Most of us picked up our vacuuming technique from our folks. We basically started imitating what we saw and have kept it up over the years. However with all the improvements in technology and basically everything around us evolving, we have to ask ourselves whether there is a better way of doing this. There is. There are numerous ways in which we can improve our vacuuming technique without going through classes to do it.
The vacuum cleaner has greatly advanced and now we even have cordless vacuum cleaners. With all the advanced technology, our technique has pretty much remained the same. No one really gets up to learn something that they have been doing for years. However with a few neat tricks, we may actually get a better job done and vacuum a lot less thus saving ourselves some time. Here are a few tips for you to improve your vacuuming technique.
Always set the height correctly
This may seem obvious, but it will actually affect your efficiency. If you set the wrong height for yourself, you will soon tire and strain yourself. This will cause you to vacuum quickly so that you get done with the task resulting in a poorly done job. Take your time to set the height. Do you feel comfortable vacuuming at this height? If yes, then you are good to go.
For precautions in setting your vacuum cleaner to the correct height, also have a watch of this video on YouTube for instruction.
Remove obstacles from the area that you want to vacuum
If there are toys and books on the floor, first pick them up so that the area where you are vacuuming is as clear as possible. Part of what contributes to an inefficient technique is having to stop and pick up items on the floor. Save yourself this hustle by picking up the clutter.
When vacuuming after a party or when there has been a lot of traffic in a room, make sure you sweep the room first. This is to ensure that sharp and hard items don’t suck into your vacuum. You do not want to damage your machine or tear up the bag inside.
Dust the room first
If you’re vacuuming as part of your weekly cleaning routine, then first dust the room from top to bottom. This is an efficient way to clean up because the dust will fall to the ground, and you can then vacuum it all away.
This comes back to the principle of starting high and dry we spoke about in an earlier article on dusting your house.
Change the settings before vacuuming
By taking a look at your vacuum cleaner, you will notice that there are different settings for carpeted areas as well as settings for bare floors. The carpet cleaning setting will activate a powered brush that will do a good job on the carpet. However using the same settings for a bare floor will cause damage to the floor. You do not want to scratch your wooden floor! If it comes with only one setting, use it for the recommended floor or get a new vacuum cleaner.
Frequency of vacuuming
Try and vacuum your floors once or twice a week. When you are slack on this, the dirt hardens as it is pressed further into the ground or carpet, and this may make your vacuum ineffective. You may actually have to wash off the very dirty areas that can be quite tedious. Save yourself the trouble by vacuuming frequently.
Take your time
As with any other task that you take seriously, plan your vacuuming session ahead of time. This does not mean coming up with an elaborate plan. It just means that you consciously set aside time to do this. It will help you to keep this time free for the task. If you are going to do it, you might as well do it seriously.
Vacuum in reverse
Believe it or not, your vacuum works best in reverse motion. So, drive it forward and then slowly pull backward. Always overlap the border of your motion. You will find that you get better results by vacuuming in reverse.
Vacuuming damp areas
If your vacuum cleaner is not a wet-dry machine, do not vacuum a wet spot. It might just electrocute you. This world needs you, so don’t get fried by the vacuum. Your regular dry vacuum cleaner will actually not dry the damp areas anyway, so don’t try it. Be safe.
Change the bag
Once your vacuum bag gets half full change it. This is because the machines efficiency reduces at this point, and you will not be getting the best results out of it. You will notice this when the machine loses suction. Just check the bag.
Regularly check the hose
You will want to check the hose regularly for blockages. When the brush barely rolls, and the machine has lost suction, the hose might be blocked. Also check the brush for tangles. They might explain the inefficiency. Just remove the string or hair causing the tangles and you will be good to go.
Cleaning the vacuum
The vacuum cleaner has been said to be one of the biggest germ spots in your house. You want to vacuum your house and leave the atmosphere safe and healthy for you and your loved ones to breathe. A dirty hose, machine, and bag may be releasing bacteria into your house as you are vacuuming. Make sure that you clean it at least once every month to curb this problem.
Overheating is no big deal
You will notice that at times when vacuuming, your machine goes off, this may just be due to overheating when the machines’ inbuilt switch automatically switches it off. Don’t worry about this. Just relax, let it cool down and then continue. You can also use this time to check how full the bag is.
If you follow these 12 tips you will greatly improve the amount of time it takes to vacuum in addition to having a cleaner overall house.