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I should have bought one years ago.
on 10 August 2012
I'll be saving a small fortune on cleaning products from now on, now that I have this steam cleaner. The customer services department at True Shopping is excellent.
On the plus side - The good thing about this steam mop is that it has a detachable hand held steamer. I can use the mop to steam clean my kitchen laminate floor and my resin and granite bathroom floor tiles. I have even cleaned the concrete floor in my utility room. With the micro fibre cloth cover I can give my carpets an occasional blast too, in between shampoos.
There are loads of attachments for lots of different jobs. The attachments fit onto a holder which sits on the back of the steam mop. There is a spare floor mop cloth included
I have used the hand held steamer to blast clean my car's alloy wheels and wheel arches, my oven and hob, grill pan, sink, plug holes, grids, kitchen tiles, dishwasher and UPVC door and window frames. I'm still finding little jobs to do with it.
I was overjoyed when I realised I could finally remove old dried on paint splashes from my window panes, work surfaces and carpets and I ran round the house excitedly blasting away and making my carpets look almost new again. .
The 500ml water tank lasts quite a while so I don't have to keep running back to the kitchen to fill it up all the time. When I did my alloy wheels, that took a bit of time, so I kept a 2 litre jug of water on hand to top it up when necessary. It only takes about 30 seconds to heat up the water.
The negatives - It's very flimsy, but I suppose that's what keeps it lightweight. I think that some parts could shatter if dropped.
The hand held steamer only operates if you keep your finger or thumb on the ON button all the time. This is an absolute pain, cos it means you can't put it down and you only have one hand free to use the nozzle. After a while I get thumb ache.
It could do with another hook on the bottom to wrap the cable round when it's not in use.
The second time I used the hand held steamer, I noticed water all over the floor. This was because the rubber cap/stopper in the water tank had broken away so I couldn't stop the water from leaking without keeping the steamer with the nozzle upright. I have contacted True Shopping and they are sending me a replacement stopper.
I haven't used the steam cleaner on curtains yet cos I need the new stopper to prevent the water from pouring out when I tilt the cleaner.
What I have learnt since I started using it.
Whatever job you are doing with the hand held steamer, you will need a microfibre cloth or a flannel or an old towel to mop up after you as you go along. This is difficult when you have to keep your thumb on the ON button, cos you run out of hands so you have to put the cleaner down when mopping up the spills. It's a nuisance having to do this when you're on a roll with the cleaning.
I suggest you always start cleaning from the top and work your way down because the dirt gets everywhere..
You will need a microfibre mop or an old towel to dry your floors as you go along, particularly if they are laminate, because they are left very wet.
I would advise putting old newspapers on the floor if you are cleaning the oven because the muck flies everywhere and you will need kitchen roll or an old cloth to wipe the muck off your other surfaces.
When cleaning UPVC doors and window frames, you have to be very vigilant with another cloth to wipe away the dirt immediately because the dirt you have cleaned off can get ingrained elsewhere. You can't clean off the ingrained dirt from UPVC, even with the steamer.
When you are changing nozzles and brushes, use a cloth to detach and attach them, because they get very hot.
The pointy jet nozzle usually flies off the end as soon as the steam spurts out, unless you use it pressed right up against the surface you are cleaning. It's a shame because this is the most versatile nozzle.
Be careful to prevent scalding hot water from splashing onto your skin.