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Ditch Those Carpet Powders For A High Quality Vacuum Cleaner!

Many people are under the impression that getting something truly clean means it not only looks clean, but it also has to smell clean and nowhere is that truer than for the carpets and rugs in your home. Decades ago, scented carpet powders were invented and came onto the home-cleaning scene, promising ways to deodorize your carpet and leave it smelling fresh. In reality, many carpet powders simply deposit fragrance and don’t actually get your carpets any cleaner.  It’s a myth that just because your carpet smells clean, doesn’t mean it’s actually clean! In fact, the scented powder can create the same friction on your carpet fibers as dirt, wearing down the yarn of your carpet!

And an even worse is that some of these powders can create problems not only for your carpets and rugs but for those people in your household who are sensitive to chemicals and fragrances.  If that weren’t bad enough, carpet powders can also damage your vacuum cleaner itself, causing its lifespan to decrease. So maybe it’s time you ditched the carpet powders altogether and considered getting a better quality vacuum cleaner that’s capable of properly lifting out the dust, dirt, grime and pet hair that creates bad carpet odors in the first place!

One of the biggest issues with using a carpet powder is it can clog different parts of your vacuum cleaner. The particles of the powder have a similar makeup as dust or dirt particles and can clog your vacuum’s filters and bags. When the bags and filters are clogged with powder you are having to change them much more often (which can get expensive and tedious) if you want to properly maintain your machine and also keep the suction.

Vacuum bags and filters are pretty easy to replace, other mechanisms – like the belt and motor – are not so easy or cheap to replace. If used frequently, carpet powders can begin to build up as residue on vacuum belts and cause them to slip. The powder can also clog a vacuum’s cooling filters around the motor, which can make your machine overheat. Those powder granules are gritty, and in addition to wearing down your carpet fibers, they can also grind down motor axles and gunk up the motor bearings.

The chemicals and fragrances used in certain types of carpet powders can also be irritating to humans and pets alike. For people with asthma or sensitivities related to allergies, the use of carpet powders can trigger an attack or rash. This extends to Fido as well, as many of our four-legged friends can have some of the same sensitivities as their human companions!

In truth, carpet powders are really just covering up the problem with fragrances. If the sources responsible for creating the stale odors – ground-in dirt, dander, pet hair, dust, and absorbed odors – aren’t removed properly, the problem will continue.

So ditch those false powders! When you invest in a quality machine that does a superior job of removing dirt and contaminants from the surfaces of your home, you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes not only in the smell and appearance of your carpet but of your entire household, including the overall indoor air quality. And who doesn’t want that?

What Happens to Your Carpet If You Don’t Vacuum?

Carpet serves many beneficial purposes in your home, like providing warmth and comfort, reducing noise, adding style and design, and improving your indoor air quality. This means that proper care for cleaning and maintaining your carpet is very important. If you think that skipping vacuuming is an easy way to save you time and effort, think again! The Carpet and Rug Institute posits that proper vacuuming is the easiest and most effective way to keep your carpet clean. Not vacuuming can lead to a dirty, unhealthy home, and it takes a major toll on your carpet! For a happy, healthy home, vacuuming is a necessity!

Still not convinced? Here’s exactly what happens to your carpet if you don’t vacuum.

Vacuuming works by removing all of the tiny particles, like pollen, dust, dead skin and pet dander that becomes interwoven in your carpet’s fibers. That trapped dust and dirt causes your carpet to appear dirty and unclean.

When you don’t vacuum, those particles accumulate and pile up; they may even get deeply embedded into your carpet’s fibers. This causes discoloration of your carpet, which will make your carpet always appear dirty! It’ll also cause your carpet to be unhealthy, since it’ll be a home for allergens that can get kicked into the air and trigger allergy and asthma symptoms.

Loose particles, when not removed, will not only discolor your carpet, but also wear it down quicker. When carpet is walked on, the dust and dirt trapped in the fibers can get shifted around and actually end up cutting and damaging the carpet fibers. This decreases the lifespan of your carpet, meaning you’ll  have to get it replaced earlier—and that gets costly.

Not vacuuming leads to your carpet getting worn away every time you walk on it. And when you think about how many times a day you or a family member walks across it, you might just be convinced to run out, buy a vacuum and use it non-stop (if you haven’t done so already!).

Lastly, if you don’t vacuum, your carpet can become infested with dust mites and become a potential health hazard. Every day millions of pieces of hair, fur, pet dander, bugs, bacteria, dust and other allergens fall and get trapped in your carpet. If left there, they’ll only multiply, increasing how dirty and germy your carpet really gets, especially if you have pets or kids who bring in germs from outside !

This buildup of dust, dirt and bacteria can be a significant health hazard for you and your family, and even more so if your family includes allergy and asthma sufferers.

