The DIY people https://thediypeople.com Thu, 18 May 2017 22:29:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Fairy Tale Princess Bedroom Buying Guide https://thediypeople.com/girls-fairytale-princess-bedroom/ https://thediypeople.com/girls-fairytale-princess-bedroom/#respond Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:00:34 +0000 https://thediypeople.com/?p=309 Childs Bedroom Theme Here at The DIY People we are always looking for innovative decorating ideas. Any parent wants to make their children’s bedroom decor special and unique. One of our beautiful kids bedroom ideas for girls is a Princess Fairytale bedroom. Your little girls bedroom decoration should reflect who she is as a person. […]

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Childs Bedroom Theme

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Here at The DIY People we are always looking for innovative decorating ideas. Any parent wants to make their children’s bedroom decor special and unique. One of our beautiful kids bedroom ideas for girls is a Princess Fairytale bedroom.

Your little girls bedroom decoration should reflect who she is as a person. Do you have your own little princess? Then a fairytale bedroom could be the design idea for you! There is a reason why a princess bedroom is one of the most wished for girls bedroom ideas – it is girly, pretty and easy to do yourself!

We have put together this post as a ‘Buying Guide’ for products that would be great for a Princess bedroom. We hope you find our selection of ideas useful. It is supposed to be used as a basic start off point for you to find the furniture and accessories you need for your very own fairytale princess girls room!

Colour Scheme for Girls Bedroom:

crownPink bedroom decorating may seem a little basic and predictable but it really does fit in with a princess themed bedroom. However, any pretty decorating colours for a little girls bedroom fairy tale design would work. We also think a purple, lilac or pale blue colour scheme works well for your girls bedroom, and also fits in nicely with a princess bedroom decorating ideas.

If you aren’t comfortable with painting you childs bedroom walls then there is always the option of a Disney Princess paper boarder  of perhaps princess wall decorations. The kids wall stickers or a princess wall mural can be done relatively cheaply!

Girls Princess Bedroom Theme Furniture:

When chosing furniture to go with your little girls princess bedroom it is a wise choice to be  inkeeping with whichever colour scheme you have gone for. We find that white bedroom furniture is an excellent design decision with any pastel coloured bedroom design you have gone for.

The DIY People are hugh fans of beds which include storage underneath the mattress, especially if your childrens bedroom is small. This allows you to utilize the space available with a hidden storage solution. Here at The DIY People we love the ‘Molly’ bed range at Argos, we think it really goes with princess bedroom decorations, and they all come in white and pink!

If you already have your girls bed purchased then you could transform it into a fairytale castle with a princess tent kit

Some furniture can also then be kept once your girl has grown up and no longer wants a princess themed bedroom design, for instance a Girls Vanity Table or Dressing table may well be used well into her teenage years!

Its all in the small details – Redecorating your Girls Bedroom on a budget

If you are redecorating your kids bedroom on a budget then a good idea is to go with a very basic design idea and then add princess little-princess-1396723-mbedroom accessories.. There are a multitude of girly pillows and lamps etc available to buy online which will help transform your girls bedroom decor. Here are some ideas:

Your little girl will love her fairytale bedroom! Let her be a princess up in her tower in her own land whenever she goes to her room! Imagine the fun she could have!

Do any of you have some other girls bedroom design ideas you would like a buying guide for?? Why not tell us how you have decorated your girls bedroom? We love to hear from you

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Vax Carpet Cleaner https://thediypeople.com/vax-carpet-cleaner/ https://thediypeople.com/vax-carpet-cleaner/#comments Sat, 27 Jul 2013 13:23:41 +0000 https://thediypeople.com/?p=246 Vax W90-RU-P Rapide Ultra 2 Pre-Treatment Upright Carpet and Upholstery Washer Review Having heard on the grapevine that this Vax Carpet Washer is apparently the best carpet cleaner around, we here at The DIY People decided that we would test and then review this new Vax product for you. Here is the introductory advertisement from […]

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Vax W90-RU-P Rapide Ultra 2 Pre-Treatment Upright Carpet and Upholstery Washer Review

Having heard on the grapevine that this Vax Carpet Washer is apparently the best carpet cleaner around, we here at The DIY People decided that we would test and then review this new Vax product for you.

