Hoover Self Propelled

One of the most important things for asthma sufferers

to do to limit the exposure to triggers is to simply

eliminate them. High quality vacuum cleaners with

the HEPA filtration system will help to remove many

triggers such as dust mites, pet dander, pollen,

and get things really clean. The Hoover Self

Propelled Wind Tunnel Ultra is more than up to this


The Wind Tunnel upright has many special features

that make it easy to use. It is self propelled,

which is great, as it is a larger vacuum. With

its size, the self propelled feature is great to

have. You simply let the vacuum pull itself around

the floor, sucking up dirt and debris as it goes.

The embedded dirt finder of the Hoover Wind Tunnel

will help you to remember to slow down when you

vacuum, and it actually lets you know when they

are clean, which is great for those who have a

knack for going to fast and missing things.


Unlike other types of vacuum cleaners, the Wind

Tunnel Ultra offers attachments that are easy to

use and actually work. To activate any of the

attachments, you simple lock the handle of the

vacuum in the upright position. Doing so will

automatically turn the dual agitator brushes off.

The attachment hose is a very flexible, high

quality extension that doesn't require you to

connect it to anything for it to be used. All

you have to do is pull the end of the hose from

the vacuum and begin using it. Among the

several attachments you can use are two extension

wands, a crevice tool, upholstery nozzle with

a rotating brush, and a dusting brush as well.

Ability to clean

The Hoover self propelled Wind Tunnel is superb

on hard floors and carpets. It features a

hard wood floor setting that will turn the

agitator brushes off so that it doesn't blow

dirt back while you vacuum.

It offers plenty of power for hard wood floors,

picking up virtually anything. Vacuuming

rubs and carpets is a snap as well. With the

embedded dirt finder and the high level of

power, cleaning is easy. Throw in a built

in edge cleaner and you have a nice vacuum.

Filtration system

Several people may be flat out shocked to find

a vacuum in this price range that still uses

bags. This isn't really a bad feature, especially

for those who suffer from asthma. Emptying a

bagless vacuum can be very tricky for those

who suffer from asthma as the dust and debris

can quickly end up back into the air that you


The Hoover Wind Tunnel uses 3M vacuum bags that

feature full HEPA filtration in a 6 step process

to ensure that dust, pollen, and other triggers

remain in the bag and don't make it back into

your home or into your air. This vacuum

cleaner also offers an easy to read indicator

that will let you know when the bag is full.

The bottom line

The Hoover Wind Tunnel is a great vacuum cleaner,

and is one of the best you can buy. It is a

great choice for removing asthma triggers

from your carpet and floors as well as bedding

and other furniture. It is also very easy to

use and has plenty of power to spare.

The embedded dirt finder can be the best friend

of an asthma sufferer very fast. It the

features aren't enough to make you a believer,

the vacuum is also rated #1 in several magazines,

which proves hand down that this vacuum is

more than worth the purchase.

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Essential Parts

There are many places that you can use to find parts

for a vacuum cleaner that is broken, providing you

have someone around that is handy enough with tools

to take a swing at fixing it. The part that breaks

the most on most less expensive vacuum cleaners

is the drive belt. It's the rubberized belt that

is around 6 inches long, that when stretched out

turns the brushes on the bottom of the vacuum.

When you take the vacuum over objects that don't

belong in the vacuum cleaner, such as pieces of

rope or a cat's tail and the unit comes to a screeching

halt, the burning smell that will soon fill up the

air is your drive belt slowly melting away.

Luckily, the drive belt is available at several

locations, so many in fact that your local drug

store may even carry them! They are cheap to buy

and a snap to replace with a screwdriver and a bit

of common sense. For other types of problems that

you may encounter, there are a lot of resources at

your disposal just in case you decide to tackle

the problem on your own.

You should never forget that when you buy parts for

your vacuum cleaner, most of the parts you'll need

are going to be specifically made for your particular

brand name and model. With the exception of basic

items such as drive belts and most bags, most parts

aren't interchangeable between brands and between

different models of the same brand.

The first thing to try when you need a part for

your vacuum cleaner is the local Yellow Pages

book. Inside of the Yellow Pages, you'll find

many listings for appliance parts and suppliers.

You'll have to call each one of the individually

to find out if they carry parts for your model

and brand. In the rare event that they don't

carry what you need, they can normally order it

for you quickly and easily. If that fails, you

can always call the company direct that manufactured

your model of vacuum cleaner and order the part

that way.

Most of the time, you won't have any problem

getting your hands on a part for your vacuum

cleaner, unless it is a more intricate part that

isn't readily available. Parts such as the intake

or exhaust port are very tricky to replace, and

you will probably want to have a professional

fix these types of problems.

Drive belts, vacuum bags, and little problems such

as these are a snap to replace. With the older

style of vacuum cleaners, you don't have to be

an expert to fix a majority of the problems. The

newer models however, require quite a bit of

skill and technique.

One of the most common problems that will happen

is clogging. If your vacuum stops picking up

dirt and dust, chances are it has become clogged,

which is normally not a parts problem. All you

need to do to fix it is take the front assembly

off, then manually clean out the agitators and

the housing where the dirt makes its way upwards

through the vacuum cleaner. This is very easy

to do, and won't take you but a couple of minutes.

Anytime you encounter a parts problem with your

vacuum cleaner, you should always take things one

step at a time and don't rush. You can almost

always get a hold of a part. If the part is more

expensive than you anticipated, you can always

scrap the vacuum cleaner and buy yourself a

better one - which will save you a lot of time

and headache in the long run.

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The Essential Vacuum Cleaner

The vacuum cleaner is a truly amazing piece of

equipment, as it would be very hard to cope without

one. There are many people out there who prefer

domestic vacuum cleaners for carpeted floors in

their home.

No matter how you look at it, the vacuum cleaner is

an ingenious piece of equipment. It has an air

pump that creates a partial vacuum to suck up the

dust and dirt, which it collects by a filtering

system or a cyclone to dispose of later.

Vacuum cleaner types

Based on their configurations, there are many types

of vacuum cleans. The following are some of the

most known types of vacuum cleaners.


Bagless vacuum cleaners, as the name implies, don't

use bags. They collect the dust in a compartment

which you can quickly and easily empty. This will

save you from the headache of dealing with messy

and frustrating vacuum bags.


Upright vacuum cleaners have the pump mounted

directly above the suction intake, with the bag

mounted on the handle that will normally rise to

waist height. The designs of upright vacuum cleaners

will normally employ mechanical beaters, which

are often rotating brushes, to help dust that has

yet to settle be vacuumed up. An attached belt to

the vacuum motor will drive these beaters.

Canister types

Canister vacuum cleaners have the motor and the

bag in a separate cylinder unit that is connected

to the vacuum head by a long flexible hose. Even

though the upright units have been tested as being

more effective, the lighter and more maneuverable

heads of the canister are also popular. There are

some canister models on the market that feature

power heads which contain the same type of beaters

as found with upright units, even though those

types of beaters are driven by a seperate electric



Backpack vacuums are a great tool for commercial

type cleaning. Backpack vacuums will allow you to

move around rapidly in a large area. It is

basically a canister vacuum cleaner, except for the

fact that the straps are used to carry the canister

unit on your back.

Central vacuum

A central or built in vacuum cleaner has the suction

motor and bag based in a central location of the

building, providing vacuum inlets at strategic

places throughout the building. This way, you only

need to carry the hose and pickup head from room

to room. The hose is normally 25 foot long,

allowing a large range of movement without having

to change vacuum inlets.

A plastic pipe will connect the vacuum outlets to

the central unit. The head of the vacuum may

either by un-powered or have beaters that are operated

by an air driven or electric motor. The dirt bags

in central systems are so big that you only need

to change or empty them once or twice a year.


Robot type vacuum cleaners will move around your

home, cleaning as they wish. They are compact and

powered by batteries.

