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Dishwasher Maintenance Tips

Dishwasher Maintenance Tips

Dishwasher Maintenance

Any dishwasher requires careful use and regular maintenance, as its service life directly depends on it. We decided to find out how to take care of a dishwasher properly for its long smooth operation.

Usage recommendations

  • Remove food scraps

So that filters do not get clogged with food scraps, remove large pieces of food before loading dishes into a dishwasher.

  • Load a dishwasher properly

Don’t overload it. You can always find the recommended number of dish sets for your dishwasher in its instructions. It can be from 9 to 16 sets depending on a dishwasher size and model. To ensure that dishes do not prevent free water circulation and are not damaged, load them evenly. The dirtiest dishes, large pots, and fatty pans are better put in the lower compartment since water comes there at the highest pressure.

  • Proper washing mode

If dishes are too dirty or remnants of food already stuck to their surface, you can run a dishwasher in the Enhanced mode. But if you wash dishes immediately after the meal or you do not fully load a dishwasher, use Everyday, Fast or Careful modes (they are called differently depending on a dishwasher model). They allow saving water, electricity, detergents and time.

  • The right choice of detergents

There are special detergents for dishwashers (powders, tablets or capsules with liquid). It is recommended to use only them, since using a usual dishwashing gel creates increased foaming and can even break down the dishwasher mechanics. If you have run out of special dishwasher detergents, it is better to wash dishes by hand.

  • Wash only certain type of dishes

You must not automatically wash crystal sets, wooden cutting boards, cutlery with elements of wood and mother-of-pearl. These items can break or get damaged during washing and besides the external damage even damage the inner parts of your dishwasher.

Dishwasher maintenance detergents

Even though a dishwasher is intended for washing kitchen utensils, it needs regular cleaning itself. All detergents for dishwashers can be grouped into three main types:

  1. Tablets are the most popular dishwasher cleaners among housewives, as they provide full-fledged care for both the machine and the dishes.
  2. The powder is cheaper, but less convenient since it requires constant measuring for different washing regimes and amount of dishes.
  3. The gel must also be measured for each wash cycle. You can also purchase already dosed portions of the gel in capsules that dissolve in water.

In addition to these main detergents, we recommend using additional ones.

Rinse aid is used to avoid stains on dishes after washing. It makes dishes shine and look like new. It is added to a special rinse aid compartment at the final washing cycle

The freshener eliminates the unpleasant odor in a dishwasher. It is very cost-effective as one piece if it attached to the upper basket can be used for several dozen cycles.

A special salt for the dishwasher is used to soften water and prevent scale and limescale on all dishwasher parts contacting with water. It can be purchased as a powder or in tablets.

Cleaning a dishwasher

It is much easier, cheaper and easier to wipe a dishwasher after each cycle than doing a full cleaning every six months. Some cleanings must be regular. Experts recommend the following:

  • Wipe the dishwasher inside dry after each cycle.
  • Wipe the dust on the outside with a damp cloth.
  • Leave a dishwasher door open to evaporate the remaining moisture after the end of washing.
  • Wipe sealants (rubber gaskets) with a damp cloth and then with a dry cloth after each cycle. “General cleaning” of seals with detergents and a narrow brush (suitable and soft tooth) can be done every few months.
  • Wash a mesh filter at least once a week (if using a dishwasher every day). Fat particles turn into a plaque that clogs small holes in the filter grid and prevent its smooth operation.
  • Rinse the hose and drain as follows: shut off the water supply, pour 2-3 liters of boiling water to the bottom of an empty dishwasher, close the door and turn on the washing mode. Repeat the procedure 2-3 times.
Removing scale

To remove scale, fill a detergent tank with baking soda, citric acid or vinegar and then run an empty dishwasher. After the end of the cycle, remove the dirt inside a dishwasher and run another cycle again for rinsing, this time without detergents.

Removing mold

Mold indicates high humidity inside a dishwasher. If the above-mentioned method of opening a dishwasher door after each cycle does not help, use a more radical method – use a dishwasher detergent with a bleaching effect. Their chemical properties are very strong, so it is recommended to use them in small amounts and not too often.

Removing rust

If a dishwasher basket got rusty, just buy a paint sealant for a dishwasher and cover the damaged areas with it. If corrosion has corrupted the basket too much, it is better to replace it with a new one. If the reason of rust is hard water with a lot of iron in it, we recommend buying a special dishwasher filter. If the reason is old rusty pipes, that water comes into a dishwasher from, the only way out is replacing them.

Follow these dishwasher maintenance tips and your dishwasher will work smoothly and effectively for many years.

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How To Decorate With Houseplants

The Beauty of Decorating with Houseplants

Our home is our sanctuary. It’s an oasis where we can unwind and enjoy the moments of serenity and love.

The space we live in has to be visually-pleasing and in accordance with our style, needs, and desires.

But, many people think that creating this kind of a home is expensive and requires bringing famous interior designers such as Jeff Andrews and Jane Hallworth. Of course, if you can afford that, go with it. Nonetheless, that’s not an option for most people.

But, the option that we all have is related to our creativity, and desire to improve and personalize our home. Decorating with houseplants is just one of the ways to bring life into your living space. Not to mention the health benefits of indoor plants.

Read on to learn simple tricks on how to decorate your home with houseplants, as well as how to choose houseplants.

Know your possibilities

Before we move on indoor plant decoration ideas, let’s talk about choosing indoor plants for your home. When it comes to this, there are two questions to keep in mind:

  • Will my home be suitable for this plant?

There are many types of houseplants out there, each one requiring a different environment to thrive in.

For example, some plants need direct sunlight while others don’t. Then, some houseplants are low-maintenance and easy to take care of.  Then there are those that act like divas and are high-maintenance.

When choosing houseplants, you should first learn which ones will be suitable for your home. Read this article to learn more.

  • Will this plant be a nice addition to my home?

Of course, you should choose a plant you like but also the one that will match (or contrast) your home décor.

Try these simple ideas to turn your home into revitalizing and welcoming space

Possibilities are endless!

Decorating with houseplants can really be fun and inspiring, especially with these ideas. Read on for more.

More than houseplants

Idea of Decorating with Houseplants

While plants are great for decorating our homes, they can also be great for our meals. If you’re a passionate cook and want to do something good for your family, consider growing indoor plants.

That way, you’ll enjoy fresh veggies, fruits, and herbs all year round; not only in the season.

Mint, basil, parsley, lavender, rosemary, chives, tomatoes, carrots, kale, peppers, strawberry, avocado – just choose what you like most and start working on your indoor garden project. For that, you’ll need to take a few factors into account, such as space, grow lights, humidity, temperature, hydroponics, etc.

Small but significant

Decorating with small houseplants

If you have a home office, or just want to brighten up your library, a small plant will do the trick.

It will bring a positive energy to your working/studying space, without distracting you.

Quite the opposite, when you need inspiration or a break, just look at your plant for a while. You’ll certainly feel better and more creative.

The perfect plants for a working space are Lucky Bamboo, Marimo Moss ball, and begonia. Or if you love decorating your house according to Feng Shui, go with Jade plant (also known as “Money tree”).

Spice things up with hanging plants

Decorating with hanging plants

Every home should have at least one hanging plant. Add it your living room and impress your guests. Or you can add it to the kitchen for an astonishing touch.

There are many ways to hang plants indoors, and you’ll find a plenty of ideas on Pinterest.

Less is more

rubber tree indoor plant

What’s better than waking up in a room that has a fresh smell and looks?

Keeping a plant in your bedroom will have a positive influence on your mood and relaxation.

But, don’t overdo it, stick to 1-2 plants. Spider plant or Rubber tree is a good choice.

A colorful touch

Decorating with Houseplants: colorful flowers

If your room looks mundane because everything is in the same tone, despair not!

Simply add 2-4 plants with bright flowers and you’ll be amazed how they changed the home appearance!

If you’re the bold type, don’t be afraid to find flowers with colors that are in contrast to your home décor. That’s a great way to emphasize your style.

Keep it classy

So, you want to bring a positive change to your living and dining room, but aren’t sure how? Plus, you’re not the fan of a drastic change?

That’s okay. If you don’t like experimenting, you can simply stick to classic plants such as rubber tree, begonia, or philodendron. They will open up the room, but won’t be too much.

However, be careful not to turn these rooms into a jungle. Put 2-3 plants into each room, making sure that they bring diversity.

