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Moving Antique Furniture – Securing Wood Joints Before The Move

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A move from one residence to another can be stressful to merely think about, and your stress may be elevated if you have antique furniture items that need to be moved. While professional movers can help you to move even your most expensive and fragile heirlooms, there are some things you should do to prepare your furniture before the movers arrive. Making sure the joints are secure is one of these things, so keep reading to learn how to inspect, re-glue, and reinforce them. Inspect Joints Your antique furniture item may have one of several different joints depending on the age of the piece. These joints are meant to keep the various wood pieces firmly together. However, pressure, stress, and vibrations from regular use can cause these joints to start coming apart. If your furniture piece was made before 1870, then it likely has dovetail joints. These joints are formed from angled pins and slots that fit together along drawer corners and legs. These types of joints are hand carved and likely to remain intact. If you see these joints, then you probably do not have to worry about the joints coming apart during the moving process. This is also likely true of machined dovetail joints and joints that feature round pins or dowel type joints. However, if your antique piece of furniture appears to have a sliding joint down the one edge or if corners appear to be bonded together with an adhesive, then they might not be nearly as secure. Try to wiggle the joint lightly to see if there is any movement. If there is, then you may need to reactivate the adhesive glue that keeps the joint in place. Glue the Joints It is relatively easy to adhere joints if the glue is made out of hide glue. This is likely, because this was the first type of glue used to adhere antique furniture pieces together. Hide glue can be reactivated with heat. Place a small amount of hot water along the edge of the joint or use a hair dryer to heat it for several minutes. Once the glue becomes sticky, press the joint together with strong pressure until the glue starts to solidify. Allow the glue to dry fully for two days and then test the joint. If the joint no longer wiggles, then it is secure. If the joint still moves, then the joint likely need more glue to secure it properly. You can purchase hide glue from furniture and antique repair specialists. This is wise, so you can retain the authentic nature of the furniture item. The glue will come in pellet form when you purchase it. These pellets will need to be soaked in water and then warmed up. Read the directions provided with the glue to complete this process properly.  Once the glue is ready, heat up the old glue and use a small paintbrush to add the new glue to the joint. Wait another two days until the glue dries and test the joint again. Reinforce Joints Once the joints across your antique piece of furniture are secured properly, you will need to reinforce them to make sure they do not become damaged during the move. This is especially true for table legs. Start the reinforcement process by securing a layer of...

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3 Great Reasons To Have A Chimney Cap Installed

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Fireplaces offer homeowners and their families excellent reasons for staying home on cold winter nights — who can resist cocoa by the fire? However, these scenarios quickly turn unpleasant when fireplace malfunctions come into play. In these days of do-it-yourself home maintenance projects, many people attempt to act as their own chimney sweeps. However, professional fireplace care is something homeowners shouldn’t skimp on. There are over 100 reasons why fireplaces cease to work properly, and most homeowners simply don’t possess the expertise to effectively troubleshoot possible problems or to repair conditions that are interfering with proper functioning. Following are just three of the many reasons why you should have a professional chimney sweep install a chimney cap after giving your chimney a thorough cleaning. Chimney Swifts Chimney swifts aren’t dangerous, and they don’t carry disease or damage human habitat like certain feathered friends such as pigeons, but many people simply don’t want birds nesting in their chimneys. However, chimney swifts are protected under the Migratory Bird Act, and if you or a household member knowingly removes their nests or denies them access to them, you may face federal fines. If a family of swifts has already set up shop in your chimney, you’ll have to wait it out until they migrate to South America for the winter. A professional chimney sweep will remove all traces of their nesting materials and equip your chimney with a cap that will prevent future interlopers from gaining access. Many homeowners choose to have special chimney swift towers installed on their property to provide these feathered friends with a place to build their nests. Raccoons If a family of raccoons decides to move into your chimney, the best course of action is to simply close the damper so they can’t gain access to your home interior and wait the situation out. Mother raccoons move their litters often, so chances are excellent that your chimney is just a temporary stop. Trying to physically remove these animals may result in injury — mother raccoons protect their young with razor sharp claws and teeth if they perceive you to be a threat, and they may attack household pets. Try making a great deal of noise in the vicinity of your fireplace if you want to hurry them along. Because raccoons create large nests that could result in chimney fires when cold weather sets in and you decide to to light the first fire of the season, the interior of your chimney should be professionally cleaned after the raccoons vacate the premises. As with chimney swifts, a properly installed chimney cap will prevent future invasions. Bats Colonies of bats also prefer the dark, secluded environment chimneys provide. Many homeowners equate bats with rabies, but in reality, bats are far less likely to carry this disease than many other animals. However, one of the problems with having bats in the chimney is that they sometimes gain access to home interiors and frighten occupants. Their small size allows them to squeeze through tiny openings that other creatures aren’t able to navigate. If you suspect you have bats in your chimney, close the damper as tightly as possible and inspect your fireplace screen carefully for any possible openings and rectify them immediately. Bats hibernate during winter, so once they’ve vacated your...

