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What Happens to Your Carpet If You Don’t Vacuum?

Carpet serves many beneficial purposes in your home, like providing warmth and comfort, reducing noise, adding style and design, and improving your indoor air quality. This means that proper care for cleaning and maintaining your carpet is very important. If you think that skipping vacuuming is an easy way to save you time and effort, think again! The Carpet and Rug Institute posits that proper vacuuming is the easiest and most effective way to keep your carpet clean. Not vacuuming can lead to a dirty, unhealthy home, and it takes a major toll on your carpet! For a happy, healthy home, vacuuming is a necessity!

Still not convinced? Here’s exactly what happens to your carpet if you don’t vacuum.

Vacuuming works by removing all of the tiny particles, like pollen, dust, dead skin and pet dander that becomes interwoven in your carpet’s fibers. That trapped dust and dirt causes your carpet to appear dirty and unclean.

When you don’t vacuum, those particles accumulate and pile up; they may even get deeply embedded into your carpet’s fibers. This causes discoloration of your carpet, which will make your carpet always appear dirty! It’ll also cause your carpet to be unhealthy, since it’ll be a home for allergens that can get kicked into the air and trigger allergy and asthma symptoms.

Loose particles, when not removed, will not only discolor your carpet, but also wear it down quicker. When carpet is walked on, the dust and dirt trapped in the fibers can get shifted around and actually end up cutting and damaging the carpet fibers. This decreases the lifespan of your carpet, meaning you’ll  have to get it replaced earlier—and that gets costly.

Not vacuuming leads to your carpet getting worn away every time you walk on it. And when you think about how many times a day you or a family member walks across it, you might just be convinced to run out, buy a vacuum and use it non-stop (if you haven’t done so already!).

Lastly, if you don’t vacuum, your carpet can become infested with dust mites and become a potential health hazard. Every day millions of pieces of hair, fur, pet dander, bugs, bacteria, dust and other allergens fall and get trapped in your carpet. If left there, they’ll only multiply, increasing how dirty and germy your carpet really gets, especially if you have pets or kids who bring in germs from outside !

This buildup of dust, dirt and bacteria can be a significant health hazard for you and your family, and even more so if your family includes allergy and asthma sufferers.

If you don’t vacuum regularly, you’re potentially damaging your family’s health, your carpet and your home. Frequent vacuuming is the key to maintaining the carpet’s look and feel, lifespan, and healthiness. The Carpet and Rug Institute recommends vacuuming high-traffic areas once a day, medium-traffic areas twice a week and low-traffic areas once a week. When you vacuum go over the area multiple times in different directions, don’t skimp out on the corners and crevices of each room. Vacuuming efficiently, frequently and effectively allows you to live happily in a healthy home—and with great carpet too!

Oh the Places You’ll Go! 5 Clever Places Your Vacuum Comes in Handy

Your vacuum has been all over your house — cleaning up the dirt, dust and bacteria that threatens your happy, healthy home! It does a great job of handling the pet hair clumped to furniture, the kids’ dirt tracks on the carpet and the dust lingering around your bed, but has your vacuum cleaner been everywhere it could go to get things clean?

There are plenty of unexpected places where your vacuum can come in handy that you may not have thought of before. We think these 5 places could be the cherry-on-top that creates a perfectly clean and healthy home. Check it out and see just all the places you—and your vacuum, of course—will go!

Baseboards

Bending and crouching down to clean the impossible-to-reach baseboards can be a pain — literally! Not to mention the time and effort you spend, only to get a semi-clean look. Instead, try using your vacuum to do all the work.

Your hose is long enough to be able to reach the baseboards and remove lingering, stubborn dust . Be careful not to apply pressure and pull the hose along the baseboards, which could cause scratching or black marks. Turn the vacuum on, grab the hose and get to dusting those baseboards clean with a lot less pain. The brush attachment can be great to use for this task, as well.

Fireplace

Perhaps your fireplace is a constant:  always turned on in your home, or maybe you’ve never even touched it, much less turned it on. Whether you use your fireplace or not, it’s still a collecting pit for dust and dirt—a place that definitely needs cleaning! This is where your vacuum cleaner comes in handy. Don’t use it to suck up all the ash, soot and burned logs from inside the fireplace; instead, use your vacuum to dust and clean up the brick, wood, or tile on the outside and around your fireplace. You may be surprised at the amount of particles and dust that’s accumulated, but no matter what it amounts to, it will be no match for the hose of your awesome vacuum cleaner!

