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      13.03.2012 07:58
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      We have had this Hoover for years and years. I actually think it is the 2nd Vax that we have had since myself and my husband started to live together all those years ago. I am not allowed to do the Hoovering at home as hubby decided that I wasn't any good at it. I don't take that as an insult, it's a lucky escape from having to do it, and I think the way I Hoover he is probably right - I just aim the brush at random bits. Since he was small he used to help his mum with the Hoovering so this is "his job". He was in charge of picking the Hoover and he picked this as his parents had always had Vax's. Also since this double's up as a Carpet Cleaner then it is quite practical. We have used it to wash the Carpets now and again and the odd member of my family has borrowed it at times as well.

      I can't remember exactly how much we paid for this all those years ago but I think it was around the £160 mark, which to me seemed pretty expensive.

      In my view this is quite a cumbersome Hoover but it does have Wheels on it so it is easy to wheel this about. This stands quite tall though so has a tendancy to tip a little. The cable on this is pretty long and this wraps arounf the neck of the Hoover and is held in place with little clips. The attatchements sit near the neck of the Hoover as well and I always seem to make them fall off when I move the Hoover - it's best if I don't go near it at all to be honest.

      There is 2 buttons on the top of this which is the dry and wet ones. The bag sits in the middle of the Body and you just unclip the top of this to get the bag in or out. If you are looking to wash the Carpets then unclip the top, take the bag out, remove the plastic tub and fill it with water and Shampoo. The only other bit you need to do is attatch the plastic tubes to the Hoover Head and pole, and this in turn will pump the Water down the Brush and then the dirty water will go into the bowl so you can tip it out easily.

      This does the job it's meant to do and although it was a bit more expensive then other brands this hasn't gave us any problems and we've probably had this one for about 7 years.

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        19.08.2011 16:13
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        good for carpet maintenance not so good if you have a cream carpet that is muddy.

        I have cream carpets in both bedrooms, and had builders with dirty boots treading through, this is not a good mix, So I borrowed this from my sister to try get them back to former glory.

        I found it to be average, meaning my carpets didn't come up as good as I had expected and hoped. I ended up scrubbing the floor on my hands and knees with carpet cleaner and using this to suck up the water. I think i will still need to get a professional out though.

        I found it to be a bit heavy after using it for a while I think because it is a cylinder Vax it makes it more difficult to pull around.
        It could do with a higher suction power, but it is not that expensive so you get what you pay for.

        The shampoo I used was Vax AAA Standard Carpet Cleaning Solution 1.5L this cost about £10 from b&Q
        and you can add as little or as much as you want depending on the carpet that your cleaning

        Personally I think it's my own fault for insisting on having cream carpets. and they were heavily soiled from the boots.
        One very good use of this is spillages on other floors. it just so happened i had spilt my mop bucket by accident, so i used this and it saved me a lot of hard effort and towel ( this was on laminate flooring) and because it sucked it up so quick any swelling of my flooring was prevented.

        I cleaned my mums carpets with this and they came up a lot cleaner than mine, they are red.
        So my advice is to get one if you have dark coloured carpets or have light coloured carpets and are willing to use this monthly.

        At the moment vax website have this on special offer for £199.99, I think this is a good price compared to hiring a pro to do it time and time again.

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          29.06.2011 12:29
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          A very good all round carpet cleaner, that leaves your home looking like new!

          Having a house full of pets means I am always cleaning to ensure I keep the place looking like a house, and not a zoo! This is not my first carpet cleaner, and so to be honest I kind of knew what I was looking for, and this just fit the bill. As you can probably tell, I have owned carpet cleaners before and have never really been anything but happy with them, but my vax is literally my saviour. I honestly do not know where I would be without it.
          I brought my Vax from homebase, just over a year ago, and I brought it because it was on special offer (I think it was in a clearance section after xmas). At first I thought it was pricey, even for a reduced model, but now I know why it was more than similar (yet cheaper) models. With this carpet cleaner I am truly getting very good value for money.

          The Vax carpet cleaner is really easy to use, and very easy to clean, literally everything can be washed out from the attachments to the suction pipe, which makes cleaning it a breeze. My model came with two attachments that are suitable for carpet cleaning even those small nooks and crannys within your home. I have to say, my carpet cleaner gets its use, on average it is used about once every two weeks, and so far, so good.....

