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These articles and guides can help You in keeping your home, office, car, truck, boat, workshop etc. clean and tidy in the most efficient and easiest way.
You may agree with us, or not, but these are our opinions and views about vacuums, keeping things clean, technology in general etc.
Here is the list of our featured articles and guides, ordered according the added or modified date.
One of the many advantages of iRobot Roomba robot vacuums is their set of internal sensors that monitor almost every aspect of the robot's operation.
As soon as an unwanted event is detected, Roomba stops the operation or doesn't want to start one and signals to the user that there is an error, including the exact error code. At least in most situations.
Vacuum cleaners are becoming an integral part of smart homes, especially robot vacuums with automatic dirt disposal units, voice commands, reporting, advanced mapping, Recharge and Resume, and other features.
BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) vacuums and WiFi-enabled vacuums allow the users to control and monitor their vacuums via smartphones and tablets, often while being away from home. But, many users ask what the differences are between BLE vacuums and WiFi vacuums.
Published: August 5, 2022.
Among the various materials from which area rugs are made, jute is all-natural. Jute is also known as burlap or hessian. A jute rug not only creates a cozy and classic atmosphere in the room but it also gives a soft feel. What’s more, it’s durable too and has a golden shine.
But to maintain its appeal, softness, and strength, a jute rug has to be properly cleaned, which is not the same as that of woolen or synthetic rug. If taken care of properly, a jute rug can provide the best look and luxury for a long time. The homeowner has to get acquainted with the method of cleaning a jute rug in order to keep its natural fibers safe and beautiful.
Published: July 26, 2022.
Just a small papercut or similar injury can cause a few blood droplets to land on the surface of a beautiful, new carpet, probably on the most visible spot.
Because blood stains settle very quickly between the carpet fibers, so treating them effectively when accidents occur is rather difficult. After all, the appropriate care of the injured person or pet is an absolute priority, often leading to the need to clean dried blood stains.
Also, be very careful when cleaning somebody else's blood - always ensure self-protection when handling somebody else's blood. For example, wear protective gloves to protect yourself from potentially transmissible diseases!
Published: July 14, 2022.
Although Shark is mostly known for a wide range of vacuum cleaners, Shark also manufacturers high-quality air purifiers with excellent air purification levels.
Most Shark air purifiers can be used with different air filters, allowing the users to customize the units according to their own needs and requirements.
Published: July 1, 2022.
Spot cleaners are relatively small and compact wet-dry vacuums, intended for quick and thorough cleaning of stubborn spots and stains on the carpets, area rugs, carpeted stairs, car seats, upholstered surfaces, and similar.
Most spot cleaners feature two tanks, one for cleaning solution and another for dirty liquids, a flexible cleaning hose with the cleaning brush, and a relatively strong suction motor. By combining the cleaning solution, rubbing effect of the brush, and vacuum suction, cleaned surfaces are left somewhat wet/moist but thoroughly cleaned.
Updated: June 29, 2022.
Oranges and orange juice are very popular, great tasting, and refreshing fruit and beverage, which occasionally end on very visible surfaces like carpets, rugs, upholstery, and similar.
Oranges and orange juice leave visible stains that can be removed completely, but that requires some time and effort.
Here are several methods that can help one get the orange juice stains out of carpets, upholstery, and similar surfaces.
Published: June 23, 2022.
HEPA air purifiers are very important home appliances for keeping the air at home clean and safe to breathe. With various pollutants causing respiratory and other issues and decreasing the quality of life, a good home HEPA air purifier is becoming an essential part of many households, just like fridges, TV, vacuum cleaner, and similar.
A good HEPA air purifier doesn't have to be expensive, on a contrary, some most popular and best-buy units are rather affordable. But, large units with many advanced features can come rather pricey. Here is our list of top 5 home air purifiers that we believe are the 'best-buy' considering all their features and in the end, their price.
Updated: June 14, 2022.
Having a good pool vacuum cleaner is very important for maintaining the pool's crystal blue water and having a safe and pleasant swim at home.
The above-ground pool vacuum cleaner must be able to clean both tiny particles as small as bacteria and as large as fallen leaves, it must be simple to use and maintain and it must be cost-effective - even if the initial investment is perhaps slightly higher, over time good pool vacuum cleaner should save money, energy, chemicals, time, etc.
Above-ground pool vacuums range from manual pool vacuums featuring long pole and pool vacuum heads to high-tech WiFi-enabled and smartphone App controlled devices, so be sure to choose according to your own needs and preferences.
