On Sat, 16 Aug 2003 08:40:40 +0100, Tony Williams
Steam +a mist of hot water droplets.
No, but some of them can be used with an absorbent pad applicator.
Not really, IMHO
Women like them because you can freshen up fabrics like curtains and
carpets, but to my mind they just leave them slightly damp making the
colours more contrasty, when they dry out, it's back to square one.
It well might :-)
I would generally agree that on the small hand held machines that the
performance is limited, and probably the temperature.
The larger machines produce steam at over 130 degrees and will
certainly remove baked on grease on a hob. More to the point, we tend
to use ours most days on the hob which prevents any significant build
up in the first place.
I've used ours on the inside of the AGA oven doors (aluminium) of the
hotter ovens and this easily cleans off what little deposit is there.
I don't consider that cleaning the range is a pleasurable job at any
time, but this is quick and ready to go and does not require the use
of caustic or abrasive chemicals.
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I'll second that - steam cleaners are well capable of removing oven
crud. Bit too well I find - rest of kitchen/me ended up covered in
speckles of said crud. Very handy when my youngest cat was a kitten and
we had a period before the adult flea killer could be used. Steam over
the carpets/furniture (with care)/cat bedding (but NOT the cat!) every
couple of weeks and it killed not only adult fleas, but the eggs, which
breaks the cycle rather effectively.
I purchased a Industrial Jiffy Steamer last week from
We own a small commercial cleaning business and will use it on
curtains in catering halls, etc... NOt sure what the "domestic
models" cost, but this one was under $250.00 and is made of corrosion
proof stainless steel with dual temp guages. You might want to have a
look at it.
Errrm, I had ( past tense) an Earlex steam generator for stripping
wallpaper. I came with a set of accessories for steam cleaning and all
that was necessary to clean an oven was to direct a jet of steam at the
muck and brush in some detergent (Fairy liquid).
I also used it to steam clean a Land Rover chassis and engine. It worked
perfectly at shifting encrusted oily deposits.
Then my wife lent it to one of the children and I haven't seen it since.
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You can get either steam generation only or combined with a suction
Take a look at www.polti.com for information. They make steam only,
(Vaporetto) and with suction (Vaporetto Lecoaspira). In effect, the
suction option provides a wet/dry cleaner as well.
We have a Vaporetto 3000, and that gets used pretty much daily in
various ways. There are a whole range of accessories that come with
it, ranging from a simple steam jet to various kinds of brush and
accessories that will take various kinds of cloth.
Depending on the application, the general technique is to steam
something and wipe with a cloth rather than to convey huge amounts of
steam and then water. In that sense, I am not sure how useful the
suction function would be, since that would probably require much more
wetting of the surfaces.
We find that it does a good and fast job on kitchen surfaces including
worktops, tiles and cupboards. It's also very effective for
bathrooms, especially the chinaware and tiles and the shower screen.
Cleaning windows is another good application.
We also bought the professional iron to go with ours. The quality of
ordinary steam irons seems to have dropped markedly over the last few
years but this one is a pleasure to use (if ironing ever is a
pleasure). The power for the sole plate is fed from the main
machine and is a neat solution. Having the steam coming from a
separate generator means that the iron does not cool producing it.
The volume of steam produced also means less pressing down and the
whole procedure is much faster.
Finally, if you take a churn of milk it will make great capuccino for
the entire road. Just kidding on that one :-)
This is one of the more expensive machines, and I can't vouch for the
more entry level models which may not have the capacity and therefor
take longer to use.....
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We've got a Goblin steamer, it was used loads till the hose blew - I really
must get around to getting a new one. It produced a good jet of steam which
was used for all sorts of cleaning purposes.
It doesn't have suction but has a fitting for attaching cloths which soak up
the muck. We never bothered buying new cloths but used squares of old towels
instead. In this mode it worked very well at cleaning the sofa suite which
is beginning to look decidedly grubby again.
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I'll just reply to this last post, but thanks for the other
replies and opinions.
We have an asthmatic in the family and I was attracted to
the idea of killing moulds and dust mites in hard to reach
I think we might buy a little one, just as a taster to
try on (say) the shower and around the kitchen. If it
looks worth it then we might later go for a serious one.
It was also the possible avoidance of chemical cleaners, which
seem to have become industrial strength these days. We long ago
stopped using spray cleaners, especially those spray-on oven
cleaners containing caustic. What a stupid thing to be allowed to
sell.... something that sprays caustic into an enclosed space.
Polti do some of the best and seem to be the originals.
The Aspira series seem to be the ones you want - these are both steam
cleaners and vacuum using water as a filter to get rid of the mites.
We have the 3000 Lux, which is just the steam cleaner. Note, they are
about 100 pounds cheaper in Italy. Over there, Gaggia, who make the best
espresso machines (similar technology), are becoming a major competitor
On Sat, 16 Aug 2003 08:40:40 +0100, Tony Williams wrote:
Just bought a Earlex Steam Cleaner (primarily for stripping wallpaper)
but it came in very handy for removing dried emulsion paint* from the
carpet! Used the Earlex to steam the paint, and my Numatic George to
vacuum up the resulting mess.
A (cheap) winning combination of tools!
*Guess who walked it through the house on their trainers? :)
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