The Vax V125 “All Terrain” floor cleaner does an impressive 5 star job on carpets, but bear in mind a few tips below, as I saw it.
DO NOT attempt to clean carpets if you are in a hurry, unless you want a bad job done and possibly end up breaking something!
Our cleaner leaked from the clean water “solution tank” valve from the outset, it was only a drip every 10 seconds, but I was unable to stop it totally, this was never a huge problem and made no difference to its operation. So as others have said, to save wetting the carpet, lay a towel on the floor to place the cleaner on while filling and emptying the tanks.
On re-assembly at EVERY fill & empty of the tanks, clean the seals of small amounts of carpet fibre, this will help to avoid another common review complaint of water leaks. On the second time the cleaner was used I had trouble getting the top (clean water) tank to seal properly, it took 5 attempts, I may have filled it a little fuller but it was not to the brim. VAX if you are looking, this is an area worthy of re- design and a more positive seal!
Breaking of plastic parts is another complaint, be careful and take time to dismantle and re-assemble, I found the nozzle was difficult to remove and took more force than I imagined it should, The “recovery” (lower) tank must be removed first, I found by placing my index & middle fingers into the duct holes with the seals around, this is the part where the “recovery” tank locates, it requires quite a good tug vertically to remove it, likewise it requires a good firm push to locate it back in position, take care!
The brushes also need quite a bit of fiddling and a tug to remove, I can imagine plastic component breakages occur due to an over snug fit, it’s a pity seals don’t fit as snugly!
Checking and cleaning the rotating brushes and the cassette which hold the brushes regularly is a laborious but really necessary job, one of the failures reported in reviews, was the loss of drive to these brushes, It soon became apparent to me why this happened, they simply became clogged with carpet fibre quite quickly, the fibre would jam the cogs and break the fairly flimsy plastic square drive. I used an old toothbrush and a small screwdriver to hook out all the rubbish, combined with rinsing several times under a tap.
On completion I used a vacuum cleaner on the bristles, a few minutes they were like new again and ready for next time.
The spin scrub and hose attachment did quite a good job on our stair carpet, but it leaked like a monsoon storm, I was unable to stem the flow and ended up placing the complete cleaner on a large tray, but that soon overflowed, poor quality and almost worthy of throwing from the start, that gets the thumbs down for sure.
I bought the cleaner direct from VAX, they had a promotion with the best price I could find, It has a very impressive 6 year guarantee, I also bought additional cleaning fluid (also on offer) I tried both VAX “Ultimate” and “AAA” I also purchased 3 x 5 litres (3 gallons) of a commercial cleaner from e-bay, the company Hygiene Supplies Direct, their product HSD, was every bit as good, I was unable to differentiate between the 3 products on cleaning power, except the price for HSD was only £19.25 including p&p, so is without doubt, FAR better value for money than buying any other cleaner I could find at the time.
I noticed a comment in my search for the “PERFECT” carpet cleaner, appealing for James Dyson to produce a design to clean carpets and floors etc. I agree, it would surely encourage the rest to pull their socks up a bit.
Lastly, making something to a low price has its “own price to pay” This quote from Astronaut John Glen sums it up beautifully for me.
As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind - every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder.
Hope this helps in your search,
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