There's more to being environmentally aware than just looking at energy consumption of products. A true friend of the environment will ensure a new vacuum cleaner is responsibly manufactured too. This is the message for retailers from SEBO, a pioneer in this responsible manufacturing. The consumer knows to look for efficiency when it comes to buying new appliances for the home but SEBO has discovered that few look at the amount of energy consumed in their production and distribution. Sometimes this can far outweigh the energy used during the entire lifespan of a product. According to research by the Commission on Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), WWF, and Halifax, 87% of consumers would like their home to be more environmentally friendly. To achieve this, we, the manufacturers, need to consider the environmental impact of the products we buy right from their very inception, not just once they enter our homes. Manufactured in Germany, using locally-sourced materials and components (which already ensures a smaller carbon footprint than products imported from the Far East), every SEBO vacuum cleaner is made to last. This not only reduces waste and uses less resources, it saves the customer money. The company ensures that every single element of a vacuum’s construction makes minimal impact on the environment. Not only is plastic recycled into new components, but the factory is completely self-sustaining with regards to electricity and even makes contributions to the national grid when supply exceeds demand. A combined heat and power system recovers virtually 100% of its primary energy source; as well as producing the electricity required to run machinery, the warm air created by its generator is used to heat the warehouse while engine coolant is pumped through the office radiators. Water resources are also conserved at the SEBO factory. Rain water (aka brown water) is collected from the roof, then filtered and stored to be used in production and within the factory washrooms, saving the unnecessary use of treated drinking water. The factory and offices are designed to use natural light as much as possible, avoiding artificial lighting and the associated power consumption and working hours are scheduled to make use of daylight hours. This also creates a much better working environment. SEBO has a highly skilled and dedicated workforce and the management of SEBO is very aware of social responsibility and the huge contribution the commitment and health of their staff make to the quality of SEBO products. For SEBO, reducing the carbon footprint of a product starts in the initial design process. Part of the design brief is to ensure that they will pack into the smallest possible cartons and that the carton sizes ensure that the maximum number of machines will fit onto a pallet. Most packaging is made from unbleached recycled cardboard with waste paper from the offices being shredded and re-used for packing. Even deliveries are carefully planned to ensure lorries are filled to their maximum capacity and are running as economically as possible. “SEBO is at the very forefront of environmental technology and we are making continuous improvements to ensure we stay that way. Anyone who owns a SEBO vacuum can rest assured that it has been produced and delivered in the most environmentally responsible way possible and that it is built to last,” says Justin Binks, director of SEBO (UK) Ltd.
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As any good retailer will know, looking after the long term interests of customers and the products they have bought can reap huge ongoing benefits, not only by reducing the number of call-backs and complaints but by building customer satisfaction and gaining repeat sales. In the case of carpets and other flooring, providing advice on care is an important part of the sales process and should include guidance on which vacuum cleaner is best suited to the floor covering that has been purchased. Matching a floor with the right vacuum cleaner is not something to leave to chance. The vast range of flooring types available means that it is vital that the customer is given sufficient information to choose the most appropriate maintenance regime and vacuum cleaner. A carefully selected, good quality, high performance machine of the right type will, without doubt, help ensure a floor not only looks good but lasts. An example of the kind of problem that can occur if the wrong machine is used is fluffing of a wool loop pile carpet forming a fuzzy surface, a process known as pilling. Much more common is damage caused by inefficient machines that fail to clean properly, leaving grit and dirt behind. This trapped debris cuts the fibres and damages the integrity of the pile as the carpet is walked on, shortening its life. Added to this is the visual downside of a dirty carpet. When correctly matched with the floor covering, a good machine will clean quickly and thoroughly without harming the floor surface. SEBO works closely with carpet manufactures and rigorously test carpets on their behalf to establish which machines work best on each type of floor covering. The sales team visits retailers to discuss specific issues and provide training. If a previously untried carpet is being used it will be tested so the correct cleaning solution can be developed. The range of vacuum cleaners available on the market is vast but principally split into upright and cylinder models. Generally, with cut pile carpet, upright machines with a rotating brush are effective. Cylinders usually rely on suction alone to clean so are normally better for delicate surfaces and hard floors. Where a mixture of carpets and hard floors need to be cleaned, an upright machine designed to do both, is a good solution. Alternatively, a cylinder machine with the option of a power head or turbo brush may be right. For the retailer, there is the opportunity to sell appropriate vacuum cleaners, or provide added value with the cost of the machine built into the price of the carpet. Indeed, this is potentially a win-win situation with both an additional sale and a happy customer who has been helped to care for their flooring.
