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Do Robot Vacuums Live Up To The Hype?

Are you tired of vacuuming?

This may seem a strange question to ask on a site dedicated to vacuum cleaners. We all need a clean house for the sake of hygiene and aesthetics.

The world of vacuuming changed forever with the advent of the robot vacuum. This is great news if you are sick of the daily grind of cleaning.

A Brief Background

Electrolux was the first company to showcase a robotic prototype back in 1996. This was followed up in 2001 when the world-famous Dyson rolled out a fully functioning robot vacuum labeled DC06. Its high price, though, meant that the model never made it into production.

2002 was the turning point when iRobot, an American tech company, brought the Roomba robotic vacuum to the market. Sales dwarfed initial expectations. The Roomba was an enormous success. In little over a decade, more than 10 million units have been sold worldwide.

Dyson returned to their earlier idea in 2014 launching the Dyson 360 Eye. Its name references the 360-degree camera. This is a different approach to navigation from that used by the other main players in the robotic vacuum industry. Dyson, as always, delivers bleeding-edge solutions.

What, Exactly, Is A Robot Vacuum?

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The role of a robot vacuum is simple: it cleans so you don’t have to.

The smart functionality of these appliances means that it will operate efficiently without human control or input beyond setting it going. It can also adapt quickly to any surroundings.

Whether you have hard floors or carpets, a robot vacuum will get them sparkling clean. Dirt and dust are retained inside until you empty it at a later stage.

Once the job is done, some of these ingenious devices can make their way back to the docking station. Others even “speak” to you and let you know the vacuuming is finished.

Appearance

The vast bulk of robot vacuums are small and circular. They usually measure 4 or 5 inches high and 10 inches or so across the diameter.

The control panel is generally housed on top of the unit. A varying number of buttons are situated here.

With some models, you also get an LCD screen which displays the status of the robot and offers visual feedback.

A spring-loaded or light touch bumper normally sits on the front of the vacuum. This sensor will warn the cleaner of any obstacles like furniture and walls.

How Do Robot Vacuums Work?

 

robot cleaners

The standard motion system harnesses two drive wheels. These are supplemented by caster wheels which are non-driven.

There are multiple sensors inside and underneath the robot. These deliver feedback to the cleaner about the environment and the overall status of the electronics.

As with regular vacuums, a motor is responsible for suction. There are also motors that rotate the brushes. These brushes sweep the dust and dirt toward the suction.

Most robot vacuums have docking stations. They sit here when not in use. Make sure that this is set up in an open area that’s readily accessible. Any cramped space like a closet makes it awkward for your robot to navigate so think carefully about positioning.

The core purpose of the docking station is to charge up the batteries between your cleaning cycles. This is accomplished by means of a light beam zooming out in a V-shape about 6 feet from the station. While cleaning, the vacuum avoids the docking station when the light is sensed. If the cycle is finished or the batteries are running down, your robot happily heads home!

Separate power supply units are provided for robot vacuums which do not have docking stations.

Cleaning schedules can be set with the simple press of a button.

If you dislike vacuuming then let the machine do the work for you!

Navigation

Most robot vacuums come with a handful of cleaning modes. Different cleaning patterns are available. Choose whether you want a spiral or circular approach. Do you want your robot to follow the walls, zig-zag or move diagonally? Choose what works best for your living space.

Some models come with virtual walls. These operate on the same principle as the docking station. They send out beams of light so that certain zones can be declared off-limits.

Lighthouses help the vacuum to position itself and navigate. These are beacon-like units which work much like a physical lighthouse prevents ships from crashing onto the rocks.

Pros and Cons of Robot Vacuums

Almost any appliance comes with positive and negative elements.

We’ll take a look now at the good and bad points of these ingenious cleaning devices

Pros

  • Ease of use: The automatic nature of robot vacuums means you’ll enjoy the ultimate, convenient cleaning experience. Set-up is generally extremely straightforward. At the push of a button, your robot will return your floors to a sparkling state without interference or supervision. Programming allows it to travel to and from its docking station when required. Marking off boundaries prevents it from entering areas you want to remain untouched. Ease of use and convenience is undoubtedly the driving reason for most people buying a robot vacuum. For those with busy lives, they really are the perfect cleaning solution
  • Affordability: Science fiction leads us to imagine that any robot will be prohibitively expensive. This is not true with robot vacuums. The advent of mass production means that they are priced quite keenly and you can actually spend considerably less on one of these automatic beauties than a regular vacuum. They are affordable and represent superb value for money
  • Efficiency: With all of the accessories and attachments of a standard upright, robot vacuums do the same job but even more efficiently. They are highly optimized to deliver outstanding results every time
  • Size: By their very nature, robot vacuums are compact and very easy to store when not in use. Their tiny, disc-shaped dimensions also mean that they excel at getting under furniture and into hard-to-reach places
  • Intelligent Operation: A wide range of sensors are included to guarantee smart functionality. Whether it’s detecting dirt or obstacles, battery life or the docking station, your robot vacuum works intelligently in ways we could previously only have dreamed of
  • Easy To Repair and Upgrade: Routine maintenance is a breeze and can be carried out at home without a problem. Replacing brushed and emptying the bin present no issue for most people. Software can be upgraded easily. Many robot vacuums come with a lifetime warranty. Don’t think that their complex design means they are awkward to repair. You can buy with confidence

