7 Tips and 4 Mistakes to Avoid When You Vacuum Your Home

In other posts we’ve extensively looked at the best vacuum cleaners in Australia that are currently available on the market. However, the actual vacuum cleaner you use in cleaning your home is just half the battle. A lot of the success of your cleaning routine, regardless of whether you’ve got the most powerful hoover, is the method you use. 

You’d be amazed at how just changing your method, technique and approach to cleaning can improve your efforts. To help you tweak and fine tune the way you vacuum, therefore, we’ve put together this guide to 7 great tips you can use and 4 mistakes you need to avoid when vacuuming your home. 

7 Great tips for vacuuming your home

Young mum using a vacuum cleaner while her two twin daughters are on the couch

1. Lift everything up before starting

While it’s so tempting to just get the vacuum cleaner and go at it like a bull in a china shop, a more considered approach will produce better results. Lift anything up off the ground that’s likely to get in the way or that could be hiding dirt and debris, before vacuuming. You’ll finish a lot quicker, with better results. 

2. Draw up a Vacuuming Schedule

This is something that so many people could benefit from doing, but don’t. Often because of busy lifestyles. However, by scheduling a time every day or every other day, at the very least, you will find that your floor will maintain a high standard of cleanliness.

3. Don’t Rush It

We understand, you’ve got better things to do. But what would be the point in hoovering your home at all, if you are not going to give it the time and patience it needs. Running too quickly over tour carpets and floors will mean the vacuum you use has less of a chance to suck everything up.

4. Run Over Higher Traffic Areas Twice

Often, we’ve seen, people just race through their hoovering and only go over areas once. Although some of the more powerful vacuum cleaners on the market are great for getting a greater volume of dirt and debris up in one pass, you need to adapt your technique to suit the floor style and its location.

For instance, higher traffic areas will almost always benefit from you running over them more than once. This will help to lift more deep-seated dirt up and out from the fibres, if it’s a carpeted area.

5. Clean Your Vacuum Regularly

This is another no-brainer so many people skip on. If you want your vacuum cleaner to be a good investment, you need to put effort and hard work in. That’s especially true when it comes to keeping your hoover clean and well maintained. This will ensure it has the correct airflow and the filters are working properly.

6. Use Special Pet Hair Attachments

All modern hoovers nowadays have a pet hair attachment or special part you can invest in. Rather than trying to struggle lifting it using the normal hoover parts, why not use a specially designed attachment, like the motorised heads many models offer. For a list of vacuums that are great for pet hair, check out our ultimate Australian vacuum buying guide here.

7. Don’t Forget to Hoover Your Furniture

To give any room the final finish, always remember to hoover where you can on the actual furniture itself. Whether you can get in down the sides of the cushions or not, just doing a little more will help.

4 Mistakes to Avoid When Vacuuming Your Home

A woman vacuuming the living room with bad posture

1. Don't vacuum with bad posture

As with many things in life, there’s a wrong way to do vacuum and a correct way. You need to make sure you are not going to do any lasting damage to your back or other parts of your body, by adopting a lazy posture.

2. Don't start vacuuming before you dust the house

This just makes a lot more work for yourself. The best way to look at cleaning a room and its surfaces is to work from the ceiling downwards. That means dusting all flat surfaces before hoovering, ensuring that all the dust gets lifted and any that is knocked to the floor will be sucked up by the hoover.

3. Don't Use the Wrong Cleaning Head

If you’ve had a chance to check out our guide to the best vacuum cleaners available in Australia in 2019, you will know there are various types of attachments and cleaning heads you can use. These can range from the multifunctional and all-surface use types to accessories that have been designed with specific surface types in mind. Make sure you use these to get the most out of your vacuum cleaner.

4. Don't Use a Dirty Filter

If you’ve had a chance to check out our guide to the best vacuum cleaners available in Australia in 2019, you will know there are various types of attachments and cleaning heads you can use. These can range from the multifunctional and all-surface use types to accessories that have been designed with specific surface types in mind. Make sure you use these to get the most out of your vacuum cleaner.

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