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Vacuuming Techniques

Assuming you enjoy vacuuming (who doesn’t?), there are several techniques to make sure your efforts are maximized. If you don’t enjoy vacuuming, an easy way to get motivated for it is planning out a reward for when you’ve finished. Think chocolate, Mani Pedi, shopping spree, etc. You get the picture.

Vacuuming isn’t like mowing the lawn. When you mow the lawn, you just need to go over the grass one time and its cut. Simple, right? Well, vacuuming isn’t quite that easy. When you vacuum over the carpet just once, you rarely get all the dirt and grime that is stuck in the carpet. Here’s a super easy (just two steps) way to think about vacuuming.

Vacuuming is all about technique.

Before you even start vacuuming, clean out the vacuum’s filter or bag. This serves a few purposes. First, you start with a clean slate so you can make sure you’re sucking up something while your vacuuming. Second, a clean filter or bag in your vacuum should help maximize your vacuum’s suction power.

The first pass through should be multiple swipes that are parallel to the traffic pattern. The whole point of the first parallel passes over the carpet is to let the vacuum raise the carpet fibers. Before the first pass, the carpet fibers tend to be mashed down from traffic. Underneath the carpet fibers are the dust, dirt, and dead skin cells that ultimately need to get vacuumed up.

Some people go forward and backward over the same section a few times and think this is sufficient. Well, it’s better than one pass through, but it’s not enough. After the first passes, the carpet fibers are standing straight up. The second set of passes should be perpendicular in direction. This is the most vital part, because now the carpet fibers are straight up revealing all the dirt and grime you want to vacuum up.

If the traffic flow is very heavy and the carpet is very matted down, it might take several cycles of this technique to start seeing results.

Vacuuming carpet isn’t the only type of vacuuming that requires technique. You should also think about vacuuming (with a Dust Bender) fan blades, window sills, and tops of door frames prior to vacuuming the carpet. This way, any random dust the vacuum misses doesn’t land on the carpet you JUST vacuumed.

What are some vacuuming techniques that you’ve used and seen results from?

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