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Here is the full list of all our Articles and Guides regarding vacuum cleaners, steam mops, air purifiers and their tools and accessories and everything else that might be useful for keeping home clean and safe.

Articles and Guides are ordered according to the date added or updated.

How to Pick the Best Mattress Vacuum Cleaner

mattress vacuum mMattress vacuum cleaners are very specific vacuums, optimized for vacuuming and cleaning of the mattresses (hence the name), beds, sofas, upholstery, and other similar surfaces.

Although the mattress vacuums are mostly specialized units, some general-purpose vacuums can be used as mattress vacuums with suitable cleaning attachments.

Updated: November 18, 2021.

Best Cordless Steam Mops for 2021 - How to Pick the Best One?

shark sk460 mCordless mops and vacuum cleaners are powered using the energy stored at the onboard battery, giving them independence regarding wall power sockets, but limiting their operating time.

Steam mops are devices that clean and sanitize floors and elevated surfaces combining the power of steam and steam mop pads. Thus, cordless steam mops would be battery-operated steam mops, but real life is slightly more complicated than that.

Updated: October 26, 2021.

Garden Leaf Vacuums, Mulchers and Blowers

garden leaf vacuum mGarden leaf vacuums, mulchers, and blowers are versatile, multifunction devices, designed for cleaning tasks in backyard gardens, lawns, driveways, and similar areas. Such vacuums, mulchers, and blowers may be powered using gas, mains power or they feature onboard batteries.

Regardless of their power source, these units share many similarities and design details, which can be very important when buying a new garden leaf vacuum, mulcher, and/or blower.

Updated: September 1, 2021.

Best Backpack Vacuum Cleaners

backpack vacuum mBackpack vacuum cleaners are a group of vacuums that are being carried around on the back (hence the name) of the user while vacuuming the floors and if required, elevated surfaces.

Backpack vacuums can be carried on the shoulders as well, using just one strap or they are designed to be carried by the handle or via shoulder strap - shoulder vacuum cleaners.

Backpack vacuums are mostly commercial units, allowing the user to clean large, heavy soiled areas quickly. Nonetheless, owners of large homes often use backpack vacuums for regular vacuuming of their homes.

Published: August 28, 2021.

Best Spot Cleaner for Stairs, Carpets, and Area Rugs

spot cleaner for stairs w150Spot cleaners are relatively small and compact wet-dry vacuums, intended for quick and thorough cleaning of stubborn spots and stains on the carpets, area rugs, carpeted stairs, car seats, upholstered surfaces, and similar.

Most spot cleaners feature two tanks, one for cleaning solution and another for dirty liquids, a flexible cleaning hose with the cleaning brush, and a relatively strong suction motor. By combining the cleaning solution, rubbing effect of the brush, and vacuum suction, cleaned surfaces are left somewhat wet/moist but thoroughly cleaned.

Published: August 25, 2021.

10 Best Shark Vacuum Cleaners for Pet Hair for 2021

shark zero m zu560 zu561 zu562 mShark vacuum cleaners are known as vacuums that can pick up various types of dirt from various floor types and even elevated surfaces.

However, picking up pet and human hair, fibers, lint, and similar debris introduces new challenges that not many vacuum cleaners can respond to properly. Knowing Shark's basic cleaning technologies may help in determining which Shark vacuum cleaner is the best cleaning pet hair vacuum and under which circumstances.

Updated: August 25, 2021.

Best Vacuum for Above-Ground Pools for 2021

above groud pool vacuum mHaving a good pool vacuum cleaner is a very important thing for maintaining the pool's crystal blue water and having a safe and pleasant swim at home.

The above-ground pool vacuum cleaner must be able to clean both tiny particles as small as bacteria and as large as fallen leaves, it must be simple to use and maintain and it must be cost-effective - even if the initial investment is perhaps slightly higher, over time good pool vacuum cleaner should save money, energy, chemicals, time, etc.

Updated: August 21, 2021.

Window Vacuum Cleaners - How to Pick the Right One

window vacuum cleaner mWindow vacuums are small and compact vacuums designed for cleaning windows, mirrors, countertops, tiles, showers, and similar bare, flat surfaces.

Window vacuums remove any liquid and dirt from cleaned surfaces, leaving the area shiny and streak/spot-free.

Manual squeegees can do such cleaning tasks well, but window vacuums can do them at least as good as squeegees, but faster and easier, saving time and effort.

Updated: August 21, 2021.

Top 5 Best Home HEPA Air Purifiers for 2021

best hepa air purifier mHEPA air purifiers are very important home appliances for keeping the air at home clean and safe to breathe. With various pollutants causing respiratory and other issues and decreasing the quality of life, a good home HEPA air purifier is becoming an essential part of many households, just like fridges, TV, vacuum cleaner, and similar.