Cons

  • Slopes: Robot vacuums work best on level flooring. They will not function properly on inclines beyond 30 degrees or so. This needs mentioning but should not be a stumbling block for most users
  • Stairs: It’s perhaps obvious but nevertheless worth mentioning: robot vacuums cannot climb up and down stairs. Be realistic with your expectations
  • Limitations: The light sensors will not operate properly on dark black flooring

Conclusion

If you are looking to take the sting out of your cleaning routine, a robot vacuum is well worth thinking about.

In a coming article, we will put some of the leading models through their paces. If you have decided to invest in one of these handy little appliances, come back soon and check out our impartial, honest reviews.

Our job is not to talk you into buying a robot vacuum. If you have already decided to get one, though, we aim to make your decision easier.

Happy cleaning!

Clean and Maintain Laminate Floors The Easy Way

One of the obvious responsibilities of home ownership is cleaning.

Today, a growing number of people are opting for bare floors. We will look today at how you can clean and maintain your laminate flooring. We’ll also examine how you can restore any wooden flooring which is beyond its best.

clean laminate floor

First Thing’s First

Prevention is the best cure.

If you want to keep your laminate flooring in tip-top condition, start off by preventing as much dirt as you can from entering the house.

Invest in some mats. Sidestep mats which are not properly ventilated or have rubber backing. These will damage your wooden floor.

mats for laminate floor

 

Try to initiate a routine of no shoes in the house. The more dirt, dust and debris you stop being tracked into the house, the less you will have to clean up. A more serious danger of wearing shoes on laminate is that stones or grit stuck in the soles can scratch and scar the surface.

Another preventive measure is to use rubber stoppers or runners on the bottom of furniture. It’s much easier to take this simple action than to deal with any deep scratches left in the aftermath.

General Cleaning Tips For Laminate Floors

For general sweeping, a soft brush should be your weapon of choice. You should try to sweep in the direction of the tiles. You can then easily remove anything that gets stuck in the joining.

When it’s time to vacuum, consult our handy guide to cleaning hardwood floors. Look for vacuum cleaners with a hard floor attachment. If your vacuum has a beater bar, switch this off.

Steam cleaners are not really recommended for laminate. Over a period of time, the moisture that the steam generates will be absorbed by the floor. The boards then tend to swell and even buckle. The floor can pop up and this is something you certainly do not want to happen.

How To Deal With Spills On Wood Floors

If you spill anything on your laminate flooring, try using a homemade cleaner.

Opting for a natural alternative not only delivers stellar results but also protects you and your family from potentially harmful chemicals.

Since you will not be taking advantage of the raw cleaning power some chemical products offer, think about using a microfiber pad. This cloth is extremely soft and will buff up your wooden flooring without leaving smears or traces.

The main thing to be aware of is that you should deal with any spillage at all as promptly as possible.

Some Basic Dos and Don’ts

Do

  • Focus on using a cleaner that will not leave a residue or film on your floor
  • For any scuff marks or heel marks, use a dedicated hardwood floor cleaner. First, spray a little cleaner on a cloth then apply lightly to the stained area
  • Use a damp mop
  • Clean any rogue sticky spots with a damp sponge or towel
  • Take care to minimize exposure to water
  • In the event of any liquid spillage, clean it up immediately
  • If you have a dog, walk it regularly. Keeping your pet’s nails in check through frequent roadwork will lessen the inevitable damage inflicted on your flooring
  • Clean on a daily basis. The more often you do this, the less work you will have to do each time. Maintenance is important with anything in life. Your floors are no different

Don’t

  • Never wax wooden floors with a urethane finish
  • Do not use oil soaps or ammonia cleaners. Not only will these dull the finish, if you need to recoat your flooring it will be an uphill struggle
  • Steer clear of soaking wet mops and reduce all excessive moisture. When it’s wet, wood will expand and this can cause both cracking and splinters

Clean Your Floors With Vinegar

vinegar cleaning laminate flooring

If you want to embrace the natural cleaning and antiseptic properties of vinegar, follow these foolproof steps and enjoy a sparkling gleam on your laminate flooring.

