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Why You Should Use Vacuum Attachments

Vacuum Cleaner Attachments

Why do you need to use vacuum attachments anyways?

Much like a puzzle requires different pieces to be completed, a home needs several different tools to be cleaned. People may think vacuum attachments are ‘just another thing to lug around..’ but they are designed to help make your cleaning easier, and actually protect future and floors from damage.

When attachments aren’t used the hard plastic or metal openings can damage the surfaces you are cleaning, especially if you clean the same area over and over again as part of your regular routine. For example, if you use the hose to clean crumbs or dust off of a wood surface the repetitive motion can cause scratches or wear off the finish.

Not only can you damage the surface you are cleaning, you can actually cause damage to the vacuum itself. One of the most important reasons why you should always use an attachment is because you can wear down the wand or hose handle. Once warn, the parts can stop fitting together properly causing the vacuum to lose performance and the affected parts may need to be replaced.

Most vacuums come with tools that can be attached to the end of the wand or hose. If you are cleaning above floor surfaces (anything that isn’t the floor) it is recommended to use the appropriate tool for the best cleaning results. Chances are an upholstery tool is going to clean fabric better than just the opening of the wand.

On delicate surfaces like TV screens, wood baseboards, blinds, walls, and ceiling fans use the dusting brush. The soft bristles help to lift and remove dust, while ensuing no damage is caused to the surface. Upholstery tools and mini turbo/power heads are great for fabric surfaces or carpeted stairs. A crevice tool should be used to clean hard to reach areas like vents, corners, between seat cushions, and window tracks.

Larger areas may need a bigger dusting brush than originally included or you might need replacement tools depending on their age and condition. These items are usually available separately and can be specific to the brand.

Need help? Contact us with any questions you may have, or for help finding the best vacuum attachment for the job. We’d love to hear from you!

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Miele Vacuum Attachment Review and Comparison

Miele Flexible Dusting Brush

Miele SUB 20 Multi Angle Dusting Brush makes cleaning easy!

It’s a typical scene: you get your new vacuum home, take it out of the box, and start cleaning … but then you notice there is that one spot you can’t quite reach, or the upholstery tool doesn’t clean your carpeted stairs as well as you wish. While most Miele vacuums come included with a standard crevice tool, dusting brush, and upholstery tool, there is a full range of optional tools that are designed to clean those awkward areas. Finally you can clean your whole home with one vacuum.

If you’re finding the area is just too big to clean with the regular dusting brush Miele has two additional dusting brushes with a larger opening and more bristles. The Miele Universal dusting brush is an elongated version and is good for open areas. The second brush is the Miele Multi Angle Dusting Brush, some times called the Miele Flexible Dusting Brush, which as has a double pivot neck. This allows you customize the angle to reach the tops of fan blades, bookshelves, and cabinets, all while remaining standing on the ground as pictured in the above images.

While some homes have large areas that need to be cleaned, all homes have tight spaces that are almost impossible to vacuum. This is where the Miele Flexible Crevice Tool, which is 22” long, comes into play. The unique plastic material allows it to hold its shape and remain open while bending around corners.

By attaching the Miele Flexible crevice tool onto the end of the hose handle you can clean the abyss that are couches, in between seats and in door pockets in cars, or between and under appliances. For a thorough cleaning you can remove floor vents and clean the places that are most often forgotten or neglected. It can also be used to clean dryer vents, which helps to reduce the chance of fire, and increases airflow allowing for faster drying time.

While the included tools are okay at cleaning most surfaces there are certain circumstances where they just wont cut it. For homes with carpeted stairs or a lot of upholstery we always recommend the Miele STB101 Mini Turbo Head. Unlike the standard upholstery tool, this Miele attachment has an air driven agitator. This rotating brush bar helps to separate carpet fibers and loosen stubborn dirt, allowing the suction of the machine to remove the debris.

Due to it’s compact size it is easier to use in tight spaces (like stairs) than the regular floor tool. Because of the added agitator it outperforms the other upholstery tools available through Miele. It works great to clean carpeted stairs, furniture, upholstery, and works great to clean vehicle interiors.

Not only does Miele have vacuum attachments that can meet regular requirements, they also have tools that are ideal for homes with allergy or asthma sufferers. For people with sensitivities to particles found in dust it is important to be able to clean every inch of the home, especially the areas they spend the most amount of time in.

As humans we usually sleep or lay in bed for 8 hours per day. Since there are 365 days in a year, and we live to an average age of 81 years in Canada, we spend roughly 236,520 hours very close to a mattress. That is a lot of time to shed skin cells, which are dust mites primary food source.

