Spring Cleaning Sucks.

I don’t know what it is that makes me think I can be a domestic goddess if I just put my mind to it, but I’m blaming Martha Stewart, and her magazines.

In my head, I live in one of those white houses with stylishly distressed Scandinavian looking furniture, wooden floorboards and casually – yet stylishly – strewn about accessories from Boden-approved hobbies like, erm, sailing and lacrosse. Needless to say in my fantasy life (which I basically stole from Pinterest) my house is GLEAMING.

In reality, I live in a Victorian town-house with a tiny back garden, a damp problem, and not a square corner to be found. None of the furniture matches, and while I’m reasonably tidy on a good day, housework is not my forte.  My kitchen floor is wobbly with tiles that move, and break – because the previous occupants used the wrong sort of adhesive, apparently. At some point, I’ll earn enough money to put down a completely new floor, but in the meantime, the kitchen floor is always, always a complete mess.

So I was pathetically grateful when Vax gave me the opportunity to try out not one, but two, cleaning gadgets. I don’t often do reviews on this site but these things are seriously amazing. My kitchen floor is now Pinterest-worthy. Oh yes, friends. It’s that good.

First up, the Vax Steam Floor Pro. This is a steam cleaner, but not like the cumbersome, heavy things I’ve seen before. It’s really light, small enough to store down the side of my fridge, and really easy to use – you just pour in some water, some special detergent, and turn on – the whole thing’s ready to use in 2 minutes flat, and once you’re done, you just peel off the cleaning pad at the bottom and chuck it in the washing machine. It cleaned my floor better than anything I’ve ever used before, and because it’s a steam cleaner, it has lots of hygiene benefits too. You can use the cleaner on wood floors as well as tiles/lino/stone, which is handy. Thoroughly recommended.

Secondly, I tested the Air Reach vacuum cleaner. I know what you’re thinking. It’s a vacuum cleaner. What’s interesting about that? Well, this is the first vacuum I’ve ever used that picks up human hair from the floor. Before you all assume I’m a serial killer – I have long hair, and when you have long hair, it sheds EVERYWHERE. With the result that my beige bedroom floor looks sort of grey a lot of the time, covered with a fine layer of hair that laughs in the face of my own cleaner. The Vax made the carpet look like new. As an added bonus, it’s really light, and you can lift off the handle and use it as an extendible hose – which reaches all the way up the stairs. Ideal for lazy types who would rather be looking at other people’s lovely houses on Pinterest than actually cleaning their own houses. *cough* What I will say is the Air Reach is a bit fiddly to empty out – it took a bit of prodding with a wooden spoon to encourage the bagless cylinder to empty into the bin. But aside from that, I loved it, and would recommend it, if you need something light and easy to use.

Disclosure: We were provided with samples for the purposes of this review. All opinions, as ever, are my own. 


Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

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  1. Jenny
    18th May 2012 / 4:12 pm

    It’s Jane Asher I blame. Along with Annabel Karmel and the shiny white shirted people on all the parenting/house adverts. I am interested in the notion of steam cleaners – whether I’d actually take one out of the cupboard on any more regular a basis than a mop I don’t know.

    • 18th May 2012 / 7:21 pm

      Yes. Yes. Let’s blame THEM. I have to say this steam cleaner is used because it’s small enough to leave out in the kitchen, and because I don’t refill it every time, it’s actually easier than a mop and bucket. Love it.

  2. 18th May 2012 / 3:34 pm

    My auntie, who had tile problem in bathroom, fixed it good- with marmelade. Honestly. She stuck a tile back on a layer of the darn thing and I swear it was the last one that came off when renovating. I know, it says more about my auntie than of benefits of using jam as an adhesive, but it worked. Altough, on second thoughts, probably she was just lucky that ants apparently did not discover ‘the amaaaaazing new glue, that tastes just like apricot jam’

    • 18th May 2012 / 7:21 pm

      Good grief, that’s astounding!

    • 18th May 2012 / 7:21 pm

      Thanks, friend.

  3. 18th May 2012 / 5:23 pm

    Sounds better than my encounter with the Kirby sales rep. Don’t worry, I took pictures in case I needed to blog about it.
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    • 18th May 2012 / 7:22 pm

      Sounds intriguing!

    • 18th May 2012 / 7:22 pm

      Great, isn’t it?

  4. Vic
    19th May 2012 / 7:15 am

    Ms Whittle. A review on your website? You’ve sold your soul! lol

  5. Fran
    19th May 2012 / 10:16 am

    I have a secret love for Martha; in my head I have her life. In reality, my floors sound depressingly like yours 🙂 But I do love my steam cleaner; something very satisfying about the whooshing sound when the steam comes out. The small pleasures of domestic life eh?

  6. Clare Amin
    21st May 2012 / 8:10 pm

    I’ve been thinking about getting a new steam cleaner for a while, you’ve convinced me!

  7. 17th September 2016 / 8:02 pm

    I tend to find that the domestic steam cleaners do not have a big enough water tank do and that they require constant refilling, but in general they do a reasonable job.