Tips to Choosing the Best Portable Vacuum Cleaner

Finding a handheld vacuum that offers the best tools and fits your needs in terms of cleaning is usually a very daunting task for many.

Considering their various designs, sizes and functionality in the market, you may find yourself choosing a cleaner that doesn’t completely satisfy your needs.

1. Weight of the machine

Portable VacuumWhen buying or choosing a vacuum, it is very important to consider its weight. Its weight should be comfortable enough to allow you to easily clean up even the smallest spills and messes. You should also look at how high it can be lifted without causing wrist or arm pains and without using too much energy.

2. Capacity of the dirt cup

The capacity of the dirt cup dictates the amount of dirt and debris that the cleaner can hold. Larger capacity vacuums will save you the hassle of emptying frequently. If you plan on cleaning a larger portion without taking breaks to empty the dirt cup, you should consider choosing larger capacity vacuums.

3. Cordless or corded and power intake

Are you planning on picking one of the BHVGuide recommended cordless vacuums? Cordless vacuums are more easily portable as compared to corded ones. If you need a cordless cleaner, then you should consider its battery capacity. Most cordless vacuums last 5 to 30 minutes before being recharged thus may not be used for so long. Corded vacuums can be used as long as there is electricity running. For corded vacuums, the length of the cord should be at least 20 feet for easy mobility.

4. The price

You should always consider your budget. If you plan to use your vacuum frequently, for example for a cleaning business, more expensive portable vacuums with better functionality should be considered. Buy less functional vacuums for occasional usage as they are less expensive.

5. Suction power

Good vacuums should have optimum suction power to allow cleaning of all surfaces. Some cleaners also have a blowing option that allows the blowing of dirt and debris from hard to reach areas like crevices before being properly picked up. The suction power will also determine its carpet cleaning capability, its ability to clean pet hairs and also its ability to clean electronics like computers, televisions and CD player without altering with their functioning.

6. Attachments

What kind of attachments does your portable vacuum come with? To save on the cost of buying attachments separately, you may consider buying a vacuum that comes with crevice tools, hose attachments, adjustable nozzles or/and brush type attachments depending on your cleaning needs. Some of the best handheld vacuums also come with HEPA filters or micron filters that absorb airborne particles thus preventing sparking off allergies.

7. The ease of use and maintenance

Having a portable vacuum should help make your cleaning easier. It should be easy to handle, operate and empty. Using your vacuum should never feel like a punishment. Its spares should be easily accessible and the service centers should be conveniently located just in case it malfunctions.

8. Warranty

Lastly, make sure the product has an up-to-date warranty. Be sure to know how long the warranty lasts since your vacuum may unexpectedly develop problems.

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Vacuums Cleaners For Cleaning Short-Pile Carpets

Some people will prefer shorter pile rugs to the longer ones since they seem better and yet easy to clean. The thickness of the pile doesn’t necessarily equate to high quality.

There are thin rugs which are still quite fine. Short pile rugs will in some cases seem stronger that long ones, lasting longer than the latter.

Vacuuming Short Pile Carpets

You can easily vacuum such, but that will only be if you purchase the best vacuum for short-pile carpeting. They will require you to properly maintain them ensuring that they are less susceptible to any marking or crushing. Here are some great options worth considering as you pursue the perfect vacuum for your short pile carpet.

Neato Botvac 85

Although most people deem this machine a bit expensive, it is surely worth its price. It has gained popularity as the robot on the run since it works on the carpets like a robot. The white device has a square frontal portion and a round-shaped back.

You can easily distinguish it from all other common vacuums by identifying its bright coloring patch located on the sensor. The combination brush, blade brush and its superb filters work together to accumulate more dirt and dust.

Vax Duplex Cordless Vacuum

This cordless sweeper ensures that cleaning your carpet will just be a breeze. It is ultra-slim and ultra-light allowing you to easily move with it around the room. It will also be easy to clean any carpet space under your furniture.

You’ll also not experience any difficulties in using it since it has been designed in such a way that it can be used with maximum ease. The cordless vacuum has a rotating brush bar system that intakes a superior amount of dirt and dust. The 90 degrees pivot joint in the brush head will enable you reach everywhere within just a flick of the wrist. This rechargeable appliance is sure to keep your carpet well-maintained assuring you of an ever-clean home.

The device has a push button to unlock for easy and hygienic emptying. It is able to run for more than 30 minutes on carpet cleaning when fully charged. The whole package comes with an AC wall charger, a battery pack, a disassembled sweeper and an instruction manual.

