Steam Cleaner Buying Guide

Steam Cleaner Buying Guide

Why clean with steam?

Steam is extremely powerful when used to clean. Heating up to 120°C, the ‘dry steam’ produced by steam cleaners cuts through grease and grime, whilst also killing dust mites and bacteria.

Allergens can lurk in the hardest to reach areas in your home, and the build-up of dust mites, pollen, pet dander and other irritants can often leave you feeling unwell. Whilst regular vacuuming can help to reduce allergen levels, a deeper clean can be more easily achieved with a steam cleaner.

Steam is an excellent alternative to using chemicals and cleaning products, making it both a hygienic, allergy-friendly and eco-friendly way of cleansing your home. What’s more, your steam cleaner can be used to clean a multitude of surfaces, from carpets and upholstery, to tiles, windows, hard surface floors and more.

Steam cleaning can also reduce your cleaning schedule drastically. The amount of effort required or “scrubbing power” is lessened with the powerful steam, and as steam is ‘dry’ there’s no drying time required for floors and surfaces.

Key points to look out for?

Steam cleaners come in a range of shapes and sizes, depending on the main purpose of your steamer there are four main points to consider:

• Heat up Time – This is the length of time needed to convert the water in the water tank into steam, and can range from 20 seconds to over a minute.

Steam Time – This is the amount of steaming time you will have from one full tank of water. Steam time can last from 10 minutes to up to an hour, depending on the capacity of the water tank.

Water Tank Capacity – Larger water tanks will take longer to heat up, but will offer a longer steam time for extensive cleaning. If you’d rather use your machine little and often a smaller tank with a quicker heat up time might be better.

Power – Most steam cleaners range from a 900-1500 watt range. The higher the wattage, the greater the cleaning power. For smaller jobs, a 900 watt machine may suffice, but to remove tougher grease stains, or caked on dirt, a more heavy duty power will be needed.

What are the different types of steam cleaners?

Much like vacuum cleaners, steam cleaners are available in cylinder, upright or handheld styles. Some steam cleaners also offer a vacuuming function, our Polti Vaporetto Lecoaspira range use a water-based filter capturing the smallest of allergens.

Upright steam cleaners – Often referred to as steam mops, these upright steamers have a small water tank attached to the handle, heat up quickly and are lightweight to use. The smaller water tank means that they are ideal for quick and regular cleaning of smaller areas.

Cylinder steam cleaners – These tend to have a larger water tank, and whilst this means a longer heat up time, you will get the benefit of more steam time allowing for longer, more extensive cleaning of larger areas.

Handheld steam cleaners – With very small water tanks, handheld steam cleaners are perfect for quick use. They are very easy to use, compact to store, and ideal for use on a small scale.

Which surfaces can a steam cleaner be used on?

Steam cleaners can be used on:

Hard floors Ovens/Hobs Mattresses
Carpets BBQs Mirrors
Work Surfaces Upholstery Plants
Windows Taps/Sanitary ware Cars
Tiles/grouting Garments Garden Furniture

What accessories do I need?

Most steam cleaners will come with all you need for general cleaning jobs. But if you have specific needs more attachments are available separately such as:

• Cleaning Cotton Cloths and Socks – designed to collect dirt dislodged by steam.

• Squeegee – for cleaning windows or other glass surfaces.

• Shaped brushes – to access the most inaccessible areas of your home, corners etc.

Which Polti is right for you?

Which Polti is right for you?

The Vaporetto (Steam Cleaner) Range. 

Vaporetto is Polti’s specially developed range of steam cleaners. With the force of steam alone these appliances can remove grease, clean, sanitise and gets rid of dust mites and allergens.

They provide you with the means to give your home a thorough clean without the use of chemical cleaning products, saving you money while helping protect the environment.

Which Vaporetto is right for you?

