Every room in my home probably has some sign of a misdemeanour left behind by one of my four pets, and that's all fine. Every pet owner expects a bit of carpet wear and tear.
I could probably do without the blinds being bashed around by nosey dogs (Danny and Chris), carpets being scratched to flex muscles and impress the nosey boys (looking at you Catface) and cupboards being broken by attempted burglars (Mia) if I'm honest though.
This year, perhaps above any other, our carpets have taken a bit of a beating because of Danny, our six-ish-year-old rescue dog.
Danny went through a phase of dribbling on the carpet, turning a cream carpet (I know, I'm an idiot, why have light cream carpets and dark coated dogs) into a Dalmatian look-a-like, so when Vax kindly offered us the chance to review their Vax Platinum Power Max Carpet Cleaner (£249.00) I thought it might make cleaning up behind him, in particular, an easier task.
Mia and Chris
Vax Platinum Power Max Carpet Cleaner: First Impressions
When the Vax carpet cleaner first arrived, I was keen to give it a try because of Danny's staining so when the first warm day presented itself, and if you like the sun, this year has been a lucky one for warm days, I set about putting the cleaner to the test.
Alongside the carpet cleaner itself, which has two tanks, one for clean water and one for dirty water, the Vax came with a 250ml bottle of pre-treatment solution and wand to put in the top of the bottle and turn it into a spray, as well as two 250ml bottles of Platinum carpet cleaning solution.
There was also a hard floor adapter to attach to the brush head when cleaning hard floors and three tools to help make cleaning surfaces like sofas or stairs easy - a flexible hose, a compact wash tool and a SpinScrub tool - and a Vax branded bag to put them all in.
The Vax Platinum Power Max fits intuitively together but the instructions are a helpful backup.
It has a wash and rinse mode and there are two settings to use - one which gives a deep clean and one called quick dry, which is mean to leave carpets dry in as little as one hour.
Before getting started, I vacuumed the living room with the Vax Blade 2 Max (received for review a few months back) to get rid of as many excess pet hairs as possible.
Because of the extreme nature of Danny's dribbling at that time, I thought the carpet would need any extra help it could get, so I then used the pre-cleaning treatment solution to prep the whole carpet for cleaning.
Our home is largely open plan downstairs so I knew that saying 'okay I'll do the living room' wouldn't be a quick job, but I knew it would also be the best area for me to go over to get a good feel for how the carpet cleaner would perform under pretty extreme circumstances. In other words, I knew I'd be putting the Vax through one of its toughest challenges.
I decided to try the quick dry mode first to find out exactly how it would perform on a stained carpet like this, mainly so I knew when it would be right to use it in the future and get the right results.
To use, switch on and move slowly forward, holding down the lever/trigger on the handle as you do. This essentially releases the cleaning solution into the carpet.
Then, pull the cleaner backwards, slowly again, and release the lever as you do. This then gives the cleaner the chance to suck up the water, solution and dirt from the carpet.
Vax suggests to repeat up to four times in the same area before moving onto other areas. They also say the more dry passes you do, pulling the cleaner backwards with no lever pressed down, the drier the carpet will be, so the carpet will take a shorter amount of time to dry.
I managed to get away with using the quick dry clean on some areas of the carpet where there were cleaning marks showing a difference between light/dark spots more than anything, but on all others, I had to go with a more intense clean and probably would have been best to do a deep clean from start to finish. But I learnt what I needed to by going with the quick dry clean first, all part of the learning curve.
The cord is a really good length, I didn't have any issues moving from one end of the room to the other without running out of cord length.
In the end, it took me a couple of hours to finish cleaning. The cleaner itself was easy to empty, rinse and clean the filters, brush head and tanks before putting away.
Luckily, the weather was pretty warm and we didn't need to use the room that day. The carpet took all day to dry, six hours or so on the areas which had a heavier clean.
Before & After Carpet Photos
To show the progress, I took a series of before and after photos. I have labelled them by area so they match up.
Before area 1:
After area 1:
Before area 2:
After area 2:
Before area 3:
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Vax Platinum Power Max Carpet Cleaner: Final Thoughts
As a carpet cleaner, either an alternative to having to spend time scrubbing carpets on your hands and knees or getting a professional in to do the job, it's well priced at less than £250 I'd say. It also recently won the Which? Best Buy award and Good Housekeeping scored it 98/100.
But would I recommend?
I would. But with this caveat, I know when we review vacuums, weight is always an issue people consider so it's worth bearing in mind that this is a pretty sturdy and therefore fairly heavy piece of equipment.
Albeit the weight is in line with other carpet cleaners I've tested, it might be too heavy for some to use. If that's the case their compact cleaner might be worth investigating. Reviews of this are equally favourable and the cost is very competitive compared to other carpet cleaners.
I didn't find it entirely easy to use the first time around, getting to grips with holding the lever and manoeuvering back and forward and so on, but the results were impressive enough for me to say 'okay, that was worth it' and learn from the experience.
After cleaning, the carpet was 100% better. I think the before and after photos show this better than I could ever say. The carpet looked so clean and fresh and the room smelt wonderful thanks to the cleaning solution. Overall, it did the job I needed to and I couldn't ask for more than that.
If you're in the market for a carpet cleaner, I recommend reading more reviews on Vax's own website and other retailers to get a feel for other experiences.
Vax Platinum Power Max Carpet Cleaner Review: A Pet Owner's Opinion
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