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Bona Hardwood Floor Mop to the rescue!

I’m not the shyest person you have never met, I love to interact with people, its not all Hayden central vacuums, Miele Cat & Dog and Koblenz floor polishers with me! No Sir! I love the whole human element of not only life, but also of this home called GoVacuum.com.

I know 1st hand how annoying and hard it can be to get an actual human on the phone, not just with females, who for some reason always seem to be busy washing their hair when I try to call them, but in business. I like being able to pick up the phone and reach a company that wants my business, because if they are not there before the sale, they sure won’t be there after when I need service.

That’s why I have to post (with her permission) this email I received from a customer. Yes, it’s us bragging! We show no remorse or shame when it comes to touting our nearly 100% customer rating (perhaps this no shame thing is the reason so much shampoo is being used in my personal life?)! Nonetheless, here it is, a customer and her GoVacuum story…

I recently moved into a new apartment – my first with hardwood floors. Once the boxes were unpacked and it was beginning to feel like home, I was ready to make my floors shine for my housewarming party. I brought out my trusty vacuum cleaner, thinking that by using the hardwood floor setting it could get the job done. To my dismay, I was still left with a film of dirt and a few sticky areas from the previous tenants. What to do…?

Enter: GoVacuum.com! While I was Googling what to do, I came across your website. I read about the Bona hardwood floor mop! I’d used the Swiffer Wetjet in the past so I was familiar with the idea of a spray mop. I called your service center where Michael helped me. He was very polite and courteous, he explained how the mop is an Earth friendly product because the pads are washable, he told me the Bona mop is a step above comparable products. I read how your company is a very trusted one online with reviews and testimonials, plus you had the 60 day return policy with free shipping and it was only $59, so I placed an order with Michael.

I was pleased when I ordered the mop on Monday while out on my lunch break and how I had it the next evening. The first thing I noticed was the surface area of the mop head – it’s large enough that I can clean my floor in half the time that it would have taken with the Swiffer, but it’s still easy to maneuver and I REALLY like how it’s collapsible for upright storage. I’m also very pleased with the microfiber cleaning pad – it leaves my floors spotless without scratching them and can be machine washed up to 300 times! This makes Mother Earth and my wallet happy. Michael said, how Bona’s specially formulated hardwood floor cleaner is also the safer option to use at home, especially around children and pets, he must be right, because they party was great and no people or pets got sick, but they are still tearing up my new apartment and hardwood floors… what more could a active mom ask for?

GoVacuum.com, Michael and Bona are my new BFF’S! Thank you sooooooo much!

I’m always excited to receive an email, thus if you have a GoVacuum story, please email me justin@govacuum.com and you never know, it may just become my next blog post!

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Cleaning Memories and The Vacuum Renaissance

As a child I remember how much I loved to play outside, my mother would have to call my name numerous times before I would return home. Once I finally made it back to my exasperated mom, I could see steam emit from her ears like Rosie the maid in the Jetsons because I had just schlepped all the dirt on her carpet from my shoes!

After I ate dinner and watched my siblings eat dessert, it was my job to vacuum the entire house. I remember how I dredged vacuuming; it was such a chore having to use an upright for the carpets and a canister for the floors. I always remembered Rosie!
Why couldn’t the future be here soon? I really wanted my very own robot so I didn’t have to vacuum.

20 some years later here I sit at work for GoVacuum.com writing this. Perhaps this is karma for my many years of making her carpets dirty and trying to get out of vacuuming? I don’t know, but I know the future is now and I never have to vacuum again!

This means life is good, not only because I work for the best vacuum website on the Internet, but because robot vacuums are here and invading our homes!

Now before you start to freak out, by saying invade, I’m not saying the day of man vs machine is here and good thing, because I don’t have a lot of faith that John Conner will defeat the Terminators anyhow, but I’m saying is we have machines do a lot for us already in our home so why not embrace a robotic vacuum cleaner?

