So I had a hot date with the steamiest guy in town, and boy did he impress me. So much so, that it prompted me to Instagram (@lovelycrafty, btw) this photo of the real life “McSteamy.”

HomeRight SteamMachine

Also doubles as a self portrait #creeper. Anywhoo, back to my date. So, the nice folks at HomeRight offered to set me up with this McSteamy character, and of course I said “YES!” right away. I mean just look at that sleek body. Am I right, or am I right?

So the SteamMachine arrives at my house, and I call my BFF over for some good clean fun :) We open the box and take out all the parts, quickly decide to tackle the grout in my bathroom, and start setting up the mop attachment.


At first we thought we were missing a bunch of pieces. But then we noticed they were inside a little cubby on the actual unit! I snapped on the elbow piece and turned the power on. It takes a few minutes to warm up, but there is an indicator light to tell you when it’s ready. I didn’t take a lot of pictures of this process because we were literally squealing with delight over the steamy jet engine-like sound. The SteamMachine has got some power, for sure. The attachments are all really easy to figure out, so I’ll spare you the details that can be found in the manual. You just squeeze the trigger, and steam billows out :) After a quick mop, we decided to see if the smaller brush attachments would be better to really clean the grout lines themselves. Now, I’m about to show you a before picture- and you better not judge me. My floor is clean, ok? I sweep and mop regularly. But I do not scrub my grout.

bathroom tile grout before

Grout is one of those things that you just get used to looking a certain way. Like all of the sudden, I just had dark tan grout…that must be the original color, right? Go check your grout right now and tell me what color it was when you moved in :P

Oh friends, my grout is not dark tan.

during steam cleaning

I am seriously disgusted at myself. This experience felt a little bit like when the Kirby vacuum man came to my house and showed me all the filth my old vacuum was leaving behind. I was horrified! So horrified, that in my vulnerable state I took a video of the SteamMachine blowing the dirt from the grout for all the world to see.

Terrifying, isn’t it? But after it was all said and done, and the grout had dried…I couldn’t believe the difference.

clean your grout with SteamMachine

And the side by side:

side by sideAfter my grout victory, I took the SteamMachine on a test run in the basement…cleaning the often neglected vinyl plank tile floor.

side by side vinyl plank tileThe SteamMachine does it again! I’m officially in love. Which is why I am so excited to be able to offer one of these to a lucky reader! Here’s just a few of the features McSteamy boasts:

  • 100% chemical free
  • Cleans and sanitizes hard surface floors, bathtubs, showers, countertops, and even your grill!
  • Removes wallpaper easily

In light of the recent trouble I had getting in touch with giveaway winners, I have decided to open this giveaway to Lovely Crafty Home subscribers only. What does that mean? You must either:

You don’t have to do all of those things, but at least I will have a way to be in touch with you aside from the email on your entry. I think that’s fair, no? So, once you have chosen your method of stalking me, here is how you can enter the giveaway:

  • Comment here with the first “job” you’d tackle with the SteamMachine if you win
  • Like HomeRight on Facebook
  • Follow Homeright on Twitter
  • Follow Homeright on Instagram (@homerightps)

Then let me know which ones you’ve done on the Rafflecopter widget below!

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41 Responses

  1. Patricia Kellar

    I would steam clean my bathroom for starters.
    Like on Facebook, twitter and instagram

  2. Sharon S

    I already follow your blog – it’s great! And, I liked HomeRght on Facebook. I’d tackle my bathroom first.

  3. Ronda Blevins

    We have lived in our house for over 10 years and the very first thing I would tackle would be the Master Bathroom. The caulk around the tub, the flooring, the faucets, you name it, I would have it steamed.

  4. Tamara Ahrens

    I would first tackle our grout. Yours looks amazing! Then I would clean the floors of our white showers/tubs.

  5. michelle krause

    i could tackle a lot of things that i think are clean…first on the list i would have to do is all the crevices around the toilets…PUKE!

