Chewing gum stuck on a dress is not a rare occurrence. Indeed, it tends to cause a great deal of trouble for the person. This is because the gum tends to get stuck to the fabric and, despite all measures, refuses to be removed. Even if you take all the precautions, there is no saying when one of these evil things will find their way to your clothes and once that happens, there seems to be no turning back. Therefore, knowing how to remove chewing gum from clothes can make things quite easier for you.
This is what we are going to deal with. The trick is to loosen the grip of the gum on the fabric following which you would be able to remove it with ease. We are going to provide you with information about how you can remove the gum so that the next time you find it stuck on your clothes, you do not have to get frantic.
The first option that you have is rather simple which is using ice to get rid of the gum. All that you need to do is rub the gum with ice so much so that it hardens completely. You can then use a spoon or blunt knife to lever the gum off. This needs to be done quickly so that the gum does not get the time to warm up again or else it would get soft and the whole battle would start again from scratch. You can put an ice cube on both sides of the fabric. This would make the gum stuck between the two which would speed up the process.
Another tactic you can try if there is a freezer that you can use nearby is to put the fabric inside a plastic bag and keep it in the freezer for a few hours. Let it remain inside till the gum hardens. However, you will need to make sure that the garment is folded such that the gum is toward the outside of the bag and is exposed optimally. It should not be in contact with the rest of the garment. Otherwise, you will end up with quite a troublesome problem and the situation can get rather sticky. Once you find that the gum has frozen, you can remove it gently.
While removing the gum, you will have to be quite gentle, lest you end up damaging the garment. You need to understand that using pointed items for the removal of the gum can incur damage to the garment. If there are small pieces of the gum that need to be frozen, you can use tweezers to remove them. However, if there is any embroidery on the fabric, ensure that none of the threads are caught while you endeavor to remove the gum. You will need to be highly cautious while handling the task.
If freezing is not something you can try, you also have the option of using heat for the purpose. You will need to use an indirect source of heat to blast the gum off. An example is a hairdryer. It can melt the gum while ensuring that the clothes are not scorched. Once the gum reaches the stage where it is almost melting, you can peel it away from the surface. The gum can get rather hot which is why caution is advised. It might be a good idea to use a pair of gloves.
You can also use your iron to get rid of the gum. For this, you need to find a piece of clean cardboard which you will place on a flat surface. The garment is then placed on the board with the gum side down on the board. Make sure that the iron is set to medium. This is because if the iron is too hot, the gum will melt to form a sticky mess that would be difficult to handle, and a low setting would not prove to be sufficient. Iron the fabric on the back. The gum will soften in a few minutes, following which it will stick to the board. You can then peel away your garment in a gentle manner and the gum will be left behind.
Once you are able to remove the gum from your dress or garment, you need to wash it as per the instructions of your fabric which would remove any residue that might have been left behind. Once you are done, you will find that the fabric is as good as new with no traces of gum anywhere.
Using lemon juice is also quite a feasible option that you have. You would not have to worry about your dress being damaged if you use this option. All that would be required of you is to soak the dress in lemon juice and the gum would be scrapped off using a blunt unit. However, it is important that you wash your dress as soon as you apply the juice and remove the gum or else you would have another stain to deal with. Hair spray also hardens the gum following which you would be able to remove it easily. Vinegar can also be used for the purpose.
People often tend to try to remove the gum by washing it off. This would never work. The gum when wet gets soft, thereby leading to one sticky mess. Therefore, it is important to make sure that you do not get it wet. The gum needs to be first treated with either coldness or warmth and then the area should be washed if you want to make sure that the removal is effective and your dress is not destroyed in the process. The latter can happen if you are not careful while handling the removal.
Last updated: November 2017.
Please note that this product was purchased by MyCleanHomeGuide and was not supplied by Karcher.
If you are looking for a window vac, you can’t go far wrong with the Karcher range. Karcher have three models/kits to choose from; the entry (and cheapest) WV1, mid-range WV2 Plus and range-topping WV5 Premium. Retail prices range from £40 to £80 (although it’s well worth shopping around for the best prices).
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The model we reviewed in detail was the Karcher WV2 Plus model. The Karcher window vac range currently has 3 models and the WV2 Plus sits in the middle of this range. The RRP of this model is £60 (we paid £50 from Amazon). The WV1 is £10 cheaper but is the old model and does not come with the spray bottle.
The range topping WV5 Premium is £30 more expensive and for this you get an additional smaller suction nozzle and the battery can be removed and replaced with a spare charged battery, although the charging station and additional battery cost nearly £50.
So, what can the Karcher window vac be used for? The main use is for cleaning windows but it can also be used for cleaning shower doors and removing condensation from windows. Another use is cleaning up liquid spills.
What’s in the box?
The WV2 Plus is supplied with the main vac unit, a 11″ (28cm) wide suction blade head, a spray bottle/microfibre cleaning head tool, charger plug and a small sample sachet of cleaning solution. The suction blade is really easy to click into the body and overall the unit is quite light and easy to handle. There is an easy to reach power button with LED indicator light on the back of the main unit.
The water collection bottle can be easily emptied by undoing the rubber bung and the whole bottle unit can be removed for cleaning (although you have to detach the vac head to do this).
We found that the spray bottle/cleaning head tool was a little bit fiddly to put together and on the first attempt we did not screw the trigger head on correctly and ended up with a wet floor. The water bottle also seems to have a small capacity but we managed okay on our small window cleaning test. The cleaning cloth is attached by Velcro so can easily be removed for washing (in a washing machine).
Test no.1: Window cleaning
After fully charging the WV2 Plus for around 2 hours we set to work cleaning some windows (a set of small French doors). It took around 2 minutes to clean the windows which involved first spraying with the cleaning tool then going over a couple of times with the vac.
The spray tool is very to use and the vac did a good job of cleaning up the water first time and we only had to re-do certain areas. We only used washing up liquid in the cleaning bottle but overall the windows looked clean and streak free when we’d finished.
