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How Often Should You Vacuum?

How Often Should You Vacuum?

Posted March 16, 2016
Before we answer that question here are some interesting facts about the amount of microbes that can build up in the home and they may surprise you:
  • People lose nearly 1,000,000 skin particles every 24 hours.
  • 50 to 100 strands of hair are lost from the average human head every day.
  • The allergens adhering to dog and cat fur can maintain their strength for months.

Aside from looking nice in your home, carpets and rugs actually perform a variety of useful functions such as trapping many of the airborne contaminants mentioned above and keeping them out of the air that you breathe in. The problem is that they don't have any means of getting rid of these captured particles afterward: physical removal is necessary.

Home experts recommend that carpets and rugs be vacuumed at least two times a week, and more often in high-traffic areas. If pets are in the home, daily vacuum cleaning is strongly recommended to remove dirt, hair, dander, and the smaller microscopic allergens that are invisible to the naked eye.

If you don't vacuum frequently, dirt can be ground into the rugs and carpets, making them harder to clean the next time you call in a professional. Vacuum the dirt away as much as possible to keep it from attaching to the carpet and being ground into the fibres over time. It is much harder to properly clean a carpet if there's too much ground-in soil, and over time the covering will actually become discolored and an eyesore as well as a health hazard.

Best vacuuming cleaning techniques

Surprisingly, most professional carpet cleaning companies fail to vacuum before commencing a more in-depth process. They're trying to save time, but in the process they are weakening the effectiveness of their cleaning job.

Here are some guidelines on the most effective vacuum cleaning methods:
  • Don't rush things. Experts say that 80% of a vacuum job's effectiveness comes when pulled back as opposed to pushed forward.
  • Vacuum in multiple directions to loosen dirt and other contaminants and keep the carpets and rugs from looking worn.
  • Check your vacuum cleaner's belts and brush bars regularly for trapped hairs and clean accordingly.
  • Use a HEPA-type bag or filter if you can, as they do a good job of containing the finer particles of dirt.

Some experts warn that certain vacuum cleaning machines and improper techniques can be hazardous to your health. All of them release dust and allergens back into the air during use, but machines equipped with HEPA (high efficiency particle air) filters will release less dust, allergens, and bacteria into the air than those that do not use them. In general, these filter types trap more contaminants than they release, and many manufacturers claim that HEPA filters eliminate 99.9% of bacteria, pollen, and dander from the air.

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