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10-25-2011 09:01 PM
Steam Cleaner

I still hold a Ma license for Heating Installation and I build my own steam cleaners. You need an oil burner w controls. Or a gas gun but its not as hot BTU wise as Oil but gas is cleaner. But again you are supposed to use these outside.. a kind of coil piping 18 or 20 inches tall of 3/4 inch in diam. put that coil in the path of the flame and smoke , usually in the stack pipe close to the fire chamber. run the appropriate piping to the entrance from a garden hose with about 35 to 40 lbs water pressure. make sure you have a blow off valve made for steam usually set at 15 lbs and a valve on the outlet to let water and steam build before you open it. Make your own nozzles what ever works the best for you. put on wood handles or you will burn your hands holding the steam wand. Then see a motor or parts get clean fast...
10-25-2011 08:43 PM
Originally Posted by rsfyj
Does anyone use steam cleaners anymore?..I have always used them and do a good job.

look at the company "goodway" they have commercial grade steamers, but they will cost you. Probably great for someone who runs a garage, or detail business. not so much for me, seeing it would seldom see use.
10-25-2011 01:43 PM
cobalt327 Super Clean is about 2/3 the strength compared to Black Maxx. I'm not in a "mine is bigger than yours" deal here- just saying you do not want to be careless w/this stuff. I don't know of anything stronger that is available to the general public. Super Clean is on a par w/the driveway cleaner last time I had them both to compare. The DW cleaner cost less then, it has no perfume or dyes, and being a "house brand" it had no advertisement costs to speak of associated to just it.

I had a gallon of the most concentrated citrus-based degreaser you could imagine. I got it from a citrus packing plant worker in FL. This stuff was stronger, but that made it no more useful except if you were using it diluted you'd get more from a gallon.
10-25-2011 06:27 AM
Super Clean

Love Super Clean, but it will take all the oil out of your hands if you don't wear gloves, and it sure does mess with the paint if you leave it on too long.

Works great on wheels and tires too, I use that when I run out cleaner made for wheels. I don't use it on dry wheels and don't leave it on too long, never had a problem with damage on anything and have been using it for years on the wheels on my cars.
10-24-2011 11:41 PM
MARTINSR I even did a review on it back when I first used it. Click here

10-24-2011 11:39 PM
MARTINSR Oh yes the Super Clean will discolor aluminum also. But DAMN that stuff works great on greasy old cast iron stuff. And driveways, it works great on driveways.

What I love about it is I put the greasy thing right there on my driveway and and spray the Super Clean on it then hose it off and the driveway is CLEANER than if I hadn't cleaned that greasy thing there. Now that works for me!

10-24-2011 11:30 PM
66GMC Be careful with that Castrol Super Clean.

We sold some to one of our installers who demo'd it on a blue service jack. He left it to soak for quite a while, but it DID bleach the color right out of it!

NAPA (Canada) has a "BodyPro" chemical line that includes one of the best degreasers that I've ever seen. One of our HD Truck fleet customers loved the stuff and bought it in 5 gallon pails.

10-24-2011 11:14 PM
MARTINSR I tried this "Super Clean" a while ago cleaning up my motor and found it to GREAT. I highly recommend it, and I highly recommend wearing some GOOD rubber gloves as it will mess with your hands big time.


10-24-2011 10:11 PM
Originally Posted by rsfyj
Does anyone use steam cleaners anymore?..I have always used them and do a good job.

i actually have a catalog i got in the mail today from a truck company specializing in big rig parts and they sell brand new steam jennies that run off diesel fair price too!
10-24-2011 09:46 PM
cobalt327 Steam jennys are a thing of the past it seems. I haven't seen one in YEARS. The one we had at the 'yard was an ancient thing but god would it clean the **** out of anything- right down to removing paint! We used lye in it sometimes but it would work w/o anything but the pressurized steam, too.

NAPA (for one) sells a cleaner called "Black Maxx". This is an alkaline cleaner like 409 on mega steroids. It will strip paint, too, if left on for more than a minute or two unless it's diluted. One ounce to a quart of water makes a cleaner equal to 409, cost for that quart is about 10. It will degrease even the worst cases.

Another option is the driveway cleaner the parts stores sell. It's not as concentrated as the Black Maxx but is still strong enough to burn the skin if it gets on you- eye and body protection is needed if you work w/either of these.

Dollar stores sell store brand oven cleaner that works as good as the name brands as a degreaser for much less money. Has to be left on for as long as you can before rinsing off. Same cautions for exposure and paint.

Regardless of what you use, if the grease is thick, the worst of it needs to be removed before being treated w/chemicals. One way is w/a putty knife, scraper, screwdriver, etc. Another way is to use a pressure washer to blast off the worst of it, then you can douse it w/the cleanser of your choice, work it in w/a stiff parts cleaning brush and/or allow it time to work, then rinse (or pressure wash) it off.
10-24-2011 08:25 PM
degreasing mess

I haven't seen a steam cleaner in many years. Are they still around? When I was a teenager (many many many.....years ago) company I worked for had one out back (and the detergent). Just drove my old wreck up to it, lit it off, when it got up to steam, dumped in the detergent and steamed the engine off. Was hard to start until got some of the water off the plugs and stuff but it sure cleaned that greas off that ole motor.
10-24-2011 07:40 PM
What ever happened to.........

Does anyone use steam cleaners anymore?..I have always used them and do a good job.
10-24-2011 06:48 PM
briansansone old fashion elbow grease huh.
Well that's what I did today; Putty knives and wire brushes. But it sure was a pain in the ***!..and neck,back, and arms for that matter.

Simple green will be my next try.
10-24-2011 05:47 PM
Originally Posted by Lizer
safety glasses, a hat, and a face shield for sure
HaHaHaHaaaaacough cough spit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOL and some leathers if you have some laying around.

10-24-2011 05:45 PM
Lizer safety glasses, a hat, and a face shield for sure
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