We also found that the window vac is relatively quiet to use as the motor does not generate too much noise.
Test no.2: Removing water from a shower door
Having had the Karcher Window vac for a couple of weeks now we’ve found that one of its most useful applications is in the bathroom. It gets put to use after the shower has been used for removing water from the shower door and tiles and also removing condensation from the large mirror we have above the sink.
In the quick shower door cleaning test it took well under 1 minute to remove all the water from the door. Previously we would have used a cloth to do this, so using the WV2 Plus was much easier.
Test No.3: Cleaning up spills
Another good use for the Karcher Window Vac is cleaning up liquid spills from hard floor surfaces, such as laminate, tiles or hardwood flooring. For this test we just used water on a laminate/tile floor surface and the window vac handled this with ease. We were surprised to find that the floor was almost dry to the touch after use.
If you were to clean up other liquids, such as milk for example, then you would need to remove the water collection bottle from the main unit to give the bottle a good rinse out.
Karcher have a strategy of offering “basic” products and then “premium” versions with extra (admittedly useful) accessories; this is common on their pressure washer range as well as their window vac range.
The WV2 Plus and WV5 Premium window vac models pretty much have the same base unit, the only difference being that the WV5 Premium has a removable rechargeable battery with extra running time. The WV1 uses the older, bulkier and heavier, base unit.
The difference is mainly in the accessories. We would honestly avoid the base WV1 model as it only comes with as standard wide nozzle and does without the cleaning tool (plus it’s the old base unit). The best bet is the WV2 Plus that we tested as this includes the cleaning trigger bottle & pad.
The WV5 Premium does have its longer running time and an additional smaller suction nozzle but in everyday situations these are features you can easily leave without, especially as its around £20 more expensive that the WV2 Plus.
Our recommendation: Go for the WV2 Plus as often this will only cost slightly more than the base WV1 model but is the more modern version and includes the very useful cleaning tool.
There are several accessories available for the Karcher window vac including replacement pads, belt holders, cleaning liquid and extra battery chargers.
However, perhaps the most useful accessory is the extension pole set for cleaning windows.
The set consist of 2 extending poles; one for the window vac and a separate one that has a washable cleaning head attachment. Each pole is 1.2 metres in length but can be extended to 1.9 metres. Your Karcher window vac can be securely mounted on the base plate and attached with the rubber strap.
These high quality extension poles allow you to clean taller or hard to reach ground floor windows and are ideal for cleaning conservatory glass. If you are looking to use on 1st floor windows then you will definitely need a step ladder to gain better access. The Karcher window cleaning pole set has an RRP of around £35 so makes a great purchase if you plan to regularly clean windows.
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Consider yourself in a situation where you spend a ton of money to get a dress that you really like. You wear it to some special occasion where you receive a ton of compliments for it. When you get home, before changing, you feel like cooking up something delicious and without thinking much, you head to the kitchen. As you are engrossed, a splash of grease from the frying pan makes it way to your dress and you find yourself facing a nightmare. What should you do in such a situation?
Getting rid of grease stains is not an easy feat to attain if you are not aware of what needs to be done. Furthermore, the laundry bill for it can leave you sweating. However, you can now relax if your clothes incur grease stains. We are going to provide you with some simple measures which would make sure that your clothes do not have to be discarded if a splash of grease falls on them.
Indeed, you will find that at times, getting rid of grease stains can turn out to be easier than other stains. This is because grease can be broken down into substances which can be easily cleaned.
Before moving ahead, there is one point that you will need to keep in mind. Each clothing item is different, so before you proceed to clean any item, you need to take a close look at the washing instructions that it is provided with. Some types of clothing tend to be too delicate and cannot be subjected to the process that is required for grease removal. You might end up making things worse if this is the case.
Furthermore, it would prove to be a good idea if you first check the cleaning product you intend to use on an area of the fabric which would not be visible when you wear it. This needs to be done so that you can check for any potential discolorations that can be caused by some cleaning products.
The selection of the cleaning product needs to be done with utmost care since the fabric can be affected if you use any substandard stuff.
One of the options that you have is to make use of a laundry detergent for the purpose. All that you would need to do is apply the liquid biological detergent on the stain and rub it in a gentle manner. Make sure you wash the fabric on a setting which is suitable for the fabric, so the washing label on the fabric has to be checked. You will need to opt for the hottest setting that the fabric can withstand.
Once you are sure that the stain has been removed completely, you can leave it to dry. You can repeat the process a couple of times if you are not successful the first time around. However, if you are still not able to get rid of the stain, you can move onto the next tactic.
Another option that you have is to make use of a dishwashing detergent. This might sound bizarre since we often hear about how it is important to use cleaning products specially designed for clothes to get rid of stains. However, sometimes, you need to think out of the box so that you do not have to give up on your favorite dress
If the grease stain is really stubborn, you will find that the properties that are found in dishwashing detergents can be quite helpful. This is particularly true if you want to deal with the stain quickly. For this, you will have to lay out the garment. Dilute the dishwasher liquid with some water and cover the stain with it. Gently, use your fingers to mix the detergent into the fabric. After some time, you will notice that the stain begins to dissolve. This would not take up a lot of time since dish detergents are formulated to deal with grease and have the tendency to absorb it directly. Once the stain dissolves, rinse the liquid off and use a laundry detergent to wash the fabric.
Even if the stains are highly resistant, more often than not, the dishwashing detergent would be able to take care of it. You can try it multiple times if the first time does not yield the results that you were looking for.
There is another method you can try as well. For this, you need to sprinkle some powder on the stain. You can make use of talcum powder or baking powder for the purpose. Make sure that the grease stain is covered completely. Within a short span, the powder will start to absorb the grease. It usually takes around half an hour. If the stain is wet, make sure you pat it dry before sprinkling the powder.
Next, you need to brush away the powder, using a soft-bristled brush for the purpose. You can then clean the remaining stain with laundry detergent. Sometimes, you might have to apply and then brush off the powder multiple times.
