When it comes to cleaning a home or office, everyone thinks of vacuuming being just another mindless chore. But it really is an art. There is a right way to vacuum a room so you collect all the dirt and keep dust to a minimum. And for every job there is a correct vacuum cleaner. If you choose and use the right equipment, your home, office or cleaning business will benefit and provide a healthier environment.

Living room.

Living room and family rooms get the highest amount of tracked in dirt. It is the gathering place for family functions, a kids play area, the catch all and storage room and just about anything else where a family gets together. It is used on a daily basis and should be vacuumed every day at least once.

Start by vacuuming the tops of the drapes and down the wall corners with the hose. This will get all dust and spider webs that have collected from doors opening and closing to the outside yard area. Once you have done that, vacuum the main rug using the main vacuum. Next use your vacuum extension with a brush attached to the end and clean around the edge of the carpet and in the corners. Vacuum the main rug one more time to remove the last of the tracked in dirt.


The bedroom is the next area of concern. It is where you sleep, it is where you rest when you are sick and it is where breathing is most important. Dust and dirt in the bedroom can become a health hazards or just make it hard to sleep because of unwanted odors.

Before your begin to vacuum, dust all dresser tops, shelves and knick knacks. Vacuum drapes and edge of the room just once a week, as well as under a raised bed once a week to remove dust. Vacuum your bedroom rug every other day to keep it clean, dust and dirt free, and smelling nice for the ultimate relaxation.


Stairs are one of the most difficult to clean when carpeted. But the easiest way to clean stairs is with a small, hand held vacuum cleaner. Clean the back edges and then the main step area of the stair. Do each stair until your complete the all steps. Stairs are a high traffic area so should be lightly vacuumed every day and deep cleaned once a week.


There are several choices in vacuum cleaners depending on the job required. Upright vacuum, canister vacuums and hand held vacuums are perfect for indoor and home vacuuming. For heavier jobs a good dry/wet shop vac is a great investment. They are reasonable in price and produce a stronger suction for tough jobs.

Shop vacs are used for clean up in garages, cars, basement and anywhere that will need a heavy clean. They provide professional shop vacs for commercial use in large office building and manufacturing firms with extensive floor space. Many shop vacs also work as blowers for outdoor clean up of parking lots, sidewalks and driveways.


Garages seem to be the place heavy work is done and need clean up with something strong. A good shop vac will pick up saw dust left over from a woodworking job to pieces of glass and other dangerous to touch debris. With extension handles, a good shop vac will collect spider webs and spiders along roof edges and in rafters. This helps to prevent spider bites to the owner.


There is nothing better than a good wet/dry shop vac when the basement floods. Cleaning with buckets and towels can take hours and even days. All the while floors, rugs and walls are being exposed to water damage and possible mold. Your shop vac will suck up the water in record time and is easy to empty. It takes a fraction of the time to clear standing water from the basement and helps to preserve the foundation and prevent further damage.

Once fall arrives you can turn your shop vac into a leaf blower to clear sidewalks and driveways or clean the gutters of your home. It’s a great way to prepare your home for winter snow and rain and protect the roof line from damage.

There is always a right way to vacuum and as you practice and learn, you too, can become an artist of the trade.

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