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This carpet cleaner actually belongs to my mum and dad, but I borrow it quite regularly to clean the cream carpets in my flat. I'm reviewing this following my recent pre christmas carpet clean. This is the second vax carpet cleaner my parents have owned the first one was one of their cheaper models which broke after a few years. This retails at around £249.99 although I don't know what my mum and dad paid.
As carpet cleaners go this one is one of the more heavy duty designs, it is quite big and heavy. In common with most carpet cleaners this has a tank for clean water and cleaning fluid, and a tank for the dirty water. The tank is easy to fill, and easy to empty with the tanks just unclipping from the machine. It works by spraying water on the carpet, rubbing it with the brushes and then sucking back up the dirty water. You push the machine forward pulling the trigger to squirt the water, then pull it back to suck it up. The machine recommends using vax carpet cleaner, we use fairy washing up liquid followed by carpet cleaner (whichever machine version was on offer at the time) and this does a good job. This cleans upholstery as well as carpets, but I have only ever used it on carpets, I believe to clean upholstery you attach the pipe to the front of the tank and use the hose and attachment to clean your sofa etc.
**Cleaning my carpets**
Whilst the machine is quite heavy and bulky it is quite easy to use, it reminds me of when we used to hire a rug doctor. The machine is quite loud, and hard to turn but the cleaning itself is easy. After use the carpets are wet, but not wringing wet if you see what I mean, they usually take a couple of hours to dry completely. I find this does a good job of cleaning our carpets which are quite mucky as my husband will wander through forgetting that his shoes are muddy. The carpet cleaner though deals well with this even if I've not had time to clean them for a few months, it still brings the carpets up looking clean.
I think this is a great machine which is well worth the cost, if I have one complaint it is that it's bulky to store so wouldn't suit everyone. I have the best of both worlds as it normally lives at my mum and dads who have more space then me. As I have said I would recommend buying this, especially if you have someone you could share it with :)
I was given this carpet washer to trial from VAX to see if it lives up to the claims that "you really can have dogs, kids and cream carpets." I have 2 children and once-was cream carpets that now look as if they have had better days. My carpets have been down for 5 years and even though shoes aren't worn inside, they seem to have gathered a few stains.
It is a new model V-026PTS which includes a way of pre-treating your carpets to get a better result. The one I have is very similar to the picture showing here but features red detailing rather than the traditional orange.
=== First thoughts ===
On arrival, the box seemed quite small for the amount of accessories that this machine was supposed to have. After finding the machine in the heap of packaging, I realised that it needed some DIY skills to get it fully operational. You have to push the centre piece onto the base but being careful not to crease a cable that runs through them both. This needed quite a bit of force and I was worried that I was going to snap part of it as the plastic that this part is made from does seem quite flimsy. 2 screws are then inserted either side and held in place with a nut at the back. You do need a screwdriver to get this to work as you have to hold the nut and tighten the screw.
You then have to move on to putting the handle on. Again, this is held on with a screw and nut as is the tool caddy at the back of the machine.
The machine does come with an instruction booklet which includes a "getting started" section but I would have preferred it to go into slightly more detail as it really is quite basic. For example, there are only 2 diagrams for assembling the hose together yet there are lots of spaces and holes on the machine where the hose could potentially go ~ the instructions just don't live up to the quality reputation that VAX has in my opinion.
===Using the machine===
I already own a carpet cleaner so had an idea of how this was going to operate. The added feature of this machine though is the additional on/off switch for the brushes at the front as well as the usual on/off switch. This is because this machine is extra clever and you can use the wand to pre-treat any stains. Handy! You can pretend to be a ghost-buster and walk-around your home with the 'pressure-washer-type' wand spritzing any stains that you may have. You have to make sure you attach the tube to the water supply port on the bottom of the tank AND turn clockwise to secure it. You simply mix the pre-treatment solution with warm water and put into the clean water tank (the one on the front of the machine). I liked that I only had to leave the liquid on the carpet for up to 15 minutes before carrying on with the next task of the actual cleaning.