If skin cells aren’t removed from the mattress material the dust mites will continue to breed and increase in numbers … which means the amount of fecal matter deposited into the mattress by the critters will increase as well.

It’s this fecal matter, which we can breathe in while we sleep, that can aggravate allergy and asthma symptoms. By regularly vacuuming your mattress you can help reduce the amount of dust mites, and in turn reduce allergy and asthma triggers present in the home. With it’s wide opening the Miele Mattress attachment will make the task of vacuuming your mattress quicker and easier than expected.

While special attention should be given to areas like the mattress, it is important to note that even small amounts of dust can have a huge impact on people with allergies or asthma. Dust can accumulate in small or hard to reach areas, and because of this Miele introduced the Micro Vacuum Cleaner Tool Set. Included in the package is an extension hose with built in dusting brush, a smaller dusting brush extension, a medium crevice tool, and a small crevice tool.

The extension hose can be attached to the end of the hose handle, and the accompanying tools can be attached to the end of this hose. They are ideal for cleaning small areas like vents in a car, stereo equipment, televisions, computers, and the tracks in windows or sliding doors.

Over time tools can wear out or become damaged and will need to be replaced. This includes the standard attachments included with the package. For best performance vacuum attachments should be replaced when bristles are worn down or are falling out, as well if there are cracks in the plastics.

All Miele straight suction tools, including all of the ones mentioned above, will work with all Miele vacuum cleaners regardless of age. This means you can add tools to an older machine to clean new areas, or add them to the package at time of purchase for hassle free cleaning for years to come. If you have any questions about Miele’s vacuum cleaner attachments, or what the best tool is for a certain job, please feel free to contact us. We’d love to help you with your cleaning needs!

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Additional Vacuum Tools You May Need

Miele Flexible Crevice Tool

The flexible crevice tool from Miele is excellent for cleaning hard to reach areas

Finding the perfect vacuum for your home can be difficult as there are many options to choose from. This includes upright vacuums, canister vacuums, central vacuums, and stick vacuums. What makes it even harder is that most of them only include the standard attachments, and they wont have all of the tools needed to fully clean your home. If you find a great vacuum but it’s missing a key tool or two don’t fret – additional tools can be purchased and used with the machine.

While almost every vacuum cleaner will come with some form of a narrow crevice tool designed to get into tight spaces these rigid plastic tools can be limited. Since they cannot bend they can only clean the areas the entire tool can fit into.  On the other hand, a flexible crevice tool is made from a bendable plastic material that allows it to curve around obstacles and clean more thoroughly.  They are available in a ‘Fit All’ size and a Miele specific one.

The flexible crevice tool is a handy addition to any vacuum, however there are some places that are too small for even it to clean. For areas like keyboards, stereo equipment, vehicle interiors and dashboards, a mini vacuum cleaner tool set is recommended. Included is an extension hose with smaller diameter opening, and small crevice tools with dusting brushes to get into really tough areas. The ‘Fit All’ version can be found here and the ones for Miele vacuums here.

In years past almost all surfaces in a home were carpeted, or had large area rugs covering the flooring. Recently we’ve seen more homes embrace hardwood and other hard floor surfaces like tile, laminate, and vinyl.  With these changes we’ve seen new tools become available for cleaning these types of flooring. One of our favourites is the Dust Mop vacuum cleaner attachment. It is ideal for removing the fine dust that can become quite noticeable on dark floors. The cleaner head is attached with Velcro and can be removed and machine washed when needed. View the ‘Fit All’ one here and the Miele one here.

For cleaning furniture and carpeted stairs most vacuums come with a standard upholstery tool. Their cleaning capabilities are ‘okay’ at best, and usually requires a lot of manual work. For a more in depth clean mini turbo heads can be added to the vacuum. Since they have an agitator (brush bar) they are the best option for cleaning upholstery and carpeted stairs. The spinning brush works to separate the fibres and lift suborn dirt to the surface so the suction can remove it. Like the other tools there is a ‘Fit All’ size and a Miele size.

More often than not it’s pet hair we are cleaning off of our upholstery, which can be very tricky to clean. If your pet will allow it you can use pet grooming vacuum attachments to remove the hair and dander before it has a chance to be shed in your home. View the options here.

If you need assistance finding additional tools for your vacuum please contact us by phone at 1-877-537-8227. We’d love to help with your cleaning needs!

