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Initial post: Jul 20, 2008 10:58:28 PM PDT
SandyB says:
I am looking to buy a steam cleaner for my ceramic tile floors - any recommendations? Will it work on the grout also?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2008 6:17:10 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 22, 2008 6:20:28 AM PDT
nikrad says:
I have a Hoover steam cleaner, Steam Vac Dual V, that after 5 years and two repair visits is finally kaput. (Lots of great cleaning work though!) I used to use this on all my floors, (it's traveled to three different homes). Our last home had lots of ceramic tile, I thought our grout was simply dark colored grout, it looked like that when I moved in. I used my Hoover numerous times to clean it, it looked clean. Then a clean freak girlfriend talked me into a Steam Cleaner. ( a real one, not a carpet deep cleaner that calls itself one) A research fanatic, I looked all over, and finally decided to purchase a Vapor Clean model. (google them, I think it's vaporclean.com) I've had my Steam Cleaner for two years now and it was the single best household cleaner I've ever purchased! They are not as cheap as the carpet cleaners, and I don't recommend using it for carpets, it'll be great for spots, but not doing the entire floor. And I recommend staying away from the ones available at your local retail stores, they seem to wear out much faster and you'll quickly spend as much money replacing them as a quality would have cost in the first place. (my girlfriend had burned out 4 from HSN in 10 years)

Upon receiving my vapor clean, I immediately cleaned my ceramic tile floors, beautiful, easy job, then as I was spraying a spot for additional cleaning I happened to spray the grout.......oh my gosh!! I was horrified, the "dark" grout immediately started coming up.....YUCK!!!! Needless to say after just several days cleaning, bits and pieces, not full days, all the grout in my home was beautiful and clean. No elbow grease required, just a little patience and lots of old towels to soak up the dirty water. When my neighbors saw my floors they all borrowed the cleaner and several went on to purchase their own.

We now live in a different home with tons of wood flooring. Nothing cleans like my vapor cleaner. I use it on my upholstery, my draperies, my stove, my bathrooms, tile and marble flooring, outdoor furniture, wood furniture, our boat and our vehicles and it's great for cleaning blinds, especially cellular ones. It's perfect for cleaning walls and nothing cleans windows and mirrors like it. The ADT guy was here right after we moved in and I was steaming, he was simply fascinated and ended up leaving with all the information to buy his wife one! I have allergies and pets, it is the best ever, I know whatever I've cleaned is truly clean and I used far less toxic, and expensive cleaning supplies because the steam kills germs! I recommend true steam cleaners to everyone I know!!

I keep a carpet cleaner around for the bedrooms of my home and my upholstery, but wouldn't trade my steam cleaner for anything! And as for price, I happened to purchase mine right after the holidays and asked customer service about possible returns, I hate receiving cleaning items as presents myself! Both my girlfriend and I were able to purchase brand new machines at a discounted price, same warranty, etc, and I purchased a package with all the little extras, storage bag, additional hose lengths, squeegie, and brushes. I have yet to need to replace them, but they're easily purchased from the website when I need to.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2008 7:14:38 PM PDT
SandyB says:
Nikrad,
Thanks so much for your complete response. I will check out the website - but I am a little afraid I may find out the true color of my grout!
Thanks again.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 31, 2008 12:17:07 PM PDT
Thanks for the complete posting about your experience. Which Vapor Clean product did you buy? Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2008 12:41:32 PM PDT
nikrad says:
I purchased Vapor Clean model #1352. And the website is www.vaporcleanproducts.com Best of luck ladies, hope you love yours as much I love mine! And that your grout really is supposed to look that!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2008 7:17:04 AM PDT
D. Tran says:
Thank you, Nikrad, for a thorough post on the vapor cleaner that you had great success with. There are so many products available on the market, it's impossible to know which would meet one's needs and is worth to spend the money. For me, the two critical areas are tiled kitchen floor (grout lines particularly) and the shower booth (constant soap scum, mildew and mineral build-ups.) Your article is extremely helpful. I definitely will read up more on the model indicated. Thanks again.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2008 10:56:45 AM PDT
Rahim says:
I agree to Nikrad's post in that one should not fall for the hype and sales pitches of the cheap machines found at costco and wallmart. Stay away from machines that have limited short warranty peroids and aluminium made boilers. ABS plastic is better than regular but stainless steel or anything heavier than plastic in the long run is better and that goes for the onboard tools and accessories. The site that was mentioned was vaporclean and vaporcleanproducts but the latter is the same ole stuff i have seen. The first one looks very promising www.vaporclean.com which sells a product called the vapor lux and if your considering a product like the ladybug or anything in that price range this one looks great as it combines a hepa vacuum with a vapor steam cleaner. The Vapor Clean II, TR5, TR6 are all good residential / light commericial models and are a much better choice than the cheapies like the Muccoulough and Shark etc. The Vapor clean II can be had on ebay for 349.00 including shipping. This might be the one I will get. The reliable t630 and t730 are good choices too but if your not a fan of plastic and are rough with things then spend more money on a unit made of metal or stainless steel. The Reliable T630 can be had on ebay for 349.00 to 399.00 including shipping. If you absolutely do not want to pay more than 300 bucks then try the Vapor Storm at 239.99 which has had favorable reviews and seems like a decent unit for what you get. Good luck and if you do buy one of those cheaper models make sure you get the extended warranty or better yet, buy a square trade warranty and now you can buy them for any item bought anywhere not just ebay items, which means amazon items too. One last thing, those tea kettle steamers that you may see a lot of are actually useful in the right applications, such as for spot cleaning, car detailing and the fact that they are portable and very affordable make them a great choice to have on hand as a backup and for convenience.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2008 4:41:44 AM PST
Supermom says:
My kitchen floor is cream colored linoleum which looks like ceramic tile. It is a nightmare to keep clean as it has all of the crevices like ceramic tile. I have tried different things to clean it except for taking a brush and scrubbing each and every inch. I am open for any suggestions to clean it which would be affordable. Thanks. Julie

