I’ll be the first to admit that cleaning is not my favorite activity. I don’t like to live in filth, but I’m no neat freak. My husband and I are always in search of gadgets that make our lives (and cleaning) easier.
I recently had the opportunity to review a SteamMachine Multi-Purpose Power Steamer (sent to me courtesy of HomeRight to test and review).
The steamer arrived in a medium-sized box packaged so neatly that I originally thought I was missing parts. It took a few minutes before I realized that all the small attachments were actually stored inside the steamer itself.
The HomeRight SteamMachine includes the following:
- 2 extension wands
- Large cleaning brush
- Angled adaptor for large brush
- Cleaning cloth
- Straight adaptor
- Brass utility brush
- Nylon utility brush
- Jet nozzle
- Wallpaper steam plate
- Measuring cup
It also includes small parts and screws, so I would suggest assembling/opening the box when little ones aren’t around.
A word of advice – before attacking any projects, read the instruction manuel first. It includes important warnings for use and tips for cleaning.
We opted to head upstairs to the master bathroom to test it out. Soap scum had piled up on our glass shower doors and the metal surrounding them. We prepped the steamer for the ultimate test.
Per the instruction manual, we filled the steamer for 15 minutes of steam (400ml of water). Looking back, we should have filled it for 45 minutes of use (1200ml of water) since it took longer than anticipated. We waited about 10 minutes for the water to heat.
As we were hard at work, Peak was hard at rest. He picked his head up a few times, but found the bathroom floor extremely comfortably on a “lazy” Saturday afternoon.
We first tackled the glass shower doors. After about 30 minutes of steaming the doors, we only saw a slight difference in the clarity. For 30 minutes of time, it honestly just wasn’t worth the time and effort.
Feeling a bit defeated, we tested the steamer on the shower handle. After 15 seconds of steam, the results were impressive!
There was a scuff on our bathroom floor from the suitcase we brought on a trip a few years ago. Needless to say, that scuff has been there for years and nothing worked to get it off. My husband vigorously scrubbed the scuff with the steamer and after about 5 minutes of steam, it wiped right off. Oh the joy of small victories!
However, the handle has ridges where the palm of the hand lays and, when you scrub, the ridges dig into the palm. My husband has “restaurant hands,” meaning those suckers have been through the ringer, and he even got a blister from the handle. To add to that, his skin got pinched in the steam gun trigger – ouch!
Our final test was the nasty soap/shampoo scum that has been congregating at the bottom of our shower doors for a while now (no judgement please – this has been painfully difficult to clean in the past). I’ll warn you – the image you are about to see is GROSS!
But the results? Wow! Seriously – wow! I still can’t believe the difference. It’s been so difficult to clean the crevices of the shower and they have been put on the back burner for way too long. Now, thanks for the SteamMachine, we can easily clean the shower now (with no chemicals!).
The cleaning device does make cleaning easier. We’re looking forward to steaming the grill this summer (man does that sucker need a good cleaning).
The HomeRight SteamMachine is available for purchase on HomeRight.com for $99.99. You can also win one! I’ve partnered with HomeRight to give away a SteamMachine to one lucky reader. Enter to win now through March 17th!