Vacuum Cleaner

Is a Central Vacuum System Right For You?

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The best option is to choose a vacuum that best cleans your carpeting and offers an attachment for hard floors, says Clark. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Sophia K. of Houston)
The best option is to choose a vacuum that best cleans your carpeting and offers an attachment for hard floors, says Clark. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Sophia K. of Houston)

Vacuum shopping: Will you be cleaning carpet or hard surfaces at home? If your answer is "Both," a central or whole-house vacuum system can be a good choice.

Pet Owner's Guide to Vacuums

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Choose a vacuum cleaner that does not recirculate animal odors back through your home via the exhaust, says Clark. (Photo courtesy of Central Vacuum Stores)
Choose a vacuum cleaner that does not recirculate animal odors back through your home via the exhaust, says Clark. (Photo courtesy of Central Vacuum Stores)

A house full of pets is difficult to keep clean and makes your choice in vacuums very critical. Here is how to pick the right vacuum for your home and your pet.

Worst Las Vegas Contractors of 2012

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Las Vegas resident Ryan Law says he received $4,422 from the NSCB’s residential recovery fund for his incomplete pool. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Law)
Las Vegas resident Ryan Law says he received $4,422 from the NSCB’s residential recovery fund for his incomplete pool. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Law)

Angie's List names the Worst Las Vegas Contractors of 2012

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Window Cleaning

Hiring a professional window cleaner? 4 tasks to do first

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Cleaning second floor-windows can be a dangerous job. A window cleaner will know the techniques and have the tools, including a tall ladder.

A professional window washer can save you time, and potentially handle other odd jobs for you. Before hiring a window cleaning company consider these 4 tips.

How to clean windows and make them shine

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Is your view obstructed by dirty glass? (Photo by member John V. of Houston)
Is your view obstructed by dirty glass? (Photo by member John V. of Houston)

Do your windows need a good cleaning? Angie Hicks provides DIY window-cleaning tips, explains how to make homemade window cleaner and gives hiring tips.

5 reasons to hire a professional window cleaner

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A professional window cleaner can extend the life of your home's windows by applying special treatments and cleaning products, says Volkart. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Melanie C. of New Orleans)
A professional window cleaner can extend the life of your home's windows by applying special treatments and cleaning products, says Volkart. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Melanie C. of New Orleans)

Everyone appreciates clean windows for enhancing the esthetics of a home. FInd out how a professional can provide you with cleaner windows and a safer home.

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Boat Seats

Professional tips for removing stains from auto upholstery

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Many businesses provide detailed interior and exterior cleaning. Others specialize in repairing or replacing carpet and upholstery, and can fix or upgrade seats, trim, sagging or loose headliners, convertible tops, vinyl roof covers, dashboards, door panels and other vehicle elements. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member James B. of San Diego)

Need to clean your car's upholstery? Angie Hicks explains how to remove tough stains from auto upholstery and provides tips for hiring an upholstery cleaner.

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Animal Removal Service

Hog Wild: Feral Pigs Pose Problems for Southern States

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Feral pigs root up valuable lands to get the food they need. (Photo courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)
Feral pigs root up valuable lands to get the food they need. (Photo courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)

Wild hog populations are on the rise throughout the Southern U.S. and California. Learn how feral pigs destroy agricultural land and cause damage to property.

Bald Eagle Rescued in Virginia Euthanized

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A bald eagle similar to this one recently was captured after being injured in Fairfax County, Virginia. (Photo courtesy of Wildlife Prairie State Park)
A bald eagle similar to this one recently was captured after being injured in Fairfax County, Virginia. (Photo courtesy of Wildlife Prairie State Park)

Professionals can be the best choice for animal rescue or removal. Fairfax County workers recently tried to save an injured eagle, but it was later euthanized.

