How to vacuum carpets and floors

Cleaning carpets

Regular vacuuming is the easiest and most cost-effective way to keep your carpets clean. Removing dirt while it is loose on the carpet surface prevents it from being ground in – which will help keep your carpets in good condition for longer. It may also surprise you that proper vacuuming can have the biggest impact on the air you breathe too – clean carpets mean cleaner air, which means a healthier you. 

How to vacuum

When vacuuming your carpets you should use slow, steady back to front motions. You should repeat every movement at least two to three times, moving slightly to the left or right after each set of strokes. Dividing your room into four quadrants is a helpful way to ensure you clean every area. Make sure you complete a full quadrant before moving onto the next. Before vacuuming make sure you clean the room ‘top down’ – dusting furniture surfaces, windowsills and blinds first as this will ensure you clean up all fallen dust with your vacuum cleaner.

Vacuum cleaner


Using vacuum cleaner attachments

When vacuuming you will need to ensure you clean well into the corners and crevices of the room as this is where dust and dirt builds. Using your vacuum cleaner attachments is the most effective way to do this. Your vacuum cleaner may include a crevice tool, which is long and thin to reach into narrow corners. The upholstery nozzle is ideal for vacuuming chairs, sofas, cushions, curtains and even mattresses. Your vacuum cleaner should also include an all-purpose brush which works well on books and shelves, as well as a small brush for cleaning between radiators and small spaces. Look out for vacuum cleaners with detachable handles which can also be used as a hand-held vacuum making it easy to clean harder-to-reach areas.

Our experts recommend the Merlin 2-in-1 Vacuum Cleaner.

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