Updated: June 11, 2022.
Stick vacuum cleaners are lightweight and rather compact and slim upright vacuum cleaners. They come in a broad range of subtypes and varieties, depending on the power source, convertibility options, dirt collection, air filtration, cleaning attachments, etc.
Stick vacuum cleaners are commonly used as the second vacuum cleaners, especially in larger homes and apartments, although some models are often used as the main vacuums, not only in smaller homes and apartments.
Updated: June 10, 2022.
Regardless of how good they are, vacuum cleaners eventually must be replaced, regardless if they are broken or not.
Broken vacuum cleaners are disposed of for a very simple reason - they are obviously broken. Vacuums that are still in working order may be replaced for many reasons, including outdated technology, energy non-efficient technology (from a modern point of few), missing parts like air filters and belts, etc.
In any case, one has to properly dispose of a unit that often contains parts made from environmentally not so friendly materials.
Published: June 9, 2022.
A car is its owner’s pride, but only if its exterior, as well as the interior, is in top shape. There are so many factors that can make the car’s interior dirty.
When people sit inside, they might be sweaty or even sick e.g., they might cough or sneeze, or may get injured. Or they might return from a beach carrying a lot of sand with them. Plus, dust and other types of debris may also make their way inside through small gaps.
Published: June 7, 2022.
Vinyl floors are very popular types of floors that come in the form of vinyl sheets, vinyl planks, luxury vinyl tiles, and similar.
Vinyl floors are often decorated and give the impression of hardwood floors, marble, granite, tiles, and similar. Vinyl floors are somewhat specific to maintain, but still rather easy and simple, with a good vinyl floors vacuum cleaner being of great help.
Updated: May 25, 2022.
Dyson V7 cordless vacuums rely on their built-in batteries to provide power during cleaning.
When it was introduced, the Dyson V7 was known as one of the best cordless units on the market. Even today, with its 100 Air Watts, it is one of the stronger, mid-range, cordless vacuums, comparable with many newer models.
If You have a Dyson V7 cordless vacuum and it is working well, except for the battery, getting a new battery can prolong the operating time of your unit for a few more years.
Published: May 25, 2022.
A carpet offers one’s feet a soft and pleasant feeling, but only when it’s clean. A carpet laden with dirt, dust, and stains becomes rough to feel and unpleasant to look at. But those who are in a fix about how to clean their dirty, stained, smelly carpet without professional help, need not worry, because they can do the cleaning work with a very easily available object – the baking soda!
Also, although one keeps their carpet clean with regular vacuuming and steaming, a carpet needs extra care to look always fresh and bright, and even for this extra care, baking soda is a great solution.
Here are tips on how to clean the carpet with baking soda.
Published: May 16, 2022.
Double-sided carpet tapes feature a strong adhesive on both sides (hence the name) of the tape, allowing the users to semi-permanently increase the grip between the bare floor and the carpet/area rug and the carpet and another carpet or area rug.
When placed properly, double-sided carpet tapes prevent curled edges, slipping, and sliding, increasing the safety and keeping the carpets, area rugs, and mats in place.
Published: May 13, 2022.
Air filters are part of vacuum cleaners' air filtration systems and ensure capturing small particles of dust, pollen, and other dirt and potential allergens.
But, air filters also cause air pressure to drop within the air pathways and some of our readers ask will removing them improve the suction of the vacuum and will it improve the cleaning effect. For short: removing air filters from vacuums is a big NO. Read more ...
Published: May 13, 2022.
Hardwood floors are one of the most common floor types in homes and apartments, they are warm, great looking, but also they represent certain challenges regarding cleaning and maintenance.
A good hardwood vacuum cleaner may be of great help for keeping even sensitive hardwood floors clean and scratch-free. Here is the list of various vacuum types with short descriptions and explanations.
Updated: May 11, 2022.
Cordless mops and vacuum cleaners are powered using the energy stored at the onboard battery, giving them independence regarding wall power sockets, but limiting their operating time.
Steam mops are devices that clean and sanitize floors and elevated surfaces by combining the power of steam and steam mop pads. Thus, cordless steam mops would be battery-operated steam mops, but real life is slightly more complicated than that.
Updated: May 10, 2022.
Robot vacuums can be of great help in keeping homes cleaner and safer to live in. Having a pet or even pets can be quite challenging regarding the keeping home clean and not spending too much time on cleaning.
Robot vacuums differ according to their cleaning methods, suction strength, air filtration, dirt disposal, and other features, but they also differ in price. Having the most expensive robot vacuum cleaner is not a warranty that the cleaning tasks will be done properly ...
