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      30.03.2012 18:14
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      Stick with it and you can have a sparkling finish to any dirty job.

      We actually bought this quite a while back after seeing a friend use one, and her then commenting on how useful it was for tacking those really tough cleaning jobs around the house. Earlex seem to make a whole variety of steam cleaners, but the particular model we went for was the 2000W model, known as the Earlex SC125UK13P model, which we bought from a local retailer for £45.

      The idea of a steam cleaner is that it will heat up the area you want to clean with steam, which in theory should then allow you to then easily clean that area without too much effort. So tough grime and burnt on stains that you often find on cookers and in ovens should be a breeze to remove with steam cleaning. Hence, purchasing this cleaner seems to have a fair attraction about it to tackle those tough jobs that everyone hates.

      So for the money, what do you get? Starting off, you get a small tank with a 4 litre capacity (31cm wide by 21cm high by 21cm deep), into which you put your water. You have a heating element (mains operated) to heat the water in order to create the steam, which then passes out along a long 3.5 metre flexible hose and solid extension tube arrangment to an attachment head. To this head, you can then attach (via a push fit) a number of supplied brushes and pads to allow you to apply the generated steam to the chosen area, and to try to clean away any of the grime removed.

      The all important bit is what is it like to use? With a 2000W heater, it will quickly heat the water to steam in a few minutes, and then continue such to give you about 70 minutes of steam from a full tank - so plenty of time to tackle tough jobs before a refill is required, and the 3.5 metre hose and tube assembly gives you a fair reach away from the tank, allowing you to get right up to the ceiling in a room if required without the need to lift the tank. Interestingly, the device itself, in terms of the hose and attachments etc doesn't really get that hot with all the steam passing through it. Everything gets warm, as you would expect, but not so warm as to be difficult to hold them. The only bit that obviously will get hot is where the steam actually comes out of the attachments on to the surface you are cleaning. So overall, it seems to be a fairly safe and easy system to use. The only thing here that I would advise is to ensure that you have your attachments attached to the head before you switch the device on. Once you switch it on and it warms up, the steam will begin to flow from the end of the hose and whilst you can change the attachments in situ when the steam is flowing, you can get a small element of escaping steam in the process, which means there is a small chance that you could burn your hand, not something I have experienced thus far, but something to be aware of just in case.

      But how effective is it? Well, to be honest, it is rather good. Interestingly, we originally bought this to tackle the cooker and perhaps the odd carpet stain every now and then, and in those aspects it has proved to be very effective. For the cooker, it is often difficult to get heat into that particular nook or crevice in the oven where the grime builds up on the roof of the oven, and there is only so far you can apply boiling water, which often then rapidly cools. But with this steam cleaner, you can get an attachment onto the required location, apply the steam, and then keep applying the steam to soften up any grease or burnt on stains, and that is the key benefit of a steam cleaner in that you can apply, re-apply and sustain heat to a particular area. Similarly with the carpet, it's ok to pour boiling water on to a stain and then try to scrub it out, but you then end up with quite a wet patch afterwards. With this steam cleaner, you can heat the area with one of the pads without saturating the carpet, and again, keep applying that heat and wiping the area until the stain has gone, leaving you with only a slightly damp carpet.

      But where this steam cleaner really gets interesting is when you realise it comes with a variety of brush and pad attachments of various sizes and shapes, and this allowed us to experiment by trying it out on other tasks. We tried it on the tiles in the bathroom with a pad attachment, and it cleaned up the grout between the tiles an absolute treat. Likewise, attacking the mastic seal around the bath with a small brush attachment also achieved good results. With the long stiff extension tubes, you can set it up as a general floor cleaner with a floor pad on the end, and again, it achieves good results on vinyl flooring surfaces in kitchens and bathrooms. A further area that we tried it out on was the BBQ when we dragged it out of the shed in the spring. The grill in particular had some very baked on stains, but again, a combination of steam, wire brushing and some elbow grease managed to get to some good results. Of note, the cleaner also comes with a large pad for use to remove wallpaper, although I haven't managed to test this tool out yet as our walls are all painted.

