We were caught way off guard when we unboxed the Il Capo demo unit from Avanti. This is the first offering from the new brand, but there’s nothing quite like this on the steamer market. Now that Il Capo is here, though, I don’t quite know how the commercial steamer market was getting by without it.
Il Capo is deceptive. It looks small, compact, almost friendly, save for the very serious piano black paint job. But inside this lightweight little body is the most powerful boiler and heating element we’ve ever seen, capable of tip temperatures over 300 degrees and whopping 96-PSI steam. Is this the perfect commercial steamer? Let’s find out.
Unboxing and First Look
From the moment we unboxed Il Capo, we were taken aback by its unique design and construction. There are clear cues of Italian design in the minimalistic body, which is absent of any cluttered dials and switches. Rather than manage steam adjustment on the body, Vapor Clean opted for a unique and intuitive control design, placing a wheel directly under your thumb when you’re holding the gun. This is really smart, because we no longer need to kneel and fiddle with the steamer while working. To adjust the pressure, you simply turn the wheel left or right.
Despite its behemoth steaming power, Il Capo weighs a mere 10 pounds empty, and can easily be transported with one hand. With its smooth castors and convenient top-mounted carrying handle, Il Capo is ready to go wherever you need it. The handle appears sturdy, though it and the castors seem to be replaceable if you manage to damage it on the job.
Some might look at the size and capacity of the Il Capo and consider that a con, since it doesn’t hold as much water in its tank as larger competitors. However, Il Capo features continuous flow, meaning it has a second tank that feeds water into the boiler. This means that you can top it off with water as you go, and you don’t need to wait for the steamer to cool down, making the effective steam time infinite.
Il Capo comes with a wide range of attachments, ensuring that you have a tool for anything that could need cleaning or sanitizing. In the box, you’ll find the Il Capo body, the steam hose and connector, two extension hoses, a jet nozzle, a window cleaner, a rectangular brush, a triangular brush, eight polyester bristle brushes, two brass bristle brushes, a drain opener, a water bottle, and a microfiber towel.
Using Il Capo
Il Capo’s 96-PSI, 335-degree boiler makes it the most powerful bed bug steamer available, in this or any other class. Whether you’re killing bed bugs, dirt, or grease, nothing can match the horsepower that Il Capo delivers.
These specs are overkill for any bed bug job, allowing Il Capo to effortlessly penetrate soft materials like mattresses, walls, and upholstered furniture to kill bed bugs and eggs hiding inside.
For use against bed bugs, you’ll want to use the microfiber towel and some rubber-bands to break up the moisture at the tip to prevent blowing bed bugs all over the place with excessive steam. Use the clever gun-mounted steam adjustment knob to turn the steam pressure down for surface steaming, or up for getting into cracks and crevices. Remember to move the steam nozzle slowly, no more than about one inch per second, to ensure that the treated area is properly exposed to the heat.
In the past, property managers and pest control professionals had to make a compromise when choosing a professional steam cleaner: either they got a heavy, bulky steamer with lots of horsepower, or they sacrificed power and steam time in favor of portability.
Now, the choice is easier than ever, because Il Capo has combined the best of both worlds. It’s the most powerful steamer we have to offer, yet it’s one of the lightest at just 10 pounds empty. With dual tanks and continuous fill ability, there’s no downtime between filling. Finally, the perfect commercial steamer has arrived.