Top 3 Best Carpet Cleaner Machines in the UK

Different homes have different types of flooring and these come with their own advantages and disadvantages. From all of these, the carpet is probably the most vulnerable. This is simply because it is difficult to remove some of the dirty things from it.

If you’re continuously cleaning up dust particles, urine and other kinds of spots out of your carpet, then it is probably the right time to get the best carpet cleaner. Taking this necessity into account, here are some of the best carpet cleaning machines that I’ve come across.

The Best All Purpose Machine – The Power Scrub Deluxe by Hoover

The Hoover Power Scrub is the best carpet cleaner aroundThis is the option for you if you’re buying a carpet cleaner that is associated with a well-known name, a brand name that has a great reputation within the carpet cleaning machine market. This cleaner is among the lightest cleaners and at just 17.8 lb. you’ll be able to clean easily and particularly easily with the brush mechanism that rotates to a 360 degree angle.

Additionally, it contains tanks that can be filled with water quite easily, emptied quite easily and cleaned quite easily. There is also a Dual V Nozzle, automatic detergent mix and a rinse alternative for more effective completion of the task and increased hot air for more rapid drying.

Finest Professional Level Cleaner

If you’re someone that literally wants to spend as much as possible to obtain the best carpet cleaner on the market right now then the Big Green Commercial Standard Machine by Bissell is the perfect choice.

Within a group of more than 2,000 verified consumers who’ve bought this machine and gave comments and thoughts, a massive 90% regarded it a top-scoring carpet cleaning machine, and it gets an remarkable 4.8 out of 5 in total. A curious thought is that carpet cleaner businesses frequently get these machines and use them for their business and you know that they mean business when they do this.

This Bissell carpet cleaner has pretty much the biggest water tank in this particular category meaning less time taken to refill it. Additionally, there is also a special brush system that allows for the removal of dust particles that are deep within your carpet by moving the brushes both forwards and backwards.

This product by Bissell isn’t suited for a person who’s going to clean their carpets once annually but rather for those that will be using it on a regular basis. For those individuals that will be using their new device sparingly, they should just purchase the Carpet Doctor or the Hoover model that we looked at previously. This high quality machine is suitable for someone who’s going to actually take advantage of this amazing product.

If you’re regularly washing up vomit, pet spots, pet hair, dust and other tough marks this can be the best carpet cleaner to buy for your home.

The Rug Doctor

The Rug Doctor carpet cleanerThe Rug Doctor is another mean cleaning machine. Whilst it isn’t that much in demand when compared to the Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe above (just 700 verified reviews in comparison to a massive 5,300), those that did buy this cleaning machine have been incredibly stunned with the pressure this machine boasts and it also comes with a lot of other excellent features. Thus this machine takes third place within this carpet cleaner reviews discussion.

The Rug Doctor machine runs on the feature called “Two Way Activity Brush’ which essentially tells us that you will have brushes at the bottom of the cleaner and these have been created to induce a thorough and a deep clean. The boost spray is also a very impressive feature, supplies an additional boost to your carpet when it is activated and this is impeccable for deeply infested spaces on your carpeting.

Locating the best carpet cleaner that satisfies your goal needs thorough research to study the marketplace, to look at the brands in detail, and the specifications including each specific attribute and eventually comparing costs.

I know your thoughts very well because I’ve been in the same situation. This is why I’ve made the decision to remove all of the hard work and provide these carpet cleaner reviews for you. I hope you’ll be able to use these to find the best carpet cleaner for your home.

Valentines Candy Cane Pops

I love Valentines Day. Not because I like to make a huge deal and spend a lot of money – I absolutely don’t. Every year Hubby and I say that we’ll get each other something small – a token – and leave it at that. Maybe a card, a nice letter, a small box of chocolates… A token.

No. I love Valentines Day because it’s a holiday. I love holidays. Any holiday. I love having an excuse to celebrate. And a holiday based around love? Even better!

I wanted to take a small token to my girlfriends at church today, and I’d come across this idea on the Internet this past summer. Absolutely genius, and so simple!

Valentine candy caneWhen I found this recipe last summer and decided I wanted to make it this year, I thought it was going to be a nightmare getting hold of the mini candy canes. I’d just never seen them over here in the UK. I kind of put the idea to the back of my mind, and had almost forgotten about it until Shaun and I were shopping in York just after Christmas and I spotted some on sale. I was practically giddy. Naturally, he couldn’t understand all the fuss.