Polar Vortex Heading for Chicago, Use These Tips to Winterize Your Home

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Winter-like weather is heading for Chicago next week. Make sure your home is prepared. (Photo courtesy of  Adam Alexander Photography via the city of Chicago)
Winter-like weather is heading for Chicago next week. Make sure your home is prepared. (Photo courtesy of Adam Alexander Photography via the city of Chicago)

Below average temperatures are predicted for Chicago this week. Now is the time to complete these home-improvement projects to keep you cozy all winter.

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Polishing Service

Bamboo Flooring and more Green Flooring Options

Sustainable, beautiful green flooring options are available for every room in your home, in a variety of materials, including cork, bamboo and recycled glass.

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Floor Cleaner

3 tips to keep your floor from wearing out

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Direct sun can damage your hardwood, carpet, rugs and upholstery, says Edwards. (Photo Courtesy of Ayoub Carpet Services)

Protecting your floors and lengthening their life is a great investment for your home. Follow these three simple steps for beautiful, long-lasting floors.

How to care for your hardwood floor

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Knowing the difference between finished and unfinished hardwood floor can help you know the proper cleaning technique to use, says Pelletier. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Carly P. of Medford, Ore.)
Knowing the difference between finished and unfinished hardwood floor can help you know the proper cleaning technique to use, says Pelletier. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Carly P. of Medford, Ore.)

Hardwood floors can add class and style to homes, but caring for your wood floors properly is an integral part to keeping them looking nice for years to come.

How to keep a tile floor clean

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Regular cleaning and maintenance will help your tile floors stay in top shape.
Regular cleaning and maintenance will help your tile floors stay in top shape.

Many homes feature tile floors because tile is attractive and more durable than other flooring options. In order to maintain the appearance of tile flooring, it's important to keep it clean. Try these cleaning tips to keep your tile looking like new.

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Mini Blind Cleaners

The Benefits of Ultrasonic Cleaning for Blinds or Window Treatments

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Ultrasonic cleaning works on just about any type of blind.

Ultrasonic blind cleaning uses high frequency sound waves to remove dust and grime from blinds and window treatments. Learn the benefits of ultrasonic cleaning.

Charlotte HVAC, homeowner resolve billing issue

Charlotte HVAC complaint | Homeowner claims she was billed incorrectly. Contractor resolves the issue.

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Duct Cleaning Service

Chicago Veteran Backs His Company's Service with Military Values

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 Karl Schleitwiler (left) and Joshua Zajac started Veteran Air Cleaning Service in suburban Chicago in February 2013. (Photo courtesy of Joshua Zajac)
Karl Schleitwiler (left) and Joshua Zajac started Veteran Air Cleaning Service in suburban Chicago in February 2013. (Photo courtesy of Joshua Zajac)

Joshua Zajac served in the U.S. Navy for nearly 10 years. It was with that service in mind that he launched his highly rated Chicago air duct cleaning service.

Dryer vent cleaners warn of home fires

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Angie's List member Jorge C. of Fresno, Calif, submitted this photo of the debris a cleaner removed from his dryer vent.

Have you cleaned your dryer vent lately? Cleaning pros say clogged dryer vents cause thousands of house fire each year. See how to protect your home.

4 common dryer vent cleaning questions

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Having an annual dryer vent inspection can help reduce the risk of structural fires and reduce energy costs in your home, says Ferrari. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Thomas J. of Denison, Texas)
Having an annual dryer vent inspection can help reduce the risk of structural fires and reduce energy costs in your home, says Ferrari. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Thomas J. of Denison, Texas)

One highly rated provider answers common questions associated with dryer vent cleaning and explains the benefits that this service can provide.

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Carpet Cleaner

Tips to Keep Your Carpets Clean With Pets

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From the moment we bring home a new pet, nothing will ever be the same again ... and that includes our spotless carpet. But there are ways to survive the puppy potty training stage. (Photo by Cornerstone Chem-Dry)
From the moment we bring home a new pet, nothing will ever be the same again ... and that includes our spotless carpet. But there are ways to survive the puppy potty training stage. (Photo by Cornerstone Chem-Dry)

You can keep your carpet clean with pets. How? Be prepared, recognize your new puppy's potty-training limitations -- and know when to call in a professional.

