to expect my new steam cleaner....

(52 Posts)
littlebitofthislittlebitofthat Sat 06-Apr-13 12:03:46

to actually clean, and not just heat the muck and make it wet?

or am I doing something wrong?

Admittedly I'm trying to clean an oven door that hasn't been cleaned in so long that its actually an orange opaque colour....

But even so.... I expected it to just vaporise the muck?confused

HollyBerryBush Sat 06-Apr-13 12:06:29

Where did you expect the muck to go? it just lifts it, you still have to wipe it off and polish the door.

littlebitofthislittlebitofthat Sat 06-Apr-13 12:24:44

no, that's the point..... its not lifting the muck at all..... I've tried cillit bang and lenor and its still not moving... just getting wet. tried a brillo pad on it too.

mrsjay Sat 06-Apr-13 12:26:29

have you the nossle on the right setting does the muck spray everywhere or just stay my cleaner sometimes drips you need to make sure you hold it the right way or 'something' kinda drives me up the wall tbh

CutePuppy Sat 06-Apr-13 12:36:11

I have the same problem. I don't mind wiping it off, but after heating/steaming it for several minutes in e same bit I do expect it to move a little when I wipe, not look exactly the same!

McNewPants2013 Sat 06-Apr-13 12:40:47

The ads are so misleading.

I would get 2 boxes oven pride, put the racks in the bag supplied and use the chemical way for a deep clean, then use the steam cleaner to keep on top of the oven

Mrsrobertduvall Sat 06-Apr-13 12:42:45

Get the oven cleaning man in smile

littlebitofthislittlebitofthat Sat 06-Apr-13 12:44:58

well, I have combined the brillo and the steam cleaner and it has worked, but the whole point of me buying a steam cleaner was because I get pain in my elbows if I press down too hard.

I guess there are no shortcuts sad

maddening Sat 06-Apr-13 12:48:35

what's it like on the floors? Just as am thinking of getting one.

OHforDUCKScake Sat 06-Apr-13 12:50:01


McNewPants2013 Sat 06-Apr-13 12:52:55

I am a cleaner and IMO steamers are rubbish.

There are over 30 in work that don't get used, because its time consuming and you still need to put the work into getting things clean.

Infact we only use them now on ward that are going to be hpv cleaned.

gorionine Sat 06-Apr-13 12:59:49

I use mine to keep on top of big things (bathroom walls every now and then) or very hard to reach places (oven door hinges & gas hobs). Had initially bought it for windows but was not as good as regular elbow grease and windoline!
what does hpv cleaned mean?

McNewPants2013 Sat 06-Apr-13 13:03:50

I don't really know.

McNewPants2013 Sat 06-Apr-13 13:06:17

It's basically a whole ward is shut and every thing is steamed cleaned and a special machine is used.

It takes around a month to do a ward with 4 domestics on the job

Maat Sat 06-Apr-13 13:10:35

I've had one of those Steam Devils for years and all it does it make me hot, bothered and my hair frizzy.

I was hoping the newer models of steam cleaners might be better.

Footface Sat 06-Apr-13 13:48:55

Which cleaner do you have? Is it the green one?

mrsjay Sat 06-Apr-13 13:52:36

I have a vax hand held one and I was so excited about it when I bought it I had a thread blush it isn't that great and it drips and I get frizzy hair as well hmm

Maat Sat 06-Apr-13 14:00:29

mrsjay I enclosed myself in the shower to clean the glass and created a perfect sauna.

Not good when you are fully clothed though grin

mrsjay Sat 06-Apr-13 14:02:54

ooo sauna it has its uses grin

dh did clean all the windows with it they did sparkle I said do you fancy doing the windows this week he said meh I will get window cleaner

Maat Sat 06-Apr-13 14:03:56

The novelty soon wears off grin

mrsjay Sat 06-Apr-13 14:09:17

aye bloody waste of money hmm

innermuddle Sat 06-Apr-13 14:14:42

I had a steam cleaner years ago, total waste of money. I LOVE oven pride, takes all the work out of cleaning the oven.

cozietoesie Sat 06-Apr-13 14:16:14

I don't think they're a waste of money but they're one tool of many - not the solution to all your problems. I bought a Karcher with fitments and its been used for heavy duty cleaning at sporadic intervals with ordinary methods in between. I think it's great.

By the way - I'm glad someone else had to get naked into the shower to do it. I felt a real failure because I couldn't think of another solution!


cozietoesie Sat 06-Apr-13 14:18:27

PS - and I was lucky in that I already had a dehumidifier. I definitely wouldn't do a heavy steam clean in winter without one - they produce one heck of a lot of moisture.

fluffyraggies Sat 06-Apr-13 15:40:46

I bought one from QVC - which demonstrated the most amazing steam cleaning antics ... toilets, grouting, floors, ovens etc. ''The dirt just melts away - one wipe and it's gone''.

I was soooo disappointed when it arrived, i tried it and it was shite. I tried it on the hard to get at thin line of grime around the burners on my hob and iterally nothing happened apart form making it a bit wet.

I don't know why i fell for the sell. I see through all of the other 'miracle' cleaning demo's on their hmm

I just wanted to believe grin

fluffyraggies Sat 06-Apr-13 15:41:50

Their? blush there

PipkinsPal Sat 06-Apr-13 15:47:37

My accident prone cousin managed to shatter her oven door whilst using a steam cleaner. I have one which is mainly a wallpaper stripper but has attachments for steaming too. The novelty has worn off and the wallpaper has all gone so it's now in the attic. I use Oven Pride. It's also marvellous for cleaning burnt on jam off my maslin pan. I just put a bit of solution on the stuff and leave it for a while.

