How Often Should You Vacuum?

Written by on 21 Oct 2012

Written by Robert Regoli on 21st Oct 2012

There’s no such thing as vacuuming too often. It’s an old wive’s tale that frequent vacuuming will ruin your carpet and get rid of most of the fibres. But how regularly should you vacuum? What type of vacuum cleaner gives the best results and what is the most effective method to use?

How Regularly Do I Need To Vacuum?

Experts can’t stress enough how important it is that you vacuum regularly. This means at least once a week, and daily if you have pets or children. Most of the soil in a carpet is what’s known as ‘dry soil’.  That’s things like sand, grit and other particles that are harsh and will grind away at the base of the fibres or fabric causing premature wear. It is also important to remember that it’s not just your carpets that need vacuuming, your upholstery will benefit from it too.

What Type Of Vacuum is Best?

How Often Should I Vacuum?

Generally speaking an upright vacuum with brushes is preferred over cylinder type vacuums, unless you have one with a powerbrush attachments.  This is because by ‘brushing’ the carpet you get more agitation, so more grit is dislodged. This results in much more of the dry soil being removed from the base of the carpet or fabric.  With upholstery remember to use the crevice tool and remove the crud that’s gone down the side of the cushions and frame too.

The vacuums we use and would highly recommend are Sebo Vacuum Cleaners. They have hospital grade filters and making the perfect for people with asthma and allergies.

What Is The Best Way To Vacuum?

Believe it or not there are specific methods to vaccuming. When vacuuming the carpet the best way to do this is to use slow, repetitive front-to-back motions in an overlapping sequence. A quick once over isn’t really sufficient. On the other hand, don’t press down or make too many passes over the same spot. Instead, move slightly to the left or right about every four strokes.

Take a look at our vacuuming cleaning tips to make sure you get the most out of your carpet cleaning.

  • Don’t ignore those corners and crevices – these are really important areas as they are where dust builds up.
  • “Top-down” clean to save yourself the step of vacuuming again after dusting. Dust blinds, window sills and furniture surfaces first, then vacuum away any fallen dust.
  • Remember to remove and replace, or empty, vacuum bags when they are half to two-thirds full. They’ll work far more efficiently.

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