Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What’s the difference between a Vacuum and a Carpet Cleaner?

They each remove dirt, so why do you need both?

The primary difference between a vacuum and a carpet cleaner is one uses water and the other does not.

Vacuuming is a regular piece of living with carpet. Even if you don’t clean anything else, your house looks a whole lot better after a few passes with a good vac. There is an immediate pay off and sense of accomplishment.

If you vacuum regularly, the surface of your carpet may look clean, but the layers beneath may tell a different story. Even the best vacuum will leave some debris behind. Dirt and grime clings to the base of your carpet fibers like Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton gripping those irrigation pipes at the end of “Twister.”

That’s where a good carpet cleaner — or carpet shampooer or carpet washer as they’re sometimes called — can really come in handy. They’re similar to vacuums in that you still push a cleaner back and forth across your floors, but these machines are actually putting water and cleaning solution onto your carpets, then using extraction to pull the dirty water back up into a separate tank.

They reach some debris that a vacuum does not. Hoover carpet cleaners all use a two-tank system, meaning your dirty and clean water never mix.

You’ll need both a good vacuum and a good carpet cleaner to clean your carpet effectively.

Need help choosing a carpet cleaner? Compare a $99 cleaner to a $299.99 cleaner, and everything in between, here.

Not sure how to use a carpet cleaner? We created a tutorial to help you get started.

Have more questions? Let us know — we’re here to help.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Luxury Vinyl Tile: Pros & Cons

When you think hard floors, you probably think wood or tile. But these days there are some really cool new options that mimic the look of these classic materials and offer a range of benefits and unexpected features. Check out this infograph to see if luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is right for you.


Vacuum Maintenance: How to Clean Your Brushroll or Change Your Belt

Your cleaner is a machine, and it requires some basic maintenance once in a while. Here are some quick tips for any work you might need to do under the hood.

1. Address the Screws
2. Off with the Base Plate!
3. Pull out your Brushroll (clean off any debris)
4. Off with the Old Belt, On with the New
5. Reverse Your Steps
6. Maintenance Complete!


More questions? Just ask! We're here to help.

Plush Carpet: Pros and Cons

Are you considering Plush Carpet? Take a look at this chart to see if it's right for your home.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Top Three Benefits of Bagged Vacuums

We love bagless vacuums; you can see the dirt you're picking up and you never have to remember to buy more bags. But there are some great benefits to using a bagged vac, too. Here are three reasons you might want to consider bagged. 

  1. In a bagged vacuum, the bag itself acts as a filter, so there's less maintenance. You don't have to remember to wash and clean your filter monthly (you DO wash and clean your vacuum filter every month, right?).
  2. Hoover bags are made with HEPA media, which traps 99.97% of dust and pollens down to 0.3 microns. So the air passing through your vacuum cleaner is free of debris, and you can breathe easier. 
  3. With a bagged vacuum, once the dirt's in the bag, it's not coming out, and you never have to look at it again. Simply unzip your vacuum bag cover, pull out the sealed bag and toss it in the trash. 
Check out our range of bagged vacs HERE. And today through Oct. 25, 2014, use the code CLEAN15 to save an extra 15% on three of our favorite bagged cleaners!

Monday, October 13, 2014

How To Clean a Vacuum Filter

Vacuum filters are designed to stop the smallest dirt and dust particles from escaping back into the air. Over time, that accumulation needs to be addressed. Cleaning your filter is actually pretty simple — and if it was really dirty, you may notice some improvement in your vac's cleaning abilities afterward. Try to clean your filter every 2-3 months. Here's how to clean the filter on most bagless Hoover vacuums.

  1. Lift off: Pull your dirt cup off the vacuum and remove the lid.
  2. Grab on: Grab the extra mesh on the filter.
  3. Eject: Pull it out. Often, the bottom side is where you'll see the dirt accumulated.
  4. Shower and squeeze: Rinse the filter under tap water for about two minutes, then squeeze it out.
  5. Dry for a day: Set it on its edge to dry for at least 24 hours.
  6. Clean house: Replace the filter and see if you notice a difference.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

How To Keep Pet Hair At Bay On Carpet, Furniture and Hard Floors

By John Hitch

If you’re a dog owner, you may need the full extra hour granted by Daylight Savings Time to de-fur your whole home, from carpet to tile to furniture.

DST, which lands on Nov. 2 this year, seems to be the time when our dogs decide to drop their summer wardrobe around the house in exchange for a thicker winter coat. That’s because shedding often starts when your dog gets less sunlight. If your lap dog is a shut-in, you may not see much difference between October and March. But for those of us with Golden Retrievers and Labs (who love sunny summer days even more than barking at nothing in particular), you know what to expect when winter is coming: A flurry of fur in the air, on your chairs and floors, and even that suit you just ran a lint roller over.

We’ll help you keep the hair under control. We have some easy tips for you to implement so you can actually save some of that daylight for yourselves. We even have a special discount coupon for you at the end of this blog post.

For Your Dog

GROOMING: Every breed has its own rules, but you should brush any dog, except maybe a hairless terrier, at least every week. It shouldn’t take more than 5-10 minutes. Border collies and other long-hairs should be brushed daily to avoid matting and excessive shedding. Check out the ASPCA’s website for more great tips on brushing and bathing.

DIET: Boost your dog’s coat with some Omega 3 supplements. These fatty acids stop cell membranes from being too rigid for nutrients to enter the cell. Not only do they keep your dog’s coat glossy and strong, they reduce allergies, which are a major source of unnatural shedding. Talk to your vet before changing your pooch’s diet.

For Your House 

VACUUM: Even with a strict grooming regiment, hair is still going to end up in your house. A vacuum with powerful suction and a HEPA filter is your best defense. If someone in your house has allergies, we suggest a bagged vacuum, like our T-Series WindTunnel Pet Bagged Upright, with an Activated Carbon HEPA Media Bag to filter and trap 99.97% of dust and pollens down to 0.3 microns. The carbon in the filter helps absorb household odors – especially the ones emanating from your beloved pooch. Our bagless version also has a HEPA filter, plus a retractable cord and a brushroll on/off pedal so you can get hair off bare floors, too.

TURBO BOOST: Remember as a kid when you’d rub a balloon on your hair so it would stick to the wall? That’s electrostatic force in action. Our Rubberized Pet Turbo Tools take advantage of this phenomenon with rubber edges and a rubber brushroll. When a Hoover vacuum has “Pet” in the name, you can be sure the attachments are rubberized for this very purpose. The air-driven roller agitates these Stage Five clingers on your upholstery and stairway, while the rubber acts like a magnet to keep them from escaping.

BASEBOARDS: Baseboards seem to act like pet-hair magnets. Detach your hose and give it a run along the baseboards – especially in places like behind the couch. While you’re moving the couch, get underneath as well.

Day Light Savings, and the next super shed period, is not far away, so be prepared. We can help on the vacuum front: Don’t have a pet vacuum? Upgrade to a pet-specific tool for your everyday vac! We’ll give you an extra 15% off the best tools for the job when you use the blog-exclusive promo code PET15 today through Oct. 15!