Showing posts with label Cleaning. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cleaning. Show all posts

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Project 365: Days 1-4

I attempted to join in with The Boy And Me and Project 365 last year, but only made it halfway.  This year I want to complete the whole year, so after reading a few tips here are my first few days.


Day 1: Cluedo - Santa got the board game Cluedo for the boys for Christmas (mainly because mummy mentioned that it was her favourite childhood board game), so we pulled this out to play.  It took a while for the boys to get the gist of the game, so I won and was accused of cheating for the rest of the night.  My 7 year old is such a sore loser ;-)

Day 2: Mickey - I was trying to get a good shot of my youngest in the bath, but he insisted that I took a photo of his favourite bath toy - Mickey - too.  

Day 3: Cleaning - O decided that he wanted to help me with the cleaning, but he was far more interested in what the suction felt like on his hand.  I love this photo as he just looks so cheeky.

Day 4: Superheroes - O tried on his new superhero onesie and was fully getting into character.


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Monday, 29 July 2013

AEG UltraCaptic - The Final Review

I have been using the UltraCaptic for a few weeks now and I feel that I've put it through its paces so it's time to give an update on how we're getting on.  To cut a long story short AEG promises powerful multi cyclonic suction and easier emptying and that is exactly what I got.

The digital display makes it easy to see the power level and it's really easy to increase, or decrease, the suction depending on the floor type.  There are five power levels to choose from, and the suction is incredible, even on low power.  I had to turn it right down on a few of my carpets as it was threatening to suck them right up!



The telescopic handle makes cleaning those hard to reach areas much easier (especially for a vertically challenged person such as myself). 

I can finally reach into the top corners without using a chair!

It comes with three different nozzles: the AeroPro Silent nozzle, which really does reduce noise levels, a Turbo nozzle making pet hairs easy to pick up, and a Parketto nozzle which is great for hard floors. There is also a brilliantly designed 3-in-1 tool featuring a brush, crevice nozzle and an upholstery nozzle (I found out what it was called!) all in one little tool. The AeroPro Silent nozzle has side brushes which clean right up to the skirting boards, reducing the need to use the crevice nozzle and, more importantly, reducing my cleaning time, which is really what most of us are after.

The AeroPro Ergo handle made it very easy to handle and I was able to push it around with a lot less effort than an ordinary vacuum cleaner.  It is very easy to maneuver and glides around on its soft wheels. You can also store it vertically or horizontally as there are parking clips on the side and back of the cleaner.The HEPA 13allergy filtration makes it great for anyone suffering from an allergy and this filter is removable and washable
Parked horizontally
Parked vertically














Hygienic Hepa Filter is great for allergy sufferers and it cleans the air

The compact body means it fits into small places and I found it really easy to clean my car after our trip away.  Three children in the back of a car for three hours meant there was one big mess!

It fits perfectly in the back of my car

I wanted to see how quickly I could whizz around my house changing between different floor surfaces such as carpet, lino, tiles and laminate flooring.  I was amazed when I maned to do the whole house in 15 minutes, saving me at least 10 minutes on my normal cleaning time.  The AeroPro Silent nozzle managed to clean right up to the skirting boards and got into the corners so there was no need to keep changing the nozzle like I normally do which saved me loads of time.  The flexible nozzle was able to lie quite flat so I was about to clean under furniture easily.

I actually worked out that I can do the laminate floors downstairs in less that five minutes, making it perfect for running around quickly before guests arrive.

I did get my oldest son to help out with his room and here is what he thought.


His room is quite small and he has to get under his mid sleeper but the UltraCaptic did a brilliant job, even if it was a bit too powerful for him.  Maybe I should have turned it down a bit.

What is really great is that I am finally able to clean when the children are in bed thanks to the AeroPro Silent nozzle.  This is definitely needed as what is the oint in cleaning when the children are still awake?  Within 10 minutes I would have to do it all over again.

What I love about it is the Compact and Go system.  Emptying the vacuum cleaner is a bit like putting petrol in the car for me.  It's something that has to be done but I will leave it until the very last minute to do.  It's boring and tedious and to be honest, I wish that someone else would do it for me.  But that was before I had the UltraCaptic.  It's so easy to do and a bit gadgety (I don't think that's even a word) and that it makes me want to have a go.  Though I have shown hubby how to do it for when the novelty wears off.

Here is how it's done....


So that's it really.  I love the design.  It has fantastic suction.  I get my vacuum cleaning done much faster than normal.  It has every gadget that I could possibly need.  I couldn't really ask for more.  Thanks AEG.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

AEG UltraCaptic Review

I applied to test the AEG UltraCaptic and was extremely excited when I found out that I had been successful.  It's not that I love cleaning, in fact it's quite the contrary.  It's just that I'm on an eternal quest for find things that will make cleaning easier because, let's face it, it's something that has to be done.

When it arrived I was a bit worried about taking it out of the box.  After all, in my head I was imagining a cleaner that was going to change my life and what if it didn't live up to that?  I didn't want to be let down.  But I had to find out.


So I opened the box to find a machine that certainly looks the part.



I do admit to just looking at it for quite some time.  I did touch it once or twice too.  I eventually realised that I actually needed to take it out of the box and get it set up.  There were a few parts to put together and I checked the manual to ensure that I did it correctly, but it wasn't too difficult.


One thing did baffle me though.  Where were all the attachments that you normally get with a cleaner?  All that was there was this brush.

Then I noticed that on the brush it said 3 in 1.  So another quick check of the manual shows to attach it the other way around for the nozzle.  Very clever.

And the third?  Just open the nozzle out for the other attachment (I have no idea what to call this so please let me know if you do).


