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- Background to the Purchase -
I have a very messy 14 month old and mainly laminate flooring downstairs, with some tiled areas as well. The combination of a small child and me not being able to mop up constantly means a very messy floor. I needed something quick and easy to use. I had been using a sponge mop and bucket but this left the floor very wet afterwards.
After using my Mum's steam mop from Lakeland I decided that I really needed to get one of my own.
- The Purchase -
I checked out a few reviews online and decided the Vax Hard Floor Master was the steam mop for me. The name kinda gives it away as to what this steam cleaner is good for. But it also came with a rug/carpet attachment which I thought would come in handy as I do have a rug in the living room.
I purchased the model in February this year from my local Currys store for £54.99. Currently, as of 07/05/2013, the mop is on offer through Currys for £49.99 (normal selling price £79.99).
- The Product -
The Vax Hard Floor Master is a slim upright steam cleaner with a soft grip handle. It comes with a rug/carpet attachment (basically a plastic triangle that sits over the bottom of the steam cleaner), two removable and washable mop heads, and a small jug.
The steam cleaner does require some assembly but nothing too difficult - just screwing some parts into place.
- How to Use -
The removable reservoir needs filling with a maximum of 500ml of water but for some reason the supplied jug only fits 250mls. Once filled, screw the top back on then just pop the reservoir back into the mop. Attach a mop head to the bottom. Once switched on you need to leave the mop to warm up, this takes about a minute. When it's ready a light on the front of the mop turns green.
To use: press the button located on the handle in short bursts whilst moping the floor. Eventually the green light will switch off but a few seconds later it is back up to full steam and ready to be used again.
I tend to find it works better when not pressing it continually. I tend to press then wipe a small area of the floor and then press again.
The mop heads are self-attaching (like Velcro) even though the manual says it has a drawstring which you need to tighten around the head. Presumably Vax must have changed the design, and frankly I think self-attaching mop heads are a much better idea.
- Hard Floor Master? -
I said previously, I have mainly hard floors and this does a very good job of cleaning them. It takes a little effort in the sense that you need to go over some areas several times to get the floor completely clean. But these areas are ones which are covered in dried on food, so I wouldn't expect it to come clean after just one sweep over.
Lighter soiled areas take just one sweep to be left clean. Because the mop uses steam the floor dries really quickly too. As it comes with two mop heads I like to get rid of all the really dried on stuff first then swap the mop head. I then go over the lighter soiled areas and the rest of the floor to make sure I have given the floor a good clean.
- Carpet Pro? -
The steam cleaner isn't designed to clean soft flooring per se. The manual says it can be used to "refresh" carpets. And being fair to the description that is what it does. It takes away some dirt and leaves the living room rug looking a bit brighter. What I like to do is use the Vanish Carpet Powder (the one where you work it in with a broom, let it dry and then vacuum) to get rid of some of the dried in dirt. Then I give the rug a once over with the steam cleaner.
- Cleaning the Steam Mop -
The unit itself can be wiped down with a damp sponge or cloth. Once you have finished steam cleaning you need to empty the reservoir, the manual recommends to do this to prevent lime-scale build up.
The removable mop heads can be washed in the washing machine but don't use fabric softener. I stick mine in when washing my son's nappies. The reason you don't use fabric softener is because it makes the mop head less absorbent.
- The Negative -
My husband has taken the steam cleaner back to Currys tonight as, unfortunately, it stopped working correctly yesterday - only a very small amount of steam was being produced. Vax did have a few suggestions that might resolve the problem but none of them have worked. However, I am hoping that this is just a one off rather than this model being of poor quality and I'm looking forwarded to getting a replacement or getting it repaired - those floors of mine NEED cleaning!
- Overall Summary -
If it wasn't for the break down I would give the Vax Hard Floor Master 5 out of 5, but because of the fault I have reduced its rating to 4 out of 5. On a positive note it does come with a two year guarantee.
Whether you're cleaning tiles, lino, sealed floors, carpets or rugs, the Vax Hard Floor Master S2 Steam Cleaner can cope with them all! This attractive blue and white Steam cleaner heats up in only a minute and provides 10 minutes of great Steam cleaning! It helps to break down grease, which is useful in the kitchen, and kills bacteria, dust mites and other allergens, which keeps your house hygenic and is great news for allergy sufferers. The Hard Floor Master S2 doesn't require any detergent, which makes it kind to the environment, using only Steam to clean the surfaces. It is also lightweight enough to use all around the house easily, and compact enough to store with ease. Bring home great cleaning power with the Vax Hard Floor Master S2 Steam Cleaner ! Characteristics Type Steam cleaner Power (Watts) 1500W Bag volume or reservoir (litre) 0.5 litres Ergonomy Cable length 5.80 metres Others Colours White and blue Included accessories Carpet glider, 2 x Microfibre cleaning pad and measuring jug Weight (Kg) 2.90 kilograms