      Negative points? Nothing that I can really think of. For some, it can be a bit of a hassle to get it out, set it all up, fill it with water, heat it, use it, clean it all up and then put it away afterwards. But this is not a device that I would intend or expect to use on a daily basis, more of a cleaner to use once in a while to tackle a particular stain, or to give something like a cooker a really good clean.

      In summary, this steam cleaner has proved to be very useful for a wide variety of tasks, and whilst I can see many buying it, using it once and then burying it in the back of a cupboard never to be seen again, if you do appreciate what it can do and how much easier it can make a difficult cleaning task, then you will see that it is worth getting to grips with it and using it on a regular basis. OK, it can be a hassle for some to set up and use, but to me, the benefits of using it greatly outweigh that hassle. Hence, I can give this a 5 star recommendation.

      Review also on Ciao under Randal1.

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        03.01.2011 22:10
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        We bought this steam cleaner about five years ago. It lives in its original box in the garage with all its various attachments and only gets some serious action when I take it upon myself to tackle some of those cleaning jobs that we are all guilty of putting off.

        It is most often used as an aid to cleaning the inside of the oven in the range cooker - that most thankless of tasks so unloved by almost all of us. I find that provided I clean it on a regular and reasonably frequent basis together with a degreasant, the job is made that much more bearable. The steam cleaner comes with a small but very durable brush which is the best one to use to agitate the grease and loosen it with the steam.

        Each attachment has a push on fitment to the main handle which has a moulded plastic protection piece on the side. This ensures that any escaping steam does not go on your hand. To be on the safe side, I generally wear a pair of thin cotton gloves.

        The steam cleaning set comprises a main unit which has a water container that you fill to the maximum permitted level as marked. The top of the unit clips onto the base and incorporates a decent length of flexible plastic hose to which you fix your chosen tool.

        Once you have switched on the machine at the mains it takes about 10 minutes to work up a head of steam when filled to the Max mark. I have found that it is best to fit your chosen tool before steam starts gushing from the end.

        Tool options include a floor cleaning head with extended holder. To this you can add one of two cleaning heads one large and one small over which you fasten one of two washable cleaning mitts. Whilst these get dirty quite quickly they have been washed loads of times and are still usable. We also use an old tea towel as a substitute cloth when we are doing large areas such as floors as it saves you having to wash through the mitts on a frequent basis.

        There is also a wallpaper steamer attachment which we have never used and a window cleaning attachment which I use to do the inside of the windows sometimes, although it's a bit fiddly to be always lifting and transporting the cleaner around our many windows.

        We lent it to our neighbour a couple of months ago and she used it for tackling areas within her house where her dog was fond of lying and where she had dirtied the carpet with her grubby paws.

        I have used it before to clean those difficult to clean areas on car tyres and have also used it on the barbecue, again using the brush attachment and the inside of the rubbish bins. A shot of steam also helps to freshen up car interiors.

        Because it has a decent capacity and a wide range of tools, I think every household would benefit from having one. In my opinion they are a much better option than those much smaller hand held steam cleaners. I was not familiar with the Earlex brand before purchasing this and although it get used only once or twice a month on average, it has always proven reliable and effective

        I noticed that my local Asda store had some Earlex Steam Cleaners in their half price New Year's Sale - clearly a much newer version than the one I have reviewed here. It could therefore be a good time to invest.

