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Vacuuming and Your Carpet
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Similar to every flooring type requiring regular cleaning and maintenance, several floors need to be vacuumed, including carpet. While this may seem like something captain obvious would say, just as all flooring varieties require different cleaning methods, how to vacuum differs as well. how often to vacuum, the cleaning mode, speed of the machine, and yes, even type of vacuum, are all important when wanting the cleanest home.

Before whipping out the good ol’ sturdy upright Hoover or Dyson, one main thing to consider is the carpet construction. Not only can carpet be made out of countless materials like wool, polyester, and nylon, the way each carpet was woven differs as well. Thick loop, high pile, frieze, loop pile — the list goes on and on. So when switching from one carpeting material to another, or alternating among carpet constructions, the cleaning setting(s) on the vacuum may need to be changed.

Another one of the main things to consider before vacuuming any floor – not just carpeting – is adjustable height an included feature? Why is adjustable height such an vital feature for a vacuum to have? Vacuums with adjustable height can then be used on almost any variety of carpet construction. Too high above the carpet’s surface, and the vacuum can’t remove the soil trapped below. Too low, and if the vacuum has a beater bar or brush, it can be too harsh on the top layer of the carpet, making it look older than it truly is.

When looking for a vacuum that not only can clean several carpet types, but also has adjustable height, most upright vacuum cleaners can tackle the job. However, as there are more aspects of vacuum cleaners than just these two qualities, a respected resource to visit is The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI). The CRI not only lists carpet care cleaning tips (including vacuuming), but they also have green label programs, but they also test vacuums to see how well they work, help consumers make informed decisions, and help manufacturers improve products. Check here to see if a vacuum earns The Carpet and Rug Institute’s seal of approval or falls under their green label.

When looking for a vacuum that not only can clean several carpet types, but also has adjustable height, most upright vacuum cleaners can tackle the job. However, as there are more aspects of vacuum cleaners than just these two qualities, a respected resource to visit is The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI). The CRI not only lists carpet care cleaning tips (including vacuuming), but they also have green label programs, but they also test vacuums to see how well they work, help consumers make informed decisions, and help manufacturers improve products. Check here to see if a vacuum earns The Carpet and Rug Institute’s seal of approval or falls under their green label.

One final tip about vacuuming carpet floors: It’s best to vacuum high-traffic areas on a regular basis to keep the carpeting looking its best, as well as keeping a home clean. Most experts recommend vacuuming at least once a week, however The CRI suggests doing so on a daily basis.



 
 
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