Vacuuming your carpets regularly is vital in maintaining a clean and healthy home. Your vacuum can keep your carpets soft and unmatted by preventing soil from settling deep into your carpet while also improving the air quality in your home.

We want to share some helpful techniques for the most effective way to vacuum including some tips on how to use different attachments and settings. It’s time to get the most out of your vacuum!


Get to Know Your Vacuum Attachments

Your first step is to figure out which attachments your vacuum has and what they should be used for. Here are the most common tools:

  1. Crevice Tool – This is the thin, long attachment. Perfect for narrow areas and tough-to-reach corners.
  2. Dusting Brush – This attachment is ideal for surfaces that need a softer touch.
  3. Upholstery Nozzle – Perfect for vacuuming drapes, mattresses, and a variety of upholstered furniture.
  4. Radiator Brush – Great for vacuuming radiators and vents.
  5. All-Purpose Brush – Effective for vacuuming shelves and other flat surfaces.


Know the Appropriate Settings for Different Surfaces

A very common setting on vacuums is the option to adjust pile height. The adjustment knob is usually located near the front of the base of your vacuum. You’ll notice that changing this knob moves your powered brush up and down. This setting is very important to adjust for different surfaces. The vacuum needs to makes contact with the carpet while leaving enough space for some airflow.

So what exactly are the recommendations for different surfaces?

For wool or wool blend, high pile, or soft carpeting, use your vacuum on a higher pile setting. This setting will skim the top of the carpet, allowing enough airflow for effective suction.

For a more flat, commercial-type carpet, use a lower pile setting. If the setting is too high, the vacuum won’t be able to make a good suction and will be much less effective.

For hardwood or other uncarpeted floors, put your vacuum on the bare floors setting. This setting uses suction only so your floors don’t get scratched by the powered brush. However, some vacuums don’t have this setting. If yours does not, only use it on carpet and not on bare floors.


How Do I Vacuum Properly?

Even with the best of vacuums, it’s best not to just do a once-over. You’ll want to use slow, back and forth motions in an overlapping pattern. There’s no need to  press down or make too many passes over the same area, but instead move slightly to the left of right about every four strokes.

Give special attention to hard-to-reach areas like corners and edges.

Remember to dust blinds, furniture, and other surfaces before vacuuming to avoid depositing dust on your carpets after you’ve cleaned them.

Also keep in mind that Chem-Dry offers professional-grade carpet deodorizers and spot removers to further assist you in keeping your carpets and rugs clean and healthy. Check them out here.

How Often Should I Vacuum?

  • You should vacuum at least once a week with a CRI Seal of Approval/Green Label vacuum cleaner.
  • Vacuum once a day in high traffic areas where you spend most of your time.
  • Vacuum twice a week in medium traffic areas.
  • Vacuum weekly in light traffic areas, using attachments to vacuum corners and edges.


How Do I Maintain My Vacuum and Keep It Running Longer?

In order to get the best cleaning results day-in and day-out, keep your vacuum well maintained. Here are a few tips:

  • Keep the instructions for your specific vacuum and refer to them when needed.
  • Make sure the vacuum hose and adjustments aren’t clogged.
  • Avoid damaging your vacuuming by gripping the handle, not the hose, when cleaning.
  • Clean hair, dust, and other particles from your vacuum brushes before they become a problem. Replace brushes when they become worn.
  • Check your vacuum bag and empty or replace it when it’s about half to two-thirds full.
  • Inspect your vacuum for bent metal or rough edges that can snag your carpet.


Remember that Acme Chem-Dry is your trusted partner for maintaining a clean and healthy home! Learn more about our cleaning services and how we can help eliminate allergens and bacteria from your carpet and upholstery!