Hand held

Hand held vacuum cleaners are very small and powered

by either batteries or electricity, and very popular

with cleaning up small spills.

Wet or dry vacs

Wet or dry vacuum systems can be used to clean up

both wet and dry spills and dirt.

Vacuums are very helpful with protecting yourself

and your family from dust particles. They are also

helpful for those who suffer from allergies that

result from dirt and dust. Before you buy a vacuum

cleaner, you should always read some reviews and

find out other information to ensure that the vacuum

cleaner you buy will meet your needs.

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Wet Dry Vacuum Cleaners

The wet/dry vacuum cleaner combination is no longer

just for a workshop. Over the years, the driving

technology has improved a great deal, deceasing

the loud screeching noises that the vacuums were

so very well known for.

When you go out to buy a wet/dry vacuum with both

wet and dry features, you'll need to know some of

the details. The vacuums are available in a variety

of different sizes and HP, ranging from 6 - 22 gallons

and 1.5 - 10.5 HP. The capacity of the wet/dry

vacuum should match your needs in the following


1. Wall mount vacuum cleaners with 1.5 HP

and a 1 gallon tank are available for quick and easy

cleanup jobs, such as spills. You can also hang

this type on the wall as well, which will keep it out

of your way.

2. The six gallon vacuum cleaners are ideal

for smaller jobs and are easy to maneuver and store

than a larger model. Keep in mind however, that the

smaller wet/dry cleaners are much louder and also

more prone to tipping over. The smaller the tank,

the more often you will have to stop and empty it.

3. Higher capacity models are recommended

if you have a workshop or garage where larger spills

occur. A large capacity tank will decrease the number

of times that you have to empty the tank.

When you looking for the best wet/dry vacuum for

you, you should look for the following options and


- The pleated cartridge filter. It is

reusable and rinseable, and provides more filtration

area than the flat filter and it doesn't need to

be removed when you switch from the dry to wet

vacuum function.

- An automatic shut off device is available

with most newer vacuum cleaners. This mechanism

will shut off the motor automatically once the

tank has become full of water, which will prevent

it from overflowing.

- A wide set of wheels will help to prevent

the vacuum from tipping over.

- There are some of the larger models that

have the ability to convert to a leaf blower, which

is great if you have a lot of trees in your yard.

- Some wet/dry models have a built in pump

attachment as well. This type of attachment will

allow the water to be pumped through a garden hose

that attaches to the vacuum.

- A handy drain valve or sprout will make

emptying the vacuum cleaner a snap. If it doesn't

have this feature, you'll have to remove the

lid and tip the vacuum to the side to empty all of

the water. Depending on how much water you have

in the tank, you could easily and accidentally

spill it on the floor. The smaller types of wet/dry

vacuums normally don't have a spout or drain


- Wider hoses and floor nozzles are great

to have as well. The wider the hose and nozzle

are, the less likely the vacuum will be to clog up

on you.

If they aren't provided with the vacuum you decided

on, you can also purchase the following attachments:

1. Crevice tool - this handy tool will

easily get in tight corners and around floor edges.

2. Extension wand - this will make the hose

longer for hard to reach areas.

3. Hose couplings - this will join the

extension wand to the hose.

4. Combination nozzle - this helps to

alleviate the need of switching nozzles before you

switch functions.

5. Gulper nozzle - this tool is ideal for

the wet vacuum function.

6. Round brush - this nifty little tool

is ideal for scrubbing.

7. Cleaning kit - this kit will include

everything you need to clean delicate upholstery and

other areas as well.

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Choosing Canister Vacuum Cleaner

The major criteria involved with choosing a canister

vacuum cleaner is what floor surfaces you plan to

clean versus the power of the vacuum. Almost all

canister vacuum cleaners offer 3 choices of tools

for the surfaces of floors:

1. A bare floor hard plastic brush that's

about 10" - 12" wide with soft bristles.

2. Turbo brush that features a spinning

drum roller with harder bristles.

3. A power head brush that is similar to

the turbo brush although it is powered by a seperate


Both the turbo brush and power head brush vacuums

have a spinning drum roller with bristles that

resemble that of an upright vacuum cleaner. While

the brushes look and perform pretty much the same,

the power head brush vacuum has a smaller seperate

motor that turns the brush on the bottom of it,

therefore making it more powerful and much more

aggressive than the turbo type brush that is

turned by the flow of air being pulled past it.

These types of brushes will snap the fibers of

the carpet and allow the air to get beneath the

dirt particles. If you can't get air to go under

these particles, then you won't be able to suck

them out, regardless of how much suction power you

are able to apply with a vacuum cleaner.

When you purchase a turbo or power head vacuum

cleaner to be used primarily on carpet surfaces,

you'll also receive a brush for bare floors as

well that is perfect for areas without carpet.

The rule of thumb as to which model of vacuum

cleaner you should choose is:

1. The bare floor model of canister

vacuum cleaners are perfect for smooth surfaces

with no expectation of having rugs or carpeting.

The best choices for bare floor vacuum cleaners

include Eureka Oxygen 6992 and the Miele Solaris


2. Turbo types of canister vacuum cleaners

are best for scatter rugs and low pile wall to

wall type carpeting. The best picks here are the

EIO family vacuum cleaner, the Miele Solaris, and

the Sebo Turbo canister vacuum cleaner.

3. The power head brush types of vacuum

cleaners are great for wall to wall carpeting and

very important if you deal with pet hair. The best

picks here include the Sebo Canister 3.1, the

Miele Silver Moon, and the Eureka Oxygen 6996.

Some of the other important features for canister

vacuum cleaners include reliability, purchase price,

HEPA filter and sealed unit, the cost of replacement

filters and bags, weight, storage and quality of

tools, control locations, noise, adjustable wand,

retractable cord, ease of changing attachments,

bag change indicator, filter change indicator, swivel

hose, and other extra features such as dirt alerts.

Almost all canister vacuums are similar in size,

offer similar radiuses of cleaning, and come with

the same tool attachments.

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Vacuum Configurations

Vacuum cleaners are devices that use an air pump to

create a partial vacuum to suck up dirt and dust,

normally from carpeted floors. Most homes that have

carpet floors have a vacuum for cleaning. The dirt

that is pulled up from the carpet is collected by

a filtering system or even a cyclone for later


There are several type of configurations possible

for vacuum cleaners.


Upright vacuums have the pump mounted directly above

the suction intake, with the bag mounted directly on

the handle, which will rise to waist height or so.

The upright type designs normally employ mechanical

beaters which often rotate brushes, to help disturb

dust enough to be vacuumed up. These beaters are

normally driven by a belt that is attached to the

vacuum motor.


Also known as cylinder vacuums, the canister type

designs have the motor and bag in a seperate canister

unit that connects to the vacuum head by a flexible

hose. Even though upright units have been tested

as being more effective, the lighter and more

maneuverable heads of the canister models are quite

popular. Some models have power heads, which contain

the same type of mechanical beaters found it upright

units, although they are driven by a seperate electric


Wet vacs/dry vacs

These types a specialized form of the canister

vacuum and they can be used to clean up wet or liquid

spills as well. They will commonly accomodate both

wet and dry soilage, with some being equipped with

a switch or exhaust port that reverses the flow of

air. This is a very useful function for everything

from clearing clogged hoses to blowing dust into a

corner for easy collecting.

Back pack vac

These types of vacuums are commonly used for

commercial cleaning, as they allow you to move about

quickly and efficiently in a large area. They are

basically canister vacuum cleaners, except for the

fact that straps are used to carry the canister

on your back.

Built in or central

These types of vacuum cleaners will move the suction

motor and bag to a central location in the building

and provide vacuum inlets at strategic places

throughout the entire building. You only need to

carry the hose and pickup head from room to room,

while the hose is normally 25 foot long and allows

a large range of movement without changing vacuum


The plastic piping will connect vacuum inlets to

the central unit. The vacuum can either be unpowered

or have beaters that are operated by an electric

motor or an air driven motor. The bag in the

central vacuum system is normally so big that

emptying it or changing needs to be done less as

often, sometimes only once a year.

