What are all my vacuum attachments and settings for?
You can keep your carpets nice and soft and keep your home air clean and fresh by vacuuming regularly. It’s not a difficult task – heck, have one of your kids do it – but there are some tips that make the vacuum more efficient and reliable. Let’s talk about vacuum attachments.
A Few Common Attachments
Radiator Brush – Ideal for vacuuming radiators and vents.
Crevice Tool – This thin, long attachment is great for narrow areas and hard-to-reach corners and crevices.
Upholstery Nozzle – Like the name suggests, this tool is excellent for vacuuming upholstered furniture, drapes, and mattresses.
All-Purpose Brush – Great for cleaning shelves and flat surfaces.
Dusting Brush – This comes in handy for vacuuming more fragile surfaces that require a more gentle touch.
Which Setting Should I Use?
Most vacuums have a knob close to the front of the base that will adjust pile height (AKA height of the surface you are vacuuming). With this setting you can make sure that your vacuum makes contact with the carpet but still allows for the proper amount of airflow. So when should you change these settings?
- Low Pile Setting: For flat, commercial carpeting. The vacuum will have good floor contact as well as airflow for suction. Never ever use this setting on hardwood.
- High Pile Setting: For wool or wool blend, high pile, or soft carpeting. This setting will essentially skim the top of the carpet, allowing enough airflow for effective suction.
- Bare Floor Setting: For hardwood or other floors without carpet. If you set the pile height too low, you can scratch your floors with the powered brush. If your vacuum doesn’t have this setting, don’t use it on the bare floors!
Vacuum at least once a week! You’d be surprised how much dirt collects in carpets in a very short amount of time. In high traffic areas make it at least twice a week, whether or not it looks like it needs it. This way you can keep you home healthy!
Final Tips on Making Your Vacuum Last Longer
- You won’t clean much if your vacuum is gross. Clean out all the hair, dust, etc. from the brushes. If the brushes are old and worn out, replace them.
- Move the vacuum by the handle, not the hose. Many vacuums have met their doom because they were dragged by the hose.
- As soon as your vacuum bag gets about ½ to ⅔ full, empty or replace it. Don’t wait until it’s about to pop because your vacuum won’t be able to pick up anything!
- Unclog the hose and adjustments when necessary.
Make Your Carpet Last Longer
Vacuuming like a pro will preserve your carpets longer and keep them soft. Unfortunately, your vacuum can’t do it all. Once or twice a year, you’ll need to deep clean carpets to pull out the dirt, stains, and bacteria that won’t let go with suction alone. When it comes time for a semi-annual carpet cleaning, look to Delta Chem-Dry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning! We provide a deeper, healthier cleaning that lasts longer and gets rid of odors and stains, and even most bacteria and allergens.