Frequent and proper vacuuming is the easiest and most effective way to keep your home and carpets clean. Frequent vacuuming can also have a positive impact and help clean the air that you breathe.
To get the most effective results, follow these steps while vacuuming.
- Start with cleaning “Top Down”. Dust high areas like ceiling fans and wipe down bookshelves, etc before vacuuming. This will ensure all the dust falls on the carpeting before vacuuming.
- Make use of the vacuum attachments. Use the crevice attachment and vacuum the edges in each room before vacuuming the entire carpet.
- Start at the furthest area/corner from the door and vacuum back and forth until your out of the room.
- Vacuum slowly. Give the vacuum time to pick up all the dirt and pollutants
- Replace vacuum bags or empty the canisters when they are half full. This helps the vacuum pull in more pollutants and keeps the vacuum running at full power.
How Often Should I Vacuum?
As a general rule of them, you should vacuum at least one time per week. Keep in mind, the more foot traffic and the number of occupants will require you to vacuum more regularly.
- Vacuum daily if you have pets or in high traffic areas
- Vacuum twice weekly if you have children
- Vacuum once a week in light traffic areas, like unused bedrooms etc.
What Type of Vacuum Should I Use?
The secret to an allergen free home is to use a HEPA vacuum. Vacuums with HEPA filters provide the highest level of vacuum-cleaner filtration available on the market. This level of filtration is imperative for those who suffer from allergies or asthma. HEPA filtration removes 99.97% of all particles with a diameter of 0.3 microns or more and largely prevents these asthma and allergy triggers from being returned back into the air via the vacuum’s exhaust. A sealed system also ensures that all air entering the vacuum passes through these filters first before being exhausted. This high-quality filtration system is critical for the management of allergy symptoms.
- For homes that have primarily wall to wall carpet, you might consider an upright vacuum.
- For homes that have primarily hard surface floors, you might consider a canister vacuum.
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