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Steam Cleaner Vacuum

A selection of hot water extractors are being marketed

that range from the large or small canister types

with hose and nozzle to those that look more like an

upright vacuum cleaner. The basic operation of the

steam cleaner vacuum involves spraying a mixture

of warm water and detergent into the carpet, washing

the fibers and then extracting the solution mixture

back out. There are some models that include

rotating or revolving brushes that will agitate the

carpet for better cleaning.

The earlier styles that were sold consisted of a

special wand and nozzle that was used to on wet/dry

utility type of vacuum cleaner. The long hose was

connected to a nearby hot water source. The detergent

came in a small bottle on the wand and was mixed with

hot water before being sprayed on the carpet. By

using a finger controlled valve, you should control

how much water was sprayed in the carpet. Even today,

this type of vacuum is still being used.

The more modern designs are more self contained in

the sense that water and detergent mixtures are

placed into a tank on the machine. This will free

you from the long water supply hose.

The main part of an extractor will consist of a

cleaning solution tank, recovery tank, suction motor,

cleaning nozzle, and some sort of solution spraying

system. If there is a hose that is used, there

will also be a motor or turbine driven pump that

will force the solution on to the end of the hose.

Upright steam cleaners

These types of vacuums look like uprights also

have the tanks, suction motor, main nozzle, and

other features built into one. The entire vacuum

unit is pushed around much like using an upright

vacuum cleaner. Normally, the solution is gravity

fed to the spray nozzle which is directly behind

the suction nozzle.

Most types have brushes mounted in the same area

to agitate the carpet for overall better cleaning.

For cleaning upholstered furniture and carpeted

stairs, most types will have a special hose and

smaller nozzle that will come with stationary

brushes that can easily detach.

Canister steam cleaners

This type of steam cleaner will come with a separate

hose and nozzle and has the tanks and suction motor

built directly into a case that is pulled along

with you. The nozzle at the end of the hose and

the wands are moved back and forth across the carpet

to clean it.

There are some deluxe models that have a drive motor

style revolving brush in the nozzle that will help

you with the process of cleaning. These types of

nozzles are much lighter to move acros the carpet

than the upright types of steam cleaners.

The only disadvantage is that they aren't as

convenient to set up and store as the self contained

upright type. Therefore, having to pull them

around with you can be a pain in the neck. The

smaller portable extractor is a variation of the

canister type in a small package. Even though this

may sound great to have for stairs and furniture,

the effectiveness they offer is actually quite


Steam cleaners work the best when they used on a

periodic basis to clean carpets that are very

lightly soiled. If you use them on carpet that is

very heavily soiled or stained, it can be very

disappointing to say the least.

If you have the need for heavy duty cleaning, you

should look into the professional cleaning

services that are offered in your area. They have

heavy duty commercial equipment that is far more

powerful and able to produce much better results.

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Carpet Cleaning Machines

With the creation of the carpet, the invention of the

carpet cleaning machine wasn't far away. The very

first hand held carpet cleaner was designed and

tested in Chicago in 1860, while the first power

operated vacuum cleaner was invented in the 1900s

by Cecil Booth.

Around the same time Cecil Booth finished his

invention, a man by the name of James Spangler came

up with his own invention - a vacuum cleaner that

he later sold to his cousin Hoover. As everyone

knows, Hoover has since became one of the most

dominant names in the world of vacuum cleaners and

is certainly one of the most popular household

names in the world.

For many housewives, the vacuum cleaner was deemed

a blessing, as it helped to keep the house clean

in a fraction of the time. From the beginning,

vacuum cleaners were only able to suck up dust and

dirt, although with modern technology these days,

inventors are able to design wet cleanes that can

steam carpets and kill germs at the same time.

Carpet is capable of covering the floor of a

house, flat, or bungalow and keeping people's feet

warm in the winter. Years ago, people needed to

sweep their floors or carpets, but with the

invention of the vacuum cleaner, people could

easily detract the dust and dirt from their

carpets with less effort. It was also determined

that businesses, corporations, and apartments

would need someone to clean their carpets as

well, so the invention of the commercial carpet

cleaner wasn't far away.

Vacuum cleaners operate by using a pump system.

The pumping system will suck up the air from a

hose, which will in turn suck up the dirt and

dust from anything that stands in front of the

house opening. On the inside, the vacuum cleaner

is a filtering system that will collect the dust

and dirt that can later be placed outside in the


Right now, there are seven main types of vacuum

cleaners - the upright, canister, back pack style,

built in, robotic, hand held, and the wet/dry

vacuum cleaners. These different types of vacuum

cleaners are available in a variety of different

styles, sizes, and offer various voltage and

power sizes as well.

One of the most significant developments in

vacuums has been the invention of the very popular

cyclone carpet cleaner. Unlike the previous

vacuum cleaners, the cyclone collects dirt and

dust in a large cylinder. The cyclone operates

using a central air force and number of filters.

The filter will filter the dust and dirt into

stages, so that the air being sucked up into the

cylinder can be cleaned then released back into

the air through a central outlet.

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How Vacuum Cleaners Work

Even though it may appear to be a very complicated

machine, the conventional vacuum cleaner is actually

made up of six essential components: intake port,

exhaust port, electric motor, fan, porous bag, and

a housing that stores all of the other components.

When you plug the vacuum cleaner into the outlet and

turn it on, the following happens:

1. First of all, the electric current will

operate the motor, which is attached to the fan,

which resembles an airplane propeller.

2. As the blades begin to turn, they will

force the air upwards, towards the exhaust port.

3. When the air particles are driven forwards,

the density of the particles will increase in front

of the fan and therefore decrease behind it.

The pressure drop that occurs behind the fan is

similar to the pressure drop when you take a drink

through a straw. The pressure level in the area

that is behind the fan will drop below the pressure

level that is outside of the vacuum cleaner.

This will create a suction inside of the vacuum

cleaner. The ambient air will push itself into the

vacuum cleaner through the intake port because the

air pressure that is inside of the vacuum cleaner

is much lower than the pressure on the outside.

Picking the dirt up

The stream of air that the vacuum generates is just

like a stream of water. The air particles that move

will rub against any loose dust or debris and if

it is light enough, the friction will carry the

material around the inside of the vacuum cleaner.

As the dirt continues on to the exhaust port, it

will pass through the cleaner bag. They tiny holes

in the vacuum cleaner bag are large enough to let

the air pass through, although too small for the

dust particles to fit through. Therefore, when

the air current gets into the bag, the dirt and

debris will be collected there.

You can stick the bag anywhere along the path

between the intake tube and the exhaust port, just

as long as the air current passes through.


The power of a vacuum cleaner's suction will depend

on several factors. The suction can be stronger

or weaker depending on:

1. Fan power - In order to generate a

strong suction, the motor needs to turn at a good


2. Air passageway - When a lot of debris

builds up in the bag, the air will face a greater

level of resistance on the way out. Each particle

of air will move slowly due to the increase in

drag. This is the reason why a vacuum cleaner

works much better once you've replaced the bag

than when you have been using it for a while.

3. Size of the intake port - With the

speed of the vacuum fan being constant, the amount

of air that passes through the vacuum cleaner per

second is also constant.

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Roomba Vacuum Cleaner

The Roomba vacuum cleaner is made and sold by the

company iRobot. The Roomba was released in 2002

with updates and new models released in 2003, 2004,

and so on. These days, millions of them have been

sold, making it the most successful and popular

robotic vacuum cleaner thus far.


1. Remote control - This allows you to

control the Roomba remotely.

2. Schedular - This allows you to program

your Roomba to clean house on your schedule, even if

you are out. The schedular can also update a pre-2.1

Roomba robot to the 2.1 software.

