Product Type: Vax vacuums
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An Unfussy Cleaning Companion
Vax Bare Foor Pro S2ST
Member Name: aefra
Vax Bare Foor Pro S2ST
Date: 24/06/12, updated on 24/06/12 (664 review reads)
Advantages: Light and effective
Disadvantages: Could have a slightly longer cord
A daily vacuum, followed by a spray with floor cleaner and wipe over with my trusty Vileda was all I needed until the 'morrow's doggy trail.......or so I believed until I first used a steamer. Horror of horrors!
My attempt to protect my shiny new floor with jute runners had been a non starter. Within days I found the emphasis was on protecting the rugs and that jute does not wash. What I needed was an effective steamer. My majestic Polti Vaporetto de lux of yesteryear would have been overkill as I needed something that was light, didn't take up much room and without all the bells and whistles. A friend's recommendation that I try the Vax S2 Stick Steam Cleaner fitted the bill.
The one I am reviewing is not the new one widely advertised which includes a soap dispenser, but the original basic still available from Amazon for half price at £42.99.
The device came as a crisp blue and white body with water tank, the handle and a triangular floor head which was to prove beautifully manoeuvrable in use. Also provided were 2 micro fibre cleaning cloths one of which was to be fitted and tightened over the head, along with a small pad for curtains and a carpet glider, use of which I shall explain later. Easy to read instructions helped me connect the parts with the aid of the enclosed screws and I was ready to roll.
The first action needed was to fit one of the soft triangular pads over the head and tighten well. Secondly I removed the tank at the front of the body and filled with water from the provided plastic jug. Here I have removed a star as I needed a little strength of fingers, but soon had the knack and even my slightly arthritic digits managed ok. Once plugged in, a wait of a few minutes found that the orange LED light on the front of the machine was joined by its adjacent green one and the steam was at working heat. Now came the fun bit followed by the horror.
I pushed the Vax easily and slowly over the floor to the sound of a playful hissing of steam. I had been told by the booklet that my new toy would eliminate bacteria and allergens and would also break down grease and grime. "What grease and grime could be on my floor?", I asked myself. When I looked at the pad beneath the head I realised that my shiny laminate had been filthy and I shall be grateful for the spare at some time despite the pads being washing machine proof.
The water didn't need refilling until I was ready to try the bathroom vinyl; and fortunately here I found that things were not as dirty and was happy with the shine. It was at this point I found that the cord could have been a tad longer and I needed an extension. It would be churlish to remove a star though.
Very helpful was the lightness of the machine. I need a vacuum cleaner based in a bedroom as well as another in the hall cupboard as I find them too heavy to cart safely upstairs. This was joy as I walked upward with one hand free for the bannister.
I mentioned a carpet glider provided in the package. This is a plastic triangle which is placed between the head and carpet. With this in place the steamer freshens without soaking the fabric, although we must not expect it to actually act as a cleaner. I did like the effect, but haven't really bothered with it after the first couple of uses.
I have had the vax stick steamer for a few months now and would miss it greatly if I didn't have it to hand, although I would not have paid the full price for it. I use it only about once a week or fortnight to improve the daily wash and brush up and must stress that this is not the powerful all-singing-all dancing of the super steamers. However, there is no doubt that after use my home smells fresher and the laminate and vinyl have that squeaky clean look we hope is there when an unexpected visitor arrives. In my case the dogs have usually just walked in from a wet garden when I have unexpected visitors.
Note. The machine contains a hard water filter which turns brown when replacement is needed. Amazon are selling these for £10 and mine is nowhere near needing changing despite being in a hard water area.
Summary: An easy to use floor steamer
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