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Vax S86-SF-B Steam Fresh Boost Steam Mop, 0.8 Litre, White/ Grey
Vax S86-SF-B Steam Fresh Boost Steam Mop, 0.8 Litre, White/ Grey
Price: £79.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Effective but Not Effortless, 28 April 2014
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The S86-SF-B snaps together easily, as per instructions. Two 250 ml bottles of Vax Steam Detergent are also included (enough for 10 uses). I first used this Vax on the tile floor of my bathroom. On the cleaning pad provided, the Vax moved easily across the tiles, shooting steam from a front nozzle at the click of a trigger on the handle. So far so good. Beneath my sink was some ingrained soap scum. The cleaning pad glided over it but didn't completely remove the stain. Following the instructions, I used the compact scrub brush on the stubborn stain. This eventually removed it, but I had to use some elbow grease. Don't be fooled by TV adverts you may have seen in which steam cleaners ease over filthy floors, leaving them sparkling. If your floors are relatively clean to start with, this Vax will leave them even cleaner. If your floors have stubborn stains, however, be prepared to do some work to remove them, although the Vax's steam scrub brush makes this a bit easier than it would otherwise be. Having cleaned my tile bathroom floor to a pristine state, I tried using the Vax on the wall tiles. This didn't work. The machine only works in a vertical position, i.e. on floor surfaces. This is why I've docked a star from my rating. It'd have been a much more useful steam cleaner if it could also clean walls, especially in shower areas.

Next I used the Vax on my kitchen floor, which is vinyl. It cleaned that surface more easily than it had the tiled floor of the bathroom. After around five minutes, the kitchen floor was gleaming.

The S86-SF-B can also be used to freshen carpets. It comes with an attachment specifically for that. I already have a Vax carpet cleaner which deep-cleans carpets, so I'd no need to use the steam cleaner on them. It's worth noting that the S86-SF-B is not a carpet cleaner: it can be used to freshen carpets, but a vacuum is necessary to remove dirt from them.

Another point worth mentioning is the detergent quantities recommended in the instructions. I used the recommended doses of detergent and water. After cleaning my bathroom and kitchen floors (which are substantial sizes) half the liquid was remaining in the tank. Unless your whole house is floored with tiles or vinyl, you could cut the recommended quantities of detergent and water in half, thus reducing waste and making your detergent last twice as long.


Minnie Mouse Cosytime Toddler Bed
Minnie Mouse Cosytime Toddler Bed
Price: £82.36

5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal, 26 April 2014
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This is a beautiful little starter bed for girls. It's not just bright and beautiful - it has been designed with safety in mind: the bed lies low to the ground, reducing the risk of injury if your toddler rolls out; there are safety sides to minimise the risk of falling out; the headboard, footer and sides are made of blow-moulded plastic with gently curved surfaces and no sharp edges; the legs are smooth and cylindrical, so the risks posed by other beds' cuboidal sharp-edged legs are avoided.

Your toddler will love the bright colours and Minnie Mouse design. As a parent, you'll probably be more impressed by the bed's safety. When parents and children are equally taken by a product, as is the case with this bed, that's a win-win situation. Full marks to the design team. They've created a perfect starter bed that's aesthetic, functional and safe. Ideal for a toddler making the transition from cot to bed.


Moss Witch: And Other Stories
Moss Witch: And Other Stories
by Sara Maitland
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Profound, Clever and Original, 24 April 2014
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I found this collection of short stories compelling. Each tale involves a different scientific phenomenon, but there's nothing stuffy or academic about the writing style. Sara Maitland has spun stories that - while inspired by science - break new ground thanks to her powerful imagination. Characters are masterfully created, especially in the brilliantly titled 'The Mathematics of Magic Carpets'. The title tale - 'Moss Witch' - is superb: a captivating blend of ecobiology, folklore and magic.

Perfect.


Venus and Olay Sugarberry Razor
Venus and Olay Sugarberry Razor
Price: £5.50

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Contains Harmful Ingredients, 17 April 2014
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The packaging is easy to open, which makes a welcome change. Sugarberry scent is pleasant but the five-bladed razor is unwieldy, making less exposed areas difficult to reach. The product contains both propylene glycol and sodium laureth sulfate: two chemicals with well-documented toxicity. Non-toxic alternatives are available. I recommend sticking to those.