3. Homebase - This is where the Roomba will

automatically return for recharging.

4. Virtual wall - This is used for keeping

the Roomba out of certain areas.

5. OSMO - This is a dongle that attaches

to the serial port of the Roomba.


The Roomba is a disc, 13 inches in diameter and less

than 4 inches high. A large contact sensing bumper

is mounted on the front half of the unit, with an

infrared sensor located at the top front center. A

carrying handle is fitted at the top of it as well.

Depending on the model Roomba you select, it can

come with one or two infrared transmitter units.

The first and second generation Roomba models

needed to be told the size of the room through the

use of three small buttons, although this is now

no longer required with newer Roomba generations.

The Roomba operates with internal nickel metal

hyrdide batteries and requires being recharged on

a regular basis from a wall plug, although the newer

generations have a home base where they will

automatically find and go to when they need to charge


Using the newer generations of Roomba consists of

carrying it wherever you would like to start,

pressing the power button, then pressing either

clean, spot, or max.

Whenever the clean, spot, or max button is pressed,

the Roomba will pause for second or two and then

begin work. The contact bumper on the machine

will detect bumping into walls and furniture, and

the virtual walls will limit the Roomba to the

areas that you desire. There are also 4 infrared

sensors on the bottom that will prevent the Roomba

from falling offer of ledges or down the steps.

Unlike the Electrolux models, the Roomba doesn't

map out the rooms they are cleaning, as they

instead rely on bumping into objects or walls to map

things out. The design is based on MIT technology

that robots should be like insects and equipped

with simple controls mechanisms tuned to their


After a little bit of time, the Roomba will begin

to sing. If it detects a homebase, it will try to

return to it. At that point, you simply remove

the dust bin from the rear of the robot and empty

it into a trash can.

Keep in mind that the Roomba isn't designed for

deep pile carpet. It is however, low enough to

go under your bed and most other furniture. If

at any time it senses that it has become stuck,

it will no longer sense the floor underneath it,

it will stop and begin to sing until you come and

find it.

If you are tired of vacuuming and simply don't want

to do it anymore, a Roomba vacuum cleaner will be

a great investment. You can sit back and relax, or

go out and do things while the Roomba does all of

the vacuuming for you. There is nothing easier than

having a Roomba around, as it will help to simplify

things like never before.

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Get Out More Dirt

The most important part of carpet maintenance is

removing and disposing of accumulated dry soil. The

removal of dry soil will improve the air quality

indoors, extend carpet life, and help to maintain

the carpet. Keeping regular maintenance on your

carpet is one thing, although being sure you have

the right equipment on the job is another.

The Green Label

For vacuum cleaners, the CRI (Carpet and Rug Institute)

has developed a Green Label testing program. The

CRI developed the performance protocol with the

goal of protecting indoor quality, keeping all

surfaces as clean as possible, and all without

putting dust back into the air.

The Green Label program helps to identify vacuum

cleaners that meet three different types of criteria:

1. Removing soil.

2. Keeping dust out of the air by

containing it within the filtration bag and the

machine itself.

3. It doesn't damage the carpet and helps

to keep the appearance looking good.

The tests for determining the certification of a

vacuum cleaner were developed by carpet and vacuum

experts and reviewed by scientists with experience

in maintenance and the quality of indoor air.

Soil removal

The soil removal protocol will require that the

vacuum cleaner remove a specified quantity of soil

from the test carpet in four passes.

Dust containment

The protocol for dust containment will dictate the

total amount of dust particles that are released

into the surrounding air by the action of the

brush rolls, through the filtration bag, and any

leaks that come from the vacuum system. with this

test, the vacuum cleaner can't release more than

100 micrograms of dust particles per cubic meter

of air.

Carpet retention

The testing protocol for appearance retention will

require that the vacuum cleaner not adversely

affect the appearance of the carpet, based on

a year of normal usage.

If a vacuum cleaner meets all three of the above

requirements, the manufacturer may then display

the official CRI Green Label on it's brand of

vacuum cleaner. The CRI tests canister and upright

vacuums, wide area vacuums, and even walk behind

types as well.

Matching machines

Looking for that important Green Label is the first

step to providing longer carpet life and cleaner

air for your home or office. The next step is

selecting the proper vacuum cleaner for a specific

area. You can think of vacuum cleaners like

screwdrivers, as you wouldn't want to use a Phillips

head screwdriver to remove a flathead screw.

In the bigger, more open areas, a wide are vacuum

cleaner or sweeper can produce excellent results,

as well as an increase in productivity. The

average 14 inch upright vacuum can clean at a rate

of 3,000 square feet per hour, while the average

walk behind can clean at a rate of 40,000 square

feet per hour, and also lift the pile of carpet in

high traffic areas where the carpet fibers are

subject to crushing and matting.

The two motor upright vacuum cleaner is an excellent

choice in areas such as executive offices, lobbies,

conference rooms, and break areas. A two motor

upright can provide grooming of the fibers in the

carpet and removal of the dry soil. Most uprights

with two motor setups will also have a removable

hose and on board accessories for cleaning other

areas as well, such as vents and chairs.

Along with the type of area, you should also give

some thought to the needs of the operator. If

you are a manager, you should look for vacuums

with ergonomic features, especially if the vacuum

will be used for long periods of time.

If it isn't ergonomically designed, it could result

in injury to the operator. At the very least, the

cleaning operator might want to avoid using

vacuum cleaners that could result in injury.

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Belts And Performance

The belts for vacuum cleaners can come in many styles

and hundreds of different sizes. Normally, vacuums

use a belt to drive an agitation device, which

is also known as a brush roller. With very few

exceptions, most vacuums will use either a flat

belt, round belt, or a geared style belt.

The type of belt that your vacuum uses is very

important, not only for durability, but performance

as well. The condition and type of belt your

vacuum uses will have a lot of impact on the systems

ability to clean carpet. The proper use of

agitation is almost 70% of the cleaning ability of

a vacuum cleaner.

Suction is also very important. The suction is

what pulls the dirt that is removed from the carpet

into the collection area of the vacuum. The

suction, or airflow, is the key when cleaning

hard surfaces or when using attachments. Without

suction, a vacuum cleaner could only bring more

dirt to the surface of carpet. Even though both

agitation and suction are important with vacuuming,

the agitation is what actually cleans them.

Almost all manufacturers use brush rollers that

are made of wood, metal, or even plastic that

is driven by a suction or brush motor through

the use of three different kinds of belts - round,

geared, or flat.

The round belts are the earliest type as they

were easy to produce and easy to engineer. The

round style, unfortunately, is normally run in

the same space as vacuumed dirt. What this means,

is that almost all of the dirt, staples, and

hair you vacuum up will pass around the belt;

cutting, nicking, or even scratching it along the


Vacuum cleaner belts have to stretch quite a long

way, placing even more stress on the roller and

the motor bearings. The round belt is still

common, and used even today.

The flat style of belts are most often run in a

circular fashion as well, unlike the twisted

route the round belt takes to deliver the

performance in the proper direction.

The style allow manufacturers to run the belt off

of one side of the brush roller, instead of the

center where all of the dirt is. This is truly a

great innovation, as you can eliminate premature

failure due to the soil and dirt in the belt path.

The latest belt design is considered to be the

best in the industry. Even though there are many

variations out there, the geared belt is the

most efficient means to drive a brush. The

geared belt is also known as a positive brush system

because the energy of the brush motor is

transmitted directly to the brush.

Both the brush and the motor are locked by

fixed teeth to each other through a cogged belt

without tension. The resulting direct connection

results in higher cleaning efficiency because

the brush can be driven at a faster speed

regardless of the age of the belt.

The flat style can stretch as they become warm,

which will cause them to lose tension. When

you use your vacuum, the belt is always going to

stretch. Believe it or not, it will lose it's

tension the moment you put it up to rest in the


There is however, one real drawback to geared

belts - the cost of the vacuum. Geared belts

are normally used on two motor vacuums. Not

only does this require a separate suction and

brush motor, but it also requires electronic

sensory systems to tell you when something is

wrong with the brush.

