Tips for More Efficient Vacuuming
Each family has its own standards when it comes to cleanliness. A little mess and some dust bunnies aren't a big deal for some, while others can't sleep until everything is clean and fresh.
However, if you've ever wondered how often you should vacuum to keep each type of floor in your home in top condition and maintain hygienic conditions, we have the answers.
Floors of all kinds pick up dirt from external sources, such as debris created by animal hair, shed human skin cells, and mite droppings.
A dirty floor is not only unsightly, allowing excessive accumulation of sand and dirt can permanently damage the floor finish and prematurely wear out carpets and rugs.
Excess dust and bacteria can be harmful to the respiratory system and food particles can stimulate the growth of mold and mildew.
While floors can be cleaned by sweeping with a broom or mop, a good vacuum is the best tool to keep them spotless.
Most vacuums can be set up to properly clean carpets and rugs, as well as hard surface floors, and a good vacuum traps dust so it doesn't escape into the air only to settle again.
How often should I vacuum?
The frequency of vacuuming depends largely on the number of people in the house, their job (farmers' boots carry much more dirt than the shoes of someone who works with a computer at home), and the type and amount Of pets.
However, the basic rule of thumb is that carpeted floors and carpets should be vacuumed at least twice a week and hard surface floors such as tile, wood, laminate, and vinyl should be vacuumed at least once a week.
If you have furry pets, all carpets and floors should be vacuumed daily to capture hair, dust, and dirt.
Rooms that receive high traffic, such as entryways, living areas, and kitchens, may require more frequent vacuuming; while formal bedrooms or dining rooms will do just fine with weekly cleaning.
Tips to vacuum more efficiently
Tip #1: Although area rugs should be vacuumed twice a week, be sure to remove them and vacuum the floor underneath them weekly.
Tip #2: Select the best type of vacuum for most floors in your home.
Canister vacuums are generally more efficient at picking up dirt from hard surfaces, while carpets and rugs are best cleaned with an attachment or an upright vacuum with a mixing bar to loosen dirt.
Tip #3: Clean your vacuum cleaner frequently to keep it running at full capacity.
Tip #4: If you have a multi-story home, keep a vacuum cleaner on each floor if possible. This will encourage more frequent cleaning.
Tip #5: Choose a vacuum with a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter to capture as much dust, dander, spores, and bacteria as possible.
A HEPA filter will collect much more particles than a normal vacuum cleaner and will prevent them from lying back on the floor and on other surfaces such as upholstery.
Tip #6: Vacuum slowly to catch more soil. Move the vacuum cleaner several feet in front of you and pull it toward you, following the same path.
As you move to a new area of the floor, overlap the paths. Work in one direction of the room (east to west) and repeat at a 90-degree angle (north to south).
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