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I hate cleaning but this works a treat!
on 14 October 2012
It feels wrong to write a review raving about a cleaning product as I hate cleaning and no product, no matter how good, is ever going to change that! However, this is a pretty amazing little machine. It makes cleaning tiles a lot easier, as instead of sweeping / vacuuming first and then mopping, it can be done all in one step. Also, you don't need the traditional mop. Furthermore, you don't need to scrub if you have any ingrained dirt as the steam lifts it all off. I was pretty amazed at how well this cleaned my tiles, especially in the high traffic areas where my cream tiles weren't looking so good. Years of people walking in and out had left their porous surfaces stained, and no matter how much I scrubbed or what cleaning liquid I used, nothing restored them to their original cream....until today! The Steam and Sweeper has brought back their original colour and I couldn't be happier.
It's not a quick product to use. If you want to get the full benefits of the steam, you need to move it back and forth slowly rather than using the brisk movement that you most probably would with a mop. However, it's light so it's not tiring to use and I found it less of a bother than the traditional sweeping following by mopping. It leaves the floors damp but not wet, so they dry quite quickly. The swivel head is a particularly useful feature as it allows you to get into awkward spots. The cable is long enough to allow you to clean quite a large floor.
The only thing that worries me is that another review commented that the cloths cannot be replaced. I realise that they can be washed but after a while they are going to wear out and, considering the cost of this machine, one does not want to have to replace the machine purely because the cloths are no longer usable. I am going to do some research and see if I can find them, and whatever my findings, I will update my review accordingly.
UPDATE: Lakeland sells the replacement cloths - not in their catalogue but in their spares department.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Now that I have used this quite a bit, I do have to admit that the cover for the dustbox can be awkward to get on. It is very easy to get off (in fact, too easy, as if you don't manage to get it to click on properly, it is likely to click off again while you are using it and this is highly annoying!) However, I suspect this might be mostly due to me as I have never been particularly good with fiddly things! However, I thought in the interests of a fully honest review, I should at least mention it.