Again, you fill the clean water tank with the correct dosage of the carpet cleaning solution with warm water. The cap is tightened and the tank goes back on the machine. This is a very simple process and it makes a reassuring 'clunk' when it is clipped back onto it.The red trigger release is easy to operate too. The machine needs to be switched on and also the brush one as now it is used like a regular vacuum cleaner. There is a a big release pedal at the back of the machine. Also good to notice that they've made it so the brushes will only start to rotate once the machine starts to recline. The basis to cleaning is that you press the red trigger on the handle when walking forward with the machine and then on the backward stroke, you release the trigger so that it 'sucks up' the water and dirt from the carpet.
It was easy to use as it is quite light to push and pull around the room.
The tank at the bottom of the machine is where all the dirty water is collected. This is emptied by simply removing from the machine with the carry handle and then the front part lifts off and you can pour the dirty water away. Make sure you keep it level as if not dirt water comes out of the front and then dribbles on the carpet defeating the objective of the day!
I was always really impressed with how dirty the water was when I was emptying the tank. Ok, that sounds odd but it was strangely satisfying to see that dirt going down the plughole rather than lurking on my cream carpets. Once the carpets had dried and I'd gone over them again with the 'normal' vacuum cleaner, I was impressed with how much cleaner they looked. It wasn't as cleaner as the pictures advertised on the box but for my first attempt with a new machine, I was pleased. It had taken a long time to get those results though and i'm confident that I will feel the need to have another go in the not so distant future to see if I can improve the results. It had managed to shift a stubborn pen stain that nothing else had managed to move. It had saved a lot of elbow grease too.
=== The good, the bad and the ugly ===
The power cord is incredibly long and I often found myself tripping over it but then i suppose the right attire would have helped in this case. A maxi dress isn't suitable so lesson learnt there. It meant however that I could potentially clean the entire ground floor level of my home without having to change sockets.
When switching it on for the first time, I noticed that it was quite loud. After using it to clean my rather small living room and then turning it off, I had realised just how loud. My ears were ringing! I would strongly recommend that you do a few cleaning sessions rather than trying to do it all at once. It is also important to note here too not to saturate the carpet as it will just take forever to dry and also it won't work as effectively.
The machine looks like a traditional carpet cleaner but it seems to have a mass of hoses,cables and tools that just don't fit around the machine at all well. Even though VAX has attempted to create space for everything, it just hasn't worked. The grey plastic that it is predominantly made from also looks quite cheap and seeing as these machine are quite expensive to purchase, it isn't in-keeping.
=== Final thoughts ===
Overall, I would award the VAX Rapide Deluxe PT pre-treatment carpet cleaner with 4 stars. It was easy to use once eventually set up but would need several applications to get my carpets sparkling again. Also, the noise was a big issue for me.
This Vax carpet clearner is excellent.
I have a large ivory rug in my living room. I also have 2 Border Terriers.
I knew the rug needed a good clean and although my son is a professional carpet cleaner he doesn't live local to me so I thought Id buy a cleaner so I could do the carpets and rugs whenever I want to.
I chose the Vax due to the reviews I had read mainly on Amazon.
I have not been disappointed.
I had to clean the living room rug twice due to inground dirt (embarrassing) but it then came up, not new of cource, but more than acceptable.
The living room smelled fresh and clean so I moved onto the bedroom carpet, the kitchen rug and the 'dogs rug'. I haven't tried the stairs yet.
I now do the rugs every 4 - 6 weeks. I did them on the sunny Bank Holiday and actually cleaned them on the drive then left them out to dry.
It does take over night to dry the carpet / rugs as they are fairly damp after cleaning.
When the carpet cleaning fluid that came with the Vax ran out I started to use 1001 for 3 in on cleaners ( I know you are supposed to stick to the same brand as the cleaner but that's a sales thing).
