Product Type: Vax vacuums
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Vax S4 Grime Master
Member Name: loopy-lou33
Vax S4 Grime Master
Advantages: Easy to use, efficient.
Disadvantages: Cable length, confusing light.
I ordered the cleaner and it came quickly, within a couple of days. I was glad that everything was housed neatly in a box compact enough to fit nicely in my kitchen cupboard. The box contained the cleaning unit itself, as well as various attachments and an instruction book. The cleaner also came with a 2 year warranty, which impressed me, as most things are only guaranteed for 12 months.
The steam cleaner was very simple to set up and use. It already has a cleaning nozzle, but you can add the various cleaning attachments depending on the job you have in mind. The cleaner comes with a small plastic measuring jug, which you just fill to the line straight from the tap and empty into the water compartment. The cleaner has various safety features, such as a secure locking machanism on the water compartment, and a lock on the trigger, so you don't accidentally shoot steam all over yourself!
Then it is simply a case of plugging the unit in and waiting 2 minutes. There is a red light on the side to indicate that the machine is heating up, and a green light to show that it is ready. The only slight problem is that Vax have put a yellow LED behind the green plastic light cover, so the light actually glows yellow instead of green. Judging from the product reviews on Amazon, this "yellow" light has confused more than a few customers and some have even sent the unit back thinking it faulty. It's not a fault, just a bad design and as soon as the yellow/green led lights up, you are ready to go!
I'm not a big fan of housework, but I couldn't wait to get strated with my new steam cleaner. I thought I would tackle our kitchen first, as the tiled splashback behind the hob had some greasy deposits of cooking fat that were tricky to remove and some of the fat had dried on the side of the cupboard too. I was very impressed with the control I had over the level of steam, and soon the fat was peeling off the tiles and onto my cloth. It should be noted that the steam only loosens the grease, and you still need a cloth or scourer and a fair bit of elbow grease to remove the grime completely.
I then worked my way around the kitchen to tackle the grubby grout by the kitchen sink and the grout between the worktop and the wall. The nozzle blasted away the dirt effortlessley, though it did splash back a bit, and you would need to wear and apron and protective clothes to avoid being speckled with muck when cleaning! The cleaner has to be plugged in at all times, but the cord was long enough to tackle the whole kitchen. The water in the reservoir lasts 10 minutes, which was plenty of time to tackle to worst areas before I ran dry. You have to let the whole unit cool down completely before adding more water or packing it away, which is a bit of a pain if you want to work continuously for more than 10 minutes.
The next day I tackled the bathroom, which caused an immediate problem: my power socket is in the hallway outside the bathroom and the cord would not stretch to the far end of the bathroom. I had to use an extension cable to allow me to clean the tiles on the far wall. This time, I used the squeegee attachment, which was ideal for cleaning my mirror and tiled walls, as well as my tiled floor. The mirror was grubbed up with soap scum and toothpaste, but the cleaner cut through the grime in no time. The concentrator nozzle easily cleaned the grouting around the bath, and got rid of the bits of mildew forming in the corners. The only probelm was that after 10 minutes, I still had some jobs left to do, including the glass shower screen, and needed more time and water to finish the job. The steam cleaner also did an amazing job of the loo. I have 2 boys and the loo sometimes gets "missed", meaning there was a bit of dried pee in the grout on the floor tiles, but the nozzle blasted away the yellow areas, leaving the grout nice and white again! Well, I didn't really want to leave the floor grubby for the new owners!
I tried some of the other attachments, which varied from useful to next to useless. The worst attachment was the brush, which looked useful, but was completely inneffective. it would be better to just use the nozzle and a toothbrush than this brush.
All in all, I am very happy with my Vax grime buster. It does a good job at tackling most areas and I like the fact that it is chemical free, as I have allergies and asthma. The only downside was the fact that you had to keep it plugged in and the cord was not always long enough. Also, it sometimes struggles with hard to reach areas. Some of the attachments are useless, but most are pretty good. I am confident that my new home will be sparkling, thanks to this little machine!
Summary: A good little steamer.
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