Common Vacuuming Mistakesvacmaster
If you’ve ever shopped for a vacuum, you’ll notice some higher-end vacuums that offer a variety of settings and features, as suction is a versatile tool for cleaning. In addition to being useful, vacuums also require a certain level of care, which is detailed in user manuals but is easy to overlook or forget after having read it. Here, we review the most useful tips to help you clean like a professional.
Don’t vacuum glass
Large pieces of glass are too heavy to be sucked into the nozzle, so should be removed either by broom or using a gloved hand. Medium-sized pieces of glass can actually damage the inside of a vacuum by:
- Being lodged inside the nozzle
- Scratching up the interior
- Puncturing the dustbag
Don’t vacuum small hard objects
In addition to glass, other small, hard objects should either be swept up or removed by hand. This includes:
- Paper clips
- Plastic toys
Don’t vacuum finely-ground materials
Much like a clothes dryer, a vacuum cycles air through the inside and pipes it out of a dedicated vent. To keep stuff from being jettisoned into the air, everything passes through a filter. For either appliance to function properly, the filter can’t be blocked. While most people know to empty the lint trap, it’s less common to remember the importance of keeping the vacuum’s air filter clean. Anything that’s too fine can easily clog up the filter. Here are examples:
- Sawdust (possibly from renovations or woodworking)
- Ashes from the fireplace
- Anything that’s accumulated layers of thick dust
Don’t strain the vacuum cord
A well-made vacuum will last you a long time, but that means it’s important to take care of every part of the appliance. Since a vacuum cord is meant to extend your cleaning range, it’s easy to pull it along without much consideration. Find the nearest outlet every time you cover a new area in order to take care of the prongs, plug, and cord.
Don’t forget to use the nozzle
Some vacuums come with a variety of attachments and each of them have a specific use. Some of these are:
- Crevice tool for plush furniture
- An extension wand for hard to reach places, like ceilings with cobwebs
- A pet grooming tool for owners with pets that shed
Ultimately, it’s best to consult the owner’s manual for specific instructions on how best to use your vacuum. For tougher jobs, consider renting professional equipment or talk to a professional for help with cleaning.