There are a lot of cool things out there that make us wonder, “Do they really work?” In our I Tried It series, we set out to use them in the real world and have determined that, in fact, they really do.
On Trial: Karcher WV 1 Plus Window Vacuum
Tester: Brandon Carte, owner of two large pups that slobber all over his sliding glass door and windows.
The Brief: This lightweight window vacuum helps you clean glass from top to bottom with minimal effort on your part.
I’ve always said that laundry is the worst household chore, but that was before I adopted my husky and German shepherd. I love them both to death, but now my sliding glass door is almost always dirty.
When my dogs are outside and want to come in, they’ll pant all over this door and its two neighboring windows. Besides the gross residue of snot and slobber, sometimes they even leave behind stubborn muddy paw prints, nose impressions, and small scratches on the glass. It's nearly impossible to clean this mess up without leaving some streaks and smudges behind.
I took to Amazon to stock up on yet another window cleaner, which is where I stumbled upon the Karcher Window Vacuum. It basically looks like a squeegee on steroids. I’ll be honest — I didn’t have high hopes, but because of its rave reviews, I figured it was worth a shot at testing.
This handheld window vacuum comes with its own cleaning solution and a separate spray bottle that’s affixed to a machine-washable microfiber cloth. Once you run out of the cleaning solution, you can make your own, or refill the bottle with your favorite store-bought glass cleaner.
This device needs about 2 hours to charge up, and then you're ready to go. Realistically, you do two passes when you clean with the Karcher — once with the spray bottle and microfiber cloth to loosen the dirt on the window, then a second time with the window vacuum and squeegee to suck up the dirty cleaning solution.
I was blown away by how effortlessly this vacuum cleaned my windows. I can clean both sides of my 110-by-75-inch windows from top to bottom in less than 5 minutes!
I don’t need to use as much elbow grease to break apart the gunk, either, and the squeegee rarely leaves streaks behind when it sucks up the cleaning solution. When using paper towels, I always had to worry about streaks and drips, but that's not the case anymore.
Closing Argument: Before the Karcher Window Vacuum came into my life, I always put off cleaning my windows. Dare I say it — cleaning them now is actually kinda fun! Even better, I save time, and my windows get sparkling clean with barely any effort.
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