Vacuuming regularly using a good quality vacuum cleaner is extremely important, not just in minimizing dust, but also for keeping the house clean. Furthermore, it can work for maintenance purposes, as it can reduce wear and tear on rugs and your hard floors. Regardless of the type of vacuum that you are using, there are several tips on how to vacuum rugs and hard floors in the best way possible.
Take Your Time While Vacuuming
Most people overlook this very important aspect in cleaning. When using a vacuum cleaner, it is highly recommended to vacuum slowly. Regardless of the strength of the vacuum, it is designed so that the suction needs a good amount of time in order to work effectively. Therefore, it is often best to have a steady, yet slow movement which works from the back, going to the front. You may practice this as you are working on your carpets and rugs. If you vacuum way too fast, you may only end up picking up the dirt on the surface, without really cleaning what’s underneath. The vacuum also comes with a brush attached to it which also needs time in order to loosen dirt which has been entrenched deeply.
Remove All Objects from the Vacuum’s Path
Before starting your cleaning task, check the entire area that you want to clean and remove any movable objects which are larger than the diameter of the vacuum cleaner’s hose. These may easily get stuck to the hose, compromising the suctioning capability of the cleaner. At the same time, it may get to the section level, and cause the motor to overheat. Worst case is that the cleaner may burn out in the end. Smaller things, such as shoe laces should also be removed as they may be sucked up by the air, compromising the roller of the vacuum cleaner.
Completely Roll Out Retractable Cords
If your vacuum cleaner comes with a cord rewind feature, make sure that you roll it out completely before starting. If there is a portion of the cord that is left wrapped inside, the heat that is generated from the motor may easily damage the cord. Completely unwind the cord in order to avoid damage of the central parts of the vacuum cleaner. As an added benefit, you can easily maneuver working around the house quite easily with a longer cord.
Use the Dustbag Properly
Once you notice that your dustbag is filled, make sure to replace it right away. If it is full and you still continue to use it, the effectiveness and capability of the vacuum may be hindered. Thus, it is important to check the dustbag quite often in order to see if it is full. There are some people who think that it is filled when there is not enough room for dust and dirt. However, the reality is that when the dustbag is already two thirds filled, the suction capability of the vacuum cleaner starts to be compromised. In order to be guided accordingly, once you notice that dust is already visible at the opening, it is a signal for you to put in a new dustbag.
Choose the Right Settings and Select the Right Brush
When vacuuming rugs, make sure that you are using the rotating brush because this is what is needed in order to loosen the rug fibers, lifting them up so that the cleaner can go deep on the fibers, cleaning out stuck dirt. On the other hand, if you own a delicate rug, you may leave this option out. Special tools that are particularly made for cleaning these types of materials should be used.
On the other hand, it is important to switch off using the brush of your vacuum cleaner when you are working on a hard floor. If the brush stays on, it may not just damage the floor, but it can also spread and blow the dust and dirt that you want to remove. Furthermore, if you are using an upright vacuum which does not allow you to turn the rotating brush off, you may want to use a floor brush instead, which is typically attached on the hose.
Vacuum From Top Down
It is very important to use your vacuum in the right cleaning direction. This means that you may want to start with your windows first, going to the furniture, then down to your floor. As you clean, the way you move the cleaner, as well as the direction in which the exhaust is pointing may only stir up and possibly blow the dirt, causing the dust to settle at a low possible area. As you work on the floor, make sure that your hard floor is cleaned up well before vacuuming any rugs.
Follow the Instructions of the Rug and Hard Floor Makers
Of course, you may have your own preference when it comes to cleaning and maintenance. However, it is very important to follow all the instructions provided to you by the manufacturers of your rugs and hard floors. Make sure that you adhere to those instructions, especially when your rugs or hard floors are new and still covered under the warranty. Failing to do this may only render the warranty void.
Follow the Manufacturer’s Manual
It makes sense to follow the manual provided by the manufacturers of your vacuum cleaner. They are the makers so they know everything about it, including its capabilities and maintenance procedures. Most of the given instructions are extremely important and helpful to start with. By making sure that you follow the instructions in the manual accordingly, you will lengthen the life of your unit. At the same time, you can expect that it will perform effectively, giving you the best quality cleaning service for your home for many years. At the same time, it will also provide the assurance that you can avail of the product’s warranty just in case you need to make use of it.