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          07.07.2003 06:22
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          Having got a steam gun a few weeks back, it has *almost* made housework easy and got me wondering how everything got done before its use. Well actually it didn't - many of the cleaning chores required too much elbow grease or cleaning products and didn't get done - however the steam gun can now do these quickly, these are some of its uses: - defrosting freezers - simply blast away the ice that is preventing the doors closing etc. most of the ice instantly evaporates so there is not even pools of water around the place. About 5 minutes defrosted a badly iced-over ice compartment in the freezer. - cleaning tiles - place the steam gun right up against the grouting and blast them, hot water and steam will then force out any dirt between the tiles which can be wiped away - cleaning seals on baths etc - cleans away the stains on the sealant quickly although take care not to remove the sealant itself - burnt saucepans and baking trays - using a steam gun on some of the pans that still had mess on them from my student days many years ago virtually removed all the dirt from them, although this took a bit of elbow grease too. - worktops - very quickly removes any stains - also very good for directing into covers on joins between worktops - all the dirt will then be forced out and can be wiped away - ovens - basically steam cleaning any metallic work surfaces will very quickly restore them to a completely clean surface very quickly if you wipe them with a cloth afterwards. Taps and plugholes also come out sparkling clean although the scale may need a bit more effort to shift. The oven hobs also were almost completely cleaned after a lot of blasting with steam and scrubbing them with a scouring pad. Microwaves are also easy to clean although be careful no to point the jet too close to the paint or it may be taken off and leave the bare metal. - car seats and upholstery - using the upholstry attachment on the
          car seats plus a brush in soapy water cleaned several years grime off the car seats very quickly and they were almost as good as new once dried. The same applied to sofas and armchairs too. - car engines and surfaces covered in grime - using a steamgun and a cloth very quickly cleaned out interiors of doors, some parts of the engine that otherwise would have quickly ruined a car sponge. Use the steam gun to loosen the grime and a spare jaycloth to clean it away afterwards - car wheels - the steamgun was very effective at loosening the dirt which could then be scrubbed away. Again this avoided ruining car sponges by getting grease all over them. - car boot - use steam gun to loosen all the muck and then a cloth and vacuum cleaner to remove the mess. Basically all the mess in the boot from taking building materials around and rubbish to the tip was removed very quickly - windows - there is another attachment for window cleaning although I have not used this yet. There is a danger that windows could crack if they are steam cleaned on a cold day. - carpets - certainly a larger steam cleaner could be used for this. As this is just a handheld gun it could be used for certain stains or spills but not a complete floor. The steam gun I use is an Electrolux one that was about £50 from Argos. It has a small tank capacity of about .175 litres, which you fill with a small beaker of about 100cc. It then takes only 2 minutes to heat up and will produce enough steam for a highly pressurised jet for 10 minutes. The only wait is when you have used it up and removed the cap, you then have to wait for it to cool down for a few minutes or else if you pour water straight in it will instantly boil straight back out of the spout and you risk scalding yourself. Fortunately the small size makes it light and easy to use for longer periods of time. The cord is also 4 metres long (it needs to be plugged in all the time when in use) so
          can e asily reach around a room. For most of the cleaning the results were very good and the grime and dirt was simply blasted away by the air pressure and steam jets, ready to be wiped away. I have found it invaluable for cleaning away 'set-in' grease and grime and especially good for any metallic surfaces. As it also uses steam the heat will sanitise any surfaces - very useful for kitchens and other such areas. Overall a definite thumbs up.

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            17.08.2002 16:54
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            This a fabulous gadget that every household should have. I would not be without my huge kettle on wheels. It cost me £39.99 and is worth it's weight in gold. It is such a simple but effective idea to have a mobile kettle to clean all around the house. The earlex is a lightweight plastic container with an element inside. It's that simple. There is a lone tube where various attatchments can be added for every kind of job. A jet nozzle to get behind taps, in the oven and even the garden patio. A window sqiggy thingy which wipes away the dirt as you clean and window cleaning takes about 10 minutes. Carpet cleaning whatsit which collects the dirt from your floor as you steam, and a smaller one is provided for the furniture. A funny looking sink unblocking tool looks kinda scary and I have not had the need to use it yet but guess it could be quiet useful. If you need to steam off your wallpaper it has a gadget for this too. You do not add any chemicals into the machine just water which boils sending steam up the steam and out the end. It's quick and easy and I cleaned my whole three peice suit in 20 minutes. I have also cleaned my oven, carpets, spoons, taps, bath and mattress all in one day and they all came up a treat. The only tip I would give to users is that although you cannot use cleaning fluid in the machine it is sometimes useful to apply to the object being cleaned especially if you want to rid ouders. Also do a little patch on the settee and carpet before cleaning the whole lot to make sure it does not discolour them. (I had no problems) Happy steaming to all who take my advice :))