I can only say that this cleaner is so good that all my carpets and rugs look and smell lovely.
It is fairly bulky and not particularly light so I would go to a shop and have a try of it if you can. Otherwise I can not find fault with it.
This Vax is brilliant, highly recommended!
It was delivered in a very big box, but once unpacked the machine itself is a reasonable size, weight and very sturdy. I expected it to be really heavy to push around but it moved really easily along my different carpets. We have had carpet cleaners before which have left us with bad backs for days, especially my husband who is 6 foot 8, but as this is an upright machine and of a decent size, no back pain was experienced! We have a dog, and hoover daily so wouldn't have expected many dog hairs to be cleaned up, but the rotating brush on this machine got deep into the pile lifting lots of dog hairs out (which was a bit embarrassing really)!!
Cleaners we've used in the past have left carpets soggy and took hours to dry, but this machine left them virtually dry, and as it is January it's not like we had all windows and doors open to help them along, as we've previously had to do.
The hand held tool was brilliant for getting into tricky corners, and ideal for the stairs. We also used it on our sofa, chair and pouffe and it brought them up like new, you don't realise how grubby things have got until you clean them! I'm blaming our 2 year old daughter for that one! My mam and dad even commented how fresh smelling our living room was the day after!
I think this machine is definitely value for money, and would highly recommend it!
Upon receiving my brand new Vax Rapide Ultra 2, I became very excited as I am the epitome of this Carpet Cleaner's reason, having three Children, a Dog and a cream carpet.
Previously having no easy way to clean my carpets, the cream mid-pile carpet had flattened and turned a mottled shade of brown especially on the through routes from Hall to Living room and those from the Utility to the Dining room. I had stains on the floor from where Coffee and Cola had spilled in awkward places and had desperately tried to soak it up with old towels over the years.
The Vax Rapide's box is not of a wasteful size; all supplementary tools are tucked in convenient spaces so as to fill the box.
The Carpet Cleaner itself is quite heavy to lift, yet upon using, is surprisingly easy to manoeuvre. To fill with Vax detergent and tepid water was simple with uncomplicated instructions and with the use of a measuring jug and spoons and a funnel, the tank filled without spillage or complication.
I used the pre-treatment wand and solution on the ground in stains, this solution only has to remain on the Carpet for 10-15 minutes before continuing with the Main Clean, leaving sufficient time to thoroughly rinse the tank and refill with the correct ratio of the main cleaning solution.
As mentioned before, the unit is almost effortless to push and pull despite myself having back and walking problems. The mechanism to disperse the fluid is a cinch to master and upon releasing the button and pulling back seeing the dirt filled water being sucked up was wonderfully satisfying.
Immediately after what felt like a deep clean, I felt the carpet with my hand; it was damp, but not wet. After three quarters of an hour the carpet was dry to the touch and visibly cleaner, I took the 'after' photographs the next morning, so even if the cleaning solution contained an optical brightener the true benefits could be seen. Comparing my before and after photos, in the same light shows a dramatic change in colour, brightness and texture.
Overall, I found the Vax Rapide Ultra 2 to be fit for its purpose, efficient for removal of tough, long term stains and child's play to perfect. I would thoroughly recommend this pleasing Carpet Cleaning device to anyone who wants or needs an affordable fix to care for their Carpets.
It does what it says on the box.
We have had this carpet washer for approximately 3 months and in this time i have used it all over the house and also used it to clean our sofa with the adaptor. I can definately recomend this washer to anyone who is looking for a washer, i am 100 % satisfied with mine. To start with the two tanks are easy to empty and to slot back into the washer, the adaptor for cleaning arkward areas is also very easy to fit and use. when using the adaptor to clean i have found it very versitile and well what can i say but fantastic. for little spills or accidents to full deep cleans of carpets etc this does the job. we have a young child and active dog in the house and we have been through a couple of carpet washers already that have just died a death after a couple of weeks because they couldn't handle the ammount of cleaning our house needed. This carpet cleaner has definately handled everything we have thrown at it and is still is fighting fit.
