Guide to Vacuum Attachments

Today’s vacuums are powerful cleaning machines capable of handling a variety of surfaces and getting in hard to reach places to remove dirt and dust. With the right set of attachments, you can tackle practically any space and keep your home clean and free of allergens. This comprehensive guide will help you choose the right tools to fit your home and answer common questions about vacuums and vacuuming best practices.


Types of Vacuums

There are a variety of vacuums that offer different advantages. Here are some of the main types of vacuums that can help you keep your home looking beautiful and put some fun into cleaning.


Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

Handheld vacuum cleaners are lightweight, portable and easy to operate using just one hand. They are ideal for quickly cleaning up small messes or reaching spots that might be difficult to navigate with an upright vacuum cleaner. A handheld vacuum is also a great choice for surfaces that could be damaged by a heavier vacuum.


Upright Vacuum Cleaner

For whole house cleaning, an upright vacuum cleaner is the perfect tool. Modern upright vacuums feature rotating brushes that thoroughly remove dirt and pet hair from carpets and other surfaces. Depth settings allow you to adjust the height of the brushes so that you can effectively clean everything from shag carpet to hardwood floors. The wide cleaning path makes easy work of large spaces and an assortment of cleaning attachments allows you to vacuum hard to reach spaces.


Robot Vacuum

With robot vacuums, you won’t ever have to worry about vacuuming your home again. After the initial setup, all you have to do is empty the bin when it is full. Smart technology helps the vacuum learn your home so that it thoroughly cleans every inch and avoids bumping into furniture. You can program a robot vacuum to clean while you are away from home and when the bin is full or the battery runs low, it will return to its home dock. There simply isn’t a more convenient way to stay on top of your chores.


Robot Mop

Using a mop and bucket to clean your floors is not only labor intensive, it often means that you are simply spreading dirty water around your floors. Robot mops can make your life easier by automatically cleaning your floors. All you have to do is till the tank with cleaning fluid and let the robot mop go to work. Some models even come with voice or phone controls for unbeatable ease of use.


Steam Mop

Steam mops provide an effective tool for deep cleaning hard surfaces. The steam helps to eradicate germs and remove tough dirt that may have accumulated over time. Using the cleaning power of steam is also an eco-friendly solution that reduces the amount of cleaning chemicals you use in your home.


Carpet Cleaner Vacuum

There are a wide variety of carpet cleaner vacuums on the market. Heavy duty models can include both wet and dry vacuum features for deep cleaning although most homeowners will opt for a traditional dry brush version. The right model depends on your specific needs. Look for vacuums with height adjustments that can accommodate your various carpet lengths. If you have pets, consider investing in models that are specifically designed to help pick up pet hair. Also, be sure to read customer reviews to get a better feel for overall performance. 


Types of Flooring

Today’s homes are usually outfitted with several different types of flooring, which can raise questions about the ideal cleaning methods. Keep reading for a quick overview of common floor types and tips on how to clean any type of floor.


Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is a synthetic material that resembles wood while providing a more affordable and easier to install product. The multi-layer design adds durability and provides added protection against moisture, making laminate flooring perfect for kitchens and bathrooms. While laminate floors can withstand water, they shouldn’t be cleaned using a wet mop or steam cleaning. Instead, you should regularly sweep or vacuum the surface with a hardwood vacuum attachment.


Carpet Flooring

Carpet flooring is a great way to add warmth and texture to a home. With a practically infinite selection of pile length, colors and patterns to choose from, you can create a unique look that also fits your lifestyle. Modern carpets are also more durable and stain-resistant that ever so that your floors will look good for years to come. With the right vacuum, keeping your carpets clean can be a breeze.


Hardwood Flooring

For those who love the look and feel of real wood, investing in hardwood flooring is well worth the money.  Hardwood floors are a durable option that can add value to you home and require minimal maintenance.


Vacuum Attachment and Accessories

Most vacuum cleaners will come with a few attachments to help with various cleaning jobs. Keep in mind that you can always purchase additional vacuum attachments and accessories if the ones you want don’t come standard with your vacuum. Here just a few of the many attachments worth considering:


Extension Wand

The extension wand allows you to reach into corners, small spaces between appliances and up into ceiling corners where cobwebs can form.


Crevice Tool

The crevice attachment offers a narrow design and angled tip that is perfect for vacuuming along baseboards, reaching between couch cushions and reaching other tight spots.


Ceiling Fan Tool

With the ceiling fan attachment, you won’t have to worry about climbing on a chair to reach the dust the accumulates on the top of fan blades. You can easily reach the fan and eliminate dust in seconds.


Upholstery Tool

Vacuums aren’t just for floors and carpets. Upholstery attachments offer a wider head and special fabric or bristles that work to pick up dust, dirt and pet hair from chairs and sofas.


Dusting Brush

Instead of wiping surfaces with dusting spray that can sometimes simply push dirt around, a dusting brush will actually pick up and eliminate dust and debris. This attachment uses long, soft bristles for collect dirt, making it perfect for vacuuming blinds, lampshades, art and bookcases.


Turbo Brush

The turbo brush attachment features a compact rotating brush that makes it easy to tackle stairs and deep clean upholstery, including car interiors.


Vacuuming FAQs


How do I use a vacuum?

Before you begin vacuuming, be sure to remove any obstacles and adjust the brush height to the correct setting for the surface you will be cleaning. As you vacuum, move the vacuum back and forth over the surface and focus on one small section at a time so that you thorough cover the entire room.


How fast should I vacuum?

Take your time when vacuuming. Slow, even strokes will allow the vacuum to pick up as much dirt and debris as possible.


How do you clean vacuum cleaners?

Before you clean your vacuum, make sure that it is unplugged. Next, you will want to empty the bag or canister. Then, lay the vacuum on its side so that you can easily access the brush roller. Conduct a visual inspection to see if there are any hairs or strings that have become wrapped around the roller. If you see a problem, you should be able to use scissors to remove the obstacles. You may also want to remove the roller brush and use a paper towel to remove dirt that can accumulate behind the brush and along the bearings.


Can you damage carpet by vacuuming?

Today’s carpets are incredibly durable and designed to withstand heavy foot traffic and regular vacuuming. While accidents may happen, as long as you are using the vacuum correctly, you won’t damage your carpet.


How often should I vacuum?

Generally, you should vacuum your carpets several times a week. Allowing dirt to accumulate will actually undermine the integrity of the carpet fibers and cause it to wear more quickly. Regular vacuuming will keep your home clean and prolong the life of your carpets.


Are vacuums bad for hardwood floors?

You can safely vacuum your hardwood floors, but you must remember to turn off the rotating brush roll, which can be harsh on hardwood floors. All you need is the vacuum’s suction to effectively pick up dirt.



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Published 12.26.19

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