If you have carpets in your home, they need regular care to ensure they look attractive. Cleaning them also keeps allergens and stains at bay. Here are a few helpful tips for vacuuming your carpet.
How to Vacuum Your Carpet
1. Stay on Schedule
Stick to a cleaning schedule to reduce the accumulation of dirt and dust, which has the added benefit of improving your air quality. Once a week is usually enough, though you may want to address areas with high traffic, pets, and kids multiple times a week. If big spills happen, tackle them immediately.
2. Dust First
Dust blinds, shelves, baseboards, and other areas before you vacuum. Doing so kicks up dust mites and other allergens that will settle on the floor. Vacuuming after you dust will remove most of these particles in one cleaning session.
3. Clean the Canister
If you have a bagless vacuum, empty and wipe down the canister before using it. For bagged models, change the bag when it’s about three-quarters full. Not keeping up with this step can lead to clogs and a reduction in suction, making your vacuum less effective.
4. Get Under Furniture
Every so often, move larger furniture out of the way so you can purge the flooring underneath of dust, crumbs, and debris. If moving furniture periodically is difficult, employ attachments like the crevice tool or extender.
5. Take Your Time
Push the vacuum back and forth slowly over the carpet so it has time to grab anything hiding in the fibers. Work section by section, and go over high-traffic areas more than once.
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