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calendar   Thursday - May 28, 2020

yeah I built that

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As part of the COVID re-opening paranoia, I have to sanitize the floors at the eye doctor’s offices where I work. Tile, linoleum, vinyl flooring, and carpet. One location is mostly hard vinyl flooring, the other location is more than 1000 sq ft of office carpet.

I bought a potent steam cleaning machine to do the job. This thing will strip paint and degrease engine blocks, clean years worth of soap scum out of your shower, scrub the BBQ until it looks new ... and also steam mop and sanitize hard floors. It comes with a couple dozen attachments including several sizes and styles of mop head. But none of these work on carpet, because the brushes and microfiber mops stick like glue to rugs. Way too much friction. And the 2 piece plastic wand is not built to be used like a shovel handle.

The Haan company sells a line of floor sanitizers, all of which cost at least double what the mcCullogh steamer I got the Doc to buy for me cost, and all their models provide a whole lot less steam, pressure, and run time. But one of their models has a carpet glide plate, and such a thing is not available for the McCullogh steamers. So I built my own.

At first I was going to glue up a few layers of foamboard - plastic cardboard - and hold that in place with some rubber bands. That idea didn’t work out. then I wondered if I could make a glide plate out of 1/4” plywood, but I’d have to find longer versions of the special screws they used that have that open thread to grip plastic parts. So that didn’t work. Then I figured I could make something out of some oak slats I’ve got out in the garage. That seemed about right, but while digging through the lumber pile I found some bullnose pine slats. Already rounded, so no grabbing the rugs. A little work with the saber saw, and a few seconds using my heavy duty craft stapler to attach them to the large brush accessory, and Wah Lah!! At least I hope.

I’ll try it out tonight. Hey, at least I can check the boxes that a floor sanitizing process is in place. I just hope I can do the job without soaking the carpets. This steam machine can throw a tremendous amount of steam. Holy cats.

Update: It works just fine.
Smells a bit like hot wet wood after a bit (duh), but it didn’t fall apart, and I was able to quickly steam the carpets. Steaming the hard flooring with the large microfiber mop took me over an hour. Went through nearly a gallon of water; the advertised 120 minute run time per tank must only apply to light use at the lowest setting. Naturally. I was rather pleased to see that very little additional dirt came up. I’ve scrubbed the daylights out of that place since the pandemic started, and their new germaphobic continuous processes are keeping the place quite clean. Don’t tell anybody, but they hardly even need me at this point.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/28/2020 at 03:17 PM   
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