Miele Olympus S2121

This is another excellent vacuum that was recommended by Home Floor Experts not too long ago. Miele, the company behind this fantastic vacuum, has built remarkable reputation throughout the world, popularly known in producing top notch vacuum cleaners. They’ve been in the industry since 1889 and know what makes a quality cleaner.

The Olympus’ long cleaning stick, made of stainless steel, comes together with a long cord to avoid any dirt or rubbish remains on the carpet. You can automatically rewind this cord to ensure that it doesn’t get tangled in any sort. You will be able to clear a large debris heap after switching on the cleaner. As an additional tip, you can also clear any cobwebs off the floor using the device’s nozzle.


There are obvious factors that you ought to consider as you select the perfect vacuum cleaner for your short pile carpet. These include:

  • Warranty
  • Price
  • Extra attachments
  • The cleaner’s filtering quality

Not all expensive cleaners will prove effective. The above vacuums are a great point from where you can start from as you carry on your research.

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Miele Olympus S2120 Review

It’s slick, efficient, silent and incredibly powerful. The Miele Olympus S2120 is probably one of the most coveted canister vacuum cleaners out there, especially for hardwood floor, according to Vacuum Companion. It’s both user friendly and easy to assemble. The vacuum itself embodies ease and efficiency all within 13 pounds. The general cleaning features include a telescopic wand, a rug and floor tool that can be switched conveniently with one foot, a super air clean filter and an adjustable suction rotary. The Olympus S2120 Cleaner from Miele has been designed to work best on carpeted areas and hardwood flooring. Keep in mind that it’s not recommended for wall-to-wall carpets as there are other models better suited for this.

Miele S2121 Olympus Vacuum CleanerThis cleaner comes ready with a six speed dial that allows the user to control the power of its suction, one being the lowest setting to six being the highest. As for the on board tools, they comprise of a dusting brush, for objects like lamps, figurines and table surfaces; an upholstery nozzle and a crevice tool for the suctioning of little dust/crumb particles between cushions and other tight areas that are usually difficult to reach. The S2120 also comes equipped with a Hyclean dust bag for further filtration. It includes a self-closing collar feature, in which it automatically seals your dust bag once the lid to the actual dust compartment is opened, preventing any debris collected to escape into the air.

The Olympus S2120 also has an automatic cable rewind, a stainless steel wand, and best of all, a safety shut-off feature that prevents it from overheating. It’s efficacy and controlled power all wrapped into one. The performance also doesn’t leave one wanting more. It not only looks slick, but it also works magnificently. It’s lightweight, and as the casters aren’t fixed in place, the canister can move smoothly in every direction. It’s extremely silent, almost akin to a smooth, purring rumble of a brand new sports car when compared to a beat up, old station wagon, and it can transition from hardwood to low pile carpeting just as effortlessly. The main head attachment of the cleaner is also quite flexible in a way that it can be moved up and down, as well as rotate, which can enable the user to lay the cleaner flat for easy access to areas such as under couches and under the beds.

Customer Feedback

The Negative Reviews

This vacuum is one of few that has received an almost-perfect score on However, we dug a bit through all the positive reviews and were able to find a few negatives about this product. The bottom line is, the wheels on the vacuum are a bit too small, causing a bit of difficulty sometimes which then requires you to tug it a bit in order to get it over its own cord. Another customer pointed out something that seemed to be a big issue at first. This customer made a quick assumption that the vacuum was only great for rugs,  but tends to “scratch” hardwood floors. This seems like a very big flaw in design. However, it turns out that this particular customer did not see the switch near the vac head, which needs to be switched between hardwood floor and carpet, in order to avoid the terrible scraping sounds. Although this was an oversight on the users part, it’s important to take note of this so that future customers do not run into the same issue.

The Positive Reviews

There’s an overwhelming number of positive reviews for this product that the negative reviews appear to be swept away. Customers loved the fact that the Olympus S2120 was lightweight, easy to maneuver around. It is a great vacuum cleaner for hardwood floor, rug, has incredibly strong suction power from such a compact vacuum, and absolutely quiet for such a powerful cleaner. One customer mentioned that she was able to hold a phone conversation perfectly while it was running. Another swore that after having used this vacuum, she will never use another vacuum that is not a Miele.


One notable disadvantage to this product is its curved handle. Since it was designed for convenience when carrying, the product can take up a lot of space in a closet. Nevertheless, all in all, though the S2120 is not inexpensive, this canister vacuum does a great job and is definitely well worth the cost, as many would claim. The silent motor doesn’t send pets running in fear. It’s super light and definitely a top choice for anyone who is considering purchasing a new vacuum cleaner.

