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Things You Should Know Before Buying a Vacuum For Your Hardwood Floor

November 20, 2014

Hardwood Floor Vacuum CleanerA vacuum is one of those appliances, like an alarm clock, that people don't really think about much when it's time to purchase.

If it isn't offensive to the eye or ear and works as advertised, your average shopper doesn't really doesn't dwell on it. However, when buying a vacuum to clean hardwood floors, not thinking about it can result in costly damage.

Keeping 4 factors in mind can help a person narrow down the options quickly and painlessly:

  1. Form Factor
  2. Wheels and Beater Bar
  3. Versatility
  4. Attachments

There are 3 basic form factors for hardwood vacuums: canisters, uprights, and electric sweepers. Canisters and uprights are the traditional vacuum forms we are all familiar with.

Electric sweepers are a more modern replacement for brooms. Sweepers are the lightest, least expensive and most easily deployed of the 3 form factors, but also tend to be the least powerful and versatile.

Most people find uprights more efficient for cleaning big open areas, while canister vacuums have the advantage for navigating tight areas around furniture. It's really a personal preference whether uprights or canisters are altogether better, because the costs and functionality of both types are generally in the same ballpark.

Two parts that virtually all vacuum cleaners are traditionally equipped with are wheels and beater bars. The wheels are obviously to make the vacuum easier to move and use. For hardwood applications, these wheels should be rubberized. Hard plastic wheels that run over particles of dirt on hardwood will grind it in, causing scratches.

Beater bars are the rotating cylinder (usually with brushes) found on the underside of most vacuums. Their purpose is to literally beat the carpet and cause dirt to fly up into the suction of the cleaner. It takes little imagination how much damage even relatively soft plastic brushes rotating very quickly can do to the finish of hardwood floors. The beater bars that alternate hard metal or plastic bars with the brushes are even worse.

To prevent such damage from beater bars, ensure that the vacuum has a beater bar that can be turned off or a hardwood floor attachment that contains no beater bar at all.

Versatility comes into play because most people would prefer not to have a different cleaning device for each area in the home. For example, the electric sweeper that is fine for picking up spilled cereal on hardwood is completely ineffective on most carpet. A cleaner that can handle liquid spills as well as dry can save a ton of time and is less likely to be damaged.

Attachments are really an extension of a cleaner's versatility. For decades, canister vacuums were the undisputed kings of attachments (being just a basic vacuum motor with attachments). Modern uprights have made great strides in that area and now have a comparable array of attachments. Top end cleaners often have attachments that perform tasks that required a separate machine in the past, like steam cleaning or hardwood buffing.

While virtually no one really wants to think about vacuum cleaners, with the amount of money a bad decision could cost when hardwood surfaces enter the picture, it is well worth devoting some thought to the subject.

Dirt Devil Featherlite SD40100 Cyclonic Canister Vacuum Review

February 3, 2014

The Dirt Devil Featherlite SD40100 vacuum is an excellent vacuum for those looking for something lightweight and reasonably priced, that works well on a hard-surfaced floor. As it is a canister vacuum, it's much more portable than an upright, and works well on most surfaces.


The SD40100 has just a 10 amp motor, but the suction power of this vacuum does not feel like just 10 amps. It has amazing suction ability, and when cleaning up on dense carpet, the bleed port might even need to be opened in order to run along the carpeted area smoothly. This can lead to some problems with deep pile carpeting, however, where the vacuum with stick to the carpet and be difficult to move; it can also have problems with animal hair, as the hairs can get caught in the bristles of the nozzle and end up having to be cleaned separately.

Pros: powerful suction- great value for money- small form factor and light weight- sensitive on/off switch- removable HEPA filter and exhaust filter- retractable power cord- rear wheels make it easy to maneuver around

Cons: plastic somewhat low quality and fragile- requires regular filter cleaning to maintain high suction- can struggle in some carpeted areas- hose and wand are rather short- power cord not too long

Main points

The SD40100 is an excellent vacuum for those who do not have much in the way of carpeting, because it's high suction strength, the brush on the nozzle, and the lack of rollers on the nozzle; it is much better suited to small rugs and hard flooring. It excels in smaller houses or just for specific tasks, because of it's short cable and wand. Having to bend over too often makes it hard to keep vacuuming large areas.