It is ingenious.  No more attachments that always go missing as this attaches to the UltraCaptic so it's always available when you need it.  I love it!

So I admit that it looks good.  But what does it claim to do?

The product summary on the AEG says that is "provides powerful cleaning, and cleaner and easier emptying".   The UltraCaptic compacts the dust before emptying "allowing for a controlled disposal".  I do like the sound of that.  I don't know how many times I've emptied previous vacuum cleaners only for half the dust to go flying area meaning that I needed to vacuum again!

It's got HEPA 13 allergy filtration that lets out nothing but fresh air, so is perfect is someone in the family suffers from an allergy.

It's got an AeroPro silent nozzle which claims to ensure "quick, spotless results" on different surfaces.  Hopefully it will be quieter than other vacuum cleaners that I've owned as the children always complain that I'm disturbing them when I clean, and god forbid that I ever try and vacuum when they're in bed.

It also claims to be easy to maneuver and can be stored both upright and horizontally.

So does it live up to these claims?  You'll have to find out in my next post as all the excitement of opening and putting together the UltraCaptic has exhausted me so I'm way too tired to do any cleaning today.



Look out for posts from the other AEG testers on the AEG Facebook page.  One of us is going to be crowned AEG Ambassador.


Sunday, 5 May 2013

Project 365: Days 118 - 124




Day 118: Spring clean - I spent most of today cleaning and I can honestly say that the novelty of having a steam cleaner hasn't worn off yet.  If it stood still for long enough, it got cleaned.

Day 119: Swing - I love these nice days when the boys get to go out to play after school.  Here my oldest boy is enjoying himself on the swing.

Day 120: Bubble wrap - Is there anything better than bubble wrap?  I had a delivery of cleaning products today and there was loads of bubble wrap in the box.  The boys spent ages popping it before my middle boy decided to wrap himself up in it.

Day 121: Bouncing - another lovely day so another day on the garden after school.  The boys love the trampoline and spend hours bouncing on it.

Day 122: Tractor ride - we had to go shopping today and I let my little one nag talk me into letting him go on  the little tractor ride.  He did enjoy it but I know that next time we go shopping he'll be expecting to go on it again.

Day 123: Gardening - my little one planted some sunflower seeds today.  He had great fun digging in the compost and loved getting dirty.  

Day 124: Daddy's shoes - he was very sweet stomping around wearing daddy's shoes today.  It reminds me of a picture that my parents had when I was small called 'Mummy's Shoes'.  Everyone thought I looked like the little girl in the picture.

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Monday, 26 March 2012

Mummy's little helpers! Really? Where?

I have always said that I'm going to bring my boys up knowing how to do all the household chores.  This probably stems from having a husband who can't cook, doesn't know how to turn on the washing machine, and downright refuses to clean the toilet.  But somehow, my boys have got to almost 6, 4 and 1 (okay, I haven't got to worry about the little one yet) and still think that the housework is my responsibility.  They do absolutely nothing to help around the house, in fact, they take their clothes off and just leave them on the floor wherever they fall.
Oliver thinks you just need to lick the plate to clean it
Now, if truth be told I hate housework.  I am a great believer in doing it only when I absolutely have to, i.e. when I have visitors.  Luckily for my husband and children (though unluckily for me) that means I have to do some cleaning every week.  Although I hate it, I'm also a stickler for doing things properly.  I admit to being a bit of a control freak which doesn't usually work in my favour (my husband now refuses to load the dishwasher because I tell him off for doing it wrong).  I knew I needed to put this aside in order to teach my lovely boys the joys of housework.  I would hate to think that any future partner of theirs will complain about their lack of domestic skills the way that I do some women do about theirs.

Plus I was being nagged by the older two because they had been given a task in their last kickboxing lesson. Do a job for mum or dad every day for a week.  If they get seven ticks they'll get a sticker.  So I had to come up with a plan.  What could they help me with?  My vacuum cleaner is heavy and cumbersome; to be fair they'd never manage it (it's also been giving me static shocks and I don't want to scare them for life!); I suppose they could help load the dishwasher (I'll just have to reorganise it when they're not looking); and maybe a bit of lower lever dusting and polishing (after all they do create all the smears and smudges down there).

I decided they should start with the basics - making their own beds and tidying up their toys.

Day 1 and there was a lot of complaining.  I mean LOTS!  I threatened them with no tick on their chart and they begrudgingly pulled their covers up and threw some toys back into containers.  All for a sticker!  Who knew?!

Days 2 to 4 and there was less complaining with each day.  They were excited to get their tick and kept making sure that I was happy with their work.

The turning point came on Day 5.  They made their beds without having to be asked!!  Even more, they were folding their pyjamas and putting them on the bed, instead of throwing them on the floor.  Result!  (Their clothes were still being taken off and dropped on the floor of course, but one step at a time).

Zac making his bed with a smile!
Ethan tidying his toys away










Ethan had been the worst culprit at getting out every single toy that he owns, and then leaving them lying around.  But even he started to realise that tidying up wasn't so bad after all.  With the incentive of getting a whole sticker at the end of it, wouldn't you??

Even the baby joined in with the fun.  Get them started young and all that.
Multi-tasking


I think he needs cleaning more than the floor!













So with the tick chart complete and the sticker gained, that's the end, right?  No way.  I've got plans for my boys.  Next week we are moving on to 'hanging the coat up instead of throwing it on the floor' lesson, before starting on the 'wiping your own wee off the toilet seat' lesson (that one I'm really looking forward to).  By the time I've finished with them they will be domestic gods.  If only I can give up some control.  I will try, honest.........

This post is my entry to become a Morphy Richards Innovator