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What NOT to Clean with Steam Cleaners

Posted by Vivian on July 18th, 2012

what not to steam cleanSteam cleaners are wonderful, since they can clean just about anything without the use of harsh chemicals – car exteriors, sealed hardwood floors, leather upholstery, most kitchen appliances, windows, mirrors, and showers.

There are some surfaces, however, that aren’t ideal for steam cleaners.

Let’s look at how steam cleaners work. Essentially, they turn ordinary tap water into deep-cleaning steam vapor. They do this with heat – lots of it. In order to kill germs, they need to heat water to at least 225 degrees F. In fact, the most powerful steam cleaners, like Ladybug steam cleaners, heat the water as high as 325 degrees F.

Read more about surfaces that can't be steam cleaned and non-chemical alternatives to steam.

10 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Air Quality

Posted by Allison on March 19th, 2012

Spring Cleaning Cleaning SuppliesThe beginning of spring is the one time of year that I get super jazzed about cleaning, so I always make sure to take it seriously. I leave no blind un-dusted and no pillow cover un-washed. Dust, dirt and allergens don’t stand a chance in my home.

This spring, you owe it to yourself to enjoy a clean that’s more than dirt-deep. I’m talking allergen-deep. Dust mite-deep. Get down to the nitty gritty and really tackle what’s lurking in your home’s air. With the help of these 10 spring cleaning tips, you can do it without making yourself crazy.

1. Make a schedule. If you have a basement, start there – this room usually has the worst air quality. The next day, tackle germs and bacteria in the bathroom. Move onto the living room on day three, and so on. Even if you live in a 600 square foot apartment like mine, this method helps you stay focused on the task at hand and avoid becoming overwhelmed with the amount of work ahead of you.

bissell steam mop 2. Ditch the store-bought cleaners for a vapor steam cleaner. Typical household cleaners often contain harsh toxic chemicals that can aggravate allergies and ultimately cause health complications. Steam cleaners use pure vapor steam to naturally disinfect and deodorize counter tops, windows, appliances, and upholstery.

Keep reading for more spring cleaning tips.

Ladybug Steam Cleaner Takes On A Dirty Apartment

Posted by Allison on January 20th, 2012

Read more about this Ladybug Steam Cleaner demo.

Our New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by Allison on January 3rd, 2012

New Year's ResolutionsThe countdown is over. The plates of black-eyed peas and cornbread are empty. The guilt and shame of everything we ate over the holidays has set in. It’s officially a new year!

At the beginning of each new year, I go through the same routine as most women. Buy veggies, count calories, and force myself into the gym five times a week. But this year, I thought I would do something a little different.

During our first day back at the office, I started asking around to see what resolutions some of my coworkers made for 2012. Maybe that would help give me some ideas. I was surprised by what I found!

Read more about our New Year's Resolutions for 2012.

Steam Cleaners Offer Chemical-Free Bed Bug Removal

Posted by Diamond on October 7th, 2011

Chemical-Free Bed Bug TreatmentBed bugs – they’re creepy, crawly, and have taken over homes across America over the last few years. Dealing with a bed bug infestation is a downright nuisance that can literally drive you crazy, so it’s no surprise that people are willing to do whatever it takes to rid their homes of these bloodsucking pests right away. With such hysteria over the current bed bug epidemic, many Americans are taking drastic measures to eliminate the problem, including fumigating their homes to extreme degrees.

However, a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that frequent and excessive applications of chemical products to kill bed bugs can be more hazardous to your health than the effects of a bed bug infestation. A healthier alternative for effective bed bug remediation, steam cleaners are a chemical-free way to get rid of bed bugs naturally.

Read more about how to remove bed bugs with steam cleaners

Nilfisk: The Best Vacuum You’ve Never Had

Posted by Diamond on September 23rd, 2011

Nilfisk HEPA VacuumSome people prefer primp and pretty household appliances and are more concerned with style than function. Then there are the folks who can appreciate an attractive design but are more focused on the bottom line: does this product really work?

When you want a vacuum that excels in deep cleaning and filtration without all the exterior bells and whistles, Nilfisk vacuum cleaners provide industrial strength and are a quietly kept solution for residential environments. Translation: they may not have the frilly finishing of a traditional household vacuum, but they really, really do work.

Find out more about Nilfisk vacuums

Steam Cleaners: The Healthy Way to Clean

Posted by Diamond on September 9th, 2011

Steam CleanerThe only thing more disgusting than walking on a grimy floor is “cleaning” it with the same old dirty mop and filthy pail of water. Sure the bucket of water starts out smelling fresh and looking soapy, but by the time you reach the middle of the floor, what was once a bucket of fresh suds has become a cold, gray bacteria fest. And to think we actually dip a spongy mop into that “water” and smear it all over our tile or hardwood floors. Yuck!

It’s ok, we’re all guilty. But there is a better way. A chemical-free, eco-conscious, allergy- and asthma-friendly way. More hygienic than a traditional floor mop and more cost-effective and durable than disposable Swiffer sweepers, a steam cleaner is a healthy way to truly clean your floors of dirt and grime without releasing pollutants from chemical detergents into your indoor environment.

