Friday, July 29, 2011

Vacuum Cleaner Service

What does it mean to have a Vacuum Cleaner Serviced and Why Should I do IT?

Today, vacuum cleaners have become a disposable appliance.  We have countless customers come into our store and tell us, "I just buy a new vacuum cleaner every year (or every two years)."  WHY?  Because they are buying cheap, inefficient vacuum cleaners that are not equipped to do the job they need them to do, but....more importantly, they are not taking care of them properly.  I decided to (with the help of my husband) let you know what's involved when we service your vacuum and some things you can do at home to keep your vacuum cleaner running longer and smoother.  Please, let's stop throwing them in the landfills!

What we do when we "service" a vacuum cleaner:

Change the Bag or clean out the Tank on bagless models
Replace filters (this is especially true of bagless vacuum cleaners; they will not run properly and they will not last if you do not keep the filters clean)
Clean the Brush Roll (or roller bar, or beater bar)  
Change the Belt

Replace minor parts
Clean and deodorize the vacuum

Many of these things can be done at home, if you choose.

**If you accidentally vacuum up something you shouldn't (anything wet):
  • Take the bag out immediately  
  • On a tankless, empty the tank and clean it out
  • Clean out the area where the tank or bag goes and do NOT put it back together until it has aired/dried out completely. 
  • Clean out other affected areas and open up what you can
  • If you have an outside area that is safe, set it outside to dry out
  • If you are still having problems, take it to your local vacuum cleaner repair center, sooner not later
**If you have pets or people in the house with long hair, check the brushroll often and cut any hair that has wrapped around the brushroll.

**Change your belt:
  • Unless you have a machine with a lifetime belt, your vacuum cleaner belt needs changed about every six months, depending upon use. 
  • If you smell rubber when you vacuum, change the belt
  • If your vacuum cleaner is not picking up well and you have not changed your belt, do so
  • Belts are cheap but they can make all the difference 
  • You cannot always tell by looking whether or not a belt needs changed
  • Use genuine belts, made by the manufacturer 
  • Your manual will tell you how to change your belt; if you cannot or don't want to, take it to your local vacuum cleaner service center
**Change your Filters
  • This is especially important for bagless models
  • Again, depending upon your use and the vacuum cleaner, change them about every six months
  • NOTE:  Because of the excellent filtration, Miele HEPA filters only need changed about every two years
  • Look in your manual or ask where you bought it, to make sure you are changing all the filters 

Any vacuum cleaner can last for a long time, with the proper maintenance.  We believe models that use bags last longer and clean better over time, with less repair costs, but that's another post:

I hope this has been helpful.  If you have other questions about your vacuum cleaner, let us know.  If you are in Oklahoma City and want us to service your vacuum cleaner, we are at 12409 N Rockwell Ave, 73142

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We'd love to hear your vacuum cleaner stories!!  

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Psychology of Cleaning out Your Closet

Much like hanging on to old resentments and hurts can interfere with our ability to grow and prosper, hanging on to old clothes and items that are no longer worth keeping can interfere with our ability to accomplish our daily tasks.  Cleaning out a closet can free you emotionally and physically. 

I was taught by my high school home economics teacher, DeAnn Pence, that you clean from the inside out.  She was right! This has so many applications in our life.  Keeping your closets and cupboards clean and organized can help your life be that way, as well.  If you are going to have impromptu guests and need to do a quick pickup/clean-up, it will be much easier if everything has a “home.”  That is why, in my house, I refer to where items “live.”  Likewise, if you are a busy person, getting ready in the morning is much easier if your clothes, make-up, accessories are organized in a way that fits with your lifestyle.
First step in cleaning out (your life or your closet) is to purge:
  • Get rid of things you no longer need.
  • If you can’t get rid of it, put in away in a spot that will not interfere with your daily routines.  
  • Enlist the help of a friend if you just can't decide.
  • Think about what clothes, resentments or past traditions are no longer useful or are holding you back.  

Be ruthless as you try on clothes that
  • Don’t fit
  • Aren’t in style
  • You don't wear
  • Are in disrepair and you either won’t fix or not worth fixing
Make three Piles:   Donate, give away, throw away.
After you get rid of some of the things that don’t belong in your closet, organize:
  • If you are limited on space, organize your clothes by size.  If you have all your long items together, you will have floor space under short items to have drawers, racks, etc.
  • Having uniform hangers takes up less space and makes it easier to get to what you need.
  • Use baskets, bins, storage drawers to keep things organized. 
Just like with your life, take time as you go to clean up and clear out things, clothes, thoughts, resentments you don't need.  Getting rid of the old always makes room for some new.  But, before you get new, think about leaving some free space, it can make things simpler. 

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Watch the clip talking about Kealey's closet and stay tuned for the "after".

Do you have a closet that you'd like made over?  Send pictures to and we'll offer suggestions and/or give you a quote to makeover your closet.  

Friday, July 1, 2011

Oklahoma City Vacuum Store

Peace of mind knowing your home is A Cleaner Place

"In my childhood I liked to take things apart and fix them, or just see what made them work,” said A Cleaner Place owner, Stephen Fuhrman. “Sometimes they didn’t work when I was done, but I learned from that,” he chuckled.
                Little did he know that his childhood tinkering would lead him to a 25+ year-long career in the vacuum industry. Fuhrman began in 1985 by selling Kirby Vacuum cleaners door to door.  Later, while working as an electrician, he continued his fascination by working in a vacuum repair shop.
               Tired of his boss’ business practices Fuhrman decided to open his own store called “VacShack” in 1995 in Tracy
, California.  The primary focus of the new store was to offer customers high quality products at reasonable prices and back them up with the customer service he felt his customers deserved.
                The business was moved to Oklahoma City and renamed “A Cleaner Place,” soon after Fuhrman married Jeanie Jones. Oklahoma was home to Jeanie; it was centrally located for his Steve’s online vacuum business, and Oklahoma provided an affordable cost of living.
                Jeanie was sensitive to chemicals and had been using non-chemical methods
of cleaning for years.  Jeanie and Steve began to sell all natural and chemical free cleaning products.  They personally try all of the products they carry in their store. 
                “I think you will be surprised that we are more than vacuum cleaners. We help people,” Jeanie says. “It is sad that most people have to be disappointed by mass merchandisers and cheap imports before they come to us.  When they do finally come around, we get to help them with allergy symptoms, chemical sensitivities, and even cleaning advice.
  We promise to make the best recommendations that suit your needs.” 
A Cleaner Place offers excellent customer service by engaging with the customer, solving their problems, and offering quality products and services. They aim to provide eco-friendly products that are sustainable, free from harmful chemicals, and healthy for families. 
                They offer quality vacuum cleaners, floor care machines, personal care products, kitchen products
, and household products all with you in mind. A Cleaner Place takes pride in offering items that are made locally, regionally, or by responsible American and European companies. They are proud to carry the new Soda Stream product line. “We have map that shows where each of our vendors are located, we like to boast about this because most of them are right here in the USA,” Steve Fuhrman. 
                Stop by A Cleaner Place at 12409 N. Rockwell Ave. in Oklahoma City or visit or to learn more.

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