Vacuuming keeps your carpet looking nice and feeling soft. It’s important to vacuum often to keep carpets (as well as the air) clean and fresh. Vacuuming isn’t a difficult task (your kids might even do it), but we’ve had that moment where we wondered what a certain attachment was for or how often the vacuuming should be done.
A Few Common Attachments
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.
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 that will adjust pile height (AKA height of the surface you are vacuuming). With this setting you can make sure that your vacuum makes contact with the carpet but still allows for the proper amount of airflow. So when should you change these settings?
Low Pile Setting: For flat, commercial carpeting. The vacuum will have good floor contact as well as airflow for suction.
High Pile Setting: For wool or wool blend, high pile, or soft carpeting. This setting will essentially skim the top of the carpet, allowing enough airflow for effective suction.
Bare Floor Setting: For hardwood or other floors without carpet. If you set the pile height too low, you can scratch your floors with the powered brush. If your vacuum doesn’t have this setting, don’t use it on the bare floors!
When Should I Vacuum?
At the very least. You should vacuum your carpets weekly. But if you want a very clean and healthy home. you should vacuum the high-traffic areas of your home every day and the medium-traffic areas twice a week. Remember that frequency is one of the most important aspects of vacuuming. Also try using a vacuum that has a CRI Seal of Approval or a Green Label.
What is the Best Way to Vacuum?
Use a top-down method when cleaning your home. First dust the blinds, furniture, and other surfaces, which will push some dust/dirt to the floor, then vacuum the floors. When vacuuming, push and pull the vacuum, back and forth, in a slow, overlapping pattern, moving to the side approximately every four strokes. Spend more time vacuuming hard-to-reach areas like corners and edges next to baseboards.
Final Tips on Making Your Vacuum Last Longer
- Clean out all the hair, dust, etc. from the brushes. If the brushes are old and worn out, replace them. You won’t clean much if you’re vacuum is gross!
- Keep the vacuum’s instructions and use them when needed.
- Occasionally check the bottom of the vacuum for bent metal or rough edges that might snag the carpet.
- Move the vacuum by the handle, not the hose. Vacuums can be damaged when gripped by the hose.
- As soon as your vacuum bag gets about ½ to ⅔ full, empty or replace it.
- Unclog the hose and adjustments when necessary.
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