The Best Vacuum for Hardwood Floors for Pet Owners

We love our pets.  In America, we spend around 60 billion dollars a year on them.  They’re our companions, our entertainers, even our confidants.  Oh, how we love those little balls of fur.  What we don’t love is how all that lovely fur ends up everywhere.  Regular brushing, washing, or grooming helps tremendously, but nothing known to man can keep pet hair from being a nuisance when it comes to keeping the house clean.  Vacuuming is the best way to corral the pet hair and allergy-irritating dander our pets leave behind, but finding the best vacuum to meet our needs can be a daunting task.  We’re constantly bombarded with ads for machines that will make cleaning a breeze and shedded hair a headache of the past.  

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When sorting through the hype and marketing promises, make sure you focus on machines suited to your needs–most notably, whether you need a vacuum designed for carpet, hard floors, or both.  If allergies are a concern, understanding which models offer the best filtration is important, too.  The choice of upright versus canister is generally a personal preference, though folks with stairs to contemplate will usually gravitate toward the more portable canister vacs.  Naturally, pet hair isn’t the only thing we need to vacuum, but pet owners should understand that the texture of pet hair and fineness of dander make them harder to vacuum than regular “dust.”

One of the top-rated models for removing pet hair and allergens is the Kenmore Progressive 21614.  This bagged canister vacuum offers superior suction and HEPA filtration at a very reasonable price.  In fact, it outperforms many machines costing twice as much.  Its low profile makes it easier to clean under furniture, too.

If you don’t have carpet, finding the best vacuum cleaner for hard floors is a must.  The brushes and rollers in machines designed for carpet only can be damaging to some hard floor surfaces.  Additionally, cleaners designed for use on carpet might not be able to adequately get into the nooks, crannies, grout lines, and seams of various hard floor surfaces.  

Understanding your needs and preferences can help wading through the myriad of vacuum cleaners a bit easier.  Reading multiple reviews and talking to friends and neighbors can be beneficial, too.  We love our pets and want our houseguests to love them, too.  We want our visitors to leave with fond memories of our furry friends in their hearts and minds, not furry mementos of our furry friends clinging to their clothes.  

This Pet Allergy Vacuum Guide offers a look at some of the top upright and canister models.  If you don’t have a carpet, the best vacuum for hardwood floors could be the one for you.

Though there are certainly any number of models that might meet your needs and suit your preferences, Shark and Dyson have established themselves as leaders in the vacuum cleaner field.  If you’re set on choosing one of these 2 brands to help you manage your furball’s fur fallout, here’s more information to help you choose.

Tips on Adjusting to Living in China

If you’re an American moving to China, there are a few things you will want to learn before you go if you want the transition to be as smooth as a move to a country so different than our own can be.  These things will help with your transition and help you to gain the respect of your new countrymen, including those with whom you do business.

Learn the language

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Learning Mandarin is a must if you want to begin assimilating to your new country.  Business associates and the many locals with whom you will interact will appreciate your effort to adopt their language.  Being able to communicate with locals in their native tongue can certainly make business relationships easier to establish and foster.  This applies to your professional relationships as well as interactions at markets, shops, etc.

Find other American expats

Finding other Americans living in China is another great way to smooth your transition.  In addition to speaking English (or helping you practice your Mandarin), fellow expats can walk you through some of the nuances of China’s culture, including the business culture.  Understanding things like China’s really long business dinners, appropriate gift giving, and the difference between trying to be an American living in China and an American trying to be Chinese can be invaluable.  Understanding local customs can help you avoid embarrassing situations or insulting your new associates, neighbors, or shopkeepers.  If you are making a genuine effort to adapt to your new culture, most locals will appreciate that and forgive mistakes, but having help from others who have been in your situation is always a plus.

In addition to helping with your transition, expats can help when you start feeling a bit homesick.  Diving into your new surroundings is great, but there is nothing wrong with wanting a little taste of America now and then.

Explore the local culture and cuisine

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Be as adventurous as your schedule and budget allow.  Explore markets, restaurants, and attractions to get a better feel for your new neighborhood and its people.  Visit historic areas and landmarks to gain a better understanding of the long and storied history of your new country.  Check out fairs and festivals as these can be a terrific way of learning about local traditions, beliefs, and celebrations.  Start your exploration locally, but don’t limit yourself to your immediate area.  Do what you can to explore areas as far out as you can.  China is a huge country with thousands of years of history–take in as much of it as possible!  Here, again, speaking the language will only enhance the adventure.

When visiting restaurants, you should definitely venture out of your American comfort zone, but you might want to exercise some caution here.  Chinese restaurants boast many delicacies that go beyond Moo Goo Gai Pan.  Way beyond.  Some dishes include animals that you simply might not be comfortable eating, including rare or endangered species.  Always ask what it is before you order it.  Always.  It also helps if you speak Mandarin.  Something else you might notice in restaurants is the slurping.  Unlike here in America, slurping noodles is actually considered good manners and a compliment in China.

When it comes to shopping, haggling is acceptable, even expected, in smaller shops and with street vendors.  Spend time watching other shoppers to get an idea of how much haggling is acceptable without being disrespectful.  

Another part of the culture that’s worth mentioning is the “Squatty Potty.”  Though Western toilets are being found in more places, you’ll definitely want to do a bit of research on China’s more traditional and still very prevalent squat toilets.  

Understand your tax responsibilities

Make sure you understand what your obligations to Uncle Sam and your new country are in terms of taxes.  If your company is sending you to China to work, they should be able to help you navigate tax issues.

Moving to China can be an amazing experience.  Do it with an open mind and adventurous spirit, but with an understanding of the basics that can help you keep your sanity and improve your odds of assimilating with a minimum of stressful or embarrassing situations.