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
When was the last time you cleaned your iron? A lot of people never bother, but cleaning your steam iron on a regular basis will give you better results while extending the life of the iron. Continue reading
No 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
The recent Spirit of Design Celebration raised more than $150,000 for Designs for Dignity, an organization that helps nonprofits make their spaces more functional and nurturing for their constituent groups. Best Vacuum is proud to have participated in the fundraising with a donation of a Miele vacuum to the event’s silent auction. Continue reading
We’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
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
Our shipment of Dyson’s new DC41 Animal Complete upright vacuum arrived just in time for allergy season. In addition to the standard Dyson Animal features and an improved mini-turbine tool, the Dyson rounds out the DC41 Animal Complete with three of its most popular cleaning tools.
Spring Allergy Relief Workshop
2 p.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, May 11, at Best Vacuum
148 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park
Using an air purifier can significantly improve indoor air quality and reduce the discomfort of asthma and seasonal allergies. But not all air purifiers deliver on their claims. That’s why you need to attend our Spring Allergy Relief Workshop, sponsored with Blueair.
Come and talk one-on-one with the clean air specialists from Blueair and Best Vacuum. We’ll help you cut through the jargon and debunk the myths surrounding indoor air quality and air purifiers.
Plus you’ll get the personalized tips you need to make the best choices to help improve your indoor air quality.
You may even win a Blueair air purifier! Continue reading