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How To Vacuum Hardwood Floors

Posted on 14 November, 2016 by

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If you have beautiful hardwood floors that you would would like to keep in great shape, care for them often. This does not mean you have to treat them with kid gloves and polish them daily, but a little TLC will go a long way and prevent the need for early replacement.     Easy daily maintenance includes removing outdoor footwear when trekking on hardwood, cleaning up stains or spills promptly to avoid hard scrubbing later and proper and regular cleaning, including mopping and vacuuming. Yes, you read that right. Did you know that part of your hardwood floor cleaning routine can include vacuuming? There are many vacuum choices that will allow for safe and effective cleaning of hardwood. It’s best to choose a model that is equipped to handle dirt, dust, pet hair, and small particles common in high traffic areas. While it should be powerful enough to remove this debris, it should be gentle on surfaces. An upright canister or stick vacuum is lightweight and easy to maneuver and store. A cannister vac will be beneficial for cleaning…


Tips For Vacuuming Wool Rugs

Posted on 07 November, 2016 by

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As the leaves start to change colour and the days become shorter and crisper, we tend to spend more time indoors enjoying our creature comforts. Before settling in for the long winter ahead, the fall is a great time to do a thorough home cleaning, including all the little things that get forgotten about during the dog days of summer. Your cozy wool area rugs, perfect for warming cold floors and adding a pop of colour and style to any space, are among the things that must be addressed. When caring for wool rugs, vacuuming is the best way to go—here are a few quick tips to ensure proper steps are being taken to protect your investment.     Get into a routine. To avoid excessive dirt build-up, make vacuuming your area rug part of your weekly or bi-weekly cleaning tasks, depending on how often the area gets used and the amount of traffic it sees. It’s beneficial to vacuum the underside of the rug every couple of months as well. Newer rugs can be vacuumed more frequently than older…


How To Fix Loss Of Suction In A Vacuum Cleaner

Posted on 26 September, 2016 by

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Lost or reduced suction is a rather common occurrence with many vacuum cleaners due to various issues. Before you decide to replace your vacuum, there are a number of things you can try to fix lost suction: Step 1: Diagnose the problem Vacuum cleaners are fairly simple machines. They need power to be transmitted to the vacuum to create a suction force that lifts debris. So, the usual areas that cause suction loss include the wrong height setting, stuck rollers, a faulty gasket, a broken vacuum belt, a filled bag, or a clogged hose. Start by inspecting the easiest issue first. Step 2: Check the height setting If the height setting is too high for the type of floor you are cleaning, the vacuum won’t have enough suction. Vacuums typically come with an adjustment lever or dial to raise or lower it depending on the floor you’re cleaning. The lowest setting is “bare floor”, which should be used for wood, tile, and other hard flooring, since it seals the vacuum to the floor to maximize suction power. The higher your…


Does Suction Alone Make A Vacuum Work Well?

Posted on 12 September, 2016 by

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There’s nothing worse than dragging out the vacuum with the intention of cleaning up a mess, when even the smallest crumbs remain on the floor afterwards. Manufacturers know that consumers want great suction, which is why that’s often a selling point for vacuum brands. While it’s key to a vacuum’s performance, there are a number of factors that contribute to suction, so be sure to look the appliance’s overall design. Power versus suction When looking at the specifications of a vacuum, the power (listed in watts or amps) used by the motor is associated with the strength of suction. However, not all motors are identical, and even if they were, the design of the vacuum can affect how strong the suction is. For example, a vacuum with greater capacity will require a larger motor or at least one that works harder, and both cases will use up more energy, but that doesn’t mean that the vacuum is better at picking up debris. Airflow and sealed suction Airflow is a measurement of the air that moves past a certain threshold as…


Common Vacuuming Mistakes

Posted on 05 September, 2016 by

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If you’ve ever shopped for a vacuum, you’ll notice some higher-end vacuums that offer a variety of settings and features, as suction is a versatile tool for cleaning. In addition to being useful, vacuums also require a certain level of care, which is detailed in user manuals but is easy to overlook or forget after having read it. Here, we review the most useful tips to help you clean like a professional. Don’t vacuum glass Large pieces of glass are too heavy to be sucked into the nozzle, so should be removed either by broom or using a gloved hand. Medium-sized pieces of glass can actually damage the inside of a vacuum by: Being lodged inside the nozzle Scratching up the interior Puncturing the dustbag Don’t vacuum small hard objects In addition to glass, other small, hard objects should either be swept up or removed by hand. This includes: Coins Nails Paper clips Plastic toys Don’t vacuum finely-ground materials Much like a clothes dryer, a vacuum cycles air through the inside and pipes it out of a dedicated vent. To…