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              The operatives: Mokee: Age: 3 years 4 months Height: 17 inches Weight: 15 kg Hair colour: Black and White Distinguishing features: Shiny black eyes and a very wet nose Skittle: Age: 4 years 10 months Height: 21 inches Weight: 20kg Hair colour: Black and White Notable habits: Usually carries a rubber toy Special agents Mokee and Skittle, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to infiltrate your target, from now on referred to as 'the family home' in the guise of adorable family pets. Once you've won the trust of your kind but largely dim-witted new owners you must make every effort to wreak havoc in the name of the cause. It is essential that you maintain cover at all times whilst sabotaging at all corners the family's attempts to 'do housework'. You've got many weapons at your disposal on this one, ladies. You're already equipped you with your own unmistakable odour, but this is a tough assignment and that just isn't going to be enough. Make sure that you moult hair everywhere, track most of the garden back into the 'the family home' with you, eat your dinner on the run (cunningly dropping pieces as you go) and most importantly, if all else fails use your secret weapon, the stealth wee! This little trick has saved the lives of many a secret agent in distress, I can tell you. A well-placed wee in a cunning spot has got many an agent out of a tight corner (or sometimes into one). Behind the TV, next to the armchair and under the kitchen table are just some of the places your fellow operatives have deployed this tactic to great effect. Mokee... Skittle... This isn't an easy assignment, but we know you can do it. Good luck, baby puppies, the good name of all dogdom rests upon you shoulders... ...Hm, I know that an opinion about a steam cleaner is never going to be THAT exciting, but I will
              try my absolute best not to put you to sleep during this one, honest! I purchased my Earlex steam cleaner from Argos about six months ago, and I can honestly say that I wouldn't part with it now for love nor money (well, OK then, I would probably part with it if you offered me more money than I'd paid for it, but I'm a sucker for a profit!) But seriously, the Earlex is a very basic machine, it looks like something your Gran might've been using thirty years ago, but it is absolutely worth it's weight in gold and I bless the day that mine was unceremoniously dumped on my doorstep by the Argos delivery man! I decided to buy this item after reading an excellent opinion about it on this very site. I'd been considering investing in a Polti as the efforts of my two adorable, but incredibly mucky canines had left my once pristine beige carpets with an attractive 'mottled' effect. Wee stains battled for space with muddy paw prints and other unmentionable brown stuff that I'd rather not dwell upon for fear of upsetting the more delicate among you! Not forgetting, of course, hubby's effort to join in the dogs attempts at carpet decoration with some artfully scattered cigarette ash (rubbed in) and splashes of Coca Cola! However, the one thing that made me stop to catch my breath before rushing out and grabbing the first steam cleaner I clapped my beady little eyes on was the totally prohibitive cost! I hadn't looked any further than Polti at the time, and was shocked that a steam cleaner was likely to cost me almost double what I'd paid for my ever practical and much-loved Dyson vacuum cleaner, and I'd been put off for ages by the price of that! So, for me, the Earlex was a Godsend, everything I needed at a price I could afford, smashing! OK, first things first, the Earlex steam cleaner is a very basic, no frills piece of equipment. If you do decide to purchase one of these, please don
              9;t expect that when you open the box you'll find something shiny and glamorous with all of the bells and whistle's you'd expect on a (considerably) more expensive steam cleaner, this ain't no Polti, I can assure you! However, this is entirely reflected in the purchase price. The Earlex is currently on sale on www.argos.co.uk (not that I'm suggesting this is the only place you can buy it!) for the paltry sum of £44.75! An absolute bargain considering the cheapest polti Vaporetto I could find when doing a quick search of www.shopsmart.co.uk costs a staggering £339.95 from www.tesco.com Ouch! First thing I did after tearing open the box of my new Earlex was wish I hadn't! I was shocked by just how basic the Earlex looks (and actually is, it's no more than a large kettle with a handle on top and a large hole where you can attach the hose!). More importantly, the only thing in the cardboard box is the cleaner and accoutrement's. I had quite naively expected that any tools/hoses etc that the Earlex arrived with would fit neatly and compactly onto some storage device supplied with it. The only storage device with the Earlex is the cardboard box it comes in, and trying to fit everything back into that box after you've raved it all over your living room carpet is no mean feat, I can assure you! (Especially when, like me, you've ripped the box apart in your haste to get in to it!) Once I'd dragged everything out of the box I immediately started putting the whole thing together. After all, who needs instructions?!! Erm, well, I did actually, and you probably will too! The following information is stolen directly from the Argos website and tells you exactly what the Earlex comes supplied with: For use throughout home, garden, caravan and car. 2000 watt boiler element provides fast 16 mins steam up time. 5 litre boiler allows up to 90 mins continuous use. 3.65m cool-touch hose an
              d 2m mains cable. Kit includes: Carpet cleaner for use on carpet, vinyl, cork, stone and parquet floors. Attachment for removing dust, film and greasy marks from windows and tiles. Jet nozzle with brush and scraper for cleaning cookers, garden equipment and work surfaces. Even defrosts freezers in mins. Long handle attachment for use when cleaning floors and hard to reach areas. Large lightweight transparent steam plate for stripping wallpaper and a small steam plate for upholstery cleaning. (Well, they put it so much more succinctly than I would!) Once I'd rescued the instructions from behind the sofa and put the Earlex and attachments together properly it was time to start to use it. First the kettle needs to be filled with water. The sixteen minutes steam up time mentioned above is if you use cold water, this time can be significantly reduced if you fill the kettle with hot water straight from the tap, I do this and it usually takes about four to five minutes to heat up. When using the Earlex on carpets the cleaning attachment is covered with what looks to me very much like a terry dish-cloth. What's great about the Earlex is that the manufacturers don't claim that you have to buy their 'special' dishcloths to use the machine, any old terry nappies, or similar material will do just as good a job, as long as they're cleaned thoroughly before use, of course! I bought some bargain dishcloths from a £1 shop and they work just as well as the cloth supplied with the cleaner. The great benefit of the cloths for me is that they not only pick up dirt, the longish pile and steam combine to create the perfect conditions for picking up all those stray dog hairs the Dyson manages to miss and rolling them up into convenient hair-balls which are incredibly easy to remove from the cleaner afterwards. When the steamer is ready to use the carpet cleaning attachment is lightly st
              roked over the surface of the carpet (no strenuous scrubbing, which I'd been expecting). The first time I steamed my averagely sized living room carpet it took a little over an hour for two good going overs. I steamed the carpet twice because the first time I steamed it it didn't look any different afterwards! I steamed it again and it still didn't look any different, so I gave up and put the cleaner away muttering unrepeatable things under my breath all the while! Of course, what I hadn't fully considered was that this is a steam cleaner, not a vacuum cleaner (I can be a bit dim like that, sometimes!). It works by releasing steam into the carpet which loosens the dirt, the dirt is then picked up by the cloth. This surprised me when I first used the machine, as I'd been somewhat naively expecting something more akin to a Vax, somehow combining cleaning chemicals and steam to wash the carpet, this obviously is not how the Earlex works, using only steam from pure, clear water without a chemical in sight! A couple of hours later, when the carpet had been allowed plenty of time to dry I have to admit that the Earlex had worked wonders! The carpet looked cleaner, brighter and lighter and even felt softer and somehow bouncier underfoot. Of course, the Earlex is not a stain remover, so the darker and more stubborn stains were still there, if considerably less prominently! The Earlex is supplied with lots of other attachments. All are easy to use and clean effectively. I've tried cleaning windows, work surfaces, kitchen cupboards, vinyl flooring, etc. All with excellent effects, I don't have any wallpaper in my house at the moment so using the wallpaper stripper has eluded me so far, but I'm sure I'll manage it one day! I have to admit though that the carpet cleaning attachment is not only what attracted me to this product in the first place, it is also, in my humble opinion, the most effective and most useful att
              achment out of all of them, it is certainly the attachment most used in my house! I tend to give my carpets a good steaming every month or two when I seriously can't stand wading through the filth anymore! Although the Earlex is never going to be as effective as having your carpets professionally cleaned, it is excellent at what it does, leaving you with noticeably cleaner and brighter carpets after use, with the added benefit of reducing and often eliminating any smells. Living with a smoker and two little girls of the canine variety I find that nasty niffs are often prevalent in my humble abode. These can be dramatically reduced with a swift going over with the Earlex, just one piece of advice, though, be careful where you position your face when steaming carpets. A face full of steam is not only potentially dangerous, but can be extremely unpleasant if you happen to be steaming a patch of carpet which has previously been sprinkled with eau de dog urine... ...So, Secret Agents Skittle Bond and 00-Mo, your arch enemy 'Earlex' has foiled your dastardly plan for house ruination this time, (it would have worked if it wasn't for that pesky steam!) Better luck next time, Baby Puppies! This opinion will self destruct in five seconds... 5, 4, 3, 2...

