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My Granddad bought this steam cleaner from Amazon wanting to clean his rug in the living room as it was getting a little grubby. I helped him pick one with good reviews on there and the description sounded like £39.99 was giving you a lot to work with. He ended up giving it to me as he found it so rubbish on the rug and had not other use for it. I of course felt awful that I'd picked something that was no good, but was happy to try it out to see if it would work for what I wanted to do with it.
The steam cleaner is a small hand held cleaner which heats the water you put in the release steam from the nozzle. It comes with different attachments which depend on what you are cleaning. There is attachments for small areas like taps or skirting boards and a larger one for carpets, windows and even upholstery.
You can clean other things with this compact steam cleaner and as long as it's not electrical, go for it. I have cleaned the doors and the shelves in my fridge with it no problem and outsides, but don't clean anything near electrics as it's water and could damage your products.
The steam cleaner:
Depending on how much time you think you need to clean the area you are going to do, there is a jug provided which will help you measure that in water.
1 jug at the specified level will give you approximately 10 minutes, 2 jugs will give you 20 minutes and 3 jugs, 30 minutes. I started off with just 1 jug as I was just going to clean the taps and surrounding area of my kitchen sink.
I filled it with 1 jug of water, switched the on button which is located on the side behind a clean rubber seal just so it doesn't get wet and cause any problems for the steamer.
I held the nozzle attachment I had added into the sink as it did state it may splurt water when it's heated up before the steam starts to come out. It did do this so I was glad I was holding it in the sink. It took around 2 minutes to heat up the 1 jug of water and off I went.
I cleaned around the sink drying to get off anything I could. It didn't do anything to clean the sink around the taps where my white sink was slightly discoloured from limescale.
I was a bit miffed at this and carried on cleaning in other areas of the kitchen.
I thought I would give the oven door a blast. Nothing.
Then the windows on the back door? Nothing.
Surely the dusk around the washing machine dials then? nope.
I was started to see the pattern and I just tried my hardest to clean anything to just get the water out of the steamer. It took around 15 minutes to use it all up in the end and I was getting hot and bothered by the end of it. I went round with a cloth and wiped around all the areas I had just cleaned and did notice the open door was slightly cleaner but whether that was from my elbow grease rubbing it, or the steamed had lifted some grease off, I don't know.
Wanted to clean the windows on the house so I got the other attachment out which resembles a hoover foot. It has a rubber blade on the end for window cleaning which is brilliant for getting rid of excess water. I first of all cleaned them with window cleaner and just wanted to steam them to get rid of any excess grease I had missed.
I started off well and managed to get one window looking clean and grease free. When I had finished it all, it did look very clean and sparkly. The attachment had done a great job cleaning the windows inside and when the weather is less rain and overcast clouds, I will definitely attempt the outside windows.
I would say that the steam cleaner hasn't lived up to it's expectations. I had tried cleaning a lot of things with this steam cleaner and haven't had much luck at all. I was tempted to give it back to my grandparents and tell them to return it but now, I will take it back there and clean their windows with it to show them it does have some good as it doesn't take long to clean them either.
I wasn't entirely happy with the product and would take it back if it hadn't cleaned the windows so well. It sounded like such a good product and I should have known from the £39.99 price tag that it wouldn't be doing what I expected.
Thanks for reading my review
Two years ago it was time to say goodbye to a very old friend. Of course we're not talking about a person, animal or a live, animate object, but rather a gun steam cleaner in the shape and form of probably the only Hoover appliance I've ever bought that has lasted so long without problem! The Hoover Vaporzipp, a hand held steam gun that looked like it could appear in any episode of Star Trek finally gave out with just a wisp of steam and a malfunctioning trigger. It had done much service in the kitchen, the bathroom, but more importantly it was great for taking outside and doing the windows with, especially if bird droppings were apparent on our PVC framed windows. So, I took my time looking for a replacement - but it was difficult to choose a brand that didn't have poor reviews - unless I spend over £100 for a pull along cylinder vacuum style tank on wheels or go for the Earlex plastic tub steam cleaner - been there, done that!
