Will Steam Cleaning Kill the Wee Critters?

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Q: I'm really interested in this find on Craigslist but am afraid of purchasing soft used items for fear of bringing wee travelers home with me. On one home tour, I asked that question of the owners of a very cool floral sofa they purchased off of Craigslist. I did not get a reply from them, but many did comment. One reader indicated that you can have little critters even on 'hard' used purchases.
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Most referred to bed bugs. BUT what if there are 'families' of something worse — will steam cleaning kill any small hitchhikers that may be embedded in a sofa, chair, etc? My intent is to take whatever I purchase and have it reupholstered in cheetah spot fabric. Yes, so "yesterday", but so me. Any help, suggestions, advice will be greatly appreciated.

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