Philips AVENT Natural Newborn Starter Set SCD290/01
Philips AVENT Natural Newborn Starter Set SCD290/01
Price: £20.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 17 April 2014
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This Avent starter set is ideal for mothers who want to express milk because they aren't always able to breastfeed their babies. The bottles (2 large, 2 small) have natural teats which make your baby's bottle-feeding experience feel like actual breastfeeding. Also included are a bottle cleaner and dummy. A breast pump would have made the set complete, but at least the bottles are compatible with Avent breast pumps (manual or electric).


Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7" Standing Polyurethane Origami Case (will only fit All-New Kindle Fire HDX 7"), Purple
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7" Standing Polyurethane Origami Case (will only fit All-New Kindle Fire HDX 7"), Purple
Price: £39.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Yet Ingenious, 20 Mar 2014
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There are several considerations when choosing a Kindle cover. Will it protect your Kindle's screen? Does it hold your Kindle in a secure position? Is your Kindle's screen completely visible even when the device is secured into its cover? Are ports accessible when the Kindle's in its cover? When not reading on your Kindle, does the cover stay securely shut? The answer to all these questions is yes, meaning that once your Kindle is strapped into the Origami case, you need never again take it out.

The ingeniously designed origami cover allows you to rest your Kindle on a table or other surface, at the angle that best suits individual reading preference. The deep purple colour is eye-catching. This cover looks good, is versatile, and keeps your Kindle protected. It's not cheap, but it's a lot less expensive than replacing a broken Kindle. A worthy investment.


Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" Standing Polyurethane Origami Case (will only fit All-New Kindle Fire HDX 8.9"), Mineral Black
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" Standing Polyurethane Origami Case (will only fit All-New Kindle Fire HDX 8.9"), Mineral Black
Price: £49.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and Versatile, 20 Mar 2014
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There are several considerations when choosing a Kindle cover. Will it protect your Kindle's screen? Does it hold your Kindle in a secure position? Is your Kindle's screen completely visible even when the device is secured into its cover? Are ports accessible when the Kindle's in its cover? When not reading on your Kindle, does the cover stay securely shut? The answer to all these questions is yes, meaning that once your Kindle is strapped into the Origami case, you need never again take it out.

The ingeniously designed origami cover allows you to rest your Kindle on a table or other surface, at the angle that best suits individual reading preference. This cover looks good, is versatile, and keeps your Kindle protected. It's not cheap, but it's a lot less expensive than replacing a broken Kindle. A worthy investment.


Tacwise Z1-53T Staple Tacker - See Through Green
Tacwise Z1-53T Staple Tacker - See Through Green
Price: £11.74

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and Does the Job, 20 Mar 2014
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The Tacwise Z1-53T in see-through green is cheaply priced, looks good and - most importantly - handles minor stapling jobs with ease. For example, reattaching base linings to sofas is effortless, as is upholstery in which you need to fasten fabric to low- or medium-density wood. If you're working with hardwood or masonry, I'd recommend a more heavy-duty tool, but for smaller jobs this is perfect.


McAfee Internet Security† 2014 (3 User, 1 Year) (PC)
McAfee Internet Security† 2014 (3 User, 1 Year) (PC)
Price: £9.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Still Has the Usual McAfee Issues, 20 Mar 2014
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As has been the case with McAfee antivirus and Internet security products since their inception, the 2014 version does a reasonable job of protecting your computer from threats but does not allow clean removal of the software. This is a niggling ethical issue which has annoyed many McAfee users since the brand first appeared on the market. You can use 'Add/Remove Programs' to uninstall McAfee, but parts of it remain entrenched in your operating system, in Outlook especially. If McAfee software were truly effective, such strongarm tactics would be unnecessary, as users wouldn't want to uninstall the product. Another criticism - it doesn't make your PC invisible to would-be hackers, yet many other firewalls - some of them free - do a perfect job of this. An additional negative point is that the software can't always be installed by 3 users, despite McAfee's claims to the contrary. It can be installed on 3 separate operating systems, each of which counts as a 'user' (so on a PC with multiple partitions and operating systems, each one counts as a 'user', even though they're on the same computer). So the claims on the cover are misleading: they should state '3 Operating System, 1 Year' rather than '3 User, 1 Year'.

Not recommended. There's far more effective software for protecting your computer.


Hero - Music from the Original Soundtrack
Hero - Music from the Original Soundtrack
Price: £9.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic, 9 Mar 2014
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Heartachingly gorgeous soundscapes composed by a master and played by musicians of the highest calibre. A perfect soundtrack. I can't recommend it enough. Buy it, listen to it, and feel epic.


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