Features: Comfort Flash Edition Evolution Dynamic Eco Pro 3000 Forever Exclusive
Boiler Material Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Special Extra Alp Aluminium Alloy Special Extra Alp Aluminium Alloy Special Extra Alp Aluminium Alloy Stainless Steel Special Extra Alp Aluminium Alloy
Boiler Power 1800W 1500W 1500W 1500W 1500W 2000W 1150W
Boiler Volume 1.6L 1.5L 1.7L 1.7L 1.7L 2.9L 1.5L
Dimensions (WxDxH) cm 45x25x29 36x25x25 34x34x32.5 34x34x32.5 31x44.5x30.5 32x32x34cm 31x44.5x30.5
System Pressurized Boiler Pressurized Boiler Pressurized Boiler Pressurized Boiler Pressurized Boiler Pressurized Boiler Continuous Refill
Low Water Indicator No No No No Yes Yes – Acoustic Yes
Max Power 1800W 1500W 2250W 2250W 2250W when connecting the accessory iron 2000W 1900W when connecting the accessory iron
Max Pressure 3 bar 4.5 bar 3.5 bar 4 bar 4 bar 4 bar 4.5 bar
Pressure Switch No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pressure Gauge No No No No No Yes No
Steam Adjustment No Continuous Yes on 5 Levels Yes on 5 Levels Yes on 5 Levels Continuous Yes on 5 Levels
Steam Ready Indicator Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Steam Output Up to 85g/min Up to 100g/min Up to 80 g/min Up to 110g/min Up to 90g/min Up to 110g/min Up to 120g/min
Use Capacity 1.1L 1.3L 1.3L 1.3L 2L Unlimited
Vacuum Function No No No No No No No
Weight 5.5kg 4.3kg 4.4kg 4.4kg 5.25kg 4.9kg 6kg
Parking System No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cord Length 6 metres 4 metres 4 metres 4 metres 4 metres 4 metres 4 metres

The Vaporetto Lecoaspira (Steam & Vacuum Cleaner) Range.

Vaporetto Lecoaspira is a unique range of steam/ vacuum cleaners from Polti. These ingenious appliances offer you a two in one system, a vacuum cleaner with water-based filter and a steam cleaner. Combing all the benefits of the Vaporetto range with a vacuum that can collect both solids and liquids.

Which Vaporetto Lecoaspira is right for you?

Features: Friendly Program Turbo & Allergy Intelligent 2.00
Boiler Material Special Extra Alp Aluminium Alloy Special Extra Alp Aluminium Alloy Special Extra Alp Aluminium Alloy Special Extra Alp Aluminium Alloy
Boiler Power 1100W 1100W 1100W 1100W
Boiler Volume 1.3L 1.3L 0.7L 0.7L
Dimensions 49x32x33cm 49x32x33cm 49x32x33cm 49x32x33cm
Cable Length 6 metres 6 metres 6 metres 6 metres
Dirt Collection Tank 1.2L + 1.8L 1.2L + 1.8L 1.2L + 1.8L 1.2L + 1.8L
Weight 8.2kg 9.5kg 9.5kg 9.5kg
Filtration Eco-Active Water Filter Eco-Active Water Filter Eco-Active Water Filter Eco-Active Water Filter
HEPA Filter Yes Washable Yes Washable Yes Washable Yes Washable
Vacuum Function Yes Yes Yes Yes
Low Water Level Indicator Yes Yes – Acoustic Yes – Acoustic Yes – Acoustic
Parking System Yes Yes Yes Yes
Max Power 2150W 2200W 2600W 2600W
Pressure Switch Yes Yes Yes Yes
Max Pressure 4 bar 5 bar 5 bar 5 bar
Motor Power 1050W 1050W 1500W 1500W
Steam Adjustment Yes on 5 Levels Yes 4 Levels on Display Yes on 5 Levels Yes 4 Levels on Display
Steam Output Up to 90g/min Up to 100g/min Up to 110g/min Up to 115g/min
Steam Ready Indicator Yes Yes on LCD Display Yes Yes on LCD Display
Suction Adjustment Yes on Handle Yes on Handle Yes on Handle
Suction Capacity 21kPa 21kPa 22kPa 22kPa
System Pressurized Boiler Pressurized Boiler Continuous Refill Continuous Refill
Use Capacity 1.1L 1.1L Unlimited Unlimited

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