Posted on Apr 24, 2009 10:22:30 PM PDT
I'm looking to buy a steam cleaner for tile/grout floors that sanitizes floors. I've checked on the Hahn and the Monster. Are there others that I don't know about? Is there one brand that works well for you? Thanks, Ellie

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2009 11:11:46 PM PDT
Rahim says:
I will give you guys a tidbit of followup advice. I have been a fan of Tim Carter ("ask the builder") for many years. He has a show and publishes a newsletter once a month and he is very nice, knowledgeable and pushes some products under his website banner. He pushes a great product called "Stain Solver" and believe me it works wonders. It works on tile, tile grout, brick, siding, roofing materials, concrete and most everything you can think of. It is similar in composition to oxy-clean but is not watered down and it has 100% cleaning power when used properly. I have used it in my steam cleaner as well with good results. I am not a paid spokesperson for anything or anyone but will always give recommendations based on my real world use and long term judgements. That being said as far as those trying to find a steamer for floors, well they all will do anything you throw at them. There are ones that are specifically designed to replace mops and be used on floors and those are more affordable than the ones I had mentioned in an earlier post. But remember you get what you pay for and do not buy something that you know you are not going to use more than a couple times. Solution? Rent one and get to know how it works and to see if it is for you or go for something like HSN markets sometimes with a free in home trial. Or borrow one from a friend.

Posted on Apr 25, 2009 12:06:28 AM PDT
co2h2o says:
I'm also in the market for an affordable, yet not completely useless steam cleaner. As of this second, I'm leaning towards the McCulloch 1275, but I'm sure my search will leave me paralyzed with fear for at least a few more weeks before I land on something and actually buy it! This link says the McCulloch gets to 250 degrees www.cleangrout.com/mcculloch.htm. I'm not a germ phobe by any means and don't want to be able to eat off my floors, but that sounds good and hot to me and my goal is to be able to clean some of my surfaces with only steam. Any comments on this one or others not already mentioned? No way can I spend $400+ right now on a steamer.

Posted on May 28, 2009 9:56:15 AM PDT
Don't Buy HAAN, they suck then charge you a 20% restocking fee when you return it because it doesn't work as advertized!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2009 10:00:05 AM PDT
mitchrys says:
Thanks for all the great info, nikrad. I have been trying to decide between a Vaporclean and the Vapamore MR-100. Which model is the #1352? I only see Vaporclean II, TR5, TR6 etc. Also, you say you use lots of towels to get up water-I thought these were vapor steam cleaners, hot enough for floors, etc. to end up dry. Now, I'm confused as to how these work. Since I'm disabled, I would like to find one to do my ceilings without leaving a lot of water I would manually have to sop up. Any help please? Thanks much.