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Property Lines – Their Importance And The Location Of The Markers In Your Yard

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If you want to add a fence, pool, gazebo, or other structure to your property, then you need to understand where your property lines are located. These lines separate every property and they are distinctive invisible lines that help homeowners understand where their lawns end and where their neighbors’ begins. Unfortunately, since the property lines are not marked with ropes or stakes, disputes can occur if structures are placed even a few feet outside property boundaries. To learn more about the importance of locating your property markers and to also find out how to locate these markers with your neighbors in mind, read on. Importance of Locating Property Lines Adverse Possession Locating the correct property lines for your property is important to stop disputes with your neighbors before they begin. This is one reason why it is wise to look at both your own and your neighbor’s deed when starting the process. While both deeds should show the same property lines, this is not always the case. Property lines may be changed over time if one property owner continually uses and maintains a certain space close to the property boundary. They can then acquire it through adverse possession. This is common if a natural boundary, like a line of trees, sits several feet inside your property line. The trees may be used as the boundary of the property even though several feet of your yard may sit on the other side. When a situation like this occurs, then the neighbor can acquire the extra yard space and a deed may be changed. If this change was made without your knowledge, or if old property owners agreed to the change without updating the two sets of deeds, then a discrepancy will be seen. Other Boundary Issues You may also see some basic errors in the way the property boundaries are noted on the deed in relation to your house. Old surveys may have these errors that were later fixed when a town survey was completed. Not everyone will be provided with the correct survey information, but you likely can find what you need online. You may be responsible for tearing down new structures if a property line dispute occurs, regardless of the reasons for the discrepancies. You and your neighbor can split the cost for an official survey to be completed if an issue arises, but this may only happen if you have a good relationship with them. You may otherwise need to pay for the survey yourself, go to court over the dispute, or remove the structure to simply solve the issue amicably. Taking Measurements If you and your neighbor seem to have deeds with matching property line locations, then consider measuring for property lines by using both the deeds. Start by finding the shortest distance on your own deed. For example, the paperwork may show the distance from your shed to the right or left property marker. Use a tape measure to measure the distance and secure a stake in place. Use this stake or measurement to locate the nearest corner of your property. Place a stake in this location and find the next shortest measurements on your deed. Continue taking measurements and marking them. Use caution tape or a string to connect all posts. Your property lines...

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4 Early Bed Beg Detection Methods & Tools To Stop An Infestation Before It Starts

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Getting infested with bed bugs can be one of the most annoying, costly, and time consuming problems you can encounter. Therefore, early detection is one of the keys to minimizing the number of bed bugs of the infestation. Detection during these early stages when only a few bed bugs are present are critical to preventing a full blown infestation that can take much more money and time to eliminate. The following are four methods and tools to stop a bed bug infestation before it starts. Visual Inspection The first method to detect bed bugs early on is visual inspections. This is perhaps the most common early detection method because of its virtually zero cost. However, this method can take quite a long time due to the fact that you need to be thorough. To do a proper visual inspection, you need to have a good flashlight. Look carefully at all tiny cracks, corners, and crevices that bed bugs can hide inside. Lifting up floorboards, checking under mattresses, and searching deep inside sofas are common locations for bed bugs. Although not 100% effective, a visual inspection can be a good start to preventing bed bugs. Interception Devices The next method to stave of a full-blown bed bug infestation is the use of interception devices. These devices are engineered to catch bed bugs as they move to and from their dwelling in beds and other crevices. They can trap the bed bugs either actively or passively. Active interception devices use lures, such as heat, CO2, or chemical attractants, to compel the beg bug into the device. These devices are often placed near bed legs or near food sources. Passive interception devices do not use lures and can be somewhat cheaper than their active counterparts. These devices allow bed bugs to climb on their exterior surface, which is textured. The unsuspecting bed bug then falls into the device and becomes trapped due to not being able to climb out because of the devices’ smooth and slippery walls. You can even make your own passive interception device to save even more money. Canine Scent Detection Another method to kill bed bugs early on is use of canine scent detection. These services can vary greatly in quality, so it is vital that you do your research online or through acquaintances to identify effective companies. The canine scent detection program uses a trained dog to sniff out bed bugs. Although false detection or missed detection does occur, this method can be quite effective in finding bed bugs in the early stages. Because costs can run quite high for the method, you should use it with caution. Mattress and Box Spring Encasements The fourth method of detecting bed bugs early on in their infestation cycle has more of a preventative tone: use of mattress and box spring encasements. Because bed bugs can be buried deep inside a mattress or box spring where visual detection can be impossible, use of an encasement can prevent presence of beg bugs before they even start. The bed bugs literally have no place to hide. The plastic encasement covers have a two-fold prevention method. They physically prevent your mattress from being infested and they restrict any bed bugs to the outside surface of the mattress, where their presence is much easier...

