Get A Quick Clean With A Non- Electric Sweeper

There are times when you all you need is a quick clean. If it was a hard floor you might grab a dustpan and brush, for carpets, a non-electric sweeper does a great job.

Non-electric sweepers are extremely versatile and for that reason, very popular particularly in business environments. They are frequently used for quick cleanups in hospitals, airports, movie theaters and casinos due in part to their relatively silent operation.

Rather than using the sucking or vacuum action of a vacuum cleaner, non-electric sweepers use a rotating brush that ‘sweeps’ the dirt, dust or unwanted material into a pan. After the use the pan can be emptied ready for the next use.

These units are versatile and can be used on carpets, tiling, brick surfaces, concrete and even astro turf. Because they do not use a vacuum or sucking action, there is little in the way of airborn dust or allergens produced by a non-electric sweeper. Their quiet action makes them ideal for use around young children and babies without fear of disturbing them.

For a quick clean when you don’t really want to drag your electric vacuum cleaner out, the non-electric sweeper is an ideal alternative. You can our range of non-electric sweepers at GoVacuum.com. If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our experts.

Check Your Belts Regularly

Vacuum cleaner belts are one of those items that no one really wants to change. They are not exactly the most exciting item to go shopping for either. However, a little care and attention towards something as seemingly insignificant as a belt may extend the life of your vacuum’s motor.

Vacuums belts are generally used to drive the brush roll on your vacuum cleaner. As they are part of the airflow system, they can often collect dust, debris and fibrous material like pet hair, cotton or carpet fibers. After periodic use, these belts often become stretched. When stretched, they limit the ability of the brush roll to spin at high speeds and effectively kill the vacuum’s ability to pick up dirt and debris. Point being, that even if your belt doesn’t look broken, the mere fact that its stretched could limit your vacuum’s ability to clean and over time can cause the motor to overheat.

Plan on replacing the belt on a vacuum at least every 6 months. For repair tips, check out the two videos we have created below:

If a belt does break, take the broken belt along with your vacuum cleaners make and model along to your nearest vacuum cleaner specialist center. They can help identify the most appropriate belt for your cleaner.

To replace the belt, follow the instructions in the vacuum cleaners handbook. If the task appears to daunting, take the unit to your vacuum cleaner repair center where they can quickly install the belt for you.

Govacuum.com have a wide range of belts available and can help you find the right belt for your cleaner. Vacuum cleaner belts play an important role in the operation of your cleaner so it is essential you obtain the right belt for your cleaner.

Memorial Day Summer Vacuum Sale!

Summer Sale at GoVacuum

It’s that time of year again. Summer makes a welcome return into our lives. Here in Northern Virginia we are lucky to have a beautiful 85 degree, cloudless day. Over the weekend we enjoyed the sounds of the Harley Davidson’s roaring into DC for the Rolling Thunder’s annual Memorial Day parade.

Here at GoVacuum we have scrambled all weekend to put together a Summer sale for our customers. Recently, we decided to reorganize our warehouse in order to accommodate the growth in product selection and decided to do something with the number of returned items we had. Sometimes customers return machines because they were sent the wrong machine, or because they simply didn’t think the machine fit their cleaning needs. As a result, we are left with a significant number of machines that are brand new but have damaged or opened packaging. Instead of throwing away these machines, we decided to sell these online to customers.

There is a wide variety of machines available on this list ranging from higher end machines to budget value machines priced under $100. As summer begins, many customers are looking for a low price machine that can be used for quick cleanups around the house or a new machine for a summer house that won’t break the bank.

In addition to the “Scratch and Dent” offerings, we are offering sales on majority of the brands we carry with discounts of up to 30%. The sale, however, is only available over the phone or in person in our vacuum retail stores (Vacuums Unlimited) in Northern Virginia. This is for two reasons: the discounts are only available on the current inventory we have because almost all brands have announced price increases for the next quarter and many of the products we carry limit the discounts we can offer online (Minimum advertised pricing – MAP pricing).

The sale will only last through Sunday June 15, 2008 so pick up the phone today and call 1-866-468-2288 or visit one of our vacuum retail stores (Vacuums Unlimited) in Northern Virginia. (We’d love to meet you in person!).

Check out all our sale offerings here.

