Vax are a giant of the cleaning world and have been producing everything from steam mops to vacuums to carpet shampooers for a very long time now.
And the Vax S86-SF-CC, follows in this long line of quality products and has an impressive array of features that are, most importantly, very useful. The name implies that this is a versatile gadget and this is very true. It is possible to clean virtually anything in the home with this steam cleaner without using harsh chemicals.
This Guide At a Glance:
Vax S86-SF-CC Steam Mop – Overview
Prices & information last updated on 2020-02-20
Inside The Box:
This mop comes with a plethora of useful attachments that give rise to its namesake of a multi-function cleaning device. Inside the box is a wide range of attachments that allows you to clean floors, carpets, clothing, cooker tops, windows and much more!
You even get a 250ml bottle of detergent included should you wish to use it. Although we feel it somewhat defeats the point of using a steam cleaner and was surprised to see this on the S86-SF-CC.
1 Attachment Storage
A number of these attachments can be stored on the device itself, with the ‘concentration nozzle’ (a part which focuses the steam into a confined stream for extra cleaning power) having its own specific storage space on the handle.
The back of the mop also contains further storage for more of the included accessories – these can be clicked in and pulled out for simple storage and use.
For those accessories that might be a little too large to store on the body of the mop Vax have included an accessory bag. This is a nice consideration because it is easy to lose attachments which might not be used that often. A handy storage bag keeps them all safe in one place.
2 Easy Fit Cleaning Pads
Finally, we come to the cleaning pad. This replaces the traditional string-style mop heads and acts as a sponge to absorb the dirt lifted by the steam. Fitting the cleaning pad is simple and by far the easiest system we’ve seen. The pad is placed on the floor and the steam mop placed on the pad. And that’s it! It locks into place automatically and you’re ready to start cleaning.
The cleaning pad is a little larger than the mop head, but this is by design not by accident. Vax have added overlap tabs on the corners of the pad allowing you to simply place your foot on the tab and lift the mop upwards to remove it – preventing any burns which may occur by using fingers to remove the pad.
This is a nice consideration because removing pads from some other cleaners, such as the Shark Lift-Away, can be tricky since they are locked in place with velcro. As such you need to wait for the mop head to cool before removing.
Assembling The S86-SF-CC
As with steam mops/cleaners, some assembly of the S86-SF-CC is required. This is a simple process and follows a format that many steam mops use.
A simple push and click system connect the 3 main components of the mop together easily. The handle locks into the top of the body and the body locks into the mop head, and with the exception of storing a few attachments on the device this is all that is needed for assembly – easy!
The main controls of the S86-SF-CC are located on the main steam unit. A large rubber/plastic push-button is used to switch the mop on/off and a dual light system shows when the mop is on and when the steam is ready for use.
Above the indicator lights – to the left of the mop body – the detergent dial is located. This is a simple twist dial that, when on, dispenses detergent into the steam to leave a fresh scent after cleaning and for a little extra cleaning power when required.
When the mop is turned on it can be ready for use in only 20 seconds. This is one of the fastest heat-up times we’ve seen and is certainly very impressive. Though many uses report it is ready to start using in a little as 10 seconds.
1 Filling The Water Tank
First, the mop needs water. This can be added via the water tank which sits in the bottom of the steam unit. Pressing two buttons on either side of the tank unlocks it for removal. This is a simple mechanism that is easy to use and means the tank is securely locked in place while the steam cleaner is in use. The tank only holds a maximum of 260ml of water which is little on the small side. Once full, the tank is simply clicked back into place.
The detergent tank is located at the top of the mop body, immediately below the handle, and uses two release buttons for its removal – similar to the water tank. The detergent tank holds 200ml of diluted detergent at a ratio of 50ml detergent to 150ml of water.
2 Using The S86-SF-CC As a Steam Mop
A button on the handle dispenses the steam and a simple back and forth motion with short bursts of steam is all that is needed to start cleaning.
Its lightweight body (3.7 kg) makes moving it around a breeze and it comes with a roomy 7-meter power cord which makes it more than adequate to clean most rooms without the need for changing plug sockets.
The mop head is angular in design (a common feature with most steam mop heads) making it ideal for cleaning around tight furniture and right up to the edges of the floor.
The power rating on this machine is 1600w and it can produce very hot jets of steam that can eradicate 99% of harmful bacteria in the home for up to an impressive 7 days at a time. This even outperforms some chemical cleaners and is environmentally friendly too!
The included carpet glider allows for easy cleaning of carpets and nicely clips into place on the mop head. Because it locks onto into place this will prevent it falling off when cleaning stair carpets – a feature where the ADSM4001 steam mop by Abode falls short.
Just like the cleaning pad, the carpet glider can be removed by pressing on a tab with your foot to help prevent potential burns.
3 Using The S86-SF-CC As a Steam Cleaner
Now we reach a feature that really adds a huge level of versatility to this steam mop. Inside the body of the mop is a handheld steamer, this is detached using a release button located on the steamer handle.
Essentially the steam generator for the entire mop is contained within the handheld steamer – which is why the water tank is smaller than in some other models. But, this gives you a much greater degree of cleaning power and can help speed up more mundane tasks such as cleaning bathroom tiles, windows, and even upholstery and clothing – just to name a few. You can even use it to clean barbeques and cooker tops without abrasives or chemicals.
It would have been nice to see a cooling plate with this unit to stand the mop in after use. But given its impressive set of attachment and versatility, it is only a minor omission, especially for mid-range steam mops.
Pros And Cons
What We Think About The Vax S86-SF-CC Steam Mop:
Vax have clearly bought their wealth of experience when creating the S86-SF-CC. Any compromises made on this model (such have a reduced water tank size) have clearly only been made to allow for more useful features to be included, and in that respect clearly balances out the minor niggles with even more impressive positives.
This is truly a powerful, yet compact device that offers decent cleaning power many steam mops made by Vax’s competitors such as the lackluster H20 X5. Not only this but it is essentially two cleaning devices in one and represents excellent value for money by a well-established brand.
- Steam + detergent breaks down grease and grime faster than steam alone and leaves floors smelling...
- Built in handheld steamer which is suitable for cleaning of taps, tiles, windows, mirrors and more....
- Quick and easy - ready to go in 40 seconds. Steam flow rate 15 gram per minute
Prices & information last updated on 2020-02-20