Here is the introductory advertisement from Vax themselves for their carpet cleaner,  for anybody who has missed it (as always, we have also included a more impartial video later on in this review):

It really does look like a marvellous piece of household equipment, doesn’t it?!  Keep on reading to see our thoughts on the Vax Rapide Ultra 2 Carpet Cleaner, and of course please submit your own Vax Carpet Cleaner Review here.

Here is what the Vax website has to say about their new carpet washer:

“The award winning Rapide Ultra carpet cleaning range makes it quicker and easier than ever before to keep your carpets looking spotless. Combined with specially formulated Vax detergent, Rapide Ultra carpet cleaners give you outstanding cleaning performance – so you can achieve professional results yourself. For stubborn spots and high traffic areas, use the pre-treatment kit to break down dirt and stains before you wash.”

 

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Vax Carpet Cleaner Review by The DIY People

The Vax Rapid Ultra 2 promises to work as both a carpet washer but is also designed to clean upholstery and suck up spills. It comes with a pre-treatment kit for the more dirty areas and has a ‘rotating brushbar’ which is meant to grab at the most embedded of carpet filth.

The particular Vax Carpet Cleaner that we used is the Vax W90-RU-P Rapide Ultra 2 Pre-Treatment Upright Carpet and Upholstery Washer, which was purchased from Amazon. There has been a lot of negative reviews online about Vax’s customer service so we chose to buy from Amazon because we know they can be trusted to deal with it if anything were to go wrong with the machine.

What is good about the Vax Carpet Cleaner?

Versatility: We tested our Vax Carpet Cleaner in two rooms, the hallway, stairs, upholstery and even a car interior. It can honestly be said that it worked extremely well in all of these areas. The Vax Rapide Ultra 2 is designed to be flexible and has the wand which can get into the more difficult to reach nook and cranny’s. The fact that you can use it on both carpet and upholstery is fantastic – nothing better than being able to use one product for a variety of tasks! And as already mentioned, it even did a great job cleaning the car interior. One really useful part of the new Vax Rapide Ultra Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner is the fact that you can use it as and when spills actually happen. We 71XEme2hQtL._SL1500_all know that accidents happen in all busy households but now you can use the handy wash tool to suck up spills before they even become a problem!

Ease of Use: The Vax Carpet Cleaner is very simple to use. The set up of the machine was very easy – the hardest part was getting it out of the box! All the pieces seemed to slot together in a logical manner and in all honesty, we found it just as easy to operate as a normal dry vacuum cleaner. Make sure that you slowly push it forward as the Vax Cleaning Solution comes out and then slowly pull back, this is what we found to be the most effective method.

Effectiveness: Firstly we used the Pre-treatment on a tea stain which is currently hiding in the living room! The Vax Pre-treatment promises to lift the most stubborn of stains and it was very impressive! There is a marked difference in the darkness and depth of the stain and now it is not even noticeable! And the old rug that was covering the stain has been completely revitalised, it looks the best that it has in years! The carpets all felt like new after using the Vax Carpet Cleaner and it did just as good a job on my car seats and stairs. In fact, the amount of dirt it was picking up was pretty worrying, considering we sit on some of these areas – we most definitely going to making good use of this cleaner! The hallway is the most worn out carpet that we used our new Vax Carpet Washer on and the ‘new carpet feel’ that we got in the other rooms was not so obvious here. In all honesty though we imagine that after a few more cleans this will no longer be the case. The whole area actually smelt cleaner, with no way of knowing that there is a rather stinky Spaniel in the house! The Vax Carpet Cleaner does a great job at lifting up even the most established muck.  And, after all of this it only took an hour to dry!

Just watch the following video off of Youtube which shows the Vax Carpet Cleaner in work. The second one in the demo is the Vax in full working order (the first one she uses does not have the Vax Cleaning Solution in it)

Bad points:

The Instruction Manual: This is rather picky but i found the Vax Carpet Cleaner instructions hard to follow. Thankfully the Carpet Washer is relatively easy to figure out for yourself but it would have been easier if the included Vax instructions were a little more wordy rather than just having diagrams to follow.