I love this carpet washer. I have 3 cats who can make a real mess. One has a weak bladder, but with the Vax rapide. My carpets look clean,fresh and smell lovely. My husband is also a gardener so often walks in mud, grass and dirt in to the hall. It only takes 1 minute to fill the tank 2 minutes to do the carpet, 1 minute to empty the tank and put it away. That leaves minute 5 to sit down to a cup of tea.
I have tried other carpet cleaners and have to say this is the best i have found. The others just did not have to power that the rapide has and the upholstery tool is great to use. Simple and very affective. My favourate tool is the pre soaker gun. It lets you pre treat the really mess areas first. I love my carpets when they have just been done. I use it about once a month is so quick its easy to give all my rooms a nice freshen up.
Boy did I get a shock when the Vax arrived! We bought this to save our carpets from the horror of having 2 small children wetting themselves on it, squishing blueberries into it and endlessly trampling their dirty shoes all over it. However the first thing I thought when I opened it was sadly not how great my carpets would look, but how blooming massive the thing was...
The Vax is designed to actually clean your carpets, not just suck up the dry dirt from the top of them. The idea is that it was also suck up liquids (even disgusting things like small boy pee) from your carpets. You fill it up with carpet cleaning solution that you can get easily from somweher like B&Q or Homebase for around £20, and then use it like a normal Hoover, while watching the water in the machine get darker and darker as it draws up all the collected filth which a normal Hoover leaves behind.
The Vax is definitely an investment buy, the machine itself is expensive and you do need to keep buying the carpet cleaning solution for it to work properly. However, if you are regularly paying someone to come to your house and clean your carpets or you are hiring one from Homebase etc yourself then in less than a year we did feel we were starting to save money.
The downside is that it is massive! We don't have much downstairs storage so it has to be kept in the garage. It is also a nightmare to drag up and down the stairs. It weighs over 10 kilos when empty, on top of which you are adding 4.5 kilos of cleaning solution. Luckily it comes with an 8 meter cable which means you can do the stairs (which the stair tools it comes with) without need to hold it half way up the stairs.
It also comes with an upholstery toll so if you have a fabric sofa you can also use it to keep it clean which is very useful.
I have a thick wool beige carpet in my hallway, which is not the smartest decision I have ever made! As people enter the front door and begin to take their shoes off, this poor piece of carpet really take the brunt of it. When I lifted up the door mat, I was shocked to see a pale, near perfect strip of carpet which made the rest of the carpet look dark and stained. I have used all sorts of hand sprays to try and get the dirt out but I did not have any luck.
Recently my cat decided to start urinating behind one of the chairs in the front room and I did not discover it until a guest sat in the chair and complained of cat wee. I was very embarrassed but the cat wee had dried and the bacteria had started to smell. I tried an old recipe of white wine vinegar and sodium bicarbonate. This alleviated the smell somewhat but it was still present and the sodium bicarbonate had left a nice white ring on the carpet.
I was on the brink of phoning a professional carpet cleaner until I remembered that my parents had recently bought a carpet washer. They rent out properties so after their tenants leave, they like to freshen the place up for their next guests. Their carpet washer was brand new and had never been used so it was my job to set it up from the box and give it its trial run.
*Price and availability*
I was surprised when I found out that the carpet washer cost over £200 pounds. It was bought from Curry's Electrical Store for £210.00. It is currently in the sale on Amazon.co.uk for £179.99.
After the trial run with my parent's machine, I was so impressed with it that I decided to purchase one of my own and managed to buy it on Amazon for this price.
The box that the machine comes in is humongous and really heavy. After getting rid of the packaging, you are left with the machine that needs a little assembly, a bottle of carpet cleaner washer, pre treatment solution and the instructions.
