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How To Slack At Work… & Get Praised For It!

There is an art form to slacking that I have mastered. It takes a lot of time and dedication, but if you’re willing to make the sacrifices, you too can become a master slacker such as myself. Here is the JustHave guide to slacking:

Step 1) Get a job, while this may seem like the last thing a slacker wants to do, it is vital to making sure you won’t be living in your grandparents basement or your siblings house.

Step 2) Show up to work everyday for 91 days. After 90 days your trial period is over and they can’t fire you without good reason, at least not without paying your unemployment.

Step 3) Buy a Sebo X-4 GoVacuum Pet Edition from GoVacuum, this is irrelevant, but if I don’t mention a product in every blog, I won’t have a job. As the black sheep of my family, I have to have a job or I won’t have a home to live in.

Step 4) On day 92 stop showing up to work, stop answering calls from your boss and never return his phone call. Just act like Ron Livingston in Office Space, you need to be able to truly channel his character and care free attitude.

Step 5) After not showing up to work for about a week, be the first to work one morning and act like nothing ever happened. Just look busy all day until your boss comes in your office and when he ask you where you’ve been and what happened? Say how much fun you had on your vacation and thank him for giving you the week off. This will make him think he forgot telling you to take a vacation and he’ll start to question his memory vs questioning you. (I recommend buying something from the dollar store and giving it to him as a souvenir, it makes your claim more believable)

Step 6) Order an IQAir air purifier from us and say it’s because of the dirty air at the office, it keeps making you sick and you needed the best HEPA air purifier on the market. This will allow me to keep my job, plus you now have an excuse for not showing up in the future as the last thing any corporate office wants is to be making their employees sick, it’s a liability for them.

Step 7) Search the Internet for something really great about your company. Chances are there is something out there on the web about your company that your boss doesn’t know about. Then take that to your boss and explain how when you were off work for the last 3 days you were working on that. He will be thrilled, give you praise and even offer to allow you to work from home!

Step 8) Enjoy the “working” at home schedule you now have and don’t ever, ever, ever, ever, ever tell your boss about these 8 steps!

In the event you fail to follow these 8 steps and you get fired, look at the bright side. You now get unemployment for not working, enjoy the paycheck for not having to do anything!

BREAKING GOVACUUM NEWS: (see step 7) On January 9th of this year, just one day after my last blog post- I started working on this and I’m proud to announce GoVacuum is featured in a Google Adwords Youtube promotional video! Check it out! Then you can visit our youtube channel which has about 150 videos with product reviews by yours truly (I was blinded back then and used to show up to work, but now I see the light as I have followed these 8 steps I created) Please ignore the fact the promo video was uploaded by Google in September 2011…

If you have any questions about how to be a slacker go ahead and email me justin@govacuum.com. Until then… ask not what you can do for your company, but what your company can do for you!

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Daily Deals… No Thank YOU!

Okay, I get informed by big boss man yesterday, I would have to attend a product launch from a leading vacuum company last night. Grrrrrr… this would effect my hectic work schedule, but he informed me there would be an open bar and free food, two of my favorite things, so I was happy to go!

Just as I finished up my 11th piece of salmon and capping off my second bottle of red grape juice, I was informed by that said boss man, he wanted to “increase my duties” at the company…. :(

No… No… NOOOOOOOOO!!! I’ve worked hard to get to this point of slacker and he wants to ruin that with work? Before I could react, he asked me if I knew what a daily deal was. I tried to pretend my hearing aid battery was low, but he knew I had just replaced them, because we had a conversation about them a day before, as he suggested I should get rechargeable vacuum batteries to use in them (I said he was scary looking, never funny).

He wasn’t buying it, he told me I need to start a daily deal section of our website and everyday I would need to offer a new discounted vacuum deal. Needless to say, that third bottle of juice was finished off rather quickly. What could I do? I felt deceived, but no one else will hire me sit in a hammock and blog all day, so I’m left with no other choice, but to say… without further delay. Drum Roll Please…. Introducing GoVacuum Daily Deals!

