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A Vacuum Cleaner is one of the most important cleaning equipment that every house owner should have. If you are looking for a brand new vacuum cleaner for yourself, then we have the perfect guide for you.

In this guide, we would explain to you the different types of vacuums and features and factors that you should consider when planning to buy a vacuum cleaner.

Types of Vacuum Cleaners

1) Upright Vacuum – This is the most popular vacuum type which is used for heavy cleaning and is a part of most households right now. It is quite powerful and big which makes it good for extensive cleaning purpose.

2) Handheld & Stick Vacuum – These are the smallest vacuums which can be easily stored in a small corner and are great for everyday cleaning.

3) Canister Vacuum – Another vacuum type where the vacuum is in the shape of a cylinder and the motor and bag are in the separate unit. These units are mounted on wheels and are quite light which makes them easy to move and use.

4) Commercial Vacuum – If you are looking for a vacuum cleaner with extra power, then a professional vacuum is the best option for you. It can clean up sawdust, dirt, water, or any other mess that you might have made. Homeguyd has an impressive list of the best commercial vacuum cleaners.

5) Robot Vacuum – A Robot vacuum is an ideal choice for those people who are lazy or hate to do the cleaning themselves.

Types of Vacuum Cleaners

 4 Factors to Consider When Buying a Vacuum Cleaner

1) Vacuuming Frequency

An important factor to consider when buying a Vacuum Cleaner is the frequency with which you will be using your vacuum cleaner. If you are going to use it regularly, then you can opt for a lighter and less powerful cleaner as you will be vacuuming every day. If you will be vacuuming once in a week or something, then you would need a powerful vacuum cleaner which will be able to suck up all the dirt and dust easily like an upright or a canister vacuum cleaner.

2) Any type of Allergies

If you or your family members have some kind of allergies then it would be wise to get a vacuum cleaner which comes with a HEPA filter so that no allergens escape. You will also need to go for a bagged vacuum as it would ensure all the dust stays inside the bag.

3) Vacuum Noise

Another important factor to consider is the noise level of a vacuum cleaner. Make sure that you check the noise description and test the vacuum cleaner before you buy it. A lot of vacuum cleaners often produce a lot of noise which can be disruptive to you and your neighbors.

4) Weight of the Vacuum

Another crucial factor to consider is the weight of your vacuum cleaner. A lot of vacuum cleaners can be heavy which will make them difficult to move and use so make sure you choose a vacuum cleaner whose weight you can handle and can move easily else you would end up in a lot of trouble.

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Food storage

We’ve all been guilty of it at one time or another: finding a bowl of something that used to be baked beans, leftover casserole or a couple of now-furry vegetables in the back of the fridge that should have been disposed of a long time previously. Whilst refrigerators are fantastic at keeping food fresh in the short term, it is vital that we are aware of just how long various foods can be kept for. When it comes to a catering business, it is vital that everything that comes out of the commercial refrigeration units is safe for your customers to eat.

Knowing how long foods can be kept in the fridge is incredibly important, as certain foods can look, taste and smell perfectly fine despite being riddled with harmful bacteria because they have been kept for too long and should have long since been discarded. Unfortunately, trusting one’s nose and eyes is not always very helpful when it comes to checking up on the quality of food.

The US food safety guidelines on how long food can be kept in a refrigerator say that short storage times are best for most fresh ingredients, especially those which are meat-based. Conversely, it could be argued that knowing precisely how long food can be stored for will help us to waste less due to the fact that we would be more likely to plan what we are eating effectively, and only buy what we are likely to eat. Ensuring that your fridge is stacked efficiently can also help you to maximise the life of foods kept in there.

Got a small fridge? Here’s how to organize it right

 

It is a good idea to contact the manufacturer of your refrigerator if you are unsure of how long certain foods will last for when chilled. Getting in touch with the experts at a company such as Fridge Freezer Direct Ltd can help you to upgrade should it be necessary.

Salad and Vegetables

This differs greatly depending on the vegetable that you are storing in the fridge. Obviously, vegetables such as potatoes and onions should never be kept in a fridge, but the best you can hope for with items such as broccoli and cauliflower is between four and five days. Celery will keep for around two weeks, whilst peas will lose their peak condition after around two days.

Meat Products

Raw meat can become dangerous if it is kept in the refrigerator for too long. The harmful bacteria that can build up on meat products such as pork and chicken mean that it is vital that they are used before they become hazardous. Raw poultry and seafood should be used within a couple of days of being chilled, whilst red meats like pork and beef are safe for up to around five days. All cooked meat products should be eaten within four or five days of being refrigerated.

Dairy Products

Milk should not be kept in the door of a fridge, as it is the warmest part. Milk should be used within around five days of being chilled, whilst cheese and butter can last a lot longer if they are wrapped properly.

Note: How long your food lasts in the fridge also depends on how and where int he fridge it’s stored. The image below describes where each food should be stored.

store food in fridge

 

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eggs

The microwave is an easy and fast way to cook an egg. Best of all, the egg comes out in a perfect ‘patty’ shape that’s ideal for sandwiches.

Here’s how to make an egg in the microwave, perfect every time!

  1. Choose a bowl that has a relatively wide bottom, but not too wide. Think cereal bowl rather than dessert bowl or soup bowl.
  2. Spray the bowl with cooking oil, or, if you don’t have a spray bottle, simply blot a napkin with some oil and rub it along the inside of the bowl.
  3. Crack the egg into the bowl.
  4. Don’t worry if the yolk breaks. In fact, sometimes I use a knife to break the yolk a bit so that’s more evenly distributed.
  5. Add some extra egg whites. (Optional)
  6. You can add some extras at this point, like salt, pepper, garlic salt, torn basil, or chives. (Optional)
  7. Cover the bowl with a napkin or paper towel (or a clean dishcloth, for environmental-friendliness!) and place in the microwave.
  8. Set to cook for 1 min.
  9. Stand around in front of the microwave until you hear the egg make a little “POP” sound. This usually happens after 30-40 seconds. Stop the microwave.
  10. Check on the egg. If it looks liquidy at all, continue the cooking process until you hear it make another “POP” (Usually another 5-10 seconds.)
  11. After the second “POP”, it’s done!
  12. Run a knife along the edge of the egg, and then it should slide easily out of the bowl.

Your egg is now ready for its new home on an English muffin, between two pieces of bread, or even sliced up and rolled into a wrap. Enjoy!

There’s a lot more you can do with eggs in a microwave, here are 3 ways to cook an egg in a microwave

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