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      Vacuum Buying Guide

      Impress your house guests with a deep and powerful clean

      Having clean floors is a gratifying feeling to homemakers. Floor cleaners range anywhere from carpet washers to steam vacs, and they’re a great way to wash and lift dirt and impurities from a multitude of surfaces in your home. Unless you’re seeking professional help to keep things looking sparkly and pristine, a routine cleaning schedule and regular maintenance is necessary... read more


      Product Insights

      Check it Out: Hoover Vacuum

      Product Insights: Hoover Air Series 3.0 Cordless Bagless Upright Vacuum

      The Hoover® Air™ Cordless Series 3.0 Bagless Upright Vacuum is a full-size, cordless cyclonic vacuum that can clean the whole home. It has all the power and quality features that are found on traditional Hoover vacuums — just with the convenience of a cordless model!

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      Samsung Canister Vacuums

      Product Insights: Samsung Canister Vacuums

      These Samsung canister vacuums provide thorough, powerful cleaning throughout the whole home. With features like a wide brush, Cyclone Force Technology, HEPA filtration and great suction power, these vacuums are dependable and easy to operate.

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      Samsung Upright Vacuums

      Product Insights: Samsung Upright Vacuums

      These Samsung upright vacuums provide thorough, powerful cleaning throughout the whole home. With features like a wide brush, Cyclone Force Technology, HEPA filtration and great suction power, these vacuums are dependable and easy to operate.

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      Kenmore AAFA Canister Vacuums

      Product Insights: Kenmore AAFA Certified Canister Vacuums

      Kenmore is focused on providing clean air. It has many products available to help those who suffer from allergies and asthma. Here are the Kenmore canister vacuums that are certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

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      Floorcare Comparisons

      Upright Vacuum

      Upright vs. Canister Vacuums

      The longtime debate between upright and canister vacuums continues. Both vacuums offer variable suction power to clean multiple surfaces and come with a slew of attachments to accommodate your cleaning needs. The choice of which vacuum to buy will depend on personal preference, so it's important to see side-by-side features and limitations for each model.

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      Bagged vs. Bagless Vacuums

      Bagged vs. Bagless Vacuums

      When you're shopping for a vacuum, one of the primary choices you'll have to make is whether to use a bagged or bagless vacuum. Both options are fairly popular and each has pros and cons. The difference between the two essentially rests in how debris is filtered and stored before removal. Bagged vacuums filter particles into a vacuum bag, and bagless vacuums store particulate in a cup or canister and use a separate filter to catch the small, sometimes unseen particles.

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      Steam Mops vs. Regular Mops

      Steam Mop vs. Regular Mop

      Steam technology might have you wondering what the advantages are of owning a steam mop over a traditional mop. Because they use the power of hot steam to wash and sanitize floors and surfaces, they're actually quite different from a regular mop. Both options have advantages and disadvantages, so it makes sense to own both.

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      Vacuum Features

      What is a Dirt Sensor?

      The clean carpet sensor on an upright vacuum cleaner detects dirt being picked up while the vacuum is in use. When the vacuum is picking up dirt, a red light on the vacuum will flash to indicate that the suction is effectively picking up dirt and cleaning the area. Occasionally, the light may alternate quickly from red to green if the area is only lightly soiled or if the dirt is spread out. To ensure all the dirt is picked up, keep vacuuming until the dirt sensor stays green with every motion.

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      What is a Dirt Sensor?

      What is Microfiltration?

      A vacuum’s filtration system determines the size and number of dust particles that remain in the air when the air is expelled from the vacuum. Microfiltration was the most common filter type for vacuums for a long time until HEPA (high-efficiency particulate absorption) filters came along. Still, microfiltration is efficiently designed for high airflow performance with a unique quality that attracts dust particles. For households where occupants suffer from allergic reactions to pollen, dust mites, and tobacco smoke, or for those demanding a cleaner indoor environment, the Department of Energy highly recommends microfiltration-capable vacuum cleaners.

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      What is Microfiltration?

      What is Ball™ Technology?

      Unlike vacuums with fixed wheels, vacuums built with Ball™ technology from Dyson can turn on the spot, making it easy and effortless to maneuver them around obstacles and furniture. The motor, as well as other key components, are located inside the ball for a low center of gravity and greater stability while working in tight corners. The latest models of Dyson Ball™ vacuums use Radial Root Cyclone™ technology which maximizes suction power and removes more dirt, dust and allergens. Dyson vacuums with Ball™ technology still have cleaner heads and floor tools built for maximum performance.

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      What is Ball Technology?

      Vacuum Glossary

      HEPA filter

      What is a HEPA Vacuum Filter?

      HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate absorption. HEPA is a type of vacuum filtration system that traps a large amount of very small particles that other vacuum cleaners might recirculate back into the air. There are two types of HEPA filters that you can find in vacuums cleaners: true HEPA and HEPA-like filters. True or absolute HEPA vacuum filters trap at least 99.97 percent of particles, while HEPA-like filters only trap 85 to 90 percent of particles.

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      What is Detection Technology?

      What is Detection Technology?

      Similar to dirt sensors on some traditional upright vacuum cleaners, detection technology is specific to robotic vacuums. This technology feature is a combination of electronic sensors that helps robotic vacs self-navigate. Built-in signals are sent out to gather environmental and spatial data.

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       What is the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)?

      What is the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)?

      The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

      The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Mark lets you know what products or services are more suitable for people with asthma and related allergic sensitivities.

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      Vacuum How-To's

      How to Clean Hardwood Floors

      Hardwood flooring can often look and feel dirtier than other floor types because the hard surface and cracks between panels allow grime to settle over time, dulling the floor's appearance. Bright and shiny hardwood floors look newer, contribute to the aesthetics of the room and are a lot more fun to slide on with socks. If your floors could use some added shine, it's easy to restore sparkle to your hardwood floors by routinely cleaning with the right product.

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      How to Clean Hardwood Floors

      How to Remove Crayon from Carpeting

      You may occasionally find your carpets stained with substances that you didn't even think could get stuck in those fibers. Crayons are not known for melting into carpet, but hot summer days and adventurous artists can make it happen in a heartbeat. Crayons are a combination of color and wax, which means it's best to treat your stain as both a wax stain and an ink stain at the same time. While this sounds complicated, getting crayon out of carpet is fairly simple if you follow a few different methods.

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      Removing Crayon

      How to Remove Red Wine from Carpeting

      Nothing takes the fun out of a party like the sight of a glass of red wine spilled accidentally onto the carpet. It's especially sobering when, as the host, you're challenged with finding the best way to remove the stain. There are several remedies that'll make your carpeting look like a spill had never even happened, and you can cherry pick amongst different techniques depending on the types of products you already have in your home. Luckily, you can tackle red wine stains with simple tricks and techniques and avoid an extra trip to the store.

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      How to remove red wine from carpeting

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