Canister vacuum cleaners work better on tile and wood floors than the upright
vacuum cleaners, which do a better job on carpets.
I own one of the newer Kenmore canisters which is powerful and does a great job
my hardwood and tile floors but I hate that machine because it's heavy and sort
Here you can find out what people think about the different brands of canisters:
I don't know what I'd do without my "Eureka-The Boss: Lite Cordless"
sweeper. I have worn out 2 of them in 15 years and I have used it on tile,
linoleum, cement, wood, and carpet. It has straight suction (which I never
use) and also a rotating brush (which I always use). It holds its charge
quite well and it's easy to empty.
I've tried others but go right back to this one!
It can be bought in many places for around $40.
I have a tile eat-in kitchen and use a Hoover stick vac (bagless). It is light
weight and works fine. I use a Clorox ready mop to clean - but make my own
solution and use discarded wash cloths on the pad - held in place with a
handi-wipe - which can be washed and re-used.
My best friend just showed me her little Shark carpet cleaner. She bought it
for her hardwood floors. It looks like the old push carpet cleaners but it
has a rechargeable battery. If it were anyone one else I would have my
doubts, but she always finds the best products. I plan to use one of the 20%
off coupons I get for Bed Bath and Beyond or Linens and things. They are
only $59. I was so surprised at how well it did. She has a long haired cat
and I was shocked at how much it had picked up.
Solution for Clorox ready mop:
1/2 c ammonia
1/2 c white vinegar
1 1/2 c water
1/2 c alcohol (makes it all dry faster)
For the pad part: take a handi-wipe and cut in half. Either fold a paper
towel in half, and lay on center of handi-wipe (will be almost exact size of
pad) and then tuck handi-wipe in slots on top....or you can use old wash
cloths, folded in half in place of paper towel....I always wet them first and
then wring water out so they are just barely damp before starting.
We just bought a Dirt Devil Vac 'n Mop which we like very much. It has a
Swiffer-like thing for sweeping, and a vacuum. You can also fill it with
cleaning solution which it then sprays forward (but you control when it
sprays) as you mop with the Swiffer. It has a rechargeable battery and is
cordless which makes it very easy to use.
I have laminate, hardwood, ceramic and vinyl in all the rooms of my house
with a few scatter rugs and one 5 x 7 rug. I love my 16 amp Eureka boss
corded vac. It is powerful enough for the rugs and does a good job on the
hard surfaces too! Since I have pets and a hair salon in my home, the
swiffers were a waste. Another thing that I have that I would not due
without is a broom that is made of black foam rubber. Hair sticks to it
instead of being scattered about.
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