Looking For A Handheld Vacuum? (Me Too) Best Hand Vacs For Pet Hair, Hardwood Floors, And Stairs

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For the past 12 years, I've been using this Oreck Compact Canister Handheld Vacuum.It's not at all like today's modern hand vacs.It's kinda clunky, slightly noisy, and has bags that need to be changed all the time.So I set out to find a better hand vac. Here's what I found...  First, Why Hand Vacs Are Great We mostly have hardwood floors in our 2-story house.Downstairs, there's only one room that has any carpet at all. Upstairs, the stairs and the landing are hardwood, … [Read more...]

How (And Why) To Clean The Air Ducts In Your Home

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Have you noticed a collection of lint and/or dark spots building up around the edges of your carpeting?That's an indication that your forced air furnace is acting as a recirculation system for the dust that's contained within the ductwork of your home.Perimeter buildup on the floor and ceiling corners -- especially around your floor registers -- is a good indication that it may be time to get your ductwork cleaned! Here's what you need to know...  … [Read more...]

The Shelf Life Of Household Products & Cleaning Supplies – See How Long Things Last (Typically)

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Earlier, I wrote about the life expectancy of home components -- things like appliances, doors, flooring, faucets and fixtures.That got me wondering about the shelf life of other common things within our house -- like cleaning products and electronics.So I set out to see what I could find about how long other things last... How Long Household Products & Cleaners LastHere's what Real Simple says about the shelf life of common household products like cleaners and items … [Read more...]

When It Pays To Hire A Professional For Home Repairs & Home Projects And When It’s Better To Do It Yourself

What's on your to-do list these days?  Does it include one or more projects around the house that you might be able to hire a professional to do for you instead?I've already told you about my recent carpet cleaning experience (...where I wish we would have called a professional to clean the carpets for us instead of spending 2 days doing it ourselves!).We learned a valuable lesson there.  In addition to paying to rent the carpet cleaner machine (and the carpet cleaning solution), three … [Read more...]

Paying A Professional Carpet Cleaning Service vs Doing It Yourself With A Rented Carpet Cleaner

I'm here to tell you that sometimes doing it yourself does not pay off.My family and I spent the past weekend cleaning our carpets.  My husband rented a carpet cleaning machine from Home Depot for 2 days.Along with the cost of the cleaning solution ($108.27 with tax) and the carpet cleaning machine itself, my husband, my son and I spent the better part of 2 days moving furniture, setting up fans, and using this behemoth of a machine to get our carpets clean.As a result of our 2-day … [Read more...]

Why The Miele Vacuum Is Better Than The Dyson, Rainbow & Oreck Vacuum Cleaners

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The Miele is probably the best vacuum cleaner that I have ever used.In my business of cleaning homes for a living, I've used many different types of vacuums. But the Miele stands above the rest.Here's why I choose the Miele vacuum cleaner over the Dyson, the Rainbow, the Oreck, and other vacuum cleaners... My Review Of The MieleI like the Miele vacuum cleaner best because:It's lightweight, very manageable, and easy to use. It has the option of a true hepa … [Read more...]

The Best Cleaning Products …From Someone Who Cleans Houses For A Living

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Trying to choose a good cleaner can be a hassle because the store shelves are full of so many different cleaners, and a lot of them basically do the same thing.Personally, I clean about 200 homes in a year's time -- not including my own home. So I use a lot of cleaning products.I have tried a variety of different cleaning products, but I usually stick to the ones that I think are the best.These household cleaners work the best, in my opinion: … [Read more...]

What Are Those Black Lines Around The Edges Of My Carpet?

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Ever wonder what those black lines are along the edges of your carpet -- at the baseboards and under doorways?The black lines are a result of filtration soil.Filtration soiling is pollution that comes from dirty ductwork and settles on your carpet.  Filtration Soiling 101 According to ProCare, the premium carpet & upholstery care specialists: … [Read more...]

Mr. Clean Magic Erasers: Creative Uses For These Household Cleaning Blocks That Truly Work Magic!

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Who knew, that I'd first hear about Mr. Clean Magic Erasers at a conference about blogging?It's true. When Glenn Reynolds (a.k.a. "The Instapundit" and godfather of the blogging world) mentioned in passing how much he liked this handy household gadget, I knew it must be great. And when he commented on its ability to work on a wide variety of surfaces, rather than just those stated on the box, I knew this product would be right up my alley.I'm not kidding when I say these Magic Erasers … [Read more...]

Bissell Carpet Cleaners Are The Best… Especially The Bissell Proheat Steam Cleaner!

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With two dogs in the house 24/7, we NEED a powerful carpet cleaner more often than we'd like to admit!I can't tell you just how many times I've used our Bissell Pro Heat steam cleaner to clean up even the toughest of pet stains.If you're wondering how it works, and whether or not it's worth the money, consider this...We've used our Bissell Pro Heat steam cleaner to clean up "pet stains" including:blood urine diarrhea vomit mud  … [Read more...]