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Four Ways You Can Lower Your Home’s Interior Humidity This Summer

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One of the most important functions of your central air conditioner from a company like HomeSmart From Xcel Energy is lowering the humidity inside your home. A high level of humidity can make home occupants uncomfortable, not to mention that it can encourage mold and mildew growth. Most central air conditioning units are able to reduce humidity in the air to a tolerable level on their own, but there are some locations in the United States where supplemental dehumidification can prove valuable. Below are four ways to lower your home’s interior humidity if you need to give your central air conditioning system a helping hand: Natural dehumidification Utilizing a few natural dehumidification methods, coupled with your central air conditioning unit’s capacity, may enough to remove most of the ambient moisture in your home. Below are a few hints that can help you keep the inside humidity low: Use natural ventilation on nicer days – during days when the humidity is lower and temperatures are comfortable enough to tolerate, you can remove moisture from your home simply by opening windows and circulating air. Use ceiling and floor fans to keep the air moving, and that will evaporate moisture and push damp air outside. Also, be sure to open closet doors and other normally-enclosed spaces to maximize the drying effect. Remove house plants – house plants add water to your home’s air, so if you are struggling with high humidity inside, you should consider replacing natural plants with silk ones. Unplug clothes dryer vents – a clothes dryer vent that becomes clogged can prevent the damp, hot air from being expelled outside; instead, it can seep back into your home and add a lot of uncomfortable humidity. Cool down your showers and baths – hot showers and baths may feel good at the time, but they also increase the amount of moisture escaping into the rest of your home. Try to cool down the water temperature to minimize the amount of water vapor rising from your tub or stall. Mechanically-refrigerated dehumidifier The most common means of lowering indoor humidity is by using mechanical refrigeration, which is the likely same system you will find inside your air conditioner and refrigerator. A circulating coolant chills an evaporator, a coiled metallic device, and moisture inside ambient air condenses on the coil. Water inside air cannot remain in gaseous form if the temperature drops too much; that’s why dew forms on the grass overnight as the air temperature drops and water droplets emerge. Water collected by a mechanically refrigerated dehumidifier is either discharged to the outside or collected in a pan. To maximize the operating efficiency of your unit, drain the water from the pan on a daily basis. Otherwise, the water will evaporate into your home’s air and cause your unit to continuously remove the same water repeatedly. In addition, be sure that your dehumidifier is not leaking or clogged at any point inside the unit or along its drainage path to the outside. Water can collect behind walls or saturate flooring, and this can cause serious damage to your home’s materials as well as feed mold growth. Adsorption dehumidifier Adsorption is a process that occurs when an adsorbent material, including silica, aluminum oxide, carbon and others, attracts and retains molecules from other substances. Adsorbent...