Updated: May 9, 2022.
When trying to choose the best lightweight vacuum cleaner not only for elderly people but for all those that don't like or don't want to pull, push or carry heavy vacuums around, there are a few important features to consider, like the actual weight of the unit, power source, suction strength, air filtration, maintenance, dirt disposal, etc.
Picking the best vacuum cleaner also depends on personal preferences, so here are our suggestions with short reviews and recommendations. But, in the end, it is the user who chooses the 'best' vacuum according to his/her own personal needs and preferences.
Updated: May 6, 2022.
Steam mops use hot steam and cleaning pads to sanitize and clean various types of floors, including marble floors, tiles, linoleum, sealed hardwood floors, laminate and similar.
Steam mops vary in many details, most common ones are onboard tank capacity, heater power and wait time, cord length, types of mop pads, design of cleaning head, availability of scrubbing system, unit weight, is the unit 'just' a mop or vacuum/mop combo and similar.
Updated: May 5, 2022.
We spend plenty of time in our cars and having a clean car is, first of all, important for our health. Also, you never know who will soon sit in your car, so it is vital to keep it as clean as possible. People with pets and kids often have a need for a good emergency vacuum cleaner and must be ready to use it at the moment's notice.
That is why having a good and reliable car vacuum cleaner can come in very handy in many situations.
Updated: May 4, 2022.
12V car vacuum cleaner that is being powered via a car cigarette lighter socket can be very useful at keeping the car clean and more pleasant to drive in.
These days most homes have a main vacuum cleaner that is used for regular cleaning and a second vacuum cleaner for quick cleanups. But, if one has the main vacuum cleaner and 12V car vacuum cleaner, is it necessary to buy a second vacuum cleaner for home? Can a 12V car vacuum be used at home?
Published: April 28, 2022.
Mattress vacuum cleaners are very specific vacuums, optimized for vacuuming and cleaning mattresses (hence the name), beds, sofas, upholstery, and other similar surfaces.
Although the mattress vacuums are mostly specialized units, some general-purpose vacuums can be used as mattress vacuums with suitable cleaning attachments. However, specialized mattress and bed vacuums are optimized for deep and thorough cleaning and sanitization using various cleaning technologies like high-frequency vibrations, UV lights, warm air blower, etc. - the best mattress and bed vacuums not only clean the surfaces but also sterilize them, dry them and vacuum them.
Picking up the best mattress vacuum cleaner is easy and with all the models on the market, it is often left to personal needs and preferences.
Updated: April 25, 2022.
The type of rechargeable battery, its size, voltage, and capacity, determine how long will the device operate on a single battery charge.
Home appliances and gadgets range from small cellphones and other handheld gadgets to small electric toy cars and carts. Battery types play a significant role in the performances of such electric and electronic devices.
Updated: April 11, 2022.
Vacuum cleaners range in size from small cordless handheld units being recharged via USB ports to large, full-size vacuum cleaners being powered by long extension cords, ensuring a long cleaning range, ample power, and almost endless runtime.
Just like their size differs, electric usage differs depending on the vacuum size, type, intended use, used cleaning attachments, and similar. But, this also raises a question among many users, do vacuums use a lot of electricity, and their impact on electric bills...
Published: April 4, 2022.
Carpet cleaning on stairs can be a challenging task, since it may be difficult to reach and clean every spot and every corner thoroughly.
Users must have cleaning tools that are easy to use, that clean well, and can tackle every possible type of dirt that can be found at home, including pet and human hair, fibers, lint, dust, but also potential allergens, toxins, germs, stains, etc.
Published: March 22, 2022.
When Dyson introduced the Dyson V6 Cordless vacuum cleaner, it set some standards for cordless vacuums regarding maximum suction, air filtration, ease of use and maintenance, battery capacity, and similar.
Even today, with its 100 Air Watts suction in Maximum Suction Mode, Dyson V6 is comparable with many new models on the market. While the motor and other parts can operate for a long time, its lithium power fade-free battery often needs to be replaced every 3-5 years, depending on the use. Here is how ...
Published: January 26, 2022.
Steam mops are used for steam cleaning of sealed and glazed floors, including laminate, hardwood, ceramic, granite, and similar. It is of utmost importance that the floor is cracks-free and that there is no wax or similar coating present, or the floor might be damaged.
Having said that, steam mops are able to sanitize the floors by killing up to 99.9% or even more floor bacteria, viruses, and other germs, removing allergens, stubborn dirt, dust, etc. If you have laminate floor certified for steam cleaning, a good steam mop can be of great help ...