Lush corner of your home

Decor with house plants

You probably know at least one person who has a “jungle corner” in their home. Basically, this is the corner of a home where you grow all kinds of plants.

It looks lush, vivid, energetic, and of course, brings serenity to a home. You just can’t go wrong with this one!

Group the plants

Dividing your plants into groups of 3 – 6 plants is always a great idea. You can create a diverse mix by grouping both tall and short plants. Or you can opt for a wilder style with ferns.

Be creative!

Instead of using tedious plant containers/pots, why not decorate them on your own?

This will shed a brand new light on your plants and home!

Don’t stop growing

Sometimes we lose our creativity and inspiration. But, we can bring it back. Luckily the magazines and internet are full of crazy, elegant, modern, and simple DIY projects and ideas.

So, whenever you feel limited by your mind, don’t stop growing – just search for the answers.

Final Thoughts

Well our friends, we hope these ideas inspired you to bring (more) greenery into your home, whether to decorate it or start indoor gardening.

Even if you’re new to this green world, don’t be afraid of making a change.

Instead, open up to your plants and give them love. That’s a sure way to having happy and healthy plants as well as enjoying houseplants home décor!

Swimming Pool Maintenance: How Much Do You Know?

Swimming Pool Maintenance: How Much Do You Know?

How to care of a swimming pool

No doubt that having a swimming pool is great. You can swim in the morning, or in the middle of the night – whenever you want. You can even throw a party at the pool or simply spend a relaxed and interesting day at the pool.

But, what most people don’t know is that having a swimming pool isn’t as naïve as TV shows may it look like. In a TV show, there’s always a sexy guy who maintains the pool. But, in reality, the only sexy guy will probably be you because you’re gonna have to clean the pool regularly – by yourself. Unless you want to spend a fortune on swimming pool maintenance service.

Cleaning a swimming pool is not fun. Not at all. But, it’s worth it. Because while your friends are dying from the heat (figuratively speaking of course), you’re the one who gets to jump into the pool and enjoy the summer. Now, THAT’S fun.

While we cannot make swimming pool maintenance fun, we can at least help you out. Below you’ll find steps to clean your pool in a much easier way.

6 Steps to Easy Swimming Pool Maintenance

If you leave your pool dirty for a few weeks, we assure you that won’t be a smart idea. The key to a clean pool lies in your determination. You just have to clean your pool regularly.

That being said, here’s how to clean a pool.

1.  Clean the Surface

Logically, the first thing to do is collect debris, leaves, bugs, and whatever else can be found on the surface of your pool. The best and least painful way to do that is with a large leaf skimmer.

You should repeat this every 2-3 days.

It’s important that you don’t skip this very first step, because it all starts with it. How can you get to the bottom of the pool if you can’t even see it?

2. Clean the Walls

But, before you get to that bottom, first you need to start cleaning swimming pool walls, corners, and ladders. Use a brush to scrub the sides of your pool and remove (or prevent) calcium and algae buildup.

Scrubbing your pool is rather simple, though you should know which brush to buy. Otherwise, you may damage the surface of the pool.

In order to know which brush to pick, you first must know which material is used for making the pool surface. Fiberglass? Gunite? Unpainted concrete? Or something else?

If the surface is made of fiberglass, painted concrete or vinyl, go with a brush that features nylon bristles.

Then, if the surface is made from gunite, buy a brush with stainless steel bristles.

And finally, if the surface is made from unpainted concrete, use a brush with nylon and stainless steel bristles.

Do this step once (ideally twice) a week.

3. Now, Let’s Get to the Bottom

As far as cleaning the bottom of the pool is concerned, there is a hard and easy way to do it.

The hard way is cleaning your pool manually. Now, this is NOT going to be exciting. Not to mention all the sweat and effort you need to invest in this job.

But, here what you need for this task: a telescopic pole, vacuum head, vacuum hose, and a skim vac. You have to reach every side of your pool, making sure that every inch is thoroughly cleaned.

Still, if the first way doesn’t seem appealing, there’s also an easy way to do this. And it can be done with a robotic swimming pool cleaner.

This is a self-contained device that will do the hardest part of cleaning for you. You will only have to clean the stairs and areas that are tricky to clean, such as corners. Even though this is a big investment, it’s also the best way to clean a pool.

4. It’s time to Shock Your Pool

Shocking the pool is the best way to keep the pool clean by eliminating algae and bacteria from the pool. How is this done? Simply – by adding 3 or more pounds of Granular Shock Chlorine.

Make sure to follow the instructions when adding chlorine. And also, adjust pH and alkalinity level in your swimming pool.

But, apart from shocking your pool, you’ll need to use chemicals and products to keep the pool safe for you.

Pool test kit, chlorine tablets, chlorine stabilizer and conditioner, algaecide, sodium carbonate, pool winterizing kit, are just some of the essential products as far as pool maintenance for beginners is concerned.

5. Keep an Eye on the Pool’s Circulation System

Thanks to the pool’s circulation system, your pool will remain clean and safe for swimming. And this is exactly why checking skimmer, drains, pump, filters, and pump strainers is important. Make sure to keep each part clean and undamaged otherwise the system won’t work properly.

Also, run the pump every day for a few hours so the water can be filtered properly.

6. Clean the Deck around the Pool

Once you’ve taken care of your pool, it’s time to clean the deck around the pool. This is important because dust, debris, and garbage on the deck may end up in your pool.

Conclusion

And we came to the “bottom” of this article. As you can see, swimming pool maintenance isn’t that much complicated. However, it does require dedication. All parts of your pool are connected, and if only one of them gets dirty, soon the entire pool will be dirty as well.

Consequently, be serious about cleaning your pool from the start so you can enjoy swimming all summer long!

Types of Mattresses: Buying Guide

9 Types of Mattresses You Should Meet

How to choose a mattressIs it time to say a goodbye to that mattress of yours?

Well, if it has lost its shape, is older than 8 years, or you cannot recognize it anymore because it looks that bad – the answer is a thousand times YES.

Even though we sleep on our mattresses every night that doesn’t mean we know much about them.

What about you?

Do you know what types of mattresses there are?

Which one is the most comfortable mattress?

We know – you’ve never thought about that before. But, that’s why we’re here.

If you’re going to buy a new mattress, you should do it right.

Of course, choosing a mattress is a personal task. What may work for you, may feel uncomfortable for others.

Therefore, learning about all the types of mattresses you can come across is the foundation for a better sleep. In this article, we have listed different types of mattresses to help you extend your knowledge on this so personal topic.

The Types of Mattresses

1. Innerspring Mattresses

Types of mattresses: Innerspring mattressWhile some of us think about this mattress as uncomfortable, and out-of-date, we assure you that a high-quality innerspring mattress is on a par with more modern mattresses. In fact, the innerspring mattress was and still is the most popular choice due to constant improvements in its construction and design (and its price).

This mattress is firmer than a memory foam one and doesn’t conform to our body. However, it does provide nice support and comfort. Well, at least it does in the first 5-7 years of using.

After years of use, the coils in the mattress start to bend which means less comfort and less even support for you. This is the biggest con of this mattress.

But, the next advantage of this mattress is its affordability. Thanks to a low price, this mattress is still the most popular choice for families around the world.

Then, again, you’ll probably spend more than you would if you opted for a more expensive mattress in the first place.

We understand that buying mattresses for the whole family is a big investment. But, if you can afford it, go with a better mattress.

Now, there are different innerspring mattresses, and each type is actually defined by the type of coils. So, we have four types of coils – continuous, bonnell, offset, and pocketed coil. Check this article to learn the differences between these types.

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  • Affordable
  • Somewhat comfy and supportive
  • Firm but bouncy

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  • The coils bend over time creating unequal support for your body
  • Becomes less comfy in time

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2. Memory Foam Mattresses (or Visco Elastic foam)

memory foam mattresses reviewWe all have heard about this mattress, whether from a friend who bought it or on the commercial. It seems like everybody’s talking about this type of a mattress, swearing that they will never switch to some other type. But the question is: Why is a memory foam mattress so popular?

It’s so popular because it greatly reduces pressure on our body. It keeps our body in a neutral position, following its curves. Plus, a memory foam mattress hugs our body like no other mattress can. Thanks to its unique design, the mattress gives support and comfort our body longs for.

In addition, this mattress is known for reducing dust mites, allergens and other irritants, being great for sensitive kids and adults. And it’s also great for couples since memory foam eliminates motion transfer. This means that your partner will sleep like a baby, even if you toss and turn all night (or if it’s the other way around).