Posted on Jun 18, 2009 1:00:10 PM PDT
Dee C. says:
Started my search for carpet cleaners for area rugs. Also have wood laminate and tile floors (with yukky grout). Steam cleaners sound good and good for the envirorment. But had a bad experience and am now afraid to purchase anything. Takes me ages of thinking and lots of time researching any purchase for fear of making the wrong choice. I got a steam cleaner from a shopping network. Was so excited, I rushed it to the bath to clean shower door soap film, tile grout, around faucets, etc. But the hot water dripped on me a few times. NOTHING looked clean, and I kept wondering where is the dirt that the cleaner is supposedly getting rid of?? I sent it back. Haven't given steam a passing thought since then, until I read this post. So, my question is....where does the dirt go that is steamed away? Maybe I didn't do it right, am willing to learn. Any answers are appreciated. Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 29, 2009 1:40:21 PM PDT
what did you spray on the grout to get it so clean? Also what model is comparable to 1352 since they don't list it Thanks

Posted on Oct 13, 2009 6:04:58 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 13, 2009 6:06:07 PM PDT
Mike says:
If you're looking at the vapor clean products, make sure to read this page:
http://www.epinions.com/review/pr-Vapor_TR-5_Vacuum/content_357958651524
Click on read the 14 comments too

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2009 9:17:34 AM PST
G. Martin says:
Oh My Gosh. Scary that this machine/company is still in business. If you haven't gone to the above mentioned machine and are considering this you would be foolish to not read the reviews. Holly

Posted on Dec 21, 2009 3:44:06 PM PST
Alice RN says:
Has anyone had any experience with the VX5000? It seems pricey for a residential unit but is marketed as a commercial unit. It has the high cleaning temps and seems to be made pretty solid.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2012 9:00:54 AM PDT
Scottish gal says:
Thank you for posting this one! I too had purchased the 1352, I love it! I have had it a few years now and alas a loose wire connection on the hose unit is stopping me from being able to keep using it right now. I'm lost without it. I contacted the website you mentioned for them to direct me to the service dept to purchase replacement part,(awaiting response on my email).This particular model is now replaced with Vapor Clean 11. In the last 12 years I have owned 2 steam cleaners and this one has lasted the longest time. I use it for tile, bathroom cleaning, windows, grill, microwave, stove, and much more! It will save you $$$. I am hoping to be able to receive a replacement hose on this one, (connections changed from previous model).

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2013 5:51:41 PM PDT
Truthseeker says:
Check out the epinions negative reviews for Vapor Clean customer service. http://www.epinions.com/review/pr-Vapor_TR-5_Vacuum/content_357958651524

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2014 8:51:46 AM PDT
nikrad says:
Hi Mitchrys. Sorry this is now 5 years after your post- perhaps the info will help someone else. :) The cleaner I was discussing has a dial that allows me to control the steam output. While cleaning very dirty tile grout, I simply sat on the floor with no attachment on the end of the hose and sprayed the highest pressure possible into the grout line. Because I was using the highest output possible, at very close proximity, it was necessary to soak up grime & water. It has been my experience that when cleaning things that are already clean & simply need maintenance, it is perfectly fine to use only steam. However, when tougher jobs need to be tackled, ie. soap scum, grout, grill, dirty oven; it is preferable to soak up some water vs extended scrubbing. I regularly use my cleaner on dry clean only drapery, mattresses, wood laminate flooring, tile, and interior home walls with only steam- no water cleanup.

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2014 8:55:39 AM PDT
nikrad says:
Apologies to you Barbara, I'm posting waaaay after your question. Please refer to my reply to Mitchrys regarding how I cleaned my grout. I used no cleaning solution only the steam cleaner. I have used vinegar inside my cleaner to tackle dirtier floors. With that said, I am also now in the market for a new cleaner/local repair as my finally went kaput. Perhaps because of the vinegar? (That's how I ended up on this thread 6 years later! LOL)

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2014 9:02:02 AM PDT
nikrad says:
Great info to post Mike. Thanks for sharing this. With that said, I was very happy with my purchase & it lasted me 7 years. I had no complaints- though am now looking for a repair shop/replacement. I tried going without it as I had purchased a steam mop to do the hard floors in my home without having to drag out the steam cleaner and wait for it to heat between fillings. My home is not nearly as clean as it once was. I especially miss steaming the walls, curtains & mattresses, and I can tell the difference now with my allergies. I still think this discussion is more focused on doing real research before purchasing & being aware of the possibilities provided by a more expensive machine vs one you happen to spot in Walmart/Lowe's/ etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2014 10:40:42 AM PDT
mccoulloch, looks like a canister vac at amazon. works excellent especially with a presoak of vinegar, oxiclean and water.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2014 8:37:37 PM PDT
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