If you’re suffering from post-Olympics withdrawal, maybe it’s time to take advantage of all the snow and ice that’s accumulated this winter. Some of the best places for winter sports are on our public lands and parks, and Recreation.gov makes it easy to find the ones near you. Continue reading
Unless you have a cat, you probably think there is no need to have a bag of cat litter around. You couldn’t be more wrong. Cat litter is one of those things that isn’t just for the cat box. It has many great uses, and even non-cat owners should keep it handy.
Winter 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
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.
It’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.
- 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
June and July are the peak months for grilling-related fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), for the years 2006-2010, fire departments responded to an average of 8,600 home and outside fires each year, resulting not just in $75 million in property damage, but 10 deaths and 140 injuries. Continue reading
Did 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
Hardwood 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
It’s finally spring! Depending on where you live, you may only know that because of the calendar, but many places also note the change in season with the return of the farmers market. Now you can find a farmers market where you are, or wherever you may be going, thanks to the USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory. Continue reading