You bought this home that you love, and are adding those personal touches that make it, you know, you. You might have considered changing the flooring, or floor covering, in your new home. Low, medium, high pile carpets; hard wood flooring; marble tile; berber... There are so many different options.
Ah, vacuuming. Some people like it. Most people do it out of necessity. But what a lot of people don't know is that there are different types of vacuums for different kinds of flooring.
When you choose what suits your style, you need to consider how you're going to clean it. For example, if you have all hardwood or marble, and some oriental carpets, don't get a vacuum with a brush roll. You sure don't want to scratch up your new floors or tear up your new rugs. You'll need something more diverse if you have both hard floors and carpet. A vacuum with a brush roll you can turn off and change it's height, is a great choice. Better still, buy one with interchangeable heads so you can switch from one to the other
The types and capabilities of vacuums out there are huge. If you prefer bagless, remember, if you fill it past the fill line on the dirt container, it could get a terrible clog. This could even ruin the inside filter. Plus, you have to empty it often, allowing dust to fly all over the place right after you've cleaned. Also, you need to wash it out often and let it dry for at least 24 hours before you can put it back together again. If anything is wet, running the vac could destroy the motor.
Bagged vacuums have the added "burden" of changing the bag. The nice thing about most vacs, though, is that they have a signal of some type letting you know when to change it. If you have pets, shedding fur fills up both dust containers and bags way too fast. But, with a HEPA bag, you can have a lot of pet hair in there and still not have to empty the bag because the air flows through. HEPA bags will keep the dust out of the air, and allow you to add dirt to a bag that has lots of pet hair in it.
One excellent choice that can offer you all the benefits you need for any type of flooring, is a Central Vac System. Central Vac motors and dust collection areas live in your garage or basement. You can hardly hear them when they're running, and you don't have to carry a vacuum cleaner up and down stairs. If you choose something with an electric power head, you'll only have to carry the hose, wand, and power head with you. If you choose suction only, you get the option of having a Hide-A-Hose unit. This way all you need to carry with you will be the wand and head, and pull the hose out of the wall where you need it. Of course, there are many attachments you can get for this type of system.
Whichever type of vacuum you decide to get, keep a couple of things in mind. Talk to a knowledgeable, reputable, vacuum dealer to find out which type of vacuum is right for your needs. Also, don't skimp on the price of a vac. You get what you pay for. Remember, this is an appliance. It keeps your house clean. You wouldn't get the cheapest washer you can knowing it won't do as good a job cleaning your clothes, would you? You should look at your vac the same way. Most cheap vacs, priced around $150, break within a year and a half. Let's say your neighbor keeps buying those vacs. After 15 years, he has paid $1500 on vacuums. Buy a high end vacuum at a vac shop that specializes in vacuums only. Spend $700 on it, you'll get 15 or more years of use out of it. Now, you're $800 ahead of your neighbor.
You want to keep your new house clean. Having a vacuum that doesn't spit dirt back out into the air is one very easy way to start the process.
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