Vacuuming is Good for Your Carpet
Dirt—even dirt you can’t see—is abrasive. So when you walk across a dirty carpet, dirt particles grind away at the fibers. The result is carpet that looks dull, stains easier and soon becomes matted down. That’s why regular vacuuming is the best way to maximize the life of your carpet and delay the heavy cost of replacement.
- Vacuum often. Vacuum entrance areas and high-traffic areas twice a week and the rest of the carpeting at least weekly.
- Set the height right. Raise the vacuum to its highest setting, turn it on and lower it until you can feel the vacuum trying to tug itself forward.
- Slow down. It’s OK to make one quick pass over low-traffic areas, but make two slow passes over high-traffic areas to get as much grit as possible.
- Use clean filters and bags. A dirty bag or filter reduces your vacuum’s cleaning power. Replace filters on bagless vacuums every three months. Replace vacuum bags when they’re three-quarters full.
A quality vacuum cleaner should be versatile enough to clean a variety of surfaces and durable enough to perform well for many years. So check out our Buying Guide: What is the Best Vacuum Cleaner to Buy?