As we head towards December, it’s only natural that our thoughts turn to Christmas preparations. Christmas is when we have the most visitors, when we want our home to look at its festive best, but probably when I have the least time to do anything! (That’s before I start writing the menu and buying and wrapping the presents!)
With this in mind I’ve been on the hunt for an easy and quick way to get on top of the cleaning, from the kitchen to the bathroom and any odd jobs in between. So, when I got the chance to give the Vax Steam Fresh Combi a whirl I was happy to obligue, as on paper a steam cleaner looks like the answer to all my ‘cleaning the house for christmas’ prayers.
Of course we all have the moutain of tools required to clean the house; the dusters, cleaning fluids, mop buckets, etc but there is just so much stuff, and it takes so long to find it, use it and tidy it away. There has to be an easier way. The steam mop has to be a multitasker, tackling the general day to day cleaning requiremnts of a family four, as well as the ability to make light work of a well used kitchen and bathroom.
IS IT EASY TO SET UP?
To get going, you need to fill up the water, detergent and decide what head you will need. Next, you press a simple on off switch and wait for the green light to appear. Amazingly it takes just a few minutes to heat up, then you simple press the button and you’re off. There is also a really clever storage for the wire which mean it’s not left hanging around.
WHAT CAN I USE IT FOR?
The Vax Steam Fresh Combi, which can be used as a stand alone floor mop, or as a handheld steam cleaner. Being able to use this in two ways means that as well as cleaning the floors, this has the added bonus that you can use it to clean the oven, windows, mirrors, upholstry, grout and basically any hard to reach areas, with just the click of a button.
MAKE LIGHT WORK OF CLEANING FLOORS
We have hard flooring throught the downstairs of the house and one of the main jobs I always want to do, but never seem to get round to, is mopping the floors. It takes a few boils of the kettle to get enough water for the mop bucket, and once I’v wringed out the mop the floors are dangerously wet and slippy. (Yet another reason not to bother!) But with muddy shoes and dirty poorprints there comes a time where it’s inevitable that the mop will need to be out. I’m pleased to say for cleaning floors the steam mop works wonders, quick and easy and with far less elbow grease than a traditional mop. I’ve used it on tiles and laminate and it brings both up sparkling clean with minimal elbow grease. The traingular head gets right into the corners, and the cleaning pad easily wipes up any dirt, leaving the floor slightly damp before quickly drying off. Ovverall I would say it takes just a few minutes to clean the floor of each room.
DEEP CLEAN THE BATHROOM
I dared not take any before photos but I hope you can see below, that using the steam mop to clean the bathroom has left everything glistening with no smears. For a deep clean it took me around 30minutes to get a perfect result. I cleaned out all the limescale from around the taps, cleaned the floor grout, all the wall tiles, cleaned the mirror and freshened up the toilet bowl. All without getting my hands dirty. If done regularly, a good once over in the bathroom would take you no more than 10 minutes.
BLITZING THE KITCHEN & OVEN
Cleaning the oven is a vital job for this time of year, the smell of burnt on food, doesnt really add to the Christmas aroma. The steam mop allows you to clean off splashes and staines inside the oven, without any toxic fumes. Cleaning the oven is never going to be a really quick job, but the steam mop does a good job at scraping away stuck on stains and is perfect for cleaning the glass on the door too. The steam is also perfect for cleaning away those tiny crumbs caught between the worktop and the oven, a job I’ve been trying to do for the last year.
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Disclosure: This feature is in collaboration with Vax, all thoughts words and opinions my own.