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Posted By: SBS

Do they really work? Do they get grouting clean? What make would you recommend?



Posted By: wiseman

I would recommend KARCHER but you need a good one, not a cheap one. I do the grout on my floor tiles twice a year, very hard work but well worth the effort. The only way is with the nozzle on your hands and knees, the attachments do not clean the grout. I have tried everything to clean grout and this is the only thing that works properly. s.

Posted By: Ristac

Steam cleaners bring the tiles up a treat but be careful with the powerful hand held ones, a crack in the grout and you can end up blasting steam behind the tile and lifting it. We have got through 4 in total both at home and in Cyrpus, none of the upright floor ones last that long. The only one that does is the top end of the market, a Polti but they are chunky and cumbersome.

Posted By: billyboy

Hi No they don't clean the grouting, it doesn't even clean the slight indents I have in my tiles. I've had two steam cleaners in the last two years, both broke down within 6 months, first was a black and decker, second Was a VAx, they are now going to replace the vax one in the uk. So I will see how long it lasts. Hope info helpful.

Posted By: bromerzz

We used to have top of the range Polti and it worked very well on grouting. Eventually after about 6 years the Polti died on us as the water tanks choked with calcium.

Posted By: SBS

Thanks for the replies, as they were so mixed, not sure what to do now. A toothbrush on hands & knees seems preferable although not enjoyable!

Posted By: wiseman

Just to reiterate what I said previously about using my KARCHER steam cleaner for cleaning grout - I have just done one room and have attached before and after photos
S.



Posted By: bromerzz

Bought a Karcher steam cleaner last week to save the wife getting on her hands and knees. Still to use it mind you.





Posted By: spurs

We have a wall paper remover steamer with attachments for cleaning oven tiles etc...works well but its quite powerful.

Posted By: mouse

We have got one, but luckily I don't know how to use it, and the instructions are in women speak.

Posted By: LynSab

  • mouse wrote:
    We have got one, but luckily I don't know how to use it, and the instructions are in women speak.

Yes but you men do yourself harm using dangerous machines such as steam cleaners, only us women are capable of using them without injury :lol: :lol:
We have a Karcher SC1 020 multi purpose, I find it brill for floors, a little less brill for the other things it supposedly cleans but okay.
In Cyprus after two houses with grouting that needed cleaning constantly 😠😠I stood over my excellent Cypriot tiler on our last build and said to him, "you put in dark grouting else I kill you" :roll: He listened, the flooring throughout is the same big creamy tiles and brownish grey grouting, it still looks very good five years later, and noooooo scrubbing. I think I have a picture somewhere...but you get my drift, no women or men need to clean coloured grouting.
Of course we did mop occasionally and steam :D Here in the UK the same steam cleaner deals with ceramic tiles, laminate, wood floors and when OH spills his coffee on the carpet :roll: It's a good machine for floors, plus it got limescale off old taps without using acid.
So I would recommend it, Amazon sell it for 95 I think, it's not too heavy so p&p shouldn't be too bad to Cyprus. Maybe compare buying within Cyprus or getting it shipped out?

Posted By: mouse

  • LynSab wrote:
    • mouse wrote:
      We have got one, but luckily I don't know how to use it, and the instructions are in women speak.

    Yes but you men do yourself harm using dangerous machines such as steam cleaners, only us women are capable of using them without injury :lol: :lol:
    I think vacuum cleaners and potato peelers are dangerous as well as washing machines, even kitchen sinks are dangerous, Irons are deadly therefore I do not use anything that is dangerous or can be harmful. :wink:

Posted By: LynSab

  • mouse wrote:
    • LynSab wrote:
      • mouse wrote:
        We have got one, but luckily I don't know how to use it, and the instructions are in women speak.

      Yes but you men do yourself harm using dangerous machines such as steam cleaners, only us women are capable of using them without injury :lol: :lol:
      I think vacuum cleaners and potato peelers are dangerous as well as washing machines, even kitchen sinks are dangerous, Irons are deadly therefore I do not use anything that is dangerous or can be harmful. :wink:

    And don't forget toilet lids, men don't like to touch them either :roll: :wink:
    Even more dangerous to men is the very dangerous procedure of changing loo rolls :shock: I don't expect men to do that....that's asking far too much...that's defo a women's job 😁

Posted By: cliffw

Mouse, I'll teach you to use the steamer if you teach me to bowl. Mrs Cliffw

Posted By: mouse

  • LynSab wrote:
    • mouse wrote:
      • LynSab wrote:
        • mouse wrote:
          We have got one, but luckily I don't know how to use it, and the instructions are in women speak.

