How To Use A Vacuum Cleaner To Properly Vacuum (2022)

Write a comment


Genie No mention of the time duration to keep a vacuum running before turning it off, allowing it to cool down properly during vacuuming of the house.

OneHowTo Editor 19/04/2018 Hi Genie Thank you for your comment and information! Regards oneHOWTO

maya61 11/05/2017 you described how to use a vacuum cleaner correctly. it was brief and clear. thank you for posting it


8. How to vacuum a shag rug or sheepskin rug

Another rug material, another technique, but you’ll need to do this if you don’t want to a) damage your vacuum and b) damage your rug.

Start by turning the shag or sheepskin rug face down, then pin it between your feet and use the carpet attachment (with the beater bar if you have one) on high. 

Then roll the rug up, face side in, and put it to one side while you vacuum the rest of your floor. Finally, roll the rug out and use the upholstery attachment to gently remove any debris. Job done.

The Unspoken Ways for Using the Vacuum Cleaner

Most of the people are used to take advantage of the vacuum cleaner only for picking the dirt from the floor. Yes, it’s true, the first thing that comes to your mind when talking about the vacuum is that it helps to keep the homes spotless and dust-free.

But you might never think about how vacuums can be used for different activities that will help you in keeping yourself healthy. So here are some unknown ways to use the vacuum cleaner:

Keep the Allergens Far Away From Home

People can use vacuum cleaners against fine particles like pollen. During the springtime or in the autumn, the door and window sills become the pollen hot spots.

This is why you can use the brush tool from the vacuum cleaner on these sports, this way reducing the risk of allergies. To make sure there is no trail of pollen, repeat this habit weekly in these areas.

Catch the Crumbs With Just a Move

Can you visualize those areas, such as the corners from the refrigerator’s shelves or under the grates in the toaster and stove?

Then you might know how hard it is to clean those spots. But, along with a slim vacuum tool, you can whisk away the hard-to-reach crumbs. Then once you take all the dirt away, you can start cleaning the usual disinfectant.

Vacuum Cleaner for Clearing the Washing Machine’s Lint Filter

For doing this activity, use the crevice tool from the attachment. Use it for cleaning the washing machine lint filter with the crevice tool.

So you can easily clean all the persistent lint from that little space inside the washing machine, where there are so many lint-frees and other textile residues.

Clean a Messy Crumby Keyword

There are some dirtiest spaces in our homes that gather lots of bacilli and dirt. And the keyboards are one of those spaces, that include dirt and crumbs, especially if you have this habit of snacking while you are in front of the laptop or PC. When cleaning the keyboard, the crevice tool will be the best friend.

The power of the vacuum cleaner will either such the crumbs or pull them up for easier manual cleaning. Once you make sure the crumbs are out of the keyboard, use some cotton swabs dipped in alcohol for final cleansing.

Clean the Crumbs From the Tightest Areas

Make sure you have the crevice tool, as it is a real wizard for sucking the crumbs hidden away in hard-to-reach areas.

For instance, the toaster grates, the refrigerator door shelves, or the microwaves are those spaces full of crumbs or other dirt.

Once the crumbs are taken away with the vacuum cleaner, don’t forget to apply a household disinfectant after.

Deodorize a Smelly Cushion

Ever thought of cleaning or refreshing the items that are hard to clean without using a washing machine? Well, I bet you didn’t know that the vacuum cleaner can be your best friend with this matter.

So, to kill odors on cushions, follow these easy steps: drop some baking soda on the problem spots, leave it for half an hour, then use the vacuum cleaner. The powder will get sucked up and will take the odors along with them.

Get Rid of Fleas

Did you know that vacuums can be as effective as chemical poisons when it comes to getting rid of fleas?

Some research indicated the vacuums kill more than 95% of all the fleas on a carpet. The vacuum machines can kill 100% of the larvae and pupae if they are adults.

Make the House Smell Great

There is this hack, maybe you have heard about it, maybe not, but it involves the favorite perfume and the home vacuum cleaner.

So, do this: put some essential oils, dip a cotton ball in the fragrant stuff and drop it into the cleaner bag. The device, meaning the vacuum cleaner will slowly release the scent into the air while cleaning up the house.

