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IN ASSOCIATION WITH WINDOW VAC A POSTMAN has scooped a Karcher Window Vac along with PS1,000 worth of Karcher products and PS1,000 cash for being the UK's canniest cleaner in our top tips competition.

Colin Smith, 49, scooped the prize with his innovative solution to the problem of torn vacuum cleaner dustbags.

"I was fed-up with having to replace the pricey vac bags before they were full," said Colin. "When I checked it out, I realised the cause was metal objects that I'd sucked up while vacuuming under the sofa, sideboard or bed, which had ripped open the bags."

His solution was to buy a simple PS2 magnet from the supermarket and fix it to the front of the vacuum cleaner head with a rubber band. Now the coins, pins and other sharp bits stick to the magnet instead of being sucked up and ripping the bags.

The winning entry to the competition, which appeared in the Easter Sunday edition, was chosen by Homes Editor Zena Alli.

"Colin's idea certainly impressed me. It stood out as it's so simple, clever and costeffective," she said. "I also liked the fact that a one-off purchase would last a lifetime."

Colin, who lives in a three bedroom semi in Dukinfield, says he will spend his PS1,000 cash prize on a holiday to Spain this summer.

And Colin will soon be taking delivery of a Karcher Window Vac, Karcher Steam Cleaner SC 5.800C, Karcher K7 "Eco Beast" High Pressure Washer and Karcher T400 '2 in 1' patio cleaner.

Karcher provides effective cleaning solutions and the Karcher Window Vac is the ultimate gadget to save you time on a number of cleaning tasks around the home.

READERS' TIPS Prevent your vacuum cleaner picking up metal pins, clips and money by taping a magnet to the front of the cleaner or the outside of the tube, thus stopping anything metal getting into the dust bag and damaging it. - WINNER Colin Smith, Manchester Shampoo is an ideal stain remover to use on dirty shirt collars. Rub some on before placing in the washing machine. - Glen Dobson, Lancaster If pots and pans have burnt during cooking, boil some sticks of rhubarb in them for 2-3 minutes then leave to cool.

The stains should have magically disappeared. - Collette Mellor, Rotherham, South Yorks Put a small amount of fresh cat littler in your bin in the kitchen to soak up any spills from the bin liner. Also can be used in the dustbin to stop horrible odours. - Sue Feist, Hereford For more tips go to
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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion, Column
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 21, 2013
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