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What is a Central Vacuum System?

What is a Central Vacuum System?

With central vacuums, a lightweight hose and power brush are the only tools you need. Wall inlets, similar to electrical outlets, are installed in each room of your house. The hose is plugged into the outlet like you'd plug in a traditional vacuum, and dirt and debris are carried through tubing installed within the walls to a stationary receptacle in an out-of-the-way location like your laundry room, basement or garage. Central vacs have tons of perks, like the ability to install automatic dustpans so you can quickly sweep debris into a wall vent using a regular broom. Cleanup is virtually effortless because the main unit is permanent and doesn't have to be emptied often.

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What is a Robotic Vacuum?

What is a Robotic Vacuum?

A robotic vacuum is a gadget that cleans your floors the same way a traditional vacuum can, but with little to no human interaction. Newer robotic models can be programmed to remember the layout of your home and memorize surface types to increase efficiency. These vacuums can be timed to routinely clean rooms even when you're not at home, and they're smart enough to empty debris on their own and find their way back to the charging station after use.

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What is a Steam Mop?

What is a Steam Mop?

A steam mop can be handled like a traditional mop, but it uses steam technology to clean multiple surfaces like wood, tile and carpet. A steam mop doesn't require bleach or detergent, either, because the heat generated from the hot steam disinfects floors. Often, a microfiber pad is placed underneath the steam jet and is subsequently moistened to pick up dirt and other small particles.

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