It’s Sunday morning and Steve Wright’s Love Songs plays soppily on the radio as you sip your coffee and gear yourself up to do a spot of ‘hoovering’. Of course, what you really mean is that you are going to vacuum your carpet – funny how we still use the term hoovering isn’t it? Dysoning doesn’t seem to have caught on quite the same.
Anyway, as Steve Wright introduces Love Lift Us Up Where We Belong for the 100th time you drain the coffee, take a deep breath / sigh and go grab your vacuum. You plug it in, push the button and push it backwards and forwards, side to side and in other generally random directions around the room before unplugging and patting yourself on the back for a job well done.
Easy peasy, yes?
Well, kind of. You haven’t done any harm as such, but at the same time you might not be showing your carpet the love and care that it needs.
The reality is that, like any other cleaning process, there is a proper way to go about vacuum cleaning your carpets. If you were working as a commercial cleaner then you’d be trained to perform vacuum cleaning in a fashion that was efficient, less arduous and, most importantly, in a way which best treated the carpet.
After all, you’ve probably invested in / spent quite a bit of money on your carpet and as such, surely you’ll want it to look as good as possible and last as long as it can without fading, failing or generally needing to be replaced.
And so here’s a few pro tips for vacuuming your carpets to help make your carpets stay cleaner and last longer.
Vary the frequency dependent on traffic
Not all areas of the carpet need to be cleaned with every vacuum. It really depends on the volume of traffic a particular area is subject to. For instance, areas of heavy traffic, where people are frequently walking, are going to get more soiled and start to look more worn than other areas. Consequently, you need to clean these areas more frequently, with areas of less traffic not as often. In so doing you give your carpet a better chance of retaining its uniform appearance.
Check Filters / Bags / Dust Collection
Before you vacuum, check how full your vacuum cleaner is. Are the filters clogged up from last time or is the bag full, If you are using a bagless vacuum cleaner such as a Dyson, how full is the dust collection container. All of these things affect the suction performance and make cleaning the carpet harder work and less successful. Keep filters unclogged and empty bag / dust collection container once it gets to about two-thirds full.
Pick Up Larger Bits of Debris
Before you start, check the carpet for larger pieces of debris such as coins, marbles or small parts of toys (common in a house with children), paper or anything likely to either not get sucked up or that will potentially block or damage your vac. Common sense I know, but worth mentioning.
Slowly & Steady Does It
Don’t rush the process. Push the vacuum in a straight line forwards, moving slowly and methodically to allow the vac to work its magic. Then head back the way you came using overlapping passes to ensure you are fully covering the area you are vacuuming.
Use the Wand for the Skirting
Your vacuum cleaner might not be able to fully get right up to the skirting of the room. In this case use the wand attachment and to run it along the area where floor meets skirting board, and indeed the skirting board itself, which can gather dust over time.