Vinegar is ideal for treating any stains brought about by mud. These can leave your floor looking dull and lifeless.

  1. Mix up some water and vinegar. A spray bottle is perfect. Shoot for around 50ml of vinegar and top up the bottle with water. Give it a good shake until it’s nicely mixed
  2. Spray the solution all over the affected area. Focus your energies on a small area at a time to prevent any damage to the protective coating on your floor
  3. Immediately after spraying, use a sponge mop or a fiber cloth to wipe away what’s left

As an optional finishing touch, grab a mop and some mop-on wax. Don’t rush. Spread the wax evenly across the floor and buff it up with the mop.

Allow the flooring to air dry naturally.

Voilà: your laminate floor will look as good as new!

Restore Tired Laminate Floor The Easy Way

Every now and again, you tend to move house. If you are used to immaculate laminate floors, what should you do if your new floors look anything but new?

One obvious solution is to engage the services of a professional cleaning company. This will certainly get the job done well but it’s not necessarily cheap. Think about your budget and the state of the flooring before deciding if this is the smartest option for you.

If you decide to go it alone, using vinegar as outlined above is highly likely to do the trick.

As an alternative, you can also try hand soap or baby shampoo. Both make excellent, chemical-free cleaners for laminate.

Conclusion

Whether you live in a small apartment or a sprawling townhouse, cleaning is a fact of life for everyone.

Polished laminate flooring is becoming increasingly popular these days and shows no signs of fading away. What this means is that your cleaning routine needs to extend beyond the simple basics of a great vacuum cleaner.

Take full advantage of these handy hints and tips and ensure that the sheen on your floor is a constant. Kiss goodbye to tired old laminate and say hello to a gleaming household!

Helpful Tips for Cleaning Porcelain Flooring

In the search for new flooring, cleanability is a factor that simply cannot be overlooked. Since you’ll have this flooring in your home for years – potentially a lifetime – it stands to reason that you’ll spend a fair amount of time cleaning it.

Not surprisingly, some surfaces are more difficult to clean than others.

Carpeting, for example, is notorious for sealing in stains and trapping dirt, dust and pet dander.

Traditional hardwood surfaces tend to soak up spills rather quickly resulting in stains.

Porcelain floors, on the other hand, sparkle with only a minimal amount of effort on your part.

The following tips can help picturesque porcelain floors shine like new…

Cleaning Porcelain Flooring

Sweep Up

Before scrubing your porcelain flooring, you’ll need to give it a thorough sweeping first. Although a standard broom or dust mop can be used for this task, a high-quality microfiber mop will better serve your needs. Since brooms can be a little tough on porcelain, nonabrasive microfiber cleaning tools like these special mops are generally preferable to their bristly counterparts.

While sweeping, take care to pay special attention to the edges of the surface. This is where dirt and dust are most likely to accumulate so you’ll want to be extra meticulous in tackling these areas.

Scrub with Hot Water

One of the things that sets porcelain apart from other flooring types is its incredible resilience.

Porcelain floors are naturally stain-resistant and very slow to accumulate moisture. That being the case, purging these surfaces of spills and other assorted filth is a piece of cake.

Conversely, carpeting is often cleaned with chemical-laden over-the-counter products.

Most porcelain floors can be successfully scrubbed with nothing more than hot water and a nonabrasive cloth or sponge. While it’s true that some commercial cleaners are specially formulated for porcelain, these products only need to be used with the filthiest porcelain surfaces.

Use Nylon Brushes for Stains

Just because porcelain flooring is stain-resistant, this doesn’t mean it can’t pick up stains. If spills are not cleaned in a timely manner, staining is likely to be the end result – even on a surface as durable as porcelain.

Luckily, even if a stain has time to set in, removing it shouldn’t prove particularly daunting provided you have a nylon scrub brush handy. After sprinkling the affected area with hot water, use your brush to vigorously scrub it. Even the most stubborn of stains won’t last long with this treatment.

On the off-chance that you stumble upon a stain that absolutely refuses to come out, you may need to enlist the aid of a commercial cleaner.

Keeping your home’s floors consistently clean can be an uphill battle, especially if you have high-energy children and pets running around. Fortunately, cleaning porcelain surfaces is far from challenging.

A little bit of old-fashioned elbow grease can go a long way in helping porcelain look its best!

