Vax V-029 is a basic hard floor cleaner. I think I paid around £80 and it's
easier than an mop & bucket. Cleans over 15m2 on one fill and surprisingly
good at sucking up water on a very uneven tiled floor. Used for a utlity
room "dog & wellies" mud. 2 design flaws/annoyances - the removable water
tank can sometimes be a pain to put back and the water suction head say
300mm x 8mm has cross pieces to make the slot rigid and these collect dog
hairs that then collect dirty water that drips back out after use.
I have an upright cleaner manufactured by Vax which works pretty well
and is easy to fill and use. Basically, it is like a Wet/Dry cleaner
on a stick. I don't think that this model is made any more and it
doesn't appear on their web site either. However, Bissell seem to
make similar product.
At one point (when we had carpets) I had one of the Vax carpet cleaners
- like a wet/dry cleaner with shampoo/water in the top. It was
effective on carpets and hard floors as well. The trouble was that it
was quite a lot of work to get the thing out, set it up, clean it and
put it away again. For a kitchen floor only application, it would be
too much of a shag IMO. On the upright one, the combined tank
delivers the cleaing solution and collects the dirty water in a
different section. It can be lifted away and run under the tap to
Interesting. I have only seen this done by a couple of people using cheap
laminate with poor underlay and the noise was unbearable when people walked
about. Not to mention the bounce caused by a lack of gaps in the laminate
between rooms. I could happily live with proper hardwood, slate or stone
flooring everywhere apart from in the lounge.
Surely you've read my opinions on plastic^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hlaminate flooring? :-)
There's a big difference in sound with a wooden floor. The other
thing is that we don't wear shoes indoors. They are taken off at the
entrance doors, dried if wet and stored. Indoors, I generally wear
soft footwear (which never goes outside) or just go barefooted.
For the lounges there are rugs in particular places. These have the
advantage that they can be easily changed seasonally or when one is
bored with them and cleaned outside or taken to a professional cleaner.
OK, simple solution. Geat a decent mop & bucket like this
http://tinyurl.com/37jx9n and whats called a 'kentucky' mop head & handle.
Also a 'wet/dry' vacuum like Numatics 'Charles'
Warm water & small amount of detergent in bucket. Mop floor with soaking
wet mop, wring mop & use to pick up most of the water, follow with wet vac.
Very quick & very thorough. I used to help run a youth club - 200 kids
running around a playground in all weathers, small cafateria area looked
like a WW1 battlefield afterwards - cleaned up a treat in a very short time
using this method.
Dave - The Medway Handyman
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