Posted by Diamond on September 9th, 2011
The 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.
Posted by Ashley on September 2nd, 2011
For many Americans, Labor Day isn’t just a time to reflect on our achievements as a dedicated workforce and celebrate the end of summer with one last blowout barbecue. Labor Day is also your first chance flex those savvy deal-grabbing skills and find the biggest and best sales to kick off your fall/winter shopping season right. Sylvane is certainly no exception to this tradition.
Starting today September 2nd and continuing through Labor Day, Monday September 5th, shop our amazing Labor Day Weekend Sale and save big on many of our most popular air treatment products! Our selection of deals and offers spans many product categories, including our bestselling air purifiers and replacement filters, air conditioners, fans, dehumidifiers, electric fireplaces, and vacuums.
Posted by Diamond on August 26th, 2011
Imagine 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.
Posted by Cierra on August 5th, 2011
While 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.
Posted by Ashley on June 3rd, 2011
This past month of May was truly one of excitement in the halls of Sylvane as we prepared for not one, but two major brands to join our online catalog. I told you about our first major addition, Miele vacuums, last week. (Be sure to check out my blog Introducing Miele Vacuums if you missed it!) This week, feast your eyes on the latest brand to join our vacuum and fan categories—UK-based Dyson!
You’ve probably seen Dyson products at your local big-box store. The high-tech, ball-bearing upright Dyson vacuums never fail to catch my eye on my shopping trips and get me dreaming of an easier way to clean. More recently, you’ve likely also encountered the swanky bladeless Dyson air multipliers on the shelves just in time for summer. While big-box stores are known for their sometimes unbeatable deals and upper hand in convenience, one thing they often lack is variety.
Posted by Ashley on May 27th, 2011
Many of us at Sylvane have been abuzz for the past few weeks, prepping to roll out the newest vacuum brand to join our product catalog. This new addition couldn’t have come at a better time since we are deep in the throes of spring cleaning season, not to mention a pretty trying allergy season. (Have you seen those pollen counts?) So, what better to tackle all that dirt and debris in your home and help remove symptom-triggering allergens than a powerful Miele vacuum?
That’s right. Miele, the family-owned and operated German manufacturer of state-of-the-art home appliances—including an award-winning line of vacuum cleaners—has arrived at Sylvane!
Posted by Ivey on April 28th, 2011
One of the most versatile tools for keeping your baby’s nursery and general home surfaces clean is a vacuum. Tried and true, these machines can be used to remove dirt and debris from carpets, hardwoods, upholstery, drapes, and more, but where does that dirt and debris go once your vacuum has removed it from the once-soiled surface? If you are using the Bissell Healthy Home Vacuum, then rest assured that dirt and debris is locked safely away from the air that you and your baby breathe using this vacuum’s advanced air filtration system.
Thanks to its excellent surface cleaning ability and superior air filtration, this week’s product spotlight is on the Bissell Healthy Home Vacuum Cleaner, also known as the Bissell 16N5. This vacuum comes with nonstop cyclonic suction power, a convenient bagless design, HEPA filtration, and a variety of attachments.
Posted by Ivey on January 24th, 2011
Is winter’s chill making your home uncomfortably cold? Restore your home’s comfort with warmth from a Sylvane space heater. Until February 7, all Delonghi heaters, Honeywell heaters, Vornado heaters, American Comfort heaters, and Soleus heaters are marked down 20%! Plus, you don’t have to waste your time searching for or remembering some super-secret coupon because we’ve already marked them down for you. Your only tough decision is picking the best heater for your needs (of course, we are always here to help with that, too.)
Posted by Ivey on May 27th, 2010
Effective April 22, 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair, and painting projects in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must now be certified and adhere to specific work guidelines to prevent lead contamination, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Program. In addition to lead-safe work practices, certified contractors must also follow these three simple procedures:
- Contain the work area
- Minimize dust
- Clean up thoroughly
A commercial vacuum cleaner featuring true HEPA filtration can help you remain RRP-compliant and avoid the health risks associated with exposure to lead dust and chips that often result during renovation and repair activities.
Posted by Ivey on April 22nd, 2010
Today marks the 40th annual Earth Day celebration. Started in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, a former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Earth Day is still bringing awareness to pressing environmental issues around the globe and helping people discover new ways to lead environmentally friendly lives. This Earth Day, consider greening your cleaning routine to improve your indoor air quality, boost your family’s health, and protect the Earth.
Posted by Ivey on February 19th, 2010
With a home occupied by two dogs, carpet, and loads of potential allergy triggers, I am always on the lookout for a great vacuum. For their March issue, Consumer Reports tested and rated 67 different vacuum cleaners. Two upright vacuum cleaners offered by Sylvane were chosen as CR Best Buys and an Electrolux canister vacuum ranked among the top five for canister vacuum cleaners.
Vacuums were compared and ranked among similar models based on price, weight, replacement bag costs, and overall score. The ratings also figured in test results based on carpet cleaning, bare floor cleaning, total airflow, noise, emissions, handling, and pet hair removal.
Posted by Ivey on February 5th, 2010
Cockroaches. They’re creepy, crawly — and a leading cause of allergies and asthma!
Cockroach allergens are found in the feces, saliva, and body parts of the insects. They cause allergy symptoms, such as irritated skin, itchy eyes and nose, scratchy throat, and can exacerbate asthma conditions. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, there is a correlation between exposure to cockroach allergens and the development of asthma in children.
Posted by Ashley on April 6th, 2009
Spring pollen is back – and it’s in full force. As reported by CNN, ABC News, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – and quite possibly, that thick layer of yellow powder on your car – this year’s spring pollen is apparently going to be worse than ever. (Let’s all let out a collective groan.) According to countless reports, we can expect higher than normal pollen counts in many parts of the country.
For instance, if you live in the Northeast, you can expect heavier pollen levels as a result of the area’s high population as well as the large number of pollen-producing plants in the region. The Midwest will also likely see a more severe allergy season, stemming from the late winter flooding and snowstorms, which have made the ground ripe for tree and grass growth. In the Southeast, there are conflicting predictions. While some numbers predict a less severe allergy season, allergists at the Atlanta Allergy and Asthma Clinic, say residents in the region should hunker down for a particularly tough season, based on recent pollen trends and weather patterns. Continue reading
Posted by John on October 17th, 2008
In the home, a backpack vacuum, or “backuum,” is not necessary (unless you happen to live in an enormous mansion). However, the backpack vacuum is ideal for industrial vacuum jobs in which you have to clean large areas as quickly as possible. Built for speed and efficiency, the Nilfisk GD10 Backpack vacuum boosts cleaning productivity by up to 30%.
Ergonomically designed and weighing in at just over 10 pounds, the backuum is very comfortable. You won’t even notice the canister on your back. In fact, the backuum actually helps to alleviate back strain and pain because it eliminates repetitive bending over. The Nilfisk backuum allows you to stand up straighter and work faster. And since you’re not dragging a canister behind you, there’s less chance of causing an accident in the workplace.
Posted by John on September 28th, 2008
“If you suffer from allergies and asthma, vacuuming does more than make your home look better,” writes respiratory therapist Shane McGlaun at housekeepingchannel.com. “It can be as important as taking medications to control your condition. Vacuuming is an essential part of limiting exposure to asthma and allergy triggers, such as pet dander, dust mites, pollen and other allergens.”
McGlaun says that allergy sufferers should look for HEPA filtered vacuum cleaners so that allergens are not returned to the air through the vacuum’s exhaust. If your vacuum does not have a HEPA filters, then you’re simply moving allergens around rather than capturing them. This could actually make your allergies worse! Continue reading