Weight & Hose Length: The Vax Rapide Ultra Carpet Cleaner machine is quite bulky and a little heavy when filled with liquid. The more petite members of the team managed but found it a little strenuous. The length of the extendible hose on the Vax Carpet Cleaner was more than adequate for all of us, it sat comfortably at the bottom and we could reach the top. However, we have read some other reviews which have told a very different story. Perhaps they have a bigger than average stairwell, we would love to hear your thoughts on this issue.

Measurements for Vax Cleaning Fluid: Just a minor annoyance in the design of the Vax Carpet Cleaner is that there are no measurements to follow on the Vax Ultra Cleaning Solution tank. We needed to use our own jug to measure out the Vax detergent solution and water which was no big deal but it would have been a lot easier, and saved a little time, if we could have done it straight into the machine.

Overall Summary of the Vax Rapide Ultra 2 Carpet Washer:

In summary, we were extremely happy with the Vax Rapide Ultra 2 Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner. As  has been said, it made the carpets feel as good as new and, although less effective in the more high traffic area of the hallway, it still made a noticeable difference to the look and feel of the carpet. It picked up an incredible amount of dirt which we assume means that its ability to dig deep down into the carpet pile is not an exaggerated one.

Despite the small problems of the instruction manual, and the minor design flaw in the lack of measurements, we think that this Carpet Cleaner is a good investment especially when you consider the cost of renting a carpet cleaner for the  day! Hopefully we shall get many years of use out of this!

Where can you buy the Vax Carpet Cleaner??

UK stockists of the Vax Rapide Ultra 2 Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner include:

Amazon UK – current price £185.33 (July 2013)

Ebay Auctions UK – price variable


Argos – £249.99 (current price July 2013)


Co-op Electrical Vax W90-RU-P – current price £249.99 (July 2013)

Have you used the Vax Carpet Cleaner? What did you think of it? Please do leave your comments, it help’s our readers get a better overall picture of the products that we test.

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Fiskars Weed Puller https://thediypeople.com/fiskars-weed-puller/ https://thediypeople.com/fiskars-weed-puller/#comments Thu, 03 May 2012 14:38:48 +0000 https://thediypeople.com/?p=163 Fiskars Weed Puller. If you have a TV in your home that is switched on even occasionally you cannot have failed to notice this all over your screen.  It’s that time of year when our thoughts turn to all those damn dandelions polluting our otherwise perfect lawn.  So is it as easy as it looks […]

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Fiskars Weed Puller.

If you have a TV in your home that is switched on even occasionally you cannot have failed to notice this all over your screen.  It’s that time of year when our thoughts turn to all those damn dandelions polluting our otherwise perfect lawn.  So is it as easy as it looks in the advert that has been assaulting your senses.  Here at the DIY people we decided to buy one and report on it and let you have the opportunity to submit your Fiskars weed puller reviews.

First here is the Fiskars weeder advert so we all know what we are testing, there is a much more impartial video further down the page as well that is not selling the product.

So we can see from the advert that this thing is simplicity itself to use and of course you will be jumping around with delight like a fairy on steroids once you have used it a few time!  Forgive my cynicism of adverts and advertisers but I’m guessing that is not the reality for most people; however the question is whether it is really any good and what other user experiences have been with it.  The product description from the company goes like this…

“The Fiskars Weed Puller is a great invention for removing weeds, such as dandelions, from the garden. The tool is easy and comfortable to use: no digging or bending down is required and no chemicals are needed. The Weed Puller’s deep-reaching stainless steel claws grab the weed’s root from multiple directions to pull it out of the ground. The ejection system allows a clean and efficient result.

 

Features

  • Deep-reaching stainless steel claws grab the root from multiple directions
  • Leverage point from the ground level
  • Ejection system helps to release weed after pulling
  • Removes weeds without the use of chemicals
  • Comfortable working posture, no digging required”

 


 

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Fiskars Weed Puller Reviews

The Fiskars Weed Puller in Large FormatSo we bought ours from Amazon.co.uk for £31.74 (RRP £39.99) and used free standard delivery, express delivery is available for a cost of £5.95, there are some cheaper sellers on Amazon now but that’s what we paid.