Everyday yours truly will have one of the GoVacuum misfits rummage thru our warehouse and find a product we have too many of, then I’ll go ahead and write something witty about it and come up with a huge discount off the regular price (Woot rip off much?).

A lot of items we’ll take a loss on, but it’s better then paying rent stocking these items in our warehouse. Some items will be vacuum cleaners that are new in the box, some will be returned open box returns that are in like new condition with fully warranties, some might be robotic vacuums or whatever we might find in the warehouse!

The good news for you, our customers is you will have savings as high as 90% off the regular price! Just check our website everyday to see what’s being offered, but buy quickly and think later! Daily Deals will be limited in quantity and you have 30-60 days to return them and we even pay shipping both ways! Just buy the items and if you don’t like them return them, zero risk or cost to you! My theory is if enough people buy stuff to try it out then return it, our daily deals will make use loose so much money he will stop the daily deals and I can get back to slacking! :) The bad news for me, is now I currently have to work between Jerry Springer and Maurry… :(

Excludes Miele products. Think I can turn this in to a “weekly deal” instead? Have an idea about how I can get out of doing work? Email me: justin@govacuum.com

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Mold is not match for Vanilla Ice!

I woke up a few hours ago at approximately 3:19 am and 22 seconds, I had the worst case of morning froth mouth ever, So I grabbed a glass of water and took a gulp, that just seemed to move the contamination around and felt like I just drank frog residue. I literally jumped up out of bed and grabbed the tooth brush and brushed the remaining toofers and took a big schwig of mouth wash. After gargling in rhythm to the tone of Ice Ice Baby, I rinsed out my mouth with EdenPure 2000 filtered well water, then I stopped… collaborated… and listened.

Was Iceman back with his brand new invention? No, nothing this epic was happening (but I’m hoping for a world tour), what I was hearing was silent, but had a strong odor, my eyes began to water and my allergies begin to bother me, was my IQAir Healthpro Plus not working? Nope it was running just fine. What was happening then became abundantly clear when I looked in my shower.

MOLD! Yes, somehow mold had decided to make its was in to my life and bathroom. Like a deer caught in headlights, I stood there gazing upon this unwanted furry friend for a long amount of time, after the staring contest I lost, I ran down looking like Homer Simpson in my tighty whities at 4:00 am to GoVacuum.

After crawling over a Miele vacuum, 4 boxes of Miele vacuum bags, and more Miele vacuum parts like HEPA filters, because whoever demonstrated the Miele Capricorn for the customer last night, didn’t put everything back (ahem, ahem!), I then found what I was looking for!

The Vapore Sirio Astro Gaya Vapor Steam cleaner by Polti. I opened the box, placed the attachments in my neon green fanny pack, the hose over my shoulders and ran back home with the belly of the beast in my hands.

I filled the 1.5 liter water tank with contaminated well water and plugged it in. After just a few minutes, it hit 248 degrees and was steaming, so I did the only thing I could do, I blasted my prized Vanilla Ice cassette tape and got to work.

I was like Muhammad Ali, talking smack while I put the beat down on soap sum, shower residue and mold, they all just melted away, I guess I’m just too hot to handle! Even the tricky mold in the corners were no match for the micro set of included attachments.

By the time the third song of the tape was blasting out my boombox, I was done. I still had plenty of steam left, because the steam cleaner gives off continuous steam for 30 minutes per fill up. So like the old lady in There’s Something About Mary, I started one of my favorite past times… freaky speed cleaning!

After 2 hours of vacuuming, steaming my kitchen counter tops, oven, microwave and refrigerator. I was still pumped! So I danced around like Tom Cruise in Risky Business until I got tired. Moral of the story? Not even mold wins a staring contest with me when I’m armed with Italian machinery.

Do you have a story of how you rocked out to the greatest rapper to ever touch a mic? Well, VIP… lets kick it over to me in an email justin@govacuum.com. Did you laugh? Share our blog with your friends on Facebook! GoVacuum blog! Like us on Facebook and you will be entered to win a Roomba 560 vacuum cleaner, visit here for more info. Did you know we are located just outside Washington, DC. & Have a showroom in Chantilly, VA!

