I never thought I’d find domestic gadgets sexy and appealing, but as I’ve got older and come to take pride in my house I have come to appreciate gadgets that make my domestic chores a little less back breaking. When we had our extension built we had amazing 3 metre bi fold doors put in that let so much light into our downstairs room that it’s a joy to sit in. The downside of this is that the massive window panes take a lot of cleaning which using the usual microfibre cloths and white vinegar method are an endurance challenge. I’ve never got the knack of doing a streak-free clean and it isn’t for want of trying.
So when I got offered the chance to review something that has apparently “revolutionised” window cleaning and is the first of it’s kind to make it “easier than ever to achieve streak free windows with ease, leaving surfaces completely dry and crystal clear”, I said “yes please”.
What is this gadget I hear all you housewives ask?
Why it’s the Karcher Window Vac WV60 and according to the PR blurb promises to “make light work of removing liquid from mirrors, shower screens, tiles, condensation from windows and even spills from floors and worktops”. The plus points don’t stop there, “Perfect for those who don’t want to spend a long time on their housework but aren’t willing to compromise on the results.” With this last description I was hooked and couldn’t wait for it to arrive.
What Do You Get?
The box was compact and I wasn’t convinced it had everything inside. For any mum’s who are phased by putting equipment together this is amazingly simple despite the baffling-looking instructions (which I gave up reading), the machine, a cable to charge it, two blades and a squirty bottle with a sponge attached and a little sachet of window cleaning liquid.
Use the long blade for big windows and the small one for little windows – although I tend to find the small blade does most things perfectly well. The whole unit clicks together in under a minute and can be easily released by pressing the grey grooved buttons and pulling.
I charged the unit once I received it as I didn’t know if it was pre-charged and after 30 minutes the little light went green for go.
How Does It Work?
This is really, really simple. So simple your kids could do it and therefore you could enjoy a coffee and some quiet time. Simply squirt the window using the squirty bottle and wipe it with the sponge. The spray in the bottle isn’t a magic potion and so you do have to apply some elbow grease but don’t be too disappointed. Then use the Karcher Window Vac in steady strokes from the top to the bottom of the window. It sucks the moisture off the glass leaving it clean and see-through. Clever stuff eh!
Is it any good?
Yes! Really really good. I managed to do all the windows, doors, shower doors, and bathroom tiles in just 40 minutes compared to the usual 2 hours. I even tried it on my high gloss kitchen tiles and granite worktops and was mightily impressed with the streak free shine I was left with. The colour of the water that condenses in the little bottle attached to the Karcher Window Vac was a pretty grim shade of brown and I was horrified my windows were THIS dirty #badhousewife
The Karcher WV60 performs really well on big planes of glass and although you get the odd streak but it’s a lot better than anything I’d previously achieved. The unit is really lightweight and proved no problem for my parents who are of the ‘silver haired’ generation and not that great with gadgets.
The WV60 has a RRP of £79.99 which is quite pricey when you think that it replaces a roll of kitchen towel or a microfibre cloth. However, if like me you have lots of windows and tiled or smooth surfaces and hate to see them streaky then it’s a good investment as it has made these chores a lot more pleasurable. It also means that I have been able to halve the cost of my window cleaner as I now ned him to only clean the outsides of the upstairs windows so saving me £68 a year.
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