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                Having deliberated for a long time over whether or not to purchase a steam cleaner for use around the house, I took the plunge a few weeks ago whilst walking through a major store and spotted the Earlex on special offer. I was finally persuaded to buy one by my husband who said that there would be loads of uses for it (including no less for his car!!) I decided that I would first try to clean our old tired suite - I was amazed at how much cleaner it was. I then found that I was hooked on this machine and went about the house like a mad woman trying out all the attachments (except the wallpaper stripper) hubby does not want to do any decorating yet!!. I decided to tackle the inside of the oven after yet another gourmet disaster had burnt over. Imagine my surprise when the burnt on goo just melted away. Next came the bathroom tiles - the results on these was not quite as I had expected but they were definately cleaner. Then I decided to try the steamer on the artexed walls, the result was shock horror that so much grime could have accumulated into the grooves of the artex. With the help of a cloth the walls are now clean. Last friday night my son picked up a friends sister who was the worst for drink and yes the inevitable happened and she was ill in the back of the car - yes Earlex came to the rescue. I sprayed some disinfectant onto the offending mess then steam cleaned the seat and carpet. I then proceeded to clean the whole of the upholstery in both his and hubby's cars. My son who is a carpet fitter reckons that he will be using it for uplifting tiles. He has got to prise it out of my hands firs. Excellant product.