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How To Get Motivated To Clean

Have you become overwhelmed by clutter in your home? Do you keep postponing cleaning up because you just don’t feel like doing the laundry, mopping the house and doing the dishes? Well, you have the day off and now you must declutter the mess in your house. How do you get psyched up for the task at hand?

You ought to start from somewhere, right?

The difficult part of any job is actually getting started and the same applies here. Have you noticed that when you finally get to tackle a task that you have been postponing for weeks it isn’t as tough as you had envisioned. The biggest barrier is a psychological one. So, the mere action of taking the bed sheets into laundry room is enough to get you going.

Clean up in The Morning

Did you know that whenever you opt to face a daunting task first thing in the morning, it’ll get done quicker? So, set your alarm and go to bed early in readiness for ‘battle’. Once you are done with the cleaning, you will enjoy the rest of the day with a sense of accomplishment. Don’t worry about how messy the house is, get down to action and you will have the rest of the day to do other things.

Avoid Distractions

Just admit it, your attention is never on one thing. One minute you are skimming through the newspaper and the next second you are checking out a short documentary on TV. Then your phone rings and you answer it while looking for a pen to write an email address down. Don’t lose focus when you are cleaning. If need be, turn off you phone, the TV or tablet and spend just an hour or two sorting the mess.

Don’t be Perfect

You don’t have to be perfect. Keep in mind that you are decluttering the mess, not preparing for a royal visit. You only have about an hour to clean up so don’t get caught up for 30 minutes removing gum stuck on the carpet whilst you could have spent that time making your bed or vacuuming the living room.

A playlist of your favorite jams will get the groove going

A little bit of music can go a long way. What does this mean? Well, whenever you are doing a chore, listen in to your favorite radio show or listen to your favorite songs and you’d be surprised by how fast you finish the job. A word of caution though – don’t be too carried away.

Set up a Schedule

This is a great way of managing valuable time. Think of the routine as a version of Google Earth that maps your cleaning. Knowing what to do, when to do it and how to do it saves you a lot of time. For instance:

  • First thing in the morning – take all bedding, curtains into the laundry room.
  • Take the carpet into the driving lot in readiness for cleaning
  • Do the dishes
  • Dust off furniture
  • Get a helping hand if you have a lot to do

Use these tips next time you need a bit of extra cleaning motivation.

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How to Clean And Freshen up Your Mattress

Does the thought of microscopic critter hiding in your mattress conjure a gag reflex in you? It certainly does in me. Dust mites thrive in dust particles around your home and feed on dead human skin you shed on a daily basis.

This means that your bedding, including the fabric of your mattress is one of their favorite places to live. While washing your bed sheets weekly and cleaning and refreshing it every month is recommended to control these pesky mites, it is not the only reason for doing so.

You probably spend six to eight hours on it every night. This probably the longest time you spend in one spot and inevitably, your sweat may accumulate over time resulting in stains and bad odors.

Now, every time you start getting creeped out about dust mites living where you sleep or smell a hint of bad odors, you should freshen your mattress by stripping of that mattress pad as well as those sheets, wash them in hot water and eliminate the stains. After this, you should clean and refresh it to extend its lifespan and keep your bed smelling fresh.

1. Remove The Dust Mites

We can’t prevent dust mites any more than we can completely eliminate germs and bacteria, but we sure can keep them under control and minimize any possible negative impacts on our health and quality of life. Moreover, dust mites can also reduce the lifespan if left unchecked. Follow these simple steps to clean a mattress and remove dust mites:

  • Remove the mattress cover, blankets, sheets, and pillows.
  • Vacuum the top and sides.
  • Pull off the mattress and vacuum the bed’s box springs, ensuring that you also do the sides.
  • Flip it over and vacuum its bottom.

2. Remove Stains

No matter how careful you are, you will occasionally need to remove stains too. Ideally, you should use a small steam cleaner to cover the affected area with the cleaner solution without saturating it with water as this may spread the stain across the fabric. Hydrogen peroxide is a good stain remover that won’t damage the mattress’ fabric.


  • Spray the cleaning solution to the stain.
  • Using a steam cleaner, extract the material or use a clean cloth the blot the area.
  • Turn on your fan or open your bedroom windows to let it air dry.
  • Do not cover it with bedding till it dries completely.

3. Remove The Odors

Odors can be difficult to remove once they get absorbed into a mattress. Baking soda and vinegar remove odors by balancing the pH levels of the odor-causing material. Neutral materials have little to not odor at all. There are three ways you can use to remove odors completely.

