Everyone knows that they should vacuum their carpet, but there is a lot more to vacuuming than just running it over the carpet, every once in a while. Vacuuming should be done once a week, at a minimum. Most carpet cleaners recommend twice a week, however, if you have the time every other day or daily is really the way to ensure your rugs look great for years to come.
Why Vacuum So Often?
Most people would agree that shoes are not the best thing to walk across the rug with, but even if you are walking across the rug in socks or barefoot you are still tracking things through the house. The feet are the sweatiest part of the body, and as they track across the carpet, they leave both sweat, and oils behind. Oil and sweat are not dirt. However, they do impact how dirt concentrates in the carpet. Oil attracts soil like a magnet. Once the two combine they form a glue-like substance. Vacuuming helps to prevent the combination by removing the dirt before it has a chance to form this glue-like cement on the carpet fibers. In short, vacuum your rugs as often as you have time to do so.
Vacuum Maintenance is Important
You can’t expect a vacuum to do all the work if you don’t maintain it. Vacuums should receive regular maintenance. First, empty the canister after every vacuuming session and wipe down the outside of the vacuum with a damp cloth to remove external dust. If you have a bagged vacuum, make sure that replace the bag somewhere between half to two-thirds full. After that, the vacuum loses suction and performs poorly. In addition, a full bag can encourage clogs, and overwork the motor. Next, clean or replace your filters regularly. Cleaned or replaced vacuum filters once every three months. Don’t forget to clean the beater bar. The bar can build up a nice layer of hair. This will prevent dust from moving easily into the vacuum as well as larger particles that it should pick up. Lastly, vacuums should be serviced by a professional once a year. This will keep it running at its best for years to come. Just because you have a cheap vacuum doesn’t mean you need to replace it every couple of years, if maintained correctly.
What Kind of Vacuum is Best?
There are several great vacuums on the market, but a good vacuum usually costs a bit more. As a carpet cleaning company, we have used many over the years as part of our service, and our top recommendation is a Riccar. Riccars are American-made. They come with a 5-year warranty and feature a dual suction system, a and built-in blade to cuts hair trapped in the beater bar. The Riccar is made with durable metal parts and will outperform a Dyson.
That being said Dyson is not a bad vacuum. Dyson is a top performer in the industry. Dyson’s also has some cool features like the ball that allows the head of the vacuum to swivel and get into tight places.
For something in the more affordable everyday range, the Shark vacuum can give a lot of bang for your buck. This little vacuum has some similar upgrades to the Dyson, and they have great suction power. Unfortunately, its parts are not designed to be repaired. When the vacuum breaks down you are likely to need to replace it vs. trying to fix it. Over time this can be more expensive than buying a higher quality vacuum that you can get a couple of decades out of.
Where to Purchase, or Service a Vacuum
If you are in the North Denver Metro area, we would highly recommend you check out Vacuums R Us locates at 5215 W 80th Ave, Arvada, CO 80003. Call them at 303.455.3096
If you are not in the area we recommend finding a good vacuum store near you, because they can service your vacuum and handle warranty issues. However, you can also purchase by clicking on the links below. As an Amazon affiliate, we do earn a small percentage from your purchase.
Just click on the name of the vacuum you would like to see.
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