A good HEPA air purifier doesn't have to be expensive, on a contrary, some most popular and best-buy units are rather affordable. But, large units with many advanced features can come rather pricey. Here is our list of top 5 home air purifiers that we believe are the 'best-buy' considering all their features and in the end, their price.

Updated: August 21, 2021.

The Best Air Purifiers for Smoke for 2021

honeywell 50250 air purifier mAir purifiers for smoke must be able to capture and filter out very fine particles of tobacco smoke as well as VOCs and other smells and odors.

In order to minimize the number of smoke particles and odors in the air is to quit smoking, air purifiers for smoke can be very helpful in reducing not only the number of smoke particles and odors in the air, but also other dangerous pollutants like pet dander, pollen, dust, bacteria, viruses, and other potential causes of asthma, allergies, and other illnesses.

Updated: August 20, 2021.

Best Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaners for 2021

stick vacuum cleanersStick vacuum cleaners are lightweight and rather compact and slim upright vacuum cleaners. They come in a broad range of subtypes and varieties, depending on the power source, convertibility options, dirt collection, air filtration, cleaning attachments, etc.

Stick vacuum cleaners are commonly used as the second vacuum cleaners, especially in larger homes and apartments, although some models are often used as the main vacuums, not only in smaller homes and apartments.

Updated: August 18, 2021.

Best Steam Mops - How to Choose the Right One?

shark s3501 mSteam mops clean and sanitize the floor surfaces combining the cleaning effect of hot steam and scrubbing effect of steam mop pads. Due to the hot steam, steam mops kill up to or even more than 99.9% of bacteria and other germs, keeping the home clean and pleasant to live in.

On the other hand, one has to be very careful when cleaning and replacing steam mop pads due to the heat. Also, hardwood, laminate, and similar sensitive floors must be certified for such cleaning and must have a finish without cracks, since moisture can enter the wood and cause it to buckle and even rot.

Updated: August 17, 2021.

10 Best Vacuums for Tile and Hardwood Floors for 2021

bare floors mVacuum cleaners for tile and hardwood floors must be able to clean various types of dirt from bare surfaces that differ in surface toughness regarding mechanical wear, chemical treatment, and high- and low temperatures and moisture. Soft, slow-spinning brushrolls that gently pick up dirt and polish surface may be of great help, just as strong suction, HEPA air filtration, large dirt cups or vacuum dirt bags, and similar.

Also, a good tile and hardwood vacuum cleaner should be able to clean elevated surfaces with various cleaning tools and attachments, it should be light enough to be easily carried around, easy to maintain, and have a long warranty period.

Updated: August 15, 2021.

Car Vacuum Cleaner

car vac 12v mCar vacuum cleaners are designed for cleaning cars, trucks, boats, tents, and other often hard-to-reach and clean surfaces. Often, these vacuums are used in emergencies and must be able to clean various types of debris, both dry and wet.

If you are looking for a good car vacuum cleaner, before buying one, here are a few things to consider.

Updated: August 1, 2021.

How to Sanitize Your Home - And Keep It That Way

bacteria mRight cleaning tools are of the great help when thoroughly cleaning home, apartment, car, RV, boat, and similar areas where one may spend a lot of time.

However, people suffering from asthma, allergies, respiratory and similar issues must step up the cleaning game higher. Also, during the season of cold, flu and similar illnesses, keeping the home not only clean, but sanitized may be rather helpful in keeping people healthy. Or as healthy as possible...

Updated: May 27, 2021.

Carpet Gliders For Steam Mops

carpet glider mSteam mops are designed for cleaning bare floors using the power of hot steam and the scrubbing effect of the cleaning pads.

Although they are not designed for cleaning carpets, using carpet glider attachments, steam mops can be used for refreshing and reviving the carpets. If those carpets are able to tolerate the hot steam ...

Updated: April 20, 2021.

Battery Types and Chemistries in Home Tools and Appliances

shark xbat200 battery mModern devices more and more rely on batteries of various types, sizes, shapes, and chemistries, regardless if it is a small handheld cordless vacuum cleaner, larger convertible stick unit, ordinary remote control, robot vacuum cleaner, or any other cordless tool or appliance.

Knowing what type of battery fits your unit can be very important when looking for a replacement battery, since manufacturers after discontinuing the cordless tool, often stop manufacturing its spare parts, batteries included.

Published: February 9, 2021.

Scented Demineralized Water For Steam Mops

scented distilled water mSteam mops evaporate water and using hot steam in combination with steam mop pads clean and sanitize moisture and heat resistant bare floors, like tiles, marble, vinyl and similar.

Steam mops can be even used on hardwood floors with the finish certified for such cleaning or for refreshing carpets using steam mop carpet gliders.

Updated: November 12, 2019.