Best cheap dry steamer suggestions(3 posts)
Hi! I have found out that many apartments in my building have bed bugs. So far, I found one bug last week (dead after it bit me), one bug two months ago (also caught and killed) and one bug four months ago (also caught and killed). I thought the first two bugs were just strange freak things (like maybe I brought it in from sitting on the subway or that a guest brought it) because I'd never been bit and didn't see them anywhere but then found out about the other apartments and realized that I was bit last week and when I checked, I found the bug and killed it.
I spent the last week caulking and cleaning and haven't found any others. I have a cheap fabric steamer that I've been using on everything but am worried about mold since it drips tons of water everywhere. I want to buy a dry steamer but am looking for a cheap one as I don't have much money. Does anyone have any suggestions? The cheapest that I have found that is labeled a "dry steamer" is this one: http://www.amazon.com/Monster-Pressurized-Canister-Steam-Cleaner/dp/B0027OGMR2 for $139.99. I also have a Lysol steam mop: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&SKU=14429255. Is the steam mop a dry steam cleaner? I can't tell. If anyone has any suggestions for a cheap dry steam cleaner I would appreciate it. I also bought some hot shot home insect clear formula: http://www.buzzillions.com/dz_125927_hot_shot_home_insect_control_clear_reviews that I read about on this site that I'll use after steaming.
Thanks for your help and I am totally addicted to this site. It's great!
I don't know if the Monster is really a dry VAPOR steam cleaner. It says "dry steam" (not "dry vapor steam) and I am doubtful. The cheapest I know of is the Reliable T630 which starts at $399 (see link in sidebar).
The steam mop is not a dry vapor steam cleaner. It also is not shaped properly to allow you to steam crevices.
Wet steam can kill bed bugs if the temperature is high enough, but you do run the risk of mold, which can be a more serious problem than bed bugs. More tips in the steam FAQ.
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