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I bought the Polti Vaporettino Handheld Steam Cleaner really just to see if steam cleaning really works before buying a bigger steamer, this steamer does work, it is really fun to use, and easy to store. It does a great job on the smaller items like cleaning the bath room, around the bath edges, where the tiles start,sink and taps the toilet, it does its job and has a great blast of steam plus, you dont have to wait for cooling down before re- filling with water. To clean the grout in between the tiles you need to use the small little brushes, you just attach it to the end of the steamer by twistiing it in position if you need to give the grout a little extre cleaning. You can also use it without any brushes and just blast the steam where you want it, the dirt just runs down and you wipe it of with the cloth.It also has a good length cable You can buy extre attachments for it or replacement attachments. Instruction are in the leaflet and phone number to get the attachments, A disadvantage is, if you want the long thin nozzle you do have to buy this seperate and it is this tool that in my opinion you really need to get round the corners,and under the toilet brim. and into those very hard narrow gaps that you just cant get into. I bought my extre attachments and brushes from ebay for £10 selling at the moment which came in a sealed package for £5.99. by seller id dinglydell. The same package I bought but from a differant seller.I did phone the number on the leaflet to enquire about the attachments and the package I got from ebay did have the same amount of attachments In the package. they were also 10.00 cheaper on ebay. You do need the extre brushes.and in differant colours so you can identify which brush is for which room, we would'nt like to forget which brush is which and which brush did we clean the micro wave with and which we have just cleaned our toilet with:) features are: Removable water tank, this is very easy to fill, you just untwist the cap and put it under the tap and fill to the line,removing and putting back on is very easy, it just has a switch that you slide to one side to open and push it back to lock the tank back on. Heats up in under 3 minutes Complete with two round brushes and a fabric tool Handy hook for storage Cable wind around the pistol grip 1000 watts. The fabric tool which you get with it is great for freshening your clothes, and getting creases out, if you keep them on the hanger and hold the bottom of the garment you just need to start at the top with the steamer and work your way down, stubborn creases might need an extre going over., same if you want to do your curtains. To get the steam out you have to press the trigger a few times, the more you press the trigger the more steam comes out. It cleans mirrors, you just need to blast them with the steam and wipe it over with the cloth, but dont over steam it , it will end up to wet. You do get used to to it very quickly and get the hang of how many times to press the trigger to how much steam you want to come out.This steamer is for the smaller jobs. I did however end up buying a bigger steamer for those larger jobs like carpets, beds and sofas, as the Polti Vaporettino Handheld is only for those smaller jobs because it is small it takes far to long to clean the larger items, but dont get me wrong for those smaller jobs stains,cookers micro waves fridges, freshening cloths and getting the creases out its great. If you just want to freshen materials up just give it a good blasting with the steam.Just steam where you want to clean and wipe with your cloth, attach the brush for stubborn stains, but do be carefull when using the brushes they are a little on the stiff side and you could scratch the glass on the mircro wave or oven door. I do think however it is a little overly priced in the shops . As I have said I bought mine from ebay an unwanted gift still new in the box and paid £20 but the price in the shops are around the £55 - £60 mark. Value for money at those price I would say no, if you can get it cheaper then yes go for it or go for one of the bigger steamers like the steam dream which I also have, I have the nozzle attachment for those smaller jobs with that machine to. I am disabled and the Polti Vaporettino Handheld is sometimes easier for me but, also have to say if you suffer with arthritis in your hands then you may have problems with having to keep pressing the trigger as I do some weeks, then its out with the bigger steamer. I also clean my parrot cages with this steamer but always when the parrots are on there stands, the steam is very hot and will undoubtfully burn them so please dont clean your cages unless the bird is out of the way,also great for freshening up the dog and cats beds, again dont point the steam at your pets or a human it will burn, the steam is very hot
Thanks for the review the bit about the trigger was very useful as that is the info I was partiularly looking for .
sammo83 19.10.2004 03:10
There is a number you can ring to get extre parts for the vaporetto, this number you et when you purchase the Vaporreto. I have rung them myself so to my knowledge parts are not difficult to get but, I was saying that parts can be obtained from some ebay sellers at a lesser price saving you money.As for spacing my review out yes sorry about that it was a little late when I wrote it. Having the differant colored bruches helps to identify which brush was used for which job, as in the health and saftey green for kitchen red for the bathroon and black for around the house, the steam does get very hot but, I still like to keep the differant colour brushes for each individual room and being able to identify the burshes
the steam does kill bacteria if it didnt I wouldnt of entertained it
Nar 11.10.2004 21:24
a good review but hard to read. Space it out a little if you can! ive a dirt devil handy steamer jug which i wouldnt be without but it takes too much steam and notenough cleaning time depending on tasks. I nearly bought the Vaporetto steam gun, infact the product youve just reviewed but the sales lady told me it was difficult getting after market parts. I dont see quite why you need to have colour coded brushes as the temperature at the end of the brush and nozzle is so high, it kills bacteria upon contact though! my steamer has a 5 bar pressure - im sure the Polti has more - maybe you should mention just hot it gets. Nar