Unlike conventional vacuum cleaners, a washing vacuum cleaner will help you clean carpets, upholstered furniture, tiles in the bathroom and kitchen, and even wash windows. Not to mention the fact that such a vacuum cleaner can pull in dust and, like its usual counterpart, dry it. The difference lies in the presence of two containers for clean and dirty water required for wet cleaning. Detergents can be added to the fresh water tank for more efficient cleaning and a pleasant scent.
The washing vacuum cleaner operates according to the following scheme: water is supplied through a hose to the nozzles, through which, under pressure, water with detergent is sprayed onto the washing surface – floor, carpet or upholstered furniture. The detergent removes the dirt, after which the dirty water is sucked back into the dirty water tank. After washing, the washing surface dries up in just a few minutes. So, for example, after cleaning the carpet with a washing vacuum cleaner, it becomes not only cleaner, but the usual colors return to it, and you can walk on it in a few minutes.
In the presence of pets – dogs, cats, rabbits, and so on, the washing vacuum cleaner allows you to efficiently remove hair from all surfaces. From what has been said it becomes clear that the owners of small apartments, where there are no carpets and no pets, should not purchase a washing vacuum cleaner.
When choosing the type of washing vacuum cleaner, you should pay attention to parameters such as suction power, power consumption, volume of water tanks, filtration system and design features.
The suction power shows how quickly the vacuum cleaner can handle dirt. If the apartment has a lot of carpets, then you should choose a washing vacuum cleaner with a suction power of at least 400 W (the maximum indicator on the market for industrial vacuum cleaners is 1,000 W).
The power consumption shows how much electricity the washing vacuum cleaner consumes during operation. There are devices in which a vacuum cleaner with a high suction power consumes less electricity! Therefore, buyers need to be careful. The volume of the water tank is selected depending on the area of the room to be cleaned. For a large apartment, a 5 liter tank is desirable. However, such types are rare, so the hostess of a large apartment must be ready to constantly add water with detergents to the tank with clean water.
The water tank retains most of the sucked-in dust. The main one, but not all. To prevent the remaining part of the dust from getting into the air during cleaning, additional filters are used in the device. Aquafilter and HEPA filters have proven themselves best; filter-separators and S-filters, which are able to retain almost all dust.
By design, washing vacuum cleaners are vertical and horizontal. The former are large in size, the latter are similar to ordinary vacuum cleaners. The freedom of movement is provided by an electric cord with a length of at least 6 meters. Unfortunately, the noise level can reach 85 decibels.
There is another category – robotic vacuum cleaners. They are equipped with small water tanks: such robots are not very suitable for cleaning large rooms, but they can keep the apartment clean.
One of the most popular washing vacuum cleaners is the Thomas Aqua Pet & Family Waschsauger Staubsauger with prices ranging from € 187.00 to € 259.00. It has a power consumption of 1,700 W, is equipped with a cord 8 meters long, the exhaust air is cleaned by a fine filter and an aquafilter (1 liter), it is possible to use a 6 liter dust bag. The set includes several attachments, including for cleaning upholstered furniture, removing hair, and so on.
The Bosch BWD421PRO washer vacuum cleaner has a good price-performance ratio starting at € 320.00. It has a power consumption of 2,100 W, is equipped with a 12-meter cord, and a HEPA filter provides cleaning of the outgoing air; the buyer receives a brush for upholstered furniture, parquet, universal and several other attachments.
Prepared by Alex GRADOV.
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