You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to vacuum your rug, right?
Maybe not. But taking a few extra steps can make your home cleaner and fresher than ever. Here are some suggestions for maximizing the benefits of this important task.
- Check your vacuum cleaner periodically. A quick inspection every six months will help to ensure that it is working efficiently. Look for frayed belts, hair-tangled brushes, loose screws, or uneven wheels. You may want to take it in for maintenance once a year to tighten or replace belts and patch the cord.
- Empty or replace the dirtbag frequently. Depending on how often you vacuum as well as the number and size of carpets, you may need to change the bag every month or so. Don’t wait until your sweeper belches dust or stops picking up debris.
- Consider using a deodorizer. Some are designed to be placed inside the dirtbag to release an air freshening scent while the sweeper is in use. Others can be sprinkled on the carpet and left to set for several hours before being vacuumed up.
- First, visually scan the carpets to be vacuumed. Pick up metal objects like safety pins or paper clips and marbles or tiny plastic toys, as these may damage the brush or bag. Remove larger objects like shoes, newspapers, and pet toys for complete carpet access.
- Move furniture out of its usual place for easier sweeping. Attach the long-handled nozzle for drapes and furniture, lifting cushions, and armchair covers. Nose the sweeper into corners and between items, reaching to the edge of the carpet or beyond. You may want to use a broom to brush cobwebs and dust from corners and tight areas before vacuuming.
- Avoid picking up unsanitary items. If your carpet is infested with a dog or cat fleas, use a non-toxic compound on the carpet before vacuuming, then discard the sweeper bag immediately to avoid eggs hatching later. Don’t attempt to pick up animal feces or remove stains, as the sweeper is not designed for these tasks. Spilled kitty litter should be swept with a broom to avoid carrying the smell from one carpet to another from litter contained in the dirtbag. Stay away from wet spots to avoid the risk of electric shock.
- When your sweeper is unplugged, use a damp cloth to wipe off dust and debris. Store it in a clean, dry place to keep it working for a long time. Exposure to cold or moisture may damage some of the parts.
- Vacuum your carpets weekly at least, or twice weekly if possible. This will help to control allergens that cause family members’ allergies to flare up and may help to prevent or reduce the onset of asthma attacks. You also can vacuum certain tile floors, bed mattresses, and window blinds. Check your equipment’s operating manual for specific guidelines.
Vacuuming carpets is a vital task that can improve your home’s appearance and health. Take a few extra minutes to do a good job of inspecting equipment, preparing room carpets, and vacuuming properly to maximize benefits.