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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Enviornmate Brio & Pronto by Reliable to the Rescue!

Spending over 21 days in a hospital room 24/7 is not all that much fun, so we make our own fun.  I have danced to Michael Jackson on top of a chair (chair surfing) and put on Depends (adult diapers) and flashed my mother to get her to laugh....what ever it takes to keep us going!

One of my main concerns, other than keeping our spirits up, was germs.  I'm not a germaphobe, but I do know that many people who go to the hospital end up with more health problems due to hospital acquired illnesses.  You know the IHAN® clan wants nothing to do with those nasty I brought my EnviroMate Brio  to the hospital with me. I also brought my Pronto Hand Held Steamer by Reliable and used it for re-freshening after the initial total steam clean.
The Brio comes with a 21 piece accessory kit so there are plenty of attachments for all types of surfaces. The attachments are kidding.  I don't think there is anything you can't clean with all the different attachments.  Lets just say I haven't found anything I wanted to steam clean that  I couldn't.
There are just so many surfaces in a hospital room that can potentially hold germs and viruses that I wanted to clean everything.
I started with the bed.  I know they wipe them down after someone leaves, but somehow I felt much better about my mother laying in the bed after I had steam cleaned it.  I even cleaned the metal frame below the air mattress.  The bedside commode was only rinsed and wiped out (I watched).  The frame and handles were not wiped.  That certainly was not clean enough for me.  I steam cleaned all surfaces and the frame of the commode with the Brio Steam Cleaner.  There was no way I was going to have my already very ill mother get even sicker!
Will you just look at all the steam this baby produces....there was no way a germ would survive that sort of steam!  When I first depressed the steam button on the handle, some water came out as the steam was building up so I held it over a bucket before I started steam cleaning to let the few drips hit the bucket.
I was working like the Energizer Bunny!  The Brio cleans and sanitizes upholstery, curtains, bedding (for the pets too),  yucky stuck on things inside and outside the fridge, oven, and windows.  Ask me how I know! 
I even steamed the stuffed animals that the grandchildren gave her....I need to remember to do that to the stuffies my co-workers have when I get home.
A clean and safe hospital room gave us all some peace of mind!  When I wanted to freshen up the room, I used my Pronto Hand Held Steamer.
I was alone so I didn't have anyone to help with this is the only one I took of myself using my Pronto.  The Pronto is an excellent way to clean and sanitize around the house and it also steams clothes.  I've used it to clean the gunk off my bicycle, the wheel's on the van and the grill too. It comes with a 15 piece accessory kit.  CLICK HERE to see the accessories.

The Brio is lightweight and on wheels making it easy to pull around as I clean.  It also has a 360 degree swivel so I don't get tangled up in the hose.  I can be clumsy and I hate falling over cords and cleaners so this feature is great for me.  (Quit rolling your eyes....I've done that several times with those pull around quit laughing!!! :)  It cleans tile, grout, windows, furniture, curtains, floors and outdoor recreational equipment too.  There are NO chemicals, only steam, so it is wonderful for the environment....a big deal for me because I have children.

I highly recommend the EnviroMate Brio and the hand held EnviorMate Pronto.  I know you'll be happy with your steam cleaner....they are definitely IHAN® approved!


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  1. There are some serious nasties in hsopitals. Stuff that can kill ya. And trust me, those are some things you don't want to catch.

    Good job ridding the world one germ at a time!

  2. I love your reviews and recommendations, but these products definitely sound like a MUST for anyone that has anyone with a weakened immune system, dealing with serious medical condition, and allergies. Given all the illnesses one can pick up in a hospital it really makes sense to invest and do this. And, I think every teacher/teaching assistant/PTA should have these to clean classrooms too! I now want to print out cards to recommend these products and hand out such cards when I see situations that are so far off the clean map that they present a health risk to others.

    I wonder if Reliable can invent a purse size mini steamer that we can use to clean bathroom door handles? I for one would take it everywhere with me and use it daily.


  3. Now that is a cool tool and a great idea!

  4. I have a Shark mop and hand held and I love mine but yours sounds so much better. I actually am not happy with the way it cleans my tile but I think that is my tile not the mop. It just doesn't get in the nooks and crannies of my tile like I would like but did great on my moms flat tile. Looks like I might have to look into new tools.

  5. Love your steamer...
    I have the "Shark" and have been happy with mine, but yours looks better...
    Thanks for sharing.. I'm going to look into getting one.
    If you have a moment please drop over to my blog where you can get in on a fabulous giveaway.. It ends on Easter Sunday..

  6. I have a little steamer and never got it out.... came with something I bought... I may have to get it out... and give it a go... On the other hand I am about done with cleaning and ready to let the house go... for a day or so.

    Happy to see you posting your usual 'fun'.

  7. You are hilarious - why don't you bring your steamer and come stay with me for a day or two...or a month! A friend of mine has a steamer that she uses on her wood floors - excuse my ignorance, but I don't understand how simply steaming gets something CLEAN. Guess I need to spend some time on Google. Hope your mom is doing ok. She can't help but laugh with you around!

  8. Me and My Stitches beat me to it. You are hilarious! I loved what you did. Don't publicize around the hospital too much, they may ask you to do all the rooms. LOL Take good care of that sweet mom of yours. You will not regret it.

  9. I don't know if I would have thought of that but bravo to you for doing it. What did the hospital staff think of your super cleaning? I hope they were impressed and wanting to learn more about that.

  10. Don't let any staff see you will work yourself right into a permanent job! God bless you for taking such good care of your mom! Keep up the good work!

  11. Wow, Kelly! I think the hospital owes you a check! What a great idea. My Mom used to head up a housekeeping dept, different hospital, and they would sterilize every spring on the bed, the mattress, even the wheels. All that fell by the wayside as costs rose and cuts had to be made. Just the bare minimum is done anymore. You are very wise, and energetic, to do this! I'm thinking I could get these products and probably remove wall paper with them, too! LOL

  12. Good for you Kelly, my daughter goes to dialysis and two years ago she brought home SARS and almost died and I and grandson both had it and she is continually getting sick.
    I missed your birthday as I have had stomach flu and trip to hospital. Happy Birthday, hugs to you an d your Mom. I hope she got my card. Blessings Sandra


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