The Vax S2S-1 Bare Floor Pro is a steam mop from Vax, one of the top household cleaning manufacturers in the business. But this mop doesn’t pretend to be anything that it isn’t. It has one sole purpose and that is to steam clean hard and soft floor surfaces.
- The Vax S2S-1 eliminates 99% of harmful bacteria
- Added detergent breaks down grease and grime better than steam alone
- Lightweight, manoeuvarable and easy to use
- Environmentally friendly
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The Vax S2S-1 Review
The Vax S2S-1 Bare Floor Pro doesn’t try and pass itself off as anything else. It leaves the window cleaning, the clothing and the washing up to other makes and models and concentrates on trying to do one job well, and that’s floor cleaning. A mop is a mop after all.
However, there is a slight difference between this S2S Steam Mop and other mops and cleaners – Vax have decided to include an extra tank in addition to the 500ml water tank where their own brand of Citrus Burst detergent can be added to give the cleaning an extra boost. The mop doesn’t need the detergent added but the unit comes with a 250ml bottle included and once used, you’ll kind of get hooked. Which is a slight problem as replacement 1 litre bottles cost £9.50 each which could see future costs add up if you want to always use it. Finally, the removal of both of these tanks for filling needs a little time to get the hang of to begin with but once you know the trick it’s quick and easy.
As with most quality steam mops, getting the Vax S2S-1 ready for work is an absolute breeze with the assembly of the unit easy. The microfiber cleaning pad is easy to fit and uses Velcro to ensure a solid enough grip. Once the tank is filled with water and powered up, the mop will be steamed up and ready to go in less than a minute.
Oh, and when it goes, it goes. The Vax S2S-1 just glides across hard floors and very little effort is needed on your part to lift even the most stubborn of grease and grime. The lightweight device is easy to push and the design of the cleaning head makes manoeuvring around the floor, getting under tables or chairs and accessing corners part of the fun rather than them being the obstacles that they usually are.
You only get about 10 minutes steam time with the VaxS2S-1 which doesn’t sound like much before you need to refill the water tank. However, the mop is so quick and easy on the floor that you’ll be done well before the water runs dry and if you use the detergent, you’ll be left with a gleaming, fresh smelling floor, in a matter of minutes.
There have been some reports that the mop leaves a lot of residual water after cleaning, but we found that there is no more than what other mops and cleaners leave behind. If you hold your finger on the steam button as you move around the floor, then yes, there is going to be more steam produced and then more water on the floor, but strategic use of the steam button, as on most cleaners, see this reduced to the minimum.
Finally, we come to carpets. The Vax S2S-1 Base Floor Pro isn’t billed as a carpet cleaner but as a carpet freshener. The easy to attach Carpet Glider is fixed to the bottom of the unit which creates a layer of steam that moves across the carpet as you push. It won’t necessarily clean the carpet, but the hot steam will kill bacteria that hides within the thread and it’s this bacteria that causes some of the smells on an old worn carpet and once they are steamed the carpet comes back to life. Until you need to do it again. The Vax S2S-1 works ok in this role although it doesn’t glide around the carpet as easy as it does around a hard floor but most people shouldn’t have much of a problem with it.
Our Verdict On The Vax S2S-1 Bare Floor Pro
The Vax S2S-1 Base Floor Pro promises it will do one job and do it well. And it’s right. It does.
You’ll be hard pushed to find a better hard floor steam mop or cleaner on the market today. The Vax S2S-1 is that good and we’ll fully recommend it to anybody looking for a quick and easy method of keeping their floors sparkling, fresh and clean smelling.
And the great news is is that you can normally pick up a discounted deal on the Vax S2S-1 from Amazon often, so make sure you check it out!
Everything from top to bottom just jumps out at us from the easy assembly, the quick boil time so you’re not waiting around, the effortless glide across the floor and of course, the most important bit, the finish.
It’s not perfect – nothing is. While the Vax Citrus Burst detergent does wonders for your floors, it means an on-going extra expense to keep getting the same results. Fortunately, you can just use the steam only mode and while you won’t get the same results, it will do a job just as well as a lot of other steamers out there.
Too many mops and cleaners try and do too much to grab your attention but end up being Jack of All Trades and master of none. The Vax S2S-1 focuses on one job – cleaning hard surfaces – and does it better than the rest.