However, no mattress is ideal. The biggest disadvantage of this mattress is that it traps the heat from our body. That’s why some manufacturers came up with an idea to infuse cool gel into memory foam and minimize this problem.

Some manufacturers also went one step further and designed a plant-based memory foam mattress.

To stop confusing you, there are four types of memory foam mattresses – traditional, plant-based, gel, and open-cell memory foam mattress. Some offer better features but are more expensive. As always, it’s up to you to set your priorities and choose what you need. Read our memory foam mattress reviews to learn more about these types of mattresses.

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  • Relieves pressure points
  • Provides great support
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Keeps body in a neutral position
  • Reduces neck and back pain
  • Reduces irritants, allergens and dust mites
  • Eliminates motion transfer
  • Sinking sensation

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  • Some models are expensive
  • Traps body heat
  • Hard to move

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3. Gel Mattresses

Types of mattresses: Gel mattressWhen we say a gel mattress, the first thing that comes to our mind is memory foam infused with gel caps. But, obviously, not all gel mattresses are the same.

Some memory foam mattresses have gel only in the top layer, so as to regulate the body temperature. And some mattresses are completely infused with gel to regulate the temperature of your body and keep the cool feel throughout the night.

Either way, gel mattresses are comfortable and supportive as they are made of different layers of foam. They also eliminate pressure points.

But, naturally, these are more expensive than those made of memory foam.

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  • Comfortable
  • Supportive
  • Regulates the body’s temperature
  • Some models stay cool for the whole night

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  • More expensive than memory foam mattresses

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4. Latex Mattresses

Types of mattresses: Latex mattressA latex mattress outperforms a memory foam mattress, being the most comfortable mattress on the market (at least that’s what statistics say).

A latex mattress is made from the sap of the rubber tree and is all-natural. Of course, this means no allergens, dust mites, and irritants. The mattress also has minimum off-gassing and is a great choice for those worried about their mattress containing harmful ingredients.

Compared to other mattresses (excluding natural fibers mattresses), this one offers much more breathability. Because of that, it’s great at dispersing heat.

Latex mattress offers a great support, and relieves pressure on shoulders, back, hips, and feet, just like memory foam. But, unlike memory foam, a latex mattress is more resilient. So, if you like a firmer support, this is the way to go.

Some mattresses can also rotate to further adjust the comfort to your needs.

This mattress is much more expensive than innerspring and memory foam mattresses.

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  • Resilient support
  • Firmer than a memory foam mattress
  • Comfortable
  • Breathable
  • Great at dispersing heat
  • Eco-friendly
  • Minimum off-gassing
  • No allergens and irritants
  • Durable

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  • Expensive

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5. Natural Fiber Mattresses

Natural Fiber Mattress ReviewsHere’s one more option for those who actually do something when it comes to taking care of our planet (rather than just talk about it).

This is actually, the best option for an eco-friendly mattress. The mattress made of natural fibers offers the unparalleled quality and performance. It’s responsive, comfortable, breathable, and durable. And of course, it’s very expensive.

Natural fibers can practically be divided into two categories – plant and animal fibers. Horsehair, horsetail, cattle hair, bamboo, silk, cashmere, wool, and cotton are materials used in making these mattresses.

These materials can be combined in a number of ways in order to fulfill customers’ needs and desires. For example, if you want a soft mattress, look for the one that blends wool and cotton.

But, any mattress made of natural fibers is a great choice as long as you choose the one that carries the Greenguard certification mark.

Naturally, this type of a mattress doesn’t contain harmful chemicals and is also free of synthetic materials. This makes it great for kids and adults prone to allergies.

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  • Free of synthetic materials and harmful chemicals
  • Breathable
  • Responsive
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Made from natural fibers
  • Eco-friendly

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  • Expensive
  • Has a strange (also known as natural) smell in the first two-three weeks of buying

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6. Hybrid Mattresses

Types of mattresses: Hybrid MattressAs the name itself implies, a hybrid mattress is created when two types of mattresses are combined. Usually, a hybrid mattress uses the innerspring technology and combines it with latex, gel, memory foam, or polyfoam.

These mattresses allow you to have a good night’s sleep at the more affordable price.

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  • A hybrid mattress is more affordable than a memory foam or latex mattress, yet offers more support and comfort than an innerspring mattress.

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  • Not for those who don’t like innerspring technology

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7. Pillow-top Mattresses

Pillow-top Mattress ReviewsWho would think there are all these possibilities, huh? A man can’t even buy a mattress without doing homework anymore.

A pillow-top mattress is one more option for a good night’s sleep.

This kind of a mattress has an extra layer of padding on top. This increases softness and comfort while giving a mattress that plush look.

Pillow-top mattresses can use different technologies such as air, innerspring, or foam. They come in various designs, so you can choose what you want at the price that best suits you.

The best mattress brands for pillow-top mattresses are Classic Brands, Zinus, and Serta.

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  • Offers additional layer of comfort and softness
  • Has a plush look
  • You’ll have a plenty of options when it comes to choosing this type of a mattress
  • It’s possible to find both affordable and high-end mattresses

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  • Maybe too soft for some

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Due to many options, first, you should read an informative article to know which mattress to buy

8. Waterbeds

Created by Neil Arnott – a Scottish physician, a waterbed was in use since 1800’s. This type of a bed was invented as a response to patients who experienced back pain. At that time, the users were thrilled with a waterbed.

But, today, a waterbed isn’t a favorite among beds. In fact, it’s quite debatable. Some experts say this type of a bed isn’t good for back pain, while others say it actually alleviate back pain. Then again, here’s the research that shows that this type of a bed is similar to foam mattresses.

Whether this mattress be a good choice for you or not? Well, we cannot answer that. This will depend on many factors and isn’t true for everyone. If you don’t have back and neck pain, this mattress will probably work great for you.

In addition, some models have special features (wave motion, can be heated, etc.) to give you a good night’s sleep.

However, if you experience spine pain, sleeping on this mattress probably won’t be very comfortable. That’s why we suggest you visit a spine specialist who can help you with this matter and point you in the right direction.

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  • Some people love comfort and adjustability of this bed
  • Some models produce wave motion, giving you a gentle massage
  • Heated waterbeds are therapeutic

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  • Not a good choice for people with spine pain
  • Doesn’t provide enough support for back
  • Can leak if designed poorly
  • Impossible to move when filled with water

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9. Airbeds

Most commonly, airbeds are used for guest rooms, camping, or as a temporary solution. But that doesn’t mean that this type of a mattress cannot work as a permanent bed.

Personalized firmness (or softness), alleviating back pain, no odor, and no sagging are just some of the pros of this bed. If you’re sharing your bed with someone, both of you can adjust the firmness thanks to divided inner chambers.

Apart from all that, an airbed can be installed in less than 10 minutes, depending on its size.

Intex and Coleman are best brands for airbeds, and you’ll surely find the one that matches your budget.

But, there are also a few drawbacks to an airbed. For example, you’ll probably have to buy a new pump after some time. And you’d better be careful when around this mattress, as you don’t want to make a hole in it.

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  • Affordable
  • You can adjust it how you like
  • Great when sharing a bed
  • No odor
  • No sagging
  • Fast setup

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  • You’ll have to inflate it from time to time
  • You have to be careful not to bring sharp objects around this bed

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Final Thoughts

With all the options on the market, finding the best mattress for you can be pretty stressful. But, we hope that our summary of different types of mattresses will make your search at least a bit easier. Just take some time to further research the types you are interested in, so as to pick the mattress that will have it all. In the meantime, don’t give up on your dreams!

Central vacuum system

Central Vacuum System – What It Is and How It Works

When you think of vacuum cleaners, what is the first thing which pops up in your mind?

According to a wide range of homeowners, they think of it as a weight exercise which tends to produce an incredible amount of noise. But what if we tell you there is a kind of vacuuming technology which, as compared to the traditional vacuum cleaners, is incredibly lightweight and it is also super quiet. Yes, it is none other than the Central Vacuum System.

Central Vacuum System is a simple yet intuitive way of cleaning your house in an easy manner. Devoid of the bulky construction, this unit is designed to make vacuuming easy. Moreover, when it can be installed in new as well as existing homes, it tends to add a real sum to the resale value of your house.

Want to know more about it? Have a look at the below-mentioned guide which incorporates everything which you might need to know about this cleaning appliance.

