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Hardwood Floor Cleaner – How to Find The Best One...

Not having hardwood floors wasn’t an option for me. I LOVE them! Even with all the warnings about how wear and tear can affect the looks of your floors and the ease for potential damage couldn’t stop me. Hardwood floors are warmer than tile or stone, bringing out rich tones from the surrounding throw rugs to the furniture and even to the color of the walls. Once I had my floors installed I was ecstatic with them–then came along the maintenance! Keeping hardwood floors looking fabulous takes more work than any other floor covering, including carpet, tile and even linoleum. I struggled with vacuuming and cleaning my hardwood until I finally decided to invest a bit of extra time browsing vacuumcompanion.com to find the best vacuum for hardwood floors. Here are the five steps on how you can save yourself a world of frustration by choosing a hardwood floor vacuum that’s right for you. 1. Determine Your Style Preference Today, we the consumers, WIN! There is such a variety of machines to choose from. Here’s what’s out there: Upright Vacuums – These are the most popular, but if you do get one, find a unit that is made for hardwood floors. Mainly, you’ll need a vacuum that has the option to turn off the coarse brush roller. These rollers can throw debris out the back as you work and een scratch up your hardwood. Canister Units – Some people...
Finding The Best Handheld Vacuum

Finding The Best Handheld Vacuum

If you have a small apartment or living space or a need to vacuum smaller areas, you might be in the market for a handheld vacuum cleaner. Believe it or not, these little machines are powerful, work well on pet hair and nooks and crannies, and offer you the opportunity to leave your behemoth vacuum stored in the closet. All of us have quick clean-up needs from time to time, and according to an article from Vacuum Companion, finding the best handheld vacuum for your home might be one of the most cost-effective investments you could make . Most Important Factors to Consider Corded or Cordless If you plan on using your machine outside, say, in your car, you might want to consider going cordless. But only choose this route if you plan on using it for quick spurts and not on large areas. Although very convenient, battery life can become an issue. When looking at cordless battery-powered units, it’s best to find one that has a charge indicator, showing you how much battery is left. At the very least, make sure it comes with a warning light letting you know when power is getting low. Charge Time/Run Time How long will this little sucker run? See if the average run time on a single charge meets your needs. Also, consider how long your vacuum will take to charge. If it recommends “overnight” I would consider a different machine–one...
How to Pick The Best Vacuum For Pet Hair

How to Pick The Best Vacuum For Pet Hair...

I think it’s safe to say that as a species, we humans love our pets. We’ve been inseparable for more than ten thousand years. Ever since the first wolf responded to the caveman equivalent of “C’mere boy. Who’s a good boy? Yes you are!” by wandering into the cave, wagging its tail, and settling down by the fire for a good old belly rub. And ever since that first caveman converted the fearsome carnivore into man’s best friend, we’ve been trying to figure out how to avoid having animal hair everywhere. Fortunately, unlike our caveman friend, we have list of the best pet vacuums available right now: Dyson DC65 Animal Complete This is it. This is the best one. The. Best. If you can afford the 483.99 price tag, then stop reading right here and go buy this vacuum. For a long time, the Dyson DC25 Animal was the go to for cleaning animal hair. Somehow they managed to make the DC65 clean even better. Dyson claim that the DC65 Animal cleans twenty five percent more dirt, dust and animal hair than their next best offering. I would say that 25% is maybe even an understatement. This is the best. If you can afford it, then get it. Dyson DC25 Animal Ball No top list would be complete without mentioning the old faithful DC25. As I mentioned above, the DC25 Animal Ball was the best thing available for years....
A Quick Guide to Finding The Ideal Canister Vacuum

A Quick Guide to Finding The Ideal Canister Vacuum...

If you’ve decided that you want to buy the best canister vacuum on the market, you definitely have a handful of considerations to take into account including how you plan on using it, and what expectations you have for it. Being aware of your needs as a customer is vital when it comes to getting the most value for your money. Things to Consider Before Buying Size of the room you wish to clean. Is the cord and nozzle long enough? How powerful is it? Your canister vacuum should be powerful enough to pick up all the dirt and dust from your floor without having to do multiple rounds. Certain carpets are harder to clean than others, so keep this in mind. How much does it weigh? Lightweight vacuums are always preferable to heavier ones. It doesn’t take long for you to get tired of moving a heavy machine around. Your budget. Knowing how much you can afford to spend is critical for getting a great deal. What kind of warranty is offered? 1-year warranties are common among canister vacuums, but luxury brands like Dyson offer 5-years. This alone makes an enormous difference and can be the deciding factor among otherwise similar canister vacuums. Recommendations If you’re willing to spend the cash for a good and reliable machine, you’ll definitely want to take a look at the Dyson DC39 Multi-Floor Cleaner. This fantastic vacuuming machine works great for just...
Choosing The Best Small Vacuum For Your Needs

Choosing The Best Small Vacuum For Your Needs...

As technology advances, electronics and appliances shrink in size, but not in power. This is why choosing the best small vacuum for your needs has become much easier. Back in the good old days, if you wanted to go with a smaller vacuum, you would have to sacrifice on your suction power. Thankfully, those days are gone! Determining Your Needs Before you head out or head to your favorite shopping website to purchase a vacuum, first determine how you will be using your machine. Will you be using it on carpet only or do you have a variety of surfaces to handle? Will you need a hose and nozzle attachments to tackle crevices and such? What about frequency of use? How about length of use? These are just a few questions to consider before picking and pricing out your budget. Big Suction Comes In Small Packages – But With A Large Variety Of Choices As I stated earlier, these tiny machines are now packed with power. What is also wonderful is the different models and styles to choose from. Here are your best options: Small Upright These units work just like their larger counterparts–except they aren’t as nearly as heavy to push around! Most have comparable suction power. The only drawback? Small bagless dust holders. If you plan on vacuuming your entire house, expect to stop a few times to empty out the compartment. Handheld Units I’ve got a...
Why I Stopped Using My Upright Vacuum on My Hardwood Floor

Why I Stopped Using My Upright Vacuum on My Hardwood Floor...

To say that hardwood floors are costly is an understatement. However, these floors offer a beauty that is incomparable. Perhaps, that is why so many homeowners welcome the additional precautions in care required to maintain, these divas of the flooring world. Easily Damaged So many things can damage hardwood floors. Fine dirt on your floor can act as a sanding agent removing the finish. For this reason it is recommended that you clean your floor often. How you clean is just as important as frequent cleaning. Sweeping is not recommended as a broom will drag the fine dust around your floor damaging its finish. Additionally brooms are unable to remove fine dust from the grooves that occur naturally from the placement of the wood planks. Over time dust can collect in these grooves, sanding away the finish, and making lighter lines in your floor. Cleaning Options Better Homes and Gardens recommend using a microfiber flat mop sprayed with a dusting agent for daily dust removal. A more thorough cleaning needs to be performed once to twice a week. For this job it is recommended to use a vacuum. A vacuum will suck the dirt from the cracks and prevent the redistribution of said dirt. Avoid using vacuums with a beater brush, or if your vacuum does have one ensure it is turned off prior to use on your flooring. The best tool to use to keep your floors beautiful...