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The ABCDs Of Reducing Your Family’s Trash

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The average American throws away 4.38 pounds of trash each day. For a family of four, that’s more than 17 pounds every day. When you consider how many people live in the United States, 318.9 million in 2014, you have to wonder how that much trash will affect future generations. For this reason, many people are trying to reduce their household waste as much as possible. Recycling is a popular choice, but there are several other things that can be done to reduce the amount of trash your family contributes to landfills. Here’s what they are. Activate your children to recycle & repurpose Teach your kids to recycle and repurpose whatever possible from the trash. There are many websites that will help you teach your children the importance of recycling and how to accomplish it effectively and safely. Train your children to be environmentally friendly by setting a good example for them. Schedule time each day to rinse out empty cans and bottles and set them into the recycling bins. Repurpose some of your trash. Some items and materials can be repurposed into usable things. Repurposing is a great activity that can bring out the creativity in your children. Here are a few ideas to spark your creativity. newspapers can be used as packaging material or to clean glass and mirrors soda bottles can be used to make bird feeders or bowling pins that can be knocked down with a rubber ball cardboard tubes from inside paper towel and toilet paper rolls can be used to store strings of holiday lights cut eye holes into paper plates and decorate them to create masks of your children’s favorite animals Buy your foods & goods in bulk Buy food, toiletries and cleaning supplies in bulk whenever possible. By doing this, your family will cut down on the amount of packaging materials that will need to be thrown away after use. Buying in bulk is usually a great way to save money, which is an added bonus. If you do buy food in bulk, be sure your family can consume the food before it expires after opening or you may end up with more waste than if you buy it in a regular size. Compost leftover food & yard waste According to The Washington Post, 40% of all food in the United States gets wasted or goes rotten. Now, consider how much you spend on groceries each month. Multiply that number by .40 and the result may make you reconsider your habits when it comes to purchasing, preparing, and throwing out your food. Instead of throwing the wasted and rotted food into the trash, compost it for your garden. Organic matter, such as vegetables and eggshells, will decompose and provide nutrients to your garden. Do not put meat into your compost, because that’s just asking for stray and wild animals to dig into your compost pile. Ditch disposable dishes & flatware In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, sometimes it’s easier to use disposable dishes and flatware. While it does save time in cleaning up after a meal, using these items regularly creates a lot of unnecessary trash for the landfills. Ditch using these disposable items, but don’t throw them into the trash can. Save them for special occasions, such as...

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How To Choose Draperies To Keep Your House Warm

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If you want to beautify your home, then installing drapery over your windows is a great way to add elegance and color to a drab room.  Drapes are not only beautiful, but they can add privacy to bedroom and living room spaces, and they can also block out the sun on warm days.  The right type of drapes can actually keep you warm in the winter too.  Look for the following traits when you buy your drapery to stay warm. Thick Fabrics During the winter months, heat is lost from your home in a variety of ways.  Your windows are one of the main areas where warm air leaks out of your house.  In fact, between 12% and 30% of your heat will be lost through your windows.  This occurs, because the warm air will flow towards colder spaces in the house.  A small amount of cold air will be present around windows and frames and the heat will find the cold areas and then flow right out of the house.  This process is called convection. Convection is a natural process.  You can stop the flow of hot air though, as long as you create a vapor barrier across your windows.  The barrier will keep your heat from coming into contact with the cold air around the windows.  Vapor barriers can be created by adding drapery, but fabrics should be thick and tight to reduce air flow. Good Fabric Choices When choosing a fabric for your draperies, consider picking out fabrics with a tight weave.  Weaves are created by interlacing yarns or threads across the surface of the fabric.  Cotton is often used to create tight weaves, and some thicker options include denim, velvet, and corduroy.  If you want a more solid and simple look, then look for drapes made out of gabardine, broadcloth, canvas, twill, drill, and damask weaves.   Once the tight woven fabric is chosen, make sure the fabric is thick.  You can simply inspect the fabric or you can ask about thicknesses when purchasing drapes.  Simple terms like thin, lightweight, medium, thick, and extra thick may be used or the fabric may be measured in terms of mass or weight.  Generally, thicker fabrics are heavier and more massive. Dark Colors You will likely have a wide range of drapery colors to choose from, but you should pick dark blue, green, black, red, or purple window coverings if you have the option.  When dark colored drapes are added to the windows, the fabrics will absorb the sun rays that come through the window glass.  The fabric then heats up and some of the warmth will transfer to cooler air within the room.  Also, the heat will move to the space between the window and the drapery to insulate the area. If you do not like dark drapery or if you feel that dark colors make your house appear smaller, then you can buy light drapes.  If you do this, consider buying black curtains to set behind the drapes to pull in sunlight.  Also, make sure that drapes sit as tight against your windows as possible.  This will create a physical barrier across the glass to prevent heat loss.  Purchase a plain drapery rod and one-half to one-inch hangers or hooks to keep the drapes close to the...

