The Difference Between a Pet Vacuum and Regular Vacuum

If you’ve ever tried to use a regular vacuum cleaner to suck up pet hair, then you’ve probably noticed they do a very poor job. The pet hair that does get sucked up just seems to end up stuck in the vacuum head brush. This is because most vacuum cleaners work using a two-part mechanism that is not at all suited for cleaning up pet hair.

  1. As you push the vacuum cleaner over the carpet, the vacuum head brush stirs up debris in the carpet
  2. The debris that was stirred up is then sucked into the vacuum hose.

This two-part mechanism works well with most types of debris stuck in your carpet. However, with pet hair, it is not very efficient. Instead of stirring up the pet hairs so they can get sucked up, the vacuum brush can just tangle the pet hairs further into the carpet. The pet hair the vacuum does manage to suck up will often just get caught in the vacuum brush, where it is very difficult to get out.

To make sure that pet hair actually gets sucked up instead of just getting tangled into the carpet, pet vacuums have slightly altered designs. Some will come with attachments that use silicon brushes instead of the soft-bristle brushes on their heads. Other pet vacuums have modified spin brushes in which the debris is first sucked and then spun, rather than vice versa.

Along with the modified design, pet vacuums will also generally have more suction power, better filtration systems, and more features.

If you are looking for a pet vacuum, one of the best value for money options is the bissell pet hair eraser.

Why a Guarantor Loan is Good for People with Bad Credit

A guarantor loan can help those individuals who have a bad credit rating who have been rejected by other lenders and financial institutions. Typical payday lenders or high street banks require good credit ratings in order to be successful for a loan.

However, with a guarantor loan, the lender feels that they can trust the borrower if they have the trust of a guarantor with a good credit rating. Many lenders follow the motto of  “if the guarantor trusts you then we do too.” So this gives a bad credit customer access to affordable finance that they would not get elsewhere.

The best thing about a guarantor loan is that if you repay on time, it will boost your credit rating. So the customer, who previously had bad credit, can prove that they are a good customer and rebuild their credit profile. A better credit rating will make it easier for that person to access finance in the future at more affordable rates.

As explained in “The guide to understanding guarantor loans” from some customers have been unlucky to have bad credit. Perhaps they have had an emergency expense or they have had problems getting paid on time at work. At least a guarantor loan offers a very reasonable interest rate and a logical way to improve one’s credit score.

Picking The Right Garage Door

The garage door has become such a prominent part of the façade of new homes that manufacturers now offer more style and colour choices than ever before. “It’s important to make the garage door look beautiful,” says Bette Davies of Richards-Wilcox Canada, a garage door repair service in NC. “It’s not part of the background of your home, as many people think.” We talked to a few industry experts about some of the options to consider when you’re in the market for a handsome new garage door.

Decide on the material

When researching your options, there’s lots to think about: durability, maintenance, design, cost. “Wood doors can take more abuse than steel ones, which show dings and dents, and can even be pierced and start to rust,” says Francesco Di Sarra of Capoferro Design Build Group in Toronto. “The most commonly used wood is cedar, but you can get anything you want if you have the budget, even mahogany.” There’s also the question of aesthetics. “I like to match the style to the house windows,” says Eric Adelman of the custom-design company South Park Design Build in Toronto. “For wood and stone houses, I might stain the garage door. The idea is to blend it into the façade – white trim and a white door is a very old-fashioned look. With contemporary homes, you can go crazy with materials, like glass doors and interesting wood designs.”

1 Aluminum

Many styles, stock colours and designs
Low to no maintenance
Rustproof, which makes it a good choice for salty or humid environments
The light weight of the material makes it less taxing on the operating mechanism, door openers and tracks, not to mention easier to operate manually
Less durable than steel; dents easily

2 Steel

Astonishing variety of styles, stock colours and finishes
Sturdier than aluminum
Can rust if scratched or dented

3 Wood

The traditionalist’s choice; a range of options for custom design
Veneers or overlays offer the look of wood at a lower cost
Requires regular maintenance (painting or staining)

4 Fibreglass/pvc overlay

Wide choice of styles and designs
More durable than wood and metal, but can crack if hit hard
Newer to the market so not as widely available as wood and metal
Generally costs more than metal but less than solid wood

Determine the style that best suits your home

Choose a door that complements your architecture. “On a traditional house, you might want the door to disappear or blend in. But if your home is modern, you can celebrate that, perhaps by choosing all glass or a unique design,” says Francesco Di Sarra. Below are general guidelines on door styles and features that will match your house type.


1) Victorian/georgian/colonial

Panelled wood (or lookalikes)
Coach house or stable look
Divided-light windows, ideally coordinated with house windows
Decorative hardware, like iron hinges or handles

2) Arts & crafts/edwardian

Raised panels or sections
Arch-top or divided-light windows to match or complement your home’s windows (but nothing too fussy looking)

3) ’50s ranch style

Plain finish with simple, horizontal emphasis in design, like wood slats or banding
Simple hardware or windows that create balance with overall composition of home’s exterior
For a streamlined look, consider forgoing handles

4) Contemporary/modern

This style offers the most design freedom – choose materials and details that make a statement
Options to consider: stained wood, V-ribbed or horizontal banding, frosted or pebbled glass

Pick the right colour

Generally, the colour should complement your home and blend in with the overall structure rather than stand out; avoid vivid colours and extreme contrasts.
Consider matching the garage door to your home’s window trim rather than to the front door. Or go for a colour that blends in with your siding or brick.
For less contrast with red brick, choose a beige or tan that matches the mortar in the brick, instead of a white.


Choose finishing details to customize your look and add character

Design choices aren’t limited to the basic door itself. Many manufacturers offer decorative accents and hardware. panelling Options include multiple square or rectangular sections for creating everything from a colonial to a coach house look. decorative hardware Hinges and handles come in a variety of designs, including a forged-iron look to evoke the styling of a coach house or stable doors. decorative strapping An X or Z shape formed with strapping (and perhaps in a contrasting colour) can introduce a nostalgic country or barn door look. windows Styles include arch tops, divided lights, large panels and etched glass; textured and sandblasted styles are also available for less transparency.

Consider other options for convenience & comfort