One of the healthiest things you can do for your home or business environment is regular vacuuming. Regular vacuuming can make the largest impact on indoor air quality by removing loose dust particles. Additionally, regular vacuuming prevents dirt from becoming ground in that can flatten or dull your carpets.
How to Vacuum
The best way to vacuum is to use a slow repetitive front to back motion in an overlapping sequence. Do not press down or go over the same area too many times. Instead move slightly to the left or right about every four passes and incorporate into your vacuuming these tips for the best possible results:
- Vacuum corners and crevices where the dust tends to accumulate.
- Use a top down approach to cleaning. Starting up high dust things like ceiling fans, then work down to blinds, windowsills and furniture. Then follow by vacuuming the carpets.
- Vacuum canisters and bags should be emptied or replace when they become half to two-thirds full.
Understanding the Attachments
Many vacuums today come with a variety of attachments that clean carpets and other surfaces. Some of these can include:
All purpose or universal brush– This works best on books and shelving.
Crevice tool– This long thin attachment is used to reach in narrow slots and corners. This works well in carpet crevices and in auto care.
Dusting Brush– Use this brush on surfaces that need a soft touch to prevent them from becoming marred.
Upholstery nozzle– Attachment for use on sofas, drapes, cushions, mattresses, and fabric furniture covers.
Setting the Right Vacuuming Frequency
Generally speaking a thorough vacuuming once a week using a CRI (Carpet and Rug Institute) seal of approval/Green labeled vacuum cleaner is sufficient. In highly trafficked areas such as entryways you will need to vacuum more frequently. The general formula is as follow:
- Vacuum daily high trafficked and pet areas
- Vacuum twice a week in medium trafficked areas
- Vacuum weekly in lightly trafficked area using the crevice attachment for edges and corners.
Vacuum Care Tips
To get the most from your vacuum, follow the manufacturer’s maintenance and care instructions, additionally, periodically inspect your vacuum.
- Keep your vacuum’s instructions on hand and periodically review them.
- Make sure to keep hoses and attachments free of obstructions. Often vacuums thought to be broken are discarded when it is only a case of an obstruction lodged in the machine. Refer to the manufacturer’s brochure to find out where these points of obstruction are likely occur.
- Grip on the handle not the hose.
- Keep brushes clean from tangled hair or strings, and have them replaced when needed. A worn brush is characterized by stiff bristles that can change the carpets surface texture and cause fuzzing.
- Empty canister or replace bags when they become half full.
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