Keeping your floors and carpet clean is a real chore. No, really. Floor cleaning is the very epitome of the household chore — against which all other household chores are measured.
If you have kids or pets, you probably know just how quickly a bright carpet can turn grey and dreary as dirt, stains, and mud sets in. Just think about adopting a new puppy and the duty of floor cleaning becomes a full-time job.
Thankfully, there are a number of options out there to keep your home looking like new. Modern vacuum cleaners are more powerful and easier to use than the old bag-loaded clunkers we used for floor cleaning back when I was a kid.
In this article, we’ll take a close look at some of the floor cleaning options currently available to consumers to keep their homes looking as good as new.
Floor Cleaning with Lossless Suction
Back in the day, vacuum cleaners were only as useful for floor cleaning as their suction would allow. Many vacuums have multiple areas where air will leak from one chamber to the next, or even at the attachment points of hoses. These leaks reduce the amount of suction power that a vacuum has, which results in less effective floor cleaning.
When you need to capture dirt hidden below the top of the carpet line, weak suction simply won’t do. The solution until recently has been to buy a more powerful vacuum with higher amperage. This means more initial cost, higher electricity use, and louder floor cleaning. Today, relatively low-powered vacuum cleaners can offer the same cleaning efficiency at a fraction of the amperage thanks to technologies such as no-loss suction.
Dyson’s current line of products include this technology standard. You’ll really notice the difference when you compare a vacuum made with this technology to one without. Add to that Dyson’s ball technology on the Dyson DC41 Animal Complete Upright Vacuum Cleaner for easier navigation, and you have a unit that outperforms older floor cleaning tech several times over.
Floor Cleaning with the Power of Absorption
Speaking of Dyson, have you heard of the tiny little sponges that make up its Zorb product? This powder sprinkles onto wool and stain-resistant carpets, absorbing dirt and other mucky elements in your carpet so they can be easily vacuumed up. It’s not exactly a high-tech solution to floor cleaning, but it certainly works.
There are also a number of useful products on the market that make cleaning and maintaining hard surfaces easier. Swiffer makes a line of wet and dry solutions to keep your hardwood, linoleum, and tile floors looking spotless. The wet options come scented, so your floors are left smelling fresh while the pads absorb the gunk you’re trying to clean up.
The Modern Magic of Floor Cleaning Robotics
Did you know that robotic floor cleaners have come a very long way in the past five years? The iRobot Roomba has certainly advanced quite a bit, allowing for better carpet and hard surface cleaning with minimal actual attention required on your end. In fact, the higher-end Roombas will vacuum your home on a pre-determined cycle before putting themselves on the charger. All you have to do is empty the storage bin once in a while.
Sure, floor cleaning is still a chore, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. What is your favorite new technology for cleaning and maintaining your home?