First impressions straight out of the box were that it was nice and lightweight although felt well constructed.  It feels like a well balanced, well make product, it is constructed from hardened aluminium with the teeth being made of stainless steel for strength.  There is some plastic however that made me think it might be a bit flimsy, however in use this proves not to be the case, overall a very well put together piece of kit.

Does The Fiskars Weed Remover Work?

The short answer is yes it does but as usual with some variance from the promoted version of events.  It definitely makes light work of weeding and speeds the whole process up immediately, what seemed like 2 or 3 hours work was done in less than half an hour and with no bending or stooping to talk about making it suitable for just about everyone to use.  There is no real strength requirement as the claws do grip the weed very well and other than a bit of wiggling the leverage provided by the foot step is enough to extract all but the toughest of weeds.  A word of warning both very dry and extremely stony ground would make this process difficult and probably impractical for most people.

In open ground it is simple to position the claws, push into the ground and remove the offending weed, it is well designed so you can get weeds right up close to walls or paths but for those really tight to the wall you may have resort to a little manual digging.

Call me a simpleton but with the weed pulling so easy the best part was the release of the weed into the waiting bag, the release action is like that of a pump action shotgun which made me smile every time I used it.  I even acted out a little as i approached the rubbish bag before letting loose with the pump action :).

The Bad Bits

Holes in the ground; believe it or not when you remove the weed it leaves behind a hole in the ground where the weed used to reside.  This seemed obvious to me but if you spend any time on gardening forums and retailers sites it appears many people do not expect to have holes left behind. When you pull a weed with the Fiskars weed puller there is a hole left behind, however it is smaller than the equivalent hole from traditional methods and should be refilled in the same way with the loose dirt from the weed roots.  I personally didn’t use that method but had a bucket of new lawn compost that i filled the holes with.  Whatever way you do it I do not see this as a negative of the product but rather a law of physics or some such thing.

Fiskars weed puller step-by-step

Poor weed pulling; some talk has been about the failure of the tool to pull ‘proper’ weeds like dandelions and docks etc.  Well I can report in my test using the leverage technique above I successfully extracted a dandelion with roots that were almost 8 inches in length.  Of course there will be some that it cannot cope with that have longer and more stubborn roots.  This problem was exacerbated on very dry and hard ground so my suggestion is to only use when the ground is reasonably soft, let’s face it when the ground is extremely hard you wouldn’t get the trowel out for weeding deep tap roots anyway.

Summary

I loved this product; despite hating weeding I found it a great aid to the job making it a super fast and successful endeavour.  However this is not a huge breakthrough in weed removal, it just does what we always have done with a trowel more elegantly, and with a greater degree of success.  The speed with which you can go and pull weeds of all kinds is phenomenal and its best selling point for me closely followed the ease of use regardless of the ability of the user.

Could anything be done better? Yes as always but this is pretty close to being as good as it can be, my main wish would be for a version with slightly longer claws to allow it to deal with longer rooted plants with more success.  about 30% of the long established dandelions i used it on snapped at the root and the longer claws could reduce that further.

 

Have you got one? Do you want one?  Want to leave a review or comment? we would love to hear from you..

Some UK stockists of the Fiskars weed puller are…

Amazon.co.uk from £28.99


Argos Price From £29.99


Homebase current price From £29.99

And in the USA..

Amazon.com current price from $28.49


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Karcher Rechargeable Window Vacuum FAQ’s https://thediypeople.com/karcher-window-vac-faqs/ https://thediypeople.com/karcher-window-vac-faqs/#comments Mon, 23 Apr 2012 12:57:26 +0000 https://thediypeople.com/?p=145 Little did we know when we published our review that it would provoke such a positive response and quite so many questions. In an attempt to answer some of those questions we have created this list of FAQ’s and answers from the most frequently asked questions we have received. What detergent can I use with […]

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Little did we know when we published our review that it would provoke such a positive response and quite so many questions. In an attempt to answer some of those questions we have created this list of FAQ’s and answers from the most frequently asked questions we have received.

What detergent can I use with the Karcher window cleaner?
Simply use any detergent you wish. Karcher of course supply their own and suggest that you use theirs, however there is actually no reason to restrict yourself to that particular detergent. Your own choice is fine as long as it is liquid.