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Polishing up for a shinier floor

1 Dec 2016 10:53:47

There are many vacuum cleaners that can perform maintenance and cleaning. Those with a speed of up to 200 rpm perform a scrubbing task, and those between 200 and 400 rpm both scrub and polish. These models are full head-weight machines, meaning that the weight lies directly on the cleaning pad. The main disadvantage of these options, however, is the need for operative training. The ultra high-speed (UHS) models operate from 500 rpm upwards and these differ in design, being wheels-down in operation with the weight on the wheels. Ranging in size from 11 to 21 inches, these machines require no operative training. The colour of the cleaning pad is the key to the performance levels – the darker the pad, the more aggressive the cleaning power. The question of which polish to use is subjective and every manufacturer of cleaning chemicals has its own version of floor maintenance products, or floor maintainers. These range in price and quality and can be used in a variety of different ways to achieve the desired effect. Some can be used in neat form to form a seal on the floor, requiring mechanical action to harden the product. A good rule of thumb is that the more mechanical action, the better and harder the seal! Floor maintainers used in diluted form are best for maintaining the floor with the product used as a detergent to clean first then buff up using a machine. There is also the spray clean option, suitable for cleaner floors. For a shinier floor, maintainers with a higher level of solids are the most effective although these tend to be more expensive. Combining a high solids maintainer with a high speed machine will bring about a maximum gloss effect. However, SEBO uses the polisher with an HTC diamond pad that requires no product to product a shine. It is worth noting that all machines from 400 rpm upwards can be vacuumated and there are two types of vacuum – passive dust collection systems, where the draught caused by the spinning pad directs dust into a collection bag; and positive dust collection systems where the vacuum motor sucks up the dust. The latter is generally regarded as more effective. All UHS machines should have a skirt to seal the machines to the floor to prevent excess dust. It is important to remember that different floors have different needs – for instance, a polisher should not be used on a safety floor as they are abrasive by nature and tend to be detrimental to polisher pads. Specialist pads are made to clean these floors but are only used at slow scrubbing speed (200rpm) and a shine is not really possible with most. Floors that are suitable for cleaning and maintenance with machines and floor maintenance products include sealed wood, thermoplastics, linoleum, non-porous and sealed stones, tiles, sealed concrete and painted floors. SEBO has its own ultra-high speed cleaner, designed for smaller, high quality areas that require cleaning and maintenance, such as nursing homes, offices lobbies, hotels and shops. The 2000 rpm SEBO Dart with UHS, both vacuums and polishes providing a brilliant gloss surface and, when used with an appropriate floor maintainer, will create a protective coating for the floor. The model is small, just 12 inches across and in keeping with the trademark of SEBO, it is incredibly lightweight, complying with all health and safety and handling legislation. Floor cleaning and maintenance can be straightforward and cost effective when the correct equipment and materials are used together and can help to extend the life of a floor through initial careful specification.
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Simply the best

1 Dec 2016 10:51:13

When choosing a new car, most people want to buy the best they possibly can. The much-used household appliance should be no exception to this rule. Just as German-engineered vehicles are revered as the best in the world, so the country’s reputation for precision engineering also applies to vacuum cleaners. Designed and manufactured in Germany, SEBO vacuum cleaners are built to last, look fantastic and, thanks to their ergonomic design and high performance motors, they are the ultimate cleaning machines. Established in 1978, SEBO boasts an impressive pedigree that’s established the company as world leaders in vacuum technology and development, both in the professional and domestic sectors. The secret to the company’s success lies in its specialised expertise: unlike many other manufacturers, SEBO focuses solely on vacuum cleaners and, hence, excels in this technology. Just as you would expect from a German company, SEBO’s vacuum cleaners are made to last. Supplied with a free five-year parts and labour guarantee on all domestic machines, in reality SEBO expects its machines to last far longer and it’s not unusual for a SEBO vacuum to celebrate its 20th birthday; there are many which are even older. The SEBO latest collection – the high-tech Airbelt E range – is beautifully designed inside and out with sleek lines and a glossy finish. Beneath the surface, attention has also been paid to the internal design with smooth internal airways to generate high levels of suction power with minimal noise and a patented AIRBELT system that absorbs impacts and protects furniture. Like many German manufacturers, SEBO has long upheld strong eco-principles, and is proactive rather than reactive where the environment is concerned. For example, not only is plastic recycled into new components but the factory is completely self-sustaining in terms of electricity, and even feeds into the national grid when supply exceeds demand. Rain water is also collected, filtered and reused on the factory floor and washrooms, even the product packaging (made from unbleached, recycled paper) is carefully constructed to minimise waste. So, the next time anyone considers purchasing a new vacuum cleaner, it truly pays to approach the experience like they would a new car – buy on looks, buy on technology, and buy on durability. Make that purchase a SEBO vacuum cleaner, and rest assured you’ve bought the very best that money can buy.
