Interior designers and hygiene experts agree the floors should be vacuumed once weekly at a minimum. Running several passes in different directions over an area will bring dirt up from the bottom, lift the pile, and prevent matting. If you’re like most folks, your home has a variety of flooring types in it. Dust and dirt can aggravate allergies and bacteria tracked in by shoes and coming from shed skin cells and spilled foods can cause serious infections like pneumonia and dysentery. The type of flooring and your family lifestyle factor into your vacuuming schedule. The following will help you decide what’s right for your home…
Vacuum Hardwood and Tile Floors Weekly
Unless you bring in a lot of dirt or sand, live in a dusty area, or have pets, you only need to vacuum your hard surface floors once a week. Dust, dander, and other allergens, however, can work their way into the cracks between floorboards so you don’t want to let it go longer unless it’s a room you rarely use. Hard surfaces do not hold on to dust, dirt, and bacteria as much as carpeted floors. But regular vacuuming is a must because of dust and allergens that get caught between wooden floorboards and tiles.
Vacuum Carpeted Floors Twice Weekly
Carpeting demands more frequent vacuuming because the fibers trap dust, dirt, and allergens and also absorb grime and spills, giving way to bacteria. The longer you neglect vacuuming the more embedded the dirt and debris will become.
If You Have Pets, Vacuum Daily
Pets shed and drop fleas and dander that can aggravate or cause allergies and disease. Not to mention what they bring in on their paws! … If you don’t have time to vacuum every day, focus on the rooms—and the furniture—where your pets spend the most time. If they carry in bacteria it can cause headaches, vomiting, diarrhea, and infections like gastritis in humans. A quick daily vacuuming will help banish bacteria to maintain your family’s health. It is also a good idea to invest in a robot vacuum that will sweep the house daily.
Vacuuming Frequency Based On Room Usage
The more activity and foot traffic the more you should vacuum. Bedrooms and home offices are usually used by few members of the family which keeps them cleaner so weekly vacuuming is fine. High-traffic areas such as mudroom hallways, kitchens, and playrooms get above average usage so vacuuming every few days is advised. The guest room, dining rooms, and sunroom tend to get little foot traffic so biweekly would be fine.
Vacuum Rugs Twice Weekly
Home experts recommend that carpets and rugs be vacuumed at least twice a week, and more often in high-traffic areas. If pets are in the carpeted room, daily vacuum cleaning is strongly recommended to remove dirt, hair, dander, and the smaller microscopic allergens that are invisible to the naked eye. the longer you neglect a soiled carpet and continue to walk on it, the more enmeshed the dirt and debris become.
Follow the Best Practices for Vacuuming Floors…
- Pick up floor clutter. The fewer toys, chairs, or small items you have to work around, the better.
- Dust before you vacuum. …
- Get your machine ready. …
- Use attachments to clean a room’s edges first. …
- Adjust your brush head’s height. …
- Work slowly, in overlapping rows. …
- Turn and repeat.
If your vacuum has different modes for different floor types be sure to switch to the mode designed for your floor. If your vacuum has a beater bar, disable it before vacuuming hardwood. A HEPA vacuum model filters dust allergens and bacteria that traditional vacuums miss. And be sure and set the height according to the recommended height for your flooring type. If you originally vacuumed in a north-south direction for your second vacuuming procedure go east west direction to thoroughly clean the surface.
The professionals at All Vacuum Center are ready to help you weigh these important decisions. Our staff are not just salespeople; we truly know the ins-and-outs of vacuums. We can evaluate your current vacuum, help you to decide whether it is cost effective to repair, and if not, help you select a new vacuum that meets your everyday needs.
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