Everyday I use a robot to wash my dishes, automatically rake the kitty litter box clean, warm up my TV dinner (yeah, maybe life isn’t that great, but I digress), and clean the pool plus so much more. Why would I not allow a robot to automatically clean my floors and carpet?

Do you think after 14 years of working in the vacuum business I want to go home and vacuum? Especially after my mom scared me as a child with my vacuuming chores? While I do love the vacuum industry, and really enjoy working in it, I really don’t like to go home and have to vacuum. Who does like to get off work and go home and work more? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

So you can imagine my excitement when my boss at GoVacuum.com allowed me to take home the Roomba 440 and try it!

Actually I had no excitement, I joked around that this little thing wouldn’t clean the fuzz off my teeth, yet alone clean my carpet so we made a bet. My boss joked with me if I didn’t like it GoVacuum.com has the best return policy in the business of 60 days so I would be fine. I said no thanks, I hate to vacuum and that’s why I pay a cleaning service to do it.

He then made a bet with me! If I didn’t like it, he would pay for one week of the cleaning service, but if I did like it, I had to clean all the bathrooms at work and write an article about how much I love my Roomba robot vacuum.

He was right! That little sucker not only was used as a hoverboard by my cat, but also really cleaned my carpets great! It takes a lot for a vacuum to impress me, but this little round space shuttle looking device got up the cat’s hair! I can actually invite my friends over again (provided they bring me home cooked meals) because while I’m at work admitting defeat, that little vacuum booger is at home cleaning my carpets!

Now that I’ve cleaned three bathrooms used by all the employees here, he then shamed me into installing the most… let’s just say, unique device we sell called CleanButt Bidet Spa

So here I sit admitting defeat AGAIN. I was wrong (there happy?) and thus, I’m writing this article, but do I care? Nope, I just saved myself hundreds of dollars a year by firing my housekeeper and replacing it with a Roomba robotic vacuum that only cost $199.99!

So who really won the bet I ask you?

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Vacuums: Not just for cleaning anymore

Think the sole use for your vacuum is cleaning floors? Think again.

A Green Bay, Wisconsin mother learned that lesson this Christmas when her children gave her a vacuum cleaner as a gift. Upon opening the box she was surprised to find over four pounds of crystal methamphetamine and cocaine valued at over $280,000. Police say that the drugs were probably put in the box by smugglers before it was shipped from Juarez, Mexico.

(Read the full story in the Green Bay Press Gazette here: http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011101150692)

There are two lessons to keep in mind from this story. First, vacuum cleaners make great gifts! They may not be at the top of everyone’s wish list, but they are necessary for keeping a clean home and are always useful. If you’re shopping for a gift for newlyweds, new parents, or someone who’s just moved residences, they are likely in need of a vacuum. These Wisconsin kids were clearly on to something when they chose this gift for their mom.

Second, and more importantly, this story reminds us that there are many uses for a vacuum aside from cleaning. So dust off that old Hoover and get ready to put it to a new use!

Lull a baby to sleep

In the womb, a baby becomes comfortable with a lot of different sounds. Infants often need white noise in order to recreate that sense of security when falling asleep. The sound of a vacuum cleaner creates the perfect womb-like environment.

Stop a bug infestation

Got a fruit fly problem in your kitchen? One of the quickest ways to stop the rapidly multiplying invaders is to suck them up with your vacuum cleaner. The hose attachment will help you get them in all those hard-to-reach places!

Retrieve lost jewelry

Have you lost jewelry or other small items behind the radiator or under the couch? Consider using your vacuum to suck it out from wherever it’s stuck! Don’t forget to replace your bag with a clean one first so you’re not digging through piles of dust for your earring…

Manipulate your cat

Yes, it’s sad when terrified cats run for their lives upon hearing the vacuum. But if you need to prevent your cat from going into a certain area – perhaps you just painted your living room walls and don’t want them to rub up on the wet paint – it will do the trick every time!