What else can I clean with the Karcher window vac?
It is perfect for shower cubicles, tiled surfaces of any kind and any kind of sealed surface like laminated tables.

How long does the Karcher rechargeable window vac take to charge?
Karcher state a 2 hour recharge time for the WV50 and our review findings tend to support that result, reviews from around the web also seem to suggest that this time is accurate.

How do I empty the Karcher window vac?
Emptying the vac is simplicity itself, just remove the small rubber bung in the tank and pour it straight down the drain. You can see it working in this video.

How does the Karcher window vac work?
It is essentially a hand held vacuum designed for fluid rather than dust, the thing that makes it work so well is the seal the head gets against the surface of the glass allowing it to dry the window completely with just one pass.

Where can I buy the Karcher window vac?
Take a look at our buying guide for more details but you can find it in just about any high street retailer or on their websites. Just be sure to read our buying guide first.

What is the best price for the Karcher window vac?
Well there is no real definitive answer to that but the best price we have found here in the UK is from
Screwfix Direct at £49.99
. Of course there may be opportunities for cheaper deals at eBay.

 

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Genuine KARCHER WV2 WV5 Small Window Vac Suction Blade Nozzle 170mm Vacuum BNIB - Current price: £9.95

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Karcher Window Vac Buying Guide https://thediypeople.com/karcher-window-vac-buying-guide/ https://thediypeople.com/karcher-window-vac-buying-guide/#comments Sun, 22 Apr 2012 07:52:12 +0000 https://thediypeople.com/?p=112 Due to the number of comments received about the statement in the karcher window vac review here that mentions that there are not quite perfect standard WV50 appliances available it appears that clarification of what is meant is required. What was actually said was “As far as we can determine nearly all of the negative […]

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Due to the number of comments received about the statement in the karcher window vac review here that mentions that there are not quite perfect standard WV50 appliances available it appears that clarification of what is meant is required. What was actually said was

As far as we can determine nearly all of the negative reviewers had purchased their products from online sources other than Karcher or Amazon and those that did so via Amazon did so through a marketplace seller (not from Amazon themselves). on further investigation these sellers appear to be selling returns or ‘A’ grade or ‘B’ grade electronics”.

First a quick explanation of what these grades are, graded electrical appliances are graded as A or B, A grade are considered perfect and should be complete in every way, some retailers call this ‘open box’ stock as that is the only thing that has happened since they received the item., however B grade covers a vast range of not perfect products but can be ideal for some people. Generally B Grade products would include ex-display, end of line or customer returns that are complete and ‘as new’, they should be complete with instructions, accessories and more importantly the manufacturers warranty will still be valid. The problem is that for some retailers (unscrupulous?) this will also cover stock that I would consider ‘C Grade’ such as products that have been returned by a customer as faulty but it has been used, damaged goods and with some sellers even refurbished is considered ‘B Grade’.

What we found in our research for the main review was that people who were leaving bad reviews regarding battery life and poorly performing accessories were people who, when asked where they bought it from had bought it from said they had bought it from places most of us would not consider mainstream retailers. Ebay is prime suspect here but also Amazon marketplace was mentioned at least once, the way to avoid this is simple, apply the same rules as you do in the off line world. Would you buy this appliance from a street market trader who was selling them at half the retail price? You may be tempted but if you did you wouldn’t really be surprised if it was faulty or damaged in some way. Same applies online, although at least with Amazon marketplace you have the security of their customer service behind the product and returns are not a problem.

To buy from eBay, Amazon ‘MarketPlace’ or some other online retailer that you do not recognise then ensure you do your homework, make sure they explicitly state somewhere in the sales page that they are setting official merchandise and not graded or returned items. Note however that you only need to worry about Amazon marketplace sellers not Amazon themselves, if the item is supplied by Amazon it can be trusted, however if buying after clicking where it says ‘available from these sellers’ then please take 5 minutes to read the sellers profile and feedback before buying. Ebay is exactly the same, ensure you read the feedback for the seller you are considering and preferably about the same product, the images below show you how to make sure that Amazon are the supplier.