If you don’t vacuum regularly, you’re potentially damaging your family’s health, your carpet and your home. Frequent vacuuming is the key to maintaining the carpet’s look and feel, lifespan, and healthiness. The Carpet and Rug Institute recommends vacuuming high-traffic areas once a day, medium-traffic areas twice a week and low-traffic areas once a week. When you vacuum go over the area multiple times in different directions, don’t skimp out on the corners and crevices of each room. Vacuuming efficiently, frequently and effectively allows you to live happily in a healthy home—and with great carpet too!

Clean The Machine! 5 Tips for Cleaning Your Vacuum

Your vacuum cleaner does a good job of cleaning your home—picking up dust, dirt and other allergens trapped in the carpet’s fibers—but what about the cleaner itself? How often do you think to clean that? If your vacuum isn’t properly maintained and cleaned, its efficiency can be heavily reduced. So it’s important to clean your vacuum in order to extend its lifetime, and enable it to clean better and run smoother. In case you haven’t thought about how exactly you’d clean your vacuum, here are our top 5 tips to get your cleaning machine back in tip-top shape!

**The very first thing to do before any of these tips, is to unplug your machine to avoid any damage or harm to yourself or your vacuum! **

Empty the Canister/Bag

If the bag or canister gets too full, the vacuum can actually stop picking up dirt from your floors — meaning your hard work of vacuuming will be for nothing. Whether your vacuum has a bag or a canister, it’s important to empty it. For the canister or bag, just empty the content into a trash bag; if the bag is disposable, throw it away. You’ll want to do this step somewhere you don’t mind a possible mess, like on a patio or in your garage, because as you empty it, the contents may accidentally end up on the floor. If your vacuum does have a bag, try to never let it get more than about half-full before emptying it. Keeping your vacuum’s bag or canister at a good level is important for the cleanliness of your home and your vacuum cleaner!

Cut Hair/String from the Bottom

It’s almost inevitable (especially in a home with pets, children or long-haired women!) that your vacuum will pick up its fair share of hair or string. Small pieces can easily get caught in the wheels and brush roll, making them harder to turn and roll as they go over surfaces. This means that the machine is not doing as effective of a job as it could—which is not good news for you! Use scissors (nail scissors are small and work the best to get in the tight spaces) or a seam ripper to remove anything caught at the bottom of the vacuum. Once all is removed, your vacuum can function at a much better rate.

Disinfect the Bottom

You may have never heard of disinfecting your machine, especially the bottom. Sure, disinfecting the handles or anywhere germy hands could’ve touched is important. But the bottom of your vacuum can actually be covered in bacteria, which makes your home unhealthy. The bottom is the part that goes all over the floors of your home, and any germs or bacteria on the floors will then be transmitted wherever your vacuum goes next—which is most likely everywhere in your house! To disinfect it, pour rubbing alcohol onto a cotton pad and wipe down the bottom of your vacuum cleaner multiple times. This is especially important if there have been obvious signs, like someone getting sick on the floor or pet accidents.

Wash the Canister

Not only is it important to empty the canister of its content, but it’s also important to clean the insider of the canister itself. Canisters can easily get dirty from dust, allergens, dirt and other stuff it picks up and stores while you clean. If you’re able to detach it, wash both the inside and outside in hot, soapy water. If not, at least take a wet cloth and wipe down the inside and outside of the canister. Either way, make sure you fully dry it before putting it back, including every little crack and crevice. If it’s not thoroughly dried, mold can grow inside your vacuum — and you definitely don’t want that in your healthy home!

Clean the Attachments

It’s also important to clean the entire vacuum as a whole and its attachments, which include filters, and other accessories. Wipe down the outside of the vacuum with a damp cloth. Don’t skip over any part or small piece of the vacuum including buttons, the handle, and cords. Change or clean any of the filters on your machine according to the directions in the manuals that came with your vacuum. Filters are important to keep clean so that your home can stay clean as well! Lastly, wipe down and clean all attachments, even if you rarely use them. You can do this with a damp cloth, and maybe even disinfect them if you find it necessary. When your vacuum cleaner and all of its parts are clean, your vacuum can run much more effectively and efficiently—leaving your home a cleaner and healthier space for you to live in!

 

4 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Clean with Your Vacuum

When you think of chores, cleaning or your to-do list, it’s likely that vacuuming is one of the first things you think of. Vacuum cleaners are considered a cleaning staple for households, but there’s so much more to vacuums than the standard usage. Here are 4 things you didn’t know you could clean with your vacuum that will give your home a complete clean, transforming it into a healthy, happy space for you to live.

Dusting

Vacuums have long been known for their ability to pick up the dust and dirt collecting in your carpet’s fibers.  But did you know that vacuums can be used for the rest of your dusting too? Using a vacuum is actually more effective in cleaning because the particles end up in the canister or bag, as opposed to settling all over your recently-cleaned home.