There Is Nothing Like A Polished Floors To Make You House Proud

Polished floor lend a certain elegance to a home that is often not matched by carpets alone. However, polished floors don’t happen by themselves, they take a little work to keep them clean and shiny.

Highly polished floors are often easier to clean only requiring a sweep with a soft broom or quick vacuum. Spills can be quickly cleaned up if attacked before they dry out to much, try not to use to much water as this can effect the polished surface. It is the shine that takes up most of the work. Fortunately there are floor polishers that reduce the work while providing a really professional finish to your floors.

Many of these polishers are multipurpose machines having built in dispenser tanks and attachments that enable the user to first clean then polish their floors. Attachments can include shampoo, scrubbing, polishing and buffing brushes.

To look after your polished floors you should fit protective pads to chairs and tables. Where items of furniture have casters, protective mats should be used. In areas that receive a lot of sun, protective curtains or blinds are a good idea.

A polished floors biggest enemy is dust and grit. As it is carried in it settles on the floor and slowly acts a fine sandpaper to scratch away at the polished surface. Regular cleaning of the floor along with matting at the entrances that may catch and collect any dirt or dust before it is brought into the room.The other enemy to polished floors is footwear, in particular high heel shoes and shoes with hard soles, these tend to scuff or mark the floor.

Polished floors really do become a feature in many homes. Whilst not as easy to maintain as carpets, the end result is worth that little extra work. If you would like more information on floor polishers then feel free to contact us at GoVacuum.com.

A Clean Carpet Is A Happy Carpet

There are many reasons for keeping your carpet clean, not the least being the simple aesthetics. We want our carpets to stay new looking for as long as possible. You should also consider health interests since most good vacuums not only remove tracked in dirt, but dust, pollens and other bodies that can cause irritations and breathing problems.

The question often asked is which vacuum cleaner is best for my carpet? Whilst your carpet type is important to know, other factors are equally important such as:

  • the area of carpet
  • what sort of traffic it receives
  • whether or not there are indoor pets to consider
  • whether or not there are young children, and
  • any other environmental factors such as pollen

Other issues that need to be considered when looking at carpet care is your budget and how much time you have available to undertake carpet care. Are you going to shampoo or steam clean the carpets yourself or use a commercial cleaning company. If your building, does the situation warrant considering a central vacuum cleaning system.

When looking to buy and carpet care equipment for your home you need to consider all the options available, the amount of time you have to undertake cleaning activities and your budget. You should then discuss the cleaning options that available with a reputable carpet cleaning store.

Having the right equipment on hand means you can keep your carpets clean and fresh looking for many years. In the long run, using the right equipment for your needs will save you time and, eventually, save you money.

Bissell 6900 DigiPro Canister Vacuum – GoVacuum Review Series

The Bissell Digipro Canister (manufactered by Samsung of Korea) has numerous repair problems. We are starting to see these machines in for repair, more and more frequently. The main issues are with the electrical hose, electrical wands, and the circuit boards. We tend to see this happen on Korean made vacuums, the circuit boards seem to overheat, and a lot of them even melt! With these sorts of electrical problems, we do not imagine that the machine would last more than 3 years.

One way you can prevent problems with the hose is to push the canister with your foot instead of pulling the canister around by the hose. This will prevent any unnecessary stress from being put on the hose and subsequently breaking it.

One other common problem that can be avoided is by picking up all big items off the floor before vacuuming. This may seem like common sense but because of the Bissell DigiPro’s small opening in the power-nozzle, relatively small pieces can become stuck and prevent the machine from doing its job.

- Chris Jones

Sanyo SC-S700P Powerhead Canister Vacuum Cleaner – GoVacuum Review Series

Sanyo SC-S700P Powerhead Canister Vacuum Cleaner

Sanyo SC – S700P Vacuum Review

We were very impressed with the cleaning ability of the Sanyo SC-S700P vacuum, especially for a canister with a powerhead and a price tag below $200. If you are looking for a budget vacuum canister, ideal for in between cleanings and for smaller spaces, this machine can serve your needs.

The Sanyo SC-S700P is a light weight canister that comes with an electric power nozzle for cleaning rugs and carpets. The machine also includes a variable speed motor control, which allows you to adjust how much suction power you want to clean with. This is ideal when cleaning delicate oriental rugs or your drapes!