Kitchen

You’ve probably thought to use your vacuum to clean your kitchen floors, but have you utilized the machine in very possible way you can in your kitchen? Perhaps not! Besides cleaning the floors, your vacuum, the hose and its attachments can really get your space looking fresh. Deep clean your cupboards, cabinets and drawers with the hose of the vacuum, especially if you haven’t in a while, because dust can easily accumulate in those spaces.

Use the crevice attachment to suck crumbs from areas such as under cabinets, in the cooled-off oven, or under the grates of the stove. You can also use it to “sweep” around the areas under, to the side of and behind your fridge and other appliances (if possible to remove them slightly against the wall).  

Windows

Your windows can get really dusty and dirty, and simply using a cloth to clean won’t always give you the best, most efficient clean. Instead, use your vacuum to clean the windows, sills, screens and other spaces in between!

First thing, if you have bad allergies due to pollen or dust, you may want to wear a mask while cleaning the window because it’ll be open to the outside. You can use the hose to easily suck up and remove all the dust, dirt, pollen and other allergens from the crevices along the window sill. Also, the area between the screen and sill can get dirtied and filled with dead bugs, pollen, and dirt. Using the hose function in the area between the sill and screen will help you to get an efficient and effective clean of your windows!

Décor

All over your home, décor is creating great design in the room…and collecting dust from you, your pets, your family and everyday living! Things like lamps, books, tables, shelves and other decorations can be big traps for dirt and dust. You’ll have to be a little careful around anything breakable, but your vacuum can help reach those hard-to-get places of the décor and clean them.

For example, you can use the hose or the brush attachment to dust lampshades and the bases of lamps. Using the hose is much easier to clean the tops of books than using a cloth over the top of every single one. Shelves, tables, and small pieces you store on these surfaces can be dusted using the hose on your vacuum as well.

 

 

 

 

4 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Clean with Your Vacuum

When you think of chores, cleaning or your to-do list, it’s likely that vacuuming is one of the first things you think of. Vacuum cleaners are considered a cleaning staple for households, but there’s so much more to vacuums than the standard usage. Here are 4 things you didn’t know you could clean with your vacuum that will give your home a complete clean, transforming it into a healthy, happy space for you to live.

Dusting

Vacuums have long been known for their ability to pick up the dust and dirt collecting in your carpet’s fibers.  But did you know that vacuums can be used for the rest of your dusting too? Using a vacuum is actually more effective in cleaning because the particles end up in the canister or bag, as opposed to settling all over your recently-cleaned home.

To use your vacuum for dusting purposes, just attach the soft brush attachment to the end of the hose and go over any surface you’d like, such as tables, bookshelves, and windowsills. Vacuums can even help you dust areas or items that you would’ve never thought of or that are difficult to reach, like baseboards, light fixtures/lamps, and window covers (blinds, curtains, shutters).

Appliances

While the actual vacuum unit can’t reach up to clean the kitchen appliances, your hose and attachments sure can! Long gone are the days of removing all the appliance’s pieces, scrubbing, and wiping with a paper towel to clean crumbs and food bits stuck in your microwave, stove, oven and fridge.

Using the crevice attachment, you can easily fit your hose into the small spaces of your stove or fridge shelves to clean the debris. This saves you the hassle and frustration of wiping and re-wiping spilled scraps. And while you’re at it, you could even suck up the crumbs on your counter too! Just make sure whatever appliance you are cleaning has cooled down first, and then vacuum away!

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Bathroom

You can’t clean every inch of your bathroom — because the vacuum won’t clean your shower or your toilet! However, it can still be quite useful. You’ve probably seen it:  your bathroom can collect a lot of sticky dust and lint, and any attempt to wipe it down with a paper towel can actually end up smearing that grime around even more.

To save you from this distress, simply use the soft brush attachment (attached onto your vacuum’s hose) and wipe down surfaces, counters and walls of your bathroom. While you may have to use a cleaner to clean the stains and messes, using your vacuum cleaner to wipe down and tidy up the space makes the process much quicker and easier!

Windows

If just the thought of taking your windows and screens apart for cleaning makes you want to run away screaming, then your vacuum is just the thing you need. As odd as it may sound, giving your windows a quick vacuum every now and then will actually clean them better and in a much faster way! Oftentimes, homeowners seem to overlook the filth and dust on their windows because they’re such inconvenient places to clean. If you’re using a vacuum to clean often, then it might not be necessary to take apart your whole window, spray it down and scrub like a madman.

To clean your windows, use your hose to vacuum the screen, windowsill (a lot of filth can build up in the windowsill between the screen and glass), and windows. With a fresh view outside, your home will certainly be looking and feeling clean and tidy inside—all thanks to your vacuum!