Vacuuming: a job easy enough for most kids to do, yet a job so important to the overall cleanliness of a home. Vacuuming doesn’t only help keep the carpets clean, but the air inside your home as well! We all know how to vacuum, so there’s no need to write a blog post on that. But have you ever wondered what each of the vacuum attachments are for? Now you will know!
The Most Common Vacuum Attachments
Radiator Brush – Ideal for vacuuming vents and radiators.
Crevice Tool – This thin, long attachment is perfect for narrow areas and hard-to-reach corners and crevices.
Upholstery Nozzle – Like the name suggests, this tool is great for vacuuming upholstered furniture, drapes, and mattresses.
All-Purpose Brush – Excellent for cleaning shelves and flat surfaces.
Dusting Brush – This brush comes in handy for vacuuming more fragile surfaces that require a gentle touch.
Which Setting Should I Use?
In addition to all of the attachments on a vacuum, there are different settings which you may not be familiar with. On most vacuums you will find a knob near the front of the base that adjusts the pile height, or in other words, the height of the surface you are vacuuming. All carpets have different pile heights, so it is important that you adjust this setting to find the best fit for your home, which will be the right balance between the vacuum’s contact with the carpet, and airflow underneath. So how do you know when to change this setting?
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: This setting allows you to vacuum hardwood floors or other non-carpeted floors. If your vacuum doesn’t have this setting don’t vacuum bare floors. If the pile height is set too low the floors can get scratched by the powered brush.
When Should I Vacuum?
You should vacuum no less than once a week. However, if having a clean and healthy home is one of your top priorities, you should vacuum the high-traffic areas of your home daily and the rest of your home twice a week. Frequency is key to vacuuming. For an even better clean, use a vacuum with a CRI Seal of Approval or a Green Label.
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. Vacuuming should be the last thing you do. When vacuuming, push and pull the vacuum, back and forth, in a slow, overlapping pattern, moving to the side every four strokes or so. Spend more time vacuuming hard-to-reach areas like corners and edges next to baseboards.
Final Tips on Making Your Vacuum Last Longer
- If the brushes of your vacuum are full of hair and dirt, they won’t be very effective. Clean them out regularly and replace them if they are old and worn out!
- Save the vacuum’s instructions. You may need them at some point in the future!
- Check the bottom of the vacuum occasionally 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 50% to 70% full, empty or replace it.
- Unclog the hose and adjustments if needed.
Following these vacuuming tips will help you your home stay cleaner and healthier. Has it been more than 6 months since the last time you had your carpets professionally cleaned? Acme Chem-Dry provides superior carpet cleaning in Fresno and the surrounding areas. Give us a call today and receive a free price estimate!
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