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Our library of Steam Vapor Cleaning Techniques and Hints for;
Floors, Carpets, Walls & Ceilings, Upholstery, Blinds, Glass, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Autos & Boats

What to Clean Pressure Settings Accessories to use:
FLOORS Click here to view Pictures of the below mentioned Accessories
Vinyl Tile Sheet Goods Low - Medium Large brush + towel, extension tubes, nozzle w/ nylon nozzle brush, small rectangle brush
Hints & Techniques:
Sweep or vacuum first; mop w/ large brush, corners and baseboards w/ nozzle brush or large nozzle brush; do by sections using continuous motion, heavily soiled areas use small rectangle brush, no towel.
Quarry Tile, Slate, Ceramic tile & Grout Medium Large brush + towel on front clips only, nozzle w/ nylon nozzle brush, rectangle brush w/ towel
Hardwood Low Large brush + towel, extension tubes
Hints & Techniques:
Fix towel to large bush, heat with steam "on", reduce or turn steam off and mop floor, repeat as towel cools. Towel should be hot and moist, not wet.
Smooth Medium - High Large brush + towel on front clips only, small rectangle brush
Hints & Techniques:
Sweep or vacuum first; mop w/ large brush, flip towel under brush to finish wipe, use nozzle brush or small rectangle brush for heavily soiled areas.
Wax removal Medium - High Small rectangle brush, extension tubes.
Hints & Techniques:
Treat by section w/ small brush, no towel. DO NOT OVERHEAT!
CARPET
Carpet Surfaces Medium Large brush + towel, extension tubes
Hints & Techniques:
Vacuum and then PRE-STEAM w/ small rectangle brush or large brush a 6' x 6' area at 6" above the surface. Attach towel to large brush and wipe in two directions - the second at right angles to the first. Stubborn areas may be pre-treated with a light application of gentle detergent followed with steam treatment.
Spot Cleaning Medium - High Nozzle or Steam gun
Hints & Techniques:
When using nozzle or steam gun on spots, STAY 4" - 6" from carpet surface. Blot spot w/ towel, repeat as necessary. DO NOT OVERHEAT!
WALLS & CEILINGS
Painted, Paneling, Wallpaper Low Small rectangle brush or large brush with towel, extension tubes
Hints & Techniques:
Painted walls, wallpaper, wood paneling are heat sensitive. Always use 2, preferably 3 layers of towel on brushes when treating these surfaces. Do not dwell on any one area too long - treat once, allow to cool and retreat. On heavily soiled areas, pre-steam w/ nozzle 6" from surface and then use brush w/ towel. towel surface may be pre-treated w/ gentle detergent mist to help loosen soil. On wood paneling move quickly, check towel surface for color transfer. Wall Paper Removal: use nozzle on seams, wallpaper stripper on large areas. Use small rectangle brush w/ towel to remove residual paste.
Acoustical Tile Low Small rectangle brush or large brush with towel, extension tubes
Hints & Techniques:
Acoustical tile is heat sensitive as well, see Painted, Paneling & Wallpaper
Vents Medium - High Nozzle or extended nozzle, extension tubes, large brush with towel
Hints & Techniques:
Wipe vent surface w/ large brush w/ towel. Pre-treat with extended nozzle if necessary. For louvered vents, use nozzle w/ nozzle brush and towel.
UPHOLSTERY
Vinyl Synthetics Low - Medium Small rectangle brush w/ towel
Hints & Techniques:
Test in inconspicuous location prior to treatment. Some velour's are very heat sensitive and may deform. Pre-steam area with steam gun at 6" from surface. Use small rectangle brush w/ towel over surface, working in two directions. Towel should be hot & moist, not wet. Use nozzle on seam lines at 2" from surface, wipe away dirt with towel. Condition leathers after treating. 
BLINDS
Venetian Type, Horizontal Low - Medium Threaded nozzle, extension tube, extended nozzle
Hints & Techniques:
Light dust - open blind 1/2 way & use nozzle on Medium - High from 4" away. CAUTION: Thin plastic blinds may be deformed by too much hat. Use care. Heavy or greasy dust - shut blind, mist w/ mild detergent, use nozzle at 4" from surface, wipe immediately w/ towel. Vertical vinyl - small rectangle brush w/ towel on one side and large brush w/ towel on opposite side - top to base, switch sides.