  • Using vinegar – Vinegar is highly acidic which makes it an excellent disinfectant that neutralizes the odors disinfects the material and leaves no residue so there is no need to rinse it afterwards. To remove odors with white vinegar, simple spray it over the entire mattress after vacuuming it then let is air dry.
  • Using baking soda – This is a very effective alkaline odor neutralizer. To remove odors with baking soda, sprinkle it over the striped mattress, let it sit overnight then vacuum the baking soda off the next day.
  • Air and sunlight – Exposing your mattress to air and sunlight is great way to deodorize it naturally. The sun’s UV light can dissipate chemical odors and may change the chemical composition of some substances stopping the odors right from the source. Take it out to air dry in the sun for at least 12 hours.

These are the tools you need to clean your mattress and freshen it. You can use a cover to minimize damage  and increase its lifespan.

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How To Vacuum Clean A Shag Rug At Home

Do you ever just look at your shag rug, just sitting there on the floor, all dirty from the kids or the dog, wondering how an earth you’re supposed to clean this here, right at your home?

Well, you’re in for a treat! What if I told you there is actually a very simple method that allows you to clean your rug quickly and easily?

Shag RugOh! And at a very cheap price too!

Pretty remarkable, right?

Continue reading to find out the magical method to clean that rug.

What you will need:

  • Vacuum
  • Upholstery attachment for vacuum
  • Dry carpet shampoo
  • Steady pair of hands
  • Shaking out the dirt

First, you will want to take your rug outside or into an area you don’t mind getting a little dirty, and give the rug a good shake to get any dirt it may contain off. Tap against the rug to get as much of the dirt as you can. This will make the next stage much quicker and easier for you.

After you’ve shaken as much of the dirt off as you can, you need to move onto the next part of vacuuming it, which you may think is quite daunting, but in actual fact it’s a complete doddle!

Getting Out The Vacuum

If your vacuum has any settings on, look for the “High Pile” setting – test it out and see if it sucks up the threads on the rug. Keep in mind that just because you have a good vacuum that works well on your short pile carpets, doesn’t mean it will work well in all situations. If you do not have this setting on your vacuum, it would be a wise choice to use an upholstery attachment to ease your way through the lines of the thread on your shag rug.

It is very important that you use this attachment if you do not have the correct vacuum. Using a standard vacuum without the required setting, could cause damage to your beautiful rug. Now that’s the tricky part all done! There is a final step to get rid of any dirt that may still be making your rug look all dirty and worn, so don’t worry.

Final Stage

For the final part of cleaning, you will need to get that dry carpet shampoo which should be in some sort of powder form and sprinkle it all over the rug. Read the instructions of the shampoo in case any other steps are required before you leave it there! Usually it involves working the powder into the rug and allowing the shampoo to get right into the dirt filled parts.

Now, after you have done that you need to sit down and relax for an hour or so, wait as long as the shampoo requires.

After you’ve finished your final episodes of your favorite TV show, get your vacuum again and gently go over the rug, sucking up all the granules of the shampoo up. Once you’ve covered the whole rug, you should now notice that your luxury shag rug has been cleansed to perfection and looks as good as new. You can finally sit back and relax. Oh! And now you know exactly how to clean the rug for next time!

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Electrolux EL6984A UltraSilencer Review

Eco-friendly appliances have become really popular over the years, and it’s undeniable that there’s a need to encourage these products. Right now, we have a variety of eco-friendly appliances, from refrigerators to televisions to air-conditioners, and even to cooking appliances. It only makes sense that cleaning appliances should follow their lead too. The Electrolux EL6984A UltraSilencer, manufactured by Electrolux, is one of those cleaning appliances that go green – an environmentalist’s friend. The UltraSilencer is a green vacuum cleaner made out of 55% recycled materials, and 80% packaging from recycled, unbleached cardboard.

Features of the Electrolux UltraSilencer EL6984A

This vacuum cleaner boasts a high-efficiency motor and a low noise output of only 60 DBA; It’s so quiet that you won’t have to worry about it scaring any pets. It comes with an easily adjustable suction power, an indicator to inform you just how full the dirt bag is, a motor filter which can be replaced, and a convenient handle for comfortable carrying.

Electrolux UltraSilencerAs it only weighs at about 22.6 pounds, this light weight machine has plenty of onboard tool attachments that include: a carpet/floor nozzle for easy carpet to floor cleaning, a telescopic tube, a hose/hose handle, a crevice tool, a dust bag and a combination of a nozzle/brush for cleaning curtains, bookshelves, frames and other available objects. It has a foot activated on and off button which makes it very convenient to manage. It also has a foot pedal that allows the user to rewind the cord when they’re finished. The cord itself is quite long – so you don’t need to keep unplugging it every time you change rooms.

