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How To Hoover–Vacuuming the Right Way

Vacuuming is like any task. If it’s done the wrong way, you won’t get quality results. If you follow the following expert tips about how to properly vacuum as well as the way to select the perfect machine, the floors in your home will be the cleanest floors in town.

Your vacuum is more versatile than you might imagine. You can vacuum many areas beyond just the floors—including kitchen drawers, light fixtures, drapes and ceiling fans.

Proper Vacuuming Technique:

  • For hardwood floors, you will want to turn off spinning brushes that could scratch the wood. First, try out new equipment in an inconspicuous area.
  • On carpets, you will want to move forward and backwards over the same path before moving onto other areas. This is also the most effective way to get those cool “I just vacuumed marks.”
  • Use proper attachments to vacuum baseboards. Dirt and dust is naturally pushed to the corners. So you will need to scoop right up to it. In fact, you might need special attachments in order to reach the corners and area directly below baseboards.
  • Vacuum in horizontal and vertical paths for hardwood floors in order to get debris out of the cracks between boards.

Using a Steam-Cleaning Vacuum:

  • First, clean the carpet with a homemade solution made of water, baking soda and vinegar. Rub it into a paste and then vacuum it up with the steam cleaner.
  • Test the machine on a small piece of carpet to be sure the machine doesn’t pull threads or stain.
  • Watch the color of the water going back into the machine. Once it runs clear, that section is clean and you can move on to another section of carpet.
  • Blast the carpet with fans after you finish so they dry quickly and won’t develop a musty smell.

Important Tips for Vacuuming like a Pro:

  • Be sure the bag is not full. Vacuums don’t work properly if air can’t flow into the bag.
  • Check the filter and clean or replace it per the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Don’t neglect your ceiling! Use the crevice tool to reach ceiling corners in order to clear cobwebs.
  • Vacuuming can be good workout. Use your hand to pull the vacuum in order to improve coordination and build strength.
  • Use the brush attachment to vacuum furniture and air vents, which tend to collect dust.
  • Read the user manual of your vacuum. Higher end machines cost $300 and up. So it’s worth your time to ensure they are well maintained.

Picking the Right Machine:

  • Research. There are thousands of vacuums. Some are for commercial use. Others are more suited to a small family. If you have pets, make sure you find a machine that picks up dander and hair. If you have allergies, consider investing in a machine that features HEPA filtration. HEPA filters are important to improve air quality and eliminate pet dander, dust mites and other allergens.
  • No matter your situation, invest in a quality machine that will last a long time.
  • Deep pile carpets require a vacuum with considerable suction force that is capable of moving dirt through all of those sticky fibers.

Don’t have the time or energy to “Hoover” around your house? Let the experts at My Cleaning Lady use powerful yet gentle vacuum cleaners to get every speck of dirt and dust! We offer complete home cleaning services including thorough dusting at reasonable prices. Currently offered cleaning specials include one hour free of cleaning with the purchase of five hours of one-time service, and a 15 percent discount off one-year prepayment of recurring housecleaning service.

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