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Flashy Vacuum Cleaners

With most people, a vacuum cleaner isn't really an

inspiring machine. If you don't care about how it

works, then you probably don't want to vacuum to start

with. At the same time, no one wants to live in a

pig sty or dirty home even.

These days however, things have began to change for

the better, and people's attitudes are changing as

well. Vacuum cleaners are becoming interesting and

it's all thanks to James Dyson, the inventor of the

Dyson vacuum cleaner.

All thanks to Dyson, vacuum cleaners have taken on

a personality and life of their own. These very

same tactics are even employed by the likes of

Apple to successfully ploy their iMacs and iPods to

the masses have now been used with tremendous

results with vacuum cleaners.

Now, let's take a look at the decision that faces

you when buying a flashy vacuum cleaner. First of

all, you have the choice between the upright or

canister versions. The upright style of vacuum

cleaners will require you to use them in the

traditional push and pull fashion, although the

latest vacuum from Tyson, the DC15, has even turned

this technology on its head with "Ball Technology"

that will let you glide around your home with the

greatest of ease - in any direction you please.

Canister vacuum cleaners on the other hand come

with a hose attachment for great control and

flexibility, as you can quickly and easily get

to all of the hard to reach places. There isn't

really a lot of difference between the two, and

it's mainly down to your personal preference,

even though the upright vacuum is best suited to

larger carpets.

You should also consider the power of the motor

and efficiency of the filtration system as well.

Those that suffer from allergies will want to

pay close attention to the filtration. Dyson for

one has been very successful by marketing the

benefits of its patented "Cyclone" technology,

which doesn't use a bag nor does it ever get

clogged up.

If you feeling really daring and adventurous and

want to stay ahead of the curve, you could go

for one of the very popular robotic vacuum cleaners

such as the ZA01 from Electrolux or the cheaper

iRobot from Roomba. While you amuse yourself or

do other things, the robot will move around your

home on it's own will, vacuuming your entire

home until it is spotless. The robot even has

the technology and intelligence to return to the

base when it is running low on battery power and

recharge itself.

If you want to be different and unique, a flashy

vacuum cleaner is the way to go. There are many

different models and types to choose from, from

cheap vacuums to those that cost hundreds of

dollars. All you have to do is meet your creative

side halfway and let the fun begin!

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Bagged Versus Bagless

As with most things in life, there is really nothing

free. The two most claimed advantages to bagless

vacuum cleaners were lower operating costs and

better performance. As far as the cost issues go,

all vacuums must filter the exhausting air they use

to carry the dirt into the collection area, as they

would otherwise simply pick the dirt up from the

floor and spit it right back out.

Whether you have a bagless HEPA filter, a pre-filter,

or disposable bags, they all need to be changed at

some point. With the average life of a vacuum

cleaner, you can expect to spend the same on either

collection system for filters, but if you value your

time, you can expect to spend quite a bit more on

a bagless system.

To keep your bagless vacuum cleaner operating at

peak levels, you'll need to empty the dirt container

when it is full and perform regular maintenance on

the filter. The type of filter the vacuum uses will

determine just how much service will be required,

although most use a pleated HEPA filter.


Even though the claim of better airflow performance

with bagless vacuums is true in a sense, over the

life of the vacuum you'll get the same, or maybe

even better performance from a bagged vacuum cleaner


With bagged vacuum cleaners, the performance will

start at 100% with each new bag then slowly drop

as the bag starts to fill. Just how quickly the

performance drops depends on how well the bag is

constructed. With the average vacuum and the average

bag, you may replace the bag every 3 - 4 weeks

with 90% of performance the first week, 70% in

weeks 2 and 3, then 50% of less in the fourth week.

The short cycle will insure that you get a 100%

peak cleaning every 3 or 4 weeks from the vacuum

cleaner. The filtered cyclonic machines have

filters that are designed to last 6 months, 12

months, and even up to 18 months before they need

to be replaced.


If you have dogs or cats, whether you see it or

not, almost all domestic animals shed their fur

on a regular basis throughout their lives. Pet

owners often wonder as well, which vacuum is the

best to remove pet hair.

For pretty much the same reasons that fur sticks

to the carpet, it will also stick to your bagless

vacuum's pleated filter cartridge. The fur will

reduce the performance of airflow, and is also a

pain in the neck to clean off the filter.

Over time, the fiber that makes up the filter can

retain odor from pets, even if you clean the

filter well. If your filter requires replacing

only once a year, you could end up with a vacuum

that spits odors that will stink up your house

pretty bad.

Bagged up

Those vacuums that use bags will often provide

for neat disposal of a full bag. There are some

brands such as BOSCH that actually engineer bag

disposal into the system. With BOSCH canister

vacuums, the replacement of bags is a single

dust free step. The new mega filt bags have a

built in closure system that upon removal,

will slide shut and trap the dirt and debris

inside of the bag, making removal quick and easy.

Still, there are many people out there who love

bagless machines. Bagless vacuums will continue

at a slow place to gain market share, and people

will continue to buy them. For many, a bagless

vacuum can be the right vacuum to have.

Bags are the technology of the past, while bagless

is the technology of the future. There are many

reasons as to why you should go bagless. For

the vacuums of tomorrow, cylinder and bagless

is the key.

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Reasons To Get A Robotic Cleaner

Since the day the robotic vacuum cleaners hit the

market, cleaning house has never been the same. Due

to the sleek design and advanced technology, people

are very eager to get their hands on their own

robotic vacuum cleaner.

Now, we'll take a look at some reasons why you

should own a robotic vacuum cleaner.


As everyone already knows, cleaning is very hard

indeed, and nobody wants to do it. Getting a maid

isn't cheap anymore. With a robotic vacuum cleaner,

you can get any room in your home nice and tidy in

no time at all. It has features of the upright

vacuum cleaner, only better. Robotic vacuums offer

filters, brushes, cleaning mechanisms, and more

within a sturdy case that ensures you'll get the

operation possible.

Easy to use

As you probably already know, the robotic vacuum

cleaner is automatic, as you don't even need to be

at home to run it. Simply turn it on, leave it

to clean, come back home, and you'll find the room

spick and span clean. There are no special switches

or configurations either. All you have to do is

press a button and the robot will start cleaning

right away.

The robotic vacuum cleaner will automatically pace

the room, using a random programming technology.

It can cover the same area many times, and it can

also recharge on its own once the battery starts

to get low. There is no need to go looking for it

when it gets finished either, as it will return

to the homebase and wait for you until you need

it again.

Compact design

The robot vacuum is a small, flat device that is

shaped like a disc. It is designed this way so

that it can go under furniture, and reach places

that the standard vacuum can't. This way, there

is no need to move stools, sofas, and low set

tables. It also has bumpers as well so it can

absorb any type of collision with solid devices

along the way.

Cutting edge technology

The concept that drives the robotic vacuum is

similar to what the army uses when clearing land

mines on the field. Robotic vacuums contain

several sensors that will detect the dirt that

is sucks in. The sensors are also what makes it

possible to go towards the dirtier part of the

room, clean it several times, then stop when there

is no more dirt detected. The device is so smart

that it doesn't fall down steps or stairs. With

the virtual wall device that's included with it,

it won't even go outside of an open doorway either.

Easy to afford

Although they were a little on the expensive side

when they first hit the market, they are now more

affordable than ever. You don't need to be rich

to own one, which is one of the main reasons why

they are so popular these days.

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Vacuum Cleaner Bags

Everything that a vacuum picks up, no matter what

type it may be, needs to be deposited somewhere -

normally in a vacuum cleaner bag.

