Most homes need to be vacuumed on a regular basis, especially if there are carpets. While most people think that vacuuming is a simple procedure that involves plugging the cleaner in, switching it on, and getting on with the job. However, there are a few steps you should follow, to make sure that you vacuum your home properly. For instance:
Step #1. Stick to a vacuuming routine
Some people leave vacuuming until their carpets and floors look dirty, but this is the wrong way to go about it. Once you can see the dirt on your carpets, the dust and dirt have been walked into the pile of the carpet, and instead of a quick vacuum, your carpets will need to be deep-cleaned by professionals. This is a total waste of time and money, which can be avoided, by simply getting into a routine of vacuuming your carpets and floors on a regular basis. In other words, make it a part of your usual cleaning procedure.
Step #2. Don’t rush!
By taking your time with the vacuuming, you will be able to pick up most of the dirt and dust, which will help to get your floors and carpets as clean as possible. The trick is to take your time so that your vacuuming efforts can be seen! It is also important to run the vacuum cleaner in backward and forward directions, to allow the vibrations of the cleaner to loosen dust and dirt properly from the carpet fibres and be picked up as you move along.
Step #3. Move furniture and other objects
Dust and dirt collect around the feet of carpets and other objects, so make sure to move these items and give a good vacuum where the feet of these items stand. Not only will this make sure to get rid of dust and debris from those areas, but it will also help to prevent indentations on your carpet from the feet of the objects.
Step #4. Pay extra attention to areas where there is high traffic
It’s a good idea to vacuum high traffic areas more often than the rest of your home. These could be places like foyers, hallways, living rooms, mudrooms, and any other areas where there is plenty of human activity, where larger amounts of soil and dirt will collect. These high traffic areas should be vacuumed as frequently as every second day, or twice per week, depending on how much human traffic passes through them.
Step #5. Make sure your vacuum cleaner is always clean
In order for your cleaner to do a good job, it is important that you always keep it clean, so that there is sufficient airflow to allow for optimum performance. For instance, if you only empty the bag or canister when they are filled to the brim, it will not be possible for your cleaner to work as it should. Make sure to empty the contents of the bag or canister after every use and replace the bag as and when necessary. It is also a good idea to learn the correct way to clean the appliance from the canister, through to the base plate.
Step #6. Make sure to use the correct cleaner
There are various vacuum cleaners on the market today, each of them designed for use on different floors and carpets, with some of them having beater bars and others that don’t. Find out which cleaner is appropriate for the floors and carpets in your home. For instance, some carpets are made from natural materials, like wool or silk, and others have looped fibres. A cleaner with beater bars must not be used on these carpets!
It is also important to have the proper accessories for each job, like a crevice tool to get to those hard-to-reach crevices, corners, and edges, instead of forcing the vacuum cleaner into these areas, which could cause damage to your cleaner. Make sure to have the correct attachments too, for when you need to clean your curtains or furniture.