Components of a Central Vacuum System

There are 4 different components of a Central Vacuum System:

  • Power Unit
  • Pipes & Inlet Valves
  • Lightweight hose
  • Vacuum brush

Power Unit

power unit

This is the most important component of any vacuum system. It basically consists of a motor along with a separate filter. When a powerful motor is essential for deep cleaning, as it will enhance the suction-ability of the overall vacuum system, the filter comes handy for separating the dirt from debris.

Pipes & Inlet Valves

Nowadays, the manufacturers usually opt for PVC pipes when it comes to installing a central vacuuming system. The main purpose of these pipes is to connect the power unit, which is located in a remote location, to the lightweight hose.

Starting from the main power unit, the pipes split into different parts. Each of these pipes goes into different walls around your home and connects to a separate inlet valve. These valves, as already mentioned, are further connected to the vacuum hoses. Depending on the length of your hose, each inlet valve can cover a considerable amount of cleaning area which can go as high as up to 1000sqft.

Hose

Available in a wide range of lengths, the hoses of the central vacuum cleaners are incredibly lightweight & extremely flexible. You can work with them for an extended duration of time and they won’t cast any fatigue on your body. Moreover, some of these hoses are also crushproof which means that you can use them for an extended period.

As per its working, a hose basically consists of two different ends. One of them gets connected to the inlet valve and the other one is used to suck dirt, debris, and other such accessories.

Nowadays, there are two types of hoses which are available in the market. One of them gets instantly turned on when you connect it with the receptacles so you can start vacuuming straightaway. As per the other type, it is provided with a separate on/off switch.

The hoses are designed in such a way that once you’re done vacuuming, they will be fetched back into the wall-mounted receptacles. Also known as Hide-A-Hose, it is a convenient mechanism for all those homeowners who don’t want to deteriorate the look of their living rooms with a vacuum hose being constantly placed on one side.

Vacuum Brush

A tool which is connected at one end of the hose, the basic purpose of a vacuum brush is to ensure efficient cleaning. There are two types of vacuum brushes which are commonly used in the Central Vacuum System. When one of them is the Air-driven brush, the other type is an electric brush. Even though the air-driven brushes are the most famous types with a vast majority of customers, you can also choose electric brushes for this purpose.

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How Central Vacuum System Works

How Central vacuum system worksIncorporating different components, Central Vacuum System provides a comfortable way to clean your home without the heavy workload. This system is basically designed in such a way that you just have to carry a lightweight hose along with a power brush. To vacuum, you just connect the hose with any of the numerous wall-mounted inlets around your home. These inlets are further connected to hidden tubes which are placed inside the walls of your house. Once you vacuum, dust and debris travels through the inlets to the tubes which transport it to a remote location, such as your garage or even the basement.

In a central vacuum system, the permanent power unit is placed permanently outside. It can be your garage, basement or even a utility room. So as far as the homeowner is concerned, you just have to connect the hose with the wall-mounted receptacle and this unit will start working. It’s that easy and that’s what makes this technology stands tall, against the traditional vacuum cleaners, in today’s market.

Types of Central Vacuum System

There are three different types of the Central Vacuum System: Cyclonic Vacuum System, Filter Vacuum System, and bagged Vacuum System. The basic difference between these two types lies in the way in which they separate air from the dirt and debris. So depending on your personal preference, it is imperative to know how one type differs from the other before choosing any one of them for your home.

Cyclonic Vacuum System

The Cyclonic Vacuum System is different in the sense that it is devoid of any kind of bags or filters. In fact, when it comes to separate air from dirt and debris, it makes use of cyclonic separation. In this way, a big proportion (almost 98%) of dirt & debris gets collected into the dirt container. As per the remaining 2%, which are the smaller particles, they normally get vented outside.

The basic advantage of using a central vacuum system is when there are no dirtbags and filters to restrict their air suction-ability, they will always perform to their fullest when it comes to clean your home. You’ll always get the maximum performance out of these units which eventually results in a cleaner home.

One drawback which homeowners usually associate with this particular system is the fact that you’ve to clean the dirt containers by yourself. Even though the cyclonic vacuums systems are 100% dust free when it comes to work inside your home, it is not the case if you’ve to empty their dirt canisters. When the air gets vented outside, this is not an ideal system for all those homeowners who suffer from different kinds of dust allergy.

Filtered Vacuum Systems

As evident from their name, the filtered vacuum systems make use of filters to take care of the dirt and debris which isn’t collected by the dirt container. In this system, no amount of debris gets vented outside. Such a construction makes it convenient to empty the dirt canisters for even those of you who might suffer from dust allergy.

However, you do have to wash or even replace the filters after consistent use or otherwise, it will affect the overall performance of the central vacuum system.

Bagged Vacuum System

The bagged vacuum systems make use of a separate bag, located inside the dirt container, for containing the dirt and debris. Unlike Cyclonic Vacuum systems, there is no need of outside venting with these units which makes it a convenient option for a wide range of customers.

But just like filtered vacuum systems, you’ve to clean or replace the bag after a suitable duration of time for making sure that this unit can perform without any restriction. In addition, if you suffer from dust allergies, you can also use a throwaway bag.

Advantages of Central Vacuum System

With the recent innovations in technology, the price difference between central vacuum system vs portable vacuums has decreased to a certain extent. As a result, more and more people have started to turn towards this appliance for cleaning their homes in a simple yet effective manner. Here are a few advantages which you’ll get after investing in this particular product.

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  • Dust-free Air

When it comes to Central Vacuum System, it picks up dirt and debris before sending it outwards through the hidden pipes. When its dust container is located in a remote location, it prevents the dirty air from getting recirculated inside your homes.

  • Power

Unlike traditional vacuum cleaners, where you’ve to carry the entire equipment with you, the Central Vacuum System makes use of a power unit which is located in a remote location. As a result, it can make use of a much powerful motor, as compared to portable units, without adding weight to this equipment. In fact, the majority of these systems which are available in the market exhibit 3 to 5 times more power than that of their traditional counterparts.

  • Lesser Noise

With the power unit located in your garage or basement, Central Vacuum Systems tends to produce a much lesser noise, while working, than traditional vacuums. Even if someone in your home is busy watching TV or doing any other important work, you can use this model without disturbing your family members.

  • Easy to Use

All you need to operate a Central Vacuum System is a long hose fitted with a vacuum brush. When this unit is devoid of any kind of electric cords, you don’t have to worry about getting tripped over every now and then. In addition, when the vacuum hose connects with the wall-mounted valves, which are fitted with as per your choice, you can use it wherever you want without any hindrance.

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How To Choose The Best Pool Cleaner: Buyer’s Guide

best pool cleaner buyers guideHaving a pool at home can be both a good and a bad thing. While swimming and occasional pool parties with family and friends are fun, cleaning and maintaining its crystal clear water and sparkling surface can be an exasperating chore. Admittedly, just the thought of spending hours scrubbing and brushing it already makes us cringe. But luckily, we will not be worrying about that anymore.

Pool cleaners are designed to make the life of every pool owners easy and convenient. With an array of different options, you can definitely find one that will fit your needs. To make everything even better for you, this guide will help you in how to choose the best pool cleaner that is available in the market.

Three Types of Pool Cleaners

The advanced method of cleaning your pool is divided into three types – suction pool cleaner, pressure pool cleaner, and robotic pool cleaner. Each of these types comes with individual strengths and limitations that are unique from each other, yet assures you an efficient cleaning.

Suction pool cleaners basically use suction side of the pool to clean and vacuum all kinds of debris. With the help of the hose attached to the filter system, it moves around the pool and climbing the walls to sweep off every single dirt in your pool.

Pressure pool cleaner on the other hand obviously makes use of the pressure that is emitted by your pool. The great thing about this method is it uses its own filter and waste bag when cleaning, which means lesser stress on your pool’s filtration system.

While the other two methods use the pool’s pump and a suction system to clean, robotic pool cleaners are powered by electricity and are not dependent on the use of your pool’s filtration system. They are designed with wheels that allow them to move efficiently and systematically on the pool surface with the help of its built-in navigation system for an optimized operation.

Differences between suction, pressure and robotic pool cleaners

Suction Pool Cleaner

Considered to be the most economical among the three, suction pool cleaners clean all types of debris including stubborn algae and other forms of bacteria that can be harmful to our health. They work like vacuums underwater and are the most commonly used type of pool cleaner.