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One pass cleaning — using an upright vacuum cleaner to thoroughly clean a floor using a series of parallel sweeps rather like mowing a lawn – hugely improves productivity. The rotating brush adds mechanical cleaning to suction power, massively improving pick up of fibre, hair and heavy particles. It also grooms carpet pile for a visible enhancement. SEBO’s professional range of upright vacuum cleaners has been developed to suit all commercial environments where time and cost efficiencies are obviously key. The ability to perform one pass vacuuming is the inherent feature of an upright model as opposed to a cylinder. The essence of vacuuming is the combination of energy and mechanical action. With an upright, the operator need only guide the machine along the floorcovering at a normal pace – once. The machine does the work quickly and so the job is completed efficiently with resultant cost and time savings. SEBO’s impressive upright range includes the BS 36 and BS 46 Comfort, the DART, the Evolution range and UHS polisher. The SEBO DART (pictured) is perfectly suited to a wide variety of floorcoverings and is easy to manoeuvre around stools and tables. With its powerful brush action, it offers a thorough, professional quality one pass pick-up. The SEBO BS 36 and BS 46 Comfort upright vacuum cleaners, each with a 175W brush motor, provide superior performance, outstanding reliability and are easy to maintain. The comfortable handle grip and low handle weight allow for easy, efficient movement. Lastly, the SEBO Evolution establishes benchmarks in durability and usability and is available in three models - 300, 350 and 450 - which offer working widths of 30cm, 36cm and 46cm. With all SEBO models, sophisticated design solutions ensure cleaning tasks are simplified while time and cost savings are made in relation to machine servicing and maintenance due to quick access to all parts.
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After forty years at the top of the industry, it is hardly surprising that prestigious carpet manufacturers recommend SEBO as the vacuum cleaner brand to keep quality flooring in tip-top condition in both commercial and residential locations. SEBO is working in conjunction with the flooring industry – to help spread the message that regular vacuuming with the company’s models improves the appearance of and can significantly extend the life of carpets. Names such as Axminster, BRM, Brockway, Cavalier Carpets, carpet1st, Ulster Carpets, Wools of New Zealand and The Campaign for Wool, have approved SEBO models while endorsements and awards from Which?, the Good Housekeeping Institute and the British Allergy Foundation serve to reinforce the message of 100% confidence. And they are not only perfect for carpets; SEBO upright and cylinder models are proven on all types of flooring – wool and synthetic carpets and rugs, solid and engineered wood floors, laminates, ceramics, natural stone, glass, rubber, cork and even leather! The Floorcare Guide on SEBO’s easy-to-use informative website offers advice on care of carpets and other flooring types - https://www.sebo.co.uk/support/floorcare. SEBO’s vacuum cleaners are backed by a five-year parts and labour guarantee offering total peace of mind.
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Keeping hard floors and carpets in tip-top condition doesn’t have to be difficult. SEBO presents the perfect solution with the range of stylish Felix upright vacuum cleaners; the Felix Navy, Felix Pet, Felix Vogue, Felix Rosso and Felix Royale. The Felix range of hi-tech vacuum cleaners has been awarded the “Best Buy” status by Which?. The light and easy-to-manoeuvre Felix has a flat-to-floor design and a cleaning head which is under 7cm in height, making cleaning under furniture a breeze. Its L-shaped head reaches right up to skirting boards and slides under radiators too so every inch of the floor looks good. This reduces cleaning time as furniture does not need to be moved as the vacuum cleaner simply glides around floors effortlessly. Each model comes equipped with a height adjustable handle and integrated hose for comfortable cleaning. The complete range also offers variable power; great for vacuuming everything from delicate items to stubborn dirt. The Felix range is designed for optimum cleaning performance for all floor types. Convenient and hygienic, the Felix vacuum cleaners boast S-class filtration and sealable multi-layer bags to ensure no dust escapes; a clever buy for allergy sufferers. The designs can also be transformed into high-powered polishing machines with SEBO’s Disco attachment - suitable for virtually any smooth floor surface, including PVC, natural stone, wood and varnish coated flooring. SEBO’s vacuum cleaners are backed by a five-year parts and labour guarantee offering total peace of mind.
