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Do More With Your Vacuum to Keep Your Home Clean

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With the popularity of disposable dusting cloths and quick cleaning tools, it's easy to forget that a vacuum has a lot of cleaning potential. Most vacuum types such as canister models or uprights that have hoses and attachments, are designed for cleaning more than floors and carpets. With efficient suction and convenient accessories, a vacuum can shorten the cleaning time. As opposed to merely sweeping or wiping, when you use a vacuum for certain cleaning tasks, you are removing the dust and allergens rather than just moving them around the room.
  • Inside Cabinets & Drawers: Vacuum to remove dust, crumbs or lint. A vacuum crevice tool works great to clean those forgotten areas behind turntables, or in between cabinet units. Remove dirt from your range's storage drawer.
  • Cutlery Drawer: The cutlery or kitchen tool drawer is a magnet for crumbs. When there's not enough time for a thorough cleaning, remove handfuls of utensils and vacuum the drawer.
  • Library & Books: Vacuum dusting books or piles of magazines is more effective than wiping with a cloth. It's also much quicker.
  • Stairs: Debris seems to gravitate in the corners of stair threads and behind staircases.
  • Closets: Dust, sand and gravel gathers in closets especially around shoes and boots.
  • Pillows: You can either vacuum a pillow to remove dust mites and skin flakes, or place a pillow inside a large plastic bag and while holding the bag slightly closed, gently remove the air with the vacuum hose. Then re-fluff your pillow outside or where the air is cleaner.
  • Mattresses: Mattresses and box springs accumulate dead skin, hair, dust and dust mites. Vacuum regularly to reduce allergens and keep your mattress clean.
  • Freshen a Room: To remove airborne dust/allergens and freshen the air in a room, remove the hose and leave the vacuum on for 10-15 minutes in a closed room. It will return cleaner air to the room but use caution to not leave your vacuum on for extended periods. This is a good way to contain or reduce disturbed dust while spring cleaning a room.
  • Vehicles: Vacuum clean the upholstery, carpets and floors of vehicles, trailers and boats. Note: Use only a wet/dry vacuum if debris is extensive or the area is damp or wet.
  • Draperies & Valances: A lot of dust will accumulate especially on the top of curtain headers and valances. Use the hose and wand with a dusting attachment. Some vacuums have a delicate suction feature that is gentler for vacuuming the length of draperies.
  • Walls: Walls should first be vacuumed before washing or painting to remove loose dust which will be spread with a washing cloth. Vacuum dusting is ideal for cleaning wood walls and paneling, especially before applying a wood cleaner or polish.
  • Hall or Wall Mirrors: Vacuum dusting eliminates the dust that would be smeared as you clean with glass cleaner. Use only a very soft dusting brush on mirrors or glass surfaces.
  • Ceiling Fans & Light Fixtures: Along with ornate lighting fixtures, ceiling fans just seem to attract dust. Use a soft brush attachment and vacuum fan blades and housing.
  • Lamp Shades: These are often overlooked when cleaning, but lamp shades have crevices that are best cleaned with a vacuum.
  • Garbage Receptacles: Remove crumbs and dirt easily from the bottom of trash or recycle bins.
  • Humidifiers & Air Cleaners: Periodically vacuum the air intake and diffuser where air returns to the room, as dust tends to collect in these areas. Air cleaners with built-in ionizers tend to accumulate dust at a more rapid pace.
  • Runners & Area Rugs: Use care when vacuuming small runners and mats. Avoid vacuuming fringes or carpet corners.
  • Refrigerator Coils: Vacuuming exposed coils behind your refrigerator will reduce energy costs and make your appliance work more efficiently.
  • Routine Dusting: Vacuum dusting removes the dust and provides a better cleaning than wiping.
  • Painting or Staining Projects: For best finishing results, always vacuum wood items to remove minute sawdust, steel wool fibers or other particles, before you stain or paint.
  • Steaming or Cleaning a Carpet: Always vacuum the carpet before cleaning with a carpet steamer to remove particles, gravel and other debris. It also helps to lift dirt to the surface. Vacuum after the cleaning to fluff and raise rug fibers.
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