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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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…
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.
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.
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.
The two most common causes of brushes failing to spin on a Shark vacuum are:
However, there are some other potential reasons that you need to consider:
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.
If your brushbar is still not working after you have followed these steps, contact the manufacturer for more assistance.
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.
|Weight||Price||Power||Overall Rating (1-5)|
|Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional (NV356E)||Corded|
|Bagless||13.7 pounds||4.5||4.5||Editor's Choice
|Shark Navigator Lift-Away Vacuum (NV352)||Corded|
|Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away (NV501)||Corded|
|Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright Vacuum (HV302)||Corded|
|Shark Navigator Deluxe (NV42)||Corded|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After limiting your choice to a vacuum for hardwood-floor cleaning, it’s time to check out which offer the best features…
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.
Like any other types of vacuums, Shark also has machines in various styles.
Think about some of these issues before making your decision…
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.
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.
Just the filter!
It’s very straightforward.
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.
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.
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…
This is a suggested guide by the manufacturer and conducted successfully and fuss-free by many users.
If your belt breaks and needs to be replaced, follow this guide for success.
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.
Now you have the new cord replaced in your vacuum!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.