I'm determined that although it is only the beginning of February, I definitely need to start Spring cleaning. Surely if I start embracing Spring now, it might entice it to turn up?
The other desire to get cleaning is that I've recently been sent the Vax Dual Power Carpet Cleaner to test out, and it has saved my sanity whenever I look at the new carpets we had fitted last Summer. I'm sure beige carpets were a good idea at the time? However they don't really mix well with a five and a half year old boy, Winter and muddy wellington boots.
We already had a Vax carpet cleaner, a traditional cylinder style which we bought five years ago once we discovered that The Boy has gastric reflux which made him a very sicky baby; it was used at least once or twice a week for eighteen months. We tend to use it once or twice a year as well, more in high traffic areas, to keep our carpets looking tidy and tip-top. However, it's a big old beast that lives under the stairs and isn't a particularly easy cleaner to set up and clean afterwards.
The Vax Dual Power Carpet Cleaner is a very easy to use upright cleaner with two compartments in the main body; one for the hot water and cleaning solution, and one for the dirty water. Both are an equal size and the flow between them via the brushes is powerful. It's also a lot easier to use than a cylinder carpet cleaner, especially for someone who suffers with a bad back.
It's a really simple and easy to use carpet cleaner; the top container fills easily from the hot tap (boiling hot water from the kettle isn't a good idea as it can shrink the carpet fibres), and both containers are easy to rinse and dry out. The cylinder cleaner I had didn't fit into our large Belfast-style sink and had to be topped up with a jug, and had to be cleaned in the bath. Being able to fill from a tap makes life so much easier. The only difficulty was cleaning the shield over the brushes.
I decided to test out the Vax Dual Power on the area of carpet in front of our patio doors, which is often covered in mud when The Boy comes in from the garden. After a particularly mucky outdoor play session, the carpet was crying out for some help.
There is a trigger on the handle which is pressed to release the cleaning fluid, and the trigger is released in order to stop the flow and suck the fluid back up. It took just minutes to clean the whole area and the mat, and the suction is very strong to ensure that there isn't any surplus water or cleaning fluid in the carpet. The set of photos below show the carpet before vacuuming but after The Boy had wiped his feet on it, the middle is before cleaning and after vacuuming, and the bottom is after cleaning with the Vax Dual Power carpet cleaner.
I'm sure you'll agree that it's done a really thorough job?
The Vax Dual Power carpet cleaner retails normally for £179.99 but is on special offer at the moment with £70.00 off and is available for £109.99.
This feature is brought to you in partnership with Vax, my opinion is honest and unbiased.