It's ergonomic design on the other hand means that it is fantastically portable and mobile. It's really light weight, meaning it can be brought up and down flights of stairs with ease, and the canister shape, coupled with the rear wheels, means it's very simple to navigate when cleaning.

With a vacuum this cheap, you don't expect the quality of the plastics to be too high, and they're not. If not treated properly, the shell or the hose can become cracked or damaged. But for higher quality plastic, you'd be shelling out more cash, totally defeating the point of this great value and powerful little vacuum. If it's treated with proper care and not abused too much there should be no problems with parts getting damaged.


If you live in an apartment, this is a terrific purchase. It's really light and it's great value. It's in it's element in small areas with little carpeting. However, if you have a large house, one with a lot of carpeting, or an animal that sheds hairs a lot, then this might not be the best option for you as a main vacuum. It's still great for situational cleaning, such as a quick vacuum in the porch or a bedroom. All in all, it's a great little vacuum for it's price, that punches above it's weight; but don't expect it to out-perform a $400 cleaner.

Advantages of Having a Good Wood Floor Vacuum Cleaner

October 16, 2013

Like cars, there are various types of wooden flooring, the common and quality types being the oak and the bamboo. The bottom line, however, is that the types of wood floor notwithstanding, all need to be kept clean and properly maintained. To wit, vacuum cleaners are best suited for cleaning wooden floors.

Tips on how to choose a good vacuum cleaner for your floor:

If truly machines make work easier, these too should portray the same feature of all machines. It is important on the onset to state that there are various types of wooden floor. It therefore follows that there are particular vacuum cleaners best suited for specific types of wooden floors. According to's Best Vacuum For Wood Floors - Buyer's Guide, canister vacuum cleaners are excellent for cleaning hardwood floors, and the Electrolux EL6986A UltraSilencer and Miele S4212 are at the top of the list of best canister vacuum cleaners.

In order to know the best type to purchase, look out for the following;

1. Price

They say cut your coat according to your cloth. You don’t want to strain yourself by buying a vacuum cleaner that you cannot afford. The assumption normally is that the more expensive an item is, the better quality it is, but this is not a first-hand rule as products are not identical although they perform the same function. Only buy quality but what you can afford too

2. Suction power

Without this a vacuum cleaner cannot function. The maximum power I have seen is 12Amps, as the same is directly proportional to the motor size, especially for the upright vacuum cleaners. The size of the motor determines the amount of the suction power, thus the choice of whether to buy a 5A, an 8A or 12A depends on considerations such as whether you have deep wall to wall carpeting and the type of the wooden floor too.

3. Features of the vacuum cleaner

Well, like a cafeteria, different types of vacuum cleaners have what they offer, and wisdom dictates that you go for what offers a variety. You ought to look out for accessories such rubber wheels which are commonly found on canister types the advantage of these being that they prevent the scratching occasioned on the wooden flooring due to friction as you move about with the cleaner. The vacuum head too should be considered; a movable head is better than a rigid one, and portability is also an added advantage since you might want to clean many rooms and shift the same conveniently.

4. Warranty

Most electronics have a warranty to cater for repairing damages probably occasioned within a year and a month from the purchase date at no cost. These too have no exception, but it does hurt to ask or check yourself if it is warrantied before buying.

Perhaps I should remind you that water is wood what paraffin is to water-they repel. Wipe out excess water as the same damages wood surfaces. During winter or the rainy season, have installed in your house a fan to also help keep the wooden floor dry.

Best Handheld Vacuums for Pet Hair on Stairs

August 15, 2013

Your pet maybe a cuddly pooch or a cute hamster, but this is not going to spare you from those troublesome pet hairs all over your house. Especially, the hair that take refuge on the stairs (even wood floor stairs) may cause you more annoyance when you have little kids running around home and touching the stairs to use it.