And finally, just for fun…

Rob a bank

Thieves in France known as the “Vacuum Burglars” have used a powerful vacuum cleaner to steal money from 15 supermarkets over the past 4 years. The gang has stolen over 500,000 Euros by drilling a hole in the pneumatic tube that siphons money to the safe, then sucking out the rolls of cash with a vacuum. Creative, but we don’t condone this use!

-K.H.

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My Latest Cleaning Revelation

By Michele Kadison


Where have I been?  I have had pets all my life and it has been a constant struggle between my love for them and my antipathy towards the fur and dander they leave behind.  Vacuuming, dusting, and mopping becomes a constant with a dog and several cats in the house, as all of you pet lovers know.  Pillows scoured with lint rollers that barely do the job, carpets that need going over and over to remove imbedded hairs, it’s a never-ending cycle.

Only recently did I find the miracle sponge known as the Gonzo Pet Hair Lifter.  This is a dry sponge that needs no water or chemicals in order to work like a dream.  With this sponge, you don’t need to vacuum or dry clean to remove pet hair and dander.  Just wipe any surface and all the debris rolls up into a ball that is easy to pick off and toss into the trash.  There is no trace of residue and you can use the sponge on any type of surface, including clothing, bedding, drapers, upholstery, lampshades, carpets, wallpaper, and wood.  It’s also great for cleaning regular dirt and dust, as well as pollen.  I’ve been cleaning my window screens, Venetian blinds, and the inside of my car with it and getting amazing results.  You can even use it on lights, ceiling vents, baseboards, acoustical tiles, as well as for cleaning your computer screen.

Once the Gonzo Pet Hair Lifter gets dirty, all you have to do is wash it with soap and water, let it dry, and its ready for reuse.  Because it is made of all natural materials, it’s toxin-free and environmentally safe.  So if you have pets, whether they be dogs, cats, horses, or lions, take my advice and get yourself this magical sponge, which takes the headache and backache out of keeping your surroundings clean.

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Vacuuming Cats, Part II

Who knew cat vacuuming was so popular? Certainly not me. I thought Peter’s question would be a rare one, but some people have practically made a sport out of it! Check out the YouTube video below; you can also watch the video on YouTube’s site, and check out other cat vacuuming videos while you’re there. (Yes, there are more.)

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Ask GoVacuum: What can I use to vacuum my cat?

I would like to get a small vacuum to use on the cat. I have used my big vacuum with a long hose and a soft brush on the end on the cat and that was acceptable to the cat ;-) so I would like to get a small QUIET hand held one that wouldn’t freak the cat out. I tried a Shark? one that was advertised as quiet but it was everything except quiet! Obviously I only need one with fairly low suction, don’t want the cat stuck to it.. /Peter

Dear Peter,

Well, believe it or not, you probably already found the best handheld vacuum for your needs. There are a few quieter ones, but they are also somehow much stronger, and would probably only serve to anger your cat. As an alternative, I recommend something that is sort of an in-between option: the Sanitaire SC3683A. It’s not a full-sized vacuum, and is meant more for quick and easy kitchen clean-ups, in the car, etc. That means it won’t be as loud as a full-sized beast, nor will it be as strong. It has a very light touch, especially when used with the brush attachment. Plus, since it has a longer hose than comes with most standard uprights, you can place the machine on the ground away from the cat and bring just the hose and brush attachment near. That’s gotta be way less intimidating than even a small and quiet handvac (the loud motor is that much further away) and less suction and noise than a full-sized vacuum. Especially useful is the variable suction control — if kitty starts complaining, you can just turn it down a notch and keep cleaning. After you’re done, it’s actually useful as a regular vacuum for cleaning around the house, around the litter box, in the garage, in your cat’s car, etc. I hope that helps! Let me know how it goes with Princess.

And for the other readers out there who don’t believe Peter is actually vacuuming his cat, Peter was kind enough to send us a link to a video of Princess being vacuumed. Enjoy!

Princess being vacuumed

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