I don't really like housework and think I should have come into money by now, and employ servants, so that I could enjoy more leisure time. I am the type though who would clean before the cleaners! Unfortunately this hasn't yet happened, and unless I have a big lottery win it doesn't look in the least likely. So as I have to undertake the housework I find some jobs better than others. One of my preferred household chores is cleaning the bathroom. At least with jobs such as these, one can see the results quickly, and a pristine bathroom is a welcoming sight.
My bathroom isn't huge but there are some hard to reach areas and, as I'm not able to climb to reach these then tasks such as cleaning bathroom walls is a difficult task. In fact, impossible for me, without some help from clever equipment. Also I don't have much strength in my hands and scrubbing baths isn't easy. I seem to be able to use more pressure with products such as the one I am reviewing, the Vileda Bath Magic.
I first bought a Vileda Bath Magic, about two years ago from Sainsbury's, paying around seven pounds. However, the latest one that I have just bought was purchased from 'The Range' and cost just less than five pounds. I thought this was a good price. Replacement sponges were available from The Range and are also currently available from Sainsbury's at a great price of, £1.94 each (was £2.92).
The Vileda bath Magic is a simple but effective idea. It consists of a lightweight red metal pole which, by turning, can be extended to a length of 110 cm, making hard to reach areas much more easily accessible.
The pole, or broomstick, has grippers which will attach to the sponge mop head which is sold with it.
The sponge rotates to a full 360 degrees. It is hexagonal in shape. The shape means that it is easy to get into corners and difficult small areas. The sponge is double sided and fully detachable. This means that it can be used independently for cleaning areas such as a washbasin or other surfaces. One side has a blue non scratch scouring surface, which is great for hard to remove stains. The reverse is white and of a softer material. This is intended for wiping down areas such as the bath/shower screen.
The sponge can even be washed in the washing machine on a 40 (website states 60 degrees but details on packaging state 40 degrees) degree centigrade cycle. I haven't done this as I have replaced sponges before needing to do this. I do think it's a good idea though and probably will do this with the new model, as it keeps the sponge hygienically clean.
When using the Vileda Magic to clean my bathroom I spray the chosen bathroom cleaner on surfaces to be cleaned, and leave for a few minutes until starting the process. I begin with the sponge (detached from the pole) first wiping the 'worktop' surfaces (some spray cleaners are not suitable for these surfaces so make sure to check label) and it cleans the tricky areas such as taps well. I then move on to the bathroom suite, cleaning the sink. It is possible to clean almost everywhere with the sponge still attached to the pole/stick but it isn't the best for cleaning basins. I find it easier to use attached when cleaning larger areas, such as the bath and walls. I clean the toilet with cheap sponges which can be disposed of.
With the sponge attached to the pole cleaning the bath and shower screen is made easy and quick. I can now move to the walls. I don't have tiles in my bathroom, instead I have Aqua panelling. These are easy to clean with the Vileda. The walls come up very clean and it doesn't scratch. A final rinse with the bath's hand held shower and the white bath and plastic shower screen sparkle.
When I first bought the Vileda Bath Magic, my husband was very disparaging and said that it was a waste of money and definitely too much to spend (about £7) for a sponge on a stick! Well, as it's me who cleans the bathroom I ignored him and placed it in our trolley. After a few uses my Vileda vanished and I guessed who was to blame. Yes, as usual the one who told me not to buy it had then commandeered it, as he does with many similar items, to use for a DIY task. I took it back, but after he had used mould remover on the sponge, this was ruined so we had to purchase another one, prematurely. At least this proves though, that the Vileda Bath Magic is versatile and can be used for more than just cleaning the bathroom.
I think this was a good buy. The only small disadvantage I can see is that when not in use it needs to be stored. This isn't a big problem but, as the sponge needs airing this has to be detached (easily done) from the pole and the pole can then be stored in a broom cupboard or, it has a hook, so can be hung in any convenient place. Its use of space is minimal being only of about 28 inches in length when not extended.
For further details please see the website: www.vileda.com