Another great feature is the stair bumper for standing stability, as well as a large pair of soft wheels for silence, although it isn’t very mobile on deep carpets. The Electrolux UltraSilencer Cleaner is very convenient and user friendly. It allows for easy transition between different surfaces, particularly those with low nap-to bare floor areas, like tiles, linoleum and hardwood floors.

The EL6984A works wonders on bare floors, especially hardwood, as it was designed to be used for area rugs and solid floors. Not only is it super easy to use, it’s also great for the environment. It uses 33% less energy than most other vacuum cleaners and it’s made out of recycled plastic. Its high-powered motor has a dial that makes it easier for users to control the suction which usually does a fantastic job with no difficulty. So far, this vacuum seems like it deserves the 4.4 our of 5 star rating from Amazon! Lets take a look at what customers had to say about it.

Customer Feedback for Electrolux UltraSilencer Green Canister Vacuum

The Negative Reviews

There aren’t a lot of negative reviews for this vacuum, but a few customers did express their dislike for the weak suction power, saying that it was not as strong as they hoped it would be. Many of the negative reviewers also complained about the floor attachment and how it didn’t attach firmly to the hose. Another common complaint, was that it didn’t perform quite that well on their carpeted floor. However, this is to be expected as the Electrolux UltraSilencer was not designed as a carpet cleaner; it was designed for cleaning area rugs and solid floors.

The Positive Reviews

Although many of the negative reviewers mentioned about the vacuums “weak” suction, the opposite was observed with the positive review crowd. Many of these customers were simply blown away by the incredible suction power that came with this machine. One reviewer even mentioned that he had to use the suction relief valve on the handle of the vacuum for the first time, because the suction was too strong. Another happy customer reported about how he read a review on consumer reports regarding a similar model having deficient suction power, but was also blown away when he used this vacuum. Other positive reviews of this Electrolux vacuum praised it for being extremely easy to maneuver, light weight, and incredibly quiet, given its powerful suction.


The dust bags on this canister vacuum is ideal for those that prefer to use them, since using it tends to prevent the debris collected from floating back into the air when you open it. One thing to note about this vacuum cleaner, however, is its steep cost. It doesn’t come cheap, but it’s definitely worth every cent. Although it’s a bit expensive, the pros for this Electrolux vacuum greatly contradict and outweigh the cons. This vacuum definitely gets our recommendation for its efficiency, silence, eco-friendly promise and amazing performance.

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Easy Mobility With Panasonic MC-CG902 Vacuum Cleaner

Choosing the right vacuum cleaner is basically like choosing the right car to take a drive in. It has to suit your needs, give you the right benefits and convenience. The Panasonic MC-CG902 is a user friendly canister cleaner that is a bit smaller and lighter than most. The product is available in only a burgundy color and weighs at about 26.2 pounds with a 12A motor, a 24 foot power cord with cord reel.

Its convenient features also come with an easy grip handle that makes for easy maneuverability up the stairs, carpets and in several rooms, and an on/off bare-floor option that ensures safe bare-floor cleaning. Handy attachments are also provided as on-board tools, all of which are found in a secure compartment under the lid for easy accessibility, and typically comprise of a brush for bare-floor surfaces, an upholstery brush for living room chairs and furniture, and a dusting brush for surfaces like lamps and tabletops. An additional crevice tool is also available for the suctioning between couch cushions and tight places.


Panasonic MC-CG902Two chrome wands are included for places that are hard-to-reach, such as the far back corners and around light ceiling fixtures. Other features also include:

  • Powerful 12 Amp Motor
  • Dual Motor System
  • 14 Inch Cleaning Path
  • Hepa Filter
  • Automatic Cord Reel
  • Tools On Board
  • Handle Grip
  • On/Off Power Switch On Handle
  • EZ On/Off Bare-Floor Option On Handle
  • Curved Carrying Top Handle
  • 360 Degree Hose Swivel
  • 4 Position Carpet Height Adjustment
  • Headlight

The features and options that come with the cleaner ultimately help the user get a better, easier and more convenient cleaning experience.

The Negatives

There is also a 9-inch extra floor attachment that can reach the crooks and crannies that the power head won’t be able to reach. One notable disadvantage, however, is the cleaner’s lack of durability, as they only last for about less than a year. They don’t last as long as most brands, powerful though its suction motor is. The handle light also goes off when in floor mode and rotates at about 90 degrees counter clockwise, which is advantageous for right handed users, especially when cleaning under sofas, but it can be especially difficult for lefties.

