Category: Home cleaning

Taking care of your mattress – my advice


The good quality of a new mattress isn’t enough to protect it from fast wear, the key rather being a commitment to  taking care of it throughout its lifespan. Here are a few tips on how to maintain your mattress in a good state.

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The most common cause for mattress damage are the spills and splatters of all sorts. The easiest and most effective way to keep them under control is to protect your mattress with a waterproof cover, that’s going to need periodic cleaning, but will preserve your investment. Having a cover won’t just keep food and drinks away, but will also help fight the premature sagging that appears because of perspiration, oils, and environment humidity. However, you must keep in mind that the mattress also needs proper ventilation, so a cover must not be considered an everlasting accessory, but should be removed once in awhile.

If the accident already occurred, dry-cleaning the mattress is totally prohibited. The chemicals used in this process could permanently damage the cover  fabric and even the filling.

Some baking soda spread right on top of the mattress will absorb humidity and expel odors. You can give it around half an hour to work its magic and then use the vacuum cleaner to collect it.

Another problem that occurs after some time is the appearance of bumps and depressions within the mattress after sitting too often on just certain points. This can be ameliorated by flipping over the mattress, and rotating it head-to-toe. This will even out the pressure inflicted upon it over time and will prolong its life.

Frequent vacuuming is another secret to maintain the mattress clean and less prone to damage, even if it doesn’t seems to be important. Dust and dirt are a continuous threat to its life and the often you evacuate them, the better.

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A good quality mattress won’t last long if it’s not well supported. I recommend you to make sure the shape and size of the mattress is consistent with the box spring or bed frame you own, so that no unnecessary pressure or bending damages it.

Finally, a small memento for those of you with too much energy. The mattress has a certain purpose and shouldn’t be used outside of it. Allowing your kids to use it as a trampoline is likely to have you replace it much sooner than you should.

How much power should your next vacuum cleaner have


Our society seems to be on the hunt for everything that’s faster and stronger, and we’ve been telling ourselves these two features are always worth investing in. But should we pause for a second and really consider their advantages in everyday objects and tools, maybe we would discover that we don’t really have use for too high a performance.

An interminable discussion on forums and manufacturer’s websites regards the suction power of vacuum cleaners and we just want to make a few points.

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When you’re choosing a new vacuum cleaner, you are taking into consideration the type of surfaces you are going to need cleaned. This is also a factor in deciding the amount of suction power you will be needing. An area covered with carpets will require a stronger air flow in order to break the resistance of the carpet threads, whereas a small, wooden or tiled floor will be okay with a medium and even low suction power. The size of your space matters as well, and while a canister with a high suction power will work for large areas, you can confidently use an upright with medium power on smaller areas, such as a two-rooms apartment or a small office space.

Generally, canister vacuum cleaners are known to have more suction power than an upright model, but it all depends on the type of surface you have – the upright model usually has a rotating brushroll that shakes the carpet threads, allowing the vacuum to collect more, even if its suction power isn’t maximized.

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When you’re shopping for vacuum cleaners, the best way to assess their suction power is to look at their CFM number, which represents their airflow capacity, telling you the number of cubic feet of air that the machine will suck in 1 minute. As a reference point, you should know that the standard vacuum will have between 50 CFM and 100 CFM.

However, this measurement isn’t always listed by the manufacturer, but you can look for the number of air watts (AW) which can give you an accurate idea. This measurements tells you the number of watts that the vacuum consumes in order to suck a unit of air through the nozzle. While an upright vacuum can be very efficient for pet hair because of his 180-200 AW, a canister will need to have more, since it also has the job of pulling the air through the hose. Therefore, you should look for one with at least 300 AW.