Any one with a boiler tank which sits on the floor connected to a
steam applicator with a hose should do. A few weeks ago, I bought
one from Wickes which was the cheapest local supplier.
Avoid the Black and Decker one which looks like a steam iron. It
doesn't have the power to work fast enough, and after a while, all
its internal waterways get clogged up and it starts ejecting steam
from the wrong places in the wrong direction...
Andrew i take your point about the power.But,if you get anything with
substantial power,it's likely to start bubbling the plaster work.I know
'cause it's happened previously.Are you saying 2kw is not enough?
The floor standing ones usually have a standard 2.4kW kettle
element in them. I've not bubbled lime plaster with it, and
I haven't used it much on gypsom plaster. One reason for
bubbling plasterwork is if the plaster was wet; the steam
stripper causes the moisture in the plaster to boil blowing
the face off.
The Black and Decker steam iron type stripper is 1.4kW
which cycles on and off, and so is probably a lot less than
1.4kW in effect. It might not be available anymore. I bought
mine years ago, but didn't use it at the time, and only
recently tried to do so. Gave up after doing a couple of
walls which is when I went out and bought the Wickes one.
This worked at least 10 times faster, bringing off the
strips in almost whole pieces, verses the B&D one which
managed only a few inches at a time.
Oh, another tip, don't let the steam get into smoke
detectors. After it set mine off (and it refused to reset
for about 10 minutes, probably until the condensation
inside dried out), I wrapped the thing in cling film
when using the stripper again. Even then, the steam got
inside once more and set it off again. If you disable
a detector, make it obvious so you don't forget to
reenable it afterwards. At work, the decorators stretched
a latex glove over each detector which looked quite
amusing with all these 'hands' sticking out of the ceiling,
but at least no one was likely to overlook removing them
I've got the Earlex machine, which includes loads of accessories for carpet
cleaning etc too! The best thing about it is the long pipe which leads to
the handset, and is much better than the short one which came with my Bosch
I've done a lot of stripping recently, and I really prefer not to use the
steamer now.... I just use some wallpaper stripper in water. Much more
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