Home and Garden February 2, 2020
There is a misconception that hard floors are easier to maintain than carpets, yes if you spill your red wine you won’t be left with a nasty stain, however, pet hairs, dust and debris are more visible and there is the temptation to keep your shoes on resulting in mud and scuffs all over your beautiful floor.
The Nilfisk Combi Hard Floor Washer aims to take the chore out of cleaning your hard floors by allowing you to vacuum and wet wash at the same time, when you unpack it you will need to attach the handle which was fiddly as the cord got in the way, the instructions aren’t particularly clear as you only have a few pictures to decipher however there are video instructions on the website if needed.
The water tank looks small, but it can wash 60m² from one tank and can be filled with tap water up to 60˚C, there are handy guide lines on the tank that shows you were to fill the water to and the detergent (sample included in box but larger bottles are available on the Nilfisk website). It would be handy if the tank could be stood upright just to make it a little easier to add the water and detergent, the catch that holds the tank in place was sticking a little so it needed a good wiggle to remove it and a rather firm push to get it back in place.
From here you simply plug it in, switch it on, and hold down the water trigger for 10seconds to wet the brush, the trigger can be locked into place so you get a continual water supply when you move the machine around. The floor head bends from side to side making it reasonably easy to manoeuvre, however it doesn’t get right up to the edge of the wall and misses around 1.5 inches from the wall. The narrow brush means it takes a little while to cover larger rooms and we found we had to go over some areas three or four times to remove some dried-on marks. We were impressed by the large surface area of both the water tank and the cord and also how the optimum amount of water is used which means the floor was fully dry in just over 10minutes.
Once you are finished the Combi can be stood upright on the drying tray, the brush is removed and stood upright on the tray to dry too, the water tanks can then be removed and emptied as well as the dirty water tank. Cleaning out the dirty tank filter is a bit of a messy business, all the components will need rinsing, the dust and hair that was vacuumed becomes wet which makes it harder to remove as you don’t want to tip this down your sink. The self-cleaning feature rinses out the pipes and filters by sucking up clean water that can be placed on the tray, simply switch on the machine to active. The Combi can be used as a vacuum on its own but cannot compete with our regular vacuum so we wouldn’t recommend getting this purely for its vacuuming abilities, as a combi hard floor washer however it performed well, the overall build quality could be improved as well as the edging but aside from this it cleaned our floors quickly and efficiently leaving us more time to enjoy our day. RRP £199.99
- Tank and cord can cover a large area
- Easy to use
- Dries very quickly
- Vacuums and washed at the same time
- Uses the perfect amount of water
- Dry tray storage
- Build quality could be improved
- Cleaning it out can get messy
- Small brush head
- Doesn’t reach the edges of the floor
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