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Vax S2 Hard Floor Master
Author Name: superness11
Vax S2 Hard Floor Master
Advantages: easy set up
Disadvantages: trouble getting into corners
==Price and availability==
The steam Vax S2 mop can be bought from electrical stores or online for £70.00. For this price it comes with everything you need.
The steam cleaner is tall with a slim handle and has a large angled base that produces the steam at the bottom. It is really slim to store away neatly but it is quite heavy. It feels much heavier than it looks, especially when full of water. I was a bit disappointed when I first used it as I expected it to be light and easy to manoeuvre however it is a little more cumbersome that I anticipated. The whole unit without water weighs 3KG. The tank has a capacity of 0.5L and can be removed and filled up at the tap. The tank slots inside the machine with a click. There is a handle at the top with a trigger for you to push and control the steam and a long (6m) flex cord to reach the nearest plug socket.
In the box:
* 1 × Vax S2
* 2 × Mircofibre cleaning pad
* 1 × Carpet glider
* 1 × Measuring jug
* 1 × Guarantee
* 1 × Instruction manual
When you first open the box containing your new machine you will need to screw the handle and mop base on to the main body. The screws are all there in the box and all you need is a screwdriver.
To set the machine up you will first need to pop one of the mop heads on the base of the machine. These need removing after use and can be washed in the washing machine and then hung out to dry. The mop comes with two white smooth floor mop heads but you can purchase the blue long tassel heads. I have not bought anything extra such as these as I am quite happy with the performance of these pads alone. The mop head pads have a draw strong cover and fasten around the base. It is worth splashing a little bit of water on this before you fasten them on as it softens them up and it makes the steam come out a little easier. As long as you get them on right in the first place they will not come off while you are using the machine so it worth double checking their security. To fill the tank, unclip from the machine and take to the tap to fill up or use the little jug provided in the box. You can add a detergent to the water to make the floors and steam smell nice or you can use water alone. This is my recommendation though as the instructions said you should only use water in it! I use a couple of capfuls of a pledge wooden floor cleaner as it smells really nice and leaves the floors streak free and shiny but without being slippy. Products such as this can be found easily in the supermarket with the furniture polish. It states that anything else other than water can cause damage but I have never had a problem with it.
Once the tank is filled (you will get about 15-20 minutes of steam time so if you do not need this long then put less water on. It will make it easier to manoeuvre and saves a little bit of water wastage.) Next plug the machine in to the electrical mains and then turn the machine on. There is a light indicator that will tell you when the machine is ready to use. This light will usually turn green within and minute and then you are free to use the machine. To use it, gently pull the handle towards you and place a foot on the base, this angles the handle at a comfortable angle to use it. Next, pull the trigger and push across the floor using long strokes, slowly and backwards across the floor. Afterwards all you need to do is empty the excess water from the tank and remove the mop head. This will now need washing and leaving out to dry.
You do get quite a good length of time out of the steam although the first couple of times using it I spent far too long trying to get the floors extra sparkly clean and needed to refill it midsession. I now have it down to a tee and can do the whole set of rooms on one tank. I first use the mop on the kitchen lino which really does need it, it is quite light coloured and when our shoes are wet we often leave dirty marks on the floor by the door. The mop makes fast work of these and cleans the patch by the door back to perfect condition. It is important to give the floors a bit f a sweep first otherwise you will find yourself constantly needing to wring out the floor pad as it becomes congested and stuck up with dust and things. I do not like the idea of spreading the dust and hair around so a good sweep up is definitely important to do. The lino dries streak free and it does dry really quickly due to the heat. There really is hardly any water left on the floor after use. The design of the mop head is supposed to assist you getting into awkward corners as it is angled rather than circular. Unfortunately this is not as helpful as you may think and it doesn't quite get into all the corners; I need to do these with a hand cloth. I think if I had the mop head with the long tassels it would probably help in the corners more. I really found the kitchen lino hard to clean with a normal mop as it still seemed to hold on to dirty marks like the lino was stained. The steam cleaner lifts all marks off with ease and for that reason the lino looks in really good condition and in fact quite new looking. After doing the kitchen floor I move onto the bathroom so I have to lift the machine up the stairs and plug it in up there.
On the tiles in the bathroom the mop makes them look very clean and keeps the grout fresh looking. I find the mop quite awkward to push round the toilet and the sink in here so I only tend to give it a quick going over; I tend to just do the small patch around the doorway and the shower and finish the rest off by hand.
The wooden floors are my favourite to clean as there are less obstacles to navigate around and they come up really well. They are hardwood varnished floors and I can tell they need a good clean as they start looking dull and dusty. After a good sweep up, the mop gives the floors that extra bit of sparkle and makes sure they are completely free of dust, stains and marks. They dry quickly and without streaks. Using the lemony detergent (despite the instructions forbidding this) makes the whole house smell delicious and clean. I normally change the beds and mop the floors on the same day. I love my house after doing this as it just smells so wonderful.
I wouldn't say that the steam mop does amazing things to floors, if it is old and shabby lino it will always be old shabby lino and it certainly isn't going to make your wooden floors sparkle if they have never had a sparkle but they do make mopping a lot easier and using the steam cleaning makes the floors much more hygienic.
There is also a carpet tool for the steam cleaner so you can 'freshen' up your rugs and small areas of carpet. I have not used this tool as I'm not overly convinced it is powerful enough to clean carpet, I would rather use a more professional wet vacuum rather than this little mop!
Things to note:
Spare microfibre cloth pads can be bought for £4.99 and the blue long tasselled mop head costs £7.99.
I have had friends over who think a steam mop is completely unnecessary, one friend even said it was too much bother having to get it out the cupboard and fill it up etc. However in my opinion filling a bucket and having to wring it out every five minutes and lug the bucket of water round with you is much harder work! I really like the machine and there are far more advantages that disadvantages to having one. If I had to really pick fault with the machine the only gripe I can see is that the steam cleaner is not suitable for laminate flooring. I do not have any laminate flooring and to be honest I am not sure why you couldn't use it on the floors. I think it is probably because laminate could swell and buckle under the steam pressure due to being made from MDF material. I think most laminates these days would be a little bit more robust however the manufactures still need to cover their backs just in case something goes wrong.
So to finish off, this is an excellent option as a steam mop and I would wholly recommend it.
Summary: A steam mop that is really quick to set up and use
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