I’ve seen a few window vacuum cleaners on the internet or on adverts and I have always really wanted one. I have no idea why, maybe it’s the FOMO in me. I was too excited for a normal person when asked if I’d like to review the Vileda Windomatic Window Vacuum Cleaner. It’s the simple things in life that keep me happy!
Why I wanted a Vileda Windomatic
One of the things I really struggle with is anything that effects my raynaud’s and cleaning the windows is one of those things. I get really sore fingers, especially when I’m outside cleaning. The whole spray spray spray, rub rub rub, find other cloth, rub rub rub, get angry about the streakyness or bits I’ve missed as well as feeling headachey from the smell of the chemicals gets old. And so I don’t clean my windows as often as I should. Then I sit in my warm house glaring at the filth that dare cling to my windows. I live on a main road, so there’s a lot of filth.
mainly partly wanted it just because I love a cleaning gadget, but the more I thought about it the more I realised I can actually do so much more with it than clean the windows.
More than a window vacuum
The Vileda Windomatic is really handy for our bathroom which is designed terribly. It’s small so we have a shower over bath. Which is obviously next to the window and therefore a window ledge where water sits. There’s also another ledge directly below the shower head (which drips as you turn it off) that collects water. As a result, some of the sealant has gone really yucky and some of the tiles are covered in limescale despite regular cleaning with viakal. Sigh. In fact sitting water is a recurring theme because I always end up with a puddle of water on the worktop next to my kitchen sink. And I have a 4 year old, who gets the blame for spilling things.
Oh…and then there’s the condensation….in bedrooms, the bathroom and our kitchen. Ventilation in our house is terrible. Not forgetting there’s the child that licks windows and stuffs his entire face on to it.
How it works
Basically, the Vileda Windomatic is like a squeegee shaped vacuum cleaner. So you just wash your window as normal then take off the excess liquid with the vacuum. As I’m pretty fed up with the chemical induced headaches from the special anti-streak window cleaner I decided to experiment with soapy water. The Vileda Windomatic says it can leave windows streak free, so what better way to test it than with plain old soapy water. I just cleaned the dirt off with a regular dishcloth then used the Windomatic to get rid of the water. The result was a beautifully shiny window!
The head tilts so you can go from top to bottom of the window. You can turn it sideways too to get all the bits across the bottom or in hard to reach places. The only places that I really struggled was behind taps. It’s like one of those little dust buster machines with a squeegee head on, so naturally it can be quite difficult in tight spaces. The tilting head, once again, is handy here though.
As soon as I opened the box the Vileda Windomatic was plugged in charging. We left it overnight but it takes around 6 hours to get a full charge. From that charge you can clean around 60m² or use it for around 20 minutes. I haven’t cleaned all of the windows in my house yet, but I have used it sporadically, mainly in the bathroom and after a week has only just needed to be charged.
What we thought
It’s been brilliant at sucking up all of the standing water in my bathroom and it is living in there for the moment. It’s also really easy to empty the water reservoir, which holds 100ml. It doesn’t sound much but actually unless you’re clearing up a big spill it’s more than enough.
We’ve also used it to suck up the condensation on our bedroom windows. I’d usually have to use a squeegee and then mop up all the water with a towel. It’s really handy being able to tip the water away. I always thought it was like a vicious circle using the squeegee and towel because I wasn’t actually getting rid of the water. It’s also so easy to use that even Oliver has been having a go.
My mother in law spotted it in the bathroom one day and had a quick go on our bathroom mirror which was steamed up and has now put it on her shopping list. My mother in law is pretty tough to please, in fact R often refuses to buy something if his mum wouldn’t buy it. He asks her opinion on so much that he even wanted her opinion on a step ladder for the kitchen!! That’s why we have given the vileda windomatic a 5 star rating.
We were sent the Vileda Windomatic Window Vacuum Cleaner for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Which is more than can be said of my fiancé.