For some really tough stains, you can also make a mixture of baking soda and water and rub it onto the stain. Allow it to dry and then remove the paste with the help of a brush.
Thus, it is apparent that there are a lot of tactics that you can make use of to get rid of grease stains. If your clothes or fabric incur any grease stain, you do not have to go into a panic mode. Instead, you can make use of any of these measures to deal with the stain and you will be rather impressed with the results they yield. Your clothes will start looking as good as new and you would not even be able to remember where the stain was.
All of us like to start our day with a cup of tea to get rid of the sleep that thwarts our attempts to get on with our chores. Thus, a kettle is one of those utensils that are used regularly.
Kettles are also used for the purpose for heating various items. All in all, it is the kind of utensil which is taken out multiple times in a day. Hence, if you are not cautious when it comes to cleaning the utensil, you might have to face some dire consequences. Hygiene is something that needs to be maintained at all times. No compromises can be made in this regard if you want to ensure that your health does not suffer.
There are some simple measures that can save you from a lot of trouble. For instance, you need to make sure that the outside of the kettle is wiped on a regular basis with an anti-bacterial cleaner. Various options are available on the market, so you can opt for something that would cater to your requirement to perfection.
The inside of the kettle needs to be cleaned thoroughly and deeply every month or two so as to prevent the buildup of limescale. Limescale can affect the kettle’s function and reduce its efficiency, more of which we will discuss shortly.
Furthermore, in case your area has hard water, you will have to pay all the more attention to cleaning your kettle.
If you are unsure about how to approach the task of cleaning the kettle properly so as to prevent the formation of limescale, we are going to make things easier for you by providing some simple measures that would take care of it.
Before proceeding ahead, let us first elaborate on what limescale is. This would ensure that you are able to identify it so that you can take measures to get rid of it.
Limescale refers to a milky white deposit which is tough in texture. In scientific terminology, it is called calcium carbonate which is commonly found in areas which are hard to clean and have the tendency to be clogged up. These include the likes of old pipes, central heating systems, hot water tanks and kettles among other things.
From this, you can infer that limescale is found in those areas where hot water tends to evaporate and can solidify. These deposits tend to give off a rather bad impression. Furthermore, only scrubbing will not get rid of them, thereby making cleaning a challenge for you. If you scrub hard with all your might, there is a high chance that your kettle will have its inner surface removed, which would make things all the more difficult for you.
However, all is not lost. By using the right tools, you can get rid of calcium carbonate by dissolving it. Let us walk you through the process. Once you find out the steps that need to be taken, you will realize that actually there was no reason to worry and the whole thing can be taken care of with a lot of ease.
The thing is that kettles are designed in such a way that they can contain liquid, which is why de-scaling can be managed easily. All that you need to do is follow the instructions below every couple of months, and everything will be done with efficiency.
The first thing that needs to be done is to purchase a kettle cleaning product. Pay heed to the reviews that different options have attained and take a look at their ingredients. This will ensure that you do not end up purchasing something that can be detrimental to your health. Once you manage to get the right thing, the rest of the journey would be a whole lot simpler.
The kettle cleaning product would first have to be diluted with water, following which you can pour it into the kettle. The kettle would then be boiled for a fixed period of time. Let the solution in the kettle be for some time to give it a while to soak. You can then rinse it with cold water, and your kettle would be as good as new.
If you do not relish the idea of using a commercial kettle cleaning product, there is another alternative that you can use. For this, you will need to mix equal amounts of water and household vinegar in the kettle and allow it to soak for around an hour or so. Once the time is done, boil the kettle. You will then have to empty the kettle and rinse it thoroughly with cold water. You can also use lemon juice instead of vinegar. However, if you do use lemon juice, you will need to be rather generous with the water used for rinsing since the lemon smell does not go away easily.
Once your job is done, you can give the final touch by wiping the outside of the kettle for which you can make use of a general-purpose cleaner or simply a damp cloth. After you are done, you will find that your kettle would look as though it had never been used before.
No one likes the idea of having to replace kitchen utensils every now and then. The thing which many fail to realize is that more often than not, replacement is not really required. In reality, you only need to pay attention to cleaning the units so that they will come out looking new. Therefore, make use of these simple measures to make sure your health is not compromised and your kettle continues to function optimally. You will be rather impressed with the results and would not even have to do a lot to yield them.
If you are looking to buy a new vacuum cleaner then you are spoilt for choice these days. There are many types now available, from the classic upright design through to the latest robotic vacuum cleaner models. You will also find a wide range of prices and features, so the task of choosing a new vacuum can become quite difficult.
In this Ultimate Buying Guide, we explain the different types of vacuum plus review the best model in each category. We also explain some of the key features to look for when buying a new vacuum.
If budget is your main buying criteria, take a look at our recommendations by price point. We hope you find this guide useful.
Vacuum Cleaner Make & Model
Best Upright Vacuum Cleaner:
Vax U90-MA-Re Air Reach
Best Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner:
Best Cordless Vacuum Cleaner:
Morphy Richards 732005 2-in-1 Supervac
Best Handheld Vacuum Cleaner:
Vax H90-GA-B Gator
Best Robotic Vacuum Cleaner:
Best Wet & Dry Vacuum Cleaner:
Numatic CVC370-2BL/BK Charles
Best Carper Washer Vacuum Cleaner:
Vax W90-RU-P Rapide Ultra 2
Top Recommendations by Price
Best Vacuum Cleaner Under £200:
Shark NV680UKT Powered Lift-Away True Pet
Best Vacuum Cleaner Under £100:
Zanussi ZAN2000A AirSpeed Lite
Best Vacuum Cleaner Under £50:
Vacuum cleaners come in different colours, sizes, shapes, functionalities, and prices. There are many vacuum cleaners in the market and you need to invest in the right type for that suits your requirements and budget. Vacuum cleaners fall into several different types which we explain below along with the best seller in each category.