Back in 1920, the Air Way Sanitizer Company of

Ohio introduced the first vacuum cleaner with a

disposable vacuum bag. Until that time, the bags

for vacuum cleaners resembled the type of bags that

golfers used to carry their clubs. They were

somewhat heavy and awkard devices made out of

thick, stiff canvas, designed to be very flexible

and still keep dust and debris from the carpets

from escaping out into the air.

The improvements made by the Air Way Sanitizer

disposable vacuum bag went a long way toward

improving the effectiveness of the vacuum cleaner.

Made out of paper, the bag was designed to fit

inside of the cloth bag. Not only did it make

cleaning the vacuum easier, but it also kept the

insides of the stationary bag clean at all times

so that less of the dust and debris could be

blown out of the vacuum and make its way through

the home again.

In the beginning, each manufacturer designed

their own disposable vacuum cleaner bag made out

of different types of paper. You couldn't

interchange the bags from one machine to the next,

as the fittings were different sizes with

different configurations for the opening of the

intake. Manufacturers who were once very

dependant on the sales of their machines had now

discovered an entirely new territory for the

disposable bags, and once again sales went through

the roof.

Before, a housewife had her vacuum cleaner and

the only thing it needed was to be cleaned and

serviced every now and then. If the man of the

house was around, the job normally went to him.

After a while, repair shops that specialized in

vacuum cleaners began to pop up all over the


These days, there are very few vacuum cleaners

that use bags. Bagless is the way to go these days,

and for good reason. What was once a revolution

in household cleaning, is now rapidly fading away

and fast.

Models such as the Cyclone or Dirt Devil, are

now using cylinder technology to store the dirt

and dust. When you have finished vacuuming, you

simply empty the cylinder into the trash. Vacuum

bags can be very frustrating, which is why

millions of people are using bagless vacuums.

If you own a vacuum cleaner that uses bags, you

should look into upgrading it. Bagless vacuums

will save you time, money, and replacement. If

you've grown tired of the bags, now is the time

to get a better vacuum.

Not only do the bagless models have more power,

but they will also save you quite a few trips to

the store and the closet. They don't cost a lot

of money either, and they are the perfect addition

to any household.

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How To Vacuum

To maintain the look, feel, and appearance of your

carpet you'll need to vacuum on a regular basis. If

you are new to vacuuming, you'll find the tips below

to help you when it comes to keeping your home clean:

1. Before you start, you should always inspect

the area. Pick up any objects that could cause

your vacuum cleaner to clog up. The smaller objects

are fine, just as long as they will pass through the


2. You should check the vacuum bag to ensure

that is isn't full already. If it is full, you

should go ahead and change it. A full bag isn't

going to suck up much dirt, as the power will be

greatly reduced due to the bag taking up a great

deal of storage and limiting the suction.

3. You should always vacuum forwards instead

of going backwards. Going forward will get the

job done quicker and you won't wear your cord out

near as fast. When going backwards, you also run

the risk of running back over your cord, which is

something you don't want to do.

4. Be sure that you overlap your strokes

to ensure that you get out all of the dirt and the

residue. You don't want to miss any of the carpet,

which is why it is important that you overlap your


5. You should change your vacuuming

direction on occasion to reduce any type of matting

in your carpet. You can change direction without

any problems. Doing this every time you make a

sweep on the carpet or every other time you vacuum

will be good.

6. On corners, use a damp cloth or a

crevice tool attachment that hooks up to your

vacuum cleaner. This will ensure that you get the

corners and tight areas good, and they don't

stand out from the rest of the carpet.

7. You can get rid of dust particles and

dirt by waving a vacuum wand under your bed. Doing

so on occasion will ensure that your bedroom

stays clean, and smells clean as well.

For kitty litter on carpets or floors, you should

use a lightweight vacuum cleaner. To get deep

into the fibers of the carpet, you should try

an upright vacuum cleaner with a power brush. Kitty

litter can be a pain in the neck if it gets

crushed in the pile or embedded, which is why

you should get it out as quick as you can.

Give some thought to purchasing a vacuum cleaner

with a rotating brush or combination beater and

brush bar, which will loosen up the dirt in the

carpet and then suck it out. This will beat the

dirt from the fibers and even embedded dirt, which

will leave your carpet clean and smelling great.

Whenever you vacuum, you should always be on the

lookout for straw, thread, and string as it can

trap debris in the vacuum hose and result in a

clog. These types of hazards are also bad for the

agitators as well, as they can clog up the suction

as well, or get tangled up in the agitators and

cause more problems.

If you have pets, you should sprinkle some baking

soda on the carpet before you vacuum. Let it sit

for a little while, then vacuum. The baking soda

is a lot cheaper than carpet fresheners and it

does the same thing - only better.

Vacuuming is very easy to do, and it's something

that should be done on a regular basis. You don't

have to be an expert to vacuum, all you have to

do is make an effort. Your carpet will look good

all the time, and your house will stay smelling

great - which is reason enough to grab the vacuum

and take a trip through the house with it.

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Hand Held Vacuum Cleaner

All of us have a special tool lying around the house

that we simply cannot live without. A tool or gadget

that makes life a lot easier because it exists. For

many people, this tool or gadget is the hand held

vacuum cleaner. When it comes to cleaning house, this

tool is something many people couldn't live without.

Regardless of the type of home you have, a hand held

vacuum cleaner can make life a lot easier. Whether

it's a tiny apartment or a large mansion, these small

cleaners are the perfect way to cope with unexpected

spills and not have to worry about dragging a vacuum

cleaner around. Anyone who has messy kids or a messy

spouse, hand held vacuum cleaners can help you keep

your home spick and span without having to lose your

mind in the process.

The truth remains that few of us do housework just

for the sake of doing it. There are a few dedicated

souls out there who enjoy all the stretching and

exercise that cleaning involves, although the rest

of us just go for the results.

A clean and tidy home is very nice, relaxing, and

nothing in the world is more frustrating than

achieving one only to see all of your hard work being

shattered by the falling of crumbs or the spilling

of liquid on your freshly vacuumed floor.

The hand held vacuum cleaner will allow you to

enjoy the same results without having to do any of

the hard work. Many of us who find peace and

tranquility in an organized home will normally hide

tools we use to create it out of sight. Then,

when it comes time to clean house, dragging the

vacuum out of it's hiding place can be a chore in

its own rights.

For small messes and spills, a pint sized cleaner

can help you retain your sense of peace simply

because it will help you to realize that the small

stuff is just that - small stuff - and nothing more.

The tools used to perform common household tasks

should be the things you love to use, as this is

actually the best way to ensure that the housework

will actually get done.

Small portable cleaning devices are the ultimate

in friendly cleaning equipment, as they can clean

up small messes before they get bigger. You also

don't have to work all the time either to achieve

the clean home you want, you simply need the

right tools for the job.

The first time you pick up a handheld vacuum

cleaner, you'll see how something so small in

size can make a world of difference. You'll cut

your vacuum time in half and ensure that your

home stays clean all the time - spill free.

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Dyson D15

Unlike the use of wheels that most vacuums have, the

Dyson DC15 upright vacuum has a large yellow ball

that will allow the vacuum to pivot and roll with

the greatest of ease. With the DC15, you simply

turn your wrist and the entire vacuum cleaner will

change direction. The ability to maneuver this

easily is something that is commonly associated with

canister style vacuum cleaners.

In addition to the unique yet innovative ball design,

the Dyson DC15 also offers quite an interesting

filtration system. No matter what you may think

or hear, Dyson vacuums don't use filters in the

way that most vacuum cleaners do.

With the Dyson DC15, the air and dirt are sucked

into the container where the outer cyclone removes

large particles such as food, hair, and even

fibers. The air will then move into the shroud

and inner cyclone where it is rotated with a higher

velocity to drop fine particles of dust out of

the air.

From the inner cyclone, the air will move about

through a washable inner foam pre filter where

a majority of the particles will remain trapped.

This feature helps the DC15 to keep dirt and debris

trapped inside and out of the motor.