          Over a year of use and it still cleans like it did when I bought it. Although not one of the lightest models around this carpet cleaner is easy to move around from room to room.

          On another note, when I first got this model, I used nothing but VAX AAA carpet cleaner, which doesnt come cheap, however, nowadays I use whats on offer/own brand name shampoo, which works just as well, and hasnt affected the cleaner in any detrimental way (touch wood).

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          13.09.2010 09:00
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          We have had a vax for years and it's still going strong.

          It is never an exciting job choosing a Hoover, but my parents have had one of these for years so when me and the wife moved in together this was the hoover of choice for me. It would provide the function of being a hoover and hoovering things up, or it could double up as a carpet cleaner. Yes, you will pay a bit more for this compared to a normal hoover, but i didn't mind that so much. also I suppose if your house had a little flood say from the washing machine or that then this could be used to suck all the water up.

          This is how the Dooyoo picture is. A Bright orange unit on wheels. It is quite a large thing. Stands quite tall and is quite round.

          So this has the 2 settings on it. Wet and Dry. Ours is always set to the dry, as that is what we do the majority of the time, Although it is quite a cumbersome unit it wheels about ok and gets the job done.

          So how do we use this to clean carpets? All you do is attatch the cableing down to the Hoover head, take the dustbag out, put the tray in with some water and a splash of Carpet cleaner and switch the control over to wet which is indicated by what looks like a couple of water droplets. Then you just use the hoover in the usual way and this pumps out the clean water and the dirty water ends up stored in the tray, so you just unclip the hoover and tip the dirty water out.

          It is very easy to use and although you may not think your carpets are dirty you will probably get a surprise when you go to tip the water out.

          This is a great appliance, and we have been asked for a shot of this by a few family members to clean their carpets up, so it's been a good buy. I can't remember exactly how much we paid for this since it was so long ago, but I think it was around the £109 mark.

          A great multipurpose cleaner for the house.

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          28.08.2010 19:37
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          Excellent !!

          With a dog and a toddler we are lucky to have wooden floor in the downstairs of our home. A quick mop and everything is clean again, however having carpets upstairs means a different story. The worst of it came when I was carrying a huge mucky dog upstairs for a bath! He managed to wriggle his way out of my grasp and took on a rampage through the whole of the upstairs leaving mucky paw prints every were. I started to scrub at the mud with a cloth and carpet shampoo and came to notice, not only that it was really difficult to clean, I also made a clean spot on the carpet.

          We didn't have to buy a vax carpet cleaner as my sister already had one that we could borrow. It was typical looking and looked the same as an ordinary vax Hoover; we already have one of those as well. The Hoover we have is a cleaner as well but we didn't have all of the parts for it.
          It's really easy to set up, you just need to put water and soap mixture in the top compartment and then away you go. It looks just like the original Hoover with the long pipe and a different attachment at the bottom, there is a small plastic tube that runs from the base to the end of the nozzle to allow the water to come out. We only had the one attachment but I believe there are others as well.

          It was very easy to use, just like hovering. It does take a long time though, it took me 2 hours to clean one room it was fairly large though. When the water runs out it is easy to separate the different compartments to empty the dirty water. Due to the powerful suction of the Hoover the carpet is left almost dry. It is compatible with all carpet shampoo and requires warm water to get the best result.

          I know I could buy a carpet cleaner that would easily clean a room in half of the time but there is something very satisfying about putting in the hard work and watching the transformation of the carpet going from dirty to clean. It is very durable and reliable and has a long life. My sister has had this carpet cleaner for 11 years and it still looks and works like brand new.

          Tough and stubborn stains take a little extra going over to come out so I would recommend giving them a little scrub first. I would definitely recommend this carpet cleaner and I will definitely be purchasing one after my sister asks for this one back. They are small enough to store in an attic or a large cupboard.

          The carpet cleaner turns into a regular Hoover, so if it is not being used to clean carpets it can be used to Hoover them. This way you will make the most out of the Multifunction Cleaner. The set comes with several different compartments which need changing to use for different things. This all comes in the instruction manual, so insure you read that first to insure you don't use the components for regular hovering when cleaning the carpets and vice versa.