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A boost for vacuuming regimes

11 Jul 2016 13:36:34

The stylish SEBO X4 Pet Boost is designed for situations where more oomph may be required – pet hair is an example. All the user needs to do is press the boost button to enjoy a deeper clean from the extra pile-lifting power. The stylish super-sleek black and silver finish and streamlined profile hides the very latest vacuum technology. With its powerful 1100-watt high-performance motor, there is no escape for pet hair, dust and debris and, thanks to SEBO’s high performance, microfibre sealable ultra-bags, once anything has been picked up, it will never see daylight again. When it comes to allergy protection, the SEBO X4 Pet Boost is unbeatable. Its super-efficient S-Class filtration system meets the demanding requirements of asthma and allergy sufferers with ease as the fine dust particles are firmly retained inside the machine and not released into the air. The vacuum cleaner has earned the highly coveted British Allergy Foundation Seal of Approval and takes filtration to a new level by using activated carbon (as used in chemical warfare protection!) to eliminate odour. Handy features include the integrated wand and extra-long hose system for stair cleaning along with a stair and upholstery turbo brush. Whilst the computer control system optimises performance by ensuring that the brush is always at the correct height for the floorcovering, it also protects the machine by shutting down the motor if there is a blockage. The SEBO X4 Pet Boost costs £309.95 and comes with a five-year parts and labour guarantee.
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You just have to visit municipal waste tips to see how many appliances are thrown away. This is a sad reflection of the quality, or lack of it, of many appliances these days, and they are not all from the cheaper brands either! Many consumers are uncomfortable with this waste and cost, both to themselves and the environment. In today’s disposable society, SEBO, a specialist in high quality vacuum cleaners, is rightly proud that 33% of SEBO owners bought their machine/s, which are still going strong, over ten years ago. Results have been gathered after SEBO UK conducted a poll on www.sebo.co.uk asking 685 people how long they have owned their vacuum cleaner/s. A third of people have said they have had their SEBO vacuum cleaner/s for more than ten years. In fact, many are working way over 25 years later as the service/spares department can testify! SEBO’s cylinder and upright vacuum cleaners offer outstanding performance. They are easy to use and are ideal for all floor types. The machines can scoot under furniture enabling you to reach every nook and cranny. Constructed from the highest quality materials, you can be assured that your SEBO will give you years of trouble-free service. All SEBO domestic vacuum cleaners come with a five-year parts and labour guarantee.
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German engineering is revered as the best in the world; so choose a German-made vacuum cleaner for the cleanest home in the world! They are built to last, look fantastic and, thanks to their ergonomic design ‘drive’ like a dream! SEBO offers some handy top tips on what to consider when purchasing a new vacuum cleaner. Upright or cylinder vacuum cleaner? Uprights are great for a large carpeted area as they are easy to manoeuvre whereas a cylinder could be considered for small areas with lots of furniture and hard floors. Many vacuum cleaners, however, can do both jobs as many houses have different floors. Also, take a look at the attachments and make sure your whole home is catered for (bear in mind you’ll be vacuuming furniture and curtains from time to time) and if you have pets or allergies, look at models designed to pull up more hair. What floorcoverings do you have in your home? It’s not just the difference between carpet or hard flooring; it’s the type of flooring too. For example, if you have a loop carpet, you’ll want a model where you can turn off the brush roller so it doesn’t get caught. Hard flooring can be uneven so look for something designed to cope with this, such as a combination head. Who will be using the vacuum cleaner? Remember to think about who is using the machine. If the user is frail or small-framed, a lighter, more nimble machine is the way to go. Bag or bagless? When first introduced, bagless machines were the must-have, no-fuss option but, these days, bag technology has come a long way and, if you suffer from allergies or simply want a clean emptying process, look for a machine with micro-fibre high filtration bags which keep all the dust and particles inside. Energy efficiency and performance rating EU rulings state that all vacuum cleaners sold in the UK need to be clearly labelled with their energy efficiency level and performance ratings. Be sure to ask an expert in a reputable store to make sure you are buying the right machine! In conclusion SEBO’s cylinder and upright vacuum cleaners offer outstanding performance, they are easy to use and are ideal for all floor types. The machines can scoot under furniture enabling you to reach every nook and cranny. With prices starting from as little as £159.00, they are great value for money. With a model to suit every home, SEBO is the perfect choice. SEBO domestic vacuum cleaners come with a five-year parts and labour guarantee.
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