Here is our recommendation of portable steam cleaner
1. McCulloch MC1275 Heavy-Duty Cleaner
As our guideline of car interior detailing, a portable steam cleaner is a very useful tool to get rid of deep dirt from the car interior parts. You can eliminate sticky, chewy gum, coffee, glue stain, oil, and grease from the car parts such as the seats, carpet, door panel, dashboard, gear shifter, steering wheel and so on. The hot steam can soften the built-up dirt and lose it out from the surface quickly. Then you just wipe it with a rag or microfiber towel.
The McCulloch MC1275 is one of the most popular steam cleaners. The customers buy it for home use and it can use with the vehicle like a car, boat, RV, motorcycle with no problem. It has 48 ounces of a water tank with an almost 16 feet power cord, long enough to move around your car when you do interior detailing. It takes 10 minutes no more to heat water then you will have enough and continuous steam for cleaning.
We tested this cleaner with a carpet in a car that has built up dried grease from the driver’s shoes. The steam can lose it up very quickly and thoroughly of the cleaning surface, just wipe it out with a towel and we will get more than 50% of the original condition back. We then wet cleaning for 2 times to bring it back to 80-90%.
The quality of making is one thing that we may not give them the highest score. The plastic body, the handle might be damaged if you are not using it with care. However, the boiling system is good. Many customers agreed to its high quality, no danger, no chemical use.
– Reasonable price
– Long power cord
– Hot steam enough to tackle with dirt
– Loud, keep it away from you as much as possible
– Cheap plastic body
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2. Kärcher SC3 EasyFix Steam Cleaner
Kärcher SC3 EasyFix is a well-known steam cleaner in Europe. It has a compact size with the wheels. The customers use this steam cleaner in their house and can apply to use in their car. It has a one-liter water tank which enough for car interior cleaning. You can heat it up and ready to use within 30 seconds after turn the switch on.
The customer who tried this steam cleaner reported the continuous steam results well to clean hard dirt surfaces of coffee, milk and so on which left dry on the gear console, carpet, and the seats. Easy to bring back the car interior to its original condition when it came off the showroom.
The steam cleaner its self has a long hose and a small microfiber nozzle for use in a small area both in the house and a car. The wheels allow it easy to move around your car or you can lift it up because it is only 3 kilograms of weight.
However, Some customers complain about the durability of this steam cleaner. The plastic body may not strong enough to hit the floor, closet, stove or any hard object in your house. You need to handle and use it with care. The nozzles are made of microfiber, at least the maker’s claim that, but some customers broke them after a few times of using.
The water tank is not removable, you need to flip the cleaner to pour the water.
– Continuous steam
– Fast heat up in 30 seconds
– Compact size, lightweight
– The durability issue of plastic body and parts