how to vacuum

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Vacuuming is one of those chores that people either love or hate. Like mowing a lawn, you get an immediate sense of satisfaction after seeing the finished product. On the other hand, however, vacuuming can be tedious.

That’s why we’ve taken the time to break down the art of vacuuming to help you get the most out of each cleaning session. We’re going to answer all of your questions to teach you how to vacuum as efficiently as possible.

Keep reading for all of our best tips.

1. Find the Right Vacuum for the Job

First, you need to make sure you’re using the right tools for the job. Is your vacuum worthy of the task ahead? You wouldn’t try to build a deck with a screwdriver instead of a drill, would you?

If you have pets, several family members, and/or a lot of floor space to cover, you’re going to want a heavy-duty vacuum that will clean efficiently and withstand the abuse.

2. Vacuum Maintenance

Another important aspect of learning how to vacuum properly falls on keeping your machine running optimally. This means keeping the brush bar untangled of hair and fibers, cleaning the filter, emptying the bag or bin, and learning how to clean and clear the entire machine. Without proper airflow, your vacuum will be useless.

3. Frequency

Proper vacuuming requires a consistent schedule, as floors can be some of the dirtiest parts of your home. But how often should you vacuum?

The answer to the question depends on the circumstances of your household. We recommend vacuuming carpets at least once or twice a week and hard floors once a week. If you have pets, however, you should consider vacuuming once a day or every other day.

4. Prep Work

Before you vacuum, you should dust all of your horizontal surfaces. Then, make sure the floor is clear of clutter. Finally, be sure to get help for moving furniture before you start if you’re planning on vacuuming underneath couches, tables, etc.

5. Vacuum Pattern

Learning how to vacuum efficiently is vital to getting the most out of your efforts. We recommend vacuuming in both directions (north to south and south to north, or east to west and west to east). This will ensure you’re sucking up as much dirt and dust out of the floors as possible.

You should also use an overlapping pattern, as most vacuums don’t clean to the very edge of the machine.

6. Corners

You should focus on vacuuming the corners of your floors at least once every two weeks. It may mean using the handheld vacuuming wand, but it’s vital to avoid excess build-up of dirt, hair, and other debris.

7. Floor Type

Finally, learning how to vacuum properly means paying attention to the type of floor you’re vacuuming on. If you’re vacuuming a wooden or hard floor, for example, turn off the bar brush and vacuum in the direction of the planks. If you’re vacuuming long carpets or fringes, vacuum with the fringe instead of against it to avoid getting it tangled in the bar brush.

Looking for More Tips on How to Vacuum Properly?

Vacuuming can be a much simpler task (and more effective) when you learn how to vacuum properly. If you want any more cleaning tips, be sure to check out some of our other articles.

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