Vax S86-PCM-1 Pro Clean Master Steam Cleaner
Buy the next model up...
Maybe I got a faulty one, but the steam flow was really poor, barely enough to warm your hand when held over the nozzle, with no option to adjust.
I did however realise that using it in portable mode with the strap was very tricky, you need 3 hands to press the "on" button and use the tools connected to the hose. The strap has to be taken off to use it back on the pole and the push connectors for the handle and head were a pain.
So, back to JL, who were excellent, and got the next model up (Vax S86-SF-C Steam Fresh Combi Multifunction Steam Cleaner), which is brilliant!!
26 May 2014
A bit disappointing
Fiddly but fairly straightforward to use, though you need to download the full manual from the Vac website as you only get a "quick start" guide in the box, and it is handy so you can see what all the attachments are and how they fit together.
I don't have a particularly dirty house, but the various advertised functions didn't really work as well as I would have expected e.g. the grout cleaning attachment seemed to make the grout grubbier than before I started, the brush attachments didn't clean the taps as well as I though they would, and the soap scum stains on my shower were totally unaffected. To my mind 50% of what I purchased the cleaner for was therefore not available.
It performed quite well on lino and floor tiles, although some of the more dried in stains in the kitchen -e.g. soup splashes hiding away- took a lot of steam and elbow grease to remove (if you did this regularly i.e. every couple of weeks this probably wouldn't be a problem). I did also find the floor mop head attachment very difficult to remove as you need to press the release button in very hard and try to lever off the head at the same time - I think this would be quite difficult for someone with limited strength and/or dexterity in their hands.
25 April 2014
Excellent for floors
I purchased this primarily to clean a large tiled floor area but also wanted to be able to get into all the nooks and crannies for a deep clean.
As a floor cleaner it is easy to use, easy to fill with water, takes 20 or so seconds to heat up and the floor dries extremely quickly. It is light to handle and manoeuvre. It is so easy to use that if you did need to use it on a daily basis it would be fine.
The hand held facility is a bit different. I found it fiddly to detach the water tank from the "head" and a little cumbersome to use.
There are numerous tools that I am sure will tackle most jobs but little guidance as to what to use them all for and how to use them.
I used the wire brush head to tackle some baked on grease on my gas hob rings. It is fiddly as you have to use the brush at the same time as keeping your thumb pressed on the steam button so you cannot exert a lot of pressure That said the rings did look cleaner than my previous attempts with a Brillo pad. I would recommend you use the scented steam deterent as the smell of the grease was pretty horrible. The rings weren't that disgusting, honestly!
The window squeegee did a good job of my shower screen and I dabbled with the grout brush with mixed results.
Unlike the floor cleaner I will have to set a lot of time aside to tackle the more fiddlier jobs in one fell swoop. I cannot imagine using this on a regular basis, i.e. more "as and when" rather than as a daily tool.
This is a serious piece of kit and the steam emitted is powerful. You don't seem to notice it in floor cleaning mode but when using it as a "hand held" device you certainly do. Distractions are to be discouraged.
23 April 2014
Invaluable for cleaning the kitchen floor!
Easy to use product for cleaning most smooth floors. Glides across the floor very easily, while you keep the button on the handle depressed. Floor cloth which fits on the bottom is very good and sturdy and cleans afterwards in the washing machine. Happy with this, have used a few steam cleaners and this is definitely the easiest and best so far. I have not tried its other functions yet.
25 March 2014
VAX Pro-clean Master Steam Cleaner
With three muddy dogs leaving paw prints on my tiled and wooden floors I was desperate for something other than an ordinary floor mop. This does a lovely job, very easy to move around, flexible with extended electric cord and absolutely loads of accessories. Only one slight niggle with the User Manual - it doesn't have one. Small instruction card for assembly purposes and advice to go online for a more extensive User Manual but it's not available. Other than that, very good product, does the job well.
28 January 2014