What are all the vacuum attachments and settings for?

Vacuuming the right way is important because it can keep your carpet looking good, smelling nice, and feeling soft. It’s important to vacuum often to keep carpets (as well as the air) clean and fresh. Vacuuming isn’t a difficult task (your kids might even do it), but we’ve all had that moment where we wondered what a certain attachment was for or how often the vacuuming should be done.


A Few Common Attachments

a vacuum attachment


Radiator Brush – Ideal for vacuuming radiators and vents. A lot of dirt can gather in ducts and vents because of the constant airflow. Be sure to get that dust out of the air and into your vacuum.



Crevice Tool – This thin, long attachment is great for narrow areas and hard-to-reach corners and crevices. It’s especially useful to get the carpet right next to baseboards where there can be a lot of dirt build-up.



Upholstery Nozzle – Like the name suggests, this tool is excellent for vacuuming upholstered furniture, drapes, and mattresses. The thin fabric on the tool itself helps the vacuum avoid getting suctioned to the furniture.



All-Purpose Brush – Great for cleaning shelves and flat surfaces. Any spot you might scratch up with another tool, go with this brush!



Dusting Brush – This comes in handy for vacuuming more fragile surfaces that require a more gentle touch. Get rid of dust without scratching anything!


Which Vacuum Setting Should I Use?

Most vacuums have a knob close to the front of the base that will adjust pile height (AKA height of the surface you are vacuuming). With this setting you can make sure that your vacuum makes contact with the carpet but still allows for the proper amount of airflow. So when should you change these settings?

Low Pile Setting: For flat, commercial carpeting. The vacuum will have good floor contact as well as airflow for suction.

High Pile Setting: For wool or wool blend, high pile, or soft carpeting. This setting will essentially skim the top of the carpet, allowing enough airflow for effective suction.

Bare Floor Setting: For hardwood or other floors without carpet. If you set the pile height too low, you can scratch your floors with the powered brush. If your vacuum doesn’t have this setting, don’t use it on the bare floors!


When Should I Vacuum?

Vacuum all carpets weekly, at the very least. In heavily-trafficked areas, make sure to vacuum at least twice a week. Remember that frequency is one of the most important aspects of vacuuming. 

What is the Best Way to Vacuum?

Use a top-down method when cleaning your home. First dust the blinds, furniture, and other surfaces, which will push some dust/dirt to the floor, then vacuum the floors. When vacuuming, push and pull the vacuum, back and forth, in a slow, overlapping pattern, moving to the side approximately every four strokes. Spend more time vacuuming hard-to-reach areas like corners and edges next to baseboards.

Consider using a vacuum that has a CRI Seal of Approval or a Green Label to ensure efficiency and better air quality.


Make Your Vacuum Last Longer

  • Clean out all the hair, dust, etc. from the brushes. If the brushes are old and worn out, replace them. You won’t clean much if you’re vacuum is gross!
  • Keep the vacuum instructions and use them when needed.
  • Occasionally check the bottom of the vacuum for bent metal or rough edges that might snag the carpet.
  • Move the vacuum by the handle, not the hose. Vacuums can be damaged when gripped by the hose.
  • As soon as your vacuum bag gets about ½ to ⅔ full, empty or replace it.
  • Unclog the hose and adjustments when necessary.

Vacuuming like a pro will preserve your carpets longer but all carpets will gather dirt, stains, and bacteria!

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