These are the most popular vacuum cleaners, mainly due to the fact that they are easy to use and store. Upright vacuums come in both bag and bagless (the dirt is stored in a container) versions. Generally, upright vacuum cleaners offer good cleaning ability due to the size of the cleaning head and the number of brushes that can be included. Attachments are also easily stored on these models. The downside is the weight and the heavier version can be more difficult to push around.
The Vax U90-MA-Re is a super light vacuum with extra reach. This full-size unit is capable of cleaning stairs, cars and large floors. The incorporated multi-cyclonic technology provides a strong suction for cleaning different surfaces. It is a powerful machine designed with a light frame which makes it easy to push upstairs. Slim and retractable handles also save space. The handle can be adjusted into 8 different heights allowing you to achieve the most comfortable position.
The long hose and power cord provided allow you to clean all corners as they have a reach of up to 15 meters. There is no need to unplug the machine while cleaning different spots due to the long power cord. The exceptional cleaning power deals with pet dander, dust, and dirt and it can remove hairs from car seats, upholstery, and stairs. It is also equipped with a HEPA Media filter which is capable of removing a wide range of allergens.
There is an LED indicator which alerts you in case of any damage. You can also easily remove the brush bar by releasing two clips. The dust container can be emptied quickly by holding the bin and pressing the release button. This models also has two cleaning modes allowing you to clean carpets and hard floors.
Pros: lightweight, long reach, powerful suction, adjustable handles, great filtration, easy to take apart
Cons: some sharp plastic bits on the vacuum, extension hose is hard to remove and attach
These are automated and lightweight devices which clean floors based on instructions given by the user. A remote control or a console is used to enter instructions. They also have settings which allow you to define the cleaning intensity. These vacuums cleaners move around the room with limited supervision and they shut off automatically after finishing the job. RoboVacs are equipped with electric sensors which allow them to avoid obstacles like walls and furniture. Rubber bumpers are also used to soften any impacts which might occur. This type of vacuum can clean carpets, wood and tile flooring. This cordless device needs to be charged after use but they require no bags and generates less noise.
The Eufy RoboVac combines 3 brushes and a powerful suction to provide an exceptional cleaning performance. It has one rolling brush and two side brushes, which loosen and extract dirt from the floor easily. Dirt is then vacuumed into a dust collector. This hands-free vacuum cleaner climbs over rugs and moves along uneven floors easily without falling over. Infrared sensor technology also allows the RoboVac to evade obstacles.
It is made of a scratch free glass cover for protection and this model features a low-profile design which is 0.5cm thinner than other models. This allows you to clean hard to reach places, especially under your furniture. It is designed with three distinct modes; edge, spot and max and this makes sure that dirt is removed effectively from different spots. This model has three filters including one with a HEPA-style to trap fine dust particles and allergens like pet dander and spores.
It cleans your house at the click of a button. Cleaning is done automatically as the RoboVac docks to recharge itself. This unit is powered by high-capacity Li-ion Battery which delivers suction power constantly for 1.5 hours. It comes with multiple accessories including a charging base, guide, cleaning tool, filter and an AC power adapter.
Pros: automated, powerful suction, manoeuvres around obstacles, easy to recharge
Cons: not cheap, difficult to set up
Cylinder vacuums have a motor and a dust collector in a separate unit. A hose attached at the end is used for vacuuming. This type of vacuum can be corded or cordless. They used different attachments to clean difficult places like stairs, walls and under beds. This type is more flexible than upright vacuums and there is less need to move the main body of the vacuum around..
This compact vacuum cleaner is designed for smaller homes. It has a great suction force which ensures maximum cleaning performance. A dual-nozzle design allows you to clean both hard floors and carpets much easier. The vacuum includes chrome extension tubes which allow you to clean hard to reach corners.
The AN3002EL features a minimalist and compact design which allows you to store the unit in small spaces. It’s a powerful vacuum cleaner despite its small size and this highly rated machine delivers a great cleaning performance. The 1400w motor delivers a great cleaning power. It also makes use of the microfiber filtration system which captures a wide range of allergies.
This machine weighs only 3.2 kg and moves easily along the floor. It comes with a 5 m power cord with a rewind function. A 2L dust bag is also attached to the unit.
Pros: ultra-compact, lightweight, powerful motor, cleans hard-to-reach places, cleans hard floors, great suction power
Cons: fiddly during assembly, can be known to overheat
These smaller vacuum cleaners that can be operated with one hand. They are mostly used to clean car interiors and for quick clean ups. There are corded and cordless handheld vacuum cleaners available and both are perfect for cleaning hard to reach areas. This type is not great for wide area floor cleaning due to their size.
The Vax H90-GA-B Gator makes use of a 10.8 v battery which is ideal for cleaning little spills in your home and car. The battery can last for 13 minutes in constant use. This cordless model allows you to avoid obstacles while cleaning your home as you can manoeuvre it easily and clean places which are hard to reach.
This model uses Gator Mouth Technology which allows you to empty contents from the bag with ease; the "mouth" can flip up allowing you to empty the contents straight into the bin. This container has a capacity of 0.2 L only. The mouth is designed with the shape of an alligator which makes it easy to manoeuvre. Its dirt container allows you to see the level of contents which makes the emptying process more convenient. The filter can also be removed easily and cleaned.
It weighs only 1.24 kg which makes easy to handle and carry during cleaning and storage. A built-in retractable crevice tool makes it easier to clean tight spots and there is an LED indicator that shows you when the unit is charging.
Pros: lightweight, easy to empty, powerful battery, simple to use
Cons: limited capacity, short run time
Alternatively, read our full handheld vacuum cleaner buying guide.
Cordless vacuum cleaners are similar to standard upright or handheld models but include a rechargeable battery rather than a power cord. Upright cordless models are usually smaller and more lightweight than their corded equivalents. The main advantage of cordless vacuums is that they are easy to use and ready-to-go (as long as you keep them charged!). The downside of these type of vacuums is running time between charging, especially if used on higher power modes.
