The vacuum is an essential tool for keeping carpets clean and fresh. Not only does it pick up crumbs, it helps keep the carpet soft and cushy, and contributes to the air quality in your home! Now, vacuuming isn’t a difficult task (your kids might even do it), but we’ve got a few tips that, if applied, will make you a vacuuming pro!
When Should I Vacuum?
Most people suggest vacuuming your carpets on a weekly basis. But, if you want to vacuum like a pro, you should vacuum the high-traffic areas of your home everyday and the medium-traffic areas twice a week. That may sound like a lot of vacuuming, but frequency is one of the most important aspects of vacuuming. We also recommend using a vacuum that has a CRI Seal of Approval or a Green Label.
What is the Right Way to Vacuum?
Just like you would do when cleaning your car, you should clean your home using a Top-Down method (first dust the blinds, furniture, and other surfaces, which will push some dust/dirt to the floor, and then vacuum the floors). When vacuuming, push and pull the vacuum, back and forth, in a slow, overlapping pattern, moving to the left or right approximately every four strokes. You may want to spend more time vacuuming corners, edges, and areas that are hard to reach.
What is This Thing For?
Have you ever seen a vacuum attachment and asked, “What is this thing for?” An important part of vacuuming like a pro is being familiar with all of the attachments. Here are a few common attachments and their uses:
Radiator Brush - Ideal for vacuuming radiators and vents.
Crevice Tool - This thin, long attachment is great for narrow areas and hard-to-reach corners and crevices.
Upholstery Nozzle - Like the name suggests, this tool is excellent for vacuuming upholstered furniture, drapes, and mattresses.
All-Purpose Brush - Great for cleaning shelves and flat surfaces.
Dusting Brush - This comes in handy for vacuuming more fragile surfaces that require a more gentle touch.
Which Setting Should I Use?
Most vacuums have a knob close to the front of the base. This knob adjusts the pile height. To get the most out of your vacuum, adjust the pile height according to the surface you are vacuuming. The key is that your vacuum makes contact with the carpet, yet still allows the proper amount of airflow. Here are a few suggestions for setting the correct pile height.
For flat, commercial carpeting, use a lower pile setting. The vacuum will have good floor contact as well as airflow for suction.
For wool or wool blend, high pile, or soft carpeting, use your vacuum on a higher pile setting. This setting will skim the top of the carpet, allowing enough airflow for effective suction.
For hardwood or other floors without carpet, use the bare floor setting on your vacuum. This setting won’t scratch your floors with the powered brush. If your vacuum doesn’t have this setting, don’t use it on the bare floors!
How Do I Make My Vacuum Last?
A vacuum that is properly maintained will give you better results and save you money. Here are a few tips:
Your vacuum can get pretty gross. Make sure you clean out all the hair, dust, etc. from the brushes. If the brushes are old and worn out, replace them.
Keep the vacuum’s instructions and use them when needed.
Examine the bottom of the vacuum and look for bent metal or rough edges that might snag the carpet.
Hold the vacuum by the handle, not the hose. Vacuums are often damaged when gripped by the hose.
As soon as your vacuum bag gets about ½ to ⅔ full, empty or replace it.
Check the hose and adjustments often and unclog them if necessary.
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