Mr. Happy HAAN does a fine, fine job. Makes me a happy WOMAAN.
OK, this relationship with my steam cleaner has gotten weird.
- I’ve lived here for 2 years and 8 months
- The very furry dog has lived here for 2 years 5 months
- I sweep on average, 5 days a week. I mean, the whole house.
- I’ve washed the floor five times. And I’ll be the first one to say what’s on your mind… that’s nasty.
This isn’t a sponsored post of any kind, in fact, my new HAANMulti Steam Cleaner is something that I asked (begged/pleaded) for at Christmastime. Thanks to Pete for pulling through and buying a woman what she really needs: Cleaning gadgets. Maybe it’s fair to say that dadand.com sponsored this post.
Anyways, yeah, the floors needs more love and care, and they deserve it since I spent hours upon back-breaking hours refinishing them to their glorious state when I moved in.
Enter, HAAN. He moves, he glides, he steams, and he sterilizes. Things are good again.
I don’t know why I thought that steam cleaning would be a pain in the butt (like, a process, the same way scrubbing floors with Murphy Oil Soap can be), but I blasted through that myth in 1.5 seconds.
1) Sweep the floors of loose grains and piles of dog fur (not noted as a step by the manufacturer, but seemed like a good idea)
2) Load the tank with water (or half-fill, just not below the “refill” line)
2) Plug in the cleaner, turn it on, wait 20 seconds for it to heat up.
3) And push it around. Like a Swiffer, but less gunky, sturdier, and steamier. Actually, not as steamy as I thought it’d be, but as I already implied, my expectations were based on nothing. I was thinking it’d be as blazingly steamy as when you open the dishwasher right after it finishes. HAAN left hot little streaks in its path, and they dried instantaneously, so I take it that it worked.
Although, Pete did say when he arrived home that he couldn’t tell it had been cleaned, so be it. The microfiber cloth was dirty (photographed after only having done the living room), so I expect that it did something. In fact, I bet after cleaning it, I sort of bet that it’s cleaner than most of my dinnerware. Future guests, let’s just eat off the floor.
My question for you, already steam-cleanin’ people, is this: Should I prepare the floors with anything prior to steam cleaning them? Maybe a cleaning spray? Something that smells pretty? A polishing treatment of some kind?
Looking forward to hearing how others are making the best use of steam cleaner.
P.S. Friendly shout-out to Apartment Therapy, who last week featured my living room before + after right here, and then included it in a weekly hot post recap (among other great links). And also to Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle, who categorized me as a productive millennial in a changing economy, here. Woot!