What to consider when buying the best carpet cleaner

Best carpet cleaner reviewsSpecific knowledge and understanding is required when you are trying to find the best carpet cleaner. There are a lot of these machines these days and they are all available at different price ranges. This can range from 50 quid to 300 pounds and this will differ according to the technology integrated within the machine, the brand, the power and the attachments. In today’s post, I just want to quickly go through the best way to select the best carpet cleaner that will fit your requirements and fit your budget.

But first let’s quickly go through the different types of carpet cleaners you can buy.

Commercial machines are great because they are extremely powerful. Some homeowners own these machines for use in their home and they certainly make the best carpet cleaners. They are perfect for messy areas that require a lot of suction power to remove the dirt.

Handheld carpet cleaners are specifically for cleaning small spaces due to their minimalistic size. They use batteries that can be recharged so you won’t need to tag a cord along with you. This type of cleaner can be suitable for cleaning areas that a bulky machine would not be able to access.

Upright machines were made to clean larger spaces like the main living areas, for stains and spots and cleaning mess created by your pet and many more. This cleaner is one that’s suited to frequent use in your home. Occasionally, an upright machine also can efficiently clean other types of flooring like hardwood and tiles.

There are a lot of portable cleaners out there as well and these are basically lightweight cleaning units that are targeted to clean marks, spillages and furniture. These machines will get the job done perfectly if you’re working in tight areas and spaces.

Now that we know the different types of machines, here are some features that you need to think about before determining the best carpet cleaner.

Must have characteristics – There are characteristics and some fundamental functions which you should try to find when finding the best carpet cleaner. You should select the machine type depending on your cleaning function. Users largely select either commercial and upright models when compared to the others that we have discussed.

Machine electricity – A low amp system is frequently converted into a low suction force, but the power of the suction will also be dependent on the structure but this is not really accurate. Usually, different types of carpet cleaners will have different power with the handheld models being less powerful than others.

The name of the brand – In this particular market, Bissell, Dirt Devil and Hoover are those well-known brand that most of us consider to be reliable. It is impossible to determine which company will be better than another because their products need to be compared. However, you should know that they all come with advantages and disadvantages and they all have brand-loyal customers.

Usability – A lot of carpet cleaners are prepared to get started as soon as you unbox the packaging but a few of these need to be set up before they can get started. It’s better that you select completely constructed models in case you’re not someone with great technical ability.

I would say that if you consider all the above factors and read plenty of carpet cleaner reviews, it is possible to select a high quality machine based on what you will be using the machine for. If you seem to be undecided on which model to go for then you should keep looking before you make the purchase.

Debunking a Cold and Flu Season Myth

Thanks to Activia, we all know the difference between “good” bacteria AND “bad” bacteria…right? Great. So we’re all together here on page 1. Now let me see if I can’t knock your socks off with some more basic but mind-bending facts (at least to me) that may just make you angry, confused and determined to make a big change during this winter’s cold and flu season.

Continuing my way through the latest Skinny book I mentioned earlier, I came across the section on a “sick rumor” about bacteria, regarding the use of antibacterial gels. You know, the stuff you squirt on your hands because it’s faster than washing them (otherwise known as hand sanitizer)? Maybe you have a bottle on your desk, or you work somewhere that has those little bottles hanging from the walls everywhere that shoot out a foul-smelling foam? Now let’s keep the plain English going. This is “anti” “bacterial” gel. Right? Right. You’re still with me. I can feel it.

Cold and Flu Season

But you know that when you catch a cold or the flu, you’re catching a virus…right?

Ding ding ding! You must be as befuddled as I was when I first saw the light.

I’d heard about the potential dangers of antibacterial gels in the sense that they could contribute to the formation and spread of “superbugs,” but in all honesty, that always seemed so far-removed and “that won’t happen to me.” I mean, I’m taking it a bit more seriously now, but what really gets me here is how duped I feel by a $45 billion industry that’s actually making us sicker, not keeping us healthy like they’re trying to make us think!

So my message today is short and sweet: Freecycle that hand sanitizer, baby, or at least stop using it so psychotically because you think the snot running down your niece’s nose won’t “get you” that way. It’s a virus, sweet pea. Save the hand sanitizer for the diaper bag, wash your hands more often (with soap!) and stop contributing to what could end up being a major health crisis during our time. Stay healthy with all my latest tips and tricks and you won’t wind up in the hospital — where MRSA first cropped up, due to a built-up resistance to what? Antibacterial cleansing wipes. Doesn’t get much more convoluted than that, now, does it?

Five Minimalist Workouts – Exercise Anywhere, Anytime

Eat well. Exercise.

That’s the simple mantra for a healthy life. You can make it complicated – eliminating certain foods, eating a strict diet, and sticking to a regimented and punishing gym-schedule. But most of us don’t have the time – and for most of us, any kind of exercise is better than none.

So, here is my ultra-simple list of five incredibly simple exercises you can do – no gym membership, no equipment, and dead easy for beginners.

These minimalist workouts are perfect for feeling good and staying relaxed.

1. Walking

Walking is the easiest, simplest way to get some activity into your life. Walk to the shops. Walk to work. Walk to a friend’s house. Walk around the block. Walk through the forest, up the mountain, across the fields.

Walking is incredibly under-rated as a mode of transport. You can walk a lot further than you think, and it’s a lot less stressful than driving. It’s easy to fit into your day-to-day life too – in fact, why don’t you go for a walk right now? This blog will still be here when you get back.

2. Starjumps, squats, pull-ups, press-ups

I know. I hate repetitive, routine exercises too. So the easiest way to work the jumps, splits, squats, pull-ups, press-ups and other bodyweight exercises is to vary it up. Combine different movements. Make it playful – remember when you were a kid, and you used to just randomly run around and jump on things? Moving is fun, and playgrounds are great places to go if you just want to climb trees, have a go on the monkey-bars, and play ‘lava-monsters’.

3. Dance

Dancing is amazing. Okay, it’s not quite minimalist in that it requires a source of music, but I’m going to assume that if you can read this post, you can get onto YouTube. Go find some upbeat music, and dance like you’ve never danced before. Nobody’s watching, so just let yourself go crazy.

As a variation, try some martial arts. Pretend you’re Bruce Lee being attacked by a hundred ninjas, and get those high-kicks and super-quick punches flying.

4. Yoga

You might want a mat. But you don’t need one, really. I can’t praise yoga enough. It’s one of those things that always makes me feel better, even if I just find five minutes to really stretch. I don’t need to go into much detail here, as the famous Everett Bogue has already written the best guide to minimalist yoga around. I should note that I’ve been using his routine very successfully for the past few weeks.

5. Play with some kids. Outdoors.

Children are whirlwind dynamos of energy, and keeping up with them can be hard work. So do your local stressed out parents a favour, and take their kids for a day out somewhere. Go to a park, and play football or frisbee. Explore the woods or some caves. Play old playground games, like ‘stick in the mud’. Or just chase them around until they or you collapse!

Now here’s the catch. To make it worth doing, you need to keep doing it. So slow down. Make it a habit to walk to work. Agree to take the kids out once a week. Make Tuesday night the night you put on your sequins and turn the volume to eleven. Make yoga part of your nightly wind-down routine.

Now – wasn’t that easier than you thought it would be?

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