Bits: how many and what
To the vacuum cleaner become a universal device for cleaning any surfaces, various nozzles are used. They will allow equally well to cope with cleaning the floor and smooth include the long carpet, velvet curtains and upholstered furniture. Typically, as standard is 3 or 5 different nozzles.
Consider the main ones:
Slit-type nozzle – This flattened tube having at the end of a narrow slit. It comes complete with any vacuum cleaner. It helps to cope with the dust inside the batteries and behind them, as well as along baseboards.
Round brush with a long nap. It is convenient to clean the books, as well as carved furniture and other products with complex surface.
Oval scrubber provided with short pile. It is used to clean the carpets hanging on the walls, heavy curtains, upholstered furniture.
Turbo brush is useful to owners of cats, dogs and other pets. She copes with the hair, removing it from the upholstered furniture and carpets (this also applies to the hair). And needlewomen it will not superfluous, deftly picking up a string of sex.
In the summer of turbo brush will successfully fight with poplar fluff.
Electrobrushes – otherwise, electric turbo brush. It has all the advantages of the previous tips, but is much quieter since the rotating force of the electric current. She has a minus – Summarizing the expense of the instrument housing is heavier wire tube.
As usual turbo brush, it can not be used for carpets, where the pile is longer than one and a half centimeters.
Brush with natural bristles will need to handle «noble» and expensive coatings whose surface is smooth. This parquet, granite, stone (artificial and natural), laminate. Natural bristles will not scratch the coating, effectively clearing it.
And it is also important – too «loud» device and acts on the nerves, and causes headaches. Therefore, we pay attention to the amount specified in decibels passport.
12 March 2002 Brussels Convention was adopted, declaring the level of noise of different devices. In this document has been signed by representatives of many well-known brands, producing vacuum cleaners. In particular, it is possible to name familiar to every company Miele, Philips, Rowenta, LG, Bosch, Electrolux.
Convention determined that the vacuum cleaner should be tested by the manufacturer when the engine is at maximum output.
The measurements are made as follows. Ready device include a power outlet, and 30-50 inches away put a microphone. Also, you need a device that measures the noise level and driving record.
Tests are carried out 2 or 3 times (as long as the noise level is constant). So check every vacuum cleaner. Even if only 7 percent of the entire party will be «louder»Than the other 93 percent, it is still Declare the maximum noise level.
Current models of vacuum cleaners do not make a noise louder than 80 decibels. As an example – when a man whispers, he makes noise about 40 decibels. The shops are mainly found in the model with the index level of 70 decibels of noise, and even 60-65 dB.
Most noise cyclone type vacuum cleaners – much stronger than the model with dust bags.
Weight of the device can vary from 4 (for compact models) to 5.6 kilograms (at full size models). The latter are the most convenient for regular use. A reduction in weight and size – this is usually the result of saving in container volume dust.
Parking Type (storage) may be horizontal or vertical. Horizontal parking does not change the natural situation of the working vacuum cleaner. Vertical parking means that the unit is placed on the end face where the network jack. In this case, it is possible to secure the tube vertically on the body. As a result, the area of the storage device is saved substantially.
Compartment for nozzles disposed on the body, helps not to lose any of them, and quickly get the desired. Some manufacturers provide storage space on the handle, where the fixed nozzle on a special panel. When operating this panel is removed and put on again after cleaning. But user reviews say that this is extremely inconvenient to store attachments. Cleaning prolonged and complicated.
overheat protection – necessary function. If not, then heated up to the critical state of the engine can break. Heated device for various reasons – mostly due to the fact that the bag is full «the eyeballs». Another cause of overheating can be obstruction when air can not move through the hose or tube. Automatic shutdown on overheating have virtually all of today's vacuum cleaners. So that they can safely use.
Blocking a false start will be needed if you accidentally forget to insert the dust collector after the last cleaning. Blocker warn your forgetfulness and the unit will not turn on.
Indicators monitor the condition of the vacuum cleaner and its performance. If they are not there, you have to periodically open the case and visually check if everything is in order. The device can be equipped with: overheat indicator – if automatic shutdown when exceeding the thermal limit is not provided; filter contamination indicator that signals the need to replace or clean the filter device; Dust bag full indicator.
Cable length determines the mobility of the cleaner away from the wall outlet, and a hose length – its radius of action. Modern instruments usually have an automatic cord winder, and sometimes it adds the possibility of auto-reverse. That is unwinding cord occurs when the vacuum cleaner is removed from the outlet, and when moving in the opposite direction is automatically unwound cord.
Device wheels 90% define its maneuverability. If they are fixed to the sides of the body, the movement is possible only in a straight trajectory. Another thing, when the wheels are fixed to the bottom – At the same time the vacuum cleaner it is possible to move in any direction and deftly go around corners. Plastic wheels are not very practical – sometimes they scratch the floor. Better to choose the model, where the rubber wheel.
Another handy thing – Protective Soft Bumper, enveloping the entire perimeter of the vacuum cleaner. He will protect against bumps and corners of the room furniture.
Choosing a vacuum cleaner design
There are four variants of design of vacuum cleaners. It should know in order to understand how to choose a vacuum cleaner for an apartment or house. Types of instruments may be as follows: The cylinder, vertical, hand cleaner and a mop type.
The balloon type vacuum cleaners
These devices have the following key features:
- Cleaning the horizontal and vertical planes, including bookshelves, stairs and carpets hanging on the wall.
- Cleaning hard floor coverings and carpets (except for some models) coatings. Carpet Comes with a special brush attachment.
- Standard equipment: suction pipe, nozzle, brush the floor, slit-type nozzle, nozzle for upholstered furniture.
- The device for the automatic cord winder.
Additionally, there may be:
- fine filters (HEPA filters);
- special brush for hard to reach places;
- the increased length of the cord;
- increased length of the suction pipe.
Vertical type vacuum cleaners
- There are rollers and hinges, increasing maneuverability.
- The brush is equipped with a bumper that protects walls and furniture.
- Depth cleaning carpet pile is regulated.
- There are lights.
- Brush moves automatically.
- Stock brush switch from the solid coating to carpets;
- HEPA filters;
- tube-tube nozzle for a suction cleaning of curtains and chandeliers;
- elongated cord and its automatic winder;
- an elongated suction tube;
- The sensor contamination level regulating suction power;
- nozzle for hard to reach places;
- Dust bag full indicator;
- system of protection of the motor from falling coins, papers and other debris.
Such a device is the best fit for small rooms where the floor hard. Especially, will appreciate those who have not the strength to wield a bulky and heavy device in standard sizes. Thus the device can at least every day to clean the floor or carpet, clean the stairs and floor mats.
Vacuum mop has the following advantages:
- easy storage, compact size, light weight;
- no noise during operation;
- bag used instead place the container;
- there are models that do not have an electrical cord;
Hand-type vacuum cleaners
These small devices can easily and quickly remove the debris. Depending on the modifications they can run on AC or battery power.
- The small size and weight;
- Plastic container dust collector;
- Possibility of cleaning vertical surfaces.
Extras (on some models):
- elongated brush attachment;
- brush for upholstered furniture;
- brush for cleaning stains and spills from carpets and furniture;
- key lock «start».