Vacuum Cleaner buying guide + floor cleaning tips.
Vacuum Cleaner FAQ'S
What is the best vacuum for home use?
Of course, this isn’t a short answer. It depends a bit on what surfaces you are wanting to vacuum. And more specifically, whether you want to vacuum only one surface type or many different types. It will also come down to whether you want a corded vacuum, bagged upright vacuum, stick vacuum, backpack vacuum etc. This is why there is no one best vacuum. And it’s why I started my blog.
My vacuum has lost suction, how do I clean the the vacuum hose?
If I had a dollar for every time someone reached out to me with this question! Unclogging the hose is one of the first places to look if your vacuum has lost suction. It’s the quickest and easiest way to fix your vacuum so it’s definitely the best place to start. Here’s a guide on how to unclog your vacuum. There’s a video in there too.
What is the best robot vacuum?
Call me a traditionalist, but I am a BIG fan of the Roomba robotic vacuums. They are always bringing out new styles; or updating previous models. But I have reviewed the Roomba 805 and the Roomba 890 for your reference.
What is the best vacuum for stairs?
The best vacuum for stairs will depend on a the surface of your stairs and the width of your stairs; but most importantly the surface. Wool, frieze or shaggy carpet stairs will need to stick with vacuums that specialise in these surfaces. Other surfaces are easiest with one of these vacuums I’ve recommended for stairs.
What is the best vacuum for my specific carpet pile?
Carpet varieties certainly will have a big impact on the effectiveness of your vacuum cleaner. But if you have a tricky carpet pile like shag, wool, frieze or super soft carpet you’ll already know all about this. My best advice is to choose carefully, a wrong move will be disastrous. I’ve got some in depth reviews on vacuum cleaners for wool carpet, vacuums for frieze carpet, vacuums for soft carpet and vacuums for laminate flooring.
How do I remove a nasty stain from my carpet?
Good question! I’m sorry that’s bought you here. My fail safe is a baking soda mix. Unless you already have a specific commercially produced solution for your carpet variety (that’s the important part!), then I’d almost always go to baking soda paste to fight stains. It’s pretty easy to whip up and most people have this on hand at home (win, win!). This article about removing tumeric stains could apply to almost any stain at home.
Should I buy a carpet washer or a vacuum cleaner?
This is certainly a common question. Most families don’t own a carpet washer, but rather a vacuum cleaner. While the vacuum cleaner is great for sucking up debris, dust and dirt from your floors, it should be considered more of a superficial clean rather than a deep clean. A carpet cleaner will actually wash your carpet. Most people think a carpet cleaner is too much effort, but really they are surprisingly easy and affordable – and the results are undeniably better than just whipping around with a vacuum cleaner.
Why review Vacuum Cleaners, Pat?
"Pat, why did you choose to get so caught up in reviewing Vacuum Cleaners?", this is a common question I receive at dinner parties and the likes when I share what I do with friends and family.
Having spent two decades in the commercial and residential cleaning industry you do eventually become quite the expert on vacuum cleaners. While I find my job rewarding (I'm one of those rare people that continues to be motivated by monotonous work!), I realised that the wealth of knowledge I had accumulated was something I could share with others to add value to their lives.
And with my boys growing up (sob sob!) I did have a bit more time on my hands. That's when I begun reviewing household vacuum cleaners and turning myself in to the "Crazy Carpet Lady" my kids now call me.
Naturally, as this blog has grown I have enjoyed adding more depth to this blog with floor cleaning tips and reviews of mops, carpet washers and even carpet sweepers.