The next time one of your home’s porcelain floors is in need of a good scrubbing, remember to give it a preliminary sweeping, scrub it with hot water and, if need be, get your hands on a reliable over-the-counter cleaning solution.

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Shark Vacuum Brush Is Not Spinning: What Should I Do?

You are happily vacuuming your living room with your beloved Shark vacuum

Suddenly, you hear some strange sounds and your machine seems to make increasingly loud rattling sounds.

You look at your vacuum and find that you have sucked a stray sock into the machine and now the brushes stop spinning.

Everything happened so suddenly and unexpectedly so what can you do?

Do not worry. We’ll walk you through the most effective way to deal with this situation.

Keep reading!

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Shark Vacuum Brush Not Spinning: Causes

The two most common causes of brushes failing to spin on a Shark vacuum are:

  1. Broken belts (traditional models)
  2. “Tripped” reset systems (modern models)

However, there are some other potential reasons that you need to consider:

  • If the bearings at the bottom of the brushbar get seized, you cannot turn it. This can also cause a broken belt, so look out for this as you check the belt
  • If your vacuum comes with a button for On/Off brush bar, check whether it is “On”
  • If the brushbar is already on and the brush stills refuses to spin, check whether your vacuum needs to have the handle need pulled back to its original position to start the brushbar or not. Many modern vacuums are designed to automatically stop the brushbar once the handle is set in the upright (storage) position to prevent damage to floors

Shark Vacuum Brush Not Spinning: Solutions

Disconnect the power

First of all, do not panic. Be patient and first of all disconnect the machine from the power outlet.

Examine the situation and if there is something stuck inside, carefully lift the offending item out.

After that, connect the machine back to the power outlet, turn it on and check downwards.

Is the brush bar rotating? If it is spinning, the problem has been solved and you can continue your cleaning. However, make sure you pay more attention to the stray socks and crafty curtains when you’re next vacuuming! To minimize the chance of this happening again, remove any big items from the area before cleaning. Do not overlook the tassels on rugs or curtains as they can be problematic.

How about if the brush keeps standing? Traditional upright vacuums come with a replaceable drive belt which you may have to check and replace while other models allow you to “reset” the brushes and restart cleaning straightaway.

  • As I mentioned earlier, modern upright models introduce a “reset” system in their brushbars. This means that you do not have to change the belts but simply reset it. How do you manage this? Make sure the vacuum is unplugged and check whether there are any materials trapped across the brushbar. If there are, remove them immediately. Use a pair of scissors to cut away any wrapped threads. After ensuring that there is no material left in the brushbar, turn the machine on again and press the brushbar reset button. If the situation has not improved, you may have to turn on the brushbar a few times. The specific steps may different among models, so check your own user guide carefully
  • If your vacuum comes with a traditional drive belt, check your user guide and replace the belt correctly. Normally, this step requires you to remove some screws from the base. In fact, the drive belt is specially designed to stop working in the event of excessive tension. This ensures that your machine’s motor will never sustain lasting damage. It also means that the issue may happen even after minimal use. Always have a spare drive belt with these models

If your brushbar is still not working after you have followed these steps, contact the manufacturer for more assistance.

 

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Shark Navigator vs Rotator vs Rocket

Are you wondering which is the best call between the Shark Navigator, Shark Rotator and Shark Rocket?

If so, this honest three-way review should help you choose.

We will run down the main features and compare them so that you can make the best decision based on your precise needs.

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NameCorded/
Cordless
Bagged/
Bagless
WeightPricePowerOverall Rating (1-5)
Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional (NV356E)Corded
30 feet
Bagless13.7 pounds4.54.5Editor's Choice
#1
Shark Navigator Lift-Away Vacuum (NV352)Corded
25 feet
Bagless12.5 pounds4.54.5#2
Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away (NV501)Corded
30 feet
Bagless15.5 pounds45#3
Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright Vacuum (HV302)Corded
25 feet
Bagless7.6 pounds4.54#4
Shark Navigator Deluxe (NV42)Corded
30 feet
Bagless15 pounds45#5

Similarities

The Navigator, Rotator and Rocket are all Shark products so they have some common features.

First of all, they all include a detachable canister vacuum. This feature makes them extremely versatile. This removable canister makes it easier to clean areas like stairs which require detailed and deep cleaning. You no longer have to carry the whole vacuum with you. All three models are great at cleaning hard-to-reach places like corners, furniture, ceiling fans, exhaust vents and blinds.

Each of the three models is roughly similar price-wise and they represent fantastic value for money.

These three top-rated vacuums all come with a sealed HEPA allergy system. This means that fine dust particles, pollen, mold, pet dander and any other allergens are removed from the air. In addition, they are all bagless and have washable filters. This saves you from spending more money on extras.

