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Dog Day Morning

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
By John Hitch

I’ll start out by admitting that I’m an idiot sometimes. My wife told me not to give that mammoth store-bought ham bone to our boxer, whose allergies include but are not excluded to: gluten, poultry, dust and grass. Ham wasn’t on the list, so I thought it would be cool. After the dog devoured that pig femur down to the marrow, my wife kindly showed me the warning label that advised against dogs doing such a thing. The shards could really do severe damage to a dog’s intestinal track, so we watched her closely for that Thursday night and the following day. She seemed fine, so I thought the crisis was averted. Stories where crises are averted don’t wind up on floor care companies’ blogs, so you can imagine what I woke up to the next day was pretty horrific.

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Topics: Carpet Cleaners, Floor Care University, Pets, Spring Cleaning and Holiday Cleaning

De-winterize Your Floors (and rest of your home)

Saturday, April 04, 2015
By John Hitch

After many months of sub-zero temperatures and an endless barrage of blizzards, the spring thaw has arrived. The cold, dark visage of winter has no doubt cast its icy glare on your home, but it’s time to shake it off and open your doors to the sun’s shining, happy smile.

Be prepared, though. All that light is going to reveal some pretty nasty stuff, down to every last salt and mud deposits dragged in by the family.

So now is the time to de-winterize your floors.

Follow these steps and you’re on the right path to a quick and painless spring cleaning:

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Topics: Spring Cleaning and Holiday Cleaning

Spring (Cleaning) Training

Saturday, April 04, 2015
By John Hitch

As baseball’s spring training winds down in preparation for the season, most of us are gearing up for spring cleaning, in preparation for not living in a pigsty.

While we can’t wait for Opening Day and America’s past time starts up again, we will pass the time getting our homes clean. (They’re not dirty, per se, but the windows were closed for six months and humans shed all their outer skin cells in about four weeks.) We thought that while coaches are busy tinkering with their rosters, we should create our own batting order to beat up on dirt. So here’s our fantasy team, along with a detailed scouting report, on the Hoover products to draft for a successful cleaning season.

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Topics: Carpet Cleaners, Hard Floor Cleaners, Spring Cleaning and Holiday Cleaning, Vacuum Cleaners

Batteries Included: Picking the Right Cordless Cleaner

Friday, March 06, 2015
By John Hitch

When we released our first-ever cordless, full-size upright, we noticed an instant effect. Unencumbered by a cord, vacuuming became less of a chore. The cord may be a silly thing, but not having it changes the way you clean. You don’t stop. You just keep going. It made you rethink cleaning.

The latest expansion of our cordless line of cleaners will make you rethink cleaning — again.

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Topics: FAQ, Floor Care University, Hard Floor Cleaners, Innovation, Vacuum Cleaners

What Should I Clean When I Move Into A New Home?

Thursday, January 29, 2015
By John Hitch

A new home should mean a fresh start, but how fresh it actually is depends entirely on how clean the previous owners left it. Strategically placed furniture may have made them more likely to “forget” to take all those stains, cobwebs and remnants of cooking catastrophes past with them. Ultimately, the onus is on you when it comes to moving into a clean home. And you should do it before the moving van arrives. The good news is that this will be the easiest your house will ever be to clean. Follow these tips and it will be even easier.

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Topics: Carpet Cleaners, Cleaning and Organization Tips, How To

Five Ways Your Foyer Can Be Way More Functional

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Easy, Doable Solutions To Avoid “Black Holes”


By Amber Matheson

If you’re like me, you have a few black holes in your house. Our dining room table is one — it’s the first and (often) final resting spot for just about anything handheld, from sandwiches to the Sunday paper. The entryway is another. My family of four accumulates approximately 80 billion articles of outdoor clothing and shoes on any given week, and it mostly ends up in a heap by the door. Tack on snowy, muddy, salty conditions, and it’s not just a depository; it’s a disaster.

With the bustle of the holidays over and winter in full swing, we’re attempting to clean up our act. Here’s how I plan to do it.

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Topics: Cleaning and Organization Tips, Design, How To