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★★★★☆

“If you're after a steam cleaner, consider this Simac...

Written on: 04/01/2007 by edward2910 (23 reviews written)

Good Points
Cheap (about £50 if you shop around) and uses any old towel cloths.
Heats up in seconds and is ready to use instantly.
Can be refilled as you use it.
No need to use cleaning materials.

Bad Points
Steam is less powerful than some models.
Small crevice brushes don't last.

General Comments
If you're after a steam cleaner, consider this Simac Vapormax PC800 - It's very cheap - much cheaper than the Polti brands for example, and is very well built. The machine is pleasing on the eye, but it is a shame that there's no space on the body to hold the wand and hose.

The hose is rugged and strong and the extension poles easy to add and remove. The handle is comfortable and the tools attach and remove easily.

Adding a cloth to the brush is easy, thanks to the super strong spring clips. Any towelling will do, and you don't need to buy expensive custom made cloths - these can cost as much as a fiver each! You do need lots of cloths handy or else you're soon mopping rather than steaming, and so the ability to use any cloths is a real bonus.

There are only 3 tools - a crevice tool, and window tool and a floor tool. I didn't find the window tool easy to use or vary practical but the floor tool works well and does what it claims to do. It also works well on walls and other hard surfaces.

I didn't have a lot of luck with carpets. Yes, you can do it, but I didn't find that doing so made much of a difference to cleaning the carpet. However, I did feel that using it reduced dust in the room and so it may be useful for that purpose.

It performs very well on tiled and line floors. It's really use to use and it does a great job. Stubborn marks come away quickly without scrubbing and floors dry very quickly owing to the heat in the steam. Dirt just seems to vanish, though heavy grease on kitchen tiles takes much longer to remove.

The small scrubbing brushes are hard to clean and they wear out quickly. However, the crevice tool on its own, with a cloth handy, does the same job and so the brushes are not really needed.

I decided to order the upholstery tool from Domotec - £20 plus £5 postage - and it is handy as a hand held tool for getting into smaller places. I haven't used it on upholstery though.



Overall I am very pleased with the purchase, though disappointed it doesn't do much on carpets. However, it is great on tiled floors and walls and does the kitchen lino amazingly and so I remain very pleased with this purchase.