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Aluminum Storefronts: Causation And Prevention Of Hydrogen Embrittlement

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Running a successful and profitable business takes time and effort. On top of having an outstanding product, attractive displays are crucial in drawing in potential customers and client with studies showing that 54% of respondents are “strongly motivated” to make a purchase if the display or store is attractive.. With this in mind, you can give your business a makeover by installing aluminum storefronts from sites like Aluminum storefronts are vulnerable to a process known as hydrogen embrittlement, which can cause accelerated deterioration. The Fundamentals of Hydrogen Embrittlement Hydrogen embrittlement is a phenomenon where metals, particularly aluminum, stainless steel and titanium, experiences a loss of ductility and becomes brittle when exposed to hydrogen ingress. As little as 0.0001% of hydrogen in weight can induce hydrogen embrittlement. Small quantities of hydrogen can be introduced into the metal during: the making of the steel. processing of the parts. welding, electroplating, phosphating and pickling. storage. exposure to contaminants in the environment, such as during anodic reactions that happen as a result of corrosion. Interestingly, hydrogen embrittlement is negligible at high and low temperatures, and is most severe at room temperature. The strain rate sensitivity tends to increase at this point. Hydrogen particles diffuse into the metals for hydrogen embrittlement to occur. Once dissolved, the hydrogen is present in either atomic or molecular form and will accumulate to the point where it is too large to diffuse out. This causes pressure to build up at crystallographic defects, which causes minute cracking and brittleness in the metals. Preventing Hydrogen Embrittlement to Enhance Structural Integrity Careful checkpoints implemented during the manufacturing process can greatly reduce the risk of hydrogen embrittlement. There are various preventive mechanisms that can be implemented and include: reducing the corrosion rate of the metals. If the manufacturing process involves pickling operations that result in corrosion of the base metals, the risk of hydrogen embrittlement increases significantly. Extra precaution is required when choosing inhibitor additions that decrease hydrogen pickup. Using clean metals. “Unclean” metals possess numerous voids on their surfaces, which becomes vulnerable to hydrogen embrittlement. “Clean” metals, on the other hand, have significantly fewer voids. In short, it is crucial that the manufacturers are using high-qualtiy metals to produce and manufacture the aluminum storefronts. baking the metals. Hydrogen embrittlement can be a reversible process if hydrogen is removed from the metals at the end of the manufacturing process by baking them at temperatures between 200 and 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Not all manufacturers bake aluminum at the end of the manufacturing process, so you will have to inquire further for more information. proper welding. The metals should be welded together with low-hdrogen welding rods in dry environments since water is the primary source for hydrogen accumulation. adding additional alloys. Not all metals are susceptible to hydrogen embrittlement like aluminum. By adding alloys like nickel, the overall susceptibility will be greatly reduced. You want to make sure that the storefronts are made primarily of aluminum in order to ensure that the beneficial characteristics of this metal is still preserved. By implementing several preventive techniques, manufacturers can greatly reduce the risk of hydrogen embrittlement, which can increase the structural integrity of the metals, and enhance their performance levels.   Conclusion You want to make sure that the aluminum storefronts that you choose are...

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Smart Appliances Are Coming, But Are You Ready?

