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7 of the best steam cleaners for carpets, couches, and beyond

Mashable

Keeping a house clean isn't an easy task. Pesky allergens, dirt, and germs thrive around your home and they don't go away easily. Furry friends are also culprits for dirty rooms, because they bring back grime, mud, and pollen after playing outdoors. Plus, kitchen counters could be a hotbed for bacteria, especially if you cook with eggs, dairy, or meat. If your living spaces are constantly dirty, add a steam cleaner to your cleaning arsenal.


Save 62% off this portable, rechargeable vacuum cleaner

PCWorld

A full-size vacuum cleaner is probably pretty good at picking up dirt that's sitting in the middle of the floor. But if the dirt is tucked away in a corner or hard to reach area, however, then we'd bet it's not quite up to the challenge. Which is where this rechargeable, portable handheld vacuum enters the picture. While this portable vacuum isn't intended to replace your regular vacuum cleaner, it does augment it by giving you the added ability to get at dirt and dust that's located in hard to reach or distant places -- like small corners, unlit areas that are maybe far away from an electrical outlet, or the interior of your car. You simply keep this one plugged in and charged up so you can use it when the need arises.


Save on a Shark steam mop and spruce up your floors

Mashable

SAVE 30%: The Shark Steam Pocket Mop is on sale at Amazon for 30% less than its usual price as of Feb. 10. You'll pay $69.99 instead of $99.99. OK, so you vacuum your floor the requisite once a week like the responsible adult you are, but do you mop? Better yet, do you steam your floors? The gunk that's hiding in (or solidified on) your floors won't budge with just the cursory pass of a vacuum. To achieve that extra level of cleanliness, try this.


The best portable carpet and upholstery cleaner

Engadget

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. After 25 hours of research and six hours spent cleaning wine, chocolate sauce, and coffee off a grimy couch and a white shag rug, we think the Bissell SpotClean Pro is the best cleaner for spot treating carpet and upholstery. It removed stains better than four of the top-selling portable cleaners we tried. It's affordable and easy to use, and runs little risk of damaging your fabrics or carpets.


The best handheld vacuums for tackling pet hair

Mashable

Living with pets is pretty great. Whether you have a cat or a dog, your life is probably better with them in it. Of course, you love them anyway, but that doesn't mean you need to give up and accept a house full of pet hair. You have options, like buying a good handheld vacuum. Traditional and robot vacuum cleaners are great, but let's be honest, they don't let you really get down into small corners or the small, dark crevices of your sofa.