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Here is the list of general articles regarding vacuum cleaners. Here you can find explanations regarding not only specific types and/or configurations, but also general information that can help you in deciding which vacuum cleaner is the right for you.

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We all have that friend who swears she vacuums every day. You know the type- the one with the immaculate house who puts a home-cooked dinner on the table every night.

Whether your friend is being honest or not, don’t feel pressured into vacuuming every single day. That’s just ridiculous.

In fact, air quality and carpet experts agree that, for the average household, vacuuming thoroughly once a week with a high-quality vacuum is plenty.

Of course, there are some scenarios in which you may need to vacuum more often or when you may need to perform an additional “emergency vacuum.” Plus, keep in mind that if you don’t have the right vacuum, you may need to vacuum more often.

 

When is Once a Week Not Enough?

While a thorough once-a-week vacuuming is sufficient for most people, there are some scenarios in which you may need to vacuum two or three times per week instead.

If, for instance, you have a large family with lots of people tracking in and out, you’ll probably want to vacuum more often, at least in those areas. Doorways and hallways often take more of a “beating” than other parts of the home, particularly when you have lots of people living there or lots of visitors.

You may also want to vacuum more often if you have pets. People with multiple pets or with breeds that are known for shedding are particularly likely to need to vacuum more than once per week.

You may also find that vacuuming more often than once a week is necessary if you have family members or others living in your home with severe asthma or allergies. In fact, in these cases, you may actually need to vacuum daily, in addition to regular dusting and mopping. Unfortunately, people with these conditions will often suffer severely if a home isn’t kept totally free of dust and dirt.

Of course, in addition to vacuuming once a week or more often if required, you will always want to vacuum after a spill or other accident occurs. Even if you can’t see a stain or visible debris, it’s a good idea to vacuum after a spill just in case the spilled contents have seeped down into your carpet where you can’t see them.

Are You Using the Right Vacuum?

One common reason that people find themselves having to vacuum more than once a week is because they’re using the wrong vacuum. They could have selected a low-quality vacuum or one that simply isn’t right for their home. Or, they may be using a vacuum that’s damaged in some way or that is too old to be as effective as it once was.

Whatever the case may be, if you find that you’re having to vacuum more often than most people, you may want to think about replacing your vacuum.

One good reason, for example, to replace your vacuum is if you find it isn’t effective on your type of flooring or on all of your types of flooring. A lot of vacuums are not good at deep cleaning carpets, for example, and often, the ones that clean carpets well don’t do so great on hardwood. If your vacuum isn’t working for all of the flooring types in your home, then it’s time to upgrade to something that will work.

You should also pay attention to how much noise your vacuum makes. Very few vacuums are quiet while they run, but if yours suddenly seems to be getting a lot louder each time you run it, this is a dead giveaway that something isn’t right with your vacuum. Either have it looked at or consider replacing it if it is old or has other problems already. You’ll find that repairs or replacements can do wonders for keeping your house cleaner for longer.

Also, be on the lookout for a decrease in the amount of “suctioning power” your vacuum has. If you notice that power draining, change the bag if your vacuum has one. If that doesn’t work, try cleaning or changing the filter if applicable. If nothing works to renew your vacuum’s suction, it’s probably time to get a new one.

As you can see, how often you’ll have to vacuum will depend on a lot of factors. If, however, you’re vacuuming regularly and not getting the results you want, then it may be time to look for a new vacuum or at least figure out what’s going on with your current one!

Most people don’t enjoy cleaning.

Unfortunately, though, it’s one of those things that has to get done, like it or not.

Now, are you ready for some good news? If you know a few essential cleaning hacks, you can make cleaning easier, faster, and less miserable than ever before.

Hack #1: Vinegar and Water Can Clean Almost Anything

One simple tip that may surprise you is that two simple ingredients- white vinegar and water- can clean just about anything. And, as a bonus, this simple mixture is much, much cheaper than the standard commercial cleaning products.

To make this “magic mixture” yourself, combine equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray on surfaces and wipe up with a cloth. You’ll find that surfaces gleam and odors are eliminated with ease.

For those rare tough stains that this mixture doesn’t work on, add a tablespoon or two of baking soda to the mix and shake well. That should do the trick

Hack #2: Lint Rollers Make Screens Look Like New

Window screens and screen doors look nice when they’re first installed. However, they quickly become a gross mess of splattered bugs, cobwebs, and other outdoor grime and grit.

Cleaning them seems impossible, but not if you know this simple hack.

A lint roller, the kind you use on clothes, is perfect for getting the grime out of the tiny crevices of a screen door. Try it for yourself, and you’ll be amazed at how much you pick up. You’ll be even more surprised at how like new your screens will look when you’re done.

Hack #3: Use Dryer Sheets for a Deep Toilet Clean

Just as you wouldn’t expect lint rollers to work on screens, you might not expect dryer sheets to work on your toilet. But, surprise surprise, they do.

These robust sheets are particularly helpful for removing rings from the toilet bowl as well as other stuck on stains.

So, pop on some gloves, grab a dryer sheet and go to work on your toilet. You will be amazed at what this sheet can get out. The secret lies in its robust, abrasive texture. In fact, that texture also makes dryer sheets an excellent choice for cleaning baseboards and buffing out any small scratches or scuffs you find around the home.

Hack #4: Get Rid of Gross Garbage Disposal Odor with a Toothbrush

There’s nothing worse than getting a whiff of some disgusting, rotting smell coming from your garbage disposal.

When this happens, run the disposal thoroughly for a while. If the smell is still there, then stuck-on crud is likely to blame. Fortunately, there is an easy way to get rid of it.

Grab a toothbrush (NOT one you plan to use again), lift up the little folds on the garbage disposal, and then brush away the grossness, using water as needed as you go.

