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Great for cleansing death!
Polti Vaporetto 690 Lecoaspira
Member Name: thedevilinme
Polti Vaporetto 690 Lecoaspira
Advantages: Ideal for this type of job
Death smells like urine, simple as, why we hate going to hospitals. Anyone who has an elderly relative who is sick will know that acrid smell well from hospital and how hard it is to get rid off it from the home after that person has passed away. The elderly care service is in crisis here, not because the money is not there so much but because no one under 60 really cares what happens to old people, including the nurses. Dementia, not global warming, is our real inescapable disaster waiting to happen. With that attitude to kick it down the road there never will be a fix and because of that your elderly relatives will be kept in their houses to die and so there will always be a market for steam cleaners as they are the only hardware that will really get anywhere near getting that depressing smell out of your house or flat, short of ripping out the carpets and treating the floorboards, what I and my mum eventually had to do after my dad died battling Alzheimer's. Death offers no dignity.
The thing with modern steam cleaners is they have lots of options so you can really get into the nooks and crannies left unclean by your books and grannies. Anyone who has had to deal with a parent with Alzheimer's knows that near the end they don't know what a toilet is and so will wee anywhere and so you have to clean everything - and I mean everything! My old man even weed in me mums pot plants! Every time I go around me mums house that's the first thing I think of.
As foreign sounding my device is they have it listed on dooyoo and so here we go, sounding like it was made in Albania! There's a lot of steam cleaning to be done in Albania after the war so why wouldn't they make steam cleaners? It's quite a new brand to the UK by the looks and not cheap but I got the feeling you couldn't skimp on the money when you buy one of these. They have to do the job. My mate's dad has also got the illness so I passed it on to him for a bit as it did do the job for us. They aren't cheap and so not something left idle, ours coming in at three hundred bucks!
They are built like Hoovers and fairly small ad agile although the 4m cable with this one was pretty rubbish. Like I say you have to get everywhere and so you need enough cable to play skipping ropes at least. In hindsight the model was perhaps a little small for the job in hand and it didn't hold a great deal of boiled water either. It took quite a few refills and electrical chord extensions to get things done. The drag is not great on thick pile carpets either so if you pull the wire too hard it could topple over.
Applications wise there are lots of tentacles and attachments supplied with it to get where you need to go and you can buy additional ones. It seems to have a water filtration system, whatever that is, but I'm unclear where the bits have gone and how to clean the filter. When you empty the thing it reminds you of the sewers in India. There isn't any sort of measure, either; to tell you how much water is left in the tank and so it stink's in there every time you check. Have your airfreshner ready guys! I blast it with Lynx body spray.
As I say if you have one then you may as well clean everything, from your kitchen lino to your Grandfather Clock. The T-Bone nozzle puts down the right amount of superheated water/steam and you do feel you are in a Michael Jackson video as it gets rather steamy inside. You won't be able to clean all day on just one water refill though so plan some coffee breaks as it brews up like your kettle. By the way it's an expensive model because it's also a regular vacuum cleaner and so two mechanisms in there. The vacuum isn't that impressive though and feels like a design afterthought.
What its good at is it cleans fat away in the kitchen, the job we all hate. Nothing worse than turning the knob on the kitchen radio to feel that icky film of goo. It also tries its best on things like bathroom tiles that have built up that mildew on the corners. As far as the carpet's go it did take at least four cleans to get most of the smell to go away. We still had to throw down carpet fresnher to keep the smell at bay.
If you fancy a good spring clean guys this is the type of multitask kit I can see lot of people going for. It's not as prentecious as the Dyson and Vax ranges and looks quite streamlined, reminiscent of one of the droid on the Return of the Jedi that gets vaporized by Jabba the Huts henchman.
Summary: Duel cleaner with poor vacuum
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