must-have family tool: hoover steam vac

Since I spent 1 1/2 hours steam cleaning my first floor carpets this morning for the 1st Communion Party, I thought I’d share some tips on using a steam vac.

My tips for the Hoover Steam Vac

1. Extract the detergent 3 to 4 times; do a hot water rinse if you have time.
2. Get the Hoover Steam vac serviced once a year to make sure all the stuck junk is removed properly.
3. I’ve used several different detergents and vinegar, and all have worked fine on my carpets.

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After working in the fundraising world for over ten years, Barb is an avid runner, writer, photographer, parent volunteer, and lover of dictionaries and thesauruses. Wife to an engineer and mom to 5 kids, Barb lives in the suburbs of Philly. Her idea of relaxation is an afternoon on the couch with a stack of books.

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  1. says

    Hey Barb, nice work! Now we all know who to ‘borrow’ a steam vac from (kidding, kidding). Time to hit Hoover up for one for a giveaway don’t you think? The film critic…
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  2. Cheeryshirley says

    Really enjoyed the video! I’ll bet your carpets are CLEAN! We pulled all our carpets up and have smooth flooring…easier to clean. The previous owners owned two dogs and the smell was outrageous! UGH! Carpets are warmer and nicer to walk on, but, with a large family, have you considered going with wood or lino? That said, I LOVE a freshly clean carpet!!! Good job! :) Cheeryshirley

    • Barb says

      We’ve been pulling up the old flooring and installing Pergo. When we moved in, the people we bought the house from, installed carpet everywhere to hide how bad the floors were. As we renovate, we pull everything up and put down Pergo. Pergo has been fantastic with all the kids and having a dog for 3 years. I can’t wait to get rid of the rest of the carpet on the first floor. I think upstairs we’ll at least carpet the bedrooms. I’m not sure yet about the hallway or the stairs.

  3. Cheeryshirley says

    Ahhh! Way to go! Is the Pergo costly and is it hard to install yourself? Do you need special skill and/or equipment? Guess who’s thinking of Pergo for our home??? :) Cheeryshirley

    • Barb says

      I don’t remember how much it cost. It was easy to install. Any time a board gets damaged, one can pop out the boards to that point, replace the damaged board, and then re-installed the other boards.

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