Karcher Window Vacuum; Karcher, are you listening?



Oh, how I wish this post was sponsored, that I had a payback due for what essentially will be a paeon of praise for a household gadget that I just LOVE.


But, alas, I am not being paid for this and Karcher didn't provide my little vac. *sigh*.
I do have Amazon affiliation, though, so any links you click through from the post will have a little (like 2p) payback into an Amazon Voucher fund that may, in years to come, finance a small purchase or two (they only pay back after I've amassed £25 of vouchers. I'm not going to get rich off it).

A little while ago I borrowed one of these, Karcher WV2 2nd Generation Window Vacuum Cleaner off my Dad. He'd been telling me how good they were and how easy it was to use, how quick he could clean the windows in the whole house, how it handles tiles and just how invaluable he found it. I borrowed it off me Dad.

Now, the way it usually works is that Dad has a gadget, I borrow it, keep it and either he asks for it eventually after a few months at which point I plead ignorance and he gets a new one or he actually physically comes to look for it, grabs it and I never get to borrow it again. Not so with the Karcher. I had it for three days- three days only- before he asked for it back and had it collected and out of the door.
But in those three days I had really enjoyed it. I had cleaned every available window, wiped over the bathroom tiles and was feeling virtuously clean.  My house was looking sparkly at last. Clean windows just have that effect on you, don't they? And streak free windows more than anything else. I have never managed streak free windows, not even with newspaper or windowlene or anything.

And after the month had passed I asked Dad could I borrow it again. No, he was using it. Whatever day I wanted it, he was using it. Apparently he has had to wrestle it from the hands of all the sisters-in-law he lent it to and is not going to let it out of his house again. I could clean my windows but only if I could take them out of the frames and get them to Rainhill. Yeah, really.

I saved up, putting a couple of pounds aside from the housekeeping until I could cover the cost, and then I took the plunge. God bless Amazon. Karcher WV2 2nd Generation Window Vacuum Cleaner It's up there at £39.99 instead of £59.99. With free delivery.

And last week and this week I have decorated. Once I finished the rooms, cleaning the windows is just the finishing touch that makes them shine. It's easy. You use a bucket of warm water with a small squidge of washing up liquid, wipe over the glass and then suck it off with the vac. It won't work well on antique criss cross style glass, but straight flat glass is easy. It's so easy I showed my eldest how to do it and he has done all the available windows he could reach. We had some fun before I told him that you don't slosh the water on the window without squeezing the sponge out, but now he's good to go.

And my house is clean and shining in the sun again. Even my shower room has a streak-free shine.


Do you think I should ask Karcher for some money back for such a positive review? Do you have one, and how do you find it?

Comments

  1. I don't have one of these but I have looked at them before. We don't have a window cleaner and I have tried numerous ways of replicating their Zorro-style squeegeeing that doesn't leave my windows looking - well - Zorro'd. It's not been good. It is good to hear such a glowing review of this, though, and I might well now consider getting one in the future xx

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    1. Well worth it; I need to post the before and after pictures, don't I? I'll get them up next time!

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  2. I heard from my parents - very hard people to impress - that this was a great piece of kit, and now I hear the same from you I really want one!!! Glad that you got your own! How funny about your Dad not wanting to let it out of his sight now, that alone says it must be good doesn't it!!!! xx

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    1. The Trolley Jack, a box of screws of different sizes and this; they're the three things you risk your life for to borrow off Dad.

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  3. Must admit I'd never heard of it / been aware of such a product. Maybe in the dim, distant future when our house is organised and painted I could look into borrowing one from someone and giving it a go. Where are the 'before' and 'after' pictures? Judy X

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    1. I could put the after pictures, since they're completely streak free windows, but do you know how hard it actually is to get the camera to focus on the dirt on the windows and not the stuff through the window? I'll have a second go! In a few weeks when the windows are dirty again.

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  4. Bless your Dad - you missed a trick though - you should have said you were happy for him to pop to your house with said gadget and do it for you and you wouldn't touch it...... always good when you splurge and it's worth it.

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    1. Being a good yorkshire lass you'll appreciate quality and value. Function ahead of form, isn't it?


      My Dad's got wise to me over the years. He might come with the vac, but I'd have to do the bloody things!!!

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  5. The link to Amazon is broken... error 404... how many 2p have you lost?

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    1. Please don't tell me I lost yours, Steve? I've fixed the link; it's working now! And thanks for pointing it out; it's good to know you are still reading me even if I'm really bad at putting Filofax and Traveller's Notebook content up!

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  6. I think I need one of these. We have a lot of big windows and upvc and something like this would really help. So far, my window cleaning method involves not cleaning them. My husband is obsessed with the idea of getting a steam cleaner and keeps banging on about that. Let us know if you ever buy and review one of them! x

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  7. I need one.....! We live in an area with really hard water and the shower room always looks streaky (and, quite frankly, a bit of a mess). Thanks for the 'top tip'! Jx

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  8. I would love one and have been wondering are they really as good as I hoped. I have a cheapo steam cleaner for floors only. What I'd really like is an all singing, all dancing steam cleaner. The type that does everything.

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