Updated: December 8, 2021.
Although high-quality vacuum cleaners are characterized by a long operational life, every now and then new models are produced with even better characteristics than models before. Newer models promise better suction, better dirt removal, better air filtration, easier operation, etc.
Often people ask themselves what to look for in the new vacuums, what to avoid, or should they keep their older vacuum as long as it functions properly?
Updated: November 17, 2021.
Cordless vacuums are powered by the energy stored at onboard batteries and as long as the batteries are going on strong, so does the vacuum.
However, after some time, batteries lose their capacity and they are unable to provide strong enough current. When that happens, cordless vacuums can't operate as long and as strong as they used to - it is time to replace the batteries or get the new cordless vacuum.
Updated: November 17, 2021.
Having both pets and a clean house is not an easy task, but good vacuums may help significantly. Here are the lists of the best Shark pet hair vacuums depending on the vacuum type and category, with a short description and our recommendations.
Good pet hair vacuum cleaners should be easy to use and maintain, must be able to clean properly both various types of floors and elevated surfaces, and should have excellent air filtration.
Updated: November 8, 2021.
Garden leaf vacuums, mulchers, and blowers are valuable tools for any homeowner with a backyard and garden. They help the user to keep the area clean and tidy, saving time and effort.
But, with all the models available on the market and with the different features, power sources, types, etc. it is sometimes hard to choose the right one. But it shouldn't be ...
Updated: October 13, 2021.
Vacuum cleaner and blower combo can be a very helpful tool for cleaning construction sites, hardware shops, garages, and similar areas.
Type of the dirt and debris that must be cleaned varies from simple dust, human or even animal hair, sawdust, paper, and similar non-aggressive materials to stuff like glass fibers, cement, and other aggressive materials found on construction sites.
Updated: September 30, 2021.
A good vacuum cleaner can be a game-changer for everybody having issues with allergies, asthma, and similar health problems.
With all the models on the market, finding a proper vacuum can seem like a daunting task, but it shouldn't be since good vacuums for allergies and asthma are not as common as their manufacturers often advertise to potential buyers.
Updated: September 29, 2021.
Long pet and human hair, lint, fibers, and similar dirt can be quite challenging types of dirt for many vacuums, especially when vacuuming carpets and when low maintenance is required.
For a vacuum cleaner to thoroughly clean deeply embedded pet and human hair, the vacuum cleaner must have suitable cleaning tools including the main nozzle and attachments, strong suction, long reach to clean awkward places, good air filtration level, and few more important features.
Updated: September 25, 2021.
Here is our list of 10 best vacuums under $100. Those affordable and inexpensive vacuums can do their job, too, although they simply can't be equal to larger, stronger, and often much more expensive vacuums in terms of dirt suction, available attachments, air filtration, dirt collection, etc.
But, one doesn't have to spend a small fortune to get the home cleaned properly.
Updated: September 23, 2021.
Commercial vacuum cleaners are designed and built to be used often and to clean large areas quickly. Their most important features include ease of use, good suction and cleaning performances, quick, easy and clean dirt disposal, low maintenance, good air filtration, etc.
Choosing the best commercial vacuum cleaner is a rather difficult task since they vary significantly in type, size, weight, price, warranty conditions, etc. Also, they are often intended to clean various dirt from various floors in different types of buildings.
Updated: September 22, 2021.
Best Air Purifiers Under $100 are affordable solutions for purifying the air at home and removing harmful particles that can cause asthma, allergies, and other health issues. While vacuum cleaners vacuum floors and other surfaces found at home, air purifiers 'vacuum' the air that one breathes.
Before buying an air purifier, it is important to know what they actually do, how they operate, their features and specifications and in the end, perhaps the most important, why are you buying them ...
Updated: September 20, 2021.
Backpack vacuum cleaners are vacuums that are carried as backpacks, enabling the user to easily traverse on foot from one area to another, clean large surfaces quickly, regardless of potential floor obstacles, like furniture, stairs, walls, etc.
Smaller models of backpacks can be carried on the shoulder, too. Both backpack and shoulder vacuums can be carried via padded straps, making the use rather comfortable, even when used for a longer period of time.
Updated: September 19, 2021.
Vacuum cleaners for stairs must be able to clean various types of surfaces including carpets, hardwood, tiles, and similar, they must be lightweight and compact to allow easy access to the cleaned surfaces and must have cleaning tools that are able to clean most common types of dirt found at homes like dust, hair, fibers, etc.
