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Polti Vaporetto 950 - Powerful Steam Cleaning
Polti Vaporetto 950
Member Name: sas87
Polti Vaporetto 950
Advantages: 3.5 bar pressure, compact, good range of attachments
Disadvantages: Stiff operational button, takes 10 mins to heat up
The Polti Vaporetto is my second steam cleaner. Previously I had one many would know from the late night shopping channels - however I didn't find it overly powerful, and regardless of that it stopped working for no apparent reason after a few months usage. I was hooked on steam by that point, and determined to find another cleaner that would pack more of a punch, even if it meant spending a little bit more money - I'm always prepared to pay more for a quality product that will perform well and last.
After quite a lot of research, I discovered the well regarded Polti brand. Polti are an Italian company that only make steam related products, such as irons and cleaners. They originally started out making industrial items to be used in the workplace, but then started making commercial products of the same quality for everyone to be able to use at home. Being steam specialists mean they know what they are doing and can put all of their expertise in these products alone.
Polti make all many different models of steam cleaner - from the more basic affordable handheld, to the very powerful expensive domed cleaners that are a favourite with dress-shops, dry cleaners, hotels and other professional environments. I plumped for the 950, which is basically a compact version of the all singing and dancing models. It was just under £100 from Amazon.
The 950 is a lovely looking machine - mine is white and grey and looks very sleek and stylish. It resembles a cylinder vacuum cleaner, and similarly has wheels so it follows me around easily as I clean. The specifications are as follows -
* 3.5 bar steam pressure
* 140g/min steam emission speed
* 2000w stainless steel boiler
* 1.3L water capacity
* 3m cable
* 25 x 40 x 25cm Height/Width/Depth
* 5kg product weight
* childproof safety screw cap
The 950 also comes with a large padded storage bag, which is exceptional quality and stores the unit and all the attachments very comfortably. It makes it easy to take it to friends and family's houses when they inevitably ask to borrow it (and they will believe me!).
The higher the bar pressure, the more powerful the steam, and 3.5 bars of pressure is a very good amount for a domestic user. There are slightly higher bar pressured models out there but they tend to be used more in professional environments, and therefore cost a lot more money.
The cleaner comes with several attachments -
* Jug and funnel for filling with water
* Long concentrator nozzle
* Angled attachment - for getting under the rim of the toilet for example
* Nylon bristle brush - for scrubbing grout or stubborn dirt
* Wire bristle brush - for heavy duty scrubbing such as BBQs and oven shelves (will scratch coated surfaces)
* Upholstery attachment and cloth
* Window squeegee
* Floorhead (which can also be used as a wallpaper stripper) and waffle cotton floor cloth
* 2 extension poles
All these attachments should give some indication to the enormous variety of cleaning jobs you are able to achieve with the 950. Literally anything you can think of - bar washing up and cleaning below the waterline of the loo - the 950 WILL do! I personally use it mainly for cleaning floors and surfaces, but also periodically clean my windows, steam the mattresses and bedding, and clean carpets and rugs.
You fill the machine by removing the safety screw cap and using the jug and funnel provided. It's best to use filtered water if you live in a hard water area - or you can buy a product called kal-stop, which prevents limescale forming in the tank. Once switched on, the machine takes approximately 10 minutes to heat up and pressurise - at which point the safety cap becomes impossible to remove which is brilliant if you have children to protect them from burning themselves. When it's ready to use, a green light comes on and you hear a 'click' that tells you it's ready to go.
To use the floorhead, you have to attach the 2 extension poles to the hand unit and push the floorhead attachment on the end. The floorhead has two clips on the top so you can attach the cotton floor cloth, and I also use microfibre cloths in addition to the one included. It has bristles on the floorhead, and a slider bar on the top which either inverts or protrudes an inset area of the floorhead - this is your wallpaper stripper attachment! When used as a floor cleaner, the bristles help grip hold of the cloth - or if you remove the cloth you can use it to revive the pile of your carpet before going back over with the cloth.
To clean everything else, you have a hand unit with a nozzle and the operation button - which can be locked to prevent accidentally switching on (but cannot be locked to keep the steam continuous). It's to this main hand unit that you attach all the other accessories.
To operate the machine, you have to continuously press the button on the handle - which can be a bit of a strain on your thumb if you are using it for a prolonged period. Before directing the steam at anything, it's important to squirt away the excess water that builds up in the tube into a bucket or jug - and again if you leave it sitting a while. It's also important to not direct the steam on yourself or anyone else as it WILL burn - it is 100 degrees super heated steam after all!
The disadvantages to the Vaporetto 950 are that it takes a while to heat up, and similarly to depressurise before you can refill (if necessary) - though a full tank does last quite a long time. If you are wanting to do quick, spur of the moment clean ups, then a machine of this type isn't recommended - but great for cleaners who clean to schedule. Also, the operation button is quite stiff and needs to be held down continuously - if you are arthritic it's probably not going to be easy to operate for you.
The advantages of the machine have to be it's power, range of attachments/usages and compactness. It's also made to a very high quality and you can really 'feel' that it's a machine which will last many years. I would highly recommend it!
Summary: A quality steam cleaner that packs a real punch!
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