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Miele Fresh Air Vacuums Designed for Allergy and Asthma Sufferers

Miele S8 Fresh Air

Miele S8 Fresh Air

It’s hard to make Miele’s combination of engineering excellence, outstanding fit and finish and industry-leading filtration any better, but Miele has found a way with the limited edition Miele Fresh Air vacuum cleaners.

Designed especially for homes with allergy and asthma sufferers, the Miele Fresh Air S8 canister vacuum and Miele Fresh Air S7 upright vacuum combine everything we like about Miele vacuum cleaners with bonus tools and special pricing to make them, at just $599 each, an even better value. Continue reading

Exclusive Miele HomeCare Vacuum Cleaners Now at Our Lincoln Park and Oak Park Stores

Miele S2 HomeCare

Miele S2 HomeCare

Miele HomeCare is a special series of vacuum cleaners available only through Miele’s top brick and mortar retail stores. There’s a Miele Homecare vacuum cleaner for each Miele vacuum model – three canisters and one upright – and they are set apart from other Miele vacuum cleaners by their distinctive Mango Red finish, bonus accessories packages and value pricing.

The Miele S2 HomeCare canister vacuum cleaner is recommended for all smooth flooring and low- to high-pile carpet. The AllTeQ combination floor tool handles smooth floor and low pile carpeting, and the SEB228 Electro Plus power brush features a five-level height adjustment for cleaning high pile and plush carpets. In addition to a dusting brush, upholstery nozzle and crevice tool, the Miele S2 Homecare bonus package includes Miele’s universal dusting brush and the flexible crevice tool. Continue reading

Tips for How to Vacuum Carpet, Rug and Hard Floor Surfaces

How to vacuumVacuum Slowly 

This is the single most important thing to remember when vacuuming. No matter how strong the suction is, the vacuum cleaner needs time for that suction to work. So use a slow, deliberate back and forth motion. Especially on carpets and rugs, if you vacuum too quickly, you may pick up surface dirt, but nothing is collected from deep in the pile. The brush needs time to loosen deep-down dirt and the vacuum needs time to collect it.

Clear the Path

Do a scan of the floor and remove all objects that may be larger than the diameter of the hose opening (usually 1 1/4”) are removed. Paper, large leaves from houseplants, Lego blocks and other small items can get stuck in the hose, reducing suction and causing the motor to overheat and even burn out.

Things like fringe edges of bedspreads and shoe laces, even if they’re still on the shoe, also need to be cleared away or taken off the floor. They can get sucked up and wind around the roller brush, damaging the roller mechanism. Continue reading

Bag or Bagless – Which Vacuum Is Better?

vacuum cleaner bagAfter upright or canister, the most important decision you make about your vacuum cleaner is whether it is bagless or uses a dustbag. In our opinion, if you have allergies, asthma or are concerned about the quality of your indoor air, the answer is simple: get a vacuum with a dustbag.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with bagless vacuums. The better ones do an excellent job of cleaning. But allergy and asthma sufferers will want to consider all the dust they will be exposed to when maintaining the bagless vacuum.  No matter which bagless vacuum cleaner you use, it still comes down to removing a container of dust and allergens and crud that you so carefully removed from your home, and dumping it into something so you can throw it away. Continue reading

Treating Household Burns

Ever burn yourself on a hot iron or stove and rub butter on it? That’s what moms have done for years, and while it feels good, it can make things worse. According to the National Institutes of Health, rubbing butter on a burn can lead to infection. In fact, they even recommend against an ointment on a fresh burn for the same reason.

So what to do when you get that inevitable burn around the house? First, you need to know how bad the burn is. Burns are classified into three “degrees” of severity, determined by the size of the burn and how deep into the skin the damage goes. Continue reading

What to Do If You Get Frostbite

Frostbite in winter
So, it, it seems as if the winter weather/wind chill advisories just keep coming, and while this wind chill chart can help you be better prepared if you have to go out into dangerously cold weather, you still need to be watchful for the signs of frostbite.

Frostbite isn’t just a feeling you get when your nose or ears get really cold. It’s an actual injury caused by freezing that results in the loss of feeling and color in affected areas. Most often, the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers or toes are affected, but any exposed area is at risk. Damage can be permanent, and severe cases of frostbite lead amputation. Continue reading

Hypothermia a Real Threat during Extreme Cold Weather

Hypothermia RisksWhile frostbite is a more common result of exposure to cold weather, hypothermia is a real concern, as well. A much more serious condition than frostbite, hypothermia results from the body losing heat faster than it can create it. The result is that body temperature drops to dangerous levels.

With prolonged exposure to the cold, the body’s stored energy will get used up and hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature, sets in. When body temperature gets too low, the brain is affected and the victim is unable to think clearly or even move well. That makes hypothermia even more dangerous, since the person may not even know it’s happening and, therefore, can’t know to do anything about it. Continue reading