Spring is in the air, no seriously, it is. Two whole days of sunshine and a carpet of daffodils signal the end of the warmest, wettest winter on record so naturally my thoughts turn to throwing open the shutters and cleaning everything in sight, not even the dog’s safe right now.
I’m not sure if it’s the extra light which shows up every fleck of dust and dirt or that I’m just consciously looking to see what needs cleaning but I feel like I have a mammoth task ahead. (I’ve been reading back through my spring cleaning tips to get me started)
A multifunction steam mop with handheld and reach wand that uses steam and detergent to break down grease and grime faster than steam alone and leave your home smelling fresh. Plus, the added benefit of 360 degree steam tools mean no place is too hard to reach.
First to get the steam treatment was my kitchen. The unique feature of the Vax steam fresh power plus is the ability to add detergent. When I’ve steamed the floor previously I’ve had to wash the floor first as even though it’s left the floor hygienically clean with a steamer, it didn’t lift ground in dirt but I don’t have to worry about that with this one.
The whole of our downstairs is open plan and gets quite a battering of traffic with 3 children and a dog. Not to mention the craft, play and medieval dining sessions which accumulate with more food on floor than inside the children. A steam cleaner is a must have family appliance.
The shape of the Vax Steam Fresh Power Plus means it gets into every nook and cranny. Using a micro fibre pad, it collects all the dirt and dog hair that sweeping has missed and unlike a mop, which spreads the dirt around and washes with dirty water, a steamer uses a constant supply of clean water.
With the Vax steam fresh power plus you also have the option of cleaning with out detergent as well as 2 different variations of steam. I gave our high chair a thorough going over using the hand-held connections with just steam and switching between the nozzle to steam out the areas under the tray and the brush tools to get in the crevices. (N.b don’t push too hard as I managed to flatten the bristles with my over vigorous cleaning, a lesson learnt as I didn’t need to give it so much elbow grease.)
I’m trying to use less chemicals around the house these days, but some jobs there’s just no avoiding them so I tried out the steamer on my oven. This was the real test and the ultimate saving grace. Finding time to give our range cooker a proper clean means writing off a few hours and not having to get the toddler out of the house.
I used the brush attachments to lift off the grease and some of the burnt on food, I’m still going to need to use some oven cleaner to get the rest off completely but it worked amazingly on the knobs and tiny areas which a cloth and cleaning solution just couldn’t reach. I didn’t actually realise how bad they were until I saw the dirt coming away! (Very embarrassing)
Next on our spring clean list were the skirting boards. I usually give them a wipe down with a damp cloth but using the soft brush attachment to the extension hose brought them up as good as new as it worked out the dust and dirt.
And the final room to get the Vax steamer treatment was the bathroom. Being a boy heavy house, it’s often the room most in need of cleaning. Using the nozzle to get round the underside, the hinges and the back of the toilet worked out the worse of it and then I finished off with wiping over with kitchen roll. I then gave the tiled walls a thorough going over with the pad attached to the hand-held attachment.
So far I’ve only tested out a fraction of things which I can see the steamer will come in handy. The carpet glider gave our living room rug a much-needed hygienic clean and running over the kitchen and dining room floor every evening has been a god send as it doesn’t saturate the floor so we can walk on it within 5 – 10 minutes. Trying to keep 2 hungry children out of the kitchen for any longer than that is a battle I’, never going to win.
I was sent the Vax steam fresh power plus for the purpose of this review, all words and photography are my own.