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We brought the Vax s3 recently, this being our first floor steamer. we have had Vax products before and have generally been impressed with the brand.
We brought this model whilst on offer and for those out there thinking about buying this model we found lots of offers on the internet to buy it so I certainly wouldn't pay the full recommended price.
In our house we have engineered wood flooring, laminate and also tiles so we thought the steamer would be great for keeping these types of floor clean and fresh.
The negatives from using this was the small water tank that is fitted to the machine which generally only lasts about 10 minutes of cleaning, also on the model there is a green/ orange light and you are suppost to wait for the green light to illuminate before use. The problem with this that as soon as the use the steamer within 30 seconds the light changes colour and you again to have to wait for the steamer to reach the correct temperature.
I bought this steam cleaner after debating the decision for months, after all nearly £100 is a much bigger out lay than my usual £4 mops so for the price difference I expected a lot. The constant television adverts claiming it performs miracles make me finally take the plunge. My floors are all wooden, laminate or marble and so mopping is something I need to do daily with also having children and animals. I wanted a more efficient and quicker way to keep the floors clean, shiny and hygenic without dragging the mop and bucket round every day and then towel drying and I believed this was the solution. It was not.
I was actually very excited to use this, as all lovers of clean will appreciate. I plugged it in and waited for the green light which took around a minute to come on, and then began to swan around like the women on the commercials, my swanning stopped after 30 seconds when the red light came on meaning to stop and wait. Swanning began again after another minute, and then stopped half a minute later. Whether the advert is done in slow motion I don't know but it is certainly not true to life.
I found the steam cleaner smeared dirt around rather than cleaning it and after many different attempts it now sits in the corner of the kitchen unused for many months.
I saved for a long time to be able to afford this thinking it would be as brilliant as advertised to be and make the world of difference to my cleaning regime, having all wooden/hard flooring. It was worse than a let down!!
Takes ages to use, as only effective when the green light is one which is every other minute for around 10-30 seconds, I have my floors done in a quarter of the time with a mop and bucket.
It does not clean but smears! It does as advertised for possibly the first stroke, after that it just wipes around any muck/dirt in horrible big smears so you have to mop again anyway. Have tried this many times on all of my floors and never once had anywhere near a satisfactory result. It's now propped up against my kitchen door, save your money and do not buy this product waste of time and waste of money.
The Bare Floor Pro Advance S3S makes cleaning your sealed hard floors effortless / Its lightweight manoeuvrable and very easy to use / Unlike other steam cleaners it uses a specially formulated environmentally friendly detergent that breaks down grease and grime more effectively than just steam alone and eliminates 99.9% of harmful bacteria for up to 7 days / It has TwinTank technology that combines steam with detergent to deliver incredible extra cleaning power.A 2 year Vax guarantee gives you complete peace of mind / Short name: Vax S3S