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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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Choosing the Right Vacuum for Your Home

Miele SEB217 Powerhead

Miele SEB217-3 Powerhead is ideal for Berber and delicate carpets

Many people think that they can grab a boxed vacuum off of a shelf and expect that it will clean any flooring in any home. The truth is every vacuum has its strengths and is suited for different applications. For best results you need to pick the right vacuum for your home.

Typically, if your house has a mix between carpeting and bare floors, or is all bare floors with area rugs, we recommend a canister vacuum cleaner. This is because they are the most versatile when cleaning both types of floors. With a canister vacuum cleaner you can change the floor attachment depending on the surface. For non-carpeted areas you would use the bare floor brush, and to vacuum carpets and area rugs you would use the power head or carpet tool. This allows for the most effective cleaning.

Canisters are separated into two main categories – straight suction and electrified. Straight suction canisters are good if you only have a few low pile/low traffic area rugs and no animals in the household. To clean homes with animals and carpets you will need an electrified canister.

On the other hand, if your house only has carpeting, or you do not vacuum your bare floor surfaces, an upright vacuum is usually recommended. All uprights are suited to clean carpets, but not all are capable of cleaning bare floor surfaces. To clean non-carpeted areas with an upright vacuum ensure it has a bare-floor setting, or a hose and wand with attachment.

Different types of carpeting also have different requirements:

  • To vacuum berber, oriental, wool, or other delicate carpets and area rugs you need agitation but only with a soft brush roll.

– The Miele SEB217-3 powerhead is our recommended way to clean berber, oriental, and wool carpets. It can be found in packages like the Miele S6 Dimension Plus and Miele S8 Cat and Dog.

  • To vacuum shag, frieze, and ‘Corn Silk’ carpets you need agitator with a stiffer brush roll, and height adjustment.

– The SEBO Automatic X4 upright vacuum and Miele S8 Dimension canister vacuum cleaner is our recommended vacuum for shag, frieze, and thick pile carpets.

By choosing the right vacuum for your home you will ensure cleaning is easy and effective!

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Picking the Right Vacuum Tool

Ensuring your floors are cleaned involves more than selecting the right vacuum. For effective cleaning you need to select the right vacuum tool for the job at hand. Different floor types respond better to certain tools. By not select the right vacuum attachment for your floors can cause: dirt to be left behind, extra work for yourself, and sometimes even damage.

See the Miele tool selector below to find the best fit for your home.

Vacuum tool selector

Use this vacuum tool selector to find the best attachment for the job.

If your home has multiple hard floor or carpeted surfaces choose the tool that is the best overall fit. Usually we recommend one tool for the hard floors and one tool for the carpets and area rugs.

For personalized recommendations on which vacuum tool you need contact us at 1-877-537-8227 or by email at: support@mchardyvac.com. We’d love to hear from you!

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Merry Christmas From McHardy Vacuum

Merry Christmas from McHardy Vacuum

Merry Christmas from McHardy Vacuum

As each holiday season passes it seems like we accumulate lists of things we need to do, things to purchase for loved ones, and things we wished were purchased for us. But is all this ‘stuff’ really adding to the quality of our lives, or is it merely serving as a distraction?

The true meaning of Christmas is God’s unconditional love for each and every one of us. His love is not covered in material things, and shines the brightest when we experience a true joy in life – contentment.

It’s easy to compare ourselves to others and become jealous or envious of the things we believe we don’t have. The trick is to look internally and be thankful, appreciative, and truly happy with everything that is already in our lives and know that it is enough.

This holiday season choose to be content with your life, your family, and your possessions. Much like happiness, this is a choice we all get to make.

Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of how much you already have – Unknown 

Merry Christmas from your friends at McHardy Vacuum
Serving since 1946

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Vacuum Cleaner Tune Up

Vacuum Cleaner Tune Up

Get your vacuum ready for the busy cleaning season with a yearly tune up

As fall approaches and the weather starts to turn we tend to spend more time indoors. Even though we usually associate extra cleaning with the spring, fall can be busy for our homes as well. Tracked in mud, leaves, and approaching holiday parties can result in an increased amount of time spent cleaning. Ensure you’re ready for the challenge by giving your vacuum a yearly tune up:

Why it is important to change/clean vacuum filters:

  • As the air flows through the vacuum the filters block excess dirt particles from leaving the machine. Over time the filters become clogged with the debris and can cause the vacuum to loose suction. This lowers the cleaning capabilities of the vacuum.
  • Disposable filters should be replaced every 12-18 months, or more frequently depending on usage and manufacturer recommendation.
  • Washable filters should be cleaned every 1-6 months, and left to dry for 24-48 hours before being used. Over time, washable filters will breakdown and should be replaced if damaged.

