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 Miele Fresh Air Vacuums Designed for Allergy and Asthma Sufferers

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 learning how to vacuum carpets and hardwood floors. 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 Tips for How to Vacuum Carpet, Rug and Hard Floor Surfaces

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 Bag or Bagless – Which Vacuum Is Better?

Top 5 Things to Consider When Buying an Air Purifier

Air PurifierWe’re gratified by the reception of our Allergy Relief Workshops, and want to thank everyone who took the time to come by. We also want to thank Herman Pihltrad, president of Blueair US, for a really informative presentation on portable air purifiers and indoor air quality.

For those of you who missed the workshops, here’s a summary of the top 5 things you need to consider when choosing a portable air purifier. Continue reading Top 5 Things to Consider When Buying an Air Purifier

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.” Learn how to clean hardwood floors below.

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 Tips for Cleaning Hardwood Floors

Miele Vacuum #1 for Canisters and Uprights in J. D. Power Satisfaction Survey

Miele Vacuum CleanersMiele vacuum cleaners rank highest in customer satisfaction for both upright and canister vacuum cleaners, according to the J.D. 2013 Vacuum Customer Experience Benchmark Study. This is the second year of the study and the second year Miele has ranked highest for upright vacuums. Canister vacuum cleaners are a new category in the 2013 study. Continue reading Miele Vacuum #1 for Canisters and Uprights in J. D. Power Satisfaction Survey