Vax Rapide Ultra Carpet Washer Review – With Pics!

If dusty feet and dirty paws have taken their toll on your carpets this summer, don’t despair as help is at hand. New from the floorcare experts at Vax, the Rapide Ultra carpet washer makes it quicker and easier than ever before to keep your carpets looking spotless.

The Ultra is the latest in Vax’s popular Rapide range of upright carpet washers, which are as simple to use as a regular dry vacuum cleaner. This new edition combines the Rapide’s trademark ease of use and manoeuvrability with the very latest deep cleaning, quick drying technologies, giving you Vax’s best ever carpet cleaning performance – so you can achieve professional results yourself.

Washing removes the embedded, oily dirt that gets trapped in carpet fibres and is left behind by your dry vacuum cleaner. It brightens the colour and lifts the pile, so carpets look and feel like new again. Think it’s too much hassle? It’s as easy as 1,2,3…

1. Fill it up: Dry vacuum your carpets thoroughly, then fill the Rapide Ultra’s solution tank with water and the supplied Ultra+ cleaning solution – Vax’s toughest solution yet.

2. Get washing: Press the trigger to apply solution as you push the machine forward and powered jets will pump solution deep into the carpet pile, while rotating brushes lift out embedded dirt, allergens and odours. Simply release the trigger as you pull backwards and the powerful suction removes the dirt and water. New Dual V technology ensures your carpets dry really quickly.

3. Empty it out: Pour away the dirty water, then stand back and admire your fresh, clean carpets! They’ll be touch dry and ready to walk on again in just an hour or so.

The Rapide Ultra isn’t just for carpets either – its flexible hose and wash tool make it easy to clean stairs, soft furnishings and even valet your car seats.

If your carpets have particularly stubborn spots and high traffic areas, choose the Rapide Ultra 2 – this comes with a fantastic
pre-treatment kit to break down dirt and stains before you wash. Simply use the wand to apply the pre-treatment solution to the affected areas, leave for around 15 minutes and wash as normal.

What Girlie Gossip Thought…

We tested the Vax Rapide Ultra out on some carpets that were once cream and wondered if we could restore them to their former glory. Take a look at the pictures below and judge for yourselves! Click the thumbnails for a larger image.

The images show a once cream cream hallway carpet that has seen better days. We gave it one going over with the vax and as you can see from the images there is already a VERY clear line between the strip of carpet that has been washed and the bit that hasn’t!

The vax is easy to use and no hassle to set up at all, simply pop the tank out, add the water and solution and away you go. The instructions are simple and show you how to get the most from your Vax and the results after we’d done the whole carpet were amazing. They look as good as new. The drying time is also a massive bonus point for this vax as the carpets we tested on took about an hour and were dry enough to walk on again. That’s far better than some of the other carpet washers we’ve seen!

The only down side we could see is that the Vax does run slightly hot, so you need to give it some cooling down time in between uses if you’re planning to do more than one room at a time, which in our opinion is a great excuse to sit down and have a cuppa whilst you wait! Other than that one small thing, we absolutely loved it!

The W90-RU-B Rapide Ultra (RRP £229.99) and W90-RU-P Rapide Ultra 2 (RRP £279.99) are available from major retailers or direct from Vax at For more information visit the Vax website or call the UK-based Vax Customer Careline on 0844 412 8455, which is open 7 days a week.

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