You may be able to use this for both in-ground and above ground pools. Depending on the type of your pool surfaces, an array of options will be available for you to better suit your needs. It is further dissected into two kinds namely, automatic and handheld.

  • Handheld

This suction pool cleaner is powered by rechargeable batteries and is ideal to use in small to medium-sized pools. They are attached to a telescopic pool poles for an extended reach for a more productive operation. They are easy to install and are very convenient to use as you will not have any troubles with tangling cords or long cables. Because of this, it is highly effective for spot or daily cleaning to maintain your pool’s clean and clear appearance.

  • Automatic

This kind of suction pool cleaners has higher power than the handheld cleaners. They are efficient and reliable to use in cleaning stairs, steps, corners, walls and tackles any obstacles while cleaning. They are attached to a skimmer and can work on any size and shape of pools.

How to install

Suction pool cleaners can be installed easily that it may take only few minutes. Most of the models are already pre-installed and it generally does not need a lot of attachments and accessories to work. It comes with a hose that may vary depending on the unit model. Water flow is an important aspect and must be maintained for the cleaner to work properly and effectively.

How it works

A suction pool cleaner comes with a hose that is attached to the skimmer or to the fitting lines of your pool where water is drawn out to be filtered. Some pools, however, have its own separate suction cleaner line, in which case, you can attach it directly to the wall fitting.

When all is set, suction pool cleaner works by moving randomly around your pool and sucking all the debris it passed. Water flow drives the cleaner, while the suction tackles all the debris. And while regular and large-sized debris is being stored in the filter pump basket after going through the suction port in the pipes, smaller particles, on the other hand, are collected in the filter.

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Pros:

  • Easy to maintain
  • Money saver
  • Less moving parts
  • Effectively cleans small and medium-sized debris
  • Climbs walls

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Cons:

  • Difficult to work on stairs, and drains
  • Filter basket should be constantly emptied, otherwise, it reduces flow rates and increases the pump load
  • May be prone to get stuck on the corners

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Advantages of using suction pool cleaners

  • Cost effective

One very noteworthy advantage for opting for this type of pool cleaner is the price and cost. It is considered as the least expensive among the three types because it does not require any additional parts to work. And with lesser moving parts and attachment required, means lesser maintenance and lesser cost on repairs and replacements.

  • Efficient in cleaning small particles

It is proven to be reliable to suck all kinds of debris especially small and little dirt that cause the pool its cloudy and hazy appearance. It is effective to remove algae as well. High-end models are equipped with features that enable them to sweep and scrub even the smallest particles. By using this pool cleaner, you will be assured of a crystal clear pool, all set for a pool party.

  • It cleans through the walls

One good thing about using suction pool cleaner is its ability to climb the walls to make sure all areas in your pool are covered and cleaned. This saves you the work of manually scrubbing the walls as it is usually hard to tackle by automatic cleaners.


Pressure Pool Cleaner

Also called the booster pump cleaner, this method is mostly used by those with a reliable pressure side port on their pools. If however, you want to use this type of pool cleaner, there are two ways to make it work. You may be able to connect it directly to the pool’s main circulation pump or use the alternate method, which is with the aid of a booster pump. Either way, there are several models available for each for you to choose from.

Between the two processes, the use of the booster pump has the consistent and higher power and least likely to be affected by dirty filters, therefore recommended to be more effective.

How to install

Though there are two ways on how to use this pressure pool cleaner, both are however installed the same way. There are few steps that need to follow to set up.

After making sure you have a reliable pressure line, you may adjust the hose to fit the deepest part of the pool. In case of the hose is too long for your pool, you may cut to adjust the length. It does not end with the hose though, as you also need to adjust on the floats and assemble the cleaner.

To assemble the pressure pool cleaner, remove the mender nut from the hose and placed it on the feed pipe. You then need to pull out the bag and attached it to the feed hose. After making sure all are securely tightened and adjustments are made, then you can go ahead and test it in the pool. Once everything works perfectly fine, the cleaner is ready to start its job.

How it works

Pressure pool cleaner uses the pressure of the water to pump and pushed back to the pool where it vacuums all kinds of debris in your pool. This debris will then go straight to the filter bag, which is attached to the unit.

In between the process, the water that comes in is split into three sections. Some will go straight to the sweeper tail, which can be found at the back of the unit. It collects fine debris from the pool surface and heads it to its filters. The other portion of the water will go to the thrust jet, which is also attached to the back of the pressure pool cleaner. It directs and propels the cleaner to move in a random pattern. One-third will head to the venture or the port found at the bottom where large debris such as leaves are pulled into the filter bag while it operates. And in order to change the cleaning pattern and help the cleaner tackle obstacles along the way, an in-line backup valve in the feed hose is in charge of reversing the flow.

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Pros:

  • Works separately on the pool’s main filter system
  • Uses lesser energy than the suction pool cleaner
  • Ideal to clean large debris
  • Durable
  • It uses a separate filter bag

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Cons:

  • Most of the models will require separate pump to work effectively
  • Sand and other small particles may clog its back-up valve
  • Since you will have some hoses used, constant tangling is unavoidable
  • Tendency to stuck in cleaning stairs and ladders

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Advantages of using a pressure pool cleaner

  • Less clogging on the main filter

This is because its process suggests that all large debris goes straight to the filter bag, hence dirt are managed systematically so it will not hamper the cleaning operation. It is, therefore, more effective and recommended if you will be dealing with leaves, twigs, bugs and other large particles.

  • Reduces wear and tear of filter

Since it works independently on the pool’s main filtration system, using this method reduces deterioration of overusing it, especially when you will be required to constantly clean your pool. It helps that it has its own dirtbag to store all the debris as well as it will be using the filter anymore. This creates less stress as it does not add load on the system, therefore, contributing to the filter’s longer use.


Robotic Pool Cleaner

Changing the game of pool cleaning introduced a new advanced method of keeping your pool crystal clear and sparkling clean. Robotic pool cleaner is effective to use in all sizes and shapes of the pool and can clean both large and small particles and debris. It is engineered with an integrated microprocessor that allows it to assess the size and shape of the pool and create a system for an efficient and thorough cleaning to achieve best results. Other high-end models can be pre-programmed and come with a remote control for added convenience.

How to install

Installing this type of pool cleaner is very easy.  The first step is to install the carrier caddy. Once it is in position, connect the cord to the plug. Put the cleaner into the pool, and you are already good to go.  Before starting, however, you may need to program the machine or set its cleaning cycle for a productive operation.

How it works

Robotic pool cleaner is very easy to use. Once installed and properly plugged in, it is all set to start cleaning. You will not be bothered by the filtration system as it works separately and independently.  The pumps on the side of the cleaner pull in water to the filter, before it is pumped back clean into the pool. It is also what propels it to move around the pool sucking and brushing all kinds of debris and store it on its built-in filter bag.

After the cleaning, make sure to empty the filter bag and clean it by rinsing it with water and letting it dry to keep the cleaner in a pristine condition for your next use.

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Pros:

  • Efficient use of energy
  • Convenient to use
  • Cleans walls and stairs
  • Effectively cleans both large and small debris
  • As an option, remote control for manual operation

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Cons:

  • Costly as compared to the other types
  • Filter bags will need to be constantly emptied for continuous operation
  • Movement is dependent on the electric cord that is attached to the plug
  • Prone to tangled cables and cords.

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Advantages of using the robotic pool cleaner

  • Versatile and efficient

Robotic pool cleaner is thoughtfully designed to tackle any kinds of debris, whether big or small. It can also be used generally on all types of pool surfaces. It comes with advanced and innovated features such like the scanning system, and a built-in filtration system that allows it to work independently for optimal results.

  • Environmental-friendly

This is one remarkable feature of using this type of pool cleaner. Using it assures you that it does not emit any kind and form of chemicals that may be mixed in the water that can risk your health and harm the environment.

  • Low Maintenance

Like how machines aim in providing us comfort through the convenience of use, some, like this robotic pool cleaner extends the advantage to the maintenance of the machine. To keep this running for the next round of cleaning, you just need to empty the filter bag and make sure it is clean from all debris, then rinse it and all done.

  • Time and energy saver

Since robotic pool cleaners don’t use the pool’s pump and filtration system, energy costs are being reduced. It is also engineered to work fast and in a timely manner, hence it can clean your pool in lesser time compared with other methods.


