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H OW TO PICK A GO O D LI G H TWE I GH T VAC U U M FO R HA R DWO O D FL O O RS


H OW T O P I C K A G O O D L I G H T W E I G H T VA C U U M F O R HARDWO OD FLOO RS BY: MATILYNN DAWSON

H OW TO U S E T H I S R E P O RT T E M P L A T E

Hardwood flooring is not only beautiful and easy to clean, but requires care in that cleaning. The last thing you want to do is damage your investment. Picking a vacuum that will quickly gather up accumulated dust and dirt without harming your flooring, is a must. Things to consider before you go vacuum shopping:  Do you have one or more pets?  Does this vacuum have to do double-duty on carpeting as well as hardwood flooring?  Are you wanting a bagless or vacuum-bag unit?  Do you prefer the canister or upright design?  Does anyone in the house have allergies? Answers to these questions greatly affect the kind of lightweight vacuum you will purchase. For example, choosing the upright design over the canister will add weight to your unit. The cup on bagless vacuums requires emptying in a manner that won't send dust back up into your face. HEPA filters are needed to assist those with allergies. Once you have answers to the above questions, it's time to look at the options out there. The first item on your list of things to check for, is actually on the bottom of the unit – the wheels or casters. Hard casters, or hard wheels, will eventually score the surface of your hardwood floor. To avoid such damage, choose a unit with soft rubber wheels. The second item on your list is the head. If your vacuum will never be used on carpet, choose a unit without a roller. If your vacuum will be used 2


on both carpet as well as your hardwood floor, be sure to pick a unit where the head has a switch to turn the roller on or off or lift it out the way. The third item on your list is weight. A powered head on a canister unit will add weight to your hand. A head using the suction power from the motor will weigh much less. In general, canister vacuums will weigh considerably less and come in a range of sizes, some you can even strap to your back as you work. Other things to consider when choosing the best vacuum for the job, are:  Shape of the head – V-shaped heads get into corners better than flat, rectangular heads.  Suction power – Generally, a 1200 watt motor, sometimes referred to as a 12 amp motor (we won't go into the differences in those ratings) provides enough suction to clean your floor properly.  Noise – Smaller does not always mean quieter. See if you can get a demonstration to gauge the noise level you are willing to work with.  Accessories – Will you be vacuuming blinds, small spaces, crevices, etc.? Get the unit that has the tools you'll need.  Shoulder strap – If you are going up and down stairs, a shoulder strap will keep your canister with you at all times. I suggest beginning your search at Vacuum Companion, and then checking out features and pricing. Further information on this topic, as well as reviews and pricing on various vacuums can be found at the links below: http://www.nextag.com/lightweight-vacuum-cleaner-for-hardwoodfloor/products-html http://reviews.wize.com/vacuums/t125053-hardwood-lightweight

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How to Pick a Good Lightweight Vacuum for Hardwood Floors  

Hardwood flooring is not only beautiful and easy to clean, but requires care in that cleaning. The last thing you want to do is damage your...