Vacuum cleaners for stairs come in various sizes and shapes, from full-size vacuums with stretch cleaning hoses, convertible upright vacuums, lightweight canister vacuums, corded and cordless vacuums, and similar. Also, for cleaning stains and stubborn dried dirt, portable carpet stain cleaners can come in very handy.
Updated: September 18, 2021.
The most basic method for cleaning a carpet is, of course, vacuuming. In order to clean low-, medium- and high-pile carpets and rugs, a good carpet vacuum cleaner must have an adjustable cleaner head height, rotating brush, good suction, and good air filtration.
Vacuuming with a vacuum cleaner will keep the carpets clean, but there are many instances where vacuuming alone is not enough.
Updated: September 14, 2021.
Window vacuum cleaners are type of wet vacuums that are used for cleaning windows, tiles, shower doors, car windows, countertops and similar, flat surfaces.
Window vacuums are mostly small and compact handheld units, featuring squeegee (rubber blade), vacuum motor for creating suction, and dirt liquid tank. Depending on the model, they can also feature a detergent tank with spray, microfiber pad, and similar.
Updated: September 11, 2021.
People often wonder which vacuum cleaner is better – bagged or bagless, especially when canister or upright vacuum cleaners are concerned.
For a long time, bagged vacuum cleaners offered better airflow filtration, especially when using high-end vacuum dirt bags and several mechanical filters after the dirt bag. On the other hand, as dirt bags start to fill with dirt, full dirt bags decrease the suction strength of the vacuum cleaners, regardless of the vacuum cleaner model.
Updated: September 8, 2021.
As their name suggests, the main task of air purifiers is the removal of air particles like dust, pollen, pet dander, bacteria, viruses, VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), odors, smoke, etc.
Over time, several technologies have been used in air purifiers in order to achieve the best air filtration possible, including ion generators, electrostatic plates, HEPA air filters, etc. Today, modern air purifiers feature air purification systems that combine different technologies allowing them to exhaust practically clean air.
Published: September 6, 2021.
A good pet hair vacuum cleaner may be of great help when having pets and trying to have a clean home. A good pet hair vacuum cleaner must be easy to use and maintain, must be able to clean pet hair and other types of dirt from different surfaces, it should have excellent suction and air filtration, a range of various cleaning tools, etc.
Such vacuum cleaner may cost a lot, but it can save time and effort. On the other hand, with improvements in technology, cheaper vacuums are getting stronger, lighter, and more durable, often having features very similar to larger and more expensive vacuums.
Updated: September 4, 2021.
Right cleaning tools are of the great help when thoroughly cleaning home, apartment, car, RV, boat, and similar areas where one may spend a lot of time.
However, people suffering from asthma, allergies, respiratory and similar issues must step up the cleaning game higher. Also, during the season of cold, flu and similar illnesses, keeping the home not only clean, but sanitized may be rather helpful in keeping people healthy. Or as healthy as possible...
Updated: May 27, 2021.
Each HEPA air purifier model comes with different features and specifications, but also with different maintenance requirements.
But in general, in order for HEPA air purifiers to function properly, their air filters must be in top condition and air pathways must be clean.
Published: March 3, 2021.
Scouring Pads and Sticks are important cleaning accessories for keep any household clean and pleasant to live in.
Scouring pads and sticks come in various sizes and shapes, but generally, they are intended for quick cleaning of most surfaces commonly found at homes and apartments.
Published: March 1, 2021.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, but December shopping is here - we are bringing you the best Amazon's December 2019 vacuum deals list, with 10-30% or even larger discounts.
List changes often, so be sure to check it during these days - some items are offered at the discount prices only until out of stock.
Updated: December 3, 2019.
Bissell Scented Demineralized Water is common choice of people wanting to clean their home using steam mops, while leaving the refreshing scent in the air, increasing the feeling of freshness.
Since demineralized water leaves no residue on the water heater, it extends the operating life of the steam mops.
Published: February 13, 2019.
Tiles can be cleaned with both commercial products and with common household items.
Tiles have very resistant surface and can be cleaned in different ways – mostly, when something is spilled onto the tiles, damp microfiber cloth is more than enough to clean them thoroughly.
Published: August 21, 2018.
Laminate floors are very easy to clean and maintain. Laminate is often used in living rooms, kitchen and other areas at home. Waterproof laminate is even used in the bathrooms. Some types of laminate are even hard to distinguish from the parquet or other types of hardwood floors.
Published: May 16, 2018.