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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…


Can Carpet Cleaners Poison Your Pets?

Posted on 05 September, 2016 by

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The US American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Poison Control Centre claims that most of the products available for carpet cleaning are safe for use in households with pets, provided you follow the instructions on the label strictly. That said, pets are more vulnerable to toxic products used inside and outside the home, partly because they roam much closer to carpets, lawns, garage floors, lawns, and hard to reach areas that may conceal chemical residues. Pets are also naturally curious creatures, which, when combined with their lack of awareness for toxic hazards, increases the risk of them encountering substances that could harm their health. That is why the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) claims that 50 per cent of all pet illnesses are caused by indoor pollution, which more or less translates to the household cleaners that contain toxic ingredients such as ammonia, bleach, chlorine, formaldehyde, and glycol ethers. These substances are known to cause cancer, liver and kidney damage, and even anaemia. How to protect your pet from toxic carpet cleaners First, it is important…


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…


7 Benefits Of Steam Cleaning Your Home

Posted on 08 August, 2016 by

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While you may be used to using various chemical-based cleaning products in your home, you shouldn’t underestimate how well the power of steam can get your home looking squeaky-clean. There are lots of reasons for going with steam over harsh chemicals – the environment being one – and the beautiful thing is that you won’t have to sacrifice cleaning power, since steam really gets down deep and does a great job at cleansing and sterilizing. What follows is a list of seven benefits to steam cleaning your home. Better for the Environment: By steam cleaning your home, you’ll be able to leverage the power of water to sterilize. Using bleach or some other harsh cleaning products may do a good job of disinfecting and cleaning, but they’re not so good for the environment. So, be a good steward for the environment and see how steam can get the job done in a harm-free way. Multi-Surface Usability: One of the benefits of steam cleaning your home is that you’ll be able to clean just about every type of surface type from…


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…


Advantages Of Steam Cleaning Your Car

Posted on 06 June, 2016 by

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No one likes a dirty car, but what is the best way to clean it? One of the newest ways to clean the interior and exterior of your car is to steam clean it. Cleaning your car isn’t just a way for it to look pretty; cleaning it on the inside is healthier for you as well. From the air vents spreading dust and allergens to a dirty window and mirror obstructing your view a dirty car, it can be dangerous. Using steam to clean your car instead of power washers can also prolong your car. The pressure of the sprayers can force water into electronics and into sensitive areas of your car. You can also be restricted with the amount of water you can use because of bans or droughts. With steam cleaning you use less water and can clean many different components without worrying about water pooling in unwanted areas. There are different benefits for using steam in the interior and the exterior. Interior benefits: Removes odours such as pet stains, smoking and mold or mildews Fabrics are…


Which Central Vacuum Should I Buy?

Posted on 02 May, 2016 by

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Customers find themselves confused these days about which central vacuum they should buy due to huge price differences when comparatively, the units look the same. Although the differences might not be apparent to the visual appearance of a central vacuum unit, its components definitely are. The problem is customers become confused when they see big numbers for power with a low price. In this article we hope to provide some basic information that will help educate the buyer and hopefully take away the marketing confusion. If you’ve been looking for a central vacuum, you no doubt have encountered the many brands out there using ‘airwatt’ motors. Consumers should not base their purchase on airwatts as the smaller, cheaper motors are the high airwatt motors out there and unfortunately many customers have been fooled and ultimately disappointed when basing their decision to purchase solely on that. There are three styles of motors that are being used today in the central vacuum industry. Tangential Bypass motors Flow-Thru motors Periperhal Bypass motors The higher-end central vacuums use the Tangential By-Pass motors which use…


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…