With a full 12 amp motor, this machine provides plenty of suction power for cleaning even the most embedded dirt and dust. The internal wiring of the power nozzle makes removing the hose to clean upholstery and stairs, or using the attachments a breeze! There are no wires to unplug.

When changing from carpet to bare surface floors, you simply have to step on a switch on the power nozzle, that turns the roller brushes off. There is no switching of attachments to go from bare floor to carpets, saving you a lot of time.

The machine, however, does not have the greatest quality of electrical parts. The motor is a very loud motor and should not be expected to last more then 5-7 years. The filtration on the Sanyo SC-S700P is also very poor. With no HEPA Filtration option, this machine should be avoided by any house with allergies or breathing issues. Also the cord is only 17ft long, making you unplug the vacuum frequently during a clean around your house.

This machine is great if you are looking to spend under $200 for a canister vacuum with a power nozzle, there is nothing close in the same price range. But we will tell you, you will get what you pay for. Don’t expect this machine to last forever or perform any cleaning miracles. Knowing these things, the Sanyo could be the right machine for you.

- Chris Jones

What is the Best Vacuum Upright? The Sebo Automatic X4 Upright Vacuum Cleaner 9570AM – GoVacuum Review Series

Sebo X4 Vacuum Review -

We are proud to say that we have been in the business of selling and servicing vacuum cleaners for over 30 years; first through our local stores and more recently through our online store at GoVacuum.com. We began selling Sebo’s both in retail stores and online about 7 years ago, when the German vacuums were first introduced to the US market.

In terms of uprights, the Sebo X is the best vacuum we sell. Interestingly enough, it is NOT the most expensive vacuum we sell either. But in terms of an upright’s durability, cleaning ability, filtration, and ease of use – it’s the best.

To prove this point, I will tell you this interesting fact about the Sebo and its durability and functionality. In our seventh year of Sebo sales now, we have sold hundreds of their machines but are still waiting for our first warranty repair to pass through our doors. I won’t say that this machine has super status and never breaks, but I will say that it experiences significantly less issues than any other upright around. Further, the machine is truly designed for the average consumer, meaning that the machine can be repaired without the use of any tools. On the rare occasion that the machine experiences an issue, most people can repair the machine themselves.

The Germans have always excelled at engineering, as evidenced by their high end automobiles. Similarly, this knack for engineering has also spilled over into their manufacturing of vacuums. While some of their competitors (Dirt Devil, Bissel) aim for the cheapest price tag in Big Box stores, Sebo aims to provide a high quality machine, and leaves the sales of it only to those qualified to do it (i.e. independent vacuum cleaners).

Another impressive aspect of Sebo’s design and durability is that the fact that they are the only vacuum dealer in the world to give the customer a “Lifetime Belt Warranty”. They are able to offer this because the actual head of the vacuum has a feature that shuts off the motor as soon as it detects an obstruction in the brush roll, preventing any undue stress or breakage of the belt.

Go Vacuum – Go Green Vacuum Cleaners

Green Label Vacuums

What are they and who issues the green label?

The green label is issued by the Carpet-Rug Institute (CRI). They undertake thorough testing of vacuum cleaners to a set of standards designed to ensure cleaning power, carpet care and air quality standards are maintained. If the vacuum cleaner meets these standards it is issued a green label. The CRI test vacuum cleaners for the following:

  • Soil removal — CRI uses NASA-enhanced x-ray fluorescence technology instead of traditional gravimetrix testing to measure the precise amount of soil removed from carpet at either 30 oz/sy commercial cut pile carpet or 30 oz/sy loop pile carpet.
  • Dust containment — The vacuum must not release more than 100 micrograms of dust particles per cubic meter of air, keeping dirt and dust locked tight in the vacuum —not escaping back into the air where it can be breathed.
  • Carpet fiber retention —The vacuum must not affect the texture of the commercial cut pile carpet (900 passes with sample rotated every 50 passes) more than a one-step change based on one year of normal vacuum use.

This is a voluntary testing program for both residential and commercial vacuum cleaners. The program was started to provide buyers with a standard for cleaning, carpet care and air quality. If going green is your preference then you should look for the bright green IAQ labels on the vacuum cleaner packaging and merchandise displays when selecting a model.

For more information on Green Label vacuum cleaners, visit our GoVacuum.com pages. You will find more information and a range of Green Label vacuum cleaners.