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Blowing off steam?......or just a lot of hot air?
Member Name: Bellroyd
Advantages: Reliable and effective
Disadvantages: Looks a bit plasticky and cheap
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.
Summary: Gets the job done
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