The overall dimensions of the three models are similar. The Rotator is about 2” taller than its siblings.

Last but not least, these three best-rated models come with the same 5-year warranty.

The differences

Specifications

In term of specifications, the Shark Rocket is lighter in terms of weight and includes a cleaning path which is measured 11”, a bit lighter than the Rotator (11.5”), but in general, it is considerably heavier than the Navigator, which is measured just only 9.5. It can be inferred that in case of the Navigator, you’ll have to make some additional swipes through your hardwood floor or carpet to make sure that the room is completely cleaned.

The most noticeable difference concerns the dust container’s capacity. The Rocket needs frequent emptying with 40% reduced capacity. Both the Navigator and Rotator measure up at 3.1 dry quarts while the Rocket only 1.8 dry quarts.

Power

The Navigator and Rotator have 1200 watt motors while the Rocket's is only 700 watts. The Rocket offers less suction for this reason.

The Rocket's cord is 5” shorter than that of the other two models at 30". The Rotator and Rocket have headlights but the Shark Navigator does not.

Portability

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This is one of the most pressing issues when it comes to choosing a unit. Nobody wants to move a hefty, awkward machine around their house while cleaning.

All three models are highly portable with the brilliantly designed Lift-Away pod. The Navigator and Rotator are around 14 lbs with their built-in canister weighing around a half the full vacuums. The Rocket is only 7.5 pounds. As such, it's the easiest to shift around.

Usability

The Shark Navigator and Rotator both come with a lengthy 30 ft cord. This makes for easy cleaning, even in very large and high areas. You won’t have to bend down to plug and unplug the item when cleaning big or hard-to-reach places.

The body section of the Navigator is designed with very lightweight materials. This means less wear-and-tear. A very big dust cup is also included making emptying easy and effortless. The Rotator is similar to the Navigator as it is lightweight and easy to move about. The Rotator scores with its headlights placed on the machine’s base. This function is great for vacuuming dark spots.

The Rocket is also very easy to use, right from the beginning with its assembly. It's good to go out of the box within minutes and without the need of any tools or complicated guides. The built-in swivel steering makes it easier to maneuver the machine around corners, below tight spaces and all through hard-to-reach places.

Movement

These three models almost comparable for movement.

They come with high-quality swivel steering which makes for seamless operation. The Navigator has a big cup and the Rotator's is very well-designed. The small difference is that while the Rotator has a digital display which allows you to pick from surface types to clean, the Navigator doesn’t. Think about your precise requirements.

Attachments and Accessories

Both the Navigator and the Rotator have a crevice tool for special areas like baseboards or anywhere that requires detailed and exact movements. These two models also come with a great dusting broom which is capable of extending out to picking up crumbs or pet dander.

The Navigator includes a nice pet power brush as well as an attachment head to deal with hard surfaces. In addition, it has two microfiber pads so the machine performs better in areas requiring polished, detailed work.

In this sense, The Rotator offers the upper hand as it comes with a lot of other useful accessories. It offers a multi-angled dusting brush, a direct suction nozzle, a canister caddy and a home detail kit with a variety of cleaning heads.

And The Rocket? You'll get a pet power brush, an appliance wand to reach areas under appliances, an extra-long crevice tool and a multi angle dusting brush as well.

Wrap-Up

In general, these three best selling vacuums are all highly appreciated among vacuum users. But in some details, the Rotator is said to be better compared to the others. While it comes with the same suction power as the Navigator, it is better at cleaning edges. It also has headlights, boosted swivel steering and more available tools.

The Navigator and Rocket are also strong models so your decision should really depend on your needs.

If you just want a smaller item without all the power and a big dirt container, the Rocket is for you.

Think also about reading some reviews from real users, think carefully about your own demands and budget then come to a final decision and buy with confidence online or in the store.

How To Choose The Best Shark Vacuum for Hardwood Floors?

Are you looking for some advice on how to choose the best Shark vacuum for hardwood floors?

Vacuuming hardwood floors requires both attention and care as you risk scratches from scuffing when cleaning.

Fortunately, Shark is well aware of this flashpoint. They offer some great vacuums with special features for hardwood floors.

Vacuum for hardwood floor

What To Consider When Buying a Vacuum Specifically For Hardwood Floor?

Before considering the goods vacuums available on the market, keep in mind that not only are vacuums produced differently in terms of quality, they are also cater for different cleaning needs.

Start by searching for “hardwood vacuum” rather than “top rated vacuum cleaners”. Why? If you target models rated highly as general purpose cleaners they might not be great for hardwood floors. Perhaps they are meant for carpets only. Choose accordingly.

