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Product Review: Vapamore MR-100 Steamer

9 Dec

So you are looking to protect your home or business from bed bugs, or are trying to control an existing bed bug problem.  Many times, a professional exterminator will assist in controlling your infestation, but (as some of you know) it’s not uncommon for the bed bug bites to make another appearance somewhere down the road.  For those who want to eliminate bed bugs from their home or business, and do not have the money or patience to hire another professional, a bed bug steamer is the way to go.

Steamers can produce heat upwards of 250ºF, way more than the 115ºF required to kill bed bugs and bed bug eggs.  They use only water and heat, making them a perfect solution for those looking to treat bed bugs without chemicals.  Plus, steamers are safe for use on mattresses, box springs, carpeting, sofas, baseboards, and more (just keep the steam away from electrical outlets and appliances).  Steamers can range anywhere from $39.99 for a hand-held model, all the way up to $1,599 for a top-of-the-line professional steamer-vacuum combo for the most discerning businesses or property owners.  The Vapamore MR-100 Steamer falls right in the middle at $299.99, and is perfect for most homes or businesses looking to treat an infestation.

This quality steamer includes numerous attachment allowing you to treat for bed bugs no matter where they are hiding.  The MR-100 produces steam at 58 PSI, and includes a water tank with a 1.6 liter capacity, enough for 50 minutes of operation/tank.  And with a nozzle tip temperature of 210º-220ºF, no bed bugs or bed bug eggs will survive the steam produced by this machine.  The 6-foot long hose along with the 18-foot power cord will make it simple to treat practically any location in your home or property.

To top it off, Vapamore is currently offering all customers – wait for it – a Lifetime Warranty on the MR-100, covering most issues or defects that may arise in the lifetime of the product.  Who said chivalry was dead?

For those looking to treat bed bugs with a quality steamer without the hefty price tag, the Vapamore MR-100 bed bug steamer should be highly considered.

Don’t forget to review our Bed Bug Steaming Tips before treating a bed bug problem with a steamer.

Kill Bed Bugs with Steam using the Vapamore MR-100Treating a Mattress with Vapamore MR-100

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9 Important Bed Bug Steaming Tips

1 Nov

Bed bugs may be resilient, but one thing they cannot withstand is the high heat of a steamer.  Steamers are an excellent, chemical-free way to treat for bed bugs and other pests such as dust mites.  Reaching upwards of 250º F, steamers will kill any bed bug or bed bug eggs instantly on contact, while also thoroughly cleaning the treated area.  When treating an area for bed bugs, there are a few guidelines one should follow to ensure any and all bed bugs are completely eradicated in a safe manner.  Want to know how to kill bed bugs with a steamer?  Here are 9 important bed bug steaming tips to help…

  • Use caution when steaming an area that has recently been treated with chemicals (such as diatomaceous earth powder).  Heat may break down the chemicals already applied, undermining their residual effect.  As a general rule, apply chemicals after you steam.
  • Prior to steaming, it is recommended that you vacuum the areas to be treated to increase effectiveness.  It is recommended to use a vacuum cleaner with a bag, allowing for easy disposal of any bed bugs that may have been captured in the vacuum.  Another option is to use a steamer/vacuum combo (such as the EnviroMate Tandem EV1) for ultimate effectiveness.
  • Carefully read the instructions provided with your steamer to prepare the steamer for operation.  Remember that steamers produce extremely hot steam, so please use caution to avoid burning yourself.
  • Before steaming, you should purge the steamer into a cloth towel to clear the nozzle of excess water that has been collected as the steamer heats up initially and when moving between locations.  Once the water is purged, you can attach the appropriate accessory and begin steaming.  In general, you should always have a dry towel on hand to help absorb excess water that may accumulate while steaming.
  • When steaming, start from the top of the room (drapes, etc.) and work your way down to the floor boards.  The steamer can be used on moldings, mattresses, box springs, headboards, sofas, carpeting, floorboards and more.  However, you should never steam into an electrical outlet or appliances!
  • When possible, use a larger head attachment for the nozzle, as smaller heads may create too much centralized pressure, thus scattering the bed bugs rather than killing them.  Some steamers have a pressure control valve, allowing you to control the pressure of the steam.
  • Take your time with the steamer – keep the tip of the nozzle about one to two inches from the surface you are treating, and move at a rate of about one inch per second.
  • After steaming your mattress, allow proper time for the steam to completely dry before applying a mattress, box spring or pillow encasement.  Applying encasements before the steam has dried may result in mold.
  • After steaming, keep an eye out for any signs of bed bugs in the next few days.  If signs of bed bugs appear, re-treat the area with steam.  It is always recommended to follow up a steam treatment with EPA-approved bed bug spray such as Steri-Fab.


Vapamore MR-100 Bed Bug Steamer

Vapamore MR-100 Bed Bug Steamer