Whilst I've personally recommended steam cleaner jugs over the years, my one gripe with them is that they are really awkward to use, especially when trying to get into a corner with them, and unless they have an additional thin hose in which the steam can get into corners, then there really isn't much point in considering a purchase. Then I found the Morphy Richards steam cleaner 70455 at a cost of £59-99 at my local Scottish Hydro electrical showroom. At the time of purchase (April 2011) the price at Argos had been reduced to £43-99 but my local Argos couldn't get the machine in and Tesco had just got in a red model priced at £89-99. For 2012, the price for this machine is now £42-24 currently from Morphy Richards UK, £64-97 from Tesco.com and £46-99 from Amazon.co.uk
The MR 70455 is quite different to a steam cleaner jug design in the sense that it is more or less an upright, squat and compact water tank with a long hose attached to it. It comes with a British Allergy Seal of Approval (BAF) sticker but heavens knows why - it's not as if the machine has a HEPA filter fitted to it, it' s not as if it's a vacuum cleaner - and in this day and age if Morphy Richards hope to be able to push sales of this steam cleaner for having such an award, ALL other types should show off the same sticker. I mean, honestly - yes, a steam cleaner can clean bedding, it can kill dust mites and such like, but it can't keep the owner allergy free, unless it comes with a lifetime supply of dust masks!
Measuring 20cm length by 33cm height and a width of 14cm, it mirrors a small bucket from it's top permanently fixed handle point of view, weighs 3kg and comes with a myriad of attachments that fix onto its 1.8 metre rubberised hose and an optional adjustable shoulder strap that, smaller when attached makes me look like a serviceman, according to my mother! The downside here is that the hose cannot be removed and far from being poorly made, it feels good and has ribs set into which after a long couple of months I'm still not clear as to why the ribs are set in place since they don't retract for space efficiency and do nothing for the cleaning performance. They are heat insulated - but only double insulated, so you will get some heat off them when in use.
Of the myriad attachments you do get, you'll find them in a very handy material string tie bag, very similar to a shoe bag and a bag I just couldn't live without! It contains 3 Terry cotton elasticated cloths to fit around a mini hard plastic floor head that also acts as a secondary fitting for a squeegee attachments for windows and tiles, a long 5cm straight steam head similar to what you would find with a steam cleaner jug, a small right angled head, measuring jug, water funnel and a stiff round bristle brush. All of the attachments bar the terry cloths are made of reasonable plastic quality, a little bit speckled and ribbed, but definitely better made than the attachments on my old Hoover steam gun but similarly to that model, they all fit onto the end of the hose by a twist and snib-lock design. They are also fairly well heat insulated, but sadly not to the point that they are cool touch when in use, and caution should be watched here the longer you use these attachments in one cleaning session, as they will end up being so hot you'll have to wait for the machine to cool down until they can be untwisted to unlock from the main hose - and only the Terry cloths alone are machine washable, no other attachments can be put in a dishwasher.
At its core where power is concerned, the MR 70455 has a 2000 watt heater element that heats up cold tap water in just three minutes before a 1200 watt keeps the steam going and rated at an additional 115°C, the steam that disperses is extremely hot. What a pity then that there's no variable controller to control the heat level, let alone the force of steam of which this machine emits. It's all or nothing with this machine.
In use, the MR 70455 Steam Cleaner is a little bit different to what has gone on before compared to the more traditional steam cleaner jug format. There's a 4.5 metre power cord installed into the back of the Morphy Richards but whilst there's a permanent oval cord hook installed to tidy the cord away, the shoulder strap and the long hose can get tangled up, so unless you site the hose away from you before plugging in and then put the machine on your shoulder, when doing far away cleaning tasks like walking around the kitchen to check what surfaces need doing, I find it easier to take the shoulder strap off the permanent hooks at the top and place the MR 70455 down. Compared to a steam cleaner jug, the MR 70455 is a lot more stable thanks to its shape and flatter base.
