Any number of things in the home can trigger an asthma attack or discomfort, forcing suffers to turn to inhalers or other medications for relief. But the best “treatment” for asthma sufferers is prevention, and the Environmental Protection Agency has identified nine common asthma triggers in the home and suggestions for how to combat them. Continue reading
May is Asthma Awareness Month, but there’s nothing wrong with a little head start. The place to begin, of course, is determining if you have asthma or, if you do, if it’s being managed well. Continue reading
Those three terms are the most used by marketers to demonstrate that their products are Earth-friendly. But using “green” words does not necessarily make an item green in practice, because there’s frequently a difference between what a marketer intends and what happens to a product in real world use. Continue reading
Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are compounds that evaporate at room temperatures, and some are harmful to your health as well as to the environment. Interior paints historically have contained significant levels of VOCs, but Sherwin-Williams and PPG Architectural Finishes had been selling what they called “zero” VOC paints with some success. Continue reading
Miele 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
Many people rely on the dustbag full indicator, but it’s not going to have the accuracy of, say, the gas gauge on a car. It just tells you when the bag is getting filled and “indicates” you should check it periodically, especially if you seem to be losing suction. Continue reading
Describing it as having “the power of an army with the agility of a Porsche,” Real Simple named the Miele S7260 Cat & Dog upright the “Best Luxe” vacuum in the publication’s recent “Road Test” of vacuum cleaners.
Real Simple also called the Miele S7 Cat & Dog uprights “unrivaled for suction” and noted its ability to lie flat so it can easily reach move under furniture. In fact, these are features shared by the entire line of Miele S7 upright vacuum cleaners, along with and 360° casters for added mobility and rubber wheels travel smoothly over carpets and hard floors.
What separates the Miele S7260 from the other Miele S7 vacuums is that it is Miele’s first upright designed specifically for households with pets. In addition to that “unrivaled” suction, the Miele S7260 includes the STB 101 Mini Turbo brush for easy cleaning of pet hair from furniture, drapes, stairs and even clothing. And the Active Air Clean filter absorbs odors while the filter keeps small particles from re-circulating in your home. Continue reading
Nothing can change the look of a room like a new color, or even just a fresh coat, of paint. Deciding which paint to use can be difficult, though, given the variety of paint finishes, or sheens, available. But once you understand how the different sheens are intended to be used, the task is much less daunting. Continue reading
Stuffed animals and plush toys are so adorable that kids as well as adults love the way they look and feel. Because of their softness and plush qualities, they have an almost magnetic ability to attract dust and other particulates from the air. That can cause problems for anyone who suffers from asthma or allergies. Continue reading