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Old 12 January 2014, 05:50   #1
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Steam Cleaners?

Hi, has anyone got any experience with using these and is there a particular make or model worth buying?

I currently use a jet washer made by karcher but to be honest I need something that takes less time and removes more of the green stuff.

I'm cleaning up my mums place and I have found one in the garage that I know doesn't work, I think it trips the electrics, its made by kranzle and not sure if it's worth even looking at..

Any advice would be more than welcome.

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Hi Whisper - thing to note is some steam cleaners are for carpets/fabrics and others are for hard floors / surfaces. The main difference being volume of water/ steam and heat. Vax make a good range of both. But be dead careful on multicolour fabrics. We use one to clean the big boat and it works well on canvas as well.

PS love the stealth rib!!
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You may aswell piss on it as use a small domestic Karcher. Larger commercial Karcher stuff is OK, the rest is B&Q fodder.
Kranzle gear is good.
I have a low-end commercial Demon electric, tough as boots.
Brendon are excellent also.

What are you trying to get "green stuff" off of?
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Old 12 January 2014, 06:05   #4
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Hi Whisper - thing to note is some steam cleaners are for carpets/fabrics and others are for hard floors / surfaces. The main difference being volume of water/ steam and heat. Vax make a good range of both. But be dead careful on multicolour fabrics. We use one to clean the big boat and it works well on canvas as well.

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Thanks due

Maybe steam cleaner is the wrong description, hot pressure washer maybe more correct. its for outside use only, for washing off paths, old oily machinery and maybe a searider

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You may aswell piss on it as use a small domestic Karcher. Larger commercial Karcher stuff is OK, the rest is B&Q fodder.
Kranzle gear is good.
I have a low-end commercial Demon electric, tough as boots.
Brendon are excellent also.

What are you trying to get "green stuff" off of?
I think the washer I have found looks like this but in black, it says 1500 on it.

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I think the washer I have found looks like this but in black, it says 1500 on it.

That's a hot and cold pressure washer, not a steam cleaner. When the hot side plays up, they can be a pain.

Hot is only really useful for grease and fats etc. The correct detergent and high pressure is more effective on masonary etc.

What are you attempting to clean?

Don't dump that Kranzle, I'd have it for parts.
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That's a hot and cold pressure washer, not a steam cleaner. When the hot side plays up, they can be a pain.

Hot is only really useful for grease and fats etc. The correct detergent and high pressure is more effective on masonary etc.

What are you attempting to clean?

Don't dump that Kranzle, I'd have it for parts.
Stone, block paving and concrete paths.

A shipping container thats next to a hedge thats gone green up one side.

Old PTO driven gang mowers, small tractors and other machinery.

Lots of old trailers.

Everything has stood for a while so need to clean it up and sell it off as seen on ebay for me mum
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Hokay, spray apply 50% dilute Hypochlorite on all paved areas, work it with a stiff broom, then pressure wash. Hypochlorite is miracle stuff, it's used for cleaning milking parlours. Our 100yo stone cottage came up literally, like new. Get it from any Farmer's merchants.

For greasy mechanical stuff use 50% dilute TFR or chassis cleaner, work around with a stiff brush where you can, don't allow to dry! Pressure wash again. Hot wash would help here, but the TFR should do the work for you.

Not all TFR is the same, I try to get the non- concentrate if poss. Swarfega used to do one that was awesome.

Give me the heads-up when the stuff goes on Ebay will ya?
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Hokay, spray apply 50% dilute Hypochlorite on all paved areas, work it with a stiff broom, then pressure wash. Hypochlorite is miracle stuff, it's used for cleaning milking parlours. Our 100yo stone cottage came up literally, like new. Get it from any Farmer's merchants.

For greasy mechanical stuff use 50% dilute TFR or chassis cleaner, work around with a stiff brush where you can, don't allow to dry! Pressure wash again. Hot wash would help here, but the TFR should do the work for you.

Not all TFR is the same, I try to get the non- concentrate if poss. Swarfega used to do one that was awesome.

Give me the heads-up when the stuff goes on Ebay will ya?
Thanks Mollers, great info here I had never considered using a chemical first

I'll give that a go, I've been using a small Karcher with a dirtblaster, it seams really powerful but takes way too long.

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What Mollers said with the Hypo. Apply on a "damp" day at 25-50% and LEAVE it on. Pressure wash it next day. The bleaching action continues as long as it's wet. When buying Hypo, check the batch production date. Don't waste your money on anything over three months old.
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