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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.

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How to Clean Carpet with Baking Soda

baking soda mA 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.

Why and How To Use Double Sided Carpet Tapes

double sided carpet tape mDouble-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.

Can You Use a Vacuum Cleaner Without an Air Filter

hepa filterAir 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.

The Best Car Vacuum Cleaner - How to Choose One?

car vacuum cleaner 1We 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.

How to Use a Car Vacuum Cleaner At Home

car vacuum cleaner m12V 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.

How to Pick the Best Mattress/Bed Vacuum Cleaner

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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.

Rechargeable Battery Types in Home Appliances and Gadgets

rechargeable batteries mThe 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 Cleaner Wattage: Does a Vacuum Cleaner Use a Lot of Electricity?

drum wet dry vacuum mVacuum 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.

10 Best Vacuums for Hardwood Floors

hardwood floor mHardwood 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: March 29, 2022.

Best Way How To Clean Carpet On Stairs

clean carpet on stairs mCarpet 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.

Best Lightweight Vacuum Cleaner For Elderly People

shark iz462h vertex w150When 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: March 14, 2022.

Best Cordless Steam Mops - How to Pick the Best One?

shark sk460 mCordless 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 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: February 4, 2022.

When and How to Replace Dyson V6 Battery

dyson v6 battery oem mWhen 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.

Best Steam Mops for Laminate Floors

laminate floor steam mop mSteam 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.

Best Vacuum Cleaner Buying Guide: What to Look for When Buying a Vacuum Cleaner

dyson v15 detect mAlthough 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.

How to Replace Dead Batteries in a Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

change battery mCordless 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.

What is the Best Shark Vacuum for Pet Hair?

shark vacuum pet hair mHaving 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 - Which one to Choose?

corded lawn vacuum mGarden 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.

Construction Site Vacuum Cleaner and Blower Combos

construction site vacuumVacuum 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.

Best Vacuum Cleaner for Allergies and Asthma

best vac allergies mA 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.

Best Vacuum for Vinyl Floors

vinyl plank w150pxVinyl 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.

Published: September 25, 2021.

Top 10 Best Vacuums For Long Hair

long hair w150pxLong 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.

10 Best Vacuum Cleaners Under $100

shark rocket hv292 mHere 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.

10 Best Commercial Vacuums - Reviews and Recommendations

best commercial vacuums - reviews and recommendationsCommercial 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 For Smoke, Dust, Pets, Mold...

germguardian ac4825 mBest 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.

Best Backpack Vacuum Cleaners

backpack vacuum cleanaerBackpack 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.

Best Vacuum Cleaners for Stairs

stairs pexels w150Vacuum 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.

How to: Best Carpet Cleaning At Home

dog on the carpet w150pxThe 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 - How to Choose One?

window vacuum cleaner mWindow 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.

Bagged or Bagless Vacuum Cleaner – Which One is Better

bissell 1330 mPeople 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.

Ionic Air Purifiers vs Electrostatic Air Purifiers vs HEPA Air Purifiers

winix 5500 2 w150pxAs 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.

The Best Pet Hair Vacuum - How to Actually Pick the Best One?

best pet hair vacuum mA 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.

The Best Steam Mop - How to Pick One?

best steam mop 1mbest steam mop 2mSteam 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: September 2, 2021.

Best Robot Vacuum Cleaner for Pet Hair

robot vacuums for pet hair mRobot vacuums can be of great help in keeping the 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: September 1, 2021.

Best Spot Cleaner for Stairs, Carpets, and Area Rugs

spot cleaner for stairs w150Spot 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.

Published: August 25, 2021.

Top 5 Best Home HEPA Air Purifiers

best hepa air purifier mHEPA 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: August 21, 2021.

Best Vacuum for Above-Ground Pools

above groud pool vacuum mHaving a good pool vacuum cleaner is a very important thing 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.

Updated: August 21, 2021.

Best Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaners

stick vacuum cleanersStick 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: August 18, 2021.

How to Sanitize Your Home - And Keep It That Way

bacteria mRight 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.

How to Maintain HEPA Air Purifiers?

air purifier maintenance mEach 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.

Household Cleaning: Scouring Pads and Sticks

scouring pads and sticks mScouring 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.

Best Amazon's December 2019 Vacuum Deals

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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

bissell scented demineralized water mBissell 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.

How to Clean Bathroom Tiles and Tile Grout

wall tiles mTiles 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.

How to Clean Laminate and Hardwood Floors

laminate floor 1mLaminate 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.