This is a cordless vacuum cleaner which allows you to clean your floors and stairs much faster. It is a handheld cleaner which cleans places which are hard to reach. The Morphy 732005 is a lightweight model which allows you to manoeuvre easily while cleaning hard floors and carpets.
It is a two-in-one model which can be used both as a handheld and upright unit. It uses a powerful 18 v battery to deliver a great cleaning performance. The dual power switch provides an extended cleaning time of up to 30 minutes before recharge. The panel features controls which are also easy to use.
This model features a dust canister which can be easily removed from the unit and contents can be emptied directly into the bin. The collapsible handle also allows you to store the unit easily by reducing the overall height.
Pros: unrestricted cleaning, easy to manoeuvre, easy to store, powerful cleaning performance, extended runtime
Cons: absence of crevice tool, slow charging
Alternatively, read our full cordless vacuum cleaner buying guide.
Wet and Dry Vacuum cleaners can be used for normal vacuum cleaning but also have the ability to vacuum up liquids, this is particualr useful for any large spills or for floor area that get frequently wet.
This vacuum cleaner can be used both for dry and wet cleaning. The CVC370-2BL/BK Charles can be used to pick up dirt and dust but it can also be used to unblock a sink and dry your floor. This is enhanced by a full Twinflo motor which provides an exceptional cleaning performance.
It comes with a wide range of accessories including tubes made of lightweight aluminium. This means the unit is rust free while spending its life cleaning up liquids. Cleaning is done through two nozzles: one is used to clean liquids, the other one is used to clean carpets and hard floors.
The unit is powered by a 1200w motor which delivers adequate suction power for removing dirt and fluids. The two-stage motors operate at low sound levels. Big filters coupled to HepaFlo dust bags are used to remove dry dirt. A safety valve is also incorporated for picking up wet dirt.
The Charles is designed with a low centre of gravity and it rolls nicely and manoeuvres around obstacles without toppling. Overall, this is a very versatile vacuum which allows you to tackle dirty floors and large spills.
Pros: multipurpose, great suction power, manoeuvres easily, long reach
Cons: fittings for water vacuuming are bulky to store, a bit noisy
This type has a long-stick handle and the main body is smaller than upright vacuum claners. They are the least powerful vacuums but are good at cleaning tight spaces. They can be used for cleaning hardwood floors, light carpets, and rugs. Their slim size allows them to be stored in small spaces.
Carpet cleaners are a good alternative to renting machines or paying for a cleaning company, especially if you need to clean your carpets on a more frequent basis. Carpet cleaners come in upright and handheld versions and work very similar to a vacuum cleaner but with the added benefit of the cleaning system – you add water and cleaning solution to the machine, typically this gets heated and when you manoeuvre the cleaner over your carpet, the brushes agitate the carpet fibres and the cleaning solution is applied. You can then run the cleaner over the carpet again to remove any excess moisture. The disadvantage of carpet cleaners is that there are usually heavier and more expensive than standard upright or handheld models.
The Vax Rapid Ultra 2 is a quality carpet cleaner. It is designed with a rotating brush bar which helps in removing dirt attached deeper in the carpet. This model is designed with Dual V technology which extracts water within a limited amount of time which leaves your carpet clean, dry and smelling fresh.
A 3-meter hose attached to the unit provides a longer reach and the wash tool helps in cleaning stairs and also upholstery in your car. It is also great at cleaning carpet edges. You can tackle accidental spills comfortably and its an ideal cleaner for homes with pets and young children.
The Rapid Ultra 2 has a large tank which allows you to clean longer without making regular refills, especially when cleaning larger rooms. Tough stains are handled by a pre-treatment wand and a solution.
Pros: easy to switch from cleaning to washing mode, lightweight, easy to assemble, large capacity
Cons: not great with long fibres, parts of the water collector can be hard to clean
The NV680UKT is a relatively new product by Shark designed with Powered Lift-Away technology. The main unit of the cleaner can be detached from the wand by simply clicking a button. This turns the upright vac into a portable unit and power is delivered directly to the brush roll during the Lift-Away mode. The handle provides an extended reach allowing you to go anywhere. Different brushes including the dusting brush and pet brush are attached to the unit. All of these features allow this vacuum cleaner to be moved up the stairs with ease.
This model also features Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology, this works by the air system capturing and holding dust within a compartment. This makes sure the air around the house remains clean while and after vacuuming. This model can clean both hard floors and carpets and cleaning modes can be changed using a button located above the canister.
This model is also designed with a swivel steering for manoeuvrability and movement is also enhanced by the ergonomic handle. LEDs are also used to illuminate dirt in hidden places and the controls are conveniently located on the handle.
Pros: powerful suction, easy to manoeuvre, great reach, easy to use, energy saving, compact to store
Cons: a bit heavy, cannot move under a lower furniture (such as a futon bed)
This is a bag-less cleaner designed with a multi-cyclonic technology which separates dirt and dust from the air path, keeping your filters free from clogging. It also ensures a powerful constant suction. This bag-less cleaner comes with a 2-liter dustbin which can be accessed easily. It is also emptied and cleaned less often due to its large capacity. The filers can also be easily removed and cleaned. The whole unit weighs 3.8 kg which is a manageable weight. This model is suitable for cleaning carpets and hard floors.
The onboard tools come in handy while cleaning different areas in your home. Extension tubes are used to clean hard-to-reach areas and a dusting brush is used to remove stubborn stains. The crevice nozzle picks up dirt from small spaces. Maximum reach is guaranteed by 6.5m cord length.
Cleaning settings can be adjusted to suit different types of floors, the brushes adjust automatically when you set to a specific floor type. The filtration system uses Hepa technology which leaves air clean.
Pros: strong suction, lightweight, great cord length, great filtration, large capacity, multiple tools, multi-use, adjustable
Cons: complicated settings, canister fills up quickly, pipe easily shakes loose, poorly placed buttons
This is a flexible cleaner for use with different home sizes. It can pick up dirt with ease and the suction force is great. The Duronic VC8 can be converted from upright to handled vacuum with ease and this versatility allows you to perform a wide range of cleaning tasks. There is no need for purchasing a large vacuum or more than one vacuum for performing simple cleaning tasks.