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Go Bowling… Go Vacuum… Go Diet… Go Love…

I had an exhausting morning yesterday as I was recovering from my LaborDayAPalooza festivities. I woke up bloated and had a headache from all the food and stress I endured because of the remote control batteries. After laying in bed I decided to get up and exercise. Yes, I know what you’re thinking, why ruin a good start to the week by exercising after such an epic holiday on Monday?

You see, my good Facebook contest friends, LaborDayAPalooza is just one day per year, so for the other 364 ¼ days I do exercise each morning by speed walking to the mailbox at the end of the driveway (even on Sundays… what’s OCD?) and I maintain a healthy diet of processed genetically modified and unnaturally enriched foods, plus I use EdenPure Aqua 2000 filtered ice in most all my organic high-fructose corn syrup drinks, which after all is a vegetable! That’s right, only the healthiest of the healthiest for my palate will do.

Yes, these healthy lifestyle choices that I make is perhaps why I often get confused for Brad Pitt when I roam the local big box stores for savings in my fitted XXXL “WingMan” shirt.

Side note: oddly enough these mega mart stores are not as cheap as our little mega website GoVacuum.com. Oh no… let me stop before I start some shameless self promotion and tell you how we offer 60 day returns with free shipping both ways paid by us… oh well to late!

Nonetheless… after that great mailbox cardio and some fruit aka Apple Jacks Cereal a healthy part of this complete breakfast!

I took a shower and then started the day off talking to myself in the mirror like Gary Busey does.


I sat down in my nature inspired office and poured myself a glass of “grape juice”, I was ready to “work” but something was off… I couldn’t pin point it, and for no particular reason why, I was tired. I didn’t want to strain my eyes on the laptop screen, nor did I want my boss to have a workman’s compensation lawsuit from an attorney I could find on a day time television ad, so I did the responsible thing and went back inside to rest my eyes.

After about seven hours of self inflicted eye rejuvenation and relaxation management therapy, I deemed myself healthy enough to get to work. So… I took my lunch break, two hours later I was ready to write the GoVacuum blog, but I was still stressed due to my long work hours. It then hit me like a Sebo Airbelt K3 canister vacuum falling down the stairs. I needed a change of pace and scenery, so I decided to go in to the GoVacuum World Wide Headquarters in Chantilly, VA.

Upon my arrival at 6:00pm I was informed that due to the recent success of our 10% off site wide GoVacuum coupon that can be used on most everything excluding Miele, Sebo and IQ Air. A few of the vacuum geniuses (kind of like an Apple Genius, but for vacuums not computers) at GoVacuum were having a bowling night on the websites dime.

I immediately questioned each and every single GoVacuum vacuum genius! How is it, I was not informed of this social company gathering? Is the beloved blogger loved by anyone anymore? Did I even ever mean anything at all to her (I mean the GoVacuum geniuses)? I felt heartbroken and much like the great comedian Rodney Dangerfeld… apparently, I get no respect! =(


Just as I was starting to click my heels and recite that there’s no place like home, Mike the friendly senior sales and customer service manager who had just helped inform a customer on how to replace a vacuum belt in her Kirby upright vacuum, told me something that even my deaf right ear heard loud and clear. “Justin, Buddy… sorry this was not written up in an email, it’s an improvised thing, you’re more then welcome to come along!”

As my goofy grin expanded, and my eyes lit up like Rodneys, the rest of the geniuses chimed in and with open arms and invited me to tag along on this exclusive event. ALRIGHT! I was gonna go bowling for the second time in 15 years.

After 5-10 minutes of grueling office work, we left for the great GoVacuum bowling extravaganza! I need to point out some troopers still held the fort down while I was attempting to bowl in the double digits and that’s not only because we have the greatest vacuum industry personnel working at GoVacuum, even though we do. Nope, it’s because of the extended hours. That’s right all the chat and toll-free telephone lines are open from 8am-10pm EST Monday- Saturday plus 11am-10pm on Sunday.