To use your vacuum for dusting purposes, just attach the soft brush attachment to the end of the hose and go over any surface you’d like, such as tables, bookshelves, and windowsills. Vacuums can even help you dust areas or items that you would’ve never thought of or that are difficult to reach, like baseboards, light fixtures/lamps, and window covers (blinds, curtains, shutters).

Appliances

While the actual vacuum unit can’t reach up to clean the kitchen appliances, your hose and attachments sure can! Long gone are the days of removing all the appliance’s pieces, scrubbing, and wiping with a paper towel to clean crumbs and food bits stuck in your microwave, stove, oven and fridge.

Using the crevice attachment, you can easily fit your hose into the small spaces of your stove or fridge shelves to clean the debris. This saves you the hassle and frustration of wiping and re-wiping spilled scraps. And while you’re at it, you could even suck up the crumbs on your counter too! Just make sure whatever appliance you are cleaning has cooled down first, and then vacuum away!

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Bathroom

You can’t clean every inch of your bathroom — because the vacuum won’t clean your shower or your toilet! However, it can still be quite useful. You’ve probably seen it:  your bathroom can collect a lot of sticky dust and lint, and any attempt to wipe it down with a paper towel can actually end up smearing that grime around even more.

To save you from this distress, simply use the soft brush attachment (attached onto your vacuum’s hose) and wipe down surfaces, counters and walls of your bathroom. While you may have to use a cleaner to clean the stains and messes, using your vacuum cleaner to wipe down and tidy up the space makes the process much quicker and easier!

Windows

If just the thought of taking your windows and screens apart for cleaning makes you want to run away screaming, then your vacuum is just the thing you need. As odd as it may sound, giving your windows a quick vacuum every now and then will actually clean them better and in a much faster way! Oftentimes, homeowners seem to overlook the filth and dust on their windows because they’re such inconvenient places to clean. If you’re using a vacuum to clean often, then it might not be necessary to take apart your whole window, spray it down and scrub like a madman.

To clean your windows, use your hose to vacuum the screen, windowsill (a lot of filth can build up in the windowsill between the screen and glass), and windows. With a fresh view outside, your home will certainly be looking and feeling clean and tidy inside—all thanks to your vacuum!

 

3 Health Benefits of Vacuuming Regularly

Vacuuming can seem boring, tiring, or just plain awful when it comes to chores. You might be tempted to skip over it and pass the job off to another family member, but vacuuming is so important! Not only does it protect your carpets and help them last longer, but it provides many health benefits for you, your family and your home. Here’s a look at just 3 of these benefits that will help turn your home into a healthy sanctuary.

Better Home Hygiene

The first thing vacuuming does is provide overall better home hygiene. Dust, dirt, pollen and other unwanted particles can get trapped in your carpet, which can exacerbate allergies or trigger asthma symptoms. It’s a good idea to get rid of dust and allergens before they build up because doing so helps weaken the effects these particles have on your health. Vacuuming removes this harmful debris from your home, creating a healthier space for you to live in!

Better Indoor Air Quality

Air quality is very important in a home, especially when people living there have allergies or asthma. Vacuuming gets rid of allergens and dust mites that act as irritants when inhaled or breathed in. When floors are walked on, specks of dust and dirt in or on your floors can get kicked up into the air, where you could easily inhale something you’d really rather not! Better indoor air quality also means you can help prevent allergies. Even if you don’t have allergies, inhaling pollen, dust mites, mold, and dander for long periods of time can actually cause you to develop allergies. By removing these particles, the carpet in your home is cleaner, which means your air will be cleaner too!

Better, Healthier You

It may seem weird to incorporate fitness into vacuuming; however, fitness is part of a healthy lifestyle as well as being clean. Vacuuming gets rid of allergies and infections which means a healthier you. But you can turn it into a workout! Vacuuming can involve movement and pushing the machine, which leads to a better overall body fitness. Vacuuming the whole house at least once a week is much better than a sedentary lifestyle and can lead to an all-around healthier home and you!

5 Common Vacuuming Mistakes

It seems like vacuuming is always on any cleaning to-do list and it isn’t too hard, right? Almost anyone can simply push the “on” button and begin moving the machine back and forth over the carpet. However, if not done properly, vacuuming may not lead to the pristine, clean carpets and floors that you truly want for your home. Here are 5 common vacuuming mistakes people tend to make—and the simple ways to overcome them.

Not emptying the bag at the right time

Usually people wait to empty the bag until it is completely full—which makes sense, after all we wait until the trash is full to take it out. However, waiting until the bag is full minimizes the suction of the vacuum and can lead to particles being released back onto your floor. If you empty the bag when it is approximately three-quarters full, your vacuum’s suction will remain powerful in eliminating those pesky particles from your home.