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What not to pick up with a vacuum

What not to pick up with a vacuum

What not to pick up with your vacuum.

Not everyone loves to vacuum, but almost everyone loves how convenient vacuums can be. When messes happen, and things get spilled, it can be tempting to grab the vacuum … regardless of what needs to be cleaned. The tendency to use it to pick up things it shouldn’t be used for can result in a clean floor, but most often it will leave you with a damaged machine.

The two main culprits we see this time of year are:

1. Water during the wet season

Spring in Canada can be damp, muddy, and downright messy. With in-and-out traffic all of this can get tracked back inside. Not to mention the water leaks that can pop up during weather changes. Before vacuuming entry mats check to make sure they are dry – even if they don’t look wet they could still be damp. And do not vacuum any liquids unless your machine is capable of wet pick up – think spilled cereal and milk!

2. Debris during renovation season

Spring and summer months are a common time for home improvements, and when walls go up or come down drywall dust can be everywhere. Due to it’s fine nature it can pass through a vacuums bag and filter and get into the motor compartment. If this happens the motor will get clogged and burn out, which is a costly repair. It is not recommended to use residential vacuums to pick up drywall dust. Even for some commercial or ShopVac type machines drywall dust can be too fine.

In general, do not use your vacuum to pick up any of the following items.

  • Christmas tree needles (real or artificial)
  • Any fine powder containing Talc or baking soda, granular carpet shake is safe
  • Broken glass
  • Paper clips
  • Nails/screws
  • Bobby pins
  • Paper (shredded or otherwise)

In most cases they will get stuck in the hose or wand causing a clog. These clogs can result in a loss of suction and are not covered under the warranty. A good rule of thumb is if it can be picked up by hand it probably should be. If you’re ever in doubt ask!

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Demo Vacuum Cleaner Blow Out

Save big on brand name vacuums

Save big on brand name vacuums!

Are you looking for a high quality but low priced vacuum? We’ll you’re in luck! You can now save on Dyson, Hoover, Eureka, Beam, SEBO, Electrolux, Panasonic, and Miele vacuums.

Through our new Demo / Open Box program you can purchase a brand name vacuum at a low cost. These vacuums have been either been purchased and returned within 30 days or used as a demonstration model in our showroom.  Due to this we offer up to 25% off the original price. All items have been thoroughly tested and cleaned, and come with all parts and full manufacturers warranty.

Our Demo / Open Box line up is always changing! This is your chance to get a vacuum suited for your home at a reduced price. Check out our Open Box / Demo vacuum sale here or stop by our 1004 Dundas Street location.

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Miele S2 to C1 Vacuum Series Comparison

Miele C1 Vacuum Comparison and Review

Compare the Miele Classic C1 HardFloor and C1 Cat & Dog

To help better describe the intended usage of their vacuums Miele has recently changed the names of their packages. With this, we’ve seen the Miele S2 line become the Miele Classic C1 line here in Canada. The review and comparison of available Miele C1 packages are below.

Miele Classic C1 HardFloor Canister Vacuum

The first package available in the C1 line is the Miele Classic C1 HardFloor vacuum cleaner, which was previously the Miele S2 Contour. As the name suggests this package is ideal for homes with mostly hard floor surfaces. The included combination tool allows you to clean both bare floors and low pile / low traffic carpets or area rugs with one tool. Since the combination tool does not have an agitator (rotating brush bar) it is not ideal for homes with pets and/or a lot of carpets.

Miele Classic C1 Cat & Dog Canister Vacuum

Next in line is the Miele Classic C1 Dat & Dog vacuum cleaner which replaced the S2 Dimension. Coming with a bare floor brush, SEB217-3 electrified powerhead, and an Active AirClean charcoal filter to eliminate odours this vacuum is good for homes with pets. The gentle brushes on the powerhead are good for low to medium pile carpets or area rugs, and are safe for use on delicate surfaces like berber, looped, wool, and Persian or Oriental area rugs.

Unlike the Miele Compact C2 and Complete C3 lines, the Miele C1 vacuum’s aren’t sealed. This means they have higher dust emissions and aren’t as good for allergy or asthma sufferers. They do use the larger Miele GN vacuum bags and can be upgraded to the HEPA filter.

Buying a vacuum can be a difficult due to the numerous choices, if you need help picking your next one please contact us at 1-877-537-8227. We’d love to hear from you and we’d love to help!

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Miele S8 to C3 Vacuum Series Comparison

Miele C3 Vacuum Comparison and Review

Compare Miele Complete C3 TotalCare, Cat & Dog, and PowerPlus to find the best vacuum.

