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Steam Cleaner recommendations for upholstery etc.

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Mullardman, Jun 13, 2019.

  1. Mullardman

    Mullardman Moderately extreme...

    As per title. I'd appreciate recommendations for a competent and sensibly priced steam cleaner capable of tackling a typical 'three piece suite', etc. If it will also do carpets, so much the better.
  2. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    I bought two Murphy Richards ones and both broke within a year. This thing-


    They seem to rely on some kind of valve or similar- you can hear it clicking even when eventually no steam comes out and it’s kaput.
    Then I bought a cheap hand held kettle style one which takes only 250ml water has a pressure vessel. It’s actually quite good but you might expire by the time you’ve cleaned a carpet with it. For upholstery it’s great. I used it to remove stains in the car to good effect.
  3. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

  4. jevy47

    jevy47 pfm Member

    We own a launderette and recently started hiring out Rug Doctors .
    Great feedback from customers.

    I know most Asda and Homebase hire out these machines.

    Might be worth a look.
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  5. fatmarley

    fatmarley Registered User

  6. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

  7. dweezil

    dweezil pfm Member

    A blue one appeared in our house following a resounding endorsement from SIL; following a weekend of intense use it has now resided in the garage for 8 years unloved.

    Either my OH has decided that life's too short or her eyesight has made all the dirt invisible.
  8. twotone

    twotone pfm Member

    I wouldn't bother they're shite.

    I've one here which has been used about twice, it's ten years old:)
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  9. Rodrat

    Rodrat pfm Member

    Polti are generally regarded as one of the best but expensive new. You can pick them up on ebay for reasonable money we have one that will do most cleaning and it is a dry steam which is better for fabric.
  10. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    What kind of steam cleaner is it though? Proper ones have a high pressure tank and can put out a lot of steam (actual steam, not just hot water vapour), under pressure. My sister has one that just pumps water through a cylindrical element (like how a smoke machine works), it’s just a glorified mop. Mine can strip paint.

    Also, it isn’t going to remove dirt and stains from fabrics, it just loosens them, they still need to be sponged out.
  11. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    Which polti are folk recommending?
  12. twotone

    twotone pfm Member

    Think it's a Phillips, cost about £100 when I bought it, its a proper steam one and it's hopeless.
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  13. kennyh

    kennyh pfm Member

    I'll suggest a product here after years of experimenting and losing money on a host of steam machines to clean upholstery etc. Mainly on cars I buy and sell but also for jobs the Boss wants it for in the house, all have failed to come up to scratch really apart from the monster industrial carpet cleaner I bought second hand at auction which is no good for upholstery anyway...........even on carpet it needs the correct chemical application first and is hard work.

    Anyway, from a throw away comment by a bloke at a car show I thought I'd try a fiver on this product "Turtle Wax Interior 1" a new line in the last year or so.

    Now I don't rate or use Turtle wax products but always give peoples advice a try if possible.

    So I bought a can and thought I'd attack the 30 year old grime ridden upholstery on a Ford Escort Turbo I'd just picked up. Simply incredible. It's a foam spray which spreads lovely. Light coverage over just grimy bits and heavier on anything with a stain.

    Leave it for 3-4 minutes until foam has gone. Then soak a cloth and wring it so it's just damp (I use/used microfibre) and rub with a bit of vigor....incredible, the Escorts trim came up like new and I do have the before and after pics.

    Mrs. is not interested in car products, and also scoffs at many stain removers saying they don't work.

    So next task was her suggesting if it could remove rain water stains on passenger seat of her car......yep she puts her wet umbrella on it. Water stains on interior trim have always been a nightmare for me but this stuff ate it.

    On about the 5th can now in 6 months, it's removed tiny stains in the house on both carpets and upholstery we had given up even worrying about. Beauty of it is that it never leaves a tell tale patch where a localised stain has been.

    My find of the year and I'm certain it would do a fabric suite just as well.
  14. cooky1257

    cooky1257 pfm Member

    I revived some HPD grills with Turtle 1 upholstery cleaner-very effective stuff.
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  15. cctaylor

    cctaylor pfm Member

    Bought one from Karcher direct ( unfortunately not a refurbished unit). It was to replace our 3 previous Vax and Shark steam cleaners which failed. These units had various complex "additions" of varying usefulness.

