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Who Knew the Right way to Vacuum?

It turns out that there is a right way to vacuum your carpets or rugs! Who knew? Even though most of us have likely been vacuuming our homes for years and years without questioning our methods, cleaning experts have actually gotten vacuuming down to a science. By following these tips, you'll catch more dust, crumbs, and dog fur for the first time—and your rugs, carpets, and floors will never be cleaner and dust - free. Stick to the vacuuming guidelines below, practice it a little and you’ll get the hang of it!

First, the key to getting the cleanest clean is going slow. Start on the far edge of your carpet or rug and push the vacuum forward in a straight line. This movement lifts the fibers of the floor covering to reveal any dirt or debris hidden beneath. Then pull the machine back slowly toward you to collect all that debris. For your next row, overlap the first by about 50% and repeat the process until the entire surface has been cleaned. The idea is that you are criss-crossing the room.

Another tip for getting your carpet extra-clean is to not only vacuum up and down in rows, but to also turn 90-degrees and vacuum side-to-side. The bit of extra effort will be well worth it in the end, as it will help catch every bit of dust and debris.

Yes, despite ideas contrary, your vacuum does need to be cleaned. Shocking! In fact, emptying the canister regularly can improve the suction, while cleaning the brushes and bristles will help them sweep up every last crumb or pet hair on your carpet. Make sure to clear out the bristles after every use, the canister after every few uses, and ensure to check the filters once per month. With a little maintenance, the machine will run smoothly and for many years.

To extend the life of a rug, it’s crucial to regularly vacuum it and tend to messes early. Ideally, you would vacuum once a week, but this will vary depending on lifestyle, pets, kids, and so forth. Remember: Get a vacuum you love. It’ll make your chores so much easier. Or, you can call us!

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