Recently Miele changed their package names, but their quality remains unsurpassed. We couldn’t wait to show off the new Miele C1, C2, and C3 lines and new colours! Below you will find a review of the Miele Complete C3 line available in Canada, and how to know which vacuum is right for your home. Overall, the differences in the C3 line compared to the C2 line include push button suction control instead of turn dial, larger Miele GN vacuum bags, and on-board storage.

Miele Complete C3 TotalCare Canister Vacuum

Starting the Miele C3 line is the Miele Complete C3 TotalCare vacuum, which was previously known as the Miele S8 Contour. This package includes everything you would need to clean a home with bare floors (non-carpeted areas) and low to medium pile carpets or area rugs. The electrified powerhead with gentle brush roll (agitator) is safe for all delicate carpets like berber, wool, looped, and Persian or Oriental area rugs.

Miele Complete C3 Cat and Dog Canister Vacuum

Next is the Miele Complete C3 Cat and Dog vacuum, which replaced the Miele S8 Dimension. Coming with the Miele SEB228 powerhead with height adjustment, the SBB300 Parquet Twister bare floor brush, and the Active AirClean charcoal filter, this is the best package for homes with pets and multiple types of carpets. The height adjustment on the powerhead allows you to clean low, medium, and thick pile carpets like shag area rugs.  To eliminate odours in the vacuum the Active AirClean charcoal absorbs and breakdown offending particles.

Miele Complete C3 PowerPlus Canister Vacuum

For the best cleaning experience Miele offers the Complete C3 PowerPlus vacuum that replaced the Miele S8 Continuum. This is the only Miele vacuum that offers the convenience of having the power on/off and suction control directly in the hose handle. All other Miele vacuums have these controls on the actual canister. Included is the Miele SBB300 Parquet Twister bare floor brush and the Miele SEB236 top of the line electrified powerhead with LED headlight. This package can clean all floor types both carpeted and non-carpeted.

All Miele Complete C3 vacuum cleaners are HEPA sealed and can use a HEPA filter. Since the vacuum is sealed no dust, dirt, or allergens can leak from the machine – this is recommended for allergy or asthma sufferers.

If you need help to determine which vacuum is best for your home please contact us at 1-877-537-8227. We understand there are many vacuum choices and we would love to assist you with your cleaning and vacuum needs!

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Miele S6 to C2 Vacuum Series Comparison

Miele Compact C2 Comparison

Compare the Miele compact C2 line to find the best vacuum for your home

With all things change is inevitable, and that includes Miele vacuum cleaners. We are very happy to announce the new Miele C1 Classic, C2 Compact, and C3 Complete lines are available in Canada. The previous model numbers are changing to a new format, but most of the packages are staying the same or have a similar version. Below you will find a comparison between the Miele vacuum cleaners, and a review of which Miele vacuum is best for your home.

Miele Compact C2 HardFloor Canister Vacuum Cleaner

Starting out the Miele C2 line is the C2 Compact HardFloor vacuum. This package was previously known as the Miele S6 Contour. It comes equipped with a combination tool that can clean both bare floor (non-carpeted) and low pile, low traffic, carpets/area rugs. Since there is no electrified powerhead with a rotating brush bar (agitator) this unit is not good for homes with pets or a lot of carpeting. As it’s name leans to it is the best vacuum for homes with hard floor surfaces like hard wood, laminate, tile, vinyl, and linoleum.

Miele Compact C2 TotalCare Canister Vacuum Cleaner

Next in the Miele C2 line is the C2 Compact TotalCare Canister vacuum, which was previously known as the Miele S6 Dimension. Included is the Miele SBB300-3 Parquet Twister bare floor brush for non-carpeted areas, and the STB205-3 Turbo Head for low pile carpets and area rugs. This turbo head is good for delicate carpets like berber, wool, and Oriental and Persian area rugs. Since the brush bar (agitator) is run from the air flow of the vacuum it is not good for pet hair. This vacuum is best suited for homes with a mix between bare floors and low pile area rugs and carpets.

Miele Compact C2 Cat and Dog Vacuum Cleaner

The top of the line Miele C2 is the Miele C2 Compact Cat and Dog Canister vacuum and was previously known as the Miele S6 Dimension Plus. Designed for homes with a mix of bare floors and carpeting this package comes with the SBB Parquet Brush and SEB217-3 Electrified Powerhead. Since the brush bar (agitator) is electrified this vacuum is good for homes with pets and low to medium pile carpets.

