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A small steam cleaner with a big heart.,
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This review is from: Vax S5 Kitchen and Bathroom Master Compact Steam Cleaner (Kitchen & Home)I can honestly say that this cleaner passed all expectations.
You get a lot of kit for your money - and its all useful too!
The cleaner is not that large or heavy, but beautifully designed for ease of use.
It is solidly built, but more importantly, everything works well together. There are a number of items which need to be slotted together, but the fittings are well made and clunky (in a GOOD way!) and do not come apart in use. Smaller fittings are carried in side pods to the main unit and it is possible to assemble the long handle (from three component pieces) with the floor brush/mop and slot this into a fitting on the rear of the main unit, with the steam hose/trigger handle at the top. It is then possible to wind the mains cord (which is of Silicone rubber - MUCH softer and flexible than cheapo hard-plastic cords on vacuum cleaners) around lugs on the assembled handle for easy storage.
I have a doubt about doing this for space saving storage as the slot-in fixture on the back of the base unit would probably fail if there were "accidents" and too much pressure were placed on the handle stored in this position.
The main base unit rolls along nicely on four casters (two of which swivel), so on pulling the steam, hose, it dutifully trundles along behind you.
Both the hose length and mains cord are of ample length for most jobs - but the base unit is light enough to lift up onto a higher surface if necessary.
The instructions are pretty basic but quite sufficient.
The filler cap is solidly made from brass, covered in an easy grip rubber glove.
Removal of this requires the cap to be depressed first. The supplied measuring jug and funnel allow for accurate filling to the recommended 70 ml. capacity - although the blurb on the box says it has a tank capacity of 1.2Lr.
It takes about 5 minutes to get steam up to working pressure after switching on the power.
In use, the green light goes off as steam pressure falls - just wait a few seconds for the boiler to recover if steam demand is too high.
There is a simple to use twist knob control for steam pressure adjustment.
I used the cleaner on bathroom tiles/stained grouting. There is a supplied "grout brush" nozzle in the kit. This works extremely well. In short order and with minimal scrubbing, the grime/mould was lifted away by the steam and mucky water was drooling down the bath to be mopped up later. All very quick and painless.
The "fine" nozzle worked a treat around taps, bath handles, mirrors and the like. I resorted to using an old toothbrush in hard to reach areas with the fine nozzle, but with the steam pressure maxed out, I could get the worst grime moving first.
I can only compare the results with a small hand-held steam cleaner (marketed as a "Penguin" but very similar to a host of others) costing nearly as much as this one.The "Penguin" by comparison is utterly useless and a waste of money.
There is more than enough steam on tap with the Vax - at a far higher pressure than before and very much quicker to get up to useable pressure.
Everything you need is packed into one simple unit and it is far more robust in construction and materials.
The only slight critical note is that I fear I shall wear out the grout brush quite rapidly - I hope spares of these are available. The bristles of the supplied brush look a little careworn after one use!
I have not tried the handle/mop yet, but I suspect that it will do the job very well - given the amount of steam so quickly available.
A word of warning - after use, switch off the mains, squeeze the steam control until no more steam is expelled from the gun, but watch out. On releasing the filler cap - do it slowly - the tank is still under quite some steam pressure - which escapes around the loosening filler. If you are not careful, you could scald your fingers!!
At the price - this is a really good buy and well worth the outlay.