Whilst the attachments are reasonably okay however, it is the terry cloth heads which feel particularly cheap although they do a good job of pick up, they seem to retain the dirt, but get overly wet when in use. This is only down to the fact that the MR 70455 has a tendency to keep putting out wet steam whether you like it or not and what the machine suffers from is the lack of a stop button that would allow you to keep the machine on, whilst heating up the water continuously and safely allowing you to control the steam it puts out. It does have an ON button located at the side of the machine just below the handle and whilst it has a rubber cover on it to give you wet protection when handling wet flannels to clean up the dirt that the machine and its attachments provides, a secondary control on the hose wouldn't have gone amiss here.
However, the dirt that this machine eradicates is a lot faster than my old Hoover steam gun ever was and compared to that, the Morphy Richards is extremely powerful, extremely quiet and only requiring very little use of it per cleaning need. Morphy Richards go to great lengths to explain that this machine has a running time of 20 minutes and its large 1 litre tank means fewer fills. Well not in my hands! Just to clean 5 kitchen doors required two fill ups to the tank and it's just a pity that each time you want to stop the steam, you have to go to the tank and switch it off manually and still, the steam won't instantly stop dispersing, only slowing down so you have to duck of the way to avoid being warmed up or burned!
Of the attachments that I do like, the straight attachment (or "jet" nozzle as MR put it) is fantastic at cleaning our gas stove, down the sides, sink area, down the drain, cleaning out the over flow hole, cleaning out grout in the shower where my super Sonic Scrubber brush can't get to, whilst also being able to direct steam straight at window dirt outside. But despite it all, you will need a dry or wet cloth to go over everything that the machine shoots the steam at, because like all steam cleaners, unless there's a towel at the end of it to soak up the dirt and wet steam, it feels like I'm blowing steam around and just letting the collected bacteria steam on the work surface!
The Terry Cloths and squeegee attachment, either together or with the squeegee and additional mini "hard floor" attachment are okay for cleaning windows or mirrors, but again they carry the warning in the fairly written user manual that a cold mirror or window should never be attempted to clean, less it should crack or break with the heat off the machine and the attachments. When the Terry cloths are attached, they steam their way through greasy work surfaces relatively well, but they have a tendency to leave surfaces wet and if you don't clean it up with a cloth, you'll be left with dirt on the surface. MR go on to optimistically suggest that the Terry cloths are ideal for removing creases out of clothing - well unless you want the clothing to remain damp afterwards, it's just not a good suggestion at all and the mini floor tool is great for surfaces but try steam cleaning a mattress with it, and its size will leave you wanting, taking quite a good few hours to get around the large surface that even a single bed mattress commands. It is a slightly disappointing aspect that neither attachment can clean with dry steam either as the steam from the Morphy Richards continues to be wet when it emerges out of both the Terry cloths and the squeegee itself.
The key aspect of the Morphy Richards Steam Cleaner 70455 where its main cleaning performance is concerned seems to take a back step to how well the main body and hose are made and for the most part, how easy everything is to store when steam cleaning has finished. What a great pity! The hose in particular merits award winning design from the way it can lock into the side of the machine after use and the rest of it lasso'd over the top and resting onto the centre part of its body, creating a space efficient design. What a missed opportunity that you can't lock the hose in with any of the attachments still attached, as the holder will only accept the main handle of the hose and nothing else. Certainly without the bag and having to keep the boxy packaging box it came in to store the cleaning attachments, the MR Steam Cleaner wouldn't gain much merit here, let alone its easy to clean body, good labelling and a good sense of design that points to everything you really need to know, without much reference to the user manual. The main body feels very substantial and very well put together and whilst some attachments could do with a little more thought, when it comes to actual performance, it could be better thought out, and more importantly safer to the user. Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2012
I had the Morphy Richards GrimeBuster Steam Cleaner for nearly 18 years but the element finally went bang. Replaced it with this - a snip in a sale at £29.99. Its a good little cleaner but unlike the Grimebuster which produced steam and had a steam switch on the tools, this is just a constant steam - so not as good!!! AND it has no long tube for a steam element. A great shame that Morphy Richards downgraded their steamer to a much lower spec as the other one cost me £4.75 per year! This is not the same quality or ease of use and having used it for 3 weeks, its nothing like the grimebuster in terms of ease of use - but nevertheless its a great little steamer!
