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post #1 of Old 04-13-2017, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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Does using a steam machine make the job easier or faster?

Hello all. I'm wondering if anyone here has experience using a commercial steam/vac machine in very filthy residential unit. I am considering buying the 'Desiderio Plus' steam and vacuum machine to hopefully make my job easier and faster, but I don't know if it will actually accomplish that.

I typically clean low income apartments and houses after people move out and these places are absolutely filthy. I'm usually dealing with hardened foods and liquids all over the inside of the refrigerator, layers of hard black burnt grease inside the oven/on the stove, grease coating nearly every surface of the kitchen, thick dirty soap scum coating the whole bathtub and shower walls, grime coated vinyl floors, ceiling fans and mini blinds coated in so much dust that it becomes mud here in the humid south, etc. It typically takes me about 4-6 hours to clean these places by myself.

My current trick for making the job easier is to use oven cleaner on practically everything in the kitchen and sometimes the tub too, if the soap scum is really bad. But that gets expensive and it's not too fun dealing with those harsh chemicals, I have to wear a respirator and gloves.

So does a steam/vac cleaning machine really make that much of a difference? Could it potentially cut my cleaning time and effort in half? Is it worth the $1700 price tag?
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I think it will make your job easier.
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For the tub use a tile cleaner it will cut the crud completely,trust me.
That's tough work. WEAR GLOVES!
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I think it is simpler, healthier, and in the long run, the more cost effective choice and designed to be user-friendly that not only eliminates chemical deposits in your home, but also helps the environment by reducing the amount of chemicals.

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I just read your comments again about using oven cleaner on just about everything!

OMGosh do not do that.Oven cleaner is only for the oven.Period.Spray it ahead of time and give it time to work.
You can also place the burner covers from the range on newspaper and spray them with the oven cleaner.Don't spray the stove top.

It will destroy about any surface it touches,except the inside of the oven.

It will eat through vinyl flooring,Damage counters that you may end up having to replace.

When you encounter grease in the kitchen spray it with a degreaser like fantastic,409 ,krudcutter .Leave it alone for awhile and go clean something else.Give it time to work.

For the bathtub that's filled with soap scum as well as the shower walls.Use a tile cleaner that's acidic,however do NOT walk away from this.Wear gloves apply the tile cleaner where it's needed and work in a small area at a time.Start at the top and work your way down.Protect the chrome drain cover and the fixtures from coming into contact with the acid.
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Can someone recommend their fav steam cleaner?
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