Why it is necessary to change vacuum belts:

  • Over time flat rubber belts stretch out or break completely. This is due to it always being under tension or picking up something that caused the agitator (brush roll) to jam – think socks and shoe laces. When the belt isn’t in the optimal shape the agitator can’t spin at the proper speed (or at all) and won’t have enough strength to effectively clean the carpets.
  • Flat rubber belts should be changed every 12-18 months; whereas cogged and serpentine belts should be changed every 5 years. Belts will need to be changed sooner if damaged or broken.
  • Changing belts at home is usually a simple and straightforward process.  However, some machines (Dyson and certain Miele’s) have belts that need to be changed by a service centre. Refer to your owner’s manual for directions, as each machine is different.

Why it is necessary to clean the agitator (brush bar):

  • Hair and fibers that are wrapped around the agitator can get into the end caps, the fixed parts that hold the brush in place, and seize the ball bearing’s that allow the brush to spin. If this happens the brush won’t turn or clean properly.
  • As debris gets wrapped around the agitator it causes the bristles to get constrained and will eventually build up to the point where it covers them. When this happens the bristles won’t make proper contact with the carpet surface resulting in an inefficient clean.
  • This is a common occurrence for all vacuums. Check the agitator every 4-5 uses and clean when debris is starting to accumulate. It’s easier to clean small amounts frequently, then to wait until it all piles up!

How to clean the agitator (brush bar) on your vacuum:

  • Many vacuum cleaners have screws or access points on the bottom of the machine that allows you to open the power head and remove the agitator for thorough cleaning. However, many others cannot be opened. Refer to your owner’s manual to determine if yours can be opened at home.
  • If your agitator can be removed use a pair of scissors or seam ripper to cut the hair and fibers the length of the agitator. Sometimes you need to use a stiff wire brush to clean the bristles if string or hair is stuck in them as well. Be sure to spend some time cleaning the end caps.
  • If your agitator can’t be removed use a knife or seam ripper to cut the hair and fibers while it is still installed in the machine. After doing this you should now be able to pull the material off of the agitator.

The above information applies to most canister, upright, hand, stick, and central vacuum systems. If you are unsure about the cleaning requirements of your vacuum please contact us by email (support@mchardyvac.com) or phone (1-877-537-8227) with your make and model number. We’d love to help!

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Reduce and eliminate household odours

Eliminate Odours

Household Odours can come from several sources, including cooking.

Household odours are impossible to avoid and come from many sources – cooking, pets, laundry hampers, stinky shoes – the list goes on. Even cleaning itself can produce unpleasant smells as your vacuum cleaner’s exhaust air may not be so fresh! Thankfully, household odours can be easily controlled and eliminated with just a few safe and simple products.

So you’ve cleaned your home from top to bottom – your eyes say ‘clean’ but your nose says ‘not so much!’ While it is tempting to just unleash a can of air freshener in the house, this is at best a temporary solution. Air fresheners only cover up or mask a bad smell with a stronger smell. But when they wear off, the unpleasant odour remains. This is because they do not eliminate the problem.

A better option is an odour neutralizer, such as Fresh Wave, which is safe, non-toxic, natural, and biodegradable. They use the naturally pleasant scents of clove, anise, lime, pine, and cedar in their products. Their Home Spray can be used to eliminate airborne odours but is even better for targeting areas such as pillows, upholstery, shoes, pet beds, and sports equipment. It has a pleasant odour that disappears as it dries; and takes foul odours with it.

For small spaces like garbage cans, diaper pails, and RV’s the Fresh Pod works to remove offensive smells. Stick the pod to any clean, flat surface, and start breathing fresher air.

Carpet is another breeding ground for odours, especially when pets are present in the home, and Fresh Wave makes a product for that too. Their Carpet Shake is designed to be used dry, not wet. Simply sprinkle it all over the carpet or area rug, leave for 10 minutes, then vacuum it up. The powder bonds to the offending bacteria or proteins causing the odour, breaks them down, and then your vacuum removes them. It’s science!

