Vacuuming is a “chore” for most consumers. We know that there are probably a thousand other things you would rather be doing. Because of this, most don’t vacuum nearly as often or as well as they should. That’s why the first step in our carpet or rug cleaning process is vacuuming with heavy duty commercial equipment and dusting of rugs.
Vacuuming is more than just getting the carpet or rugs cleaned for appearance sake. Vacuuming is an essential part of maintaining your carpet and rugs as well as keeping your home clean and healthy. Despite the fact that the air in your house may smell fresh and feel clean there are a plethora of teeny-tiny microscopic particles always floating around. These tend to contribute to a considerable number of breathing-related health issues and maladies. People who suffer from allergies and asthma tend to be particularly prone to these nuisances.
The good news is your carpet and rugs are good multi-taskers. Not only do they bring an aesthetic charm to your home’s decor they also work as a filter that captures and traps these types of airborne particles. Unfortunately, your soft floor coverings don’t have any means of eliminating these particles after they’ve been captured. They must be physically removed. Experts recommend that you vacuum your carpet and rugs at least twice a week and more often in high traffic areas or if you have pets. Regular vacuuming not only removes the dry dirt, dander, hair and soil that is visible, it also helps eliminate all the microscopic allergens that you can’t see. The first step of professional cleaning, that is vacuuming, is skipped by most carpet and fabric cleaning companies to save time, which lessens the effectiveness of the cleaning process.
Here are some useful guidelines to help you vacuum more effectively.
· If possible, use a HEPA-type filter or bag. These help contain the real fine particles. Empty your bag or canister when it’s 2/3 full.
· Take your time. 80% of vacuuming effectiveness comes when pulling back, not pushing forward. Check your brush bars and belts regularly. Remove hairs and check bristles on brush bars.
· Make sure the belt is not frayed or damaged.
· Vacuum in multiple directions. This will keep your carpet and rugs from getting worn and will also help loosen dirt and soil.
· Frequent vacuuming cannot be stressed enough. Your carpet has been doing its job through collecting and capturing all the airborne particulates and dirt that find their way into your house. Your (or a professional's) job is to remove them from your carpet and rugs and dispose of them correctly. Your carpet and your family with appreciate it.
If you’re looking for a new vacuum, check the Carpet and Rug Institute’s list of Seal of Approval/Green Label certified vacuums @ www.carpet-rug.org. They are tested for three criteria: Soil removal, dust containment, and surface appearance change.