The last step in the system after moving through

the motor is the trip through the final HEPA

filter. The DC15 has a very strict filter system,

which will prevent 99.9% of bacteria and mold

from getting to your home. The vacuum will suck

it up and keep it inside of the vacuum where it


Even though they aren't very well known, Dyson

has been around for many years. They aren't as

popular or as well known as the bigger companies

such as Hoover, although they offer you great

quality and performance with their vacuum

cleaners. Unlike Hoover, Dyson works to improve

on their own products as well as the competition

with each product they release.

The Dyson DC15 is truly a great vacuum to hit

the market, as it is the first and only vacuum

cleaner to feature the very unique ball. Even

though robotic vacuum cleaners are becoming the

most popular types of vacuum cleaners, the DC15

is ideal for housewives who want a traditional

vacuum cleaner with a twist.

The Dyson DC15 is also known for its suction

power and attachments as well. With the ball

assembly, using attachments are a breeze. The

only problem you may have, is getting the hang

of things.

The attachment wand is stored inside of the

handle of the vacuum and is always attached.

To use it, you lock the handle in the upright

position then push a button on the front of

the handle that will allow you to telescope

the wand for use.

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The Great Vacuum Cleaner

A vacuum cleaner is an absolute must have home

appliance these days. All of us rely on our vacuum

cleaner to help keep our homes free of dirt and dust,

although how we go about it sometimes, doesn't

give a lot of thought as to how efficient the

vacuum cleaner really is.

Before electric vacuums were created, home cleaning

was a tedious task. Back then, floors had to be

cleaned with brushes, mops, and brooms. Rugs and

carpets had to be removed from the floor, hung up

outdoors, and beaten to get the dust out. Doing

things this way involved a lot of time and effort

and caused many health complaints.

The earlier inventions of non electric floor cleaning

devices made home cleaning much easier. People

started to look for ways to improve on the efficiency

of these machines, which caused all types of

contraptions to be invented.

Throughout the 100 year history of the vacuum cleaner,

there have been all sorts of improvements. The

very first electric vacuums were created in the

early 1900s. In 1908, the Hoover Company built

the first electric vacuum cleaner that used a cloth

filter bag and cleaning attachments as well.

During the years that followed, many different

designs and models were created, each one varying

in weight, size, suction power, performance, and

other features. With all of the designs that came

out, the upright vacuum cleaner remained to be the

most popular.

The latest upright vacuums that are available today

will make cleaning a whole lot easier. They are

very light and versatile, and come in both bagged

and bagless designs. They also include tools that

will help you remove dust from drapes, upholstery,

and even get tricky and hard to reach places.

By owning a bagless vacuum, you won't ever have

to buy vacuum bags again. When it comes time to

empty the dirt container, you can empty it right

into your garbage can.

You'll want to do this out in your yard or on the

street in order to prevent the dust from getting

back into your house. If you suffer from allergies,

it's best to stay with a bagged unit. With bagged

vacuum cleaners, the dust will stay in a sealed

bag and then when it gets full, you can easily

dispose of it without being exposed to dust.

When you buy a vacuum cleaner, it's very important

to choose the best vacuum that will fit your home

cleaning needs. You'll also need to think about

carpets and rugs, hard floors, even stairs before

you purchase your vacuum. This way, you'll be

able to get the right vacuum with the right

accessories for the job - which will save you a lot

of time and effort when the time comes to clean your


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Types Of Vacuum Cleaners

If you are planning to really clean your home, car,

camper, or job site, you'll want to check out one of

the many types of vacuum cleaners. There are several

out there, with each one offering you an array of

special uses and features.

The ideal thing to do is make a list of your price

range and budget and what you need your vacuum to do.

Then, you can start shopping around and narrow your

list down until you find the vacuum that is perfect

for your needs.

There are several vacuum machines on the market

today, and you'll have no problems finding one that

will complete your tasks with ease and durability.

Vacuums are available in several different colors,

sizes, and prices. Basically, there are two types

of vacuum cleaners - wet and dry vacs, and there are

even companies out there that have found ways to

combine both features. You can choose from cordless,

handheld, and even bagless models. If you are

feeling really lazy, you can even purchase a robotic

vacuum cleaner that will vacuum your entire house for

you while you watch.

Normally, vacuum cleaners are made of either durable

plastic or aluminum. They range in colors, from

red to silver and white to blue. For the models,

you can choose from upright, canister, stick, hand

held, and shop vac models.

There are some vacuum cleaners that are specifically

designed to help get debris and dirt out from

under your car seat and others that are made to

help you clean your hardwood floors. Other features

can include extra detachable extension tools,

retractable power cords, a HEPA filter, and an

easy to reach power switch. There are even models

out there that will pick up nails and even glasses

of water.

Several companies out there produce vacuum cleaners,

including Oreck, Simplicity, Dyson, Hoover, Bosch,

Sanyo, Bissell, Eureka, and Kirby. If you are

looking for a vacuum cleaner, you have a large

selection of discounted and refurbished vacuums out

there waiting for you.

One of the greatest things about vacuum cleaners is

the fact that the sky is limit. There are literally

hundreds to choose from, giving you everything you

need to complete your task. The most popular

types of vacuums on the market today are bagless,

as there are no bags to change, all you need to

do is empty the cylinder after you vacuum.

Whenever you are shopping for a vacuum, you should

always compare prices. This way, you'll get the

best deal for your money. They range in prices

from 30 dollars to 500, making it more than worth

your time and money to shop around. Before you

know it, you'll have a vacuum cleaner that will

making cleaning your home or business both fun

and exciting.

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Oreck XL Ultra

Controlling allergens at home is very important for

allergy sufferers. For this reason, many allergy

sufferers rely on the Oreck XL Ultra. This hypo-

allergenic vacuum is used to clean embedded dirt and

and allergens from carpets and hardwood floors. It

will remove almost 99.9% percent of allergins, with

the inner and outer bag working together as a great

filtration system.

One of the best things about the XL Ultra is the

fact that it will lock dirt and debris inside of

the disposable dust bag. The patented Saniseal

system will keep it there, preventing any type of

contamination. You'll never come in contact with

the dust, as the Saniseal system locks dirt and

dust in tight so it has no way to escape. Once

the bag is full, you simply toss it out and put a

new one - that simple!

The new base plate design of the Oreck XL Ultra

features larger, more robust front wheels, more

edge brushes, and microsweep technology. These

improvements will increase edge cleaning on

bare floors and carpets, increase dirt removal on

bare floors, and also makes the vacuum much easier

to manuever on both carpet and tile.

As we all know, housework is hard. If you want your

home to stay clean, then you'll have to vacuum as

often as you can. The Oreck XL weighs in at 8

pounds, with roller brushes that spin at the speed

of 6,500 RPM. You can pick up all of the dirt

in one pass, including pet hair, dander, pollen,

dust, and also dust mites. You'll get the surface

dirt and the embedded dirt, which make your

house smell as good as it looks.

The XL Ultra is so good that it will lay flat to

fit under beds and furniture for easy storage.

It is one of the lightest full size vacuums

available, with stairs being a snap. You can

easily go from carpets to bare floors, as the

Oreck XL will recognize the thickness of the

carpet and adjust itself automatically. With

bare floors, the Microsweep system will deliver

millions of strokes a minute. It moves so quick

that it will actually scoop up sand off of a bare


The sheer genius of Oreck technology has always

been to take the heavy vacuum cleaners and then

reduce them to light, lean, and very easy to

clean machines. The Oreck XL Ultra has state

of the art 24 bar technology that makes it run

powerfully, quiet, and will keep running as long

as you need it.

The 24 bar motor in the XL Ultra uses 1/3 the

electricity of any other vacuum motor out there.

Not only will it last longer, it will pay for

itself in the long run with energy savings.