Differences of The Three Types of Pool Cleaners

All three types of pool cleaners display unique benefits that choosing for one that will suit your needs can be a tough decision to make. To help you narrow down your choices, the following distinctions may apply:

Method of cleaning

While all three types of pool cleaners work for one common goal- to make your pool clean and free from all kinds of debris, they, however, differ on the process on how this can be achieved. Suction and pressure pool cleaners by their names simply make use of the suction part and pressure points of your pool respectively in order to remove all kinds of debris. Robotic pool cleaners, on the other hand, works separately and is powered by electricity and can be operated through remote controls.

Cost

The primary and very apparent difference between the three types of pool cleaner lies on its price and cost. The most inexpensive among the three is the suction pool cleaner, mainly because it requires fewer attachments and accessories and it basically has lesser movable parts. This, therefore, entails lesser cost both from purchase, repairs, and maintenance. The priciest is the robotic pool cleaner because it is equipped with the most advanced features and has its own filtration system that is separate from that of your pools’. It, however, guarantees efficient performance and reduced energy cost that may be worth your money in the long run. The pressure pool cleaner comes in between the two.

Types of debris

However dependent on its features and unit models’ specifications, suction pool cleaners work best on cleaning your pool from dust, dirt, and other small particles and debris. If you have troubles with larger debris such as leaves, twigs, and bugs, then pressure pool cleaner is recommended as this cleaner works better in swallowing these big particles without clogging. Robotic pool cleaners claim to tackle both small and big debris effectively.


How To Choose The Best Pool Cleaner For Your Needs

After knowing the differences of each one comes the decision. Which one will you choose? Ultimately, it will depend on what your pool’s needs are considering these following criteria:

Pool size

To achieve efficient operation and optimal results, it is essential to consider the size of your pool when choosing for the best pool cleaner to buy. When you have large pools especially, some types of pool cleaner may not be as effective as the others. Most large pool owners may opt for the robotic pool cleaner because it has advanced feature that is engineered for heavy-duty operation and equipped with a navigation system for a systematic cleaning.

Type of debris

The type of debris also matters when choosing for the pool cleaner that will best suit your pool’s needs. Given their limitations, there are machines that though can clean large debris, may be more prone to clogging, which will hinder the continuous cleaning operation. Other types, however, works best in sweeping these large particles but may miss out on small dust or algae that stick to the pool surface.

Pool capacity

Each type basically has distinct cleaning method. The pressure pool cleaner uses the booster pump, while the suction pool cleaner makes use of the suction part of your pool. Robotic pool cleaner, on the other hand, works independently. So, when choosing, check also if your pool has strong pressure points or a reliable filter that can accommodate the operation.

Installation

Pool cleaners that are easy to install are definitely convenient and may save us a considerable amount of time and effort. So if you are the type who would rather skip on this gruesome process, then perhaps you may want to consider the type with less hassle in setting up.

Maintenance

This machine is not for a one-time job. And our pool will not maintain its cleanliness by itself. Hence, to be sure our pool cleaner is still up and running on its next round of cleaning, maintenance is very important. While some types of pool cleaners may require few steps, there are others that are easy-breezy to do. So consider also, which one you can manage. Besides, it is supposed to make our life easy and stress-free, right?

Cost

Though choosing for the best pool cleaner should be based more on what works best for your pool, yet budget-wise, the cost may be one factor to consider especially if there is a huge difference between each type.

The best pool cleaner, therefore, depends on what your pool needs. What may work on the other may not necessarily mean to work the same for you, as our pools have its own unique limitations and specifications. So while it does matter what we like, we may need to consult if this is also what’s best for our pool.

How to choose the best vacuum cleaner

Which Vacuum Cleaner Should I Get?

best vacuum cleaner buyer's guideThere is no home without a vacuum cleaner. Especially, if we’re talking about your lovely home. Is there?

Therefore, we can say that every owner of a house or apartment at least once in his life faced or will face 2 questions:

Which vacuum cleaner should I buy? And what is the best vacuum cleaner on the market?

What to Look For When Choosing a Vacuum Cleaner

The market of vacuum cleaners is very diverse indeed and new models are quick to come. How to choose a vacuum cleaner? And which vacuum cleaner will fully satisfy your needs?

We recommend that you learn about the main criteria that are important to consider when buying a vacuum cleaner.

Types of Vacuum Cleaners

Canister vacuumsBest for cleaning floors, rugs, bookcases, stairs.
Handheld vacuumsGreat for cleaning vertical surfaces. Some models have a long mounting rib with a slot brush. Brushes for liquids, removing stains from furniture, fabrics and carpets are included.
Upright vacuumsGood at cleaning dirt, easy to use, eliminate allergens. Quite noisy and bulky.
Stick vacuumsBest for daily cleaning of rooms with hard floors, stairs and mats.
Commercial vacuumsMore efficient air filtration reduces amount of dust at their operation. The powerful engine quickly sucks in industrial dust with a brush. Equipped with a long cord.
Steam vacuumsDesigned for a thorough cleaning of carpets (carpet cleaners) and furniture upholstery with steam.
Robot vacuumsTheir main distinctive feature is cleaning floors without participation of a man. Less effective than other types of vacuum cleaners, but of great help for maintaining a certain level of cleanliness, if you have no time for a thorough cleaning.

Wet or Dry Cleaning?

If you need to choose a vacuum for dry cleaning, balloon vacuums are a great choice. They are also the most popular – at reasonable price, easy to use, plenty to choose from. The compact device of this type weighs 5-7 kg.

Advanced wet vacuums have a more complicated mechanism. A special compartment is filled with water and detergent, then water moves by a vacuum hose and under pressure is evenly sprayed on the entire surface for cleaning. Dirty water is sucked back with a nozzle and goes to its tank. The amount of liquid can be regulated.

They are best for cleaning carpets with a thin latex basis, as well as tiled or paved floors and walls.

Wet cleaning is not recommended for parquet, natural jute carpets, foam-based carpets, as well as, certainly, furniture that can’t be moisturized.

A wet vacuum cleaner is much more effective than a similar device for dry cleaning. If dry cleaning should be done in a day, you can wet clean once in 2 weeks.

Why choose a wet vacuum cleaner:

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  • it can also do dry cleaning
  • wet carpet cleaning
  • washing the floor
  • cleaning a clogged sink or bath
  • cleaning up liquid spills
  • deodorizing rooms
  • washing windows
  • cleaning large litter (debris, fallen leaves)

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Disadvantages of wet vacuum cleaners:

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  • large, heavy, bulky
  • should be disassembled, washed and dried after the use
  • residual moisture in the carpets
  • detergent is not sucked back completely – 60% of it is left on the carpet
  • purchasing special detergent
  • slightly higher energy consumption comparing to canister vacuums
  • relatively high price.

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Despite some operational difficulties, many costumers decide to choose a wet vacuum cleaner.

Vacuum Cleaner Power

One of the main indicators of the vacuum cleaner efficiency is its power.

There are two types of them: power consumption of a vacuum cleaner and its dust suction power.

Power consumption of a vacuum cleaner

Power consumption of a vacuum cleaner usually varies from 1000 to 2000 watts. The maximum power consumption is active for a few minutes after switching on a vacuum cleaner.

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There is a wrong assumption that the higher power consumption means better cleaning properties. Cleaning efficiency does not directly depend on the power consumption. It depends on other factors. Therefore, a few vacuum cleaners with the same power consumption may have different suction powers.

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Suction power of a vacuum cleaner

When choosing a vacuum cleaner, choose the optimal ratio of the power consumption and suction power to suit you in the suction power and energy consumption economy.

Cleaning efficiency depends on the suction power.

There are average effective and maximum suction powers.

Average effective suction power is the ability of a vacuum cleaner to suck in dust for a long time at a certain capacity. It is determined after the first 5 minutes of the vacuum cleaner operation.

Maximum suction power is the power of sucking dust for the first few minutes. It is by 15-30% higher than the average effective suction power. This is the highest indicator of suction power.

Average suction power decreases as the dust collector gets filled with dust.

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When choosing a vacuum cleaner, consider its average suction power, as vacuuming usually takes longer than first 5 minutes. You can adjust the suction power of vacuum cleaner using the switch, depending on how dirty the space is. Buy a vacuum cleaner with more power capacity and increase or decrease suction power using the switch according to how dirty the surface is.

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The best option for smaller apartments is a vacuum cleaner with 250 W suction power.

For larger areas, you may consider models with a power of 300 watts and higher. This power is enough to clean linoleum, wood floors, and low pile carpets.

