How To Vacuum Properly | 5 Simple Steps

How to make vacuuming easier by Woodard Cleaning & Restoration in St. Louis, Mo.

Vacuuming: it’s one of those things that nobody likes, but must be done. No matter what type of flooring your home has, you can count on vacuuming to always be on the to-do list. So, how can we make vacuuming more enjoyable? Well, we’re not sure if we have the power to make you love vacuuming, but we can certainly make the process easier! Read on for five simple steps on how to vacuum simpler, speedier, and hassle-free.

Tip #1: Use an Extension Cord

Plugging the vacuum into a wall socket is no big thing, right? We agree! If you’re only vacuuming one room, that is. If you’re vacuuming the entire house (which should be done weekly), break out the extension cord. Why? Well, you’ll flow from room to room much quicker, and not have to worry about the annoyance of coming unplugged or not being able to reach the far corner of your bedroom.

Tip # 2: Deodorize

Save time by tackling two cleaning tasks at once! Sprinkle a carpet deodorizing powder all over the carpet, then allow it to sit for 15 minutes. Bonus: carpet deodorizing powders come in several scents, so your home will smell great too! After the deodorizer sits for 15 minutes, vacuum as usual, sucking up the deodorizing powder as you go.

Tip #3: Keep Your Vacuum Clean

Tackling dirt, dust, and debris head-on, your vacuum is sure to get a little dirty. Rolling a filthy vacuum cleaner across your rug or carpet will do more harm than good; so give your vacuum a little TLC and keep it clean! Otherwise, all your hard work will go to waste.

Tip #4: Focus on High-Traffic Areas

Do yourself a favor and vacuum all high-traffic areas on a weekly basis. But first, you must understand what defines a high-traffic area. As a good rule of thumb, you can safely consider the path from the front door to the couch, kitchen, hallway, and bathroom, and bedrooms high-traffic areas. If you’re thinking to yourself, “wait, isn’t that everywhere?” you’re not totally wrong. While high-traffic areas encompass most areas of a home, low traffic areas include a variety of spaces, such as:

  • Inside Closets
  • Under Beds
  • Under Furniture
  • Rarely Used Spaces (i.e. Formal Dining Rooms, Guest Bedrooms, Finished Basements, etc.)
  • Corners & Small Spaces Behind Furniture

Tip #5: Opt for Vacuum Friendly Rugs

If you’re in the market for a new rug, for whatever reason, keep in mind that low-pile, synthetic rugs are the most vacuum-friendly. That doesn’t mean that wool or shag rugs can’t be cleaned, it simply means that they require more attention.  If you’ve got a wool or shag rug that needs a serious cleaning, leave it to a professional cleaning company.

Learning how to vacuum properly, or how to make vacuuming simpler, is pretty easy to do. Just follow these 5 basic tips and you should have a much easier, and possibly even more enjoyable, time vacuuming.