This is an easy way to get rid of all of those odor-causing food and trash particles and to ensure your house smells fresh again. And, for some bonus good smells, run a few slices of fresh lemon through the garbage disposal. The sweet, citrusy aroma should positively permeate your home.

Hack #5: Eliminate Odors with Baking Soda

You just learned how to eliminate odors from your garbage disposal, but what about those odors elsewhere? Or, even worse, those odors you can’t pinpoint.

For strange smells lurking in a room, a freshly-opened package of baking soda shoved in a corner can work wonders. Baking soda naturally absorbs odors, so after a day or so, you should notice a vast improvement.

You can also sprinkle baking soda on your carpets before vacuuming to absorb odor, in the cat litter box, or anywhere else you think could use a “smell pick me up.”

Hack #6: Make Sponges Sparkle

Reusing your cleaning sponges is an easy way to save money, but it’s also an easy way to spread germs and bacteria if you’re not careful.

Fortunately, it’s easy to get your sponges looking great again and to get rid of potentially harmful bacteria.

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Just add your sponges to the dishwasher next time you run a load. You will find that, after drying, they perk up quite nicely. And, even more importantly, they will be fresh, clean, and ready for you to use all over again.

As you can see, cleaning doesn’t have to be significant pain. In fact, it can even be fun, especially if you try out these simple cleaning hacks. There are much more out there too, so do your research to make cleaning easier than ever before.

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oreck commercial xl2100rhs mCommercial vacuums are designed to be used (and abused) on a daily basis and to clean large areas regularly. Ease of use, easy dirt disposal, good air filtration, minimum maintenance etc. are also very important features. Having in mind different cleaning requirements, different personal preferences and various vacuums on the market, it is rather hard to make 'Top 10' list of such vacuums. Nonetheless, here is our 'Top 10 Best Commercial Vacuums' list ...

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shark hv292 1mVacuum cleaners range in price from dozen of dollars/euros to thousands of dollars or euros. Large, robust and very powerful commercial or domestic units do their job very well, but they are often an over-kill. Smaller and lighter units, ranging in price up to, or around $100, can do their job well, too. Perhaps not as well as $1000 vacuums, but 'almost as good' with just a fraction of cost.

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Date: July 21, 2017.

iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaners are very popular robot vacuums. There are many Roomba models on the market today and even more in use and it is sometimes hard to figure out which model is the best for individual requirements. We hope that these charts, reviews and comparisons will help you to find the best Roomba model for your needs, without hurting your budget.

cordless vacuum replacing batteries 2mWhen used properly, small handheld cordless vacuums can last for a really long time, often as long as their batteries are good. When batteries die, it is very easy to replace dead batteries. Although small handheld cordless vacuums are relatively cheap, their batteries are often much cheaper.

floor scubbers mFloor scrubbers and polishers are rotary and orbital floor cleaning machines that clean or polish the floor using cleaning pad with or without cleaning agent or protective wax. Some models can be even used as rotary and orbital floor sanders, if appropriate pad is used.

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Vacuum cleaner batteries are very important parts of every portable cordless vacuum cleaner. Even if you have vacuum cleaner with best characteristics on paper, but your battery pack is failing quickly, you will not be satisfied with your cordless vacuum cleaner as a whole.

best air purifier 1mPeople suffering various health related issues like allergies, asthma and similar, require good vacuum cleaners with proper, true HEPA grade, air filtration, but they can significantly benefit by using air purifiers - standalone devices that silently, but efficiently, clean air from small particles like dust, pollen, pet dander, mold spores and other airborne pollutants.

dyson dc6 1mPeople having issues with asthma and allergies face the problem of cleaning their living quarters on regular basis of pollutants which decrease their quality of living and safely disposing the dirt and debris away.

vacuum cleaner bags 1mBagged vacuum cleaners store dirt and debris locally in dirt bags during cleaning. When buying such vacuum cleaner, original vacuum bag(s) are delivered with the device, but after some time, one has to buy new ones. There are many things to consider when buying vacuum bags, but first question is - generic or genuine vacuum bag?

vacuum for carpets 1mCarpets and rugs differ greatly in material, thickness, color quality, how they are made and many other details that influence the way they are cleaned and maintained.

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oreck dry carpet cleaner mDry carpet cleaning involves the use of specialized compounds to clean carpets and other surfaces with no or almost no moisture. Such cleaning results in removal of dirt, stains, sand, grit, allergens, pollen and other particles from the cleaned surface.

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tile flooringKeeping tiles clean with suitable vacuum cleaner is an easy task to do, regardless of tiles you have - glazed ceramic tiles, unglazed ceramic tiles, mosaic tiles, marble tiles, natural stone tiles, porcelain tiles etc.

hardwood stairs 1mCleaning stairs can be daunting task, aggravated even more by number of hard to reach corners, edges, stairs' material, stairs' cover etc. Having right tool for the job makes this job much easier - a good stair vacuum cleaner.

best vacuum for hardwood floorsCleaning hardwood floors differs from cleaning other floor surfaces that can be found in homes. Most of the rotating brushes designed for cleaning carpets are not suitable for cleaning hardwood surfaces, since they can damage the wood finish or even wood itself.

best vacuum for pet hairPeople having pets often have issues with pet hair removal and cleaning of larger areas with different surfaces like hardwood, carpets, tiles and similar. Also, cleaning of furniture, upholstery and many other hard-to-reach places is very important in keeping the home - clean.

vacuum cleaner specsVacuum cleaner performances are essential for proper vacuum cleaning. Vacuum cleaner performances can be measured by various parameters.

best vacuum cleanerIt all depends on individual habits and preferences, but good vacuum cleaner should have disposable dust bag, one replaceable 'classic' mechanical filter, HEPA filter and scent container.

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