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The topic is VACUUMING & VACUUMS:
Extend Your Carpet Life-Essential Tips, How to Vacuum Efficiently & Effectively, Maintaining Your Vacuum,
and Top Vacuums-Pick Tips Including Top Vacuums from Consumer Reports.
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EXTEND YOUR CARPET LIFE
Of course it makes sense to want to extend your carpet life if you are a responsible home owner. (Please note, in this article, we are talking about your wall-to-wall carpet, not your area rugs.)
usually represents one of the most expensive investments in your home.
Maintaining it properly will make it last longer and keep it looking
Your 2 Best Friends Will Help to Extend Your Carpet Life
Did you know the 2 best friends you have to help extend your carpet life are your vacuum and your Professional Carpet Cleaning Company? They are the life support system for your carpet.
As part of the plan to extend your
carpet life, make sure to maintain and use your vacuum regularly and
correctly and schedule a thorough professional cleaning of all areas of
your carpet at least every 15 to 18 months. High traffic areas may need
It is a fact that professional
carpet cleaning technicians can only work with what you present to them.
If your carpet is filled with ground-in dust, dirt, sand, or grit and
spills, spots, stains, animal hair, and urine, you are limiting the
results a thorough professional carpet cleaning can provide.
Following the information and tips
given below will help you to keep your carpet looking and feeling clean
and will certainly help to extend its life.
Vacuums Must Be Maintained
In order to allow your vacuum to do its job of removing soil, it must be maintained, or your efforts will be wasted.
Bags or Containers, Belts, and Brush Rolls
vacuum is not a very complex machine. The dirt collection bags or
containers, the belts, and the brush rolls must be periodically checked
and replaced and/or cleaned for optimum performance.
dirt collection bags or containers should never be allowed to go over ½
full. For vacuums with cloth bags, make sure to turn the bag inside out
at least every third emptying and sweep it off. This allows the bag to
breathe better resulting in greater soil pick up.
How Often to Vacuum?
the best maintained vacuum cannot do its job properly without regularly
scheduled use. How regular? An easy way to determine this is to vacuum 1
time a week per the number of people (and pets) living in the home.
2 adults, 2 children, a dog, and a cat would require 6 cleanings a
week. If this is impossible due to time restraints, at least the
high-trafficked areas should be done once a day. This will make a big
difference to the health and appearance of your carpet.
following the above procedure, you will not only be removing the loose
soil and grit from the heaviest-soiled areas, but cleaning these areas
will effectively stop this soil from spreading throughout the house.
Please continue reading here.
HOW TO VACUUM EFFICIENTLY & EFFECTIVELY
you vacuum correctly and vacuum often, you will be able to properly
maintain your area rugs and carpet, upholstered furniture, and
draperies. Soiling is the worst enemy of these items.
is your vacuum's job to remove that soiling, in the form of ground-in
dust, dirt, sand or grit. But did you know an excessively soiled carpet
can hold up to one pound of soil in each square yard? This can occur
especially at entrance ways and in heavily trafficked areas that are
job of vacuuming correctly and vacuuming often can be made so much
easier if we can learn to vacuum these items efficiently and
TIPS to Help You Vacuum Efficiently & Effectively
people really know how to vacuum efficiently with minimum effort. Most
of the damaging soils and oily or gritty particles collect wherever
there is most usage or foot traffic. These are the areas which require
most of the vacuuming.
far as vacuuming efficiently goes, one of the best overall tips is the
following: It is far better to vacuum ONLY the heavy traffic areas much
more frequently or repeatedly than it is to cover everything or
everywhere with a once-over-light vacuuming!
Below are some more tips to help you vacuum efficiently and effectively:
You Cannot Vacuum Correctly Unless You Maintain Your Vacuuming Equipment
Well-maintained vacuuming equipment helps both in overall soil removal and better long-term appearance.
not allow the dirt collection bags to become more than 1/2 full. This
greatly reduces suction power and vacuuming efficiency in most
your vacuum has a cloth bag, make sure to turn the bag inside out at
least every third emptying and sweep it off. This allows for better
breathing of the bag and greater soil pick up.
Periodically check and replace belts and brush rolls for optimum performance.
