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Super fast window cleaner! Can save you hours of hard work not to mention Nagging!!!
Karcher WV50 Window Vac Rechargeable
Member Name: garymarsh6
Karcher WV50 Window Vac Rechargeable
Advantages: Cleans windows fast and with ease.
My wife is obsessed with clean windows however it is not she who cleans the windows it is left to me to do them. Finding it rather a chore I can almost guarantee that even when I have done them the nagging continues if there is so much of a streak left on the window. Unfortunately we have very very large panoramic windows and it takes me the best part of a day to clean the inside and outside of the house.
I can almost tell you the time of the year it is by the increased nagging about the windows needing to be cleaned. Early December being one of those times and also in between Christmas and the New Year usually on New Years eve when all the blooming nets have to be taken down washed and put back up again. It has always driven me crazy but for a quiet life these days I just keep quiet and get on with it begrudgingly.
Last month I saw a gadget made by Karcher and thought although it's a tad expensive if it is going to make my life easier than this has got to be the gadget that will make this chore quicker and easier to do.
I trundled along to Argos and bought the Karcher WV50 window cleaner and took it home with me. I told my wife look what I have treated you to. Hmm that didn't work she quickly told me that it was my job to do the windows. Oh well never mind good try eh!
Karcher the company.
Set up in 1924 in Stuttgart Germany by Karl Karcher and it has grown and grown over the years expanding initially in France then throughout Europe. It is quite a renowned company providing domestic and industrial strength cleaning equipment. If you are that interested in Karcher you can look it up yourself. It is quite interesting to see how the company has flourished over the years so much so that 85% of its income is sourced from overseas sales. It has factories and sales centres worldwide. I think it is a high quality company albeit a tad expensive but generally its products are quite durable and work well but that is my opinion.
What is in the box?
I opened the box to find the main body of the window cleaner the rubberised head and charger unit it also contained a registration form and an operating booklet. Never one to read these booklets I put the charger into the socket on the base of the window cleaner and a red light appeared flashing on and off. Once the unit is fully charged the red light stays on constantly and it is ready for use. The unit is quite neat you need to put it together which is a case of clicking the head unit onto the handle of the unit after which you are ready to charge it. The rubberised head unit has tiny little nozzles along it which sucks up all the fluid. The rubber part is 28cm long. The total weight of the unit is 0.75kg and is very lightweight and easy to use. The added advantage is that it is cordless which makes it so easy to hold and use.
The handle part has a fluid collection chamber in it which collects the liquid detergent through the vacuuming effect of the machine. Water is vacuumed up from the surface of the window and collects in a small reservoir on the hand held unit. It holds approximately 100mls of liquid. At the top of the chamber there is a little rubber bung that has to be pulled out so that you can pour the dirty liquid down the sink. Replace the rubber bung into the small hole so that you create a vacuum and off you go again!
Window cleaning solution.
It advises you to buy Karcher cleaning products but at £8.99 for 4x 5ml concentrates I think it is a little expensive to say the least. I bought some standard window cleaning stuff from Asda at £1 for 500mls and it does the job very well indeed.
Method of cleaning windows using the Hand held cordless gadget.
Once the gadget was fully charged I set about the task of cleaning the windows. I removed the nets and got a tiered stool to stand on. I sprayed the windows from the top downwards with the window cleaning solution. The solution contains vinegar which helps cut through any grease and leaves the windows sparkling or so it says on the bottle.
The windows were now wet. I placed the rubber suction lip against the window and in one straight and steady downward stroke moved it from the top of the window to the bottom of the window. I was quite pleased with the result. I only had to do it once and the window was sparkling clean. I moved to the next section and did the same thing and repeated it until the window had completely been cleaned. It actually involved very little effort on my part. I was impressed. The only problem I found was where my granddaughter has been touching the windows at the bottom and her sticky finger marks and kiss marks left on the window needed another application of window cleaner and then one stroke down to remove the marks. I whizzed around the lower floor of the house and did the windows inside and out in less than an hour. I was beaming by time I finished mainly because of the finished result and for the time I have saved.
I then went upstairs to start on the upstairs windows. First I went to clean the windows in my study which were I admit filthy because it is the only room in the house where I smoke and you can imagine the build-up of nicotine on the windows. The window needed two applications of cleaning fluid but once I had done that I was really impressed with how much dirt had come off them and I could see out of the windows. There were no streaks or marks left on the windows at all. At this point the battery had died but bearing in mind by this time I had taken approximately and hour and ten minutes to get this far I was impressed.
I popped the unit back on the charger and thought it time for a well-deserved coffee break. The instructions tell you it takes two hours to charge but I found it only took an hour. Plus in the booklet it tells you that once fully charged it will only last 20 minutes. From my use it did not it lasted an hour so I am well impressed. Perhaps after a lot of use the battery will not be as effective only time will tell and if I find this is the case I will come back and update the review.
I left the charger on for an hour whilst I had a cup of coffee and did some other chores. I was ready to clean the rest of the study window. The windows are about 6 foot by 5 foot in the study and it took about 5 minutes to clean. I then went on to clean the bedrooms where the windows are about 9 feet by 15. I cleaned these windows in roughly half an hour with very little effort on my part. After this I cleaned the upstairs windows in roughly half that time. In total I think the whole house took me roughly 2 hours to do instead of the five hours it normally takes me and without any real effort at all. I Can tell you that I am usually shattered cleaning the windows so thoroughly but not with this little baby. I just wish I had discovered it years ago.
So how useful is this product?
I have found it to be absolutely brilliant and certainly one to recommend. If only I had known about this thing years ago it would have saved me a hell of a lot of effort hardly any nagging and cut down the work load of cleaning the windows which I regarded as a rotten chore. I am looking forward to using it again at the New Year and I know it is going to save me so much time.
The only windows I was unable to clean were the lead windows they are far too small and delicate to be able to use this machine on them as you need to create a vacuum where the fluid is sucked up so it is impossible to do them effectively.
I can wholeheartedly recommend them and have no qualms about this handy little gadget.
Do yourself a favour and get down to Argos and treat yourself to one. It will save you a lot of effort and more importantly a hell of a lot of time. It is currently on offer for £49.99 and well worth it. I think when I got it, it was £59.99 but has been up to £74 which I think is a bit too exorbitant. I have checked out Amazon and E Bay but have not found it as cheap as it currently is in Argos.
I would give this 10 stars if it were possible A quality product from Karcher. A name you can trust!
Summary: Super efficient window cleaner which can be used on tiles and shower cubicles.
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