Couldn't remove the skin off a rice pudding. Total waste of money. Tried it on many tasks but always resorted to a toothbrush and elbow grease. Sadly I couldn't give this less than a 1 star rating.
Why did I decide to buy a steam cleaner? I'd been watching the selling channels on satellite tv and you know how they make everything look good. I'd spent an hour watching the presenters steam blasting everything in sight with a snazzy looking hand held steamer and thought, I'll have one of them beasties. Being a yorkshire man I thought, if I search the internet I'll find one cheaper than they sell them for on telly, so I ended up with this one, not the type I was looking for but the reduction from £49.99 down £19.99 in yet another argos sale swung it for me, (they're curently selling at £33.29 there in a sale)
As soon as I got it home it was out of the box and straight into some steamy action. Does it do the job? in a word, YES, it did an excellent job on everything I tried it on, it removed every spot of grease on my cooker and brought the oven and grill racks back to as good as new, if you use it on tiles it won't bring the grouting back to as white as the day you tiled but it does make a noticeable difference compared to spray cleaners. It removed stubborm marks off a kitchen floor that mopping wouldn't and did a great job doing a bit of spot cleaning on a carpet, a quick steam of the sette and chairs had them looking great, and once when I was stain/varnishing a new wooden fire surround and knocked the tin over onto a beige rug, I was straight on with the steamer and it did me proud, no stain. It's done a great job on everything I've tried it on, it's just a matter of using the right nozzle/attachment for the job. The one thing it's really good at is cleaning windows and mirrors with the squeegee attachment though it takes a few goes to get the knack. The attachments are easy to fit, a simple slot in and twist, and though it says use tap water, I've used the scented ironing water in in mine for a nice smell while steaming.
There are a couple of minor downsides, 1) you need a few cloths or a towel handy as you get a lot of water esp on windows, tiles, doors and appliances....2) it's constant steam, so if you're in a small enclosed area it can be like working in a sauna....3) you have to turn it off to switch nozzles to avoid the risk of burning yourself......4) it's not big enough for whole carpet cleaning/wallpaper stripping
What do you get for your money? the steamer with a 1 litre tank, a filling jug and funnel, a round brush, a jet nozzle, a directional nozzle, an upholstery nozzle with 3 cloth caps, window squeegee attachment, a carrying strap so you can carry it hanging from your shoulder and a storage bag. It has a solid safety cap, a fast 3 minute heat up time and steams at 115 deg. It's power consumption is 2000w heat up and 1200w in use. The power cord is a generous 4.6 metres and it weighs in at 2.9kg. It has the British Allergy Foundation Seal of Approval and you even get a free dealing with allergy booklet.
Overall for some good clean steamy action around the house you won't go far wrong with this.
The Morphy Richards 70455 Essentials Compact Steam Cleaner helps you to live in a clean and hygienic home / It has been scientifically proven to kill dust mites and neutralise allergens without the use of chemicals / This fact has helped the Steam cleaner gain the British Allergy Foundation Seal of Approval / It has a large 1L tank capacity that prevents the need to re-fill the tank frequently / It is quick to clean and fast to heat up meaning you can work on cleaning both quickly and efficiently / It for those with dust or pet allergies as extreme heat aids the killing of mites and allergens / It's easy to operate and thanks to a shoulder strap it simple to clean all corners of your room..Dual power element2000w for heat-up1200w in use1 litre water capacityFast heat-up time / 3 mins20 minutes continuous Steam timeSafety capShoulder strap for easy carryingCable and hose storage2 year guarantee / Short name: Morphy Richards 70455