The Positives

One of its most advantageous performances is its powerful suction. It can basically pick up everything, from little crumb particles to small rocks, and it’s a breeze to clean under beds and sofas. The cleaner’s light weight also gives it more flexible mobility, while the low profile power head provides the handler better access to toe kicks and sofas. It is also equipped with a power head, which makes it convenient to whip around the room. This Panasonic vacuum cleaner also operates with a low noise level compared to other brands and can be fitted with bags from other manufacturers too.


All in all, the MC-CG902 is quite convenient, with an exceptional suction. While it is not entirely durable, it cleans well for a machine with an affordable price.

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Carpet Cleaning Services – 10 Things to Look Out For

When looking into carpet cleaning services, there are a few things you’ll want to do to ensure that you get the right ‘guy’ for the job.

Top 10 Things to Keep in Mind

  1. Don’t choose a service solely based on their equipment – The service needs to use good equipment, but they also need employees who are skilled at operating that equipment.
  2. Make sure the carpet cleaning technicians are well trained – Check to make sure they have Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. Ask about the certification and confirm before choosing a service.
  3. Don’t choose a service based solely on low price – Unscrupulous companies use low prices to bait customers, then they tell them they’ll need ‘extras’ that come with additional charges. Low prices can also indicate inferior equipment or lack of skilled carpet cleaners.
  4. Don’t fall for low rates on ‘single-process cleaning’ – It’s inferior, and dual-process cleaning will be required (at an additional cost, of course) to get you carpets truly clean.
  5. Don’t select a carpet cleaner based on one telephone call – Instead, have the cleaner out to your home and request a written quote. This way you’ll be clear about what the carpet cleaner recommends, and avoid being subject to pushy sales tactics when the tech comes to your home. This also avoids any surprise expenses due to the type of carpet, square footage or difficulty of stains.
  6. Don’t go with a service that doesn’t offer a money-back guarantee – Every carpet cleaner should stand behind their work with this type of offer. If the carpet isn’t cleaned to your satisfaction, you shouldn’t have to pay for it.
  7. Don’t settle on a carpet without finding out about their reputation among previous customers – They’ll all claim to be the best, most reliable, and cheapest, so do your due diligence and find out for yourself. Ask for references and look for reviews online to see if their reputation lives up to their promises.
  8. Choose a professional! – The few bucks you might save by going with a guy who happens to have a carpet cleaner as opposed to a real carpet cleaning service will usually not be worth it. You want highly trained professionals who’ve come across every kind of carpet and know how to do the job right. You also want the assurances of knowing the work is guaranteed.
  9. Don’t hire the first cleaning company you find online – Take the time to compare prices, reviews, how long they’ve been in business and any other relevant details. It’s worth the 15 minutes it will take to do this.
  10. Find out exactly what the cleaning process will entail – Learn how your personal items will be protected during the process. It’s important to know this ahead of time so there are no surprises. A professional cleaning service should offer the following:
  • Vacuuming of all areas to be cleaned.
  • Pre-spotting with stain remover.
  • Pre-spraying of carpets to loosen dirt and stains
  • Proper agitation – if required
  • Steam or hot water extraction of soil and detergent

If you decide to go with a professional service, following these 10 steps is a must to ensure that your carpets are cleaned correctly and that you get everything you pay for.

If on the other hand you decide you’d rather save a bit of money by taking care of your own cleaning, there are plenty of store-bought carpet cleaners available these days that can provide high quality cleaning without the hefty price. Check out reviews on some of the best vacuum cleaners out there before making your decision.

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A Quick Handheld Vacuum Review Guide

Having a small living area or apartment, doesn’t mean the challenge of keeping your floors clean are less of a challenge. You might not think you need a full sized vacuum and instead opt for a handheld vacuum.

The good news for you is these smaller units are powerful, do a number on pet hair and can make cleaning nooks and crannies a lot easier.

Options to Consider Before Buying:

If you’re a standard sized or larger home owner, you will have quick clean up needs where you won’t want to break out the big machine. Cleaning up the garage, the car interior, or even small areas the bigger vacuum won’t reach, such as under and behind the desk, are perfect jobs for a small handheld vacuum, too.

Before you get started, check out some of these great tips from Vacuum Companion on how to find the best handheld vacuum for your specific cleaning situation:

Corded or Cordless?

