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01:14 Feb 13, 2009
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Spanish to English translations [PRO] Furniture / Household Appliances
Spanish term or phrase:aspirar
Seran aspirados a fondo, trapeados con productos limpiadores desengrasantes, retocados con cera antideslizantes y lustrados convenientemente.
*This refers to cleaning Tile Floors, so "vacuuming" isn't appropriate in this case...
I'm also from the US, and the claim that "vacuums are only used for carpeted floors" is completely contrary to my experience--which is that 'Muricans are so attached to their vacuum cleaners that they seek out complicated models or special-purpose vacuums to clean every surface known to mankind--even for situations where a plain old broom and dustpan would be more efficient.
There are vacuum cleaners especially designs for bare floors, such as this one:
"Vacuum, wash and dry your hard floors with one easy bagless vacuum cleaner. Only the Hoover FloorMate has patented SpinScrub brushes to get your floors hands-and-knees clean. Use Hoover hard floor cleaners on all types of hard surfaces including hardwood, tile, linoleum and concrete" http://www.hoover.com/productcategory.aspx?use=44&ds=true
General purpose vacuums are usually equipped with attachments and features that also enable their use on bare floors (adjustable height, special attachments, or in the case of mine, a switch that allows you to turn off the roller brush as well).
"Parquet floor brush is included to thoroughly but gently clean wood and tile floors." http://www.bestvacuum.com/miele-earth.html?s=froogle
And here are some instructions on cleaning tile floors:
Ridding the Floor of Surface Dirt
Sweep the loose dirt into a pile and remove.
Use vacuum attachment along the bottom of the baseboard and flooring.
Move the surface cleaner of the vacuum to the lowest setting and vacuum the tile.
Alex, I disagree. Any vacuum can be used for any floor, just don't push it agains the surface. There are however tiles that are soft and can be damaged by a vacuum, in which case I see no reason to have them as floor covering.
Rosa, I think I need to state that I never said that everybody vacuums their tile floors, I simply said that many do it. Many does not mean everybody, and it might not even be most people. Moreover, I never mentioned specifically central vacuum systems. And now that you make think of it, I could not tell you where in the world central vacuum is common; I have never seen such system in the flesh.
Anyway, we are in danger of going off at a tangent, let's leave aside for a moment the numbers who do and do not vacuum; the question was about "aspirar", and I support your proposal "to vacuum". Kind regards.
I think part of the problem in understanding that tiled floors can be vaccumed stems from the fact that not all vacum cleaners are the same, there are general purpose ones that can vacum any type of floor and there are others which are specific to carpert
Gilberto is absolutely right. However, and this is in answer to Carlos, that is not the case everywhere in the world. In Chile, for example, very few places have a central vacuum and most people sweep instead of vacuumig.