Cleaning Your House With A Vacuum

With the popularity of disposable cloths and quick cleaning tools, it is easy to forget that a dust buster has a lot of cleaning potential. Most dust buster types such as canister models or uprights have hoses and attachments that are designed for cleaning more than just the floors.

With efficient suction and convenient accessories, a dust buster can shorten the cleaning time. As opposed to merely sweeping or wiping, when you use a dust buster for certain cleaning tasks, you are removing the dirt and allergens rather than just moving them around the room.

Remove grit, crumbs, or lint from cabinets and drawers to keep your eating utensils clean. A dust buster crevice tool works great to clean those forgotten areas behind turntables, or in between cabinet units.

When there is not enough time for a thorough cleaning, remove handfuls of utensils and vacuum the cutlery drawer. Vacuum brushing books or piles of magazines are faster and more effective than wiping with a cloth.

Debris seems to gravitate in the corners of stair threads and behind staircases, so catch those areas with the suction hose. Dirt, sand and gravel gather in closets especially around shoes and boots so the area need to be tended to often.

You can either vacuum a pillow to remove lint mites and skin flakes, or place a pillow inside a large plastic bag and while holding the bag slightly closed, gently remove the air with the dust buster hose. Then re-fluff your pillow outside or where the air is cleaner.

Mattresses and box springs accumulate dead skin, hair, grit and dust mites. Vacuum regularly to reduce allergens and keep your mattress clean.

To remove airborne dirt and allergens and freshen the air in a room, remove the hose and leave the dust buster on for 10-15 minutes in a closed room. It will return cleaner air to the room but use caution to not leave your dust buster on for extended periods.

This is a good way to contain or reduce disturbed dirt while spring cleaning a room. Vacuum clean the upholstery, carpets and floors of vehicles, trailers and boats.

Some dust busters have a delicate suction feature that is gentler for washing the length of draperies. Walls should first be washed before washing or painting to remove loose grit which will be spread with a washing cloth.

Vacuum brushing is ideal for cleaning wood walls and paneling, especially before applying a wood cleaner or polish. Vacuum brushing eliminates the dirt that would be smeared as you clean with glass cleaner.

Use only a very soft dusting brush on mirrors or glass surfaces. Along with ornate lighting fixtures, ceiling fans just seem to attract grit, so use a soft brush attachment and wash fan blades and housing.

Periodically wash the air intake and diffuser where air returns to the room, as dirt tends to collect in these areas. Air cleaners with built-in ionizers tend to accumulate dust at a more rapid pace.

Carpets can hide lots of allergens, pet dander and dirt. By the time the surface begins to look dirty, you know you that you have to deal with a lot of hidden grit.

Vacuum your floors at least once a week. Heavy traffic areas may require more frequent washing.

Neglecting to vacuum often enough can shorten the life of your carpet as the buildup can potentially damage carpet fibers by fraying them. Clean around baseboards and hard to reach areas every couple of weeks.

Do not be in a hurry when vacuuming, as you might not be able to remove deeply embedded dirt. Make sure to go over each section of carpeting several times, from several different directions using a crisscross pattern and overlapping strokes.

Sprinkle your floors with baking soda or a commercial deodorizing product at least 15 minutes before you vacuum. Treat spots promptly, but spot test to make sure you are not damaging or fading your carpet’s dye or color when you use a cleaner.

Always wash the floor thoroughly before cleaning with a carpet steamer to remove particles, gravel and other debris. It also helps to lift dirt to the surface.

Terry Daniels has been cleaning and installing carpets in model homes for nearly 16 years and he knows that sammamish carpet cleaning is the only way to go.

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