Avoid Unsightly Stains with These Carpet Cleaning Tips

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Chris Stone cleans carpets at a Northwest Indianapolis home. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
Chris Stone cleans carpets at a Northwest Indianapolis home. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Chris Stone about choosing the right carpet for your lifestyle and avoiding unsightly carpet stains.

3 Steps to Make Your New Carpet Installation Go Smoothly

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Be sure all other remodeling projects are completed before the new carpeting is installed. (Photo by Action Carpet & Floor Covering)
Be sure all other remodeling projects are completed before the new carpeting is installed. (Photo by Action Carpet & Floor Covering)

Who will move the furniture and rip up the old carpeting? These simple preparation tips will make your carpet installation go smoothly, and can save you money.

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Biohazard Cleanup

Indiana Meth Law Gives Homeowners, Realtors New Tool to Avoid Drug

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Every porous surface in a meth home must be decontaminated to make it safe again. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

Indiana ranked No. 1 in an FBI report of meth incidents in 2013, but a new state law requires Realtors to disclose homes with meth labs to potential buyers.

Help! I spilled mercury on my carpet

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The EPA responds to many large mercury spills, including spills that occur inside schools, residential homes and businesses. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Do you know what to do if mercury or a different hazardous substance spills in your home? Angie Hicks provides tips for removing mercury from carpet.

What should I do if mercury spills in my house?

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The EPA responds to many large mercury spills, including spills that occur inside schools, residential homes and businesses. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

You need to take immediate action if mercury spills in your home. Get tips for cleaning mercury from carpet, and learn what to do in the event of a major spill.

Don't Toss These Hazardous Items in the Trash

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Many common household items, including ink cartridges and oil-based paint, are hazardous materials that must be disposed of properly. (Photo courtesy of member Brian R. of Bushkill, Penn.)

Before you toss it, check the label. Some hazardous items — even batteries and ink cartridges — should be disposed safely, which doesn't mean at the curb! Why?

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Drapery Cleaner

How to effectively use window treatments

Professionals give tips on choosing the best kind of drapery to accentuate a room.

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Rug Cleaning Service

8 unique ways to use an oriental rug in your home

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An oriental rug can bring in a huge burst of color to your room, change its “mood,” and otherwise change a room’s “look", says Tavakolian (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jerry D. of Houston, TX)

Do you think oriental rugs are just for living rooms? Get creative with these innovative tips for ways to use oriental rugs to enliven your entire house.

Does an oriental rug work with every type of décor?

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If you love the pattern of your rug and want to show it off, a room that’s mostly white in tone allows the rug to be the center of attention, says Tavakolian. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ali P. of Dayton, Ohio)

Oriental rugs are a beautiful and classic interior decorating choice. Use these creative tips to incorporate one of these classic rugs into your personal style.

2 mistakes every oriental rug owner should avoid

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If you can’t answer questions about the history of your rug, you’re missing out on the best part of owning a hand woven rug, says Bagha. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Zoran D. of Chicago)
If you can’t answer questions about the history of your rug, you’re missing out on the best part of owning a hand woven rug, says Bagha. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Zoran D. of Chicago)

For many homeowners, owning an oriental rug can be a rewarding experience, but there are some mistakes to avoid. One highly rated provider explains.

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Cleaning Service

Are Your Home and Pet Ready for the Holidays?

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Whether you leave home over the holiday season, host guests or do both, follow these tips. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Michael R. of Wakefield, Massachusetts)

Whether you’re traveling, hosting or doing some of both, here are ideas for making sure that your house and your pets are prepared for the holiday season.