We love Amazon and eBay here at the DIY People as they certainly push prices down for consumers so please don’t think we are ‘warning you off’ either of those market places, quite the opposite but you need to know how to shop successfully at these places. We know 95% already know this but we get enough questions about it that it should be made clear.

As for the other buying guide question of where to buy the karcher window vac?

 

UK Retailers

Price

US Retailers

Price

Amazon.co.uk  £47.99 Amazon.com  $69.46

 £50 ish – Variable Tyler Tool $79.99
Argos  £59.99
$79.99
Screwfix Direct  £69.99

We have received a number of common questions about the window vac which we will be addressing in the next post..

 

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Karcher Window Vac https://thediypeople.com/karcher-window-vac/ https://thediypeople.com/karcher-window-vac/#comments Wed, 11 Apr 2012 10:20:59 +0000 https://thediypeople.com/?p=32 Karcher Rechargeable Window Vac WV50 Review When it comes to cleaning windows everyone has their own idea or system that is simply the best way to have shiny clean windows with no messiness or having any streaks left behind, the Karcher window vac puts them all to shame especially when it comes to simplicity and […]

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Karcher Rechargeable Window Vac WV50 Review

karcher window vacWhen it comes to cleaning windows everyone has their own idea or system that is simply the best way to have shiny clean windows with no messiness or having any streaks left behind, the Karcher window vac puts them all to shame especially when it comes to simplicity and ease of use.

Most systems for cleaning your windows to a streak free finish follow the same lines, the windows are washed using some form of water and detergent mix and then either wiped with a rubber blade or dried in some way or another. Lots of methods exist for keeping then streak free, adding vinegar to the water, lemon juice is another favourite, drying them with newspaper rather than a cloth is another often mentioned way of maintain the clarity of the glass. The problem with all these systems is not that they do not work but more about the complexity and general inefficiency of the whole process add to that the fact that you can spend as much time clearing up the mess you have made as you spent cleaning the windows and it all becomes a bit of a burden.

Karcher Window Vacuum

The Karcher window vac changes all that as it is simplicity itself in use and how it works, it does away with the need to have different cloths or newspapers for drying and it completely removes any mess involved, no drips or smears just perfectly clean and smear free windows every time, so how does it work?

It is actually simplicity itself, basically it consists or a rechargeable cordless handheld vacuum designed to suck the dirty water off your windows into a containing tank eliminating the dripping of dirty water associated with wiping surfaces. This vacuuming action as opposed to the traditional wiping action ensures the windows are hygienically clean without leaving streaks or smears. See the video below to see how simple it really is.

 

Buy From Ebay

Genuine KARCHER WV2 WV5 Small Window Vac Suction Blade Nozzle 170mm Vacuum BNIB - Current price: £9.95

Karcher Window Vac Battery Charger GB 26331150 / 2.633-115.0 - Current price: £17.49

- Current price: £18.00 - Auction

Karcher WV2 Window Vac Handheld Rechargeable Glass Cleaner - new - Current price: £33.50

KARCHER 280MM SQUEEGEE FOR WINDOW VAC BRAND NEW 2.633-005.0 - Current price: £15.00

KARCHER 170MM WINDOW SQUEEGEE FOR WINDOW VAC BRAND NEW 2.633-104.0 - Current price: £10.00

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The vac itself is extremely comfortable to use due to its lightweight nature making for easy working without effort even for people who have moderately restricted motion, the small and lightweight nature of it also means that it is easy to store and does not require a lot of storage space which is very important to a lot of people.

With the unit being cordless and lightweight you might expect the battery life to be an issue but our own findings here and the experience of users reporting both here and on other sites is unanimously that it is not a consideration. Our unit here runs very well for over 30 minutes on a full charge (which takes about 2 hours) which is more than enough time to do an average houseful of windows and doors. The stated running time by Karcher is 20 minutes which is less than we actually get but still ample for most household’s needs which basically means that there is no sacrifice of usability for the convenience of cordless operation.

The bad bits.
We do not see these problems with our machine, however these are taken from our reviewers and various other reviews from product users elsewhere. There seems to be three recurring complaints about the Karcher window vac, one is about the battery life one about the water reservoir and one about the accessory pack, we will deal with each one individually here.