Vacuuming Pet Hair on StairsVacuum cleaners with chord may not be really effective in cleaning stairs with their limited work extent. For this case, you need a handheld or cordless vacuum to effectively get rid of pet hair

Handheld Vacuum Cleaner Suggestions

Here we list some of the handy vacuums suitable for this situation:

  • Convertible Euro Pro-Shark - The Convertible Euro Pro Shark is the perfect cleaner for removing even the tiniest strands of hair from your staircase. This is basically an upright vacuum that can also be transformed into a handheld machine by following some quick and simple steps. It works the best on dog hairs, cat hairs and even bird feathers. Simple and sleek design of this vacuum makes it easy to handle. It is also light and can be carried with ease anywhere.
  • Bissell Pet Hair Eraser - By using this vacuum, you'll not only get rid of the toughest hairs from your staircase, but also from your closet, tapestry, linen and more. The small and compact hand held vacuum picks up dog hairs and other smaller particles on your stairs quickly and easily. It comes with a 16-feet power cord that makes you stay calm and continue your cleaning expeditions all your over home. The HEPA filter in this vacuum makes it absolutely safe and non-allergic for users to handle.
  • Black & Decker Pivot Vac - This is one of the top rated vacuums available for removing pesky hair from all sorts of places. This cleaner comes with a larger container for collecting dirt and it also contains an integrated extension nozzle to pick up smaller hair particles in the staircase with ease. The extended nozzle goes under the carpets and also it goes all over the corners and curves in your staircase to perfectly clean it. The battery life of this cleaner is also commendable and it is easy to remove dirt from it by just twist-opening the nozzle.
  • Hoover Wind Tunnel T-Series Pet Rewind Plus - This Hoover Wind Tunnel T-Series is a specialized for removing hair from hard to reach places. It is compact and lightweight so that you can easily lift and climb stairs to operate it. This cleaner comes with a long wand with improved suction features that frees your chore of cleaning the blades after every use. The 24-foot extension power cable of this cleaner comes with retraction button to wind and unwind quickly.

However, the above mentioned only a few of the many handheld vacuums suitable for cleaning hair found on stairs. You can shop for the best vacuum cleaner of your choice after carefully reading its features and user guidelines to make a smart investment of your money.

Tips For Cleaning Bathroom Tiles

August 13, 2013

Cleaning is a basic household chore that we do everyday, or at least twice a week to avoid accumulation of superficial dirt. The bathroom is one of those areas inside the house, which is impractical to clean on a daily basis. Cleaning the bathroom proves to be a challenge considering the amount of dirt and grime that the tiles have accumulated overtime.

The grout of the bathroom tiles will provide an added cleaning challenge as well. As you may be able to observe, cleaning the bathroom is one heck of a challenge to do, and the need for special cleaning techniques may be necessary in such cases.

Here are some Tips for Cleaning Bathroom Tiles

Prepare Your Tiles for Intensive Cleaning

You may vacuum the bathroom first to remove any dust and debris present on the floor before you pre-spray the tiles with an all-in-one spray cleaner. After spraying, gently scrub the tiles using circular motions by using a sponge or a brush. Rinse with warm water when you're done scrubbing the tiles.

  1. Bleach the tiles. Bleach solution is used in order to help remove the mold and the mildew, which accumulated on the bathroom tile and its grout. The solution should b a combination of equal amounts of bleach and water. Spray the solution on the tiles. Apply firm pressure when scrubbing circular motion. Remember to always work with proper ventilation when using this chemical or it will become hazardous to your health.
  2. Vinegar for the grout. The grout is the area in between the tiles and it is where molds and mildew, and at times certain bacteria accumulate overtime; bleach will not cut it this time around. Instead, you can use 1.4 cup of vinegar, 1/3 cup of ammonia, or half cup of baking soda. Choose either of these three and mix it with seven cups of water. Spray your solution all over the grout and the scrub the area clean. We recommend applying greater pressure for this because this can be very difficult to remove.
  3. Removing the soap scum. If you look closely, you may be able to notice a layer of white on top of your bathroom tiles; this is a combination of soap and water that hardened overtime. Using a standard bathroom tile cleaner will take time for you to remove it. It is recommended to use a powerful soap scum remover, which can be made by using either of the following: Lactic acid, Alcohol, White Vinegar, and Lemon oil.
  4. Finishing touch. Leave the bathroom tiles sparkling new by cleaning it with a soft towel. In addition, it also keeps the tiles free from any remaining dust or any form of debris that may be left. Just follow these simple tips for cleaning bathroom tiles and you will love the result. You can even clean the this area of your house without the help of others. Rest assured that using the comfort room is something that you love doing all the time. Who doesn't want to have clean bathrooms, right?