Speaking of vacuums, the air that flows through your vacuum may pick up odours leaving an unpleasant smell in the air as you clean. We recommend Fresh Wave Vacuum Pearls in the bag or dirt collection bin, and/or a quality charcoal filter. Miele offers Active Air filters, which contain active charcoal, to remove odours and prevents them from fouling your vacuum’s exhaust air. You won’t feel like you’re cleaning the floor only to pollute the air – this is especially important as winter approaches and our windows are shut tight for the season.

If your dog’s favourite armchair (and couch, rug, bed, etc.) is the problem you might consider Clean + Green Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner. This product’s natural ingredients are formulated to encapsulate odours and stains, allowing them to biodegrade naturally. There is no scrubbing or soaking necessary, and the product is completely scent-free. Spray it, leave it, and forget about it!

Try Clean + Green or Fresh Wave’s kid-safe, pet-safe, products today for a better smelling tomorrow.

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Care and Cleaning of Bare Floors

Bona Floor Cleaner

Bona for hardwood floors

Many homes feature a combination of bare floors, carpets, and area rugs. Within the bare floor category you may find hardwood, tile, laminate, linoleum, vinyl, and many more. For these bare floor surfaces vacuuming alone is sometimes not enough. Tracked in dirt, spilled food or drinks, and messes caused by curious pets or kids can leave your floors needing extra attention.

For tough areas and general cleaning the Bona hardwood cleaning package includes everything you need to keep your hardwood floors looking their best. The microfiber cleaning pad is machine washable (up to 300 times) and cleans without dulling or scratching polyurethane finishes. The included Hardwood, and the optional Stone, Tile, and Laminate, cleaning solutions are GreenGuard certified, and are non-toxic with no residue or vapour so it is safe for children and pets. A built in spray trigger makes cleaning easy.

If your floors need a deeper clean the Hoover FloorMate Deluxe is the best solution. It gives your floors that hand scrubbed look, without all the hard work. The Spinscrub technology uses six counter rotating brushes to wash the floor, and comes with two sets of brushes (one for delicate ares, and one for floors with grout lines). After the cleaning is done turn the FloorMate to the dry setting and allow the squeegee blades to dry your floors so you don’t have to! By using two tanks (a clean tank and a recovery tank) it ensures only clean water touches your floors, unlike the mop and bucket approach. It is safe to use on all sealed floors including hardwood, tile, marble, and bamboo.

If your home has dark floors, or similar surfaces, where even a little bit of dust can be noticeable dust mops can be a great addition. An electrostatic dust mop is available for use with the Bona system which locks in the dust in, instead of stirring it up into the air you breathe. It’s perfect for quick cleanups and catching those roaming dust bunnies when you don’t have time to haul out the full size vacuum cleaner.

Dust mops are also available as a vacuum cleaner attachment. These connect directly to your vacuum and are great for picking up fine dust that other attachments may have a hard time with. They are available in both Miele and Fit-All size.

We know you want the right tool for the job – and we can help you find it!

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SEBO DUO P Dry Carpet Cleaning Powder

SEBO Duo P Dry Carpet Powder

Clean carpets and upholstery with SEBO Duo P Dry Carpet Cleaning Powder

Sometimes cleaning carpets using water is not a viable option.  Carpet shrinkage, adhesive damage, the risk of mould and long ‘area out of use’ periods due to drying times are all drawbacks to wet cleaning in certain situations.

For these times, SEBO Duo Dry Cleaning Powder is just the ticket. Duo P cleaning powder is a damp compound that is sprinkled on the carpet to be cleaned, scrubbed in with a brush, allowed to set for 30 minutes, and then vacuumed up with a brushroll power head. It consists of granules moistened with a safe solvent and a detergent that dissolve and absorb dirt and odours.

Duo P Powder is very effective for large carpeted areas as well as on furniture and upholstery. One 500 g package cleans 100-200 square feet, depending on the degree of staining and traffic. It is recommended that the product be tested on a hidden area first, especially on upholstery.

As a bonus, Duo P contains an anti-resoilant fibre protector to delay soiling and staining after treatment. It also discourages dust mite allergens for up to six months after application.

Duo P can also be used to spot-treat stains when they happen. It is a very versatile product that has been garnering praise for many years. It is a great alternative to wet carpet cleaning when you need fast and thorough cleaning.

Duo P Carpet Cleaning Powder gets your carpets clean, and helps keep them that way. Try it today!

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