5 Reasons To Invest In A Vacuum With A HEPA Filter

Posted on 01 August, 2016 by

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Many people worry about the air quality outside of their homes and may even stay home if there’s a smog warning, but comparatively few people concern themselves with the air quality inside of their homes. And that’s a shame, really. There are lots of reasons why the air quality in your home should be important to you, since the air you breathe can either facilitate good health or lead to ill health. As it turns out, one way to improve the air quality in your dwelling is to get a vacuum-equipped with a HEPA filter. In order to help you make up your mind, we’re presenting five reasons to invest in a vacuum with a HEPA filter. No. 5 will probably surprise you. Superior Filter: The HEPA filter is superior to other filters. This is not just marketing jargon. The hepa filter meets the rigorous demands of the U.S. HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) requirement of capturing 99.97 per cent of all particles that are at least 0.3 microns. Meanwhile, most other vacuums send dust back into circulation where you…


The Best Vacuum For People With Pets

Posted on 27 June, 2016 by

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They can be fluffy, cuddly and lovable, but they can also be messy. Pets are great companions, but they can come with complications. From unpleasant odours to mountains of hair, cleaning up after these family members can get tiresome and aggravating. But there are things to make clean up a lot easier. These are simple ways to fight odour: An odour neutralizer for carpet and upholstery Cleaning litter, sawdust and birdcages frequently Bathing your pet There are also specific vacuums to help with odours. Vacuums that don’t recirculate the air back through the exhaust are going to be best for pet odours. A great vacuum for odour is a central vacuum system. They remove all the dirt, hair and allergens in a sealed environment and the exhaust goes outside. Other good vacuums to eliminate odours are ones with HEPA or an Activated Charcoal filter. These portable vacuums will do the same thing, as long as they are true HEPAs and not an imitation or “like” HEPA filtering. Additionally, using a vacuum with paper bags and making sure to get the…


5 Helpful Tips For Keeping Your Space Tidy

Posted on 25 April, 2016 by

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One of the most insidious things about dust is how it slowly and silently builds up. You come home, glance at your walls, at the bedside table, the desk in the home office, everything looks good. You do it again a week later; still looks good. You do it again 3 days later: everything’s grey. Dusting is a pain because it’s hard to really get absolutely all of it. Many people look for dusting cheats and shortcuts, only to find that all they have done is redistribute dust around their home. Below are 5 helpful tips for keeping your space tidy and free of dust. Ceilings, fans and light-fixtures. The best way to get at these areas is with a bendable duster, that way you don’t need a step ladder. Corners, moldings and door frames. These places are the strongholds of dust. The hardest places to get at. The best, and fastest way to take care of these areas is is to take an old sport sock, turn it inside out and place it on the end of an old…


A Quick Guide To Vacuum Pumps

Posted on 04 April, 2016 by

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Vacuum pumps come in a range of sizes and functionalities and are used in a wide range of commercial, industrial and personal applications. They are one of the most vital components in your vacuum and different styles are better suited to different jobs. Below are a list and explanation of some of the common vacuums which use different styles of pump. Upright. Upright vacuums are without a doubt the most common style of vacuums found in most homes today. They typically come with a foot lever that you can press to adjust the angle of the machine and are a great option if you don’t want to (or can’t) bend over while vacuuming. Canister. Canister models are also quite popular and provide some additional manoeuvrability with the separate canister that you can lift up and take around the house with you. They are the best option for working on stairs because of their mobility and extendable wand. They are lighter than uprights, but still generally weigh around 8 pounds. Robotic vacuums. These vacuums may seem like a novelty, but they…


7 Features You Want Your Vacuum Cleaner To Have

Posted on 25 March, 2016 by

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When shopping for a vacuum cleaner there are certain features you would want your vacuum cleaner to have. These days vacuums come with many advantages and features (although not all of them may be necessary) so it is best to look at your particular situation and determine which features best serve you and your home. If you have young children and/or pets, the features of your ideal vacuum cleaner might be different from someone who does not. However, there are also features that are good for all vacuum cleaners to have. Here are a few of the most important ones: Suction Power and Capacity Does your vacuum cleaner have a lot of suction power? How much dirt can it hold before the bag or filter needs to be replaced? If your home is prone to being messy all the time (and this can happen with pets or kids) then you would want to think about this when looking for a vacuum. Energy Efficiency This is a pretty good feature to have, especially nowadays when energy and environmental conservation have become…