Battery life
Karcher claim a battery life of 20 minutes of usage on a full charge cleaning around 10-15 windows, our own experience is of about 30 minutes of usage. Some people seem to be finding that the battery life gets nowhere near this and having spent a lot of time researching this we think we know why that is. As far as we can determine nearly all of the negative reviewers had purchased their products from online sources other than Karcher or Amazon and those that did so via Amazon did so through a marketplace seller (not from Amazon themselves). on further investigation these sellers appear to be selling returns or ‘A’ grade or ‘B’ grade electronics. These are generally considered to be as good as perfect but with potential problems like missing instruction booklets or packaging in the case of A grade and some minor faults or marks in the case of ‘B’ grade. Our impression is that these products have been sold as perfect but have manifested the battery problem, this is entirely based on our own observations and those of literally hundreds of user reviews around the web.

Water reservoir
The complaints around the water reservoir tank are that it is simply too small, we would agree with that sentiment but also understand that a larger tank would impede portability and add weight as the tank filled. In our opinion we think that Karcher have got this about right in balance, emptying the tank is not difficult, it does not require the removal of the tank or any other complex operation and the pay off in portability and comfort is without doubt a price worth paying.

karcher window vacuum WV50 plusAccessories
The Karcher window vac (WV50) plus comes with additional equipment which includes a detergent spray bottle with a cleaning cloth that fits to the top to make the cleaning part easy and a one handed operation, in our model this works just fine although we have since dispensed with it and use an independent spray bottle and cloth. There are a number of complaints that the bottle does not fit securely into the cap and will fall out on occasion spilling water and detergent everywhere as the open top bottle hits the floor. We can find no evidence of this being only from suppliers that may be selling sub standard (although legitimate) products and seems like it may be something that should be dealt with. Our suggestion is that if this worries you then do not buy the ‘plus’ version of the vacuum but stick only to the basics and get the vacuum alone, this does not affect how it works in anyway and in fact we dispensed with the bottle and attachments pretty quickly anyway.

The battery charger
We disliked the battery charger immensely, having what amounted to a plug, cable and connector we felt was a bit rubbish, some of us felt it would have been better with a cradle type of charger that the unit sat in to recharge, perhaps the unlikely possibility of a water spill means they were not allowed to use such a unit, we don’t know but will give that as a possibility. The other option is to have the battery external a bit like a cordless drill where it can be removed from the unit to be recharged, this allows for the possibility of having additional batteries so one can be charging whilst the other is in use extending the usage time by double if not more – Are you listening Karcher?

Summary

The Karcher Window Vac (WV50) is an outstanding piece of kit and a game changer for cleaning windows. The finish gained by using this product is without doubt as perfect as you can get and out performs any other system we have tried between us here, in fact it is better than the way most professional window cleaners leave your windows (I have long suspected window cleaners deliberately leave at least one smear on every window they clean just to show they have been!).  It allows you to get those perfect results quickly, easily and conveniently with its cordless power and simple design making it a breeze for anyone to use. There is no dripping of dirty water and the user has no contact with the dirty water and streaks on the finished window become a thing of the past.

karcher rechargeable window vacThe WV50 can be used for more than just windows, it can cope perfectly with..

  • windows
  • rooflights
  • tiled walls or surfaces
  • mirrors
  • glass surfaces like tables
  • shower cubicles
  • any flat solid surfaces (non porous)

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UK Stockists of the Karcher window vac…

Buy it on Amazon from £45.00

Buy it from eBay – £45.00

Buy it from Argos £59.99 – Currently Out of Stock 26/04/2012.

Buy it from Screwfix – £49.99

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UPDATE – June 2017

Just wanted to clarify a point that has been emailed to us several times and has been mentioned in the reviews and comments below. The water reservoir is removable so you can wipe over the whole machine and in theory you can clean the inside of the water tank by filling it through the inlet our outlet holes, giving it a shake then empty via the rubber bung outlet. This is not ideal by any stretch of the imagination for cleaning the vac water tank but it is possible. We felt that people were saying the water tank is not removable when it clearly is as can be seen in the first of the videos in this post.

Hope that clarifies the situation for anyone wondering


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