          The Hoover has great suction power and is great on wooden and carpeted floors. It has several different nozzles and attachments for when hovering different things. The small and detachable attachments allow you to reach those hard places. It has a large extendable wire which allows you to reach around the whole house without having to plug and unplug all of the time. This then winds up around the device to allow for easier storage. It is of a lightweight design and is on wheels making it easy to pull around the house. It can be difficult having to balance it on the stairs whilst trying to Hoover those but I suppose with any Hoover other than a hand held that would be difficult.

          I think the both functions of this Hoover are great and it is a bonus that they are both together in one handy attractive machine. As I have said before I would highly recommend this machine for every home.

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          *Washes carpets, vacuums carpets and hard floors, and also sucks up spills

          *Large capacity tanks (4 litres clean water, 8 litres dirty water, 10 litres dust) - empty and refill less often

          *Fibreflow wash head - makes washing as easy as vacuuming

          *Convenient on-board tools - dusting brush, upholstery and crevice tool

          This combined Hoover can be bought from between £80-£150

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            29.06.2009 00:38
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            Its hassle free and easy to use

            A toddler + a dog + cream carpets = a very bad combination.
            I was appalled at the state of my carpet and it grieved me to pay (up to £40 a time) to hire a cleaner from my local hardware store. So my solution, i bought the vax rapid upright spring carpet cleaner. it has the following features

            * Static brushbar gently agitates fibres to gently lift and loosen dirt and stains
            * 2.6 litre clean water tank
            * 2.4 litre dirty water tank
            * Lightweight - easy to manoeuvre and store
            * Handle lays flat for easy cleaning under and around furniture
            * Easy to fill, empty, use and store

            This as described is a light weith, yet powerful claenaer and reall does the job. It cost me around £60 (from a sit up auction tv channel, Bid tv), and has saved me a hell of a lot of money.

            The cleaner is roughly the same size as a standard upright vacuum cleaner, and is really handy for an instant clean up of the everyday spills, (tea, coffee, and toddlers juice!)

            It has two seperat and clearly defined tanks, clean and dirty water, so you wont get confused.

            When i bought the cleaner it came free with a bottle of vax solution cleaner. Though now i tend to use the chaeper alternatives which work just as well (one even works better.)

            The disadvantages of this product is that it is not as powerful as the one i used to hire, so you may find yourself going over more stubborn stains for a longer period of time. The other disadvantage is the fact that the water tanks are fairly small, so if your doing the whole carpet you find yourself emptying and refilling quite a bit, though this is an advantage when it comes to a quick clean up of a small spill because you are not going to waste much solution. I have also found that when i am doing a whole carpet clean i need to go both horzontal and vertical as the burshes tend to leave streaks.
            The water tanks are easily removed and fairly easy to clean (the dirty water one can be a bit tricky)
            This would be a good investment for any one who wants clean carpets, although it does take a while to get your carpet clean (because it is not the most powerful one on the market) it does do a pretty good job.

            weighing up the costs;
            I used to pay £40 approximately every 3 months to hire a cleaner, this amounts to £120 per year
            I paid £60 for the cleaner and buy my solution from the pound store every month
            So im making a saving of approximately £48 per year.

            Though the main advantage opf owning one is the fact that you can clean up any spills instantly rather then sponging them and having to wait to go and hire or borrow a cleaner elsewhere.

