vacuuming tips

Read our professional vacuuming tips on how to vacuum, how to care for your vacuum cleaner and the best vacuum cleaner for your home and carpet:

Vacuuming Tips: How to Vacuum

Don’t overlook the importance of vacuuming. Every Chem-Dry of Auburn/Lincoln carpet cleaning service starts with thoroughly vacuuming a home.

Our technicians vacuum every inch of carpet prior to moving forward with our service. Technicians are diligent about removing loose particles from the surface.

Correct vacuuming is a very easy and effective way to keep carpet clean and free of allergens and contaminants.

Routine vacuuming removes loose soil from the carpet surface and prevents dirt from being ground into the carpet pile which helps maintain the color and the softness of your carpet.

Vacuuming not only improves the quality of your carpeting, it also improves the quality of the air you breathe in your home. Carpet can store dust and other allergens. Regular vacuuming ensures that not only is your carpet clean, but that by removing those allergens, your air will be clean too.

Here are our vacuuming tips for some of the best methods of vacuuming:

The Best Vacuum Method

On carpet, use slow, repetitive front-to-back motions in an overlapping sequence. Simply going over an area just once doesn’t accomplish all that much.

On the other hand, be sure not to press down too hard or make too many passes over the same spot in your carpet. Instead, move slightly to the left or right about every four strokes or so.

If you want to get the absolute most from your routine, here are a few vacuuming tips we recommend using:

Don’t Forget the Corners

Dust often builds in corners and crevices. Be sure not to ignore carpeting along the walls and furniture in your home to ensure the best results when vacuuming.

Top to Bottom

Dust blinds, windowsills and furniture surfaces first prior to vacuuming. Doing so prevents you from having to vacuum twice to remove the dust and other dirt particles that might fall to the surface of your carpet.

It’s in the Bag

Remember to remove and replace or empty vacuum bags when they are half to two-thirds full. Vacuuming with a full bag provides very poor results.

Set a Vacuum Routine

You should vacuum at least once a week with a CRI Seal of Approval/Green Label vacuum cleaner whether you have Berber carpet, Wool carpet, Frieze carpet or any other popular carpet style. However, the more foot traffic over your carpet, the more you need to vacuum.

The general formula is:

  1. Vacuum once a day in high-traffic areas or pet areas in your home.
  2. Vacuum twice each week in areas of medium traffic.
  3. Vacuum once a week in light traffic areas, including corners and along walls.

Deep Vacuum Your Carpet

Another way to drastically extend the lifetime of your carpet is to “deep vacuum”. Deep vacuuming goes beyond the basic vacuum process and is one of our best vacuuming tips.

A typical vacuum routine requires one pass over the carpet. Deep vacuuming requires anywhere from four to 10 passes, including moving furniture when possible or using attachments to vacuum around and beneath furniture too large to move and doors and base boards as well.

Deep vacuuming should be done at least once every two weeks or more depending whether your home has pets or children or a lot of heavier traffic areas.

Deep vacuuming and routine vacuuming in combination with annual professional carpet cleaning will extend the lifetime of your carpet well into the future and keep your investment looking as beautiful as the day you bought it.

Call the Professionals

Vacuuming does an excellent job of maintaining the quality of your carpet and extending its lifetime. However, even with regular vacuuming, it’s recommended you have your carpets professionally cleaned once every 9-12 months.

Our carpet cleaning service in Placer County, CA provides a deeper clean that lifts embedded dirt from carpet fibers and is then extracted with our Hot Carbonated Extraction (HCE) system. The result is drier, cleaner and healthier carpet.

Chem-Dry carpet cleaning combined with following these vacuuming tips should have your floors looking wonderful for many years.

Buy the Best Vacuum for Your Home

Now you know the best vacuuming tips. Now you need the best vacuum for your home. Every chore is easier with the right tools!

Some vacuums are better for Berber carpet and Frieze carpet while other vacuum cleaners are better for Saxony carpet.

