must-have family tool: hoover steam vac

by Barb on April 25, 2012

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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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nancy April 25, 2012 at 2:06 pm

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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Barb April 26, 2012 at 7:22 am

I made sure to include Hoover in the post and the tweet. ;) I’d be happy to demo a new one.


Cheeryshirley April 25, 2012 at 4:49 pm

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 April 26, 2012 at 7:21 am

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.


Cheeryshirley April 26, 2012 at 5:50 pm

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 April 26, 2012 at 6:38 pm

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.


Hk Carpet Cleaning June 19, 2013 at 2:54 am

As a family leader I have a lot confusion !!! I have got a child previous month he is new comer due to which he don’t know about how to maintain the room !!! will you tell me about that how to advice him to clean my room. Thanks for that.
Hk Carpet Cleaning recently of rain water damaged Carpets in Hong Kong


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