What Features Must a Hardwood Floor Vacuum Have?

After limiting your choice to a vacuum for hardwood-floor cleaning, it’s time to check out which offer the best features…

  • Wheels and padding: Firstly, keep in mind that a good vacuum for hardwood floor cleaning is one which leaves no marks on your floor. Look for rubber wheels and padding which will help to protect your floor from accidental scratching
  • No beater brushes: Secondly, rotating beater brushes are the enemy of hardwood floors. Look at the the head of the machine to check whether or not it includes rotator brushes. (They are commonly covered with thick bristles.) It is not advisable to purchase vacuums with beater brushes since these parts are supposed to go deep into carpet fibers when you vacuum but they are likely to be the cause of serious damage to a hardwood floor. However, some items introduce an On/Off switch for this
  • Great suction power: Look for strong suction models to effectively suck up dirt out of a wooden floor
  • Other features: The perfect hardwood vacuum should have the mixed features of a broom, a mop and suction but how do they work together? The soft, upright brush is to sweep the floor as well as remove dirt. The suction is to remove the loose particles. And the washable and reusable micro-fiber pad works as a mop by removing dust from the floor
  • Lightweight and compact: You are going to vacuum a delicate wooden floor so look for one which is compact. This will make sure that you can maneuver easily and reduce the the risk of accidental scratches and scuff marks

Actually, Shark has introduced several vacuum models which all meet these above requirements. Some of them even offer unexpectedly careful and through cleaning. And two of the best Sharks for these purposes are the Navigator LiftAway NV356 and the Rotator LiftAway NV650.

What About The Vacuum’s Style?

Style of vacuum

Like any other types of vacuums, Shark also has machines in various styles.

Think about some of these issues before making your decision…

  • No bag or a disposable bag? Which would you prefer?
  • Do you like a big container vacuum that’s multipurpose or a simple compact stick for small surface areas?
  • Do you want a full-sized cleaner or a a handheld one which allows you to move around any areas you want to clean conveniently and easily?
  • Are you looking for a dedicated pet vacuum or a regular one?
  • Do you like a vacuum with automated features?
  • What do you think about a backpack vacuum? These vacuums are great and ideal for vacuuming large areas without requiring you to hunch your back

Final words

Carefully analyze your needs, take the above tips on board and buy a vacuum which will clean your hardwood floors until they are sparkling without doing any damage.

How to Install a Filter in a Shark Handy Vacuum

Besides great features in general, Shark handheld vacuums impress users with their convenience because they can deal with dust in very small areas where the the larger, bulkier vacuum cleaners struggle.

These little cleaner are battery-powered. They collect debris thanks to a removable dust cup which is easy to use and detach. A filter is a vital part in this dust cup which serves to protect the delicate parts of the motor.

Operating the vacuum without the filter may cause dirt and debris to enter the motor and result in serious damage which may decrease performance and function.

Here is a quick, handy guide to help you with installing the filter properly.

Filter Shark Hand Vacuum

What Will You Need?

Just the filter!

What Should You Do?

It’s very straightforward.

  • Push the dust cup release button which is housed on top of the machine
  • Place the filter into the dust cup. Make sure that it fits and slides in the dust cup with no resistance. Never force it to meet the dust cup
  • Line up the dust cup and the motor then push them together. When you hear a click, the dust cup is in its correct position and the filter is safe and ready to use

Tips

It is recommended by the manufacturer that you should tap the filter once you finish cleaning and also between washings. This will minimize the dirt and dust which gathers on the parts.

Also, take out the dust cup and wash it along with the filters with the foam and running water once every three months. After washing, make sure that your filters are completely dry before reassembling them.

If you want, you can order a set of replacement filters via the official website of the company or by contacting customer service. Alternatively, you can look for them elsewhere online or at national chain retailers.

Final words

Installing a filter is simple, right? You can do it yourself at home.

Follow these basic instructions and enhance the life of your vacuum cleaner.

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How To Replace The Belt On A Shark Vacuum Cleaner

Shark offer a wide range of different vacuum cleaner models.

Some come with a rotating brush to improve dirt pickup. This is controlled by a belt assembled in a small engine in the cleaning head.

The more recently-launched models are available with an emergency cutoff which helps to stop the brush as soon as it gets clogged. Also, the company states that this added feature is helpful to protect the belt. so that it lasts for the lifetime of the machine.

However, if you are using an older model or the belt breaks accidentally, you will need to replace it. Learn how to do this by following this simple guide…

How to replace a new belt for a shark vacuum cleaner

What Will You Need?