Tip #2 -To Vacuum Correctly,
Remove Soil by Vacuuming Against the Nap
The best way to remove ground-in soil from a carpet or area rug is to vacuum against the nap.
Another method is to use a Carpet Grooming Rake (we sell them) to lift the carpet pile. This will remove soil and helps to improve the carpet or rug's appearance.
TIP #3 -Which Type of Vacuum to Use on Rugs and Carpets?
Canister or backpack vacuums are
versatile and convenient, but they may not have a beater bar, thus
requiring more effort (passes or strokes) than upright vacuums to
achieve similar soil removal. Canister vacuums used on carpet should
preferably have a separate motor- driven beater bar.
recommend the use of an upright vacuum with a beater bar for rugs and
carpet and canister type vacuums for upholstery, draperies, blinds,
light dusting, etc.
brought to our plant are pile lifted to remove as much of the
particulate soil as possible before cleaning. For rugs with excessive
particulate matter, we use special equipment for extra dusting.
vacuums require they be adjusted to match the pile heights of the
carpet. Higher pile and loosely textured rugs and carpet may show
shading marks where the vacuum last passed over.
the most even surface appearance after vacuuming, keep the final
vacuuming strokes all in the same direction. You may also purchase a Grooming Rake from us for that purpose.
For more tips, please continue reading here.
MAINTAINING YOUR VACUUM
your vacuum is your best weapon against untimely replacement of your
carpet, rugs, and upholstery fibers. Proper care of your carpet, rugs,
and upholstery requires regular vacuuming.
Tips for Maintaining Your Vacuum
and when you use your vacuum and keeping it in good working condition
are as important as the maintenance required to keep your vehicle
performing at an optimum level. Listed and described below are the parts
that need to be serviced regularly to keep your vacuum operating at
Maintaining Your Vacuum Bags/Filters
vacuum bag is considered full if more than 25% of the bottom is filled
with large particulate matter. If a bag is allowed to become overfull
and not changed, the vacuum motor is deprived of airflow, resulting in
restricted suction and soil removal.
There is yet another problem that occurs when the bag is full. While operating a vacuum, especially one without a hepa filter, small particulate matter is redistributed into the air and settles onto furniture and carpet.
the bag frequently alleviates these problems and will allow your vacuum
to perform effectively. This in turn keeps your carpet, rugs, and
upholstery investments in better shape, while improving the air quality
in your environment.
Maintaining Your Vacuum Belts
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Top Vacuums - Pick Tips
Including Recommendations from Consumer Reports
choose the top vacuums from a field of so many different types, shapes,
colors, and, of course, different price points, can be a daunting
task. Below is some help to narrow down your choice of the top vacuums
that may be best for your particular needs.
Types of Vacuums
The most common types of vacuums are:
- Uprights (bagged and bagless)
- Stick Vacuums (corded and cordless)
Different Tasks for Different Vacs
Different types of vacuums may be needed for different tasks around the home such as:
- Wall-to-wall carpet
- Area rugs
- Removing pet hair
- Wall-to-wall carpet
ABC, we recommend an upright vacuum with a beater bar for wall-to-wall
carpeting and area rugs and a canister type vacuum for upholstery,
draperies, blinds, and light dusting, etc. (Note: If using a canister
vacuum on wall-to-wall carpet, we recommend one with a separate
motor-driven beater bar.)
vacuums can often also be adjusted to match the pile height of a carpet
or rug, making it easier to vacuum. Shading marks may be more apparent
on higher pile and loosely textured rugs and carpet. Therefore, make
sure the final strokes are all in the same direction for the most even
surface appearance after vacuuming.
vacuuming oriental and other area rugs with fringes, always vacuum from
side to side (opposite the fringes). This will save the fringes from
being pulled up into the vacuum which can damage the fringes as well as
a general rule, stick vacuums are not as effective for deep cleaning of
carpets and rugs. That is because suction alone is not enough. A vacuum
should have some weight and a very powerful brush roll.
vacuums and less expensive canisters and uprights can be excessively
noisy as well. Cordless vacuums usually do not run for more than 7
minutes before recharging is needed (although some of the newest ones
can go as long as 20 minutes).
Consumer Reports.org Recommends
These Top Vacuums...
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