793 of 815 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Super fast cleaning for your hard floors
The Vax S2S Bare Floor Pro steam cleaner is essentially an upgrade from the basic Vax steam cleaner. There are two main differences - the first is the introduction of the steam cleaning detergent and the other is the use of Velcro pads as opposed to those you slip over the end of the steam cleaner.
The premise is the same, you fill one tank with water, the...
Published 21 months ago by FussyMissus
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Alright for minor dirt
I have to use the strongest cleaning function on this only for minor dirt. It's easy to use, not too heavy. I'd say it's perfect for when you need to clena your floor quick before the guests arrive
Published 4 months ago by D. M. I. Choudhury
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793 of 815 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Super fast cleaning for your hard floors,
This review is from: Vax Steam Mop - S2S-1 Bare Floor Pro With Detergent (Kitchen & Home)The Vax S2S Bare Floor Pro steam cleaner is essentially an upgrade from the basic Vax steam cleaner. There are two main differences - the first is the introduction of the steam cleaning detergent and the other is the use of Velcro pads as opposed to those you slip over the end of the steam cleaner.
The premise is the same, you fill one tank with water, the other with cleaner, switch on, wait a minute (it really IS that fast) and you are ready to go. You glide forwards pressing the steam button, and backwards picking up the resulting dirt - and believe me, no matter how clean you think your floor is, it is not that clean at all! The pads get dirty very quickly. The steam cleaning is quick, efficient, and if you don't overdo the swooshes of steam, the floor is pretty dry shortly after you have finished. SO much better than a mop!
The original hard floor steam cleaner used water only to clean the floor. Ok, the steam made it pick up more than the mop, but it was just, essentially, water. The addition of the cleaning fluid really does pick up more grime and grease than the previous steam cleaner, and it has a pleasant refreshing scent as you clean, making it smell cleaner as you work.
There is an attachment for refreshing carpets. It does NOT clean carpets. There are vax carpet cleaners for this job! However, the steaming of a carpet does kill dead any bacteria, and as this is what causes carpets to smell, it does kill dead any traces of floor smells. And before you think I am a cleaning nut, bacteria does appear on carpets from sweaty feet or paws, small particles of skin and sundry other items that wipe over its surface in the usual way of life. The steam cleaner does eliminate the smells but not the dirt on carpets.
I have a parquet floor as well as lino. On lino the vax S2S Bare Floor Pro steam cleaner performed wonderfully, almost made it into the corners, but did make it right up tight against the kitchen kickboards, which pleased me tremendously. On the parquet floor, the cleaning fluid worked nicely but it felt a little sticky afterwards so merited a swoosh over with a cloth afterwards to mitigate this. I would not recommend it for much use on parquet flooring.
The positive side of the vax S2S Bare Floor Pro steam cleaner are:
- Easy to put together
- Easy to manipulate when cleaning
- Fast startup time
- Ten mins of steam cleaning more than enough for the kitchen floor, utility and two bathrooms (it really is that fast)
- Quick cool down time after use
- Easy to clean the pads afterwards - just toss them in the washing machine (do not use conditioner) but make sure the cleaner is COOL before you try and remove them
- Small to store, hardly takes up any room
- No more smelly damp mops hanging around the house (I threw my mop and bucket away)
There are downsides though:
- Can be a bit fiddly to get the cleaner housing off the machine to fill it with cleaner, took a few tries, but once you get the hang of it, it works just fine
- The Velcro pads are fine in the beginning, but how long will the Velcro last I wonder? I also noticed that one of the pads kept slipping off as I worked. Easy to put back, but should not have happened.
- I would be concerned about the cleaning fluid. Nice idea, but you have to go to extra expense to use the cleaner, and the cleaning fluid is so much more expensive than the stuff you used in your mop and bucket.
Overall it is an excellent buy though, it cut my floor cleaning time down from a whole morning (cleaning and dry time) to about fifteen mins, including setup and cool down of the machine. It was stress free and so easy to use. Therefore, I highly recommend this product!
457 of 473 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Throw your mop away !!,
This review is from: Vax Steam Mop - S2S-1 Bare Floor Pro With Detergent (Kitchen & Home)Hi I have just used the vax S2S Bare floor pro steam for the first time, I have never used a steam cleaner of any description before so did not know what to expect.