But he did admit that once these little guys are all put together, they are darn cute!

Also, he wasn’t complaining when he got to lick the bowl that held the melted chocolate.

And when I gave him the piping bags after I was done. Poor guy practically went into a sugar coma.

Fancy a little Valentines Day trivia? Did you know that around 1 billion cards are sent to people around the world each year on Valentines? Also… The city of Verona, Italy (setting for Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”) receives around 1,000 cards every year addressed to Juliet. Awww.

But, if you don’t feel like sending a card this year – or you want a little somethin’ somethin’ to go along with it without breaking the bank, how about giving one of these cute little fellas a try? You won’t regret it.

And yes. I said “fellas”. Anything this good looking has got to be male, right?

P.S. Please excuse the lack of “finished product” pictures. It was dark by the time they had set, and I don’t yet have either the photography equipment or know how (or both!) to make pictures look good in nighttime situations. But I assure you, they looked very sweet all bundled up and ready to go with their little bags, tags and ribbons!

Valentines Candy Cane Pops

24 mini peppermint candy canes

3 small / 1 medium bar white chocolate

3 small / 1 medium bar milk chocolate

Sprinkles (for decorating)

2 disposable piping bags (or ziplocs)

12 4″ lollipop sticks

12 small cellophane bags

Ribbon

Tags (if needed)

Baking paper

Arrange the lollipop sticks in two rows on a sheet of baking paper, leaving about 3 inches between each.

Lay mini candy canes in a heart shape around the top of the sticks, making sure that the canes are touching each other at the top and the stick at the bottom (to create a seal for the melted chocolate). Make sure that the lollipop sticks reach about 2/3 of the way into the centre of the heart – it will give your finished pops more stability.

Melt the chocolate separately in a double broiler or zap it in the microwave until pourable. Scrape melted chocolate into two separate piping bags (or ziplocs) and secure.

Make a very small (couple of mm) hole at the bottom of each bag. By making a smaller hole, you get more control over where your chocolate goes. Pipe the chocolate into the centre of your hearts, and turn the lollipop sticks 360 degrees once done so that the stick is covered in chocolate all the way around. Again, this step will make sure your pops have a little more stability. They can be a little heavy in comparison to the sticks, and you don’t want them falling off after all your hard work!

Immediately top with decorative sprinkles and leave to cool completely before packaging (around 2-3 hours).

And there you go – the perfect little sweet for your sweetie this Valentines Day!

Salt & Pepper Spare Ribs

I’m on a bit of a low-carb kick at the moment, trying to shift some of the ever-lingering baby weight that seems to have taken up permanent residence about my person! I’ve got to be honest, it’s not altogether a bad thing – I’m a total carb junkie. Sugar, potatoes, rice, pasta, I could eat it all until it comes out of my ears. And I have done. Often.

Which probably hasn’t helped the situation.

Anyway. I have this one pair of jeans still hanging in my wardrobe that I’ve not even got close to being able to fit into since the beginning of 2010… I am determined that they will fit before this year is out! It’s utterly depressing to go clothes shopping and have nothing fit properly.

So I’m looking for low-carb recipes to try out at the moment. I love ribs. The problem is that they often come covered in this absolutely gorgeous, sticky, sweet BBQ sauce, something that is a complete no-go for me at the moment. It probably doesn’t help that I made this amazing vanilla pudding cake just the other day.

I remember having salt and pepper spare ribs at a local Chinese place once or twice, and they were really good. So I started clicking around online looking for a recipe, and every single one had some sort of sugar or honey or something in there that wouldn’t work for me.

Spare ribsI thought about it a little more, and figured that as long as there were some nice flavours there, they should be good. Right? Especially if they were really slowly cooked. So in the end, all I used was salt, pepper and Chinese five spice powder. That’s it.

And they were fabulous. Because they were cooked at a low temperature and slowly in a foil packet, the meat was literally falling off the bones and so tender.

I really didn’t miss the BBQ sauce. Not one bit!

So all in all, I’d say this recipe was a raving success. I honestly can’t remember when I last managed to make anything meat-based as nice as this. I served them with some fries – and I did make some BBQ sauce – for my boys, and I made some swede salad (or rutabaga for you guys on the other side of the pond!) as an accompaniment for me. Beautiful.

