Deep Cleaning Tools for the Home
By Marsha Canright
Everyone wants to have a squeaky clean, dust-free, sweet-smelling home for the holidays. If you’re planning to entertain or host out-of-town guests, preparation can be stressful. But deep cleaning is easier and less time-consuming if you have the right tools to do the work.
Whether you opt for a centralized system, a robot cleaner or a traditional upright or canister model, the best equipment for deep cleaning your home is a high quality vacuum.
TRIED AND TRUE
“Everyone who lives in Houston should have a good vacuum; with our dust and fine dirt, it’s an imperative,” says Tyler Knighton of Burden’s Vacuum Cleaner Company. “People invest a lot in their homes and it makes sense to acquire the best equipment possible to keep your home clean and well-maintained.”
Knighton says that different vacuums are designed for different needs. Uprights are best for cleaning carpets and useful for pet owners. Canisters work better on hard surfaces but do clean carpets as well. Robotic vacuum cleaners are an excellent way to augment daily housekeeping, but for true deep cleaning, a powerful vacuum is your best bet, he adds.
Burden’s stocks a range of uprights, canisters and robots that are known for suction, power and longevity. Knighton’s personal favorite is the Miele home system. In addition to high quality standard machines, Miele has a new robotic cleaner, the Scout RX 2, that operates with a smart phone app.
As for freshening carpets and area rugs, he has this advice: “Forget about do-it-yourself steam cleaners and opt for professionals that won’t leave dirt and excess moisture behind,” he says. “You may also try a dry carpet treatment like Host Odor Exploder that eliminates carpet odors without leaving behind a chemical or heavy perfume smell.”
FRONT AND CENTER
If you’re planning a big clean, consider a central vacuum system. It may be the ultimate in vacuum cleaning power. This system has pipes throughout the infrastructure of the house and it carries dirt and pollens to an external collection system much the same as modern plumbing systems carry wastewater to the sewer.
“A central vacuum has four times the suction power of the strongest portable vacuum,” says King Tieken, owner of Airline Vacuum, a company that provides free estimates and installs central vacuum equipment.
Once solely limited to high-end homes, central systems are now available for houses from 2,000 to 20,000 square feet. They can be retrofitted in existing homes or those being remodeled and they’re easy to install in new construction.
Positioned in select locations throughout the home, circular outlets will provide access to 40 feet of hose, although you can use less depending on what is needed. A variety of attachments offer a cleaning system for every surface, and the dirt is removed immediately to the exterior.
“Hundreds of people who have the system call and thank me. They say it’s the best thing they’ve ever done for their home. Victoria Osteen is a fan and so is restaurateur Johnny Carrabba and racing driver A.J. Foyt. These systems are convenient and efficient and people love them,” he adds.
MAN VS. MACHINE
Finally, if you want a high tech, cool tool to help you spot clean before company comes, look no further than the Coral One, a new robotic vacuum cleaner designed by co-founders Ted Ko and George Ko. Making its debut last October, this innovative robotic vacuum offers a double dose of cleaning power.
“Our robot is a super high quality, powerful cleaner with the addition of a detachable handheld component; it’s the first such combination in the world,” Ted Ko says.
Coral One has attachments for fabric and crevices and an ergonomic handle that makes lifting the machine a snap.
“During the holiday season there are tree needles, wrapping paper bits, Legos, even Skittles to contend with, in addition to routine dirt and dust,” Ko says. “As engineers we are interested in the home as an ecosystem; that’s the reason Coral is our company name. We develop high quality robotics to help people carry out their daily routines more efficiently,” he adds.