  • Phillips or flat-head screwdriver
  • Hairbrush
  • Scissors
  • Pliers

What Should You Do?

  • Take the vacuum out of the electricity outlet, remove and clean the dust cup (if possible) and set the vacuum in an upright position. Put it on the floor horizontally so that you can work with the brush roller
  • Use a Philips or flat-head screwdriver – this varies between models – to open the screws keeping the roller covered. Keep in mind that the screws are located in different places depending on models but they are easy to spot
  • Hold the roller ending and remove it from the holder. Hold the roller at the end furthest from the belt. When that end is free, repeat with the other roller endings. Slide the belt off the roller and, after that, off the motor shaft
  • Clean throughout the brush roll with a hairbrush, a pair of scissors and a pair of pliers (if necessary)  to get rid of all hair and debris. Be careful or you could cut the bristles
  • Slide the belt over the motor shaft then over the roller and finally over the seat. Hold the roller at the two ends and separate it from the motor shaft making sure that the tension at the two ends is equal
  • Partially attach the end furthest from the belt then tightly pull the other end and partially attach it to its holder. When the two ends are in place, push them in
  • Reassemble the brush roll cover and protect it, using the screws you’ve just removed. Place the vacuum machine upright, connect it to the electricity outlet and check the roller

Final words

This is a suggested guide by the manufacturer and conducted successfully and fuss-free by many users.

So…

If your belt breaks and needs to be replaced, follow this guide for success.

How To Replace A Damaged Cord On Your Vacuum?

Replace the cord on your vacuum as soon as you find it has any damage or problems.

As a vacuum user, you will sometime run into the situation that the power cord on the machine gets in the way of its head. In this case, any tiny cuts will probably damage the plastic coating surrounding the electrical wires.

Do not continue running the machine with exposed, bare wires. Although different models have different power cords, they are all connected to the motor in the same way.

Removing the motor housing takes more time than replacing the vacuum cord. So if you choose to replace the cord, ensure that the new cord is in the same weight as the old one and follow the below advice for the best result possible.

How to replace a damaged cord on your vacuum

What Will You Need?

  • Screwdriver
  • Tape
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Knife
  • New power cord

What Should You Do?

Take out the old cord

  • Unplug the machine. Put it on a table for easier access. Have a towel ready for placing parts of the vacuum on as you remove them. Remember to put the parts in order for easier reassembling later
  • Move the brush roller to the bottom of the unit. Find the screws which hold the roller in its place and take them out. Remove the belt of the brush and pull the brush out. Place the screws that keep the filter in place behind the brush in the correct order
  • Untie the screws that hold the motor housing in place. In some models, you may also have to unfasten the handles so that the housing can come off the machine. Pay attention to the wiring’s orientation on the motor. The white wire on the power cord should go with the motor. Two colored wires should connect to the other wire
  • Screw counterclockwise to join the nuts which hold the wires of the cord and motor. Put the wires into their correct groups. If the white wire includes a terminal connection fitting into the motor, connect the fastener and drag that connection out of the motor of the unit. Divide the terminal’s prongs with a knife and drag the wire free
  • Calculate the distance from the cord ending to the strain release. Undo the screws holding the strain release and the cord retainer. These two parts work together to make sure that you will never twitch the cord out of the motor during the vacuuming process

Install the new cord

  • Put both the strain relief and cord retainer at the end of the new power cord in place of the old cord.
  • Use a knife to release about 1/2 inch of wire detachment and casing on the black and white wire of the new power cord. Be careful or you will cut the wires
  • Put the white wires back to the terminal. Fold the terminal, using a pair of needle-nose pliers. Drag the terminal back into the motor. If the motor and the white wires connect together with nuts, join them
  • Connect the colored wires. Tie the wire nut you took out before
  • Assemble the the cord retainer and strain relief tool using screws. Again, pay attention to the new cord position to make sure that it is in the same position as the old one
  • Reassemble the handles. Reinstall the motor housing. Put the filter back in position and refasten it. Put the belt back in its original position and reconnect it to the brush. Place the housing back over the brush and keep it in place with screws

Now you have the new cord replaced in your vacuum!

Tips

  • For easier and proper reassemble later, take photos as you disassemble the machine and remove the wiring
  • Take care that the new cord is long enough so you can vacuum the whole room without having to switch outlets
  • If you assemble the brush and find some signs of wear on the belt, it’s wise to replace it

Warning

If you notice that the cord wiring includes soldering for holding the wires together, it’s highly recommended to have a repair person replace the cord unless you can confidently solder

Final words

If you are prepared to be methodical and want to save some cash, replacing a broken cord is not rocket science.

