Here are some tips on how you can get the most from a vacuum cleaner.
- Set the carpet height adjustment. Turn the adjustment dial to the highest setting, turn on your vacuum and release the handle. Lower the dial one setting at a time until you hear the "tone" change. This setting is ideal for the floor surface you are cleaning. Any higher and the brush isn't making contact with the rug. If you turn it lower there won't be enough space to allow air to come in around the sides of the vacuum to pull up the dirt.
- Don't use the brush roll on bare floors. Change to a bare floor tool or change the setting to protect your floor and to keep from scattering dirt around the room.
- Change your filter bags frequently. If you have pets or new carpet, change them even more often. A full bag immediately reduces the effectiveness of the vacuum. If you vacuum once a week, change filter bags at least every other month...your floors will stay cleaner if you do. True HEPA filters should be changed at least every six months.
- And finally, try out the tools that come with your vacuum! The extra wands, nozzles and brushes can make dusting the corners, door frames, fans, blinds and computer equipment easier and faster. Ask the dealer or sales person to show you how to use attachments and accessories to reach places that collect dirt. Specialized cleaning tools like the Step Saver Hose, Crevice tool, Ceiling fan brush and the Mini tool set will expand the capabilities of any upright vacuum and these are often on display in the vacuum aisle.
Copy these vacuum tips and keep them for reference! Share them with your children in case they ever develop an interest in cleaning the house. Knowing how to use the right products to effectively cleaning your floors makes a real difference in your indoor home environment.