When you talk about performance, the XL Ultra's

suction velocity is equivalent to a category 2

hurricane, which measures at 102 MPH! This type

of suction is among the best, as very few

vacuum cleaners out there can compete with it.

The roller brush with thread guard system will

nearly eliminate hair and thread from getting

tangled up in the bearings. The roller brush

features a hardwood maple roller that increases

durability, picking up almost anything that it

comes in contact with.

If you've been looking for a better vacuum cleaner,

you can rest assured that the Oreck XL Ultra is

everything you need. This vacuum cleaner will

do it all and then some, making your housework

easier than it has ever been in the past.

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Buyers Guide

Deep cleaning vacuums

The typical features with these types of vacuums

include rotating brushes that agitate the carpet

pile and loosen the dirt for better clean. There

are some models that offer a handy automatic tool

conversion button or switch that you can push or

flip as you move from carpet to hardwood floor.

Hand held vacuums

Hand held vacuums are light weight, can be corded

or cordless, and you can even mount most of them

on the wall if you prefer. The performance of the

cordless models will depend on the charge of the

battery, as the battery power drops, so will the

suction power.

The two types of hand held vacuums include straight

suction and suction with a power brush. If you

are considering a hand held vacuum cleaner, you

should consider its primary purpose, if you plan

to use it on a regular basis or occasionally on

smaller jobs.

Broom vacuums

Stick or broom vacuums are great for smaller type

apartments, quick clean ups in the kitchen, or

a family room. The benefit of a broom vacuum is

the light weight. If you have trouble pushing

your heavier upright around, the broom vacuum

may come as a relief. You'll also have the option

of getting your vacuum corded or cordless.

They usually weight 2 - 7 lbs. and allow you to

easily store them in the closet, as they take up a

minimum amount of space. For quick disposal of

the dirt and debris, most models are also bagless

as well.

Wet or Dry vacuums

The wet/dry vacuum combination may very well be the

most versatile vacuum cleaner on the market today,

with numerous attachments and functions it is a

very handy machine to have around your home. The

canister types can vary from the smaller 6 gallon

sizes to the larger 22 gallon sizes.

The HP ranges as well, from 2 to 10 HP. You should

always try to match the size of the unit to the

size of the job and frequency of use.

Upright vacuums

One of the most popular features of an upright

vacuum cleaner is the bagless system. In addition

to the increased performance, there is no need

to purchase any bags. Emptying the canister can

be a little dusty, although it's still better than

messing with bags.

Most upright models come with a standard set of

attachments that may even include an upholstery

tool, a crevice tool, and even an extension wand.

A retractable cord and manual or automatic pile

adjustments are other common features. A HEPA

filter is another common and popular feature found

with most upright vacuums.

Canister vacuums

Canister vacuum cleaners normally include retractable

cords. Considering the fact that most cords are

around 25 foot in length, this feature will prevent

you from having to drag the cord around and

possibly damage furniture. A push of a button or

a slight tug on the cord will retract it into the

canister of the vacuum.

The nozzle can be one of two types, nozzle or

power nozzle. To get your carpet as clean as

possible, it is recommended that you use the power

nozzle, which will agitate the carpet and loosen

up the dirt for deeper cleaning.

Another feature worth looking for is a suction

control switch, as this allows you to adjust the

flow of air for cleaning delicate material such

as upholstery and drapery.

When choosing your vacuum cleaner, you should always

choose the one you like best. The best vacuum for

the job is the one you should choose, as things

will work out much better that way.

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Choosing The Right Vacuum Cleaner

As history indicates, the first model vacuum cleaner

wasn't even a vacuum cleaner at all, more of a carpet

sweeper. This was invented by a man named Daniel

Hess, who in 1860 patented a machine that featured

rotating brushes on the bottom and bellows that

helped to create suction.

However, there is no evidence that this very machine

was ever produced. Some 40 years or so later, in

1908, James Spangler of Canton, Ohio received a

patent for the very first portable electric vacuum

cleaner. It was in fact his cousin in law, William

Hoover, who lent his name to the legendary company

that produces quality vacuum cleaners even today.

For more than 150 years, the vacuum cleaner has

been improved upon greatly. From doing your weekly

vacuuming of your home, doing a spring cleaning,

or simply leaving the vacuuming up to the robot,

there is a vacuum out there suited to your needs.

With upright, canister, HEPA filtered, bagged and

bagless, there is always a vacuum cleaner for your

needs on the market.

There are actually 2 ways in which a vacuum cleaner

cleans. The first, and the way we rate a vacuum

on most is how debris and dirt is picked up off

of a carpet and the floor. When you are searching

for a vacuum, keep in mind the power of the

suction motor, as this is very important for getting

good performance.

The second reason, one that isn't often thought

about, is how well the vacuum filters the air and

puts it back into the home. Those with allergy

problems will find a HEPA vacuum to be the best

choice. There are some models of HEPA vacuums

that can filter out 99% of pollens, dust, and

other common household allergens.

There is also the choice of canister or upright

vacuum, as this is more or less based on personal

preference. Both vacuum types have their pros and

cons. The heads of canister vacuums are able to

reach under your furniture, also making it easier

to vacuum the stairs as well.

Canister vacuums on the other hand have a retractable

electric cord, which is much more convenient than

wrapping the cord back around the neck of the

vacuum. It is often times easier to push the light

weight canister vacuum head as opposed to pushing

a canister style vacuum.

When you choose your vacuum cleaner, keep in mind

what you plan to vacuum. There are several designs

and types intended for different uses. If you have

hardwood floors, you obviously wouldn't want to

use a carpet vacuum.

The little things such as this will be a huge factor

in selecting your vacuum cleaner. If you play

your cards right, you'll have the perfect vacuum

cleaner for your home - and other areas as well.

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Robotic Vacuum Cleaners

As technology gets better and better, life will get

easier as well. Not only are computer going at

impressive speeds, but even household appliances

such as vacuum cleaners are evolving. If you've

never heard of a robotic vacuum cleaner, you

will soon. These small robotic battery powered

creatures will roam around your home, looking for

dust and debris. They are designed to do your

vacuuming for you and make life easier than ever


The robot type vacuums were invented by Electrolux

then introduced into the consumer market in 2001.

After that came Roomba vacuums, as they perfected

cordless vacuums and took things to the next playing

field. If your wondering how they can improve your

life, just think about coming home after a hard

day at work, sitting down to watch television, and

letting the robot do all of the vacuuming for you.

The Roomba robotic vacuum cleaners use a 3 stage

cleaning system that is designed to clean the edge

of your walls, underneath your furniture, and

anywhere else it detects dirt. These robots can

actually detect the dirty areas on your carpet

or floors and do extra cleaning in those specific

areas to get the job done right.

These vacuums actually have a brain of sorts, so

they can detect such things as stairs and stay

clear of them. By using infrared sensors to detect

the stairs in your home, they can quickly and

easily stay away from them.

After the room as been cleaned, the robotic vacuum

cleaner will go back to the recharge station to

charge its battery for the next time you need to

use it. Keep in mind that Roomba isn't the only

company that makes robotic vacuum cleaners, as

other models worth checking out include Karcher

RC 3000, EVac, and Samsung. The most popular

type however, is the Roomba Discovery SE.

When you look at things as a whole, you'll quickly

see that robotic vacuum cleaners are the way to

go. They can save you a lot of money in the long

run, and a lot of time and effort as well. When

you get a robotic vacuum cleaner, you can rest

assured that your days of vacuuming are over.

When it comes to price, the price will vary

depending on the model you select. You can find

Roomba models these days for under 100 dollars,

which is perfect for those on a budget. Now days,

you don't need to spend a fortune to get a robot

vacuum cleaner for your home.

To get your robotic vacuum cleaner, you can check

your local store or online. You can find some

impressive deals online, with hundreds of stores

at your fingertips. All you have to do is select

the model you like best, buy it, then watch it do

all of your vacuuming from here on out!

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