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JML Steamstation Pro.
This is a small machine which uses the power of steam to quickly and effectively clean, and to quickly and effectively steam clothes instead of ironing.
I bought the steamstation from JML's own website http://www.jmldirect.com/Steam-Station-Pro-PS3415/ here you can see a small video and info about the product. It is £58.71 but i paid £80 for the upgraded version with all the attachments. I can't think this product would be of any use at all without the attachments so you may as well ignore the cheaper one. JML are very proffesional, it is easy to buy and delivery is very quick.
I ordered this because i hate ironing and i thought that an easy and quick solution like this would be fantastic.
So... imagine a white watering can, the hole on the top is sealed with a screw in purple lid. This is the steam station pro, there is a base unit which it can sit in for stability but it is the 'watering can' that does the work. It comes with:
a little cup and a funnel to fill up the unit a flexible hose which ends with a plastic foot with steam holes in it. This attaches in place of the steamstation's screw in lid and is used to steam your clothes. a screw together stand with a plastic top with arms like a hanger - to hang your clothes while steaming, this has a hole to screw in the base unit a foot attachment (like the foot on a hoover) which can push on and clip into place on the 'spout' of the steamstation A brush which slides on to the foot - for use when steaming hard floors a rubber blade to slide on the foot - for steaming glass 2 x cloth covers for the foot (socks) to use when steaming sofas and floors (hard or carpet) a nozzle for steaming a select area - perhaps for running along the grouting around tiles or along skirting a round brush to clip on to the nozzle a hose that will attach with the nozzle or the foot to get to hard to reach places
as you can imagine there are a lot of uses for this little machine, sounds very useful right?
So first, choose the attachments you want to use and fill up the unit. My first problem is that it only takes 2 cup fulls. This is not a lot of water, it goes further than you expect but not far enough, when you run out of water you should let the unit go cold before you re fill, so halfway through the cleaning, you've got to stop.
Next, plug in and turn on the power. There is a light on the steamer which goes out once it is hot enough, but it is difficult to see unless you are holding it.
There is a thumb button on top of the handle, when you are using the cleaning attachments you press it whenever you want steam. For cleaning the floor with the foot you just run it over the floor quickly while pressing the button, job done. The only downfall to this is that on tiles the steam becomes water and the tiles need mopping up because they get soaked.
The only thing that doesn't work by 'point and steam' is the clothes hose which as i have said, plugs into a different place to the other nozzles. You don't use the button here because this is screwed in to where the lid was, the steam comes out automatically. I hate this - the steam starts to come out before it is hot enough so it's spitting water. I managed to combat this by holding it up in the air, great. Also, once you start, you cant stop the steam unless you turn the power off.
The clothes hanger it comes with is awful, it is difficult to get the clothes on it, no good when you're rushing to swap garments while the room is filling up with steam. And when you do get the clothes on it (only tops, no where to hang trousers) running the steamer down the garment proves difficult as the hanger swings around. Also the pole going up the middle of your garment means you can't get a good contact with the steamer so a pole width stripe remains un-ironed.
My resolution - put the clothes on their normal hangers, hold them up and steam them in the air. Good for building up those arm muscles.... if you can handle the ache.
Good points - once you get the knack of this the results are good, when you get something out of the wardrobe that you steamed you do notice it looks good. However you don't get that nice crisp feeling. Also things with lots of folds pleats and layers can be done a lot easier than with an iron because they dont need keep re-positioning and pulling about.
It is quicker once you get used to it, but it is also fustrating to use. I decided not to send it back because i can use it on my kitchen tiles and also for difficult to iron clothes as i have just mentioned. I wish it had been a lot cheaper though.
It is a fantastic concept and i am dissapointed that i have not got the machine i hoped for, if you want one, invest in a more industrial proffessional version that holds a bit more water.
Did i mention that the attachments are made of a cheap purple plastic and that my 'foot' already needs a dose of superglue after a small knock....
UPDATE I just used this on my new curtains, I thought great maybe this will be the task to redeem this product. Sadly no, the steam power is not sufficient to get all the creases out of the curtains. I would say it reduced the creases by about 20%. Now i wish i hadn't thrown out all the paperwork and packaging so i could send it back!!