Product Type: Glade in Homeware
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....It does put the freshness back, I suppose
Glade Shake N Vac
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Glade Shake N Vac
Advantages: It still exists, Does leave a lingering smell behind, Easy to pick up
Disadvantages: Stinks when it's in the bottle, Very artificial smell, You are creating your own mess
Glade Shake n Vac
If you were around in the 80's then you'll no doubt remember the TV ad for Shake 'n Vac, if you weren't then consider yourself extremely lucky as it was perhaps the most annoying advert ever to air on the television and featured an irritatingly smiley woman telling us to do the shake n vac whilst pushing a vacuum cleaner around an immaculate looking carpet as, apparently, it would "put the freshness back" Anyway, annoying woman aside, Shake n Vac has been around for years and until I moved into my new home I'd all but forgotten it existed (although the jingle for the ad still managed to sit somewhere in the corner of my mind festering away) and it was only when I thought about giving my carpets a freshen up that I remembered this product and the associated madness that came with it back when I was young.
I have carpets throughout my new home and a dog who doesn't care if he trawls his mucky paws across them, this plus the fact that I had the clever idea to have a black hallway carpet and a black and grey stripy one in my living room meant that they show every mark and blemish and over a short period of time they soon started to look a bit grubby. I'm fastidious when it comes to maintaining a clean and tidy home and a daily run around with my Dyson manages picks up any bits that might be laying on the floor but I was beginning to be aware of doggy odours coming from Barney's favourite spot on my living room rug so decided to look for something that would, as the TV ad stated, put the freshness back.
Amazingly Glade's Shake n Vac doesn't seem to have altered whatsoever in the 20+ years from the original TV advert airing, it still comes packaged in a lurid green plastic bottle and is a fine, white powder that is meant to be liberally sprinkled over a carpeted surface. It's incredibly pungent in its powder form and the variety I chose was Lily of the Valley although to be honest it's smells like an explosion of generically artificial flowers as it's nose-achingly stinky and should come with a health warning informing anyone who uses it to wear a protective mask as I'm sure it could strip the paint off of a doorframe given the chance. The directions for use are clearly printed on the reverse of the bottle and Glade claim that this will "Eliminate lingering smells like pet, tobacco and cooking odours that get trapped in carpets" and that it "helps leave your room smelling fresh and clean with a light Lily of the Valley fragrance"
I'm not going to go into too much detail about how to administer the powder to your carpets even though the mad smiley lady from the 1980's took great pleasure in making a song and dance about it, instead I'll simply say that the powder easily falls from the bottle and should be sprinkled as evenly as possible. Once the powder is on your carpets you simply wait a few minutes for it to work down the pile and then vacuum it up and yes, I realise that this means you are creating a mess but that's how the product works and begrudgingly I have to concede that it does make a difference to how a carpet smells once it's been vacuumed up and it does indeed freshen them up.
I've only had to use this product once in the time that I've owned it and whilst it might be a tedious job ensuring that every single bit of powder is picked up by your vacuum cleaner I do have to admit that the end result is impressive. What starts off being something that reeks ends up leaving behind a gentle aroma which does freshen up your carpets and home, I've used this throughout mine and I could tell a real difference once I'd finished the job. The powder does pick up easily and the added bonus with this is that it also leaves your vacuum cleaner's drum smelling fresh too once it's been emptied out and thrown away. I wouldn't say it has a recognisable Lily of the Valley fragrance to it though as it is undeniably artificial but it doesn't linger too heavily and soon evaporates away completely within an hour or so.
If you have pets that trample across your carpets on a regular basis then I'd say this is worth a shot if you want to add some freshness to your home, I can't say that it's a product to get excited about though and it's not as revolutinary as it perhaps once was but it's cheap enough at a couple of quid a bottle and you do get plenty of product for your money. It's not something I'd use on a too-regular basis but maybe it's worth reaching for a couple of times a year if I want to give my carpets and rugs a good going over and I'm feeling in the mood for a thorough clean-up.
In conclusion then it's not a five star product, it absolutely reeks when it's in the bottle and the TV ad still haunts me to this day so overall I'm awarding 3 stars as a rating. Glade's Shake n Vac is available in all major supermarkets and is easily found, thanks for reading.
Summary: Shake n Vac. It puts the freshness back. :)