed to be cleaned.  Other than sweeping, I am embarrassed to admit that the wood floors, which comprise 90% of our home, had not been cleaned since we moved in two years ago.  And it was beginning to show.

Dirt, grime, scuff marks, remnants of dinners past, spills from holiday gatherings, reminders of the box elder bug invasion, and other unidentifiable debris littered the floor.  The steam cleaner effortlessly blazed its way through them all.  It is night and day difference as evident by the floorcloth comparison.  The cloths are reusable and only need to be thrown in the wash to maintain.

This machine is streamlined enough for clean freaks to easily use once a week and so speedy that an overburdened mother can whip it out on a moments notice and quickly power through months of grime before her mother-in-law walks through the door.  I love it.

My floors are clean, my cupboard is empty, my pocketbook is full, my ego is intact, and my conscience is clear that my family remains safe in the one place above all other that they should be - home.


Green Bean said...

Okay, that was hot! I got a total thrill from seeing the clean and dirty floor pads. I've got steam cleaner envy.

Joyce said...

I think I'll get one of these! Like you, I've been frustrated with all the different cleaners, and we have a lot of barea floors to keep up with.

The Pirate Farmer said...

Oh how I wish you had titled this post "hot steamy love"!!

I hate my wood floors. Having two huge labs who don't understand the meaning of "get out of my flowerbed, fool" keep them in a constant state of icky. No matter how many times I try to clean them with a damp towel they never get clean. I might have to give this a try. Although, that color totally clashes with my red kitchen!

islandveggie said...

Wow! I clean my floors with a rag and a spray bottle of vinegar. Far, far from steamy love! That thing looks awesome :)

JessTrev said...

Soooo hawt! I lurve steam cleaning. Yours looks really perfect for floors. I use our clothing steamer, a pair of rubber gloves, and a pile of rags (I have to get on my hands and knees for my version of hot and steamy, though...). Jealous of your casual, walk around steamy love!

Jennifer Taggart, TheSmartMama said...

I love steam cleaning too! It is so easy - and if you like a little scent, drop some essential oils on the pad . . . HEAVEN!

June said...

Gotta get one! My wood floors will never look like yours, but I can give it a whirl (or a steam).

greeen sheeep said...

I used to be a hands and knees kinda girl, then I graduated to walking upright by using my dutch rubber broom with a cleaning rag rubber banded to it. Sprayed the floor with vinegar and used the broom to "mop" it.

I also have a Hoover floormate that I run vinegar and hot water through. It is less laborious than the vinegar/broom method, but it always left my floor way too wet, streaky, and not at all clean. I wasn't sure what it would do to the wood floors, so they went uncleaned for two years.

I am really glad I finally decided to go the steam route. It is easier than the vinegar/broom, less hassle than the Hoover floormate, and cleans better than both. Now that I have it, I don't know what I was waiting for.

Have any of you tried a hand held steamers? I wonder what one of those would be like for cleaning the bathroom? I could see using it in the shower, on and around the toilet, countertops, stinky shoes, funky-butt cushions on the couch, sweaty husband's side of the bed, pet bed, etc. I could have hot steamy love all over the house!

Robj98168 said...

What a let down! I thought there would be some hot steamy S.E.X. and photos- and your tlking about a floor steamer. False advertising.

The packaging is cool though.

greeen sheeep said...

Rob what to do think this is, Crunchy Chicken's blog?

Sorry to disappoint. With my husband overseas this is as close to hot steamy S.E.X. that I get.

suzannah said...

i just bought one of these last week and used it this morning!

my husband works at a camp, and they provide our housing, so our floors are sort of a hodge podge of weird. the wood isn't really hardwood (or pergo--more like scuffed plywood!), and the kitchen is a dull industrial something that never looks clean.

i'm totally jealous at how shiny and nice your floor look. i just did mine, and they're still pretty dull, but i know they're clean and safe for my kid who will eat of them if i don't stop her in time!

i love how they dry instantly, making clean up a breeze instead of an hour-plus long ordeal of barricading kids and dogs out:)

kathy said...

I have a steamer too. I got it when we adopted our youngest who has a genetic disorder, Cornelia Delange Syndrome, that makes her medically fragile. Now that she is nearly 7 and a pretty healthy kid, all things considered, I love it for the environmental reason listed. Hope you don't mind if I mention it on There is a nifty hand held steamer that takes the scum off shower doors. I can't believe how much better I feel about my life when my houe sparkles. organizing my surroundings organizes my thoughts and helps creativity flow. I just can't work in too much clutter.

Woman with a Hatchet said...

I think I may just have to buy one of these. I have 20 month old twins who DO eat off the floor. We can't seem to stop them, so it'd be nice if the floor were cleaner.

We're just doing our part to keep their immune systems healthy, I guess. And they're pretty healthy!

Monica said...

I just found your blog and love it! Have you heard of Norwex Enviro Products? Awesome chemical-free cleaning and personal care products. The website is You have to purchase through a consultant so if you are interested e-mail me, I'd love to help!


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