How to Plan a Deep Clean of Your Home

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Although it takes time and effort, the results and your peace of mind that comes with a deep clean are well worth it, says Jones. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Lucy of Chicago)
Although it takes time and effort, the results and your peace of mind that comes with a deep clean are well worth it, says Jones. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Lucy of Chicago)

When you can hear the cobwebs chuckling at you, it’s probably time for a deep clean. Here are tips for how to plan a thorough cleaning of your home.

How to Clean Stainless Steel: 3 Tips From a Chicago House Cleaner

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Cleaning your stainless steel appliances might be as easy as applying some water, dish soap and the right kind of cloth.  (Photo by Steven Jack)
Cleaning your stainless steel appliances might be as easy as applying some water, dish soap and the right kind of cloth. (Photo by Steven Jack)

To keep stainless steel appliances shining, you don't need special cleaning products. We asked a house cleaner for her best buffing advice for shiny kitchen appliances.

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Cleaning Service

How to Clean Stainless Steel: 3 Tips From a Chicago House Cleaner

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Cleaning your stainless steel appliances might be as easy as applying some water, dish soap and the right kind of cloth.  (Photo by Steven Jack)
Cleaning your stainless steel appliances might be as easy as applying some water, dish soap and the right kind of cloth. (Photo by Steven Jack)

To keep stainless steel appliances shining, you don't need special cleaning products. We asked a house cleaner for her best buffing advice for shiny kitchen appliances.

6 Places You Forgot to Clean, plus 6 Solutions

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You've cleaned the window, but don't forget the windowsill.  (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Emily F. of Atlanta, Ga.)
You've cleaned the window, but don't forget the windowsill. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Emily F. of Atlanta, Ga.)

You know to clean the dishes and sweep the floor, but where are you forgetting to scrub? Check out this list of commonly forgotten dirty spots.

What makes a dry cleaners green? Va. shop goes beyond "organic" label

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Presto Valet dry cleaners in Alexandria (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
An employee at Presto Valet in Alexandria prepares a dress shirt for pressing at the environmentally friendly dry cleaners. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Washington, D.C, dry cleaners may say they're organic, but that's not the same as being environmentally friendly. One Alexandria cleaner explains the difference.

Cleaner reveals how Chicago's 'Bean' maintains its shiny surface

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Carlos Gomez, left, and Heriberto Aguirre, right, give the Cloud Gate sculpture one of its daily wipe downs. (Photo by Tyler Mallory)
Carlos Gomez, left, and Heriberto Aguirre, right, give the Cloud Gate sculpture one of its daily wipe downs. (Photo by Tyler Mallory)

We asked the cleaning company that cleans Chicago's iconic Millennium Park mirror-like sculpture, Cloud Gate (aka: The Bean), how they keep it clean.

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Upholstery Cleaner

Chicago Furniture Company Reupholsters, Revives Family's Vintage Chair

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Here are before and after photos of the chair Angie's List member Sue Myers reupholstered chair. (Photo courtesy of Sue Myers of Glen Ellyn, Ill.)
Here are before and after photos of the chair Angie's List member Sue Myers reupholstered chair. (Photo courtesy of Sue Myers of Glen Ellyn, Ill.)

New fabric and decorative details by a Chicago upholstery and custom furniture business transformed, updated a grandparent's heirloom chair for a new generation.

Caring for your leather furniture helps it hold up

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What a difference some cleaning makes! This sofa is halfway clean. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Hale C. of Pasadena, Calif.)
What a difference some cleaning makes! This sofa is halfway clean. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Hale C. of Pasadena, Calif.)

Quality leather furniture can last decades, but like almost any investment, it needs proper care and routine maintenance to hold up well.

Four Tips Before Getting a Professional Upholstery Cleaning

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Consider some basic factors before deciding whether to clean your upholstery yourself or hire a pro. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Gina I., of South Miami, Fla.)

A professional cleaner isn't necessary for every kind of furniture mess or soiling, but there are times when it's the best choice. Here's what to consider before you hire a professional upholstery cleaner.

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