could anyone tell me how id get a recharger for my vileda dust mop????
One day in Tesco I was browsing the mop section when this Vileda Cordless Electric Sweeper caught my attention. I was originally looking for a swiffer mop just like the ones I have seen the cleaners in B&Q using, I have always wanted one of those! But this lovely looking sweeper soon changed my mind when I quickly read all of the marketing rubbish on the box. It wasn't just a sweeper but it had a built in Swiffer type mop too, it was also suitable for use on carpets and had a 45 minute battery life so off to the counter I walked with my lovely red box.
The sweeper cost me a rather high £39.97 which was slightly more than I had planned to spend that evening but I could think of many uses for the little red sweeper. I was quite proud of the price I paid when I browsed the Argos catalogue on the way home and it was a whole £3 more in there... A bargain! (I thought)
So how is this little sweeper meant to clean your floors?
Ewbank sweepers that are operated by pushing and pulling over the carpet to turn a little brush underneath work in the same sort of way but this Viledas brush is powered by a motor. This means you shouldn't have to push and pull like crazy to pick up pieces off the floor and gracefully float around the house picking up dirt effortlessly. Well not float! Bit of exaggeration there but it is meant to be easier.
All of the dirt is flicked into the rather small but efficient bagless container and is easily emptied into a bin. The sweeper also has the dust mop attachment that holds a static dust pad and picks up the dust and fine particles from your hard floors.
So what was in the box? And first impressions.
In the small box there were quite a few bits and pieces:
The main sweeper base
3 x Poles to make the handle
An ergonomic top handle
The Swiffer type adaptor
Three free dust pads
And the instructions.
When I first took the little sweeper from the box it seemed to be of a good quality, the handle came in three poles and a handle that pops on the top. The poles were rather hard to attach together and they required some force to pop them into place but once the handle was completed it felt very strong. The handle was then attached to the main base which contains all of the electrical bits and pieces that enable the sweeper to clean. The unit was then ready to use, well almost... I always forget to charge the batteries! 6 hours later the machine was ready to use.
When the nice little green light on top of the sweeper sprang to life I knew it was time to test the sweeper. Carefully unplugging the charger and placing the sweeper on the wooden floor I was expecting to feel some power when switched on. I pressed the rather large switch on the base and heard a little whine. That power that I was expecting was of course not there! The brushes underneath that sweep in the dirt were obviously spinning but at no speed fast enough to lift dirt off the floor as well as the box described. I thought maybe I hadn't charged it enough and put it back on for a few more hours, only to be greeted with the low level whine when turned on in the evening to clean up the after tea mess.
Well the sweeper was obviously working to it's full power so I continued to clean, the performance on wooden floors was okay, slightly more than acceptable but no where near as good as I was expecting. It managed to pick up crumbs from the bread I attempted to cut and the unit slowly picked up pieces I ran it over. The performance was slightly better when I attached the dust mop to the cleaner but the dust mop seemed to be doing most of the work as it clearly had more dirt attached to it's cloth than was in the bagless dust box. There were a few crumbs and what seemed to be sand in the dust box so it had obviously lifted something but not as much as I was expecting.
Using on carpet
The cleaning ability of this little machine was obviously not up to much on hard floors so I was expecting it to be much worse on carpets. As I plonked the unit on the carpet the brushes underneath were obviously having a bad time as the quiet whine the cleaner made on hard floors was reduced to almost a ticking of a clock! As I pushed the cleaner over the carpet it seemed to be picking up some bits and pieces, it wasn't doing a terrible job of cleaning but once again not as good as I was expecting.
The Vildea Sweeper did seem to be having trouble as the floor head kept jumping over the carpet by getting caught on the fibres, obviously a poorly designed floor head. As the floor head jumped along the carpet it decided to leave a nice trail of dust that it had previously picked up, not very good at all.
The handle was the only good thing I could find with the sweeper at this time, it is designed to go in every direction by using the new bracket by Vileda. It is basically an attachment that allows the handle to twist around obstacles such as chairs and tables. The unit could also be laid right down to the floor for cleaning under beds and low furniture. Even though I though this part of the cleaner was well designed I soon found out it was not, the bracket soon started showing cracks after the first use so it obviously was not going to last long. Oh dear!
Time to empty the sweeper
As my cleaning session came to an end, the 45 minutes battery life had come true! It was time to see what the unit had picked up. The bagless container takes up half of the floor head and there is a large handle that is easily lifted. You hold the container over a bin and there is a little button on the bottom that you press and the mess drops into the bin. This is probably one of the best ideas the designers came up with in their moment of madness. The unit had picked up a fair amount of dirt but the floors didn't look too clean so I was obviously not all that impressed with the machine.
The brushes also must be cleaned after every cleaning session as they easily get blocked by hairs wrapping around the ends. This is obviously another design fault as my sweeper was showing signs of heating up under the brushes.
Okay... The sweeper does not sound great and there are obviously better alternatives out there but it does have some good points. The unit is very easy to store as there is a hook on top of the handle. This enables the sweeper to hang flat on a wall and take up very little space, great for a small flat. It is also very light so is very suitable to the elderly or people with back problems.
The battery life is also very good at 45 minutes of cleaning and the 6 hour charge time is not too bad compared to some.
The hardfloor dust mop attatchment is also rather handy and workd better than the sweeper itself but! Yes theres a but:) The replacement cloths are single use and are very expensive at around £4 for 6.
The sweeper is okay and does an okay job but I really do not think it will last very long. That is why I decided to take it back the next day for my money back. It would not cope with dog hairs so was useless in our house. I am going to stick with the Roomba Robot Vacuum from now on as it is the only vacuum that has lasted over a year and picks up every bit on the floor, plus... I don't have to push it.
Thanks for reading, hope I have helped .
2 in 1 powerful cleaning with a rotating brush on the front for sweeping particles and hairs and detachable dustmop on back for collecting fine dust.