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Published on December 4th, 2009 | by Greg


Haan Steam Cleans Nearly Anything

Yesterday, we put our lives in order with bar codes. Now, we’re here to share another secret tool that you can use to make life a little easier, and cleaner. The Haan MS-30 Multi-Purpose Steam Cleaner offers a fair bit of steam power, with plenty of attachments included that make it capable in quite a few situations.

For those who aren’t familiar with steam cleaners, they offer quite a few benefits over other methods of cleaning, though they have some restrictions as well. This model isn’t meant for use on carpets, for instance, but instead on hard surfaces like wood, tile, stone, and the like. You can also use it on walls or countertops, and since it shoots out water at above-boiling temperatures from twelve jets, it kills 99.9% of germs like e. coli or salmonella. Our favorite use was on grout, where it managed to handle nasty grime with ease, and the extending pole allowed us to reach even tiles fairly high up.

You can use straight tap water- no chemicals necessary- but can only use it for about 30 minutes at a time, which was enough for most of our cleaning sessions. It takes about three minutes to heat up, and looks and feels quite a bit like a vacuum- the unit offers onboard storage for the various attachments, and is simple enough for anyone to use. It felt reasonably sturdy, and we liked the super-solid tires and durable hoses. The pads are key to the experience, and depending on the surface and how regularly you clean, can get dirty pretty quickly, but you can wash and reuse them. Floors varied in the amount of time it took to dry, largely depending on the pads and dirtiness/thoroughness.

Overall, the unit is a great balance of size, power, and features, offering plenty for germophobes and neat lovers to appreciate. At $180 or so via Amazon, you can get steam cleaning for a reasonable price, in a cute and fairly small package.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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