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Great little gizmo - surprisingly powerful!
on 17 October 2016
As I have severe arthritis I knew I would need some help with this product, but I can, having observed my daughter using it, tell you how it works and what I think of it. So here goes...
I was pleasantly surprised how well this works and how much steam it can produce. A tip - do not spray constantly. You get much better results with short bursts. When we did this, the steam easily lasted between 40 - 60 minutes.
Secondly - be realistic about what you want this to do. I needed it to soften up mud (yes, mud) that my dogs had deposited over the kitchen furniture during the course of a few years. This was some serious dirt... So if you're going to tackle something like this, you need appropriate tools to help. We used a scrubbing brush, a paint scraper and some extra hot water. (for cleaning the scrubbing brush).
The dirt (well, this type of dirt anyway) doesn't just melt away. Yes, grease might do this, but we had to soften the dirt with the steam, scrape or scrub, and steam it some more.
The results for this were amazing - the wood really came up like new. But remember that the damp and steam will make the wood expand, so it might make cupboards and drawers slightly hard to open and close for a few hours. Still, all the dirt went. And that was what I wanted.
Another thing we used it on was a very fancy, dry clean only coat. It needed freshening, definitely. I had worn it all summer. The collar was a bit marked as were the cuffs. We hung the coat on a hanger, used the correct nozzle, and gently steamed the coat. It came up beautifully (and it was a fancy one - I was a bit worried about steaming it to be honest). Then we hung it up to dry out (it was just damp) for a few days.
So I feel that used carefully this little gizmo is the answer to my particular needs. One more tip - the stopper at the top will not undo until the water in the jug cools enough. This may be a bit annoying, but leave it (the instructions say ten minutes, I'd leave it longer) and it WILL undo.
Use some extra tools of your own (in my case scrapers and a scrubbing brush) and this will serve you very well.