Tricks to Vacuuming Your Home Under 15 Minutes
With our on-the-run lifestyle, the last thing anyone has time for is a thorough daily house cleaning. Add to this list the dreaded chore of vacuuming. However, vacuuming is central to getting (and keeping) a clean home. So how does one go about this without wasting valuable time? Simple. Just follow these quick simple tricks and soon you'll be vacuuming under 15 minutes; then you can get to the important things, like kicking your feet up with a glass of lemonade while you enjoy your freshly cleaned carpet.
Under 15 minutes flat
Unless you've got a sprawling mansion, these tips will get you through your vacuuming in half the time:
Clear the path - Take a minute to do quick walk through the area you plan on vacuuming. Pick up any lose debris that can't be sucked up by the vacuum. Make sure you save time by quickly picking up or pushing aside any obstacles you may come across, such as shoes, books, toys, bags. The less you have to stop to do this later, the faster you'll get through vacuuming.
The Hair Affair - Make sure your vacuum motorhead/brushbar doesn't have a load of hair wrapped around it. Not only does this impair its ability to clean, but it can also damage the motor by putting undue stress on it.
Empty Bag - Even though your vacuum sucks everything up, it isn't a black hole. The vacuum bag needs to be emptied out regularly in order for the vacuum to be as functional and effective as possible.
Handhelds - A handheld vacuum is great for times you need to spot-clean your carpet or floor. This is also an ideal vacuum type for families with small children and continuous traffic.
For Thorough Cleaning
While vacuuming your home in under 15 minutes is great for day to day cleaning, it's always good to get into the nooks and crannies at least once a week.
Dust first - Many people make the mistake of dusting after they've vacuumed, which really doesn't make any sense because you've then just loosened the dust, which only ends up on your freshly-vacuumed carpet.
Use the attachments - A lot of people also ignore all the wonderful little attachments their vacuums come with. Those attachments are there for getting in the normally unreachable crevices. Most vacuums come with a brush-type attachment; use this to pick up dust around bookshelves and knick-knacks. This attachment is also great for cleaning heavy drapery, upholstery and lampshades, all of which are a normally a unseen dust magnet.
Don't forget window and doorsills, cabinet edges and base boards - all of which require frequent cleaning. However, if reading this is causing you to realize you need to clean those areas, then it's probably a good idea to start off with wiping these areas with a damp cloth and cleaning solution. Once that's done, then you can go over these areas on a weekly basis with your vacuum brush attachment.
Stairs - Start with corners and edges using the crevice tool. Sometimes stairs have baseboards too, and these shouldn't be neglected. Don't forget to vacuum the vertical part of the stairs as well (a smaller, maneuverable attachment may need to be used for this.
Going both ways - For exceptionally thorough cleaning, make sure you work the carpet fibers in both directions - so if you've gone one way, come back and vacuum over the same area in the opposite way. This way you ensure you've not only cleaned more thoroughly, but have picked up more dust and allergens.
The Importance of Regular Cleaning
Did you know that dust can accumulate at a rate of six milligrams per square meter per day? With this fact, it's not surprised that the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) recommends that regular homeowners adhere to the following vacuuming schedule:
- Vacuum upholstered furniture, mattresses, and drapes regularly.
- Vacuum even more frequently if you have pets.
- Vacuum carpet and rugs at least once a week.
- Vacuum high-traffic areas and bedrooms twice a week.
Getting the Right Vacuum for Your Lifestyle
If you're going to put in the time to clean your home, wouldn't it make sense that you have the right tools to do it? When it comes to vacuuming, not all vacuum cleaners are created the same. Manufacturers are very aware of the needs of their clients, and with that in mind, they've created vacuums that cater to specific needs. Whether you're a pet owner or an allergy sufferer, get the vacuum that's right for your lifestyle.
Whichever vacuum you use, regular vacuuming not only promotes a healthy sanitary lifestyle, but it also lengthens your carpet's life.
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