To assemble the machine, you need to attach the handle that clicks into place with a locking pin. The other thing that needed to be assembled is the pre-treatment kit. The wand needs attaching to the handle and then the tube needs wrapping around the holder so it doesn't get in the way.
*clear the room*
I found the best way for me to work was to clear the room I wanted to clean of furniture; the machine is really heavy and a bit bulky to start manoeuvring round things. You also need to plan your exit path so start at one side of the room and work your way towards a door.
It is worth vacuuming the room before using the cleaner as lint and dust can block it up.
I overcomplicated this part grossly by getting the dirty water and clean water tank mixed up. As soon as I realised this, I poured it away and started again. The clean water tank is located at the front of the machine at the base. Located directly behind the clean tank is the dirty water tank.
The pre treatment solution is designed to loosen dirt and grime
The first step was to remove the clean water tank, which simply clips off the front. There is a rubber cap on the bottom of the tank where you can pop the tap in and fill from here. I poured some of the pre-treatment solution into the clean water tank and then filled with warm water from the tap.
You then need to slot the tank back in place. For some reason, the plug does not fit that securely and as you go to slot the tank back on a bit of the liquid dribbles out underneath. This is not really a problem though as so long as you are doing it on the carpet you are going to clean, a little extra dribble is not really a big problem.
The pre treatment solution is sprayed from the wand and there is a little trigger to aim it. I only treated the two areas I have mentioned above, the hallway and the cat wee. In fact, I gave these a really good spray as I wanted to make sure they were going to get all the help they needed. The instructions do state to give stubborn stains a little extra attention.
Whilst the pre treatment is doing its thing, you may as well set the rest of the machine up for the big clean.
*Washing the carpet*
The step of filling the tank with the pre-solution is very similar to filling it up with carpet cleaner. You need a good 30 -40 ml of liquid and then fill the tank up to the fill line located on the side of the tank.
Replace the tank and it is now safe to plug your machine into the mains supply.
There is an on/off switch at the back of the machine which needs clicking to fire up the machine. Once on, you can hear the machine whirring and see the water in the tank bubbling. It is a really noisy machine! Similar to a vacuum cleaner there is a little foot pedal for you to click so the handle drops back to a comfortable level. Hold the handle and there is a little lever than needs holding whilst you clean. As soon as the lever is depressed, the machine starts to pull away and you need to pull back on the machine so you can control it. It is not a matter of pushing the machine, but holding it back as it seems to want to float off.
You need to direct the machine slowly and in straight lines, pulling the machine forwards and backwards and then moving on to the next patch.
This process takes longer than you think and for the soiled parts of my carpet I kept the machine hovering here the longest.
I made the mistake of not keeping an eye on the water tank though as it empties quickly. At one point I realised I was cleaning with an empty tank so had to go back over a huge area. The dirty tank did not need emptying while I used the machine, but I did have to fill the clean tank three times. My bottle of shampoo that came with the machine was depleting fast!
The general area of the carpet dried after use within half an hour. It seems to dry as it is being cleaned. I liked the results here as all the fibres were no longer laying down, but were stood up and it looked fresher.
The soiled area around the hallway took longer to dry and did look noticeably cleaner after use. The dirt seemed to lift off the carpet and it looked so much cleaner. It was not as clean as a brand new carpet, but it looked so much better than before and it was worth giving it a go with the machine.
The cat wee area wash where I had the most improvement as it really took the foul smell away, it looked like the rest of the carpet and I could certainly smell no cat wee after wards.
I was shocked to see the colour of dirty water in the tank. It was seeing this that spurred me on to go and buy my own machine!
I was so impressed at how quickly it dried and how easy it was to do. Right from the set up, I experienced hardly any hitches and I was really pleased with the results.
My only drawback is the price of the shampoo. A 1L bottle costs around £13.00! I would not advise using any other products than the ones recommended by VAX.
We recently brought one of these carpet washers from Amazon for around the £180 mark. I thought this was a little much for us to fork out for something I may use once or twice a year but boy was I wrong.
