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How To Choose Your Next Steam Cleaner

How to Choose Your Next Steam Cleaner

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why should I buy a steam cleaner?
  2. How does steam clean?
  3. How does a steam cleaner work?
  4. Which brand of steam cleaner should I choose?
  5. What do I need to consider in terms of boiler capacity?
  6. Are there steam cleaner accessories?
  7. What can I use a steam cleaner to clean?
  8. What is the 'service department'?
  9. Can I lease a steam cleaner?
  10. What if I want more advice?
  11. What if I am not satisfied once I have bought it?

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Why should I buy a steam cleaner?

If you're working in the commercial cleaning business, then a steam cleaner is something you ought to require as part of your day to day catalogue of equipment.

A Steam Cleaner can provide quick, easy and extremely effective cleaning for even the most stubborn areas of grime and dirt. Great for cleaning patios, stonework, walls and other solid outdoor materials; steam cleaners offer a level of instant cleaning impact which other machines simply can't match.

There are both domestic and commercial steam cleaners available to buy - the style and power of model depends on your requirements and purposes.

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How does steam clean?

Steam Cleaners are some of the most simple and easy items of cleaning equipment to use, while also being one of the most effective.

Simply put, when dirt and grime are seemingly stuck in place, and can't be scrubbed away with water and elbow grease - it takes something extra to lift the dirt off of the surface.

In this case, the heat of steam is enough to melt away any adhesive properties of the grime - meaning that a simple scrub then becomes enough to remove the dirt.

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How does a steam cleaner work?

Depending on the steam cleaner, water is either poured, or is piped directly into the machine.

A heating element within the machine is used to heat the water to boiling point, therefore creating the steam.

The steam is transferred from the machine, through nozzle or hose, to allow contact with the grime-covered surface.

Water will eventually be used up, so consider capacity as part of your purchase too, if you intend to use a steam cleaner regularly.

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Which brand of steam cleaner should I choose?

Several major cleaning brands offer a range of steam cleaners - which brands are available will depend on your requirements.

For example if you're looking for a low maintenance but high usage steam cleaner for daily commercial use, you'll probably be best looking at an Osprey model - or a Karcher steam cleaner.

Karcher is a name you'll also be familiar with if you're looking for a domestic steam cleaner for occasional use. The alternative domestic product comes from Green Power, who offer a hand-held steam cleaner too.

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What do I need to consider in terms of boiler capacity?

Generally speaking, the bigger the boiler, the longer you can use it before a refill. However you must bear in mind that bigger tanks take longer to heat up, and so the time 'saved' by not filling up so regularly, can actually be quickly offset by the additional time it takes to heat up the tank.

So consider your options - smaller tanks can generate steam in less than a minute; while larger models can take tens of minutes to even get started - so the best idea is to simply choose something in the middle, so you're not waiting for steam to be generated too often, and you're not backwards and forwards filling up time and time again.

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Are there steam cleaner accessories?

Yes, we stock plenty. Depending on the model, there are replacement filters, brushes, hoses and cloths - these accessories are all available to buy online.

While the actual steam cleaner and the hose and nozzle system may rarely need replacing, the tools doing the work such as the brushes and cloths, may well need replacement fairly regularly depending on your amount of use.

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What can I use a steam cleaner to clean?

One of the most multi-purpose cleaning machines available, steam cleaners offer highly effective cleaning properties for a wide range of stains, dirt and grime.

Indoors

  • Windows and window frames
  • Mirrors
  • Carpets and other flooring
  • Upholstery
  • Painted surfaces
  • Tiled surfaces
  • Toilets, bathtubs, taps and sinks.
  • Oven tops, grills and barbecues.

Outdoors

  • Plastic furniture.
  • Patios and paving, including killing weeds.
  • Garden tools and equipment.
  • Swimming pools, including the removal of algae.
  • Disinfecting areas such as soil and hay.

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What is the 'service department'?

We offer support on a range of products including steam cleaners, whether it be a technical question or a repair/call out.

Service includes maintenance contracts, breakdown cover, portable appliance testing, spares and accessories, machine refurbishment and specialist services. To discuss your particular requirements email our service manager or ring us on 01622 714800.

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Can I lease a steam cleaner?

A lease purchase option is available for all of the steam cleaners we sell which have a purchase price of more than £1000 plus VAT. Leasing packages can start from as little as £25 per month. Short term rental arrangements are available for those customers who could collect machinery from our Kent based trade counter.

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What if I want more advice?

This isn't a problem with us. We have an experienced customer care team which is available to answer queries or accept telephone orders on 01622 714800 between the hours of 8.30am and 5.30pm on Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) and Saturday mornings. Furthermore, customers can call in to our showroom at Paragon House, St Michaels Close, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 7BU.

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What if I am not satisfied once I have bought my steam cleaner?

We at Express Cleaning Supplies pride ourselves on the good advice and service offered, we will always try to ensure that you buy the correct machine for you and your requirements. We do have a returns policy but any goods ordered by the buyer subsequently returned to Express Cleaning Supplies for any reason other than faulty manufacture, will be subject to a restocking charge equal to 15% of the invoice value of the goods.

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