If you are unsure which vacuum is best suited for your needs please contact us at: 1-877-537-8227. We would be happy to help you pick out the vacuum for your home!

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Cleaning Tips for Allergy Prevention

 Help Preview and Test Cleaning Tips for Allergy Prevention

Allergies are never fun – find out what you can do to help prevent symptoms.

As the spring temperature rises, so does the amount of allergy sufferers we see.  Springtime habits, like increased cleaning, opened windows, and yard work, can cause some of us to have itchy eyes, sneezing, and wheezing symptoms.

Now, it’d be nice if we could avoid everything that aggravates our allergies, or stop cleaning all together, but it’s not that simple. The key is to develop a plan and use products that allow you to clean your home without triggering allergy symptoms.

For allergy sufferers we recommend keeping on top of bag and filter changes in their vacuum. If you’re in need of a new unit try a Miele vacuum with HEPA filter or a Beam central vacuum.

Select Miele vacuums are classified as HEPA sealed, which means no air is expelled from the vacuum without first passing through the bag, pre-motor, and exhaust filter. Beam central vacuums are actually clinically proven to reduce several types allergy symptoms by removing the collected dust from the living areas. This ensures the cleanest air possible. Other vacuums can leak dust out of the machine, recirculating it in the air you breath, which can cause symptoms to flair up.

It is also important to use cleaning tools that trap the dust instead of just pushing it around. For cleaning hard surfaces, like coffee tables, bookshelves, and counters we recommend using a microfiber cloth, like eCloths. The hook like fibers actually lock in the dust and allergen particles until the cloth is washed.

Musty odours can be a bother. The perfume laden air fresheners used to mask the smell can be even worse for allergy and asthma sufferers as well as individuals with odour sensitivities. To remove odours without causing a coughing fit try all natural Fresh Wave products. No longer are harsh chemicals needed to get a clean house.

Allergy Symptom Prevention Tips:

  • Find your triggers and what causes your symptoms. This way you can approach your cleaning tasks in a more systematic way or enlist others to help.
  • Wear a mask if certain cleaning activities stir up or expose you to your triggers. If vacuuming causes a reaction, or if cutting the grass leaves you in a pile of sneezes, limit the amount of particles that are entering your body.
  • Regular mattress cleaning helps with dust mite allergies. Using the upholstery tool on your vacuum clean the tops, sides, and bottom of the mattress.
  • Depending on your triggers open, or close, the windows. If a stuffy room or odours are your trigger keep the fresh air coming in. However, if outdoor allergens are your kryptonite keep your windows shut as they can be pushed inside with a breeze.
  • Ensure dust is removed, not just moved around. When dusting use a microfiber cloth and not a duster. Vacuum your barefloor surfaces instead of just sweeping.
  • Invest in a high quality air purifier. Lower end units usually offer little to no relieve of symptoms. IQAir purifiers actually capture and retain 100% of the particles that enter the machine – they are the only ones that can say this!
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Spring Cleaning Tips and Checklist

spring cleaning checklist

Spring Cleaning Checklist for Your Home

Every year the phrase ‘Spring Cleaning’ gets tossed around, and every year people’s anxieties grow. At a glance the concept of cleaning your home from top to bottom can be overwhelming, especially due to the added mess pets can bring and the extra time young children can add to your already busy schedule.

If you have the right tools, the right knowledge, and break it down room-by-room, task-by-task it can be very manageable. By using a basic Spring Cleaning checklist you can work through the necessary tasks. The checklist style allows you can do it all in one day, or stretch your Spring Cleaning tasks over a couple weeks. You can also assign different tasks to different members of the household.

We’ve created an extensive Spring Cleaning checklist that you can use to work your way throughout your home. Download a printable version here. The the best cleaning products for Spring Cleaning can be found on our website here.

One of the most useful Spring Cleaning tool is a high quality microfibre cloth. We recommend the eCloth brand as they last up to 300 washes and work quite well. For cleaning glass and windows the Glass and Polishing cloth is our top choice. It cleans to a bright shine with only water and a little bit of elbow grease.

When cleaning flooring our top choice is the Hoover FloorMate Deluxe or BONA Mop Kit. The FloorMate will deep clean all sealed surfaces and removes years of dirt and grime. For a more basic clean and maintenance strategy the Swiss made BONA is like no other. It won’t leave streaks and is environmentally friendly. These tools will make your Spring Cleaning simple and quick!

Spring Cleaning Checklist

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