Ice Out the Carpet Dents

The carpet dents are an eyesore, but luckily, you can use ice and vacuum cleaners to get rid of them.

So, place the cubes on the dents and wait for them to easily melt. Then start the vacuum and let it do its job in the wet area. The process will encourage the fibers to return to their original upright positions.

Clean the Kitchen Appliances

For instance, to make myself clear, refrigerators are one of the many large and medium kitchen stuff that can be all cleaned using a vacuum cleaner.

Dust and lint can kill gadgets and electronic devices in due time. So, by using the vacuum cleaner on the exterior of these devices, you can remove the dirt in the condenser coils. Don’t forget to check the following 12 brilliant ways a vacuum can speed up your cleaning.

Watch Video: Vacuum Cleaning Tricks – 13 Brilliant Ways a Vacuum Can Speed Up Your Cleaning

How to vacuum furniture

Vacuums aren't just for cleaning floors; they can spruce up furniture, too.

Lots of models come with upholstery tools designed for vacuuming soft furniture. However, mini motorised tools are often more effective at removing pet hair and ground-in dirt.

Rather than giving your furniture a light vacuum once you've finished doing the floors, it's best to vacuum it first – vacuuming can cause small amounts of dust and fibres to fall on the floors beneath your furniture, which is frustrating if you've only just cleaned it.

Extension wands or handheld vacuums can help you to clear dust from hard-to-reach areas, such as shelves and light fixtures, while an upholstery tool can be useful if you need to tackle a dirty mattress. 

See our guides on how to clean a mattress and how to clean a sofa for more information. 

An Alternative to Composting

If you don’t compost your leaves and are, instead, facing the proposition of having to dispose of them in leaf bags, consider an alternative to removal: mulching in place. A mulching mower may make more sense for you than a leaf blower/vac. Just run the mulching mower over the leaves, letting it chew them up into fine pieces that will work as a sort of lawn fertilizer.

Another alternative is to run either a regular or a mulching mower over the leaves with the bag attachment on, then dump them from the bag attachment into your leaf bags. The bag attachments for some mowers hold more leaves than do the vacuum bags of leaf blower/vacs, so the job will go faster.

12. Which vacuum to get the best results?

An upright or a canister vacuum cleaner? To a degree it’s down to choice and what you’re used to, but here’s what to consider if you’re not getting the results you want or are looking for a change when cleaning a floor.

Price Upright vacuum cleaners tend to be cheaper than canister models. 

Noise The best canister vacuums tend to be quieter to run than upright vacuum cleaners.

Weight Upright vacuum cleaners tend to be heavier than canister vacuum cleaners, tricky if you have lots of stairs. It may be better, for example, to invest in the best handheld vacuum cleaner to keep your stair runner ideas looking spic and span.

Power Canister vacuum cleaners tend to be more powerful than most uprights, with better suction; however, the motorized brushes on uprights tend to be more efficient at cleaning thick carpets (although new canister models are now being sold with motorized brushes, too).

Maneuverability Canister vacuum cleaners are easier to use on stairs, on upholstery, blinds, under furniture… That said, with canister vacuums you are constantly bending forwards to push and pull the hose; with an upright, you’re more, well, upright, and even transitions between floor types can usually be controlled with a foot pedal; they have a wider cleaning path, too. And, you have to drag canister models, which often means they bash furniture, fall downstairs and topple over (if you’re a careless vacuumer, anyway).

Ease of use and storage Upright vacuum cleaners are ready to go, and simply stand in a cupboard; canisters require a little more assembly, and the hose, in particular, can be a pain to keep neatly.

Type of filter ‘For the best and deepest cleans, search for a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter, strong suction, and a variety of attachments to clean every floor type,’ says Justin Carpenter, owner at Modern Maids.

‘The HEPA filter can be pricey but it’s worth it. This will actually trap debris instead of recirculating it as dust back into the air.’

Step 9 Carpet Rake Again

Once again grab the carpet rake and rake the floor. This makes the carpet look new and raises the fibers of the carpet straight up too.

Just like how you brush your hair you should brush your carpet to keep it looking good.