Needless to say we had a blast, Mike bowled well and the rest… well… they did better then me! Plus they didn’t make fun of me… at least not to my face. After a few frames we all hurried home, tucked ourselves in the bed and had dreams of sweet Oreck xlpro6a back pack vacuums… (OKAY! That last one is untrue… I was dreaming of a mystical girl who broke my heart, I mean the mystical Miele Capricorn canister vacuum cleaner with seb236).

Did you laugh? Share our blog with your friends on Facebook or tweet it! GoVacuum blog is at www.govacuum.us! Have a comment, wanna tell me your bowling score average? Anything just email me so I look busy! justin@govacuum.com

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Shake, Rattle, Roll… EARTHQUAKE… in Virginia?

Well… yesterday started off as a normal morning for me, I woke up, I did my normal morning routine of exercise, shower and eat breakfast… and then… an earthquake!

I’ve been getting behind on blog entries so I decided the night before I would write one yesterday about the Miele B990 Rotary Iron Mangle we started selling recently.

When I was ready to walk outside I realized, WOW! It’s really an incredibly beautiful day with perfect weather, so I had only 2 choices, call in sick (but I don’t do that unless I’m really sick, as karma would ensure I’d get a rare form of illness) or take the day off. Now… this is where my creativity came into play. I called the big boss man and explained my dilemma, he told me to just work from home writing for ½ the day. I LOVE MY JOB!

So the mood was set for a great blog entry, hammock – check, laptop with wifi – check, big glass of EdenPURE 2000 filtered water – check, sunshine and 70 degrees – check… earthquake centered about 50 miles from my home– check!

Here’s how it went down, I was just finishing up the blog entry and all of a sudden I heard what I thought was my stomach growling, then it got louder and I thought it was a train, but I live in the country where there’s not a train for miles, just about then the hammock started to swing. I looked up at my house and noticed the chimney dancing around. It took a couple of moments for me to realize what was happening, then I jumped up and ran inside the house (now, I know what you’re thinking, hey kid genius you’re suppose to run outside during an earthquake not inside!). I know to stop, drop and roll, but this is only my second earthquake, thus I’m still learning.

As I got back inside the basement, it stopped. That was it. I looked around, a few things fell off the shelf, but nothing broke. I questioned myself, did we just had an earthquake? No way!

I called my loved ones and then tried the GoVacuum office and warehouse, but the phone lines were not working. I texted and got a reply that everyone was alright, no injuries. I figured at this point, I should go into work, but the fear of an aftershock derailed my intent of riding my motorcycle. I was excited to get there, as I knew I would hear some cool stories about the earthquake centered approximately 70 miles from our warehouse.

One of the funniest is how, an employee I call Superman just bolted out the door, he just stood up from his desk and ran outside (maybe I need a lesson from him on earthquakes). The other was how Michael was taking an order and looked outside at the surrounding buildings and blinds shaking then turn back and continued to help a customer who ordered the wrong bags.

The big east coast earthquake 2011 made for some fun excitement at GoVacuum. Then I walked through the warehouse. I was reminded of how lucky we are no one or stock was damaged, but then I walked to the back corner where we keep our returned inventory, floor demos and open stock vacuums and air purifiers. Well… so much for no damage!

It turns out we had more then a few machines fall from the shelves in this area. So much for my easy going relaxing day, as the rest of the night was spent inspecting the packaging, the contents and making sure they all turned on and operated properly. Luckily they all are fine and in great working order! The boxes took all the damage. Just one problem, now we have to sell them and the owner would prefer sooner then later! So he has done something he has never done before, he is allowing YOU the customer to name your own price!

He told me to make a list of not just these fallen few plus all of the open stock and returned machines that have been inspected and “sell them fast”… so as of today we are having our official GoVacuum.com “Earthquake Of Savings Sale”!

These prices are so low we can’t list them online at our website, as many manufactures will only allow us to sell at a certain price on our website, if we offer it for less online they will not allow us to sell their vacuums anymore. Yes, even if they are open stock items! The solution? Call US! Just pick up the phone an call us! You WILL save money!

