So for the longest time, about 6 months probably, we hogged A's deep cleaner. It tooks us a couple of weeks to deep clean the master bedroom, doing it sections at a time during the weekend, and a few more weeks deep cleaning the carpets in the 2nd bedroom. We spent more time cleaning the stairs.
Okay, here's where I get honest and fess up that when I say "we cleaned", it really means "hubby cleaned" around 98% of the time - he did the actual cleaning while I entertained Swe-cha elsewhere.
Unfortunately, we've been using the deep cleaner to suck up excess water that spills out of the washing machine - ugh! It's been a constant strain on us whenever we wash - are we going to get water or not ? By the time that we gave the deep cleaner back (thank you so much, A!), we had already purchased a shop vacuum. It was one of those small 2.5hp wet/dry vacuums that you keep in the garage. It stayed in our living room, still boxed, for weeks and it gave us the confidence to wash at home and that was good. The not-so-good part was that when we eventually opened it to try it out, it didn't work! It wouldn't turn on so we brought it back to the store.
A few days ago, Swe-cha soiled the carpet on a couple of steps again and that prompted us to get ourselves our own carpet cleaner. I had thought that we could hold out and not get one as we're planning to move houses anyway and we didn't want carpets in the new place. As it has been 6 months since we've started looking at houses and we're still here, it looks like we are here to stay... for a few more months, at least.
I finally gave in to hubby's prodding and ordered ourselves a Bissell Spot Cleaner - I was looking for the Little Green Cleaning Machine but looks like it is being phased out for this newer model.
I was able to get it at a good price so it wasn't all bad. SRP was 119.99, it was discounted at 99.99 and I had a 30% coupon on top of that - this is around double what we paid for the shop vac but since the latter didn't work, I don't feel bad about paying extra for a machine that's really more suited to what we need it for which is to clean up soiled carpeting and occasionally act as a wet vacuum to suck up spills.
Can't wait till it arrives.