It’s important to know which vacuum cleaner is the best for your carpet. Our vacuuming tips won’t help you if you don’t have the right equipment.

Upright or Canister: Deciding the type of vacuum cleaner is the most important choice, but the decision doesn’t stop there.

You now need to consider obvious things such as cost, brand, quality and other features important when making almost any purchase. But, there are also some things you will want to be aware related specifically to vacuum cleaners.

Upright vacuums typically have a revolving brush with either one or two motors to drive the brush and provide suction. The vacuum is operated with a pushing motion as opposed to the pulling motion canisters require.

Upright vacuum cleaners are particularly useful for synthetic, manmade carpet fibers such as nylon and polyester and work extremely well on smoother, low cut piles. In fact, if the upright model allows the ability to turn off the brush, it can also be used for hardwood or tile floors.

Canister vacuum cleaners are largely known for their various attachments and whether or not they feature a power head or power nozzle on the base unit.

Canister vacuum cleaners without a power head simply use a suction motor and non-revolving brush to clean smoother surfaces, whereas models that feature power heads also feature revolving brushes and multiple motors.

Compared to upright vacuums, canisters are much more versatile due to their many attachments and are growing in popularity.

Canister attachments often allow the ability to clean multiple surface types, including stairs, ceiling and window panels, and can be used to clean hard to maneuver areas such as in corners or underneath furniture.

For more information on brands and vacuum cleaner models, we recommend researching customer review websites to get the latest reviews on the newest models available to buy.

Feedback from customers like yourself will help you decide whether a canister vacuum or upright vacuum is best for you and it’s great to get vacuuming tips from carpet owners like yourself.

Storage: The size of the vacuum cleaner not only impacts the ease of use or how much it will weigh when carrying it around, but will also be relevant in terms of storage. Depending on the size of your home or the closet and storage space available, you might want to invest in smaller vacuum cleaner or a unit with the ability to fold or collapse in order to be stowed away out of site.

Canisters are typically the more versatile of the two main vacuum cleaner types.

Noise: Pets aren’t afraid of vacuum cleaners because of how they look, they’re scared of them because of how loud they are. If you want to avoid a loud vacuum cleaner you will want to investigate the units decibel level when being operated.

Most vacuums are around 70-75 decibels and are much quieter than the vacuums available in the 20th century. Nowadays, some of the quietest vacuum cleaners on the market operate between 60-65 decibels, which is extremely quiet.

Capacity: Capacity is one of the areas where upright vacuum cleaners outshine canisters. Full-sized upright vacuums typically feature much larger dust bags or internal storage for your dirt and debris.

The larger the bag or internal capacity, the less often you will have to stop vacuuming to empty out the contents of the bag. Using a vacuum with a full dust bag is a very inefficient way to clean your home and can often lead to some of the contaminants and dust filtering out of the unit and right back into your home.

Filtration: Filtration should not be overlooked. If a vacuum cleaner doesn’t include a high-powered, efficient filtration system, odds are a lot of the dust you suck up will shift right out of the unit and back into the air in your home. If you or family members suffer from allergies, you will want to explore a vacuum with a HEPA filter to limit the exposure to allergens.

Handheld: Handheld vacuums are convenient for cleaning up crumbs, stairs or car upholstery but not for larger areas such as living rooms or hallways. Complement your deep vacuuming by using a handheld vacuum cleaner to get into crevices and more discrete carpeted areas of your home.

Robot Vacuum Cleaners: Similar to handheld vacuum cleaners, a robot vacuum is a nice complementary model to your upright or canister vacuum as it will address small crumbs and dirt but robot vacuums do not have the suction power a full-size vacuum.

Vacuum cleaners are one of the most important cleaning tools for homes with carpet. Dirty carpets contain a lot of contaminants you want removed from your home and only an efficient vacuum cleaner can accomplish that on a daily basis.

For more vacuuming tips, visit our blog or call (530) 889-1144 for more information. During your carpet cleaning appointment, be sure to ask our technician any questions you have about our vacuuming tips.