Cordless machines are a great addition to the family of handheld vacuum cleaners. Keep in mind, you can’t run these machines all day. If you have a few fast clean ups or small areas you need to attack, such as the car rugs and such, a cordless will work. It’s best to find one that has a battery indicator or you might get stuck with a half cleaned area.

Running Time vs. Charge Time

Do some research to figure out the average run time for the unit you’re considering. Too short of a run time will leave you in the lurch! If you are going to use your handheld vacuum frequently, say a few times a day or every day, consider how long it will take to charge the battery back to full. Some will charge completely in a few hours while others might have to pull a Lionel Richie and be plugged in “all night long.”

Finally, are the batteries replaceable? As batteries age, they start to lose their ability to hold a charge. Being able to swap out the rechargeable battery could save you from buying a brand new machine. Be sure the machine you’re considering doesn’t have charge-holding issues.

Any Specific Cleaning Needs?

What are your unique cleaning needs? Do you have a pet that throws around more hair than a heavy metal band? If so you might need a machine that specializes in pet hair. Think about all of the specifics you will need to tackle when vacuuming. Consider the following:

  • Hardwood Floors: Also tile, linoleum, ceramic flooring.
  • Carpets: Do you have a deep pile rug or standard?
  • Pet Hair: Not only pet hair but women with long hair tend to cause issues for some machines!
  • Upholstery: Are you planning on vacuuming the furniture? Maybe you’ll need some specific attachments for your pieces.
  • Vehicle Cleaning: There are a million nooks and crannies and wonderful little hiding places inside cars. Make sure the handheld vacuum you’re considering can reach them.

How Much Should It Cost?

Ah, the bottom line. Most consumers have the price in the front of their mind. This is a mistake. You want to have a reasonable budget in mind, but consider the machine’s options first. Make sure the unit you buy will do all the things you want it to. Sure, you might save a few bucks on a cheaper machine, but in the long run you’ll be disappointed and you might not even use the vacuum you purchased.

Understand that you’re making an investment in an appliance that should last for many years. Check options first, find the average price range for those vacuums, then determine your budget.

The Filter

If you’re a heavy allergy sufferer like me, you’re going to want a machine with a great filtering system. If it leaks dust and dirt you’re going to be miserable using it and, well, you will end up not using it.

Wet + Dry Capabilities

Some handheld vacuums are able to take care of wet areas. For instance, if you’ve hosed out a space in the garage, you could use a wet/dry vacuum to suck up the excess water. This is a special feature you might not need, but when you’ve spilled a water and soaked your driver’s seat, you’ll be happy when you can get most of the water out with your wet/dry vac!

The Weight

I’m not talking about the 70’s rock band. If you’re able to lift and hold heavy items for longer periods of time, you might not need to consider the weight of the vacuum. Otherwise, you’re looking at some sore limbs. Be sure you can manage using your machine without too much stress and strain.

Dust Bin Capacity

One drawback is the amount of dirt and dust small handhelds can manage to hold before emptying. If you’re cleaning really dirty areas, you might need to use the larger vacuum. If not, and you’re okay with a few extra trips to empty it out, this won’t be too big of a concern.

Is it Strictly Dyson vs. Black & Decker?

In a nutshell, no. There are a multitude of brands and selections to choose from, so don’t feel stuck sticking with a big name brand. It might be tempting, but as you shop around, try out other brands. I have a Rigid vacuum that I use in the garage that I absolutely love. So, don’t be shy about off name brands. One area to determine if these off brands will pass the test is to check out the customer feedback.

Product Reviews vs. Customer Feedback

As you shop, I’m sure you’ll do a lot of online research. This is recommended, but with a caveat. Understand the difference between paid product reviews and actual ones. Paid reviews are written for money. A company will hire people to write up glowing reviews for their products.

You might think a unit is “highly rated” only to end up “highly disappointed” with it. You can usually tell when a review is paid or real. You will find a lot of websites that do real reviews where not every single write up is stellar.

Customer feedback, on the other hand, is a great place to research. Most customers who take the time to leave feedback do so because they were strongly motivated by a positive or negative experience. Either way, this will be valuable information to you!

See what specific problems are mentioned by consumers and take note of what positives are touted, too.

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How to Find a Good Hardwood Floor Vacuum

There is such a vast array of different vacuum cleaners on the market and each has their own uses and benefits. Do not fall into the category of homeowners using an ordinary vacuum when you moved into a home with hardwood floors. With the right vacuum, cleaning is a simple job.

