Saturday, March 29, 2014

Crowdtap sampling opportunity: Viva Vantage Brand towels!

Through Crowdtap I received a sampling opportunity for a new kind of Viva paper towel, Viva Vantage. The new towel is supposed to be more stretchy, stronger and therefore longer lasting when doing real housework, you know the one that requires often a clothes towel because paper towels tear too easily. I received four rolls of Viva Vantage and was eager to try them out because on a rainy weekend, cleaning sounds like the perfect way to get through the day.

copyright Durhamonthecheap - now only is Viva Vantage stretchy, you can also select a size!
 I noticed right away that the Viva Vantage towels had more texture than the usual towels and they were also select a size, which I like because as a frugal person I like to pick the size that fits the job and make my paper towels last longer. So being a clean freak, the bacon spatter from breakfast was really annoying me and I decided to put Viva Vantage to the test.
copyright Durhamonthecheap - very stretchy, compare the regular towel that tore easily - Viva Vantage wins!
copyright Durhamonthecheap - hate grease spatter on my stove top, let's see how Viva Vantage holds up!
copyright Durhamonthecheap - scrubbing away with a degreaser and some Viva Vantage - so far so good!
copyright Durhamonthecheap -after the clean up, Viva Vantage held up beautifully and the stove is clean!

 As you can see, I picked a really tough job for a paper towel. Normally I would have taken a clothes towel to clean the stove top, especially with that much grease spatter and some of it caked to the stove. But Viva worked well. I scrubbed away, never fearing that Viva Vantage would tear and after about 10 minutes I not only had a clean stove, but still a paper towel in one piece, rather than bunch of shreds.

Viva Vantage really works well - I am very impressed and will now take Viva Vantage to work next week, so we can try the Viva Vantage in the shared kitchen, where paper towels are constantly needed to clean up messes. Wait on episode 2!

As promised I took the Viva towels to work today and did the switch, replacing the usual brand paper towel with Viva Vantage to see if anyone would notice. I came early and made the switch - then waited.
copyright Durhamonthecheap - innocent enough, the usual brand towel at work - in dire need of a Viva Vantage Intervention
 I did not have to wait long. Our office manager noticed right away that the towel was different. In her words, it seemed stronger and had a totally different texture. I told her about how it stretched and she was happy to try it out by adding some fresh-washed fruit to it and it did NOT tear. A big plus in her book since she usually put rinsed fruit on a towel and had it several times, leaving grapes in the sink.  A win in the book for Viva Vantage already and it was not even 9AM yet.
copyright Durhamonthecheap -more stretch and much stronger, Viva Vantage on the holder after the switch!
The next test came at lunch. I noticed that plenty of Vantage towels had been used by then, obviously people liked the towel because the roll was a lot thinner in the few hours that it was up there. Our marketing person noticed that the towel felt different and seemed stronger and she noticed that it stretched too. I explained about Viva Vantage and she had seen ads for it, wanting to try out the towel. She was very happy to now be able to try out the towel already without having to go to the store. Another easy win for Viva Vantage! Overall, no complaints about the switch to Viva Vantage and several positive remarks about how durable the Viva Vantage towels are!

Disclaimer: I was provided free samples through Crowdtap in exchange for an honest review and trying out the product. The opinions expressed in this blogpost are solely my own and have not been influenced by Crowdtap or any other third party.

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