I spent 10 minutes reading the instructions and had no problem getting the cleaner ready to use; it was quick and simple to assemble. There are two cylinders on either side of the unit one for water and one for the cleaning solution, these slide off for filling. The unit can be used with or with out cleaning solution, which is great for a quick clean. Also cost effective. The micro fibre cloth literally sticks to the bottom of the cleaner & pulls off to be cleaned in the washing machine when it's dirty.
I started work on the kitchen floor tiles first. I have 2 dogs and 2 children so cream tiles perhaps wasn't the best choice, Anyway I'm constantly mopping and because I use so much pressure on the mop to remove marks I break the handles regularly.
How surprised I was to find that the steam cleaner actually cleaned the floor better and with out all the hard work, the head glided round the units with ease. I was able to use one hand to pull the trigger to release steam and to slide the cleaner back and forth & tougher marks came away with just an extra glide across them.
The floor was cleaned in half the time it takes me to mop as I didn't have to rinse and squeeze between each stub an mark.
The cleaner is quite trim so stores very well in my cupboard as it's no taller than a mop handle and the head is smaller than the bucket. You can even detach the handle from the cleaning unit and it would probably fit in a cupboard under the sink. The cable is ample long enough to get around with out changing sockets and stores on the unit between the two hooks on the handle.
The Instructions state you can re fresh carpets so I had a go in the toilet upstairs. For doing Carpets the unit just sits on to a plastic support so it doesn't actually attach in any way. I'm slightly concerned at how long this attachment may last, been plastic and loose, as I lifted the unit & the attachment remained on the floor and I almost stood on it.
Initially it didn't glide as well, as you'd expect. Once I got going with the steam building up onto the carpet in moved easier. The head again almost manoeuvres it self around objects I.e. the toilet in this case. I'm not sure that I could see a difference in the carpet but I could definitely could smell an improvement and knowing that its steaming the carpet I know that germs were been killed so this was quite satisfying.
The laminate in the family room cleaned equally as well as the kitchen. I also noticed that when I changed direction there was a small build up of Hair and dust that had been missed by earlier vacuuming but if I returned the cleaner over this dust it stuck to the micro fibre cloth. Result.
Its name says it all really bare floor steam cleaner. This is what its best at and I can tell you its going to save me a fortune in mop handles and time. I'm more than happy with the cleaning results. My floors smell great and are shinning not to mention germ free well until the dogs and kids get back in.
240 of 269 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My New Best Friend,
This review is from: Vax Steam Mop - S2S-1 Bare Floor Pro With Detergent (Kitchen & Home)I bought my vax floor cleaner from Argos. It was the old model vax s2 I paid for and was given this upgrade with no comments made. I have a porcaelane floor for which no reviews have been left, So I was a bit worried about this. I have mastered a technique which works for me. I steam on the push away then release steam button when I bring the machine back towards myself. This works brilliantly as then the pads don't get too wet, and the floor stays dryer aswell. It was hit and miss as the first time my floor was dripping wet and I needed both pads. As it is a relatively new floor I cannot claim It has done wonders, However I have noticed that the grey grout now looks grey rather than white as before. I bake constantly and the flour seemed to stick to the grout with mop and bucket option now the flour is non existant which is a massive bonus. I have poor hand grip and severe pain so this was another worry. Well, It is easier to use than wringing out a mop and my button release technique means you actually only have to guide it where you wish with very little effort. I love this product as it saves time and is very easy for me to use despite my poor mobility and co-ordination. The other thing I will say if you are still there?... lol, Is I remove the detergant container and store it upside down until I need it again (Upright and it would leak), They show you a diagram of throwing liquid away then replacing container back to machine as you shouldn't leave water or chemicals in either container when not in use. This is a waste and expense. The water containers are a doddle to remove, You just stand over the machine, pull the container up towards you, then slide it back on when you replace it. I hope this has been informative to you as I love this product and feel it is worth the money and easy to use as well as doing a great job too. I have had this for four days at time of writing this review and I am still learning but I would buy again and wish I had bought it sooner.
106 of 121 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superior floor steam cleaner.,
This review is from: Vax Steam Mop - S2S-1 Bare Floor Pro With Detergent (Kitchen & Home)I am so happy with my S2S Bare Floor Pro steam cleaner. It is the best one I have used.
