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Cleaning Do's and Don'ts : Vacuuming 101

Vacuuming, over the years, has become a big part of our weekly cleaning routines— you can probably even whip around and vacuum your entire house in no time at all, but are you getting the most from your vacuum, and most of all is your vacuuming technique effective? Surprisingly enough, most people don’t know how to vacuum their homes properly. Restore the cleanliness of your home and get the most out of your vacuum cleaner by checking out these helpful tips and tricks!


  • Do Minimize the Mess:

  • Did you know that 80% of the dirt in your home is tracked in through the front door alone? Vacuuming, in general, is easier if you avoid tracking dirt throughout your home to begin with. Making sure you have mats by the entrances to your home, and taking your shoes off before you come into the house can help minimize the amount of dirt that is tracked in.

  • Do Use the Attachments:

  • Those small attachments hanging from your vacuum aren’t just for decoration. Make the most of the attachments that come with your vacuum as they are specifically designed to make it easier for you to clean every nook and cranny of your home.

  • Do Move Your Furniture:

  • Cleaning and vacuuming under all of your furniture is just as important as vacuuming anywhere else as dust, dirt, and pet hair can build up underneath raised furniture.

  • Do Vacuum Regularly:

  • Once is not enough! To properly extract dirt, dust, and hair from your carpet it is important to vacuum regularly. The more you vacuum, the less you have to clean up!


  • Don't Use a Dirty Filter/Canister:

  • The filter in your vacuum is very important as it cleans the air that goes through it. Dirty filters can allow excess allergens back into the air and can prevent your vacuum from working properly.

  • Don't Wait Until the Bag is Full:

  • Always check your vacuum bag, as a full bag won’t allow your vacuum to do what it should.

  • Don’t Rush:

  • We’ve all been there, your company is arriving in 10 minutes and your'e speed racing through the house trying to vacuum the floors before your guests arrive. Taking your time while vacuuming and going over each spot with several passes can help ensure a quality job. Vacuuming slowly and overlapping strokes also gives the brush on the vacuum time to life off pet hair, dust, and dirt.

Helpful Tips:

  • Use a scoop of cinnamon to your vacuum bag to deodorize your vacuum.

  • Clean the trapped hair on the roller of your vacuum using a seam ripper.

  • Remember to choose the right setting for your vacuum. If you have different types of flooring throughout your home, you may have to change your setting several times.

  • Dust first! A good rule of thumb is to clean from the top down, which would mean cleaning the walls, blinds, entry ways, and furniture prior to cleaning your floors.

  • Use caution when vacuuming rugs as your vacuum cleaner could get stuck in the outer edges of the rug, causing it to fray.

Over the years vacuuming has become a part of our weekly cleaning routine. Knowing how to get the most out of your vacuuming efforts can make all the difference in the cleanliness of your home.

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