- 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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