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.