Learn more about cleaning your home with a steam cleaner

Behold the Electrolux Nimble Vacuum

Posted by Diamond on August 26th, 2011

Electrolux Nimble EL8602AImagine a bagless vacuum that is as big on function as it is on style. Picture a vacuum cleaner that is lightweight and appealing to the eye but also durable and tough on dirt. Now meet the Electrolux Nimble.

The name says it all: nimble. Meaning swift, quick, light, agile – all of the things any modern upright vacuum cleaner should be.

Standing nearly 4 feet tall, the Nimble excels in dirt pickup while offering extreme maneuverability. Loaded with convenience features such as fingertip suction control and a 3-in-1 combination tool, the Electrolux Nimble Vacuum Cleaner offers five-star quality at a budget-friendly price.

Find out more about the Electrolux EL8602A Nimble Upright Vacuum

Dyson DC25 Vacuums Offer Perfect Balance of Power and Ease

Posted by Cierra on August 5th, 2011

Dyson Vacuum CleanersWhile the world is currently in awe over the revolutionary design of the Dyson bladeless fan, the company’s signature product has always been the Dyson ball vacuum. Known for exceptional design and innovative technology, Dyson’s DC25 Vacuum Series is no exception. The Dyson DC25 Series includes the DC25 All Floors Vacuum Cleaner and the DC25 Animal Vacuum Cleaner, both of which are sleek, lightweight vacuums featuring HEPA filtration and bagless dirt collection for your convenience.

I had the privilege of testing out the Dyson DC25 Animal Vacuum Cleaner and I must say it is quite an engineering feat. Designed to clean homes with pets, the Dyson DC25 Animal Vacuum comes with a mini-turbine tool to remove pet hair from furniture, fabrics, and tight spaces. The vacuum also includes two onboard accessories—a debris nozzle and a stair tool—that can be attached to the vacuum hose or the extension wand for greater functionality.

After quickly assembling the main components, I was ready to plug the pet vacuum in and go for a test drive.

Read more about how Dyson vacuums differ from traditional vacuum cleaners

101 Uses For the Ladybug Tekno 2350 Steam Cleaner

Posted by Ashley on May 27th, 2009

Ladybug Tekno 2350 Steam Cleaner All right, I didn’t actually list 101 here (just 21), but there are seemingly endless uses for our brand new Ladybug Tekno 2350 Vapor Steam Cleaner. Manufactured by Advanced Vapor Technologies, this system is the most powerful Ladybug steam cleaner available. The EPA-qualified Tekno 2350 makes use of the patent-pending TANCS disinfection system—TANCS stands for Thermo Accelerated Nano Crystal Sanitation—to create super-heated dry vapor steam that is lethal for germs, bacteria, allergens, and dirt.

This Ladybug vapor steam cleaner is excellent for residential cleaning tasks, but it’s also a great economical tool for workers in many commercial sectors such as car-detailing, the food and hospitality industries, and janitorial departments in schools, universities, and on corporate campuses. Come to think of it, almost any household and industry would benefit from the Ladybug’s safe and chemical-free approach to cleaning.
Read more about the many uses of Ladybug steam cleaners

It’s Official: Clean Air Helps Us Live Longer

Posted by Ashley on January 23rd, 2009

Cleaner, pollutant-free air adds almost 5 months to our lives. So say the results of an interesting study published in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine. The study, headed by an epidemiologist at Brigham Young University (BYU), tracked the correlation between particulate pollution levels and life expectancy over 2 decades in 51 U.S. cities. Researchers say it’s the first to illustrate that reducing air pollution can translate into a longer lifespan. How’s that for a reason to make an air purifier a permanent part of your environment? Read more about how cleaner air can help you live longer

It’s Flu Season – Do You Know Where the Flu is?

Posted by Ashley on November 25th, 2008

If you’re anything like me, you hate flu season. You loathe those times – mostly between November and March – when you can just feel the influenza coming on. During these times, everything you do is performed in a fatigued slow motion. You start popping a daily vitamin C, a powdery-tasting Zicam tablet, and maybe one of those ugly green Echinacea capsules just to be safe. You wash your hands twice as much as you usually do (and for me, that’s a lot!). You get plenty of rest (out like a light at 10!) and hope that this run-down feeling passes. To put it plainly, if you’re anything like me, you’ll do everything short of declaring yourself under quarantine during flu season to prevent catching the flu.
Read more about flu prevention

High Precipitation Linked to Autism

Posted by John on November 16th, 2008

I recently explored the question Is Autism an Environmental Illness? Now new evidence suggests that autism may indeed be an environmental illness.

CBS News reports that children living in areas of high precipitation may be more likely to have autism.

“I strongly believe it’s not the precipitation itself,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Michael Waldman. “My sense is, if truly there is an environmental trigger, my guess is it is one of the factors related to indoor activity.” Read more about autism and environmental illness

Should I Get A Flu Shot?

Posted by John on October 24th, 2008

Flu season starts this month and peaks in late January. You can get a flu shot anytime during flu season, but it’s best to get it early.

Who Should Get A Flu Shot? Read more about flu shots

Verilux Ultraviolet Sanitizer Reviews

Posted by John on October 18th, 2008

Verilux UV sanitizerImagine owning a magic wand that zaps away invisible germs like viruses, bacteria, mold, and dust mites. Now you really can! The Verilux CleanWave sanitizing light wand uses the power of UV-C light to sterilize a variety of surfaces. Read more about UV-C sanitizers