We all know that we need to vacuuming our floors regularly in order to maintain a healthy, clean home. There are many well-known benefits such as preventing soil from settling deep into your carpet, improving the air quality in your home, and helping your carpet stay cushy without getting matted down.
This blog goes into more detail about techniques for the most effective way to vacuum and how to use the settings and attachments on your vacuum.
How Often Should I Vacuum?
We recommend that you vacuum at least once a week with a CRI Seal of Approval/Green Label vacuum cleaner. In some cases and depending on your personal preferences, vacuum once a day in high traffic areas where you spend most of your time and vacuum twice a week in medium traffic areas. In light traffic areas, vacuuming once a week and using attachments to vacuum corners and edges is recommended.
How to Vacuum Properly
Many people just do a once over, which is less than ideal. Perform slow, back and forth motions in an overlapping pattern. Don’t press down or make too many passes over the same area, but move slightly to the left of right about every four strokes. We recommend giving special attention to hard to reach areas like corners and edges. Also, follow a Top-Down cleaning method. This means dust blinds, furniture, and other surfaces first, then vacuum to avoid depositing dust on your carpets after you’ve cleaned them.
Be Familiar with the Attachments
Knowing the attachments that come with your vacuum and what they should be used for can make a big difference. We’ve defined some of the common attachments and explained their uses:
- Radiator Brush – Great for vacuuming radiators and vents.
- Crevice Tool – This is the thin, long attachment. Perfect for narrow areas and tough-to-reach corners.
- Upholstery Nozzle – Perfect for vacuuming drapes, mattresses, and a variety of upholstered furniture.
- All-Purpose Brush – Effective for vacuuming shelves and other flat surfaces.
- Dusting Brush – This attachment is ideal for surfaces that need a softer touch.
Most vacuums have the option to adjust pile height. This will typically need to be adjusted depending on what surface you’re vacuuming. You can find the adjustment knob on most vacuums near the front of the base of the vacuum. The key is to make sure your vacuum makes contact with the carpet while still allowing adequate airflow. Here are some recommendations for how to set your pile height for different surfaces:
- For flat, commercial carpeting, use a lower pile setting. This helps the vacuum make good contact with the flooring while still allowing enough 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.
- If you’re vacuuming hardwood or other uncarpeted floors, put your vacuum on the bare floors setting. This setting uses suction only so your floors don’t get scratched by the powered brush. If your vacuum doesn’t have this setting, use it only on carpet and not on bare floors.
Caring for Your Vacuum
In order to get the best cleaning results, it is best to try and keep your vacuum well maintained. Here are a few tips:
- Clean hair, dust, and other particles from your vacuum brushes. Replace brushes when they become worn.
- Keep the instructions for your specific vacuum and refer to them when needed.
- Inspect your vacuum for bent metal or rough edges that can snag your carpet.
- Avoid damaging your vacuuming by gripping the handle, not the hose, when cleaning.
- Check your vacuum bag and empty or replace it when it’s about half to two-thirds full.
- Make sure the vacuum hose and adjustments aren’t clogged.
Short Stop Chem-Dry is your trusted partner for maintaining a clean and healthy home! Contact us today to learn more about our cleaning services and how we can help eliminate bacteria and allergens from your carpet and upholstery!