It is rated at 600w/800w watts which is enough to do all cleaning in medium sized homes as it provides sufficient power and cleaning efficiency. An extra turbo brush allows you to clean places that are hard to reach. and this can be combined with a long hose for deep carpet cleaning. The suction force is more than adequate when used as either a handheld or upright cleaner.
The whole unit is small enough to be stored without taking too much space and it is light enough to be carried around and stored easily. This model also features a Hepa filtration system which helps in removing small dust particles and it does not block easily like ordinary filters.
Other features include a power cable that is also easily stored and a transparent dust canister that allows you to see the fill level and allows easy dirt disposal.
Pros: no need for bags, versatile, powerful, great accessories, stored easily, great cable management, emptied easily, lightweight
Cons: a bit noisy, short cord, needs to be emptied frequently
A good vacuum cleaner should offer exceptional functionality. It should be able to handle different types of dirt with ease. Most models can be used both on hard floors and carpets. You might want to choose a vacuum cleaner which can clean tight spaces and cover a large area. Below are the main things to consider when purchasing a vacuum cleaner.
Weight and Size
A vacuum cleaner should be easy to push around while cleaning. Choose a light vacuum to reduce fatigue while cleaning. Select those with suction adjustments since most vacs come with a powerful suction which requires effort to move along the floor. The vac should be easy to carry up and down stairs. Some have wheels and rollers which make it easy to move on the floor. Ideally, the size of the vacuum cleaner should match the size of your home.
Choose vacuums with long cords and hoses. These allow you to clean your space without unplugging the unit. Small vacuum cleaners can fit in tight spaces. They can also move under furniture to remove dirt. Consider buying a handheld version for cleaning your car. Consider automated models in case you want to clean your home with little supervision. Also choose vacs which allows you to see the level of dirt for convenience.
Power and Capacity
The motor should provide enough suction power. For cordless models, choose vacuums with the right battery power. The runtime should be long to avoid interruptions while cleaning. The battery should also be easy to charge. Consider buying vacs which shut off automatically after finishing the job. LED power indicators also make the recharging process easier.
Bag or Bagless
Both of these vacuums require some level of maintenance. Bagless vacuums eliminate the need for using vacuum bags. Both of them need to be emptied regularly and filters also need to be cleaned on an ongoing basis. Bagged vacuums trap dirt inside a bag which is then disposed into a bin.
Consider what attachments you might need. For example, pets mean you have to clean up more hair so consider buying vacuums with the right attachments like a turbo brush crevice tool for picking up these pet hairs. Look for attachments that allow you to clean dirt in hard-to-reach places.
People with allergies should consider buying vacuums with a sealed air system to prevent dirt, pet dander, and allergens from escaping. Consider vacuums which feature a HEPA filtration system, these clean the air while vacuuming.
Durability and Reliability
Choose a vacuum which lasts longer especially with frequent cleaning. Look for vacuums that are easy to maintain. The attachments should also be easy to take apart and clean.
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A kitchen worktop is a most worthwhile investment to your home – indeed, it would be hard to get by without one. They make the entire kitchen look more refined and elegant, and they fulfil the very important function of creating a workspace on which you can prepare meals. Plus, they will be used daily, so even if you pay top dollar for a kitchen countertop, you will get value out of it unless the material is incredibly shoddy.
In that case, it is worth a bit of expense forking out for a worktop made of granite, quartz or Corian, all of which are teak-tough materials which will maintain their quality for years to come. However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t susceptible to some damage and disrepair over time, particularly if they are not kept in prime condition. Marks could form on the countertop if you place boiling hot crockery directly onto it, for example.
This video below from worktop fabricators Pennywell offers a range of useful tips for cleaning kitchen worktops. It covers several different materials and explains the best ways of keeping them clean in a format that is easy to understand and looks rather cool. They’ve also posted a comprehensive cleaning guide on their website, which should answer practically any question you may have about keeping your worktops clean. We’ve seen it and, take it from us, it’s well worth checking out!
Vacuum cleaners are integral to our cleaning regime, but with some machines being so bulky, portability and ease of use is an issue. Thankfully, this day and age has brought us cordless vacuums and the simplicity they bring into our lives. These vacuums are often handheld, and while they are smaller than average, they get the job done right, especially in smaller living areas and hard-to-reach places such as sofa crevices.
Their light weight and cordless nature make them especially portable and easy-to-use, and while they aren’t as powerful as their larger counterparts, the accessibility and effortlessness in using cordless handheld vacuums makes them capable of holding their own in a larger-vacuum-dominated world.
Perhaps you’ve been looking for the right cordless vacuum cleaner and have gone through a few reviews. There are so many out there that it’s easy to get confused as to which one would be the right fit for your purposes. Well, we’ve put together a review of four great models that you can check out to speed up your decision-making process and find the best model for you.
If you have pets at home, then this vacuum cleaner would do you a good service. It’s suitable for vacuuming stubborn pet hair from upholstered areas as well as other surfaces around your home. It does this through its powered turbo head which is ideal for cleaning upholstery even beyond pet hair. It’s got a 0.3 litre capacity, making it great for quick clean-up jobs and spot removals.
It comes with a built-in crevice tool that gets into hard-to-reach areas and other tight spots so that you know that even in places like under the sofa cushions, your house is clean. It has a washable filter, so that means that you don’t have to spend money on regular filter replacements. It also has a “gator mouth” that opens and closes, allowing you to empty the canister quickly and easily.
Advantages – The ease of use of this model has held acclaim with many testers. The dust canister is also easy to empty, and the pick-up is excellent on all floor types. Another thing they especially liked was the built-in crevice tool.
Disadvantages – The charge time is long at 12 hours, for a 20-minute run time.
