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Date: 11/5/11 12:06 PM

As I have mentioned I have been cleaning out my Mother's condo. I totally emptied it and now have wall to wall everything in my house. I had to get it ready for rental. The kitchen was GROSS!!! So, she's German...and old style at that...grease is the foundation of all her cooking...brats, bacon. fry this fry that...all over the kitchen GREASE GREASE!!!!She somehow never understood that she needs to clean her own house...she always thinks someone else will do it...guess that someone is me! Inside the drawers...gooey grease...all in the cabinets...YUK! Took out that machine Poorpigling recommended way back when..the steamer. Whoosh...all grease just melted away. I would not have been able to clean the place without that machine!!! Thanks Piggy!!!
Another thing that was mentioned on PR was Barkeepers Friend...that stuff is amazing. Had rust all in the toilets...CFR, bleach, pumice stone got it cleaner but not like new...took that Barkeepers Friend and it was sparkling new again. Thank you PR's!!!!
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Date: 11/5/11 1:15 PM


Sometimes it takes more than vinegar and baking soda..

I recently gave my monster steamer a real work out during fall cleaning. I simply don't remember how I ever got the house clean without it.. and I can tell this house is cleaner now.. No more using toothbrushes to get into those crevices.. no more bending down to scrap dirt out of the corners of the woodwork.. And no more using harsh brillo or so forth on my stove top and vent a hood.

Surprising how such a simple machine can make a world of difference in making your chores easier. Thanks for the reminder..

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Date: 11/5/11 1:37 PM

Would you mind sharing which steamer you have? We purchased one online after seeing a wonderful presentation on HSN and thought it would be great. When it came we were excited to set it up and start cleaning. IT TRUELY DIDN'T CLEAN ANYTHING!!! We were so disappointed we packed it up then and there and shipped it back. I'm not sure what the problem was, but I did mention my experience to a friend and he had the same experience as we did. We didn't buy the little hand held one either. This was a meduim sized piece of equipment on wheels, so we didn't go for the cheapy one. TIA
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Date: 11/5/11 1:37 PM

Would you remind us what your machine looks like, as Christmas is coming and it seems like a good thing to put on the list.

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Date: 11/5/11 10:46 PM

Mine is the McCulloch which I bought from Amazon. I also bought the Monster and have to say the McCulloch is better. The quality of the machine is better and the tools are better. It should be in the $100 price area. I am sure a bigger more expensive machine would be even more effective but I am very happy with mine for my household chores.

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Date: 11/5/11 10:52 PM

MC 1275 is 96 bucks at Amazon and free shipping.

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Date: 11/7/11 0:29 AM

Sadly, my McCulloch does not heat very well and produces a lot of cool mist. I was careful to use distilled water. I'm not sure where to take it to be repaired. I should have returned it, but have waited too long. There are many good reviews and I think it's a bit of bad luck on my part.

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Date: 11/7/11 7:52 AM


Cool mist.. is that at the tip of the steamer.. or a few feet away. One can run thru hand above the steamer about a foot out and it will not seem that hot.. but oh my.. if you touch that tip you will get burned..

I do remember somewhat the thread that threaddy and I put together on these machines a couple of years back. And I do remember not all felt their expectations were met with the steamers. So let me give some tips as to what to expect here.

You steamer does not REMOVE dirt.. you have to steam out the dirt and then wipe the dirt up with a rag. it is not a vacuum...

These are the places I use my steamer.

Window ledges. you know.. when you open your windows and you have that dirt / dust in the cracks / crevices and so forth.. The steamer will loosen it up and blow it out where you can wipe it up.

Same with the woodwork/baseboards.. especially in the corners and on those decorative mouldings which have crevices.. Along the bottoms too as well as the tops.. it will blow out any hidden dirt/dust for you to wipe up.

On grout lines.. you most likely will need to use the scrub tip.. However where the steamer will loosen dirt/dust , it will not remove stains. Sometimes on some surfaces I use a spray cleaner then steam.

Oven / ventahood.. Will definitely blow out any hidden grease here.. BUT... If your stove tops parts are not cleaned regularly.. or if it has been a while.. then you will have to clean them as one would.. then use the steamer on a regular basis to maintain the clean.. same with an outdoor barbeque .. Where I no doubt the steamer might be able to tackle some really baked on filth.. it would probably take a lot of time and repeated steamings.. so the trick here is to start with a clean slate.. to maintain surfaces with the steamer.. BTW.. Almost all of your stove top parts can go into the dishwasher for a weekly cleaning so you don't have to do the scrubbing on them if you wash them regularly.

I steam almost everything really.. The inside fridge.. will steam on any food particles etc.. so you can wipe the residue.

I also steam my mattress covers just to help sanitize them.

Cabinet fronts.. helps loosen any dirt / grease so you can wipe it up.. without scrubbing.

Toilet bowls/sinks.. You can blow out the hidden dirt/dust/etc from around the hinges which hold the toilet seat. as well as any other hard to reach areas.

The washer.. again.. around the hinges that hold the lid.. as well as any areas difficult to clean .. but I do clean even easy to reach areas of my home with my steamer.. why not .. it helps sanitize and just makes cleaning easier.

In short. anywhere there are crevices and hard to reach cracks.. the steamer flushes out these areas without loads of water being used which you would need towels to wipe up instead of just rags.

Anything sticky.. anything with residue of any sort on it.. it will melt it off..

Appliance fronts , sides and handles..

Some venetian blinds.. not those made from fabric..

The top of doorway ledges, the tops of the kitchen cabinets.. and so forth.

Will also work on windows.. just steam and wipe off.

Brickwork.. I have exposed brick walls inside my home around the fireplace..

Cobwebs or potential cobwebs ..

Those are my main uses for my steamer. I have the canister model which I use the most. although I also have a floor steamer model.

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Date: 11/7/11 12:07 PM

Thanks for all that information. I have the floor steamer with a variety of tools to expand its' use. I did try to use the fabric type tool to remove fold lines for a pair of drapes. Sadly, it just spit a lot of cold water out, even after adequate heating time. The 'steam' that is coming out is cool, at the source. I still use it to mop the floor once in a while. I think it will be in next springs yard sale. If you get one that works well, it would be an amazing tool.

Thanks again for all ideas on a steamers uses!

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Date: 11/7/11 12:26 PM


TOV.. I so believe in these steamers.. has made a world of difference in how clean my house is. and how much easier it is to clean.

I was so impressed by mine. that I also bought a floor steamer. . I don't use it too much really..the floor steamer.. as the pads become dirty too quickly and they are expensive to buy and replace.. Mainly I use mine on a porcelain floor where a mop leaves streaks..

But my cannister model I could not live without. Would be a hard toss up if I had to decide between it and my ice maker....

Please give it another try with the cannister model. .which can be used on floors also.. If you try it as soon as you get it home.. and you still aren't satisfied you can then return it without being out any money. I am sorry your first model did not work out for you...

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