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    Anyone using a steam cleaner on their details? I was looking to get a cheap one for doing things like fabric seats and maybe windows.

    Can anyone recommend one? I seen a cheap Vax hand held one at bunnings today, not sure if that would be good enough though.

  • #2
    Steam cleaners will take tint off pretty well, but I'm sure you know that. Worked a treat on my old Escort just using an iron.



    I wonder how much of the trim is glued together and would separate with steam, such as door trim pieces or inserts. That'd be my main concern.
    Timmeh!!!

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    • #3
      Wasn't wanting it for tint removal, but its a good warning to all! Mainly greasy windscreens etc, and sweaty fabric seats. I know that they're for grease removal too, so might be handy in the engine bay!

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      • #4
        those hand held nes on TVSN look interesting
        The thing that you do, after your day job, in your free time, early in the morning or late at night. The thing you read about, write about, think about, fantasize about. that thing you do alone and theres no one to impress, nothing to prove, no money to be made, simply a passion to pursue. Thats it, thats your thing, thats your heart , your guide, Thats the thing you must, must do.

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        • #5
          Do you mean the one on TV where you hang the shirt up and you can use the hand held steamer to take the crinkles out?

          I do a lot of wet/dry shampooing and it works great. I have not tried steaming but I have not been so keen on it as you can't extract liquids out of seats and fabric etc like you can with a wet/dry vacuum like Kerrick etc.

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          • #6
            Do NOT get one of these



            They are absolutely terrible and just spit hot water everywhere no matter how long they've had to heat up.

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            • #7
              i would never steam clean interiors for that reason. extractor only (wen i get one)
              The thing that you do, after your day job, in your free time, early in the morning or late at night. The thing you read about, write about, think about, fantasize about. that thing you do alone and theres no one to impress, nothing to prove, no money to be made, simply a passion to pursue. Thats it, thats your thing, thats your heart , your guide, Thats the thing you must, must do.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Clean Getaway View Post
                I do a lot of wet/dry shampooing and it works great. I have not tried steaming but I have not been so keen on it as you can't extract liquids out of seats and fabric etc like you can with a wet/dry vacuum like Kerrick etc.
                You can get steamers that also vacuum/extract. But they are more expensive again than a good extraction vacuum. I am looking to perhaps get a steamer when the time comes to replace my Kerrick Flash, possibly this year. Check out http://www.steamaustralia.com.au for starters.
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                • #9
                  I've seen industrial steam cleaners clean up the grease on a tractor and truck engine in no time flat, but for my money, I'd like one of the Optima jobbies. Be warned though, all that grease goes straight onto the driveway.

                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJG8adMh940
                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfoWdbNVMDU

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                  • #10
                    That engine bay one is awesome! I'm guessing that'll be way out of my price range though!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Matty View Post
                      That engine bay one is awesome! I'm guessing that'll be way out of my price range though!
                      I haven't found a distributor for one yet. I think you can hire the heavy duty ones from your local equipment hire shop too.

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                      • #12
                        Straigt steam cleaners are ok for external and engine work but you need to use a steam vacuum cleaner if doing interior upholstery work..Have a look here https://www.steam-cleaners.com.au for examples.

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                        • #13
                          I want to hire a vacuum steam cleaner to do the carpet in the Audi in this thread. Any recommendations or cautions against the units for hire at Bunnings or Kennards? I'm in Brisbane.
                          Last edited by toast; Yesterday, 10:54 AM.

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