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USPS Christmas Shipping Deadlines Just Days Away

Christmas ShippingAll you last minute Christmas shoppers and shippers have only a few days to get your packages to their destinations by Christmas, if you plan to use the United States Postal Service.

Here are the USPS Christmas shipping deadlines for package delivery in the U.S. to arrive by Christmas:

  • Dec. 20 for sending via First Class Mail.
  • Dec. 21 for sending  via Priority Mail.
  • Dec. 23 for sending via Priority Mail Express.

If you’re ordering a Miele, Dyson or Sebo vacuum from Best Vacuum, you get free overnight shipping to the contiguous 48 states. So if your order is received by 4 p.m. Central Time, Monday, December 23, it will be shipped out the same day via FedEx overnight to arrive.

Questions about vacuums or delivery? Call us toll-free at 888-205-3228.

 

Barron’s Calls Miele S8380 Vacuum a “Cat and Dog Hair Killer”

Miele S8 Cat & DogBarron’s recently named the Miele S8380 Cat & Dog canister vacuum its “Gadget of the Week,” calling the Miele a “cat and dog hair killer.”

One of the main reasons Barron’s likes the Miele S8 Cat & Dog over bagless competitors is that “it doesn’t make sense for an ‘animal’ vacuum to come without a bag. Wouldn’t all that hard won debris just get released back into the air as you empty the bin into the trashcan?”

Barron’s tested the Miele Cat & Dog in a home with three dogs and reported that it picked up “huge clumps of hair from the hardwood floors, carpet, and suede drapes.” Continue reading

FDA Proposes Rules to Ensure Safe Food for Pets

For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing rules intended to protect pet foods from disease-causing bacteria, chemicals and other contaminants.

The proposed Preventive Controls for Food for Animals rule would establish new protections for animal foods. Currently, the FDA seldom gets involved unless there is evidence of contaminated animal food on the market. Continue reading

11 Tips for Safer Fireplace Fires

fireplaceIt’s fireplace season, and whether you use your fireplace for pure enjoyment or as a source for heat in your home, it’s important that it be readied for the season and maintained properly to ensure safety.

  1. Many fireplace-related fires start from creosote buildup or obstructions in chimneys, so the first thing to do is make sure yours inspected and cleaned by a certified chimney specialist. This should be done annually, and if you haven’t done it yet, put it at the top of your list. Continue reading

Why Doesn’t My Vacuum Cleaner Work?

Broken Vacuum CleanerNo surprise, that’s a question we hear a lot around here, followed by, “And what can I do about it?” Sometimes the answers are complicated. Other times, they’re pretty simpe. On that side, here are some things you can do yourself to see check why your vacuum may not be working as you expect, and what you can do about them.

It’s lost suction and is not picking up.

It could be that you have plenty of suction, but the brush is not working. Take off the brush and feel the end of the hose. If the suction seems right, the brush may need replacing, or it could have an obstruction that prevents it from turning (see below). Continue reading