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to expect my new steam cleaner....

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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

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.

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!

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.

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

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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.

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.

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

Lenor loosens stains, brown sauce is good for brass.

My Steam cleaner is rubbish! 1000 (whatevers)

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.

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.


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

You used Lenor? confused

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.

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.

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

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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.

wildstrawberryplace Sat 06-Apr-13 17:44:53

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?

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

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

wildstrawberryplace Sat 06-Apr-13 17:21:34

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 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 !

wildstrawberryplace Sat 06-Apr-13 16:44:28

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.

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

Great for floors - not so good for everything else.

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.

Freddiemisagreatshag Sat 06-Apr-13 15:58:28

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

Steam cleaners are a bag o shite.

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

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.

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.

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