And after these babies were in the oven for a couple of hours, my house smelt gorgeous. Bonus!

Salt & Pepper Spare Ribs

2.2 lbs / 1kg spare ribs

1tsp Chinese Five Spice

2 tsp salt

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Put the ribs into a large bowl.

Method:

Mix the Chinese Five Spice, salt and pepper together in a small bowl, and then pour over the ribs.

Mix well with your hands, and cover the bowl and leave to marinade in the fridge for a couple hours. When you have around 20 minutes left in the fridge, preheat the oven to 250F/120C.

Put a large piece of aluminium foil in the bottom of a large casserole dish (mine was 13 x 9 inches). Lay the ribs on top, meat side down, and pour over any juices left in the bottom of your bowl.

Seal the package tightly and put into the middle of your oven for three hours.

Take the dish out, open the foil and carefully turn over each rib so it is meat side up. Leave the package open, and raise the oven temperature to 350F/180C and bake for a further 8-10 minutes, just to crisp up the tops slightly.

Enjoy!

Vanilla Pudding Poke Cake

Yesterday afternoon, because I obviously thought I didn’t have enough to do with the laundry and housework and toddler wrangling and meal preparing and Christmas present making, I decided to bake a cake.

I’ve seen this kind of recipe popping up all over various blogs and Pinterest, and although by this point I’m a little late in joining the party I thought I’d give it a whirl.

Side note: if anyone from the UK is reading this, do you know where to find pudding mix? I’ve looked everywhere. I have access to all the Angel Delight I could ever eat, but cannot find one single pudding packet. The one I used in this recipe I brought back from America when we visited last October. My suitcase was stuffed with American grocery products, I’m sure Shaun and my parents thought I’d gone crazy. But the stuff keeps forever and I like to use pudding to add to cake mixes, although I’m now down to my last packet!

Vanilla Poke CakeI digress. Oh wait – actually. I’m going to digress a little further. The cake mix I used was a Duncan Hines “Butter Golden” – I’ve never used Duncan Hines before (we only usually get Betty Crocker over here, this one particular box was on clearance at my local JK Maxx), and noticed this little tidbit on the back, underneath the various cooking times.

Who knew that “Bundt” was a registered trademark? Am I the only ignorant person that just thought it was the name of a type of cake pan? You learn something new every day!

Anyway. This cake. I love this cake. What’s not to love? It’s pudding, it’s cake, it’s buttercream frosting and just because this is a fun kind of cake I added sprinkles, too!

And I don’t know whether it was the type of cake mix, or the fact that there was pudding in there too (maybe a bit of both?), but this cake is so unbelievably moist. And light. And sweet. Oh, and it’s incredibly addictive.

I literally had to remove myself from the room to stop myself eating it. I couldn’t resist a little piece, but unfortunately for me gestational diabetes and a truckload of pudding cake do not mix. So the husband and the kid are going be disposing of most of this for me.

I’m sure they won’t mind!

Vanilla Pudding Poke Cake

Ingredients:

For cake:

1 boxed cake mix – any white/yellow/butter variety will do fine

Whatever your box mix says you need to make it – mine was 7 tbsp butter, 3 eggs and ½ cup water.

For pudding:

1 packet vanilla pudding mix

2 cups milk – to mix

For buttercream frosting:

6 tbsp butter

1 tsp vanilla

1¾ cups powdered sugar

⅛ tsp salt

1 tbsp water

Method: 

Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Grease a 9″ square cake pan (or something of equivalent volume) with butter.

Prepare box mix according to directions and scrape batter into pan, evening the top before baking.

Bake for between 25-35 minutes until lightly golden brown on top or a wooden toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean (mine was perfect at 30 minutes). Make sure you have a large bowl and electric whisk or mixer on standby with your pudding mix and milk for when the cake is done.

As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, grab the stick end of a wooden spoon and poke holes into the top, going almost all of the way through to the bottom (I spaced mine around 1½” apart). Then, quickly mix your pudding milk together on high until the mixture just starts to thicken a little – you are looking for a thick syrupy consistency.

Pour the pudding on top of the cake (it should still be hot), making sure all the holes get filled. Spread any excess evenly across the top of the cake, and then put in the fridge to chill for a couple of hours.

To make the buttercream frosting:

In a stand mixer or using an electric hand mixer, combine butter, water and vanilla until well mixed.