Also in the Gator line of Vax handheld vacuum cleaners, this model is essentially a smaller version of its turbocharged cousin, which is ideal if you need the same quality of pick-up power but you aren’t a pet owner. It’s great for cleaning up small messes around the house, especially in the kitchen, where you may have used a broom and dustpan previously. Like its cousin, the H85-GA-P18, it also comes with a built-in crevice tool with an extendable nozzle.
Since the nozzle is collapsible, this makes for easier storage. However, it does have its drawbacks. The capacity is small at only 0.2 litres, and it has a recommended charge time of a whopping 24 hours! You’d think that with that amount of time to charge, you’d get a good amount of time to use the vacuum, when in reality you only get around 13 minutes of dedicated cleaning time, which is a let-down.
Advantages – Compact and easy-to-store, yet powerful, this model is very easy to use. A mark of Vax’s craftsmanship, this vacuum is sturdy and well-made, without feelings of flimsiness. The “gator mouth” is still present, allowing for easy discharge of waste, right into the trash bin.
Disadvantages – You get a smaller capacity of 0.2 litres. The charge time is very long while you only get around 13 minutes of use out of it.
Powered by lithium-ion batteries, this vacuum is light and ergonomic, with a hefty amount of suction, as well as providing stable battery power without fading with regular use. It has a patented nozzle that can swivel up to 200 degrees, allowing you to get into all those nooks and crannies that you can’t normally reach.
However, this doesn’t always work, as the body is a bit wide, so it might not always be able to reach particularly tight spots. Its high performance motor makes cleaning a breeze, making sure to get all the crumbs and dust off virtually any surface. It also comes with ECO Smart Technology that lets you charge your vacuum for only 4 hours to full capacity. As a drawback, this only provides 13 minutes of usage time.
Advantages – The pivoting nozzle makes reaching hard-to-reach areas easier. The filter is washable, and there is an integrated brush tool and crevice tool, meaning you don’t have to carry additional attachments around while you clean. Its powerful motor makes cleaning simple and easier.
Disadvantages – The battery life is quite short with a 13-minute run time. The dust container is also small at 0.2 litres.
With its wide mouth, the DV7210N can deal with a large amount of debris. Despite this, it doesn’t compromise on being lightweight and ergonomic, so that you can hold it easily even in awkward positions and places. It uses cyclonic action to rid your surfaces of dust particles.
While it is easy to handle and doesn’t weigh very much, it still provides a good amount of suction. Its filtration system prevents dust from escaping. It has a short battery life of 10 minutes when fully charged. The dust container is transparent so that you can tell when it is full as you are cleaning.
Advantages – Lightweight, portable, but still powerful, this is one of the better handheld vacuums out there. The cyclonic action does a good job of getting rid of dust and the dust chamber is easy to empty.
Disadvantages – The poor battery life might make cleaning a challenge. Also, it only has one suction power setting.
While handheld vacuums are only meant to be supplements to regular house vacuums, we still think that there’s plenty of good to be had in owning one, and that you would have an easier time cleaning up smaller messes without having to break out the big guns.
That aside, we hope that this list has been able to give you a better insight on some of the best models of cordless vacuums available today. No model is perfect, but there are enough advantages to them to warrant picking them up to add to your cleaning arsenal.
The Dri Buddi is a unique clothes airer unlike any other on this list. It is much gentler on clothes than a standard tumble dryer and it even gets rid of creases. The airer also operates very quietly; you won’t even notice it’s on.
It is super easy to assemble and can be done in less than 10 minutes, and is even easier to operate. All you do is turn the dial and let the Dri Buddi do the rest. It can hold up the 10 kilos of clothing and takes up hardly any room.
The only downside of the Dri Buddi is that you have to pay to run this one as well. But it doesn’t use a lot of energy and is still definitely worth the purchase.
The biggest benefit of this airer is that it is electric, so it dries your clothes quicker, is gentler on your clothes, and can be used inside easier. You’ll also really love the design of this clothes dryer because it is super easy to hang all your laundry up and it doesn’t take up an absurd amount of room.
If you don’t like the way the shelves are arranged though, you can change them easily. It has 21 meters of drying space and is very lightweight, which makes storing it super easy. You can also dry absolutely everything on this airer, from pants and shirts, to socks and even delicates.
The downside of this airer is that since it is electric, it does cost money to run. However, it is significantly less than a standard tumble dryer and is actually very cheap. The benefits are definitely worth a few pounds worth of electricity; you won’t even notice it on your bill, making this one one of the best clothes airers.
The kitchen is often the centre of daily life in a house. Whilst this means that wonderful things happen there, it also means that it is a complete clutter magnet.
If you’ve found yourself surrounded by more and more clutter in your kitchen recently, never fear! Here is a step-by-step guide to banishing clutter. We’ll start with the preparation, offer some tips for decluttering techniques and finish up with the most important part – how to stop your kitchen being cluttered again within a few weeks of clearing it all up.
How to Prepare
How to Declutter
How to Keep it Tidy
Are you feeling inspired to start a decluttering mission in your kitchen? Got some top tips I haven’t covered? Please let us know in the comments!
Bio: Sara is an organisation-fanatic working for Glasgow-based self-storage company Storage Vault (http://www.storagevault.com). Storage Vault have over 15 years’ industry experience and provide expertise and self-storage solutions for all customers whether for home or work.
How do you choose a new carpet? Do you look for quality in a soft floor covering, so it lasts? Or you are immediately mesmerised by the patterns and colours, once in the store, and pick the one that matches best your walls? Whatever it is you are after, one thing is for sure, you are a carpet lover.
But what if you are a homeowner who is sitting on the fence and cannot quite make up his mind? In that case, this guide is just for you. And, since no one knows more about carpets than a carpet cleaning company, we asked the pros from Go Cleaners London to uncover the strengths and weaknesses of our precious textile floor coverings.