That’s right, if you call GoVacuum at 888-468-2210 we can let you know what vacuum for your cleaning situation we recommend and we will check to see if we have it in open stock. The owner has authorized deep discounts as he wants these machines to be sold ASAP! (I think he is worried about hurricane Irene now!) There has never been a better time to invest in your home and air quality then right now!

Call 888-468-2210 Today! You have 30 days to return the machine if you aren’t 100% satisfied with your purchase! I mean, you are dealing with GoVacuum.com the most pro-consumer and best vacuum cleaner website in the world!

Earthquake vacuum sale

Now for the legal Mumbo jumbo: These are being sold on a first call, first serve basis. Sorry, but no rain-checks, no layaway’s, limit of 5 vacuums per caller. Excludes Miele, Sebo & IQ Air888-468-2210!GoVacuum Machines After The Great Virginia Earthquake!GoVacuum after the earthquake

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GoVacuum Extends Its Business Hours!

When my boss Bill Anand shared with me a recent article he wrote about strategic partnerships, I was excited to read it. Afterwards I felt inspired about working with Bill, he then asked me if I knew the 6th element of success? I had no answer. He simply replied… “happy customers”.

It is such a high customer satisfaction rating that has enabled Bill to turn his little “retirement project” GoVacuum.com into one of the largest vacuum cleaner and commercial cleaning websites. This simple concept of making sure the customers are happy is often claimed, but very few actually have as high of a customer satisfaction rating as GoVacuum does. The reason for this is we go above and beyond what other companies do to please you, our customer. For example, we offer 60 day returns on our household products and shipping both ways is FREE!

The reason Bill was mentioning this to me was to explain, while it is great our customer service chat and phone support is available from 9:00am – 8:00pm EST, we are actually closed at 5:00pm to our customers on the west coast. He then explained how some customers are early birds on the east coast.

So he had a great idea, not only to extend our support and sales hours to 10:00pm EST, but to open even earlier at 8:00am EST. I said that sounds great! Yet, Bill being Bill and always trying implement things to make customers even happier, exclaimed “that’s not good enough”! “If we are going to provide great customer service, we need to do it every day of the week”, he said.

I started to wonder to my self, is it not enough that I go home and have to vacuum, yet alone when I sleep I dream of vacuums… now I won’t even have time to be home, because I’ll be working so much.

“We should be open Sunday as well”… BAM! THAT WAS IT! I think saw a flash of white light and started hallucinating vacuums, my vision was getting blurry, all I could see was Sebo uprights, Miele canisters and Vapamore steam cleaners circling around, my hearing started to go bad as well, I could only hear the loud noise of a broken Dyson vacuum. I had trouble breathing, this was no longer the EN1822 HEPA certified IQAir filtered air we breath in the office… Then, just as I was about to faint, he said the sweetest words I had ever heard. “We should hire more staff to help our customers with these extended hours”

Breathe in Breathe out, my vision cleared, and the sound of a bad Dyson clutch faded. “I think this is a great idea Bill”!

So here we are today, with a larger staff (it should be noted we only hire experienced vacuum industry professionals) and open 7 days a week!

Think about it… now, when you break that vacuum belt you can order it from an experienced representative at 9:39pm EST on Thursday night, then you can call us and we’ll explain how to install it, even if it’s on a Saturday night at 9:45pm EST! (We won’t question how thrilling your week was, that lead you to spending a Saturday night fixing and repairing your Hoover… honest!)

Now that we’re open Monday – Saturday from 8:00am-10:00pm EST and Sunday from 11:00am – 6:00pm EST, you can grab your new or recently repaired vacuum cleaner, put it in the hands of someone in your home and yell… GOVACUUM!