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                  This Guildford-built cleaning/stripping package represents the slow evolution of Earlex's product range. Crude and simple. Basically, the boiler is a lightweight circular kettle (with the same type of element as an old-fashioned model, in its base). It has no additional lights or switches - which would represent additional expense, flair and effort for a medium-sized UK company with apparently little interest in investing in R&D. The unit has no castors or wheels and this puts a strain on the rather crude and stiff hose which is fragile and looks as though it could easily be damaged by accidentally standing on it - or perhaps, by jerking the full steamer across a floor (no base mouldings for easy movement across carpets or rough ground). The makers warn users about the machine's hot base and possible damage to surfaces. They even suggest resting the appliance on a board to reduce possible surface damage - crude or what? They could have reduced this problem by designing a greater space below and/or using glides. But then, this is a totally utilitarian beast - without any low water warning or switches etc. I owned an original Earlex over a decade ago and there are no visible improvements. This is sad. You don't even get a hook point for the machine or a basic tool caddy to store the bits and pieces which accompany it and could get lost around the house. The attachments supplied represent a similar - lack of thought philosophy - being simple and crude in design (with expensive spares). The instructions supplied are also basic and quite insufficient. There are no hints and tips and many users might damage woollen carpets and upholstery because there are no fabric guides. I remember cracking a window pane with my old model. So you have to guess and proceed through trial and error. The heat-up time for the 4.5 litre tank is average and also inconvenient - once again, better design could have reduced this, as heating a wide area from the centre is not ef
                  ficient and new heating plates could have been integrated into a totally new design. Changing tools is equally problematic for a 21st century device. There is no pressure indicator (as on a pressure cooker) - this is obviously too complex for the team at Earlex to contemplate. The only improvement I've noticed is a new comfortably sculpted pressure knob design. Overall, it works but you have to keep thinking and watching out for safety issues. The main unit even has the same paper labels which deteriorate after use and spoil the appliance's appearance rapidly. So, this is no Polti and it is basically a kettle with lightweight hose and steam outlets. The price is loosely appropriate. If you can find a place to store it and it's pieces for occassional use - the machine represents reasonable value. It is sad that this machine represents British technology in the 21st century - peaking at second world levels.

