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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

5 Ways to Keep Winter Allergies at Bay

winter allergyWinter can be just as hard on allergy sufferers as summer is. For many, it can be even worse. You can help reduce the suffering with these five tips:

1. Use HEPA filters in your furnace: Granted, you don’t get true HEPA filtration without a sealed system, but the additional filtration that HEPA provides traps as much as 30 times more allergens than a standard filter.

2. Regularly rinse and dry the water reservoir in your humidifiers. Quite often, people refill their humidifiers without emptying the old water. But the older the water, the more likely bacteria and mold are growing in it, and those critters are put into the air by the humidifier. This is true even when the old water is diluted with fresh water. A good rule of thumb is to empty and dry the reservoir every 10 days to two weeks. Continue reading

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.

 

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

Apps to Match Paint Colors to Your Miele Vacuum

Match Your Miele ColorDid you ever look at your Miele vacuum and think, “How would that color look in the playroom?” or “That would be a terrific color for the accent wall in the guest room!” Miele’s unique colors, like the Miele Cat & Dog canister’s Koi Orange, the Almond Brown of the Miele Topaz and the Spring Blue of the Miele Jazz, really get the creative juices flowing.

But how do you match or find complements to those colors from available paints? Surprise! There’s an app for that! Three, in fact, that we know of. Continue reading

Tips for Cleaning Hardwood Floors

Clean Wood FloorHardwood floors are becoming the first choice for many homes. The beauty of fine hardwood adds a subtle yet distinctive look to the design of any room. Equally appealing is the seemingly easy care offered by hardwood. But “easy care” doesn’t mean “no care.”

Hardwood floors need to be cleaned regularly, to remove dust and dirt particles before they can scratch and dull the finish. Regular vacuuming will do the trick, but you need to be sure you’re using a soft-bristled floor tool designed for dusting floors. Otherwise you risk dulling the finish or even scratching the floor as you vacuum. Continue reading