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How Often Should You Vacuum?

Posted: 28/09/2023

Vacuuming is one of those household chores that is very satisfying once you’ve finished, but the thought of doing it can make you put it off for days. You may be surprised to hear that you should be vacuuming at least twice a week, particularly if you have rugs or carpets as these hold onto dirt. Different types of floors require more (or less) vacuuming, so carry on reading to find out the true answer of how often you should vacuum!

Optimal Floor Vacuuming

There is no right answer when it comes to how regularly you should vacuum your floor, mainly because it depends on the footfall in your home. If you have lots of children running around regularly then you will need to vacuum a couple of times a week, but if you live alone then once a week is sufficient.

If you struggle with finding the time to vacuum, it is always a good idea to prioritise the high-traffic areas over the low-traffic ones. For example, if your kitchen is always full of people then try and vacuum this once or twice a week as a minimum. The other low-traffic areas are fine to be vacuumed once a week, or bi-weekly if you run out of time.

Vacuuming For The Best Results

You have probably by now concluded that you need to vacuum your home more regularly. However, we have some tips that will ensure you get the very best results, and you don’t have to spend hours vacuuming either!

Dust before you vacuum

The best way to clean your house is to dust first, then vacuum after. This means you can collect any dirt and dust that you have cleaned off windowsills and furniture, preventing this from being walked all over the house.

Vacuum in a criss-cross pattern

You’ve probably seen on TV adverts for carpets that they are always vacuumed in a way that gives a shark’s teeth effect. As well as being incredibly satisfying, there is a logical explanation too! By vacuuming in overlapping diagonal lines, you are less likely to miss parts of the floor. Moving the fibres of the carpet in this way also helps to lift the dust from deep within the roots of the carpet.

Finish with sweeping

Once you have been over your floors with a vacuum, have a quick sweep around too (on hard floors of course!). This will get rid of any loose dirt or hair that your vacuum wasn’t quite able to reach.

Keeping Your Home Cleaner For Longer

Housework is a very time-consuming chore, so we have put together a couple of tips on how to keep your home cleaner for longer:

  • Freshen the air as you vacuum - either use a scented diffuser while you work, or you can even add a couple of drops of essential oils to your vacuum canister.
  • Don’t just vacuum using the large attachments, there will be lots of different heads that have brushes on or are narrow, to allow you to get into all the small corners of your home.
  • Clean your vacuum regularly - check the filters monthly and empty the canister after each use to prevent a build-up. This will keep your hoover running optimally at all times.

So, there you have it, a quick guide on how often you should vacuum your home. If you are struggling for time, why not give us a call one of our dedicated team can give you a quote for cleaning your home regularly.