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Not without fault, but I wouldn't be without it
on 26 March 2013
After a lot of research I decided to purchase the Polti Vaporetto Comfort as my first steam cleaner. It's a very versatile little machine, with a huge number of attachments (a large floor brush, plus a cloth to clip onto it for mopping hard floors, three extension poles to use with the floor brush, a smaller head for upholstery and tiles, a window squeegee that attaches to the small brush, and an elasticated cloth to fit over the head the small brush head, two curved tip attachments to get under the rim of the toilet, and three round brush attachments - a small nylon, large nylon and a brass bristled brush) All but the large floor brush, extension poles and cloths fit neatly inside the bottom of the machine.
The machine has a good sized 1.6litre tank. It's taken me 1-1.5hours of cleaning before I've run out of steam. Plenty for domestic cleaning I think. There's an adjustable pressure dial, so you can have the steam full on, down to very gentle, depending on what you're cleaning.
The extension poles for the floor mop do feel a little flimsy; they're plastic. However the instruction manual does stress that you shouldn't use any pressure on the mop when cleaning, just let the steam do the work for you, and to be fair, it cleaned my kitchen tiles beautifully, quickly and effortlessly when I followed those instructions.
I've found that the machine loses pressure fairly frequently, and you have to stop and wait for the light to come back on, which takes about a minute, sometimes less. When I first started using the machine I didn't realise this and continued cleaning with it. However it (obviously, when you think about it!) makes a big difference to the machines performance and I felt a little disappointed with the results I was getting. Once I realised what was happening it's been fine. I use that minute to wipe things down with a cloth, the machine gets back up to pressure and I can get blasting again. I suspect the people who have had problems with the machines cleaning abilities have also not realised this was happening to them, because at full pressure, this thing is amazing.
It could do with retractable power cable. (though it does come with one of those Velcro tabs attached to it to keep the cable neat) It would be nice to have a facility that tells you how much water is left in the machine. But I tend to just fill it to capacity and keep going until I run out of steam. The floor cloth clips onto the top of the large brush, which I found a little tricky. Personally I think it would be much improved if it were an elasticated sock to fit over the head, like the cloth for the smaller attachment. Speaking of cloths, you'll need to buy extras. You only get one of each with the machine.
Overall this is a superb machine, though not perfect. It's left my house so sparkling even my husband has noticed! It's lifted stains out of vertical blinds, carpets and white kitchen worktops, got all the grime out from around taps, loo seat fittings, sink edges, all those places you end up scrubbing with a toothbrush and still can't get clean? This will blast the dirt right out! You can actually see your reflection in the kitchen and bathroom tiles, no residue, no smears, literally sparkling clean. Took seconds to clean mucky finger prints off my windows and get them streak free clean. Blasted blue tack (that had been embedded for years) right out of the carpet pile. Lifts the carpet pile. Cleaned the grime and grease straight off the cooker extractor hood. It's also got a British Allergy seal of approval, so those dust mites don't stand a chance when you steam clean your mattress! And the best thing is it's effortless. You just stand there and wipe up now and then. I held out on buying a steam cleaner for so long, but I wouldn't be without it now.