If you think that your top of the range machine works perfectly, you are mistaken. I recently moved into a home with pristine hardwood floors and also thought that my top rated Hoover will effortlessly clean the smooth flat surfaces. Bad mistake, my older but still new vacuum was designed with carpeting in mind. Look at the following obvious differences between a carpeting and hardwood-flooring machine:

  • Carpeting machines normally have plastic wheels, scratching wood surfaces
  • Hey lack additional padding to prevent damage
  • Thick bristles on the brushes can scratch the floors
  • The brush scatter debris, dirt and pet hair instead of picking it up

Look for the following features when searching for a good hardwood vacuum:

  • Great suction power
  • Lightweight models glides easily across your floor
  • Rubber wheels prevents damage
  • Added padding further prevents digs, damages and scratching
  • No rolling brushes
  • Sweeping and mopping functionality
  • Felt stripes

Why Traditional Sweeping is not an Option

You may argue that it may be easier to just sweep your floors, but keep in mind the tiny particles you leave behind. So often accidental messing includes harder grit, which dull your floors and scratches it when walking over it. The same goes for mopping your floor after sweeping it, the mop cannot pick up everything and dirt is just re-deposited. Cleaning machines do not leave dust and dirt in seams on the floor either.

Choosing Between Upright and Canister

I suppose here it is a matter of preference as they can both be equally effective. The only advantage the canister has is the fact that it may be lighter than an upright. With the separate motor, you can carry the canister in one hand while vacuuming your hardwood with the other.

The upright models tend to be a bit heavier, making your work tiring and you have to push the complete unit across your floor. Some upright models maneuver with difficulty and marring your surface is possible.

The Top Rated Machines For Wood Flooring

  • Miele S2121 Olympus is a canister cleaner and exceptionally lightweight with powerful suction. What makes it a top choice is that it effortlessly transitions from carpets to smooth floors if you have a combination of the two.
  • BISSEL PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Corded, 81L2T is an affordable price vacuum with a 20-foot cord. It has a swivel head for cleaning around furniture with the V-Shape foot concentrating dirt better for suction.
  • BISSEL 53Y8 LiftOFF Floors is feather light and compact, folding double to store it. This cordless machine has powerful suction and transforms into a handheld.
  • Electrolux UltraSilencer Green Canister EL6984A lives up to all expectations in cleaning effortlessly. It has great suction power, maneuverable, very quiet, and lightweight. A very comfortable handle makes it easy to carry if you do not want to drag it across your floors.

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Eureka RapidClean 41A Review

Let’s be honest-I doubt that there are numerous people who can state that we truly like to vacuum. We could actually such as completion outcome of vacuuming, however in the end it’s a task than needs to be done a minimum of when a week (occasionally much more if you have children and animals!).

There was a time where I just had the one vacuum and might get the majority of my cleaning finished with it. After a while however, it ended up being increasingly more of a problem to drag that heavy thing from its closet and wheel it around the whole residence. What ended up being more of a discomfort was attempting to clean simply more than the floor with it!

When I recognized I required a brand-new vacuum-a smaller sized variation of the beast that I unwillingly make use of on a weekly basis, that’s. After purchasing the Eureka 41A, I have actually recognized that my cleaning regimen is a lot less forced and passes a lot faster.

How do you understand if you require one? I ‘d state review my list below, and if these use to you, certainly make a strategy to acquire one quickly!

  • If you have stairs – Stairs, specifically carpeted ones, can get quickly neglected when you do not have the ideal cleaning devices. Complete sized vacuums are heavy enough as it is, however consistently dragging one up and down that uncomfortable location in your home for a couple of seconds of cleaning does not constantly appear wroth it (individuals can neglect mud on a white carpeting for a while, right?). After getting the 41A, I pertained to value the 25 foot cord and the capability to make use of one hand to swipe it throughout each stair a couple of times and proceed to the next one (I likewise do not need to stress over the vacuum landing on me from above!).
  • If you have furniture that requires vacuuming – We just recently got a brand-new sofa a loveseat with a stunning suede material covering, that we rapidly found does not zoom off and is stitched straight onto the furnishings! With the quantity of feline hair all over, it certainly needs being cleaned as often as the floor, however getting our full-sized system to do the task with its restricted accessories was a big discomfort! Fortunately, this design features a 3-foot hose that I can quickly utilize to obtain between those stitched on cushions.
  • Instead of cleaning up being a genuine procedure, I simply took out my brand-new mini vacuum and everything was back to typical in about 3 minutes. Certainly get one of these if you require access to fast clean up choices.

You definitely do not desire to be reluctant on choosing one of these up if you discover yourself with these 3 problems in your house! And at simply $43 on Amazon (with complimentary shipping, if you are a Prime member), how can you miss such a deal?

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