Vacuuming is a mandatory chore in any home, mainly if you have carpets. Most people think vacuuming is a simple task and there is nothing much in the process. You just plug in the appliance and ready to go. However, there is an art to learning how to vacuum properly. Many carpets across the world could be dirty; not for lack of trying, but because they are not being vacuumed in the right way. An outstanding vacuuming job can clean up to 99 percent of all the dirt and dust in an area, which leaves your home or office neat, tidy as well as a healthy and attractive environment to dwell in. For you to have a sparkling clean home, you have to vacuum efficiently and thoroughly. Here are some useful tips to vacuum your floor and surfaces the right way.
Keep a Vacuuming Routine
Do not wait until your carpet or rug looks dirty to start cleaning. If you wait too long, by the time your floor coverings begin to look soiled, they are most likely so caked with dirt and dust that they need a deep, thorough cleaning, rather than a simple vacuuming. To avoid the hassle make vacuuming a consistent chore of your regular cleaning schedule. Dirt can pile up underneath the fibers at the bottom of the carpet long before you notice it, causing sniffles and allergies to flare up. Set a regular vacuuming schedule and follow it even if you do not think it is necessary.
Take Your Time
Setting the optimal vacuuming speed is one of the proper techniques that can help you get your floors and surfaces as clean as possible. Vacuuming slowly will allow your machine vibrations to loosen any debris in the carpet fibers, so that dust and dirt can be picked up when you make another pass and ultimately get your floors much cleaner. Slow vacuuming allows the brush to shake up the carpet properly and suck up the dirty bits that emerge. Vacuuming too quickly will just run the machine over the floor and will not get you the most dirt. Also, prepping the vacuuming area before you start the cleaning is also imperative. This can be done by removing all obstructions from your vacuuming path. Place chairs out of the way or on top of tables. Remove any large debris that will not be recovered by your vacuum or may clog it.
Choose the correct Vacuum Cleaner
Each cleaning situation is unique and will require a different vacuum that excels in such cases. For large broad open areas, a wide area vacuum may be the best fit. For an office setting with lots of obstructions and individual working stations, a hip or backpack vacuum may be the most appropriate for that particular job. For carpets and area rugs that have looped fibers or are made from natural materials like wool or silk should not be vacuumed with beater bars. For wet spots use a wet-dry vacuum cleaner to vacuum damp or wet surfaces. A regular vacuum cleaner will be ineffective on liquid spills, wet pet stains, or damp carpets; it could also risk electrocution. Whatever your cleaning task may be, it is a good idea to look out the area before deciding what vacuum would best suit your needs. There is a wide selection of different vacuum cleaners on the market, some with beater bars and others without, some with extra accessories and others without. Make sure you know which appliance works best on your floor.
Prepping Your Vacuum machine
The first step before you begin to vacuum should always be to check the filters and recovery bag. If the recovery bag is almost full, it should be changed before starting your cleaning. According to the Vacuum and Sewing Dealer’s Trade Association, a normal vacuum with a bag that is over 50 per cent full can lose up to 80 per cent of its vacuuming performance. If any filters are clogged, dirty or torn, they should be replaced right away. To ensure proper cleaning of your carpeted surface, the beater bar should be set at in such a way that the bristles just touch the tips of the carpet fibers. Most people set the beater bar height at its lowest setting due to the perception that it will grind into the carpet fiber and recover more. This is not the case for optimum performance. Also ensure there are no obstructions in the hoses or anything that will keep the beater bar from turning and if your vacuum cleaner suddenly sounds different, stop immediately. Peculiar noises are regularly caused by objects caught in the brush bar. The vacuum cleaners’ motors can also burn out when objects block their operation. Additionally, it is an excellent good idea to uncoil the power cord behind your vacuum before you start working. This will keep the power cord out of your way, throughout the cleaning process.
• Give attention to high-Traffic areas.
Floors in hallways, lobbies, mudrooms and living rooms usually see more action than other areas in the home. Usually, that means a larger amount of dirt, soil and dust will accumulate on carpets and hardwood in those places. The frequency at which these areas need to be cleaned will depend on how active your family is, so you may need to vacuum congested areas as often as every other day or as little as twice a week.
Keep Your Vacuum appliance Clean
Considering the inner workings of your machine is crucial. Your vacuum cleaner needs to have adequate airflow to function correctly. If your vacuum appliance is dirty maybe due to moldy coffee grinds in the bag to pet hair, it will begin to smell bad and will release a foul odor all over your home every time you use it. To clean it, disassemble the vacuum, remove any blockages you may find, clean the vacuum’s canister, hose and filters with a mixture of baking soda and water. Rinse them with water and reassemble the vacuum. You can also use an odor neutralizer to add a fresh scent to your vacuum. Just put a few drops of essential oil or some orange or vanilla extract on a cotton wool ball and then put it in your vacuum bag. When you use the vacuum, it will release the fresh scent all over your home.
Vacuum in all directions
If you vacuum in only one direction, you are not removing all of the dirt and dust. Some of it can hide under carpet fibers. Vacuuming in all directions, horizontally and vertically will ensure you get every last bit of dust out of your carpets and rugs. For each room, you want to vacuum, start by vacuuming horizontally. Once you’ve vacuumed horizontally, vacuum vertically, too. This ensures you are going over the carpet twice, this technique also allows the carpet fibers to be lifted, and any embedded dirt is removed. This is specifically useful if you have pets because it will remove pet hair and dander.
Make Use of the vacuum attachments and accessories.
If you want to achieve the best out of your vacuum cleaner, you must start putting the vacuum attachments to use. Your vacuum cleaner may come with more or fewer attachments, but there are three tools which are the most essential and are with most standard vacuum cleaners. The three attachments include Crevice Tool, Dust Brush, and the Upholstery Tool.
a) Use the Crevice tool every single time you vacuum. It features a narrow nozzle which fits in tighter spots, such as under the oven, refrigerator and other large appliances. It also works well along the edges of the carpet and in hard-to-reach spots, such as vents. This attachment picks up all the small pieces that the vacuum cleaner does not grab right away.
b) Dust Brush: A dust brush attachment has a circular brush head and is especially effective at picking up dust and particles without scratching surfaces. It works exceptionally well on window blinds, shelves and wooden surfaces.
c) Upholstery Tool: The upholstery tool has a small, flat head and powerful suction, this attachment works well on fabric surfaces such as mattresses, couches, chairs and other fabric-based pieces.
When you utilize your vacuum and its attachments as intended, you will find your cleaning tasks to be more efficient. Other attachments you vacuum may contain are the Stair Cleaner, the Mini Blind Attachment, the Ceiling Fan Attachment among others. Get to know what each tool can be used for as it will help you use your vacuum correctly and achieve its full potential.
Have an Exit Strategy
Once you have put all the above tips into consideration, get ready to do a detailed vacuuming. Begin vacuuming at the furthest corner away from the door and vacuum in a slow, overlapping back and forth motion until you are out of the room. This will give you those much-loved vacuum lines that say, “I just vacuumed.”