    I can't comment on cleaning soft furnishings but it makes s great job of cleaning the vinyl tiles in our kitchen. The unit is very simple. It is just a kettle on wheels with steam hose, not much to go wrong. The hose is a reasonable length and very flexible. I think it is superior to any hand held unit as it is so easy to move.
  16. peterm

    peterm pfm Member

    We've got a polti that looks like R2D2 from Star Wars and seldom use it - it's just too much faff for what it does.

    Be aware that some synthetic fabrics like Draylon can be permanently damaged by steam temperature (like partially melted!) - don't ask how I know!
  17. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    The other major benefit over the handheld units is steam capacity, I’ve never had to wait for the steam to build up against after the initial warm up. I’ve used mine for all sorts, it’s mostly used for cleaning hard floors but I’ve used it to clean my car interior, under the bonnet and to clean all the old dirt and grease off the door hinges... and for stripping wallpaper. It’s a versatile tool.
  18. Mullardman

    Mullardman Moderately extreme...

    Thanks for all the replies chaps, but after reading them, I've decided to take a step back. This is not just because of what I've read in the thread, but because my circumstances have changed. I was considering a steam cleaning campaign, but am now wondering whether this would actually be worthwhile.

    Long story short. (Trust me.. this is the short version.) After returning from a trip to Mexico on 6th April, I developed an all over red skin rash, plus hives, coming and going as they do, and intense itching all over. While in Mexico I swam in the sea, the pool, and an underground 'Cenote'. Otherwise, I did nothing remarkable bar eating and drinking. I'm not aware of being bitten by any bugs.

    8 weeks on and I've had 5 GP consultations, several sets of blood tests, used gallons of moisturiser and tried every antihistamine known to man. I've even treated myself for parasites, despite neither me nor the doc thinking this likely, but to rule it out. Little makes any difference. My Docs have consulted Dermatologists, who could only suggest extreme treatment with bandages and topical steroids. The only relief I've had was three days on oral steroids (Prednisolone), which stopped the itch in its tracks but it came back once the Prednisolone wore off. Not as bad though.

    Thing is the first blood tests showed a massive allergic reaction (IgE and Eosinophils raised), but none of the specific antibody tests (animals/pollen/house dust mite/food etc.) were elevated, or pointing at anything specific. So, a mystery.

    Last appointment but one I had a senior GP basically telling me that this sort of thing is very common in 'the elderly' (I'm 70 FFS!!) often evades proper diagnosis etc., and that I should ..in effect. 'deal with it'.
    Two days later the same GP asked me to come in 'ASAP' to 'review results and see how I was'. This set me wondering so I looked at my online Med Record and found yet more test results had come in, showing a strong reaction to 'house dust mite' and further raised IgE.

    So, today I saw a different Doc who is looking at getting more advice from Dermatology, but also Haematology, because my 'bloods' just don't seem to make sense. Why would I not show Dust Mite allergy at the 'peak' of this episode, but show a massive reaction now.. when I feel a bit better? Other anomalies I won't bore you with. Also notable that my symptoms don't match typical ones for 'house dust', which are mostly asthma/hay fever like.. not just itch.

    Mercifully, another short course of Prednisolone prescribed.3 days each at 20/15/10/5 mg. A tapering regime.

    So.. Need to get some sort of diagnosis before proceeding.. or spending more..

    Also, I'm buying a new bed anyway, and all carpets on ground floor stairs and landing are due for the skip in the next few months, so hardly worth bothering with the 'steam'.

    P.S. For the medics. liver and kidneys seem OK

    Any miracle cure will be seriously considered.

    I've had enoough of this.

    Thanks for reading.
  19. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    Mull, hope your condition improves. No harm in declaring war on dust mites- will occupy you and give the house a spring clean. I’d go down the rental carpet cleaner route and a hand held steamer for smaller fabric items.
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  20. cctaylor

    cctaylor pfm Member

    The warm up can be cut dramatically if you fill the unit from the kettle. It is mentioned in the instruction book but easily missed.
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