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The Difference Between Steam Carpet Cleaners and Rug Shampooers

What’s the difference in these appliances? Carpet cleaners brisbane. Rug shampooer. Carpet extractor. Carpet steamer. Carpet steam cleaner. And Steam carpet cleaner. Say to yourself…there is no difference. There is no difference. All these names refer to the same appliance. An appliance that cleans your carpet in pretty much the same fashion as other appliances with the similar name. Don’t be confused by this piece of information.

Although you may see the name “steam” in the description, all these carpet cleaning appliance do NOT use steam for cleaning. They use uses hot water and occasionally chemical solutions pushed into your carpet, then extracted with a powerful vacuum. You can find a piece of equipment known as a steam cleaner, but its normally not the piece of equipment you use at home or on your carpet. Steam cleaners are used on engines, and occasionally on carpet spots where the carpet can handle the intense heat. Carpets that can handle the heat are usually commercial type installations.

There is a difference between a vacuum cleaners and a steam carpet cleaner. Vacuums use an air pump to suck dirt and dust from carpets. Carpet cleaners do more. After injecting inject a cleaning solution into your rug, they stir it up trying to loosen all the dirt, then extract the fluid and the dirt. When you are planning to clean your carpet, its a good idea to use “green” chemicals in your cleaning. No matter how good the cleaner is, some residue can get left behind. If you have young children or pets, green is good.

Here are key features of the so called steam carpet cleaners.

Water temperature. Some units have heating elements, or you bring the hot water yourself by pouring it into the machine. All home carpet cleaners clean the same basic way. Hot water, injected into the carpet, then pulled back out to leave the surface, and slightly below the surface cleaner. The heat of the water is one of the most critical features in getting your carpets clean. One difference in these machines, smaller units with only one element don’t get as hot or as quickly as the larger units.

You’ll want separate solution and recovery tanks. The bigger these tanks are, the stopping and starting you’ll do as you work on your rug. The recovery tank contains the dirt pulled from your carpet.

The less water on your carpet the better. Water is pretty much an enemy of carpet. You’ll want a cleaner that uses low flow technology. You’ll get less water in your carpet and be able to put the room back to use in the shortest time. Another advantage of less water in your carpet is less chance for mold or mildew and less damage to your carpet.

Certain steam carpet cleaners have a feature called temperature control. As we learned earlier, the higher temps mean better cleaning. However, there are delicate carpets that cannot handle heat or high temperatures. If you have a machine …

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A Book Review: Too Wise to Be Mistaken, Too Good to Be Unkind by Cathy Steere – Dealing With Autism


Years ago a lady from my church invited me to a seminar given by the neurodevelopmentalist that she worked with to help her son, Drew. I had been looking for a way to further my education with the goal of having better solutions for families who came to me with learning challenges. With my M.A. in Special Education I worked with home schooling families, but I noticed that the tools I had learned with that Master’s was primarily accommodating the learning challenges rather than eliminating them. I wanted to help more so I had begun a search for a way to actually help families in a meaningful way. This timely invitation led me to the neurodevelopmental approach. Read more about NDSI Providers.

That lady was Cathy Steere who has shared the story of her family’s journey with autism. When you read her book, Too Wise to Be Mistaken, Too Good to Be Unkind, you will know why I have been studying and applying the neurodevelopmental approach in my work ever since.

Amazingly, David and Cathy Steere did not have a diagnosis of autism until Drew was almost four years old. They felt like they had lost so much time, but the beauty of their story is that they had been faithfully following God’s Word in the training of Drew. They had focused on building his character and disciplining him according to God’s direction in His Word. All of that made the individualized neurodevelopmental plans that their neurodevelopmentalist, Cyndi Ringoen, eventually wrote for Drew much more efficient. Often, parents have to begin with getting behavior under control before they can make any progress at all. By not knowing they were dealing with autism, but knowing what the Bible taught about the nature of man and the nature of God, they proceeded with God’s plan for Drew and later their second son, Elliot.

Whether or not there are learning or behavioral challenges, any parent will find encouragement as you read this account. For those who are facing any sort of challenge, you will find comfort in knowing that God has given direction to parents in the form of principles. God will lead parents to professionals who can come along side to give encouragement and tools to work with your child to meet his needs. By reading this book, you will learn how the neurodevelopmentalist looks for missing pieces in development and teaches parents to do activities that stimulate the brain in a way that encourages that development.

Personally, I cry with the Steeres every time I read Cathy’s book. Some are tears of sorrow for the difficult times they experienced. Others, are tears of joy when Cathy wrote about the first time Drew ran to her for comfort, giving her his first awkward hug. Though often taken for granted, that simple action in a child with a condition like Drew’s, is a milestone in development. I count it a privilege to work with families like Drew’s because of the perseverance of …

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