Ultimate Guide to Vacuuming Your House
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When it comes to vacuuming your house, there are often multiple questions raised as to how best to do so. Here at Product Expert, we have decided to share with you our top tips to get the best out of your vacuum and how to keep your home the cleanest you possibly can.
The Most Common Mistake
The most common mistake when it comes to vacuuming is to vacuum at high speed. This is usually done because we are in a hurry and we all find vacuuming to be a boring but necessary chore. However, to get the most out of your vacuum, it is best to vacuum slowly, in a leisurely fashion. This allows your vacuum to work at its full capacity because you are then able to pick up more dirt and eradicate more dust and debris from your home.
When is the Best time to Vacuum?
The best time to vacuum is at the end of your cleaning regime. By making sure that you use your vacuum after all other chores are completed, this means that you are not spreading more dust particles, dirt and skin cells on to a freshly cleaned room. This is essential in bedrooms.
The Best Approach to Vacuuming
The best and most productive way of vacuuming is to start with the area closest to the door of the room. Make sure you move in a methodical movement away from the door and be sure to overlap each hoovered strip. This enables your vacuum to pick up all of the dirt in the carpet because the far-reaching ends of the hoover head cannot pick up as well as the center part.
While vacuuming, make sure that you keep your eyes open for larger particles or items that you do not want to be collected in the vacuum. We don’t want to clog up the vacuum or break it now, do we?
Corner to Corner
The most commonly missed areas are the corners of any room. This can be because they are hard to reach or because there are obstacles in the way. It can also be somewhat challenging for a vacuum to collect debris when it has been compacted closely to an obstacle, such as a wall, kickboard or skirting board.
Be sure to use a bit more strength when addressing the corners of your rooms because this is the main area that dust and dirt collects. It can be better for the vacuum and for the cleaning method if you use the suction nozzle in corners and continually address the corners.
Vacuum Hard Floors
Many people are averse to using a vacuum on hard floors but when vacuuming is so easy and manageable, why be worried. Other people have spent their entire lives using a brush on hard floors out of fear of marking or scratching flooring types, like wood, tile, and stone. To avoid this from occurring, make sure that you check the wheels and brushes of your vacuum before you start vacuuming, and remove any stones, grit or anything sharp within them.
This way, you will be able to rest assured that no damage will be done to your precious flooring. The majority of vacuum cleaners now come with attachments specifically designed to aid the hoovering of hard flooring, so make sure to look and take the time to use this attachment.
How to Vacuum Rugs?
When vacuuming rugs remember to start in the most central part and pull the vacuum towards the outer edges. This will firstly prevent the rug from moving, concatenating and from preventing vacuuming from being able to happen easily. We’ve all had a vacuuming moment when we’ve got in a little pickle. When it comes to rugs with fringes or tags, make sure you use the center towards the edges rule.
If you do not do so, the edges of the rug will be sucked up your vacuum and will prevent the vacuum from working correctly. There is also a risk of ripping the fringes or even ripping your rug if you do not apply this rule.
What to do if your Vacuum Makes a Strange Noise?
If you are vacuuming your home and are suddenly aware of an odd, unnatural sound coming from your appliance, turn your vacuum off at the mains immediately. Unplug the vacuum from the main socket and then look for anything that could have blocked your vacuum. This is the most common culprit of a strange vacuum noise because there are times when obstacles that are too big to be sucked up the vacuum and stored get lodged in the brush bar.
If you do not manage to locate the blockage and do not turn off your vacuum when a weird noise starts, you will do serious and often irreversible damage to your machine. The most common damage is the burning out of the motor.
What to Avoid when Vacuuming your Home?
- Do not begin using a new vacuum without having read the user guide or manual first;
- If a blockage occurs, undo the brush bar, do not shove your fingers into the vacuum;
- When using a vacuum with a cord, do not make the cord reach too far because you can’t be bothered to change the plug location – you will cause detriment to your vacuum;
- Taut cords are more of a tripping hazard;
- It is better to vacuum smaller areas of your home and do it thoroughly than to try and do your full home in a rush when you do not really have time to do a proper job.