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                    After just one or two uses (and there are many of them), you'll wonder why you didn't get one sooner. I have been using the 'Combisteam' cleaning kit for the past couple of weeks and can tell you it is absoloutly marvellous. The steamer can be found in most DIY and large department stores and can be bought in a variety of packages from the basic steamer with one or two accesories, including a wallpaper stripper plate, to a full package (as I have) that includes attatchments for just about any job you can do with a steamer. It is worth getting a steamer with as many accesories as possible because buying them separetly later is more costly. The main unit holds approx. 4.5 litres (8 pints) of water which heats up in about 19 mins thanks to a 2200W heating element, and this will give up to 2 hours continuous steaming. Less water will heat up quicker and give a shorter steaming time. So it's your choice. As well as the large plate (wallpaper stripping) some of the accesories available include: *small steam plate-for awkward areas *carpet and upholstery tool *jet nozzle-inc. brush and scraper-for defrosting the freezer etc. *window/tile cleaner *heat shields for various accesories There are 101 uses for this equipment, since having mine I have cleaned 2 carpets, de-greased the engine bay of my car, de-frosted my freezer, prepared a room for decorating, removed stains from my three piece suite, cleaned my cooker and the utensils used with same, all with very good results. I can't speak for the results of using the window tool because I haven't tried it yet but I can tell you it cleans tiles a treat. A word of caution though- the steam is obviously very hot, being generated at 100 deg C, but there isn't an on/off switch on the unit so it has to be switched off at the wall socket, not a major problem but you need to be aware of where the steam is blowing as you m
                    ove around such as when bending down to switch off etc. Also when the unit first reaches opperating temperature and producing steam it is usual for hot drips to come out of the end of the hose for a few seconds-advisable to keep small children and pets away. Some fabrics such as Dralon or delicate fabrics will not stand up to 100 degree steam so caution is advised. With a 3m (10ft) mains lead and a 3.6m (12ft) hose accesability around the home is good and it will even stretch to my car parked on the drive if plugged in the hallway. All in all this is a very good, versatile kit and good value for money esp. with the accesories in the kit. I wouldn't be without mine now.

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                      12.11.2000 16:59

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                      I recently redecorated my house, and thought of hiring a steam stripper until I came across the Earlex steam cleaner. It is brilliant, not only does it come with a stripping attachment, but it also has various nozzles and attachments for other purposes. I cleaned my curtains yesterday in the living room whilst they were hung and they came up brilliant, it's surprising the dirt they hold. The cleaner has a large water container which you fill, it heats up and then generally constantly boils to generate steam which feeds up the rubber pipe through the attachment. For the price it is brilliant, I may try the car next, I did the cooker last week it was so much easier no scrubbing at all just use the cloth attachment (you need to replace the cloths). Just a word of warning, remember steam comes from boiling water so don't steam directly over your head you'll burn yourself.

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                      08.11.2000 21:08
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                      The Earlex complete steam cleaning kit!!! Wow!!! this really is great value for money, compared to other steam cleaners the price of this steam cleaner can not be beaten. Use throughout the home and garden!!! It comes with all the attachments needed, it is lightweight and easy to assemble. Also a 3.65m cool touch hose and 2m mains cable, enables you to reach those difficult places. In america they are well ahead of the uk for using this method of cleaning. It is said that not only is this an environmentally friendly way to clean but because you are using such a high temperture you are killing bacteria and other germs. No detergents are needed just water and that makes it even cheaper to use. This steamer has a water capacity of 5 litres giving you 90 minutes of continuous use if you wish or you can use less water if you require a shorter cleaning time. With a 2000 watt element you will be ready to start steaming in just 16 minutes!! less if you do not fill to the maxium level with water. You will be amazed at what you can use the steamer for i.e carpets flooring cooker sinks bathroom toilet ( a job we all hate) defrosting freezer wallpaper stipping windows the car garden equipment The list is endless, many will find another use each time they use it. One important point is to remember that the steam reaches such high tempertures so use sensibly. The manufactures have taken this into consideration and the attachments include saftey features. Also this is a great way to clean windows but "please" remember to account for the temperture outside and in, as a cold frosty window will not tolerate such heat!!! Use in the right way and you will wond
                      er how you mananged without it!!!

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