When I got married, I made it clear to my husband that I was not the best homemaker and that I would need all the help I can get if I were to put order in our household.
I was hoping that he would pick up my subtle hint for a housekeeper.
Instead, he came home one day with all kinds of vacuum cleaners to help me clean the house (sigh).
I thank God everyday for the return policy, but before I gave them up, I tried them all out first.
Choosing a vacuum cleaner for your house is not like a beauty pageant. There is usually no clear winner, no Ms. Vacuum Cleaner 2014 awardee who gets to wear the sash.
Every user will have different needs and every vacuum cleaner will satisfy a different audience. Nevertheless, there are universal needs that can satisfy a wider audience.
No matter how big or small your place is, every homemaker has to have a good handheld vacuum cleaner. Let’s face it, you cannot clean your house everyday.
At most, it’s a vacuum-as-you-muddy-up type of process that works for almost anyone. If you can only have one vacuum in the house, make it a hand vacuum.
Choosing the best handheld vacuum cleaner can be challenging. While they are cheaper, it makes no financial sense to buy every handheld in sight.
Choose carefully. Consider its battery life. You want one that will work without constantly being charged. Make sure there’s an indicator light that will tell you that you are running low on power. Get one that is light and portable, and yet has plenty of functionalities. Don’t let price rule your choice.
If you have hardwood floors in your house like I do, you need the right kind of vacuum cleaner. This is because most vacuums are great for carpets, but not always for hardwood floors.
It takes a good hardwood floor vacuum to remove dirt and keep your wood clean without damaging its shine and polish. So what makes a great hardwood cleaner?
First, don’t choose one with a beater brush. These are for carpets and can scratch your beautiful wood. Instead, get one with that has felt stripes and padded with rubber.
It should also be able to sweep and mop, which is ideal for hardwood floors. And if you have a pet, you should look for a strong suction power to get to those pet hairs that can get embedded.
But remember, to get one that is portable and light because the heavier ones can leave scruff marks behind.
Vacuums For Pet Hair
While I love Dodong, our Labrador retriever, he sheds a lot especially during summer. Seeing all the pet hair drives me crazy, so I spend a lot of time vacuuming pet hair.
As a result, I learned that a bagless vacuum cleaner is your best ally in your fight against pet hair. They are easy to empty, cheaper and easy to spot whether you are doing a good job of zapping pet hairs.
Choosing the right vacuum cleaner requires effort. Know what you need and how you will use it before settling on one.