MrsBungle Sat 06-Apr-13 15:51:55

I just cleaned my oven with the Mx5 hand held bit of the steamer last week. I was amazed. It was excellent. I used the little black brush tool and it got everything off first time. I've found my steam cleaner worth every penny.

Edlyu Sat 06-Apr-13 15:54:09

I bought one last week. Half price in sainsburys.
Total rubbish and a waste of time -thats what happens when you impulse buy .
Its going back today.

GirlWiththeLionHeart Sat 06-Apr-13 15:55:27

I find my Vax floor one really hard to push around! I'm tired enough as it is with a newborn tbh and it feels like a session in the gym. Only did it once now the mop seems much easier

Make a paste of dishwasher powder. That'll shift any grease.

Steam cleaners are a bag o shite.

cozietoesie Sat 06-Apr-13 16:28:18

This is the most Stepford Wives thread I've read in months -but. Are you all using the brush attachments? Steam alone won't do it.

SqueakyCleanNameChange Sat 06-Apr-13 16:32:31

Great for floors - not so good for everything else.

I think a lot of steam cleaners are rubbish - but I have used a Karcher and it was very good, and I have a Polti which is fab. It's great for grouting, freshening and cleaning carpets and curtains and upholstery, steam cleaning the tiled floors, cleaning the buggy etc. To be honest I used it much more when DS was a baby crawling everywhere and mashing soggy biscuits into stuff...

You need one that has a high bar of pressure. The little kettle looking ones must be next to useless. You need at least 3.5 or 4 bar of pressure to dislodge dirt.

ppeatfruit Sat 06-Apr-13 16:51:02

wildstrawberry How are they on tiled floors ? Do they dislodge the grouting? I've got tiles that need horrible polish removed but I don't want to remove the grouting as well !

ppeat mine hasn't dislodged any grouting and I have been using it when I can be arsed these days for 5 years.

ppeatfruit Sat 06-Apr-13 17:24:18

Brilliant thanks and will it remove the polish stain- like stuff?

Hmm, not sure about that, sorry. Can you get a liquid remover for it maybe? What kind of polish is it, on what kind of tiles?

CockyFox Sat 06-Apr-13 17:45:00

I've got the green one from the teleshopping adverts ( nought it when i didn't get picked for the karcher test on here) it's brilliant, I've only had it a week but it works a treat I put the brush on it, scrubbed with it the wiped with a microfibre cloth and the oven came up brilliantly not like new but no burnt on grease and remains of exploded spuds.
I didn't really expect that though and only bought it to do around the litter tray.

ProphetOfDoom Sat 06-Apr-13 17:53:36

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

SnookyPooky Sat 06-Apr-13 19:02:23

Oh poo, I really wanted to get one. We have tiled floors throughout and I thought it would be good for that.

Emilythornesbff Sat 06-Apr-13 19:05:18

You can phone a man to come round and clean your oven for about £30.

Check your local directory.

K8Middleton Sat 06-Apr-13 19:06:07

You used Lenor? confused

cozietoesie Sat 06-Apr-13 19:11:47

Nothing would surprise me - many substances are multi-functional. Best brass cleaner I ever used (under instruction because I would never have considered it) was spray Windolene when they still made it.


Sleepyfergus Sat 06-Apr-13 19:13:40

We have a vax steam cleaner and its the mutts nuts. It's fab for windows and bathroom especially

But for ovens with really stubborn marks, Oven Pride is your best friend. £2.99 in Home Bargains. 24 hours later and it will sparkle like new. Fact.

littlebitofthislittlebitofthat Sat 06-Apr-13 20:32:44

Lenor loosens stains, brown sauce is good for brass.

My Steam cleaner is rubbish! 1000 (whatevers)

ppeatfruit Sun 07-Apr-13 10:06:23

wildstrawberry It was on 'natural' looking terracotta tiles when we moved in and it has darkened them horribly. We removed some of it with bleach and boiling\very hot water and I hoped the Karcher would do it on its own.

BeckAndCall Sun 07-Apr-13 10:11:25

I've got 2 - a 'steam buggy' from QVC or similar and a fax floor steam cleaner. Both times I've been so excited to get my house as clean as the ones on the telly - each time a disappointment.

This week, I used the steam buggy to clean the green off the patio table - thought it would be easy. Ended up getting a bucket of hot water and a scrubbing brush out. It may 'lift' the muck but it very quickly settles again.

But the floor mop has its uses - I like the idea of knowing that steam has got into all the cracks to kill the bugs. A palava to get it all together though - takes a while.

StickEmUpPunk Sun 07-Apr-13 10:15:12

Get the oven cleaning man in

I second this... It helps i live above one ha

cozietoesie Sun 07-Apr-13 10:46:28


A karcher (or similar) is just a means of delivering extremely hot water in the form of a pressurised steam jet. It will loosen/move/melt anything which has no grease in it but you need some way to mop up the gunk unless you're doing it in a bath shower or sink where it can just flow into the drain.

If there's grease of some kind, you're still going to need detergent or something to cut the grease because that won't mix with the water. You should be able to shift it easily (I'd recommend the plastic circular brush attachment) but I'd have a mop and bucket with hot water and Flash or something such as washing up liquid standing by. Maybe even pour a small amount of Flash on the tile you're about to do in the first instance. Then Karcher it, quickly mop up and go on to the next one.

It does work. Just don't expect water to magically dispose of greasy substances.

ppeatfruit Sun 07-Apr-13 13:24:48

Thanks cozie That's clearer now grin I think its a stain rather than grease it comes off in plasticy lumps!

INeedALieIn Sun 07-Apr-13 13:39:21

Squirt the oven door with cleaner, sprinkle it with bicarb, leave it a while, if necessary re Squirt and sprinkle. When you go back 10 mins later all the gunk should just wipe off.

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