Add salt and sugar, and mix on low until combined. Turn mixer to the highest speed and beat for around 5 minutes (or longer, if you have the patience! The longer you beat the frosting, the fluffier it will be!).

Take the cake from the fridge, spread the frosting evenly over the top and then if the mood strikes, add sprinkles, nonpareils, Oreo crumbs or any other form of fun, pretty little decoration.

Slice, and enjoy!

A cake this size will serve around 10-12 people depending on your appetite – I find you only need a little as it is quite sweet!

Gratitude – Building Faith and Giving Thanks

Some days, I just feel a little deflated. For no reason in particular – sometimes you just have “one of those days”. When this happens (if I manage to catch myself in time before spiralling into being a full-on sourpuss), I like to try and sit back and have a think about some of the things – big or small – that I am happy to have in my life.

Sometimes, I just get a flash of inspiration and think; “I am so grateful for everything”.

Today unfortunately it is the former. I’m finding myself feeling a little underwhelmed with life this morning. I have been blessed with so much goodness in my life, and sometimes I forget to take a minute and give thanks to the Lord who has blessed me with it! So here goes:

GratitudeI’m grateful for bright days in January. I’m sat at my desk next to the living room window, and the sun is streaming inside. You can bet it’ll still be more than a little cold if I were to actually venture outside, but the sunshine is lovely all the same. I’ll not mention the fact that the windows are in desperate need of a good clean!

Looking around the room a little further, I see our two five tier bookcases stacked with lots of good books. Before we bought this house, we took enough to fill a third bookcase to a local thrift shop, yet we still have a house full. Fiction, non-fiction, Bibles, prayer books, devotionals, journals, biographies, parenting books, manuals, music books and even a few home and living magazines. I’m grateful for the love of reading I’ve nurtured from being a little girl, and for my parents (my Mum especially) and a couple of pretty amazing teachers for encouraging me to get lost in a good book. It’s something I hope to pass on to Joshua, and to any other children that come along. His bedroom is already fit to burst with all the books we’ve bought for him, and I love sitting with him and reading through some of his stories. It must be rubbing off – one of his favourite things to do at the moment is to sit down with one of his books and point at various pictures for me to name all the bits and bobs on the pages. It’s lovely to see.

I’m thrilled that Joshua is such a contented, well-adjusted baby (for the most part). He’s always been very good with his sleeping from being about 5 months old, with the odd little wobble here and there. He’s napping at the moment, allowing me to get on with bits of housework, and take a few minutes out to sit at the computer. I think he may be in the middle of transitioning between one and two naps a day as his schedule is becoming a little unpredictable at the moment, but still – he’s never been any trouble. He sleeps solidly for a good 10-11 hours at night, sometimes 12 on a weekend (again, aside from the occasional wobble).

I’m grateful that he hasn’t yet adopted any fussy eating habits. The only thing that he will not eat much of – peas aside – is green vegetables and raw tomatoes. Everything else he practically inhales. It makes meal times so simple – he just has a small portion of whatever Shaun and I are eating. We tried the “traditional” pureed fruit and veg for a couple of weeks when he turned six months, but he wasn’t interested. He wanted what we were having… So we switched to mainly “baby-led” weaning, giving him whatever we were eating and letting him go nuts. I was a little nervous to begin with about him choking, but he was absolutely fine. He loved it, and we’ve not looked back. And – touch wood – so far we’ve not had any food catapulted across the room, or walls redecorated with spaghetti sauce. Fingers crossed this lasts a little further into toddlerhood, I know how fussy little ones can get around this age!

I’m happy to have a husband that can provide so well for our family. When Shaun got his current job in September 2010, it really was such a blessing. We had already agreed that I was staying home with Joshua anyway, but the extra income that this job provided meant we didn’t have to worry after my maternity pay came to an end. We always have enough. With a little frugality, we can even afford to put a little away each month to build up some savings! It may not be a lot to most people, and I know some who would recoil at the thought of not already having a nest egg in the bank, but until now for one reason or another it’s just not been possible for us. Things have been difficult. I feel we’ve turned a corner now, and I feel incredibly blessed for it.