This machine does everything you would expect it to do sucking up spills as well as washing carpets and upholstery. Especially useful if you have a growing family like us.
The pre treatment kit allows you to get a head start on high traffic areas and stubborn stains, before you wash the area for a deep clean. I haven't found a stain it can't tackle, so far it has sorted out, chocolate, blood, mud, poo (don't ask), red wine and chicken chasseur.
The brush bar rotates which helps lift dirt out the carpet by agitating (I think thats the word) the pile. Which basically means less time spent pushing the carpet cleaner over the same spot trying to get it the same colour as the rest.
It also comes complete with all the attachments needed to clean your stairs and upholstery although we haven't had a chance to use them all yet. The stair tool works amazingly well and has removed all trace of my dog sneaking up the stairs into my daughters room.
The Dual V Technology helps your carpets to dry quicker meaning less time spent trying to keep the kids/dog off your newly clean carpets. We usually clean thme last thing at night and leave them until the morning, giving them a proper chance to dry out.
The cleaner itself is reasonably easy to clean you just open it up and pour the water away then use a cloth to clean the inside.
I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking to refresh their house and breath new life into their carpets.
I had wanted to buy a carpet washer for quite some time, but was put off by a friend who had bought one and said it was rubbish and not to waste my money. I was curious though, as to why the prices of these things varied quite a lot. My friend had bought one of the cheaper carpet washers, but I noticed it was possible to pay three times as much as this. Therefore I still wondered if it was maybe a case of 'you get what you pay for' and whether or not buying a more expensive model would prove to be the better option to find an effective carpet washer.
~~ Vax Rapide Ultra W90-RU-P Carpet Washer ~~
Priced at £179.99 on Amazon, the Vax Rapide Ultra W90-RU-P Carpet Washer is not the most expensive model available, but it also not the cheapest and I would expect that when shelling out nearly two hundred pounds for a carpet washer, it should not be rubbish. It wasn't easy deciding which model to choose, but I settled upon this model based upon the features and price.
The product description promised an easy to use and versatile upright machine, which washes your carpets, removes stains and sucks up spills.
Product Features :-
* Washes carpets and upholstery and also sucks up spills
* Pre Treatment kit allows you to treat high traffic areas and stubborn stains before you wash for a deeper clean.
* Dual V Technology means your carpets will dry quicker
* Rotating brushbar agitates carpet pile to lift embedded dirt
* Wash tool refreshes and cleans stairs, upholstery, car interiors etc.
~~ Assembly ~~
The carpet washer arrived packed in a large box, which was also quite heavy.
On unpacking, it didn't seem like there was much to assemble thankfully. It was just a case of attaching the handle, which was easy enough as it clicks into place with a locking pin. Written instructions as well as diagrams are provided to guide you through this process which takes only a few seconds.
The only other thing that needed to be assembled was the pre-treatment kit. Again this was a simple process of attaching the wand to the handle and wrapping the tube around the holder for storage as shown on the diagrams, but to be honest, when looking at the machine itself it is apparent where these are meant to go and how they fit. I just referred to the instructions to ensure I had indeed assembled it correctly.
Once assembled and ready to go, the machine looked solid and good quality.
~~ Using the carpet washer ~~
This was the part I wasn't initially looking forward to, as there were four pages of diagrams and instructions in the booklet and I am the type of person who is easily put off when faced with a load of instructions.
I decided to just start at the beginning and follow the instructions, hoping that it would prove to be easier than it looked. Thankfully, it was.
Included with the machine is a bottle of Vax Ultra Solution and also a bottle of pre-treatment solution.
The first step was to pour some of the pre-treatment solution into a jug and dilute with warm water, before pouring into the clean water tank which is located at the front of the machine. The tank is easy to remove and I began to pour in the solution.
