how to vaccuum the right wayIt’s pretty obvious that if you want to keep your home and carpets looking clean, you will need to vacuum your floors on a regular basis. Vacuuming has many benefits, including preventing soil from building up deep in the carpet fibers, keeping your carpet soft and cushy without getting matted down, and also improving the air quality in your home.

Now, vacuuming the floor isn’t rocket science, but there is a proper way to do it. We’ll tell you how to get the most out of your vacuum with its multiple settings and attachments.

How Often Should I Vacuum?

As for how frequently do you need to vacuum, the answer is at least once a week. We recommend using a vacuum with a CRI Seal of Approval/Green Label. Ideally, you will even want to vacuum every day in the high-traffic areas of your home, and twice a week in the medium-traffic areas. The rest of the house, including corners and edges can be done once a week.

How to Vacuum Properly

To get the best clean possible, follow a Top-Down cleaning method (Dust blinds, furniture, and other surfaces first, and then move to vacuuming the floors - this will help prevent getting dust on your carpets after vacuuming). When you vacuum, use slow, back and forth motions in an overlapping pattern. You don’t want to be too quick on a certain area, but you also don’t want to pass over the same area too many times. You should generally move to the left or right about every four strokes. Put extra time into cleaning corners, edges, and those hard to reach places.

Be Familiar with the Attachments

Many people don’t know what the attachments on the vacuum are supposed to be used for. This is a mistake - the attachments can make a huge difference! Here are some common attachments and their uses:

Radiator Brush - Good for vacuuming radiators and vents.

Crevice Tool - This is the thin, long attachment. Great for narrow areas and hard-to-reach corners and crevices.

Upholstery Nozzle - Just like the name implies, this tool is great for vacuuming upholstered furniture, drapes, and mattresses.

All-Purpose Brush - Perfect for cleaning shelves and flat surfaces.

Dusting Brush - Used for vacuuming more fragile surfaces that require a softer touch.

Be Familiar with the Settings

Most vacuums have a knob near the front of the base that adjusts the pile height. This knob should be used to match the pile height to whatever surface you are vacuuming.

You want your vacuum to make contact with the carpet but still allow adequate airflow. Here are some recommendations for how to set your pile height to the correct height.

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. Don’t use your vacuum on bare floors if it doesn’t have this setting.

Caring for Your Vacuum

For the best cleaning results, and to save money, it is important to keep your vacuum well maintained. Here are some tips:

Clean out the hair, dust, and other particles from the vacuum brushes, and replace the brushes when they become old and worn.

Don’t throw away the instructions for your specific vacuum and refer to them when needed.

Inspect your vacuum for bent metal or rough edges that could snag your carpet.

Prevent damaging your vacuuming by gripping the handle, not the hose, when cleaning.

Check your vacuum bag often, and empty or replace it when it’s about half to two-thirds full.

Check the hose and adjustments often and unclog them if needed.

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