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on March 4, 2009
I just purchased a previously owned townhome and needed to really clean the entire kitchen. I used an industrial grease remover and was unable to remove all the grime (YUK!!!). I had seen this product advertised and was skeptical; however, I was pleasantly surprised. The SteamFast SF-226 Handheld Steam Cleaner did an exceptional job. Following the use of the steamer, I was able to wipe down all surfaces in the kitchen. It worked great on the grout, stove-top, kitchen tile, floor tile, refrigerator, and woodwork. I highly recommend this little work horse!
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on April 6, 2009
Not much to say... it's a low end, handheld steam cleaner -- meaning it can't compete in any way with professional models at twice the price. For the most past, it gets the job done. Set up took all of 5 minutes -- fill with water, attach a nozzle, wait for the light to signal it's ready, and steam away!

Most people will probably use the main nozzle (as pictured) and attack the usual areas -- bathroom, kitchen, and every other nook + cranny you can think of. It did a good job on all those areas.

It's light enough to carry around for a while, and the long power cord allowed for good flexibility. It removed most of the burnt-on grease inside the oven (though it took a few cycles).

As to be expected with a basic model, it doesn't take long to lose its' steam power, and it needs refilling rather quickly (so don't pump for steam if you don't need to). Also, depending on the angle being applied, it leaked more water than steam action to some surfaces. Additionally, I wish the main nozzle was longer, as I found myself unable to reach certain areas.

To sum up, it's fine for most basic household uses - but don't expect maximum power from a model like this. I found myself wanting to upgrade.
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on June 23, 2009
This is a great product at a great price. This is my second one, because they don't last forever. But four years for one of these isn't a bad life-time, considering the price. There are some things it DOESN'T do - like soap scum on the shower door. But I use it for cleaning the grill, the oven and the stove-top. The steam really does melt the grease like in the infomercial. While it doesn't really work on soap scum, it does a great job on mirrors. Next time I'll spend the extra money and get the one with the extension hose, because without it you can't get to the bottom of the mirror (the squeege attaches right to the tank, which gets in the way). About the time I run out of steam, my arm is tired and the break to let the unit cool so I can refill it works out nicely for me. With common sense (don't force parts together, empty the tank before storing, etc.), the unit should last. The one thing I would change would be to add the ability to purchase nozzles and brushes seperatly. Those are the things that get lost/wear out, etc.
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on December 9, 2009
it loosens dirt and grime,,,then you have to wipe it away...
i say this because some people may think you steam it off,,and that when done the area is cleaned,,it isn't. it lessens the elbow-grease you have to put IS worth the money, you don't have to work as hard, but you still have to wipe up the much for cleaning unreachable places,,,for that you need to use an attachment with a fabric cover, which they do give you, but it's teeny, need about fifty to complete a dirty job... all in all, i recommend,,but prepare to get creative... it's a good and helpful little product!
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on November 16, 2009
This item does provide steam, however it is not hot enough to get rid of simple soap scum and mildew. Pain in the butt process: Fill with small amount of water, wait three minutes for it to heat up, use for 1-3 minutes before item runs out of water, wait five minutes for item to cool down before opening the pressure chamber to refill... repeat. Total waste of time.
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on December 5, 2009
I tried the steam cleaner right after it arrived. It cleans very well but is very loud.
I continue to use the steam cleaner and it still works well for me. It does clean grime but you need to use the brush along with it. This is still better than using chemicals.
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on August 8, 2009
This steamer/cleaner works well. Don't tilt the cleaner while using it or it'll drip. I use it to clean my bath, kitchen (especially inside the garbage disposal)..basically everything inside and outside my home that is waterproof. It leaves a fresh, clean scent w/o chemicals. Lastly, the customer service is wonderful. When I called to tell them that the cleaner they sent looked used (scratches and watermarks), they immediately sent out another one.
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on December 6, 2010
I looked around for information on these things and it was pretty sketchy at best. So I decided to buy one of these, a cheap option at $32, and learn about cleaning with steam. First of all this unit only holds 6 ounces of distilled water which can last as long as about 8 minutes providing you don't tilt the unit over far enough that the water blows out with the steam. When it's full that's not very far and the attachments don't flex at all, all you can do is position the brushes to the closest angle you can find that works.

This unit works well for small tight jobs, say behind a toilet or pipe that you can't get to well. But even a toilet can take 2 or three fillings. If you going to tackle a shower or a floor you'll want to go for something bigger or your going to be there for a very long time. This unit would work well on small parts or tools where you can elevate them so you don't have to tip it at all. 8 minutes would work for that.

I have some rather large water deposits in my shower and this unit was pretty useless on those. But after some research I discovered I could pour white vinegar on them and leave it sit for 30-60 minutes and then this unit was helpful in breaking them up. It did take many passes and the 8 minute limit was a killer. This unit was very good at taking off scum that collects around the drain in my shower, it was quick and easy. It also did well on hard to remove water stains in the toilet, another small job, much smaller with steam.

All in all, it was a cheap learning device, but I think I am going to give it to my kid and go for something bigger as I just hated the constant refilling of this 6 ounce unit. I am sure I spent half of my time refilling and half of my time using it.

Now to figure out how much water the larger units hold before I buy one, and with the corded units you don't have to worry about loosing water to tilting. :)

Update: I discovered Bissel sells one of these, looks exactly like it except different color, but more importantly they sell a bunch of attachments that can make this one work a lot better. A grout attachment, a scraper, an angle attachment and most interesting of all in a flexible extension hose that would mean you wouldn't have to tilt it, making the water last the maximum amount of time rather then getting blown out when you tipped it too far in any direction. So get this one, it's cheaper and faster to get, and Amazon would always be my first choice anyway, then go to the Bissel web site and order the options you need, that you can't find on Amazon and you'll have a much better tool
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on December 17, 2009
This little steamer does exactly what I wanted it to do. I can use it to clean mirrors and windows and it helps remove some of the yicky things growing on my bathroom ceiling. I primarily bought this to steam my furniture and clothes and it works really well for that! It's not a continuous flow of steam like most fabric steamers are, but it's great for spot steaming (like to flatten a collar). The jet of steam is very powerful and very hot so I recommend testing it on some delicate fabrics first.
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on May 11, 2009
I bought this for my wife that can not use chemicals. This little machine sure can clean.
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