We have a sofa that was given to us by my wife's grandmother's sister 38 years ago. it's from the 1920's. It is a shiny cotton brocade that's about 90 years old. I've steamed it in the past but always have been afraid to HWE. On a trip to the dump one day about 15 years ago, a man at the recycling center was unloading a curved back velvet button tuck chair with down cushion that has been his mom's ...I took it home, extracted it carefully and gave it to my wife as a present. It matched the theme of the living room.
I set up the TM and started pulling in hoses. I cleaned the loveseat in the family room first. it gets the most use in front of the TV. synthetic fiber..not my favorite print but the wife likes it... a great first test piece. The Mytee tool I tried at ICE had overspray issue at start and liftoff. The new production one doesn't. The one sent to me doesn't have a vac relief, so I made one by drilling the reducer cuff and covering it with a tight fitting piece of plastic.
I used LST as my cleaning solution and put it on with a microfiber 6" pad. I did the Family room loveseat in less than 15 minutes total (after prevacuuming) two seat cushions , 5 throw pillows. Fast!
Then I moved to the tufted curved back antique arm chair. Same drill, apply solution with microfiber pad, and recovery with the Mytee. I opened the relief valve..it's 15 feet way on the attachment to vac hose so the whistle wasn't obnoxious. This chair cleaned up easily and quickly also. No distortion! Finally I did our old couch. The adjustable flow knob works very well. I Measured out waste water with a 2 gal bucket. I used 18 gallons of water to clean three couch, loveseat, armchair and 14 pillows. They all dried between an hour and an hour and a half.
The tool had a couple of rough edges where the SS head meets plastic. I took a fingernail file to it and took them out in about two minutes. There was also a slight gap on one side between the SS head and the plastic. I mixed a tiny bit of JB weld, filled the space, sanded it when dry and wet sanded it with 2000 girt sandpaper. It worked just fine when cleaning before I tweaked the tool but now it's personalized. This is an early production piece.
This tool is a Winner and money maker. my wife was pleased having her furniture cleaned so well. I also spent a little time on the oriental rug in the living room...watching the dirt swirl out is fun. It will be a great and safe touchup tool for rugs and draperies.
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