For dirty (pet hair) and hard to clean areas (Persian carpets), as well as the use of turbo-brushes, we recommend suction power of up to 450 watts.

Dust Collectors

Most of the dirt and dust is collected in a vacuum cleaner bag, and the rest accumulates in filters. Therefore, the efficiency of dust collection and vacuum cleaner usability directly depends on the type of this bag.

Dust bags for vacuum cleanersIn canister vacuum cleaners, the dust sucked from carpets goes to special bags. Bags can be disposable (made of paper) and permanent (made of fabric).

Paper bags are more efficient for fine dust, but they should be disposed after about a month of cleaning. Fabric bags are recommended to use only if there are no disposable bags, as fabric pores are larger, so fabric bags are not effective enough. This also may cause fast clogging of additional filters.

Thus, paper bags are easier to use and are better at filtering dust, but they have one drawback: they end sometime.

The solution to this problem is choosing a vacuum cleaner, that can work with both types of bags – luckily, there are plenty of such models today.

vacuum cleaners dust tankIn larger models, the dust may be collected in a special tank. There, dust sticks together into a very dense clump that is easy to throw out.

Of course, no need to replace and empty bags is a big plus for choosing a cyclone vacuum cleaner, but there are some “cons” too. The tank resonates and increases noise. Furthermore, it also increases the size of a vacuum cleaner.

Filters

Perhaps, the most important equipment of a vacuum cleaner is the number and type of its filters. After all, when sucking in dirt and dust, a vacuum cleaner blows out air with tiny particles of dust, negatively affecting the health of people living in the room. This is especially important for people with allergies. It is filters that reduce the number of dust particles to the maximum.

vacuum filtersIn modern vacuum cleaners filters are made of paper, fabric, coal, water or synthetic materials (e.g., HEPA filters). The combination of water and mechanical cleaning captures 99.998% of dust particles larger than 0.3 microns.

Of course, the number of filters almost always affects the price of a vacuum cleaner. 2-3 additional filters will cost you $50 – 60. A water filter better removes fine dust by wetting and weighting dust particles. A vacuum cleaner with such filter also allows flavoring a room as you like.

The most fashionable thing in the vacuum construction today is probably a cyclone delivered to household needs. No disposable bags: due to a swirling air flow, all the dust accumulates in the plastic tank, which is made transparent for more effect.

But, theoretically, a cyclone can stop no more than 96% of dirt particles. Therefore, advanced vacuum cleaners have additional coal or HEPA filters. The last have come to household appliances from the health care and are made of special porous material based on fiberglass. vacuum hepa filtersThanks to an extensive network of tiny pores, they effectively stop particles down to 0.3 microns, that easily slip through other filters and contain the most harmful to the human body substances. The cons of HEPA filters are their high price and no recovery.

Besides cyclone, there is another advanced technology – a steam generator. It can disinfect any surface, eliminate mold, insects and mites. A vacuum cleaner sucks them in with allergens and dust into the water tank. A steam generator in a vacuum cleaner also allows disinfecting and cleaning carpets, glasses, upholstery, curtains, removing odors and stains, cleaning the inner and outer surface of the stove and oven, steel and enamel sinks, sinks, toilets, showers, baths, taps (decalcification), blowing off dust from lamps, lampshades, refreshing the air in the room with flavors. Cleaning carpets with steam is more effective than using a wet vacuum cleaner.

Electrostatic filters of fine cleaning stop from 80 to 99.9% of dust particles as small as 0.3 microns.

If you can allow it, you can also choose a vacuum cleaner with additional bactericidal filters.

Generally, replacement filters are good for not decreasing suction power as the dust clogs in. Permanent filters cannot be cleaned completely.

Tools

Tools are important not only regarding the ease of use but also the complexity of the cleaning process. Telescopic tubes with adjustable length are easier to use. Metal tubes are stronger and more durable than plastic ones.

Another convenient detail is a power button located on the tube handle or lever of the foot switch. Electronic power control and displaying the degree of filling the bag or tank are also of great help.

In most cases, a standard set includes nozzles for smooth surfaces, carpets and crevice tools. We should especially mention a turbo brush, that is a nozzle with a roller, rotated by the air flow and collecting lint and pet hair from different surfaces.

Price

The price does not always reflect quality of the product. It depends on the brand, technical and economic characteristics and handiness. The price of products of the same brand may differ according to their characteristics, design and release date.

Of course, “brand new” vacuums are usually more expensive than well-known and proven models.

Choose a vacuum cleaner of a company, which quality has been tested by time.

We hope now you know how to choose a vacuum cleaner, that will become your reliable helper in the house cleaning.

What Else?

Mobile and light-weight mini vacuum cleaners are great for owners of small apartments.

A mini vacuum cleaner is easier to store, but a water filter or a dust tank can hardly fit in. And that’s not to mention the power: it is difficult to put a powerful engine in a small vacuum cleaner and ensure the reliability of full-size models.

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Every housewife knows how important the cord length is. The best length is 6 meters or more.

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When choosing a vacuum cleaner, you should also consider the noise level.

The indicators of safety and quality of vacuum cleaner include automatic shutdown in case of overheating, the dust bag full indicator, automatic motorized retractable cord, rubber bumper to protect your furniture from bumps.

The warranty period for vacuum cleaners is from 1 to 3 years. Some manufacturers provide only free maintenance for 3 years, while the customer should pay the cost of spare parts.

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For a visual understanding of the purpose of each type of vacuum cleaner, we have prepared this infographic.

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20 Rules to Clean a House Fast

20 rules to clean a house fastIn everyday life sometimes we need to clean our house fast, but, unfortunately, often lose temper and cleaning turns into a chaotic process and an attempt to do everything at once does not give the desired results.

Developing a personal cleaning system will allow to avoid the confusion and help you clean quickly and efficiently. It is very simple to do.

Following the recommendations below you will quickly clean an apartment with amazing results.


Kitchen

Start with cleaning a kitchen.

1. Removing unnecessary objects

To make a kitchen look clean and refresh it a little, take two minutes to remove all objects from the tabletop and kitchen table, that you don’t need right now. The fewer objects on the kitchen surfaces, the cleaner and neater the kitchen space looks.

2. Washing the dishes

If you have a dishwasher, load it with all dishes and run it. If a dishwasher is a luxury that you can’t afford and you need to clean a kitchen quickly not for yourself (you are waiting for guests) – carefully put all dirty dishes in one of the kitchen cabinets and deal with them later after guests leave.

3. Cleaning cooking surfaces

Wipe countertops and tabletops with a special microfiber cloth starting from the far corner towards you, brushing dust and crumbs to the floor.

4. Wiping kitchen appliances

Wipe the microwave oven, coffee maker, refrigerator, stove, multicooker, bread machine and other appliances’ surfaces with a slightly wet cloth.

5. Sweeping and washing the floor

This is the most important. Sweep the floor, starting from the far corner and move to the exit. Then, wipe the floor with a mop made of special microfiber. Start from the far corner and gradually move back to the door.

6. Removing tough stains

There are some tough stains on the counter top or a kitchen stove? Scraping with a metal object may scratch it and we don’t need that. Try to use a bank card instead, the plastic will not scratch the surface. Wipe the scraped places with a damp sponge rubber – it will eliminate damp stains.


Bedroom

The next room to clean is a bedroom.

7. Remove everything that you don’t need in the bedroom

Remove the dirty bed linen and throw it in a laundry basket. Hide unnecessary items from the dressing table in the nearby drawers or cabinets. For a bedroom to look neat, all surfaces must be Spartan-like, that means nothing unnecessary!

8. Making a bed

Many people waste precious minutes on trying to stick bedsheets between a bed and mattress. You can make a bed much easier and faster if lifting a mattress with one hand and putting the edge of sheets under it with the second hand.

9. Wiping dust

For the best result, use a dry microfiber cloth. Start cleaning the furniture in the far corner and move clockwise. Wipe the surfaces in neat moves from the far corner of the object towards you, wiping dust and rubbish to the floor. It is important to touch every part of the surface only once. No need to waste time rubbing randomly in one place.

10. Vacuuming the floor

Start vacuuming from the far corner of the bedroom and gradually move back to the door. To speed up the process, make wide and long hand movements. Vacuum one floor area only once. Do not make back and forth movements, this means additional seconds. It is not a tragedy if you accidentally missed a few centimeters.


Bathroom and Toilet

Cleaning your bathroom and toilet is no less important.

