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vacuum cleaner on the floor showing house cleaning conceptIn our last blog, we revisited the importance of dusting your home – and dusting it properly – in an effort to keep dust mites at bay. As you’re likely aware, dust mites are allergens that negatively impact the air that we breathe. So naturally, it pays to keep our homes as clean and tidy as possible. Obviously, dusting is not the only household chore that helps to minimize dust. Vacuuming is also a popular activity in the home.

And, by popular, we don’t necessarily mean enjoyable. It’s one of those regular tasks that are required of us all in order to keep our homes clean. Without vacuuming, the accumulation of dust is inevitable. But just like with dusting, there are some important techniques that will help you to get the most out of your vacuum. Isn’t this vacuuming stuff supposed to be straight-forward? Well not always, it seems.

Here are five vacuuming tips for eliminating dust in the home:

1. Empty the bag after every use. Some people wait until their vacuum bags or cups are full before emptying them. However, as Carolyn Forte points out on GoodHousekeeping.com, this can be a mistake. “Even though some vacuums have ‘check bag’ indicator lights, check the bag yourself and change it when it’s three-quarters full,” she advises, “This keeps your vacuum’s suction strong. And if you have a bagless vac, don’t forget the dust cup – dirt collects there, too.”

2. Move the furniture around. Some people are lazy. We’re just being honest here. They choose to vacuum around their tables, chairs and other furniture. As a result, there are areas of dust that never even get a once over. “Move any furniture you can out of the room; you don’t need to do this every time, but as part of seasonal cleaning it makes sense to clean the entire area of carpet,” Molly Maid strongly recommends.

3. Use the attachments. They are there for a reason. Some allow for you to vacuum those crevices that exist between the carpet and the walls. Some allow for you to properly dust soft or cushiony furniture. And some allow for you to reach higher places. “They make above-the-floor cleaning much easier, and pick up dust and allergens from areas you might otherwise overlook, like upholstery, light fixtures, baseboards, and lampshades,” reports Forte.

4. Do away with once-overs. In other words, make sure to make multiple passes over your cleaning areas. Even the best vacuums may not suck everything up on the first pass. “Just as you do with mopping, start vacuuming at the end of the room farthest from the door,” suggests Molly Maid, “Work your way backward from left to right, making multiple passes over each area as you go; once pass rarely picks up all dirt and debris.”

5. Cut tangled hair and strings. One of the best ways to make your vacuum lose its effectiveness is to ignore the brush roll. When thread and hair get tangled up in it, it can cease to roll. When this happens, your vacuum becomes an inefficient cleaner. “To prevent this, unwind or snip away any tangles,” offers Forte, “Most vacuums have a brush roll that you can easily remove for more thorough cleaning.”

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we are known for taking things to the next level. Instead of vacuuming, we offer Air Quality Services that work to ensure that your home is as dust-free as possible. Locating all potential causes for your indoor air quality to be negatively impacted, we help to make your home a safer place to live. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.


  1. July 30, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Thanks for this great cleaning tips, I now know how to properly use my vacuum. I’m sure cleaning the carpets and the house would be easier because of your good advise.

  2. August 20, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Going over the same area more than once is great advice. You don’t want to have to start over after vacuuming the entire room so you need to be sure each area is cleaned before moving on. Thanks for sharing!

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