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post #1 of Old 09-22-2014, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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Steam Cleaner?

My wife and I are thinking about purchasing the "McCulloch MC1385 DELUXE CANISTER STEAM CLEANER" this week. We would like to use it on our initial and deep cleanings. The price of this steam cleaner is on point with our budget (under $250.00). Has anyone used a steam cleaner, and how does it effect your services? Are there any other steam cleaner recommendations?

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I have a Vapor Clean unit I bought it at myvaporclean.com or vaporclean.com.
I have made some $$ with the unit but mostly small jobs furniture cleaning, restroom overflow clean up.
At home I have used the unit to loosen/tear up old vinyl flooring--made way fumeage than the heat gun--easy to over heat the vinyl which caused some fumes.
The ++++ quick heat up. easy to carry & transport. 65 lbs of pressure which is enough for most jobs. Changing tools is easy most of the time.
The - - - - no gauges for temp, pressure, water level (steam chamber) not effect as a carpet cleaner, does okay on small carpet spots.

I do have Steam Cleaning listed as a service on my thumbtack.com/profile, but 90% of the steam cleaning requests are for carpet cleaning. I did get 1 steam cleaning request to remove smoker's smell from a home.
I have offered steam cleaning for restroom disinfection to some new janitorial customers but most didn't want to pay extra for that service.

Do Differently.... I would have looked at units that can steam clean & vacuum, this combo would have been more useful and perhaps led to more jobs.

I did try my unit on a commercial kitchen tile & grout floor, it did melt.soften the floor grease but no way to vac up the melted grease. I do have something now that could do that but the floor tool for the steam cleaner is 12" not very wide and the process was slow.
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At that price, you can also opt for a hybrid vacuum cleaner, like the newest Bissell Symphony ~ $200, or the Hoover SpinScrub ~ $120.
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JDJanitorial & JasonMoe, thank you for your feedback. Very much appreciated. In regards to the recommened units, are they multipurpose units like the Hoover TwinTank Canister Steam Cleaner? Looking for a powerful steam cleaner that can be used on floors, counters, appliances, etc. Thank you again for the feedback.
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The unit I have VaporClean TR 5 will clean floors, bathtubs, counter tops, fridges, even cleans painted surfaces like cabinet doors. When cleaning you put a microfiber cloth or pad over the steam cleaning tool and then steam the surface you wish to clean. There is a jet tool which blasts a stream of steam but the stream is narrow when close to a surface and wider when further away from a surface and also not as hot. Steam cleaning an oven with the jet tool fills an oven with steam which makes it hard to see what you are doing, but works great on sink & counter & toilets--small areas/surfaces.
Vapor Clean.com use to have demo video of a person cleaning a restroom with a steam cleaner or look on youtube.com.
In my non scientific tests using steam cleaning vs regular spray & wipe restroom cleaning, Steam cleaning was 2 minutes faster, but that doesn't include after steam wipe down ( steaming leaves surfaces wet) about 8-10 minute heat up time.
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Hey Brad -

Thank for the info. on the VaporClean TR-5, looks like a awesome unit...but out of our budget. Do you know of any units under $200 that may be comparable or may come close? Have you heard of the STX MEGA-STEAM 4000? It looks like a unit that comes close to the VaporClean TR-5. Thank you again for the suggestion and info.!
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MrTee thank you for the reply. I don't know of any $200 units and under. I tried a steam mop from Amazon, it was terrible, mostly spewed hot water and very little steam. The Mega Steam unit got good reviews from Amazon.
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Steam cleaning is better than dry cleaning. It has various benefits like steam can penetrate pores and get at that embedded dirt out. Steam cleaner cleans more thoroughly than normal supermarket cleaners.
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Steam cleaning is better than dry cleaning. It has various benefits like steam can penetrate pores and get at that embedded dirt out. Steam cleaner cleans more thoroughly than normal supermarket cleaners.
He was asking about steam cleaners. Nothing about dry cleaning.
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Steam Is always a safe way to clean any surface. Steam cleaners have an adjustable flow of vapor so you can use a little or a lot depending on the type of surface you're cleaning. To my knowledge, no side effects while cleaning with steam.
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we have adopted steam cleaning in our domestic cleaning as it is cheaper ( uses way less chemicals), is hygienic and most clients prefer the steam cleaning
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A steamer it is always good..but depends for what you use it and be careful.. some assets are very sensitive to steam..
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Try to get some budgeted steam cleaner.
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