11. Applying a cleaner

Apply a bathroom cleaner to the sink, toilet, shower stall or bath to clean dirty surfaces.

12. Wiping a shower stall or bath

If you need to scrub a bath or shower stall, just wipe it with a cloth, then rinse with a pre-applied cleaner and close a shower curtain.

13. Cleaning a mirror

Spray a glass cleaner on the mirror and wipe the surface in circular movements starting from the top.

14. Cleaning a toilet

Sprinkle baking soda or dry cleaner on the inner surface of the toilet bowl, thoroughly clean it with a toilet brush, then drain the water several times. Wipe the outer surfaces of the toilet tank and toilet bowl with a microfiber cloth and a cleaning spray.

15. Cleaning a sink

Use an old toothbrush to clean hard to reach areas.

16. Wash the floor

Wipe the floor with a microfiber mop. Start with the far corner and move back to the exit.


Living room

The last stage is a living room.

17. Cleaning up the mess in a living room

Quickly access the degree of messiness in the room, note scattered things and objects in the wrong place. Put all of them in place. Neatly pile magazines and newspapers on a coffee table.

18. Cleaning the dust

Wipe the dust like in the bedroom.

19. Cleaning mirrors and glass surfaces

For cleaning of glass surfaces and mirrors, use a special tool for cleaning glasses and a soft fabric cloth. Wipe the surfaces with circular movements.

20. Vacuuming

Start vacuuming from the far corner of the room and move back to the exit.

Following these tips, you can clean the whole apartment in just 50 minutes. Of course, this is not a thorough cleaning, but your guests will definitely like what they see.

A short list of all rules

Kitchen
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  • Removing everything you don’t need

  • Washing or hiding dirty dishes

  • Cleaning the kitchen surfaces

  • Wiping kitchen appliances

  • Sweeping the kitchen and washing the floor

  • Removing tough stains in the kitchen

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Bedroom
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  • Removing unnecessary things in the bedroom

  • Making a bed

  • Wiping everything in the bedroom

  • Vacuuming and washing the floor in the bedroom

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Bathroom and Toilet
(9 min)
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  • Applying a bathroom cleaner

  • Wiping a shower stall/ bath

  • Cleaning a bathroom mirror

  • Cleaning a sink

  • Cleaning a toilet bowl

  • Washing the floor in the bathroom and toilet

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Living room
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  • Collecting all things in the living room

  • Wiping the dust in the living room

  • Cleaning mirrors and other glass surfaces

  • Vacuuming and washing the floor in the living room

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how to use a steam iron properly

How to Use a Steam Iron: What Is Important to Know

Even though these home appliances are very convenient and easy to use, there are several recommendation on how to use a steam iron properly.

Iron care instructions

  1. how to use a steam ironIt is best to use distilled water to avoid scaling.
  2. Set the right temperature mode. Otherwise, the fabric may stick to the soleplate and you will damage the clothing.
  3. Use mild cleaners for cleaning the soleplate. Never use objects that may scratch it.

Cleaning an anti-oxide iron rod

Besides self-cleaning, we recommend cleaning an anti-oxide iron rod once a month. To do this, make sure that there is no water in the iron and set the iron to “selfclean” mode. This will slightly lift a rod. A rod is pulled out differently depending on a model; you can read about this in the instructions to your iron. Carefully remove a rod and dip it in a glass with white vinegar or natural lemon juice for 4 hours. Then rinse the rod under running water, not touching it with fingers.

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Warning! An iron can’t work without this rod. In order to properly insert a rod back, read the instructions, but usually an iron should still be in the “selfclean” mode.

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Consider the features of fabrics

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  • Lingerie and clothes made of cotton and linen are difficult to iron properly. Try not to overdry them. If they have a raised pattern or embroidery, iron it only from the reverse side.

  • When ironing woolen clothes, set the iron at the moderate temperature. Iron through a damp cloth. Otherwise, clothes can deform and you may leave a trace of iron on them. Do not iron knitted or jercey clothing with embossed patterns.

  • Iron jercey cautiously, without pressure. Streaming function will also help a lot.

  • If you are ironing velveteen, an iron should be barely warm. Experts advise to iron this fabric from the inside.

  • Iron items made of viscose without steam. Improper ironing may leave stains.

  • Silk can be ironed only with a barely warm iron and inside out.

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What else is important to know

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  • Before turning on the device, read the instructions carefully. Make sure that the outlet, that you want to plug an iron in, has the correct voltage. The iron cable shall not be damaged

  • Starting to use an iron, never point the steam directly at the laundry, as a steam tank of a new device may be dirty.

Note: first fill water into the compartment, steam the iron and then start ironing.


  • Pour the water into an iron tank or pour it out only if the device is unplugged. Do not neglect safety measures.

  • Do not fill water above the maximum level.

  • Experts strongly recommend pouring the water out after ironing, set the iron handle to “no steam” and store an iron in an upright position in a cool place. Why? If you do not set the “no steam” mode, the remaining water will go to the soleplate, which is not recommended.

  • Iron only clean clothes. If there are stains on them, they will permeate into fabric at ironing and will be hard to remove afterwards.

  • The soleplate can be easily cleaned with baking soda.

  • Before ironing, make sure you have set the right temperature range for a fabric.

  • Iron laundry only lengthwise not to stretch or deform it.

  • It is recommended to iron fabrics starting from low to high temperature, not vice versa.

  • First iron synthetic fabrics, then, silk, wool, cotton and linen.

  • When lowering the ironing temperature, wait a little for an iron to cool down.

  • When ironing clothing made of various fabrics, set it for a fabric with the lowest temperature.

  • For the best steam, wait for a while before starting again.

  • Turn off an iron and empty a water tank after each use.

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If you want your clothing to always look neat and beautiful, choose a steam iron. It will help you quickly and easily iron any fabric.

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Blender vs Food Processor: What to Choose

blender or food processorEven though already one of these appliances is like the third hand at the kitchen if using skillfully, many amateur cooks stubbornly try to turn a blender into a workhorse and wonder if something does not turn out well…

This short article will help you make the right choice between a blender and food processor to enjoy your results every time!

The difference between a blender and food processor

A food processor is a much more versatile appliance and better works with thick, rather than liquid products. Food processor can chop, julienne, spray, mash and cut products. While your blender will probably start to smoke, if you force it to do this.

If cooking is not your passion and a small family does not make you cook a lot and often, then you do not need a food processor. As it is easier and faster to cut one onion with hands, than to wash, dry and put in place a complex device. And there may be even not a lot of space in the kitchen.

blender for babyThen consider a blender, which is much more compact than a food processor. And if you have a baby, a blender is of great help for making milkshakes and purees for baby food. A blender is perfect for mixing compounds and substances containing a lot of liquid.

Both appliances have similar functions, while one of them is better at some tasks than another, so it’s great to have both at the kitchen.

What blender can do

Use a blender for mashing, making purees, mixing and grinding. Blenders are great for cooking food and beverages, such as smoothies, soups and liquid sauces. Blenders can liquefy fruits (not very hard ones). They are often seen at the bar, as an essential tool for making cocktails.

What food processor can do

food processor vs blenderUse a food processor for chopping, slicing, kneading (dough), shredding, cutting, passing through the grate, cutting in oil. They are great for making vegetable chips, most sauces, chopping nuts/chocolate/vegetables, etc., grinding pulp of beans and so on. The wider the food processor’s internal container, the more mass processing it can do, unlike a blender.

Food processors are not the best choice for mixing small volumes, better use a blender instead. If making a puree with a food processor, the puree will have no liquid. But when trying to grate something with a blender, you will get only watery and difficult to process paste.

Decide if you need both appliances or one of them is enough for equipping your kitchen.

You can do fine with a blender, as food processors are usually expensive. While food processors are very important for a good cook, who loves experimenting with a wide range of recipes.

We recommend you considering buying a food processor, as every real cook must have one in the kitchen. If you’re strapped for cash, wait for sales when you can buy a good model at a reasonable price. And if you dare to buy – do not forget to choose a high-quality quality appliance for many years of use.

To know about the differences between a food processor and a blender you can watch this video.

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Tips

  • Immersion blenders are controlled manually. They are great for making light meals, such as milkshakes or mashed baby food. Some of them have good nozzles for cutting, for effective shredding and small chopping.
  • Engine power is very important for both appliances. Engines of lower quality can burn if used too often.

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Warnings: Greens processed with a blender will turn into a puree rather than slicing. In this case, use a food processor instead.

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