The pros and cons of carpets, based on your individual needs
The list of pros and cons contains some carpet characteristics, which can be advantages and disadvantages at the same time, depending on what you are looking for in a carpet. Carpeting can be also good and bad in relation to different environmental aspects, due to some of the specific properties it has. Hopefully, you will be much better informed about the benefits and the drawbacks of soft floor coverings at the end of this list.
#1. Carpets are quiet
Carpets can actually reduce noise by adding up to the sound insulation of a property. This is an important aspect for people who work from home, large families and residents of apartment blocks. So if you are a noisy person, your trusty carpet might save you a tedious confrontation with a grumpy neighbour.
#2. The softer the floor the softer the fall
Do you live with little legs that are constantly tumbling over when running around? Toddlers simply can’t help themselves but fall more often than you would like. Hence, carpets are a smart choice, especially for stairwells, if you have small children. Still, Go Cleaners share that cleaning carpeted stairs requires some extra efforts and can be tricky sometimes.
#3. Carpeting keeps you warm
The wintry wind is fiercely blowing outside but you feel nice and cosy by the fire, sitting comfortably on the soft carpet. Homeowners who have opted exclusively for carpeting as their floor covering solution enjoy a much better-insulated home during the cold months of the year.
#4. They don’t last forever
Hang on, there must be a mistake here! Why is this an advantage for some? Well, who would want to live with the same old decor for years and years? And what better chance to refresh and transform your home interior once the life of your carpeting has run its course? With the vast choice of patterns, designs and colours, carpets are an instant changer of the overall appearance of your house and an impressive medium in any home improvement project. Still, there are ways you can extend the life of your piece and regular maintenance is essential for that.
#5. Carpets keep you on your feet
Carpets have a high coefficient of friction, which virtually means that you cannot slip and fall while walking on your carpeted floor. Hence, elderly persons and children are better off with soft floorings at home. Carpeting effectively minimises the risk of accidental injuries.
#6. Dust snuggles into the fibre inconspicuously
“And how is this an advantage?” – you would ask. Well, there a couple of important benefits that derive from your carpet’s filtering properties. Firstly, it improves the indoor air quality by trapping airborne contaminants until it is time for them to be removed. And secondly, if your daily schedule is on the busy side, you have a more flexible scope for planning when this time would be. In contrast, shiny hardwood timber flooring shows very much dust, so it requires vacuuming more often than carpets do.
#7. Relatively cheap to buy
Surely this is a pro that you keep in mind when you feel that your home needs refurbishing. Carpets are an inexpensive option when it comes to renovating your house or apartment interior. They will not break the bank and are hardly difficult to install. Carpet tiles, especially, may “tickle” even a DIY newbie to have a go at installing the floor covering themselves.
#8. Carpets may help the environment
Carpets improve the heat insulation of your house. Hence, they maintain your utility bills low and in the process, contribute to the sustaining of our environment. The less energy you consume, the more eco-friendly your home is.
#9. Keep allergens at bay
If you are an allergy sufferer, carpets may alleviate your condition. As long as you ensure that common allergens, like pet dander and dust mite, which carpeting traps and prevents from circulating freely in the air, are regularly removed, that’s it!
#1. Carpets stain easily
Carpets are classed as high maintenance because accidental spills may be more difficult to clean in comparison to tiled floors and hardwood surfaces. Sometimes, using a vacuum cleaner won’t be sufficient to clean your piece. Sometimes, even a professional steam cleaning of your carpeting may not remedy the problem. Hence, soft floor coverings are recommended for low-traffic rooms, like your bedrooms at home. Finally, there is no universal way to clean your piece as different fibres require a different treatment.
#2. The pet dilemma
Pets simply do not mix well with carpets. Your furry best friend shed hairs, which, to your despair, are a pain to clean. Moreover, cats and dogs of all ages may have some issues with going to the toilet in the right place at some point in their lives. And even if you manage to put the habitual removal of pet stains under control and get the hang of it, the elimination of the pungent odour may prove a less easy task for you.
#3. They don’t last long
Carpets of mediocre quality look tattered within a few years. They can get completely ruined overnight (during that long-planned party for your 30th birthday). If not maintained properly, the resale value of your carpeting will plummet. If your carpet is in poor condition, this may decrease the price of your property or restrict your rental options.
#4. Carpets are not so easy to recycle
Unfortunately, 65% of discarded carpeting still ends up in a landfill in the UK, according to the statistics for 2016. So if you are a fierce advocate for a green living, bare this in mind when you are about to part with your old carpet. Soft floorings, which are made from, both, natural and synthetic materials can be reused or recycled in a specialist carpet recycling centre.
#5. If wet, they take time to dry
Unlike hard floorings, carpeting holds onto moisture for longer, especially if it is made from a natural material or certain types of synthetics. So, large spills, high-humidity environments and even cleaning procedures like steam cleaning, if not performed with a professional equipment, may promote mould development in the carpet underlay and the floor covering itself.
#6. Carpeting is too warm
People who live in hot climates do not rate carpets that much. They go for quality hard flooring solutions, which keep the house cool in the scorching heat. There is nothing more enjoyable than walking barefoot on a polished tiled floor when outside is approaching 100 °F.
#7. It’s a breeding ground for allergens
If you are an asthma sufferer and not great at keeping on top of the cleaning chores at home, you are more likely to ignore the invisible army of allergens, which finds refuge in your carpeting. If it looks clean, why bother vacuuming your flooring? But just because you can’t spot the microscopic allergy-trigger mongers, this does not mean that it is safe to leave your carpet unmaintained for weeks.
#8. Carpets are quiet
Carpets do not provide great acoustics in a room, hence, they are not the best option for step dance classes. Or at home, you will not hear very well the muffled footsteps of a burglar if your home has been carpeted throughout.
In conclusion, you can only go for the right flooring solution for your home, based on what you find to be beneficial to your family. Your personal understanding of comfort, your sense of aesthetics and your perception of what inconvenient means to you are the main factors, which will inevitably guide you in making a decision on whether carpets are really for you.