        Yes but you men do yourself harm using dangerous machines such as steam cleaners, only us women are capable of using them without injury :lol: :lol:
        I think vacuum cleaners and potato peelers are dangerous as well as washing machines, even kitchen sinks are dangerous, Irons are deadly therefore I do not use anything that is dangerous or can be harmful. :wink:

      And don't forget toilet lids, men don't like to touch them either :roll: :wink:
      Even more dangerous to men is the very dangerous procedure of changing loo rolls :shock: I don't expect men to do that....that's asking far too much...that's defo a women's job 😁

    I am so glad you agree with me Lyn :wink: or some would call me a masso wotsit I also like squeezing out the last bit of toothpaste, so I don't have to be the one to open a new one. :lol:
    It's not that I am lazy, I am just the wrong shape for work.



Posted By: anpet

  • LynSab wrote:
    • mouse wrote:
      • LynSab wrote:
        • mouse wrote:
          We have got one, but luckily I don't know how to use it, and the instructions are in women speak.

        Yes but you men do yourself harm using dangerous machines such as steam cleaners, only us women are capable of using them without injury :lol: :lol:
        I think vacuum cleaners and potato peelers are dangerous as well as washing machines, even kitchen sinks are dangerous, Irons are deadly therefore I do not use anything that is dangerous or can be harmful. :wink:

      And don't forget toilet lids, men don't like to touch them either :roll: :wink:
      Even more dangerous to men is the very dangerous procedure of changing loo rolls :shock: I don't expect men to do that....that's asking far too much...that's defo a women's job 😁

    Wot's a toilet lid?
    :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

Posted By: Steve - SJD

  • bromerzz wrote:
    Bought a Karcher steam cleaner last week to save the wife getting on her hands and knees. Still to use it mind you.

Think I might get Julie one of these steam cleaners - last year I bought her
the latest Vacuum but she didn't like it... it's been collecting dust ever since :wink:
Cheers
Steve

Posted By: mouse

  • Steve - SJD wrote:
    • bromerzz wrote:
      Bought a Karcher steam cleaner last week to save the wife getting on her hands and knees. Still to use it mind you.

    Think I might get Julie one of these steam cleaners - last year I bought her
    the latest Vacuum but she didn't like it... it's been collecting dust ever since :wink:
    Cheers
    Steve

:roll: Leave the silly jokes too me. :wink: :lol:

Posted By: Tangutica

Don't opt for white grouting in the first place is my solution! Or let it all go until it looks as if you had darker grouting!

Posted By: scottie

  • Tangutica wrote:
    Don't opt for white grouting in the first place is my solution! Or let it all go until it looks as if you had darker grouting!

:lol: :lol: Now this is good advice :lol:
Feminine logic at work Nice one

Posted By: Tangutica

  • scottie wrote:
    • Tangutica wrote:
      Don't opt for white grouting in the first place is my solution! Or let it all go until it looks as if you had darker grouting!

    :lol: :lol: Now this is good advice :lol:
    Feminine logic at work Nice one

Thank you scottie! Brainwaves like that one come very easily when you hate housework as much as I do. And kitchens are such dangerous places - lots of accidents happen in kitchens. I've only got one because it came with the place.

Posted By: mouse

  • cliffw wrote:
    Mouse, I'll teach you to use the steamer if you teach me to bowl.
    Mrs Cliffw

It will be easier to teach you bowls. :wink:
Besides that, steam is hot. Too dangerous.



Posted By: Mr Tibbs

  • mouse wrote:
    • cliffw wrote:
      Mouse, I'll teach you to use the steamer if you teach me to bowl.
      Mrs Cliffw

    It will be easier to teach you bowls. :wink:
    Besides that, steam is hot. Too dangerous.

I am learning beach boules. Those greens look a bit hard to me. :wink:


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