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Although this bedbug thing is a Sisyphus-like nightmare (one where the boulder I push uphill not only just rolls back down the hill, but also squishes my feet on the way down and slowly squashes any friendships, since everyone is understandably terrified of catching bedbugs), the one nifty thing out of this is discovering the power of steam cleaning.

[ profile] confuseacat bought a really cool toy in the form of the Vapamore MR-100 steam cleaner. (Best loan/present ever.) And while he and I used it for purposes of bedbug-battling, we managed to play with some of the smaller heads in the kitchen, and whoa, you see dirt literally come flying away from whatever surface you're zapping.

That annoying bit of grease or dirt in the crevices of your sink and oven? Steam it with the grout head and it liquefies and melts right off. What took [ profile] paper_crystals and me several hours to do, in terms of scrubbing at stubborn, caked-on grossness in the kitchen took a few seconds per piece of grossness to clean up. I've spent many an hour attempting to scrub at oil stains on the walls, and there are a few that didn't come off. With this, it was steam, wipe, done - no scrubbing. It is literally the fastest cleaning I've ever done.

Meanwhile, the large head on the steamer, with the scrub brushes, is excellent for getting up just about everything from your carpet. (It doesn't pick it up the way a vacuum cleaner would, but it pulls all of the gunk up to the surface). Tiny amounts of cat hair are deep in the carpet where no vacuum cleaner ever managed to get to, but the steam cleaner is startlingly effective at eliminating all of that. I sound a bit like a commercial, here, but, like... no one ever told me that cleaning could actually be fun. And it is, a little, now -- my carpet has never been cleaner, and my place is much, much more dust-and-allergen free.


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