Vertical Low - Medium Small rectangle brush w/ towel  or large brush w/ towel
Hints & Techniques:
Follow directions for Venetian Type, Horizontal Blinds.
GLASS
Windows, Mirrors Medium Window cleaning tool, rectangle Brush w/ towel
Hints & Techniques:
Pre-steam glass w/ steam gun at 6" from surface or use small rectangle brush w/ towel over entire surface the first cleaning. Follow up with window tool. Wipe squeegee blade often. Avoid cracked mirrors or windows. Use small rectangle brush w/ towel on screens
Window Frames Low - Medium Threaded nozzle w/ nozzle brush, Extension tube, towel
Hints & Techniques:
Use threaded nozzle + brush to renew frame area, latches etc. Use towel over nozzle brush to finish and polish.
KITCHENS
Stove Tops, Ovens Low - Medium Nozzle w/ nozzle brush - nylon, brass, large nozzle brush, stainless steel pad, Extension tube, towel
Hints & Techniques:
Use large nozzle brush w/ stainless steel pad for oven surfaces, oven racks, glass in door. Use small nylon or brass nozzle brush for tight areas, corners, burner bibs.
Small Appliances Low - Medium Large nozzle brush, small rectangle Brush w/ towel
Hints & Techniques:
For large areas use rectangle brush w/ towel, or large nozzle brush directly. Use nozzle without brush for nooks & crannies, wipe with towel.
Sinks, Faucets, Drains Medium Nozzle w/ nozzle brush - nylon or brass.
Hints & Techniques:
Use nozzle to reach into tight areas, use with nozzle brush where needed, rinse or wipe surface.
Counter Tops, Cabinet Facing Low - Medium Small rectangle brush w/ towel nozzle, nozzle w/ nozzle brush
Hints & Techniques:
Use small rectangle brush direct and wipe with towel, use threaded nozzle w/ brush on moldings, wipe with towel. Cabinet Facing: pre-steam w/ nozzle from a distance of 6", let stand a moment, wipe with towel, repeat if necessary.
BATHROOM
Tile & Grout Medium Nozzle, large & small nozzle brush, small rectangle brush
Hints & Techniques:
Use steel detail brushes, small rectangle brush with no towel to clean grout, rinse or wipe clean. Use rectangle brush with towel to maintain.
Porcelain, Chrome Fixtures Medium Nozzle, nozzle brush - nylon, small rectangle brush w/ towel, extension tube
Hints & Techniques:
Use small rectangle brush w/ towel to treat larger areas, large nozzle brush w/ towel or nozzle w/ nylon nozzle brush for corners, hinges, ledges and bars, wipe or rinse away dirt.
Shower Stalls & Doors Medium Nozzle, nozzle brush - nylon, small rectangle brush w/ towel, extension tubes, large nozzle brush w/ stainless steel pad.
Hints & Techniques:
Use rectangle, round or triangle brush w/ ot towel or large nozzle brush w/ stainless steel pad to remove heavy soap scum from glass panels. Pre-treat area with mild detergent if necessary. Rinse tools often. Wipe or rinse away loosened dirt.
Fiberglass Medium Large round nozzle brush, small rectangle brush, extension tube, towel
Hints & Techniques:
Use small rectangle brush direct w/ out towel, or large round nozzle brush for stubborn areas, rinse or wipe away soil. Use extension tube for easy reach.
AUTOS, BOATS
Interior Surfaces Medium Small rectangle brush w/ towel, nozzle  w/ nozzle brush
Hints & Techniques:
Detailing Interior, Exterior Medium Nozzle, nozzle brush - nylon, small rectangle brush w/ towel, extension tube
Hints & Techniques:
For nooks & crannies use nozzle, wipe w/ towel. Use nozzle brush on chrome & gaskets. Wipe with clean towel to polish

INSTRUCTIONS FOR STAINLESS STEEL GROUT HEADS

The Stainless Steel Grout Head must be formed to fit in the appropriate grout line that you are cleaning. While most tile will not be affected, some tiles will scratch if you are using an oversized head.

Grasp the head in one hand, with the other hand you will want to use a pair of needle nose pliers, grab the steel at the base where the steel is attached to the head. Use a circular twisting motion to pull the steel away from the plastic base. Do not pull straight up, it will not release.

We can also suggest small wire clippers if you have a problem removing them. for larger grout lines, you should leave 2 plugs at 12:00 and 2 plugs at 6:00. for small lines i.e. bathroom tiles, use one plug at the top and one at the bottom.

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