everything you need to know about your vacuum Vacuums seems pretty simple, right? Except they come with all of these different attachments, and there’s different settings, and how often should you vacuum anyway? We’re here to teach you everything you need to know to be a vacuuming pro!

When Should I Vacuum?

At the very least, all areas of your home should be vacuumed at least once a week. For the best results, you should vacuum the high-traffic areas of your home everyday and the medium-traffic areas twice a week. Remember that frequency is one of the most important aspects of vacuuming. Vacuuming frequently does’t allow dirt and dust to build up, making it harder to remove completely.

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 last. This way, you don’t dirty your newly vacuumed floors while cleaning the rest of the house.

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. Be sure to utilize the correct attachments for harder to reach spaces. 

What are All the Vacuum Attachments and Settings for?

Usually, vacuums come with many different attachments. Each of these attachments serve a specific purpose, and should be used in the right scenario. Neglecting to use the different attachments can mean your home isn’t as clean as it should be.

radiator brush Radiator Brush – Ideal for vacuuming radiators and vents.

crevice brush Crevice Tool – This thin, long attachment is great for narrow areas and hard-to-reach corners and crevices.

upholstery nozzleUpholstery Nozzle – Like the name suggests, this tool is excellent for vacuuming upholstered furniture, drapes, and mattresses.

all purpose brushAll-Purpose Brush – Great for cleaning shelves and flat surfaces.

dusting brushDusting 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!

What Should I Do if My Vacuum Seems to Stop Working?

If your vacuum turns on but does’t seem to pick up as much dirt as it should, it’s time to check it out and figure out what the issue is. To start, unplug the vacuum, then check the following things: Is the bag or canister full or almost full? Is there a blockage anywhere? Tip the vacuum over and examine the roller brush; is it full of hair or otherwise won’t rotate easily? What condition is the belt in? Usually the answer to one of these questions will be where the problem is, and it should be easy to fix. If you can’t find anything wrong with your vacuum it may need to be repaired, but in many instances the problem is a simply one you can fix yourself.

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 your 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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