Australian T3 - - MAN VS TECH -

kitchen floor – the per­fect ex­cuse for an­other test! I quickly grab a mop and bucket. It gets the job done, but leaves the floor slick and I now have litres of dirty water to dis­pose of. The hefty Vor­w­erk Kobold SP600 hard floor cleaner, on the other hand, mops and hoovers at the same time.

On the base is a large clean­ing pad com­plete with an 260ml tank filled with clean­ing so­lu­tion. It’s easy to con­trol how much water is re­leased into the cloth and the rate at which the pad buffs, so you can tackle any­thing from spillages to ground-in stains.

The SP600 glides over the floor, ma­noeu­vring nim­bly into tight cor­ners and leav­ing a quick-dry­ing trail and clean floor in its wake. The only draw­back is the price. Con­sid­er­ing a mop and bucket costs a few dol­lars, is a $2,000 out­lay truly jus­ti­fi­able?


Keep­ing the house look­ing clean is a chal­lenge in it­self, but erad­i­cat­ing in­vis­i­ble bac­te­ria is a dif­fer­ent ball game al­to­gether, par­tic­u­larly when it comes to the toi­let. Swab test­ing my porce­lain us­ing a germ kit pro­duces some se­ri­ously sin­is­ter re­sults. This needs at­ten­tion.

For this test, I’m clean­ing one half of the bowl with Toi­let Duck and treat­ing the other half to a 20-sec­ond blast with UV-C Light Prod­ucts’ Por­ta­ble Wand. The wand is de­signed for use on most house­hold sur­faces and fires out short-wave UV ra­di­a­tion to kill 99.9 per cent of viruses and bac­te­ria. To be hon­est, I’m not en­tirely con­vinced it’s go­ing to work.

But I was wrong, as the sec­ond swab test re­veals that both the Toi­let Duck and UV-C Wand have neu­tralised the grime – take that, germs! Con­sid­er­ing the wand can be used in other ar­eas of the house and doesn’t in­volve pour­ing chem­i­cals down the drain, it’s a po­tent weapon in the bat­tle against house­hold bugs.


Hav­ing had my head stuck down the toi­let, I think I’m in need of some fresh air, which brings me to the fi­nal test: clean­ing the car. Kärcher has al­ways been at the fore­front of house­hold clean­ing gad­gets, and the K7 Premium Full Con­trol Plus Home pres­sure washer is the daddy. From spruc­ing up filthy pa­tio tiles and blast­ing muck off gar­den tools, to scrub­bing the fam­ily car, the K7 prom­ises to do it all. But can it do the job bet­ter than the good old ap­pli­ca­tion of hard graft?

Grab­bing a bucket of soapy water and a sponge, I at­tack the rear of my car. Like the win­dows, the re­sults are pass­able, but get­ting the re­ally caked-on stuff of is mak­ing me tired al­ready. Now it’s the Kärcher’s turn…

Dif­fer­ent jobs re­quire dif­fer­ent water pres­sures, and the K7’s pres­sure can be con­trolled, along with de­ter­gent con­cen­tra­tion, via the dig­i­tal dis­play on the Full Con­trol Trig­ger Gun. Else­where, the 3-in-1 multi-jet spray lance can switch be­tween a flat stream, a mud-blast­ing ro­tary stream and a de­ter­gent stream. In the bat­tle be­tween the sponge and the Kärcher, there is only one con­tender. A quick high-pres­sure burst and that crusty bird poo on the bon­net is gone. The spray is bet­ter at get­ting in the fid­dly gaps, too.

I’m not shy of man­ual labour, but I be­lieve most peo­ple would pre­fer to spend their free time do­ing some­thing more en­joy­able than chores. While the best clean­ing tech is pricey, any­thing that keeps the grime at bay and saves you time is surely worth ex­plor­ing?

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