I was delighted when I discovered the machine is free standing. My previous two cleaners did not have this facility and would fall to the ground if I didn't lean them securely against a worktop or piece of furniture.
The machine is also straight forward to set up and simple to operate. The water and detergent tanks lift off for filling and push back on again (the detergent tank gave some resistance on the first accasion it was removed but was fine afterwards) and it takes just seconds to position the microfibre pad beneath the footplate, you just place the microfibre pad on the floor and then put the steam cleaner on the top! I used to get so frustrated when attaching the cloth covers to my old cleaners as they were so fiddly; I would have to lay the machines on the floor and get down on my hands and knees to place the covers over the footplate. The Vax S2S Bare Floor Pro has an innovative gripping system instead. I also find the Vax S2S easy to manoeuvre over the floor and around the furniture. Dirt is removed with very little effort.
After use the microfibre pad is easily pulled off ready to be washed. This method of floor cleaning is far more hygienic than the old fashioned mop and bucket method - this is important for me as I have a cocker spaniel and a baby grand daughter.
The machine also comes with a non-toxic citrus scented detergent, which is optional as the cleaner can be set to use steam only.
As the S2S Bare Floor Pro steam cleaner is so quick to set up and easy to use, my floors are now spotless in half the time!!
123 of 141 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good....,
This review is from: Vax Steam Mop - S2S-1 Bare Floor Pro With Detergent (Kitchen & Home)Being a man I'd naturally been gifted the task of putting it together... which is easy, just one click. My fiancee was out when I'd received delivery of it from Vax, so I thought I'd take it for a spin.
We'd been struggling somewhat with the floor over the winter as the cats brought half the garden in with them each time they came, I'd briefly toyed with the idea of rigging the steamer to the cat flap so it would steam them upon entry... I decided against this as I'd probably just end up with a pile of wet mice. I digress. My colleague bought the previous Vax hard floor cleaner and it was rubbish, so much so she's getting rid after just two uses, flexibility and maneuverability were the issues here, and although I had to will myself to put the chairs upturned on the table and the Chicken Doorstop on the side I found working round furniture and corners was a breeze...
It says it takes one minute to warm up and it's true to it's word, and after a quick hoover I was steaming like nobody's business. You must avoid the temptation to whizz it back an forth like a hoover, and avoid using soooooo much steam that the hallway turns into a nightclub. You only need a bit for the tough bits, the head stays warm and wet enough to act as a mop would. Fortunately it was better than mop, because it was expensive. I didn't get any straggly hairs or smears across the floor; the micro-fibre pad was even throughout.
The best thing of all is it looks like it might be made by Apple, so there's a chance you could con the kids into doing it for you. Shame you can't plug the Ipod in somewhere.
I had a little detergent over so I thought I'd have a go at the two-glass wine stain I'd graced the living room carpet with at new years, my mother's steamer failed miserably here and to be honest so did this. I wasn't expecting much, I'm now so used to the two tone Beige/Merlot effect it doesn't bother me much. So... I can't really say more about the carpet side of things, although the carpet slider bit was genius, I'll be using this when my Pool triangle breaks or gets lost, I might even have a go at the rest of the carpet when I've got more time and not got a pizza beeping at me from indise the oven. Plus it only takes a minute to heat.
No more gritty dirty laminate underfoot so I'm chuffed, thanks Vax!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brill,
This review is from: Vax Steam Mop - S2S-1 Bare Floor Pro With Detergent (Kitchen & Home)Though concerned about other reviews talking about leaving the floor really wet, I went ahead and bought this anyway as Vax is a brand I generally trust. I am so pleased I did, the floor wasn't left really wet, one fill of the tank cleaned my kitchen, livingroom, hallway and bathroom with water and detergent left and it dealt brilliantly with the fact I am currently living through major decorating works and there is dust and plaster dust everywhere.
The only reason I didn't give it the full 5 stars is that the front water tank took me 20 minutes to remove so I could fill it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic,
This review is from: Vax Steam Mop - S2S-1 Bare Floor Pro With Detergent (Kitchen & Home)I used this for the first time yesterday, and I am so thrilled with it. Initially I thought with the small tank for the water and detergent I would have to keep filling it up as I have a large area to clean. Not the case, not only was it enough to do the floor area I had enough left in to go over carpets as well! Also it cleans under the kitchen units right up into the corners where an ordinary mop doesn't really get to, so pleased with that. The only down side was the carpet glide isn't fixed onto the cleaner you just rest the pad on top of it so you have to pick it all up to move to another carpet - but that wouldn't stop me recommending it to anyone who wanted to buy one. A great buy!