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              28.02.2002 14:21
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              I am sure that most of you are familiar with the bright orange, get your sunglasses out, Vax carpet cleaning system. I am now on my second one having bought my first when they were the state of the art vacuum cleaner and launched into the shops some twenty years ago. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not an obsessive cleaner, but we currently own three Hoovers. Interestingly, none of them are actually made by Hoover! When we moved here my Vax gave up the ghost after years of sterling service. It was with a sense of sadness that I hurled it into the huge skip at the council tip! I then bought a Dyson upright cleaner. I do generally prefer an upright cleaner- much easier on the old back! The Dyson has been, for the most part great. I won’t tell you about that though, as this is a review on my Vax. I do however have an Electrolux upright as well which I had to buy as an emergency when my Dyson monumentally broke down! I tell you, my cupboard is Hoover heaven! What to use today?.. Last year, having been Vax-less for four years I noticed that my carpets were looking rather unsavoury. My youngest has a penchant for knocking glasses of coke over etc. I attempted to clean the carpets with an assortment of shampoos and a scrubbing brush. This was useless. It made the carpet patchy and bobbled the surface. There was nothing to do but go and buy an electrical shampooer. This was prior to my being a member here, so I took recourse to questioning the shops. Of the three retailers I visited they all said go for Vax again. So, my purse being lighter to the sum of £139.99 I trudged home with my box containing a nice new Vax 6130 cylinder cleaner to tackle my shameful carpets. I did not regret my purchase. It is super. Obviously this is a far newer model than my original one, which was the original model! There have been some modifications along the way and it is simpler and quicker to assemble and use. The old one was a bit of a
              palaver! It cuts through the dirt easily and leaves your carpet pretty much dry. As a vacuum cleaner it is very efficient and powerful. I find it difficult to use on the stairs though, as the canister is cumbersome and won’t sit on a step. The top of the range 6130sx has an extending hose, so that might be worth contemplating if ease of stair cleaning is an issue for you. It hasn’t been a problem for me as mine was purchased primarily as a shampooing device. What can I tell you about vacuuming? Well, you go back and forwards.... Recently we got rid of most of the downstairs carpets and replaced them with wood laminate. I happily ‘Hoover’ them with the Vax. I wouldn’t risk the Dyson! There is the usual range of onboard tools for vacuuming- a nozzle (crevice tool) a soft brush, etc. These are very useful for intricate jobs. On my original Vax the tools used to get wedged on to the wand and it was a dickens of a job to remove them. I therefore used the tools with trepidation. I need not have worried; they seem to have ironed out that little problem. So, what about washing carpets? Nice and easy! You remove the dust bag and add the extra tank for holding the clean water. The tank is then filled with a capful of special 3-in-1 shampoo, any make will do. Top it up to the maximum mark with warm water. Put the motor back on, attach the spiral hose, which is very quick and away you go! On the cleaning head there is a removable plate on the bottom. This clips off for shampooing, but remember to replace it later! I nearly scratched a floor when I did that! There is also a grey lever on the head, which is for stopping and starting the water flow. You clean as though you are vacuuming and the dirty water (filthy in my case!) will go up the hose into the dirty tank. That’s it- job done. I always empty my ?slurry? in the garden as it can be very gritty and would scratch the sink. Then stand back and admire
              your nice clean carpet! Let me tell you a bit about the company and the specifications of the machine: 1977- the Vax company was formed The Vax was the first of it’s kind, being capable of vacuuming, cleaning up floods and spillages (ooh, I didn’t mention that. We used that facility when the washing machine flooded the kitchen. Absolutely brilliant!) and of course washing carpets. 1979 The first Vaxes were being sold, but only door-to-door! 1982 At last they were available in the shops, usually accompanied by a demonstrator. 1987 Vex was the UK best seller 1994 The first upright 3-in-1 was sold 1996 The Rapider was launched. This has a patented fibre flow system and a special washing head. Now washing is as easy as hovering. Sorry, vacuuming! 1997 The Sahara was produced. This is a hard floor cleaner. Sorry, I think a mop would do! TECHNICAL INFO: 1300w motor 7.3g weights Dust bag 7 litres capacity Water capacity: dirty water- 8 litres and clean water 4 litres. Filters- 5 stage Cable- 7.5m Dimensions- 540mmx 340mm On board tools.. I tend to knock them off and lose them as they sit on the outside, all the way round the bottom. This is my one gripe. There are two slightly more high spec models, the 6130s and the 6130sx. These have the advantage of not being orange! They have variable power, a turbo brush and an upholstery-washing tool. The sx also has a special stair hose. That said SX by the way!! I did not miss a letter!! I have been content with the basic model! Vax have a comprehensive website at www.vax.co.uk which is worth a look if you are keen on one of these. There is even an area with tips on stain removal- very handy! Happy Vaxing!

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