8 Steps on How to Use a Vacuum Cleaner

I want to think that everybody knows how to turn on a vacuum cleaner, but do people know how to use this machine properly? If you are not sure about the way you are using your cleaning device, please cross the following steps.

Examine the Vacuum Bag Area

This is the first and the most important part of the process. The bag area is where all the dust gets deposited, so, as you know, there is a lot of mess. Some vacuum cleaners have an older model of bags, made of textile or paper, while some use a removable canister.

Change the bag if it is full, or empty the area if your vacuum cleaner is a reusable canister. Do this are often as you can, otherwise, the vacuum will malfunction. See the example video below:

Wash the Vacuum Brush

It’s time for taking the vacuum brush off and clean it. The proper way to do it is by holding it over a bucket with warm water. Of course, you can use dish soap or a mild detergent for washing the brush.

Check the Vacuum’s Height

Most of the vacuums have adjustable height settings, this way, you can adapt the cleaning to the varying thickness of the carpets you are going to clean. If it is too low, the airflow will be affected.

Check this setting for a proper vacuum. Otherwise, you will not obtain the level of cleaning you want.

Dry the Bristle Brush

After you have done the washing, use some rugs to dry the inside of all attachments. Of course, you can also pat dry the bristles with a rag and run it from inside several times. This way, it will soap up all the water. Don’t forget to dry it.

Comb the Bristles

While you are drying the bristle brush, use an old comb through the bristles and pull out all the hair and other debris. Then remove the remaining dirt.

Move All the Smaller Items Out of the Cleaning Area

While furniture is not easy to move at all, well, there are other things you can move from the area you are going to clean. Clutter can slow down the cleaning process.

Turn the Vacuum On

Once you make sure everything is all clean, it’s time for turning the device on. You can use the slow even strokes while you are pushing the machine to and fro on the carpet or the floor.

Use the Vacuum’s Attachments

Do you remember the day you first opened the box of the new vacuum cleaner? If yes, maybe you are visualizing all those attachments that came with the machine.

Make sure you are making full use of these accessories. If not, the airflow will push the dirt from the untouched corners into the areas you are done the cleaning.

If this is your first time using a vacuum cleaner, make sure to check the next vacuuming techniques and tips. They will help you keep your home squeaky clean at all times.

Watch Video: How to Use a Vacuum Cleaner – Proper Vacuuming Techniques & Tips

Step 6 Accessories

If your vacuum cleaner has hose accessories then please feel free to use them to clean your home. With the hose attachments, you can clean furniture, the spider webs on the wall, and even your car if you wanted to.

When done with the accessories make sure to restore them back to where they came from and to plug the hose back into its correct location. Often people forget to make it a snug fit, and that is why we make it step 2 before we vacuum, a loose hose doesn’t suck as much.

Turn Vacuum Cleaner off when done vacuuming by pressing the power button again or pushing it to the off position. 

How to Vacuum Your Pool Manually

We’re not gonna lie. You’re in for quite a workout if you’re going to vacuum your pool by hand. And it’s going to take some time, too, so don’t make any other plans for the afternoon.

Start at the shallow end and slowly move toward the deep end of the pool. Use long, slow, sweeping strokes to clean. Make sure your strokes overlap slightly to avoid leaving any debris behind.

Not to belabor the point, but this is no time to go for the world pool cleaning speed record. As the Beastie Boys might say, slow and low is the tempo. Rushing will just kick up debris, which will reduce visibility and take hours to settle down again, leaving you on the hook for another super-fun session of vacuuming your pool.

If you’ve got a load of debris, you’ll likely kick up a cloud no matter how careful you are, but there’s no need to make more work for yourself by hurrying.

If the water does become cloudy, give it a couple of hours to resettle, then come back and vacuum again, repeating as necessary.

If the vac head becomes stuck, switch off the pump for a second to break the vacuum force and set it free. Also, be sure to monitor your pool filter’s pressure gauge as you vacuum. If the pressure rises above the levels recommended by the manufacturer, take a break, and backwash your filter.

Reader Success Stories

  • Sam Merani

May 25, 2020

    Sam Merani May 25, 2020

    “This is most accurate site to learn from. I am a new technician just learning. Thank you.”

Share your story