The floors of any home get the biggest workout, however, there’s always a constant dread of having to keep them well-presented and sparkling clean, which can be a bit of a drag! So why not make cleaning quick and easy by investing in the right tools? At the end of the day, it’ll free up your time to do the things you enjoy most. If you’re thinking of purchasing a new vacuum cleaner or steam mop, our floor care buying guide will point you in the right direction. Read on to find the perfect floor care appliance.
With a wide range of floor cleaners sporting trendy designs, shapes, colours and accessories to suit just about anyone, the most important thing is how well it cleans and if it suits your cleaning needs. In order to figure out which type of vacuum or floor cleaner suits you best, let’s have a think over the following…
How Do I Choose the Right Floor Care Appliance for my home?
The size, design and format of your home is vital to the type of floor care appliance you buy. Are you living in a large detached house or a small apartment? Do you have a lot of furniture or wide-open spaces? Does your home have a lot of stairs or a lot of rooms? Are your ceilings high? Is your home dominated by carpet or hard floors? Or maybe there’s an even distribution of both? All of these questions are essential in choosing the right floor care cleaner to suit your home with many coming with included extras such as extendable wands and tools to help clean your home.
Which floor care product will cater to my cleaning routine?
If your cleaning is usually a light task, a portable, stick vacuum cleaner will satisfy as it’s lightweight and can be cordlessly carried to clean one room to the next. Should you need to tackle the whole house, barrel vacuum cleaners will effectively pick up all the family’s mess with its powerful suction. For when you’re out and about or if there’s no time on your schedule, automated robot vacuum cleaners will be a lifesaver. Easily clean carpets or steam clean your hard floors with a carpet or steam cleaner.
What is the best vacuum cleaner for pet hair and allergies?
There are a wide range of vacuum cleaners that have been designed to easily pick up both human and pet hair to help clear your home. If you or a family member suffer from allergies and Asthma, you’d be glad to know that specific filters and technologies exist to trap allergens, dust and particles and expel clean air for a fresh and safe home environment.
Let’s now explore the different varieties of vacuum cleaners and steam mops available. Once you’ve got an idea of the type of floor care appliance you need, view our range and read real consumer reviews here.
The barrel vacuum is ideal when it comes to cleaning a large amount of floor space, especially carpet. They are great to use in awkward spaces, including stairs and cars and come with different attachments to suit the area and surface that you are cleaning. Designed to be suitable on most surfaces, barrel vacuums collect dirt in one of two ways – a disposable bag or a bin. Whichever one you choose will come down to personal choice, so here are some facts to help you decide:
Efficient and easy to remove waste
Releases less dust into the air when disposing of waste
Cleaner filter system due to bag changes
Collects more dirt before it needs to be emptied
Quick Tip – If you choose to go with a bag model, make sure you use the manufacturers bags as alternatives may void your warranty!
Easier to manage when the bin needs to be emptied
Visibility finding an item that has been accidentally sucked up
Economic and environmentally friendly due to no bags
Longer term cost savings
UNMISSABLE FUNCTIONS & FEATURES
There are plenty of different features that barrel vacuums come with to help make your job easier. Here are some that you should look out for…
Vacuuming is made much easier with different tools and attachments. Whilst a typical cleaner head suits floors, slim line crevice nozzles or brushes can help get those hard-to-reach areas, including inside the car.
It’s great to have an adjustable telescopic wand with your new vacuum (pole attached to the cleaning head) for the flexibility with changing to different heights.
If you have different floor surfaces in your home, having an adjustable head height is useful as you swap from carpet to flat surfaces, like wood or tiles.
Many barrel models come with variable suction power to increase or decrease the desired suction for different surfaces, like carpet or tiles. For a simple adjustment, just flip the vent on the wand.
There’s nothing worse than realising why the vacuum is not picking up dirt. A dust volume indicator is a handy alert so you’re best prepared and never let down.
The filtration feature is an important one if you need to take any allergies into consideration, as it helps to filter the air coming out of the vacuum. There are plenty of options and a common one suitable for asthma sufferers and those allergic to dust is the HEPA filter. It’s an international standard that traps tiny particles like pollen and dust mite.
Are portable and lightweight, perfect for quick cleans and hard to reach places. Some feature both stick and handheld options in one unit.
Are small and designed to be held in your hand to clean small areas and hard to reach places behind furniture, high shelves or under the seats of the car.
Have been engineered to make life easier by automatically cleaning your floor. It can operate whenever you want it to, even when you’re not home. Best suited for sweeping and gathering surface dust, robot vacuums don’t have the power for deep suction of carpet surfaces.
UNMISSABLE FUNCTIONS & FEATURES
Cord vs Cordless
Depending on their style of operation, vacuum cleaners can either be directly plugged into an electrical power point or powered by a rechargeable battery, each with their own benefits:
Cord, using electricity:
Endless power supply
Greater suction power
Bigger bin space
Cordless, battery powered:
Cordless convenience and flexibility
Great for quick cleans
Useful for hard to reach areas
It’s vital to understand how the vacuum cleaner moves and how easy it is to use to ensure it’s effective in your home.
Size & Weight: check to see how heavy and portable your vacuum cleaner is if you need to move it up the stairs or take it outside to vacuum your car seats.
Flat body: does the vacuum cleaner have a slim body which will easily fit under low furniture like your sofa?
Capacity: keep in mind the dust bag or bin capacity which will help you clean for longer without the need to empty the bin or replace the bag halfway through.
Cleaning time: if you’re shopping for a cordless vacuum cleaner, know what the maximum cleaning time is so you don’t get caught out.
Up-right position: find out if your cordless stick vacuum cleaner can stand on its own upright position, or does it need wall support? This will help determine where you store it.
Charging and storage dock: keep an eye out for the convenience of a combined charging and storage dock that neatly charges and stores your cordless vacuum cleaner and its attachments.
Suitable For: Most hard floors, including vinyl, ceramic tiles, linoleum, marble, stone and sealed timber
If you’re tired of constantly wringing out the mop and emptying the dirty bucket while cleaning your large space of tiles or floorboards, then a steam mop would be the perfect addition to your cleaning cabinet. Essentially, steam mops covert ordinary tap water into deep cleaning, bacteria killing boiling water that travel down the wand and out of the spores of the soft cloth cleaning head. As you use the steam mop around the home, the cleaning head loosens grease and grime to swiftly and easily wipe away from the surface for a sparkling, clean floor.
Some surfaces like unsealed and/or waxed timber or corked floors can’t handle the heat, so make sure you check the floor you wish to use steam mops on, before using it. A great benefit of the high heat steam is that there is no need to rely on nasty chemicals, which is great for the environment as well as your wallet! If you need a bit more of a kick to the clean, white household vinegar will do, just make sure to empty the water reservoir every now and then to ensure it stays clean and free of bacteria and germs. Always ensure to put the fabric cloth of the mop head into the wash after every use.
UNMISSABLE FUNCTIONS & FEATURES
Below are some important features to look out for when purchasing a steam mop:
Refillable water tank that can be topped up while cleaning
Different types of cleaning pads to help with different surfaces
Detachable handheld cleaner attachments
Steam control and fast heat up
Adjustable wand to suit your height
Long power cord for greater mobility
Nozzles and brushes to help with stubborn mess
Safety Tip – Having a stand-up model and a pad to rest it on is highly recommended as it not only protects your floors if you need to pause to answer the phone,
but also prevents it from tipping over while heating or cooling.
Feel confident with what to look for when shopping for your new floor care appliances. To help you with your decision-making ahead of purchasing, click here to view the range of Floor Care appliances in the market, read reviews and find your local retailer to make your purchase.
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