Last Updated on March 12, 2020
Vacuuming is far from being a complicated cleaning task, but it can be less effective if you keep making these six common mistakes!
Even if you have the best vacuum cleaner, you can still be making these common mistakes because it’s actually about how you’re using your vacuum rather than how technologically advanced it is.
Whether your house has wood flooring or fitted carpets, vacuuming is fundamental to keep your home clean and dust-free, especially if you or one of your family members is allergic to dust mites.
But even though this inevitable task seems easy, many people fail to do it the right way, which affects the overall cleanliness of the house and may even cause technical problems to the vacuum.
To make sure your cleaning efforts aren’t wasted as well as keep your floors, carpets, and other surfaces clean and dust-free, you should really try to avoid making these most common vacuuming mistakes that many people seem to never stop making.
6. Not using vacuum bags
Vacuum bags are becoming more and more rare these days because they seem to decrease the cleaner’s suction power as well as reduce what can be collected. However, this doesn’t mean that they’re unnecessary or useless.
In fact, they’re pretty useful and are still widely available at various stores. But why should you even bother buying them? Well, for the simple reason that you need to get the greatest cleaning results possible.
If that’s what you really want, then it’s best to use a vacuum cleaner with cyclonic suction and always make sure to empty the dust compartment instead of making the big mistake of waiting until it gets full.
5. Vacuuming in only one direction
You may want to know that there’s a much more effective way to get rid of all dust and dirt than vacuuming in one direction, even though the matter method feels more satisfying due to the straight lines created on a carpet.
The truth is, if you pass the vacuum cleaner over a carpet in various directions instead of only one direction, you will be able to remove more dirt and dust.
So the best way to vacuum is to work through your floors by vacuuming one small section at a time while making sure to move your cleaner over the carpet in several different directions.
4. Not cleaning the vacuum filter regularly
Vacuum filters found in domestic cleaners can easily get clogged with dirt and dust following only a small number of uses. This can hamper suction power and leave your carpets with more dirt.
To avoid leaving more nastiness behind, you should immediately check the vacuum filter every time you empty the dust compartment. Actually, you don’t really have to clean the filter after each use, but you should at least check its current state.
In case the filter has become noticeably damaged or worn out, then you shouldn’t use your vacuum again until you replace the damaged filter with a new one to avoid extra, costly damage.
3. Not removing hair and string from your vacuum’s brush roll
Vacuum cleaners consist of a brush roll to help you clean carpets deeply and more efficiently by digging down into them to remove all sorts of dirt and dust. If the brush roll fails to do its crucial job properly, your vacuum will simply not be as efficient as it’s supposed to be.
One of the most common causes of a mal-functioning brush roll is the nasty buildup of hair and string, which can eventually cause the roll to stop turning.
The bad news is that clearing away accumulations of string and hair can be a tedious and time-consuming task because it consists of lots of pulling, untangling, and knot-cutting. So, just try to be prepared to do it if you want to avoid wasting money on vacuum repair later on.
2. Not dusting the area before vacuuming
Before you start vacuuming any type of floor or carpet, you should make some preparations in advance or else all the efforts you’ll put into vacuuming might easily end up being wasted. To make vacuuming more rewarding, you need to clean your floors and carpets of any furniture, debris, or any form of clutter before you turn on your vacuum cleaner.
Not only that, but you might also want to ensure that your carpets are perfectly dry before vacuuming. Moreover, you need to make sure that the very last cleaning task you do in any room around your house is vacuuming. This is simply because any other cleaning jobs you do afterward can disturb dust and make it return to any surface you’ve just vacuumed, thus making your efforts go to waste and your home not clean enough.
1. Not using the right attachments
Any vacuum cleaner comes with several attachments for a very good reason, which is making the cleaning process easier and more efficient.
However, for an unknown reason, many people tend to store these vacuum tools in a box or drawer that they eventually forget about.
Vacuum attachments like extendable hoses, dusting brushes, and crevice tools are there to help you clean every inch of your house and furniture efficiently as well as make it easier to clean hard-to-reach areas, including skirting curtains and boards, lampshades, and down the sides of a sofa.
For your own benefit, you should make sure to use every attachment properly. If you don’t know how just read the instructions that came with your vacuum cleaner. This way, the cleaning process will be both efficient and effortless.
How many vacuuming mistakes do you make? Please feel free to leave a comment if you’d like to talk about your experience with vacuuming or share some valuable advice about home cleaning.
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