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User Tips & Techniques to Get the Most from Your Ladybug Steam Cleaner

 

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Floors

Volume Tools or Accessories
Vinyl Tile or Sheet Goods Low-Med Large brush + towel, extension tubes, nozzle w/ nylon nozzle brush, triangle brush
  • Sweep or vacuum first; mop w/ large brush, corners and baseboards w/ small nozzle brush or large nozzle brush; do by sections using continuous motion, heavily soiled areas use triangle brush, no towel.
Quarry Tile, Slate, Ceramic Tile & Grout Med Large brush + towel on front clips only, nozzle w/ nylon nozzle brush, triangle brush w/ towel
  • Sweep or vacuum first; mop w/ large brush, flip towel under brush to finish wipe, use nozzle brush on grout lines and wipe away loosened dirt.
Hardwood Low Large brush + towel, extension tubes
  • Fix towel to large brush, 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 Concrete Med-High Large brush + towel on front clips only, triangle brush
  • Sweep or vacuum first; mop w/ large brush, flip towel under brush to finish wipe, use nozzle brush or triangle brush for heavily soiled areas.
Wax Removal Med-High triangle brush, extension tubes
  • Treat by section w/ triangle brush, no towel. Do twice, DO NOT OVERHEAT!

Carpets

Volume Tools or Accessories
Wall to wall, maintenance, Area Rugs Med Large brush + towel, extension tubes
  • Vacuum and then PRE-STEAM w/ triangle brush or large brush a 6'x6' area at6" 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 Med-High Nozzle or Steam gun
  • 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 and Ceilings

Volume Tools or Accessories
Painted, Paneling, Wallpaper Low triangle brush or large brush with towel, extension tubes
  • 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, let 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 triangle brush w/ towel to remove residual paste.
Acoustical Tile Low triangle brush or large brush with towel, extension tubes
  • 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, let 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 triangle brush w/ towel to remove residual paste.
Vents Med-High Nozzle or extended nozzle, ext. tubes, large brush with towel
  • 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

Volume Tools or Accessories
Vinyl, Synthetics Low-Med triangle brush w/ towel
  • Test in inconspicuous location prior to treatment. Some velours are very heat sensitive and may deform. Pre-steam area with steam gun at 6" from surface. Use triangle 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.
Cotton Low-Med nozzle, no brush
  • Test in inconspicuous location prior to treatment. Some velours are very heat sensitive and may deform. Pre-steam area with steam gun at 6" from surface. Use triangle 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.
Leathers Low triangle brush w/ towel
  • Test in inconspicuous location prior to treatment. Some velours are very heat sensitive and may deform. Pre-steam area with steam gun at 6" from surface. Use triangle 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

Volume Tools or Accessories
Levelor, Venetian type, horizontal Low-Med nozzle, extension tube, extended nozzle
  • Light dust - open blind 1/2 way & use nozzle on med - high from 4" away. Caution - Thin plastic blinds may be deformed by too much heat. Use care. Heavy or greasy dust - shut blind, mist w/ mild detergent, use nozzle at 4" from surface, wipe immediately w/ towel. Vertical vinyl - triangle brush w/ towel on one side and large brush w/ towel on opposite side - top to base, switch sides
Vertical Low-Med triangle brush w/ towel, large brush w/ towel
  • Light dust - open blind 1/2 way & use nozzle on med - high from 4" away. Caution - Thin plastic blinds may be deformed by too much heat. Use care. Heavy or greasy dust - shut blind, mist w/ mild detergent, use nozzle at 4" from surface, wipe immediately w/ towel. Vertical vinyl - triangle brush w/ towel on one side and large brush w/ towel on opposite side - top to base, switch sides

Glass

Volume Tools or Accessories
Windows, Mirrors, Window Screens Med Window cleaning tool, triangle brush w/ towel, extension tube(s)
  • Pre - steam glass w/ steam gun at 6" from surface or use triangle brush w/ towel over entire surface the first cleaning. Follow up with window tool. Wipe squeegee blade often. Avoid cracked mirrors or windows. Use triangle brush w/ towel on screens.
Window Frames Low-Med nozzle w/ nozzle brush, extension tube(s), towel
  • Use nozzle + brush to renew frame area, latches etc. Use towel over nozzle brush to finish and polish.

Kitchens

Volume Tools or Accessories
Stove Tops, Ovens Low-Med Nozzle w/ nozzle brush - nylon, brass, large nozzle brush, stainless steel pad, ext. tube, towel
  • 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-Med med nozzle brush, triangle brush w/ towel
  • For large areas use triangle brush w/ towel, or large nozzle brush directly. Use nozzle without brush for nooks & crannies, wipe with towel.
Sinks, Faucets, Drains Med Nozzle w/ nozzle brush - nylon or brass
  • Use nozzle to reach into tight areas, use with nozzle brush where needed, rinse or wipe surface.
Counter tops, Cabinet facing Low-Med triangle brush w/ towel, nozzle w/ nozzle brush
  • Use triangle brush direct and wipe with towel, use nozzle w/ brush on mouldings, wipe with towel. CABINET FACING: pre - steam w/ nozzle from a distance of 6", let stand a moment, wipe with towel, repeat if necessary.

Rest/Bathroom

Volume Tools or Accessories
Tile & Grout Med Nozzle & med nozzle brush, triangle brush, extension tube
  • Use nozzle brushes, triangle brush with no towel to clean grout, rinse or wipe clean. Use triangle brush with towel to maintain.
Porcelain, Chrome Fixtures Med Nozzle, nozzle brush - nylon, triangle brush w/ towel, extension tube
  • Use triangle brush w/ towel to treat larger areas, nozzle brush w/ towel or nozzle w/ nylon nozzle brush for corners, hinges, ledges and bars, wipe or rinse away dirt.
Shower Stalls & Doors Med Nozzle, nozzle brush - nylon, triangle brush w/ towel, extension tube, large nozzle brush w/ stainless steel pad
  • Use triangle brush w/ out 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 Med Large round nozzle brush, triangle brush, extension tube, towel
  • Use triangle brush direct without towel, or large round nozzle brush for stubborn areas, rinse or wipe away soil. Use extension tube for easy reach

Bus,Auto,Boat,RV

Volume Tools or Accessories
Interior Surfaces Med triangle brush w/ towel, nozzle w/ nozzle brush
  • triangle brush w/ towel for fabric & vinyl surfaces, nozzle to clean seams, and spots. Do not overheat plastics or vinyls.
Detailing Interior, Exterior Med Nozzle, nozzle brush - nylon, triangle brush w/ towel, extension tube
  • For nooks & crannies use nozzle, wipe w/ towel. Use nozzle brush on chrome & gaskets. Wipe with clean towel to polish.

Other Applications

Dust plants, polish jewelry, clean tools, yard equipment, sports equipment, outdoor furniture, unclog drains, defrost freezers, remove stickers & decals. Remove and kill algae on deck or other exterior wood surfaces. Deodorize fabrics & carpets. Kill unwanted vegetation.

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