We are always looking for ways to make your experience better with GoVacuum. If you have any ideas, suggestions, or just want to say hi! Please feel free to email me justin@govacuum.com, I’m always willing to take your great idea to Bill and claim it as my own! :)

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“Operation Clean Air” – IQAir Helps US Olympians by Providing Ultra-High Efficiency Air Cleaning Machines at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

The Olympic Games represent an international tradition where the spirit of competition and sport supersedes borders and promotes unity among nations. The 2008 Olympics have been a topic of intense discussion for citizens around the world because of the decision of the International Olympic Committee to host the games in Beijing. Many have questioned the Committee’s decision to host the games in China’s capital city due to a variety of factors, including concerns over human rights and the environment.

As a company who has a keen interest in air quality, the GoVacuum team was interested to hear that IQAir, our leading brand of air purifiers, was supporting the U.S. Olympic team by providing them with high quality air purifiers to be put in the athlete’s housing accommodations and training facilities. Considering the high level of pollution in Beijing (see graph below), the air purifiers will be a true gift for the American athletes. Having met the President of IQAir, Frank Hammes, personally, I am not at all surprised of his commitment and generosity towards improving the air quality of athletes at such an important event.

My only question, however, is how come, as an international company, IQAir didn’t make a broader effort to improve the air quality of the entire event by housing air purifiers in all the major stadiums and event grounds for the Olympics?

Air Pollution in Beijing Graph (Source: BBC News)

Air Pollution in Beijing - GoVacuum

I’m posting the IQAir Press Release that GoVacuum received earlier today for your viewing pleasure.

IQAir Press Release

IQAir Top News
IQAir to Provide U. S. Athletes With Ultra-High Efficiency Air Cleaning at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. July 29, 2008 – IQAir announced today they are providing the U. S. Olympic Committee (USOC) with ultra-high efficiency air cleaning for USA athletes at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games to help create the optimum performance environment.

“We are very proud to be able to support the performance efforts of the USOC in Beijing,” says Frank Hammes, President of IQAir. “The USOC is always looking for new and innovative ways to assist their athletes. This project will be the first time ultra-high efficiency air cleaning is used on a large scale to provide performance enhancement at an athletic event.”

In November of 2007, a team of IQAir experts and the USOC traveled to Beijing to examine indoor spaces that would be used by USA athletes.

“Our goal is to ensure that we do everything possible to provide the very best training and performance advantages we can for our athletes,” says Margaret Hunt, medical director for the USOC. “We feel that while all athletes will appreciate our efforts with IQAir, athletes with asthma will especially benefit.” The project, dubbed “Operation Clean Air,” will utilize IQAir’s HealthPro Series room air purifiers in athletes’ bedrooms. For large training areas, IQAir has designed special facility-sized portable and installed air cleaning systems. IQAir will also be adding ultra high efficiency filtration to the heating, air conditioning and ventilation (HVAC) systems in buildings. The air cleaning systems are tested and certified to filter ultra-fine particles down to 0.003 microns, smaller than the smallest virus. They are based on technology IQAir uses in hospitals around the world to filter particles as small as the SARS virus, MRSA, and tuberculosis.

In addition to eliminating ultra-fine particles, IQAir’s systems will also provide comprehensive gas and chemical filtration.

“All large cities suffer from a wide range of gaseous pollutants. These are byproducts of traffic, manufacturing, industry, and other sources,” says Hammes. “Gases and chemicals require a different type of filtration than particulates. And while most consumer products do not address this important aspect of air cleaning, IQAir systems contain the most advanced gas-phase filtration available.”

IQAir’s air cleaning systems are currently being stored in Beijing for installation and placement for the USOC later this month.

IQAir North America, Inc. is a member of the Swiss-based IQAir Group which has over 45 years experience in the design and manufacturing of ultra-high efficiency air purification systems. IQAir offers clean air solutions for a wide range of applications, from commercial air cleaning systems for hospitals and other critical environments to products for homes, offices, and hotels. IQAir is the American Lung Association’s exclusive educational partner from the air purifier industry. IQAir products have earned the Best Buy recommendations of Consumers Digest, Consumers Guide, Reviewboard Magazine, Consumer Search, as well as the top recommendation of the prestigious German government product testing organization, Stiftung Warentest.”

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