This is where I found the first and only fault with this machine. There is a rubber cap on the bottom of the tank and when I began pouring the solution into the top of the tank, some of it began leaking out of the bottom as the rubber cap does not seem to fit securely. The best solution was to get my partner to hold the tank and keep a hand over the cap at the bottom, keeping it more securely in place, whilst I poured the solution in the top.
We kept a hand over the rubber cap whilst carrying the tank back to the machine, although you have to remove your hand to slot the tank back in place and a little of the solution leaked out whilst doing this.
After attaching the tubing from the pre-treatment wand to the front of the machine as indicated on the diagram, I removed the wand from the handle and turned on the machine, which is no noisier than your average hoover.
You then walk around with the wand in your hand and press the button to release a spray of solution onto your carpets or upholstery.
You don't have to pre-treat your carpets or upholstery but you are advised to do so if you have any stubborn stains. I used it because I was washing my carpets for the first time and also there were a couple of stains which I had not been able to remove via other means.
The pre-treatment solution has to be left to work for 10-15 mins before you begin to wash your carpets using the other solution provided.
After removing the wand and attaching it back on the handle, I began filling the tank once more, but this time using the cleaning solution, which again you dilute with warm water. Once again the solution was leaking out of the bottom of the tank, unless you hold the rubber cap in place.
Washing the carpet was similar to using an upright hoover. There is a trigger on the handle which you press to release the solution and this is best done whilst you are pushing the machine forward over the carpet. You then release the trigger and pull the machine back towards you. The solution is recovered from your carpet on this backward stroke, along with the dirt!
Pulling the machine backwards is also what enables it to suck up spills.
If using the onboard tools to clean upholstery then the same principle applies : apply the solution on the forward stroke and suck it up on the backward stroke.
~~ Results ~~
I was hoping that I would see a difference to my carpets, but was still a little sceptical. As I began washing the carpet however, I could see the difference right away. I had not realised my carpet was so dirty! The solution which was being sucked back up into the dirty water tank at the bottom of the machine was filthy. I felt ashamed at just how much dirt was being lifted from my carpet.
I have patio doors which lead out onto the patio and garden and even though we always wipe our feet, I suppose the walking in and out has led to the carpet becoming dirty over time. It wasn't really noticeable as my carpet is dark, but as I was washing it, the colour of the carpet was restored to what it was when new and I realised just how dull looking it had became.
Washing the carpet meant I had to re-fill the tank with solution a couple of times and also empty the dirty water tank, where once again I was amazed at just how dirty the water was.
I didn't need to use it on upholstery as I have leather sofa's, but I did use the tools on the stairs and once again the results were effective.
What amazed me even more was that the two stains had also disappeared and I had tried previously on numerous occasions to remove these by hand.
The solution provided did a great job and although I have plenty of the pre-treatment solution left, I will have to purchase some more of the cleaning solution before using the machine again. I have seen this for sale on Amazon and whilst it is quite pricey, the results are worth the money.
~~ Do I recommend the Vax Rapide Ultra W90-RU-P Carpet Washer? ~~
In a word, yes.
Although the rubber cap on the bottom of the clean water tank not holding the solution very well when I am filling it is a pain. I can cope with this as I will just ensure my partner is on hand when I use it. However, I appreciate that this would cause more of a problem to someone who has no help available.
Apart from this however, I can find no fault with my machine. It is easy to use and although the machine is heavy, it feels lightweight when you are washing the carpet. The pushing and pulling action required takes no strength at all as it glides easily over the carpet and also has a lengthy cable. I found I didn't have to change sockets at all whilst washing the downstairs carpets.
The difference it has made to my carpets has amazed me. Prior to using this I was considering new carpets, but now I know I can hang onto them a while longer.
The Rapide Spring Clean carpet cleaner offers great cleaning performance in a lightweight and compact package / Designed to be as easy to use as a regular dry vacuum cleaner the Rapide Spring Clean provides quick and easy way to wash carpets and suck up spills / Short name: Vax W90-RU-P