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a bargain!!!,
This review is from: Vax Steam Mop - S2S-1 Bare Floor Pro With Detergent (Kitchen & Home)I cannot fault Amazon for their brilliant delivery of this product and outstanding customer service! I ordered this yesterday afternoon and it arrived first thing this morning! Not even 24 hours! The actual product works well however it only came with 1 cleaning pad but a quick phone call to Amazon and a complete replacement product is being delivered by Friday with the accessories! I used it straight from the box and the Quick Guide did away with a large instruction booklet in several languages that i didnt need. The handle just clicks into position and once the water and cleaner containers are filled with the help of a nifty little measuring jug (included) Iwas off! The floor was a bit wet but I rang Vax who said to give short blasts of the trigger steam rather thatn holding the steam trigger down and that should make the pad less wet. It has washed my huge kitchen dinner (travertine tiles) but the cord was jsut too short for me to reach into the lounge to do the sealed oak floor so just had to he plug in! On the whole expcetionally happy and Amazon are half the price of the advertisement on TV at the moment at £99! (I paid £48.99) Ok the advert from Vax does include a 2nd bottle of detergent and a coral pad but I ordered the extra pack of 2 coral pads and 2 white pads for £12.00 and the extra bottle is about £5. so still cheaper! Registered product for 2 year warranty and hey presto! Also you dont have to use the extra cleaner, you can just use the steam with plain water so economical and a lot less hassle than a mop and bucket! Would highly recommend! :-)
41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miracle worker!,
This review is from: Vax Steam Mop - S2S-1 Bare Floor Pro With Detergent (Kitchen & Home)This is an excellent steam mop, and I am glad that I did the research before I purchased. I am a dog owner, so wanted a mop with detergent, and I am not disappointed with this product in any way. The shape is great for getting into corners, it cleans right to the edges, and leaves a lovely fresh smell when the floor had dried. Other plus points are the fact that it will stand upright on its own, it is lightweight, compact to store and the floor does not get too wet, therefore dries quickly. It is equally good on wooden floors and tiles. The only minor gripe I have is the fact that the water tanks are quite difficult to get off - there is a definite 'knack' to it, but I found by wearing 'marigolds', you get a better grip, and can remove them easily. All in all, a five star product, and for once the TV advertising was correct!
79 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What I've Been Waiting For!!,
This review is from: Vax Steam Mop - S2S-1 Bare Floor Pro With Detergent (Kitchen & Home)For years I've tried numerous mops without sucess trying to find exactly what I needed, until I found the Vax S2S Bare Floor Pro Upright Steam Mop, I'll never need to but another mop again.
In the past, I've tried steam mops but I was never really sure about they're true cleaning properties when no detergent was involved in the cleaning process. I've also tried regualar mops but found that half way through the first use I was simply swilling dirty water across the floor and they never left the floor looking really clean.
The Vax S2S Bare Floor Pro is the answer to my hopes, finally I have a mop that cleans brilliantly, hygienically and with little effort from yourself. It was easy to set up once removed from the box and has a great 8m long electric cable so you can easily move from one room to another. Once set up it was simply a case of filling one compartment with water, the other with detergent, attach the cleaning pad, switch on and wait for the green indicator light to come on(20 seconds) and it was time to go!
The addition of detergent to a steam mop means that you really can cut through grease and stubbon marks in a whizz! The mop easily gets into all of the corners in the room, around table legs etc. It went quickly from lino in my kitchen to laminate in the living room and ceramic tiles in the porch. A full tank gives you 10 minutes cleaning time, which doesn't sound a lot but I was impressed that it was enough to do three rooms and the detergent leaves a lovely fresh citrus smell. The cleaning pads are easily detached and are fully machine washable so no more dirty mops lying around or expensive replacement mop heads to rebuy.
Rugs and carpets can easily be freshened up with use of the carpet glider which although doesn't clean carpets, removing small particles for dust etc and nasty smells.
In short, this mop is fantastic!! It is easy to use, is the most effective mop I've ever used, it makes cleaning the floor a breeze and for me is the best mop I have ever used.
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