Cleaning your floors isn’t just about going over the entire surface with a vacuum cleaner. Crusty old pieces of food and animal “gifts” oftentimes go overlooked, eventually becoming the perfect brooding spots for bacteria and viruses. To clean your floors thoroughly, you’ll need to awesome dissolving power of steam – something that the MC1375 Canister Steam Cleaner provides.
There are floor-cleaning options: steam and non-steam. As mentioned earlier, the MC1375 uses the supreme power of steam to dissolve dirt and grime almost instantly. High-pressure steam gets rid of any caked-on residue from any surface you can think of – from hardwood floors to tiles to carpets and even metal.
But the main benefit of using steam over water and detergents is the redundancy of chemicals. Without it, the MC1375 can still clean the stubbornest stains without introducing VOCs into the air we breathe. The obvious danger of using steam is burns; use a steam cleaner like the MC1375 with extreme caution.
Variable Steam Up to 4 Bars
The MC1375 isn’t just a one-trick pony that shoots high-pressure jets of steam indiscriminately. A dial located on the body near the hose port lets you choose how much (up to 4 bars or 58 PSI) or how little steam to introduce to a dirty spot. That’s a lot of power housed in a compact machine.
Variable power is important for several reasons, the most important of which is that not every surface handles steam identically; carpet fibers can wrinkle or even melt when shot with high-pressure blasts, and solid surfaces like concrete are merely tickled by low-pressure shots. With the variable dial, and a bit of trial and error, you too can become a steam-cleaning god.
Large 48-ounce Water Tank
Inside of the compact unit is a massive tank that holds onto 48 fluid ounces of water. The built-in heater requires at least 12 minutes to heat the tank until the water reaches boiling point in which steam is created and stored.
Best of all, the 48-fluid-ounce tank provides up to 90 minutes of continuous cleaning (weakest power setting), giving you enough time to clean several objects and wide floors with plenty of steam to spare.
10-foot Insulated Hose
The MC1375 comes with a long 10-foot hose that’s insulated to prevent melting and cracking from within. It’s also sufficiently flexible to allow users to move, twist, and turn the hose in order to reach tiny spots in cramped spaces.
However, the hose is not indestructible. Some users found the hose to be a bit too stiff for detailing jobs which actually limits their movement. Others claim that the
18-foot Power Cord
Apart from the 10-foot insulated hose, your range of movement is limited by the 18-foot power cord. Depending on where you’re working, you may need to plug the MC1375 into an extension cord for enhanced maneuverability. 18 feet of power cord may be a bit too limiting.
20 Accessories for Extra Versatility
But do you know what’s not limiting? The list of accessories that come with the MC1375. You don’t just get one or two cleaning tools; this set comes with 20 accessories – 13 of which are cleaning tools that make spot-cleaning a cake walk.
Some of the most useful cleaning tools include a 3-inch scraper for caked-on messes, a 4-inch triangle brush for tackling corners, and a wide scrubbing mop pad for bare floors. They can all attach to the end of a long 16-1/2-inch extension wand.
No Low-Water Shutoff
Sadly, the MC1375 does not have a low-water indicator or auto-shutoff feature that protects the unit and built-in boiler from becoming damaged. However, you would have to have extraordinary hearing loss not to notice a sudden change in pitch resonating from the MC1375’s internal components.
If that’s not enough, a sudden drop in pressure should be a surefire indicator that you need to turn the machine off and refill the tank with water.
The sad thing is that the cleaning tools seem to be made of a cheap plastic that either cannot withstand heat from steam or breaks within the first couple months of use. However, many customers found that if you let McCullough know right away, they’ll send replacement pieces FOC (as long as it’s within the 2-year warranty period).
Overall, the McCullough MC1375 is a practical, easy-to-use steam cleaner that would be a welcome addition to any home, workshop, or garage.
Even though it does have some downsides, namely a missing water indicator and flimsy cleaning tools, its exceptional cleaning performance on all types of surfaces isn’t something you find very often, but you would undoubtedly find a reason to use this tool as often as possible.