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It seems like everything is getting “smarter” these days. From front door locks that you can operate with your smartphone, to televisions that connect to the Internet, it seems like there aren’t too many things that don’t use smart technology. Now, you can count your household appliances in that list of smart stuff, because many of these are beginning to utilize this clever technology to link themselves to the Internet of Things. While some of the pairings between appliances and online technology may sound amazing, are you really ready for smart appliances? Large appliances Large appliances are trying to get smarter, but it’s hard to see how adding complicated smart technology to your washing machine or refrigerator is going to improve its function. However, there are a few promising examples of smart technology improving these larger appliances, and making life a little easier for their owners. A smart washer and dryer has been designed to work with your thermostat to adjust the appliances’ performance when you aren’t at home. The washer and dryer communicate with the thermostat, and when the thermostat is set to “away”, the appliances perform functions designed to keep your clothes fresh and wrinkle-free until you arrive back home to take them out of the machines. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to preheat your oven before you even get out of bed? New smart ovens let you do just that, by controlling your oven from your smartphone. You can monitor food’s progress and adjust the temperature of the oven from an app on your phone. This could be useful for preheating your oven before you arrive home from work, but there’s always the safety issue of having an unattended, hot oven in the house. Refrigerators offer up a whole host of potential problem-solvers with smart upgrades. One clever refrigerator offers an internal camera that links to your smartphone, so you can see the contents of your refrigerator from anywhere, at any time. No more guessing about whether or not you’re out of something; just pull up the camera stream on your phone and check for yourself. Small appliances If you thought that small appliances couldn’t get any smarter, think again. There are already a few clever small appliances that utilize smart technology, with more yet to come. Wouldn’t it be nice to set aside the ingredients for your meal, and have it cooked for you while you’re at work, so that it’s perfectly done when you arrive? One step up from a slow cooker, a countertop unit is set to make its appearance in kitchens that could change the way many people cook their food. The sous-vide machine keeps food cool until you use your smartphone to tell it to begin cooking, and it cooks it how and when you tell it to, so you arrive home to a perfectly cooked meal. If you like slow cookers, but don’t like the lack of control when cooking in a slow cooker, then consider upgrading to a smarter version. With an app that lets you adjust the temperature and cooking time of your slow cooker from anywhere, you can produce perfectly cooked meals without any hassle.  Although coffee makers with timers have been around a while, today’s new smart coffee makers take things a step further. Using an...

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6 Ways To Help Your Vacuum Cleaner Last For Years!

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Vacuum cleaners are significant investments that can last for years if they are taken care of properly. However, because of the nature of the type of work they do — sucking up dirt, grime, pet dander — they are vulnerable to breakdowns. Following are seven strategies to keeping your vacuum cleaner up and running at optimal levels for as long as possible. Avoid Vacuuming Up Small Objects Be sure to check the floor for small objects such as coins and pebbles because these can damage your vacuum cleaner’s motor, fans, and nozzles if they get sucked up. It’s also a good idea to have household residents put on slippers before they enter the main part of the house in order to avoid tracking unnecessary debris onto the carpet. Always turn your vacuum cleaner off immediately if you hear any sort of unexpected noise that sounds as if an object has been accidentally sucked up. Do Not Vacuum Up Extremely Fine Dust If you’ve got plaster dust on your floor as a result of a home improvement project, sweep it up rather than vacuuming the area. You should also avoid using powder carpet deodorizers or vacuuming up any other powders that happen to find their way to your floor. Fine powder and dust go right through the vacuum cleaner’s filters and into the motor, where they can build up and create serious clogs. Use a Pet Hair Removal Tool Before Vacuuming Going over the carpet with an inexpensive, hand held pet hair removal tool before vacuuming the area will prevent pet hair from clogging up nozzles and filters. These tools resemble sponge mops and come with replaceable pet hair removal cloths. Don’t Vacuum on Wet Surfaces Unless your vacuum cleaner is designed for use on both wet and dry surfaces, don’t use it on wet surfaces — doing so can cause immediate and possibly irreparable damage to your vacuum cleaner’s motor. Perform Routine Maintenance on Your Vacuum Cleaner Routine maintenance will help keep your vacuum cleaner running smoothly and eliminate the need for costly repairs. Here’s what you should do: Clean the motor and HEPA filters once every two months and replace them annually. Check the hoses and rods after each use for signs of blockage and clean them out on an as-needed basis. Using your vacuum cleaner while these parts are blocked may cause the motor to overheat. Clean the rotary brush after each use. Change the vacuum cleaner bag when it’s only 1/2 to 2/3 full rather than waiting until it’s at full capacity will help prevent your machine from losing suction power. Clean the filters on bagless vacuum cleaners after each use. Along with everyday routine maintenance, you should also have your vacuum cleaner professionally serviced once per year. Regular servicing involves taking the vacuum cleaner apart and thoroughly cleaning it in order to remove all accumulated dust and grime. Have Carpets Steam Cleaned Once or Twice Per Year Regular professional steam cleaning can help extend the life of both your household carpets and your vacuum cleaner. Steam cleaning thoroughly removes all traces of dust, dirt, grime, pet dander, and assorted other particles that commonly find their way into household carpeting. Steam cleaning is particularly good for removing the fine particles that can bypass the vacuum cleaner’s...

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