Not using the attachments

The attachments that came with the vacuum were not meant to be thrown in the back of the hall closet, never to be seen again. They can actually make vacuuming much easier and efficient, even reaching areas you might not have cleaned before while vacuuming. Attachments can pick up dust, allergens and other particles from places you might not have thought to clean or that are tight and hard to reach, such as baseboards, upholstery, windowsills, and under furniture/appliances. So learn to love those attachments and the better clean they really give you.

Not choosing the right setting

Unfortunately, vacuuming isn’t just as simple as pushing “on” and starting up. More than likely, your house has different floor types and levels such as carpet, hardwood or tile—all of which need different treatment. Most vacuums come with different settings to change whenever your floor changes—so use them! The settings should be adjusted according to height of the surfaces you are vacuuming. By changing these settings as you vacuum, you ensure a better suction and a better clean!

Not cutting out tangled hair and strings

When hair, strings and other related things get caught in the vacuum, the brush roll doesn’t turn. And a brush roll that doesn’t turn doesn’t clean. And if it doesn’t clean you are wasting your time vacuuming—not to mention threads can burn up the motor of your vacuum, making for an expensive repair. To avoid this, make sure you cut away any tangles in the brush roll. Most vacuums even have a removable brush roll for extra cleaning. Cutting out these tangled strings and hair will save your cleaning routine and your vacuum!

Not vacuuming multiple times or directions

If you’re in a hurry to clean, you may vacuum over an area in a one-and-done style and move on to a new spot. However, just a single swipe of an area often times does not pick up all the particles and dirt in the carpet. Instead, vacuum multiple times over an area to ensure a maximum clean. Also, going over the same space in multiple directions can help provide a deeper, more effective clean. This way may take just a little more time, but it leads to a much fresher and tidier home to live in.

Choosing The Right Vacuum For Your Home

Not all vacuums are created equal! Depending on your specific cleaning needs, home size, flooring type and health concerns, certain vacuums will appeal to you more than others. With all the different brands available, choosing the right one can be overwhelming. Deciphering the terminology, understanding the specifications and breaking down the features are all important when it comes to choosing the right machine for your home.

Here are some great things to look for when picking out a vacuum:

Want great suction? Look for cyclonic action.
Conventional vacuums tend to pull air through the dirt in the bag, which can block airflow and limit suction power. Suction is essential for cleaning power; a reduction makes your vacuum less effective. Cyclonic action directs incoming air over the dirt regardless of how full the bag is, which means there’s no appreciable loss in power.

Go for quality.
You can tell a lot about a machine from seeing and touching it. Vacuums made mostly of plastic, with plastic parts, aren’t going to be as reliable or durable as a machine made of higher-quality materials. A die-cast metal body and parts means it’s less likely to break or crack. A well-built vacuum, if properly maintained, can last for decades.

Consider the shape of the brush head.
L-shaped brush heads make for better maneuvering around and under furniture. Bulkier heads can be hard to get around table and chair legs, and often bump into doorframes or stationary objects. A sleeker, L-shaped design still provides the same coverage but with better maneuverability options.

Wheels that move with you.
For canister vacuums, you want wheels that move the way you do. Look for units that have 360 degree caster wheels for superior movement and handling. Wheels that only move back and forth will have you fighting with your machine instead of easily guiding it around the room.

Get the right attachments.
Having the right attachment can add a whole new layer to how well you’re able to clean. A good vacuum should come with a floor tool, a crevice tool, an upholstery tool, a dusting brush and a mini motorized brush head.

Powerful motor and belt.
Two things you don’t want to go out in your vacuum: the motor and the belt. The right fan will provide proper suction for your machine, and a gear-driven belt is designed to reduce or eliminate slippage and breakage.

Filters for air quality.
Much of what is sucked from carpet, flooring and upholstery is susceptible to being blown right back into the environment it just left if the vacuum used doesn’t come with the proper filtration. If you can outfit your vacuum with a HEPA filter (or it comes with one) that’s always a fantastic choice. The more levels of filtration you have, the less likely that dirt and debris will be to reenter your indoor air.

Our pick? The Aire Jett. Designed with convenience, durability, and unmatched cleaning performance, the Aire Jett is built to last.

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  • Aire Jett utilizes 5 levels of filtration to remove harmful contaminants from your home
  • Top-mounted power switch and automatic shut off
  • Provides consistent power through cyclonic action, separating dirt from the air flow in the canister; Aire Jett’s cyclonic action directs incoming air over the dirt regardless of how full the bag is, resulting in no appreciable loss in power
  • 360-degree caster wheels
  • Unique die-cast metal body and parts are designed to outlive and outperform the competition
  • L-shaped power brush
  • Ergonomically-designed carry handle
  • Contains everything you need to clean all surfaces in your home, including floor, crevice, upholstery and dust attachments plus a mini power nozzle