We hope you found this brief guide useful and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries.

How to Fix a Vacuum That’s Lost Suction?

Have you ever experienced the situation when your vacuum loses suction? What did you do in this event?

Here we will give you 5 effective tips to identify and then successfully fix your vacuum.

There have been a lot of commercials for vacuums which lose suction because once a vacuum doesn’t offer suction, it becomes useless. The most common solution is to invest in a new and more expensive vacuum.

However, you now can change the situation by checking the 5 usual reasons behind this issue and investigate the solutions.

How to Fix a Vacuum That Lost Suction

Height Is Improperly Set

The fact that your vacuum is too high for the space you are going to clean is the primary reason which prevents the machine from picking things up. Actually, most vacuums come with a little dial or lever for users to raise or lower it. It often appears “Bare floor” then shows numbers from 1 to 5. Bare floor is the lowest level that your vacuum has and should be used for floors finished with tile or wood. The lower your floor is, the closer to bare floor the dial should be. So if your vacuum loses suction, first try reducing the machine to the lowest setting and check whether the problem is related to height.

The Bag Is Full

If your machine hasn’t improved after being set to a lower level, you should check if the bag is full.

Fortunately, this is very easy. Upright and canister vacuums often include a fill line on the bag. If they are bagless vacuums, the line is in front of machine. When the vacuum’s bag is full, the machine continues sounding as if it is working but there is no suction power. The answer is to either simply empty the collection canister or replace the vacuum bag.

The Hose Gets Clogged

If replacing the over-full vacuum bag or clearing the canister yields no result, the reason may be that there is so much stuff in the vacuum that it clogs the hoses. You can check this when removing the bag or canister. If you see a clog of hair when looking into the hole, the hose could get clogged. To solve this issue, pull out hair chunks using tweezers. If this doesn’t help you to remove the hair completely then you should take out the hose and repeat the same procedure.

Worse, if you find that there is a clog in the middle of the hose making it impossible to for you to reach the chunks with your fingers or tweezers then you can try other methods.

The first is to completely take out the hose, bring it outside, firmly grasp onto the unclogged end then rotate the hose around as fast as possible. The centrifugal motion will help to push the kink to the end of the hose making it much easier for you to pull it out.

The other approach is to make use of a long stick, for example a broom handle. Firstly, carefully insert the stick into the vacuum hose. Once you reach the blockage, drive it through until it goes out at the end of the hose.

With either of these options, you needs a trash can ready since there will usually be a poof of loose dust that will come out with the clog.

The Vacuum Is Not Airtight

If the vacuum bag isn’t full and the hoses have no serious blockage, the next possible reason is that it’s not airtight. As per its name, a vacuum works by generating a vacuum to pick up dirt from the floor. So, once air isn’t properly in the system, the machine can’t pull the stuff up. Although this issue sounds so technical, it is actually caused by a no-brainer mistake…

Check the place where the hose attaches to the vacuum. If you have ever taken out the hose to use any attachments, your setting it back in the hole of the base may not have been sufficiently tight. If there’s a gap when the air gets around the closure, the machine won’t be able to pick up much from the floor. So please make sure that the pieces are tightly put together. If that looks fine, check to ensure that your vacuum bag is tightly attached to the vacuum. If you didn’t push it on far enough when installing the vacuum bag, it may have fallen off and is resultantly creating no suction.

The Roller Gets Clogged

The roller gets clogged

If everything like the bag and hoses seems to be in good condition, the final thing to check is the roller.

Let’s flip your machine over to check this part. Once the roller is covered with hair or something like yarn from your carpet, it can’t turn or brush through the carpet and fails to pick up dirt. If you discover that the roller of your carpet is clogged, you can fix the problem easily using a sharp pair of scissors. Begin at one end of the roller, cut through the hair and gunk a little at the same time. The furry mess will be removed in small pieces so as you cut and begin to pull it away, remember to toss it in the trash. Afterwards, turn the vacuum over and examine if it is working better.

If everything is satisfactory but your vacuum still isn’t working, you had better think about taking your machine to a repair shop. But remember to contact local repair shops to make sure that they service your particular model. Repairing a vacuum doesn’t cost so much but if your problem is serious it may be as expensive as buying a new one. In this case, obviously, investing in a new cleaner is preferable.

The person from repair shop can guide you to do a little diagnosis over the phone before you bring the machine the shop. This won’t be amazingly accurate but he can base his advice on this and tell you whether to attempt repairs or purchase a new one.

Final words

Think about diagnosing the problem yourself if your vacuum loses suction before paying for repairs or a replacement.

This handy guide should help you to get to the bottom of most basic issues with suction.