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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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Compare Dyson V6 Cordless Vacuum Cleaners – Differences Explained

Comparison and difference between Dyson V6 Vacuums

What is the difference between Dyson V6 cordless vacuums?

We’re excited to announce that we now have the new Dyson V6 cordless vacuum line. Unlike the previous models, all of the Dyson cordless vacuums come with the powerful V6 motor and 2 tier cyclone technology.  This has raised the ever popular question; What’s the difference between all of the Dyson cordless vacuums? But before we answer this question let’s go over their similarities.  First, they all have the famous Dyson V6 motor and 2 Tier Radial cyclones.  The V6 motor spins at an unbelievable 110,000 revolutions per minute! Dyson designed this motor to be small but strong enough to handle the high speeds giving you a powerful yet lightweight motor that doesn’t make the vacuum too heavy and bulky.  This motor is powered by a nickel manganese cobalt battery (Type of Lithium Ion battery).  With the increase in power and airflow Dyson had to improve filtration. This was achieved with their 2 Tier Radial cyclone technology which doubles the cyclones from their previous design.  The increase in cyclones provide greater dirt separation resulting in cleaner air. Take a look at their video which explains in great detail how their cordless technology works. Dyson R&D Insights – YouTube

Now that we have an idea as to how they are similar, let’s go over the differences. The main differentiator between the Dyson V6 cordless line are the attachments. Not everyone has the same cleaning needs so Dyson packaged each one differently to best suit those needs.  For starters we begin with the V6 Slim and V6+ which are identical with the exception of the V6+ that comes with a mini motorized cleaning head.  Next we have the V6 Animal which is where Dyson upgrades the power nozzle.  The nozzle has been engineered to provide 75% more brush bar power than the V6 Slim and V6+ models.  This is accomplished by incorporating a direct drive motor (compared to belt drive) and more efficient brushes that cleans both carpet and bare floor.  Finally the Dyson V6 Absolute has all of the features of the V6 Animal but also includes the soft roller cleaner head.  This new and innovative head reminds us of a paint roller because of its dense soft texture intended to clean and sweep hard floors. Our testing has revealed that works very well at picking up sticky dust and even heavy debris on hard floors without the need of going back and forth, over and over…  As an added bonus, the V6 Absolute has a HEPA exhaust filter for those needing cleaner air for the ultimate cleaning experience.  For more information, browse our Dyson V6 Cordless models.

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Proper Way to Vacuum Carpets

Carpet Cleaning

Trends chance, and so does the way we clean our homes.

As years pass and trends emerge we’ve seen a major shift from homes with mostly wall-to-wall carpeting to homes with mostly bare floors. Even though preferences have changed you will usually find one or two rooms with carpeting or area rugs. Our job is to help you effectively clean these carpeted surfaces.

Chances are you have an existing vacuum at home. Before you power it up for your next cleaning session take a few moments to check the agitator (brush bar) and ensure it is free of hair and string. Use a pair of scissors or a seam ripper to cut away any material. A clean agitator will clean the carpets better.

For the most effective clean you will need to select the proper tool for the job. If you have a canister vacuum make sure you are using the carpet attachment, which is usually a turbo or electric powerhead. While some people like to use a bare floor brush on all flooring, it doesn’t offer the agitation required to loosen trapped dirt in carpets. With upright vacuums you will use main nozzle and ensure you are in the ‘carpet’ setting if there is an option on your machine.

Some power heads and uprights have a height adjustment feature. This allows you to raise or lower the agitator (brush roll) closer or further away from the carpet. While it can be tempting to set it to the lowest setting, this can actually be counter-productive. If it’s too close to the carpet it can block the opening of the vacuum, making it hard to push and hard for the suction to remove the debris. This is why it should be adjusted for the different carpet piles throughout the home.

One of the biggest changes we’ve seen is the popularity of shag area rugs. While they feel great on our feet, cleaning shag rugs can be a bit tricky. The agitator (brush bar) can be caught in the long fibres and get bogged down. We usually recommend turning the brush bar off if possible, and only cleaning it with straight suction. You can also use a combination tool with the bristles retracted on canister vacuums.

Tips for effective cleaning:

    • When cleaning any room start at the highest point, that way any stirred up dust and dirt can fall to the ground to be vacuumed up later. For example, clean ceiling fans and bookshelves before the flooring.
    • Start vacuuming at the farthest end of the room and move in the direction of the door. This prevents you from walking on the freshly vacuumed carpet.
    • Vacuum forward and backwards, plus side to side.  Doing this will ensure all areas have been cleaned.
    • To calm the OCD in all of us learn how to make the perfect vacuum lines here.
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