And finally for today, I’m grateful to have been blessed with the desire to live frugally as much as possible. I love bargains, thrifting, re-using, re-purposing, making things last and wearing them out. I’ve not always been this way, but over the last few years (as it has become necessary for me to do so) I’ve started to look at life in a whole new light, and I’ve loved learning all about living simply and well within our financial means. This attitude will follow me to the grave; it’s become such a part of who I am. Even if Shaun one day becomes some multi-millionaire businessman, you can bet you’ll still see me rifling through the racks at my local thrift store, or digging through a bargain bin at the supermarket. It’s who I am. And I love it.

Time to get Joshua from his nap and make a start on lunch. Speak to you all soon.

She Inspires Me

I have this friend.

She’s pretty awesome, and next to my husband I’d say she’s the person I’m closest to.

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately thinking about those around me, and just how blessed I am to have a few very special individuals in my life. Again, next to my husband, she is the first person that comes to mind.

Inspirational friendI’ve known her for five years, but it might as well have been a whole lifetime. I feel as though she’s always been there – lifting me up, helping me along and just generally making life that little bit better. When we first met and were still in that “sounding one another out” stage of friendship – still getting to know what we were both about – I remember having a long conversation with her in the foyer and chapel of our church. I won’t post the details as they’re pretty personal to me (and to her, too, I assume!), but suffice to say that I knew this person had been placed in my life for a reason. Honestly, at that point I had only known her a few weeks and what I told her then I would never have dreamed of saying to anyone else – including those I’d known for years – but somehow I sensed that she’d be receptive. So I tentatively pushed ahead.

After we’d shared a little of our respective journeys through life and certain trials to that point, she turned to me and said, “You know, it isn’t a coincidence that we’re both in this ward at this time. Heavenly Father always knows what we need exactly when we need it“. I remember thinking that she was absolutely right, and it was incredible to me that after all I’d just managed to struggle through (and had been struggling through for years before), here I was joining a new church, getting a whole new perspective on life and meeting someone who was telling me, “Hey, I’ve been there. I hear you. It’s OK”. The way our stories matched up was nothing short of incredible. Mainly little points that I don’t think anyone else would have made that much of a fuss over, but to me it was lots of little “lightbulb moments”, and I felt so many doors open that day. I remember going home and crying with relief that I had finally managed to open up, and I had found someone who could relate. At that point I had a small inkling, but I couldn’t have known just how wonderful a woman she would turn out to be.

As time went on, I found that as well as being a friend, she was a fantastic mentor in the gospel. She was a recently returned missionary when we met, and although I was initially blown away by her knowledge, she has since impressed me in other ways as well. She has taught me so much about how to live the gospel. How to nurture your faith and question without being questioning, about how to accept that we don’t know everything but that we can thrive on what we do know. About how to use your faith as a lifeline if necessary when all else fails and you’re faced with trials that you don’t know if you’ll make it through. She’s also taught me how to deal with heartache with real grace and integrity, and how to develop a servant’s heart.

As the years have passed, I’ve learned more from her as she has continued along the path of life a short way ahead of me – how to be a patient, kind, compassionate wife. How to have the best start in a temple marriage and how to set up a gospel centered, spirit-filled home for your family. How to make it through the heartache of trying to conceive for months on end whilst trying to understand the Lord’s timing through your pain. And then, how to be a wonderful mother to a beautiful little boy, and treasure your time spent with this amazing little spirit entrusted to your care. How to really be there for your friends when they need you.

I wonder sometimes whether she recognises all of these qualities in herself. But I think probably not – she is such a humble, unassuming person that I don’t think she would ever understand for herself the full effect of the example she sets through the way she carries and presents herself. But she really is something special. She is a dedicated, powerful woman of God, committed to her walk with Christ. And it absolutely shows.

I hold this woman very dear to my heart. We have shared many special times together – happy, sad, awkward, and we’ve had a few very sacred moments, too.

She said to me in the temple recently during one of my particularly difficult times, “well, we’re more like sisters anyway, aren’t we?”. We absolutely are. Thank you for saying that. It meant so much to me.

I treasure you as a sister. I love you so much, and I am so blessed to have been on this journey with you thus far! I’ve loved growing with you, laughing with you, sharing with you, and crying with you. I think those times are probably the most precious of all to me – you’ve seen me through some of the most trying times in my life, and I honestly don’t know how I would have coped without you.

It will never be enough, but thank you. You really are such a special, sweet spirit. You inspire me to be more, to do better and to reach higher.

You’re simply wonderful.