  6. michelle krause

    i follow you on fb/instagram/emails
    i follow homeright on fb/instagram
    thanks for the op!

  7. Marsha Milstock

    Hi Rachael,
    I too have a home that is almost one hundred years old.
    Having a streamer to tackle dirt in a efficient and environmentally friendly way is always a good way to approuch cleaning when possible.
    But I also love, love love, gadgets. This could be my source of entertainment for the month.
    As you can see it doesn’t take much to squelch boredom.
    You should have seen me when I got my hand sander.
    I did two bedroom floor, myself.
    I had visions of using the large industrial sander, Lossing control over it, flying out the window, and obligerateing my backyard to saw dust.
    What a night mare.
    I read my emails everyday, for some reason I prefer it to using a phone.
    This way my friends and I drop a little note or a funny to each other every other day.
    Have a great week
    Thank you once again

  8. mary fran

    Hi Rachael, I follow your blog (actually you are the only blog I subscribe to) and also follow on Facebook and Pinterest. I have liked Home Right on Facebook.
    I would tackle my grout first and then my father’s shower and bathrooms. He (and the house) are older so they need some up keep. (I wouldn’t steam HIM…though it might do him some good–hehehe)!
    Thanks for all the ideas.
    Mary Fran

  9. jengd

    I think I’d work on our bathrooms first, particularly the edges of the tubs and around faucets and fixtures.

  10. Melissa

    I cleaned all the grout in my kitchen about 6 months ago. It took me DAYS, and it already looks gross again. I would love for Mr. McSteamy to come live at my house and help me with my grout issues.

  11. Anne marie

    I would tackle my kitchen floor grout and then the bathroom grout – this sounds great.

  12. Sharon Mobley

    I would love to win this. To help keep my floors clean for my little grand babies.
    But the first job I would tackle would be the microwave over the store. I just cant seem to get the grease out of the vent.


  13. Melissa

    Liked on FB!
    Bathrooms! The grout in our bathrooms is gross… I am amazed by what this little cleaner did for yours!

  14. Lynn Lou

    I would take down some ugly 1980s wall paper in my powder room. It needs to go!

  15. Julie

    The majority of my house it tile, I live in Florida so go figure! So without a doubt I would tackle my tile grout first and foremost!

  16. karin ikesaki

    Oh gosh! What wouldn’t I clean? I think I’d have to tackle my long hallway first! One grimey row at a time!

  17. aleta raney

    I would use it in the kid’s bathroom first. Boys and bathrooms are a bad mix.

  18. Serena @ Thrift Diving

    You know what? They sent me one to review, as well, and I am going to be doing a giveaway, too! And wouldn’t you know I emailed them, as well, and was like, “I didn’t get the attachments!!!” They emailed back and said they were in the little compartment! I think that’s such a cool idea, but there should DEFINITELY be something to point out to consumers that the attachements are stored on-board, you know? I have used it to clean the little stinky toilets of my sons and OMG, LOVE IT!!!! I can’t wait to use it to remove wallpaper and clean my kitchen floor! Your grout looks awesome!

    Thrift Diving

  19. Julie

    I would do my whole house with 4kids, my mother in law, cat and dog, what ever my kids bring in, my husband and I….this house always is big and anything that helps gives me a little more time to be with my family.

  20. Jeni Hirschy

    I follow you on FB…and my kitchen floor. My kitchen floor needs soooo much help! Thanks! :o)

  21. Kathi Dickie

    The first thing I would tackle, my sons bathroom. OMG what is wrong with boys and hitting the bowl. I aways feel kinda bad using harsh chemicals but if I don’t I don’t feel its clean. So thats what I would use it for. lol

  22. Stacey

    Well, the first thing I may try to tackle is the tracks of our patio door, then perhaps some carpet stains, then bathroom tiles and caulk…… The list is endless. it isn’t only boys missing the toilet. I have three young girls, yuck!

    I would like you on FB, but I don’t have a clue what my log in is anymore, so I will follow you on Pinterest and leave it at that for the technical love affair.


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