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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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Spring Cleaning Checklist for Outside

Spring Cleaning is usually associated with a deep clean of interior spaces. However, that fresh, clean, feeling, shouldn’t be limited to indoor areas. Outdoor spaces are becoming more like our second living room and shouldn’t be excluded from this annual tradition. Spending time early in the year tending to outdoor requirements help us identify and fix any issue before they become a large headache. As well, it allows more time during the warmer days to enjoy our homes to the full extent.

Most people dread the thought of Spring Cleaning. They know it something that should be done, but all of the tasks can be overwhelming. When you break it down into a Spring Cleaning Checklist it makes the job easier. You can tackle it all in a weekend, or spread it out over a couple weeks. Our Spring Cleaning Checklist of Outside Areas will help you get the job done.

Spring Cleaning Checklist for Outside Areas

View printable checklist here: Cleaning checklist for outside areas

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Spring Cleaning Tips for Furniture

Hoover F5914 Carpet Washer with Spin Scrub

The Hoover F5914 extractor works on carpets and upholstery.

After a winter of family members and football watching friends sitting on your couch it might be time to freshen it up! Upholstered furniture can be susceptible to staining from food, drinks, and normal wear. As well, fabrics can hold odours from pets and spills. During this years’ Spring Cleaning pay extra attention to this area that may be missed.

The best way to maintain your furniture is to vacuum regularly, especially if you have pets. While doing the normal cleaning routine take a few moments to use the upholstery tool on your vacuum to clean your furniture. This will help remove any crumbs, dander, and hair before they build up and start to cause odour problems.

Accidents happen, which is why spot cleaner was invented! If staining is common in your home always have a high quality spot cleaner on hand like the Clean + Green Carpet and Upholstery cleaner, or the Roto Static stain remover. These work wonders on the mysterious spots that tend to show up on couches and chairs. As well, it’s always a good idea to tend to accidents and spills as soon as they happen. It is recommended to do a test on the fabric first, and follow the manufactures’ cleaning guide.

For those really tough stains, and for a really deep clean, we suggest using an extractor on upholstered furniture on a semi or annual basis. Most extractors, like the Hoover F5914 SpinScrub, come with a handheld option for cleaning stairs, couches, and chairs. For smaller spaces and for homes without carpets a handheld only unit, like the Bissell Little Green Machine, is a better option.

Keeping your furniture fresh year round takes a little bit of work but makes the time spent relaxing more enjoyable!

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