What To Look For When Purchasing A Vacuum Cleaner
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What To Look For When Purchasing A Vacuum Cleaner

What to look for when purchasing a vacuum cleaner. Before shopping for a vacuum, list the items you need to clean (carpets, hardwood floors, upholstered furniture, draperies, stairwells. Select a vacuum model such as Upright Vacuum, Canister Vacuum, with as many appropriate accessories as possible. The more convenience features your vacuum has, the more time and effort you'll save on cleaning day. Look for a lightweight machine with a lengthy cord and easy-to-use controls, accessories, and bag-changing features.

The vacuum cleaner. We all want it to work, and not be a huge pain when we are using it to do our household chores. Suction alone won't remove dirt that's deeply embedded in carpets; only a vacuum with rotating brushes will do the job properly.

When shopping for a vacuum, test the vacuum's efficiency. See how well it picks up a granular substance, such as sand or salt, from a carpet or hardwood floor. Check below the carpet's pile to make sure the grains have been picked up, not just pushed down.

Does the vacuum you want to purchase have great attachments with everything you need to efficiently clean your home? No more climbing to reach ceiling dust! Does you vacuum have a brush attachment and extension wands. These vacuum cleaner attachments are a great method for gobbling up spider webs (and spiders) with no mess!

Does the vacuum you want to purchase have a really good crevice tool? You need a crevice tool attachment because it is ideal for cleaning around the legs of chairs and the bases of hard-to-move furniture and around the edges of rooms in your home or office.

Does the vacuum you want to purchase have a really good bare-floor brush? For indoor-outdoor carpets, and others with low pile, you will need a really good bare-floor brush. The bare-floor brush attachment is also good for braided rugs, which can be damaged by the harsh, rotating brushes of a power nozzle.

There are many different models out there to purchase. There is the Orek, Dyson, Hoover, Kenmore, Simplicity, Electrolux, and so on. You can buy and canister vac, upright vac, hand vac, robotic vac, bag-less vac, Hepa vac, wet-dry vac, cordless vacuums, and stick-less vacuums, to mention a few. You may also consider putting in a Central Vacuum system if you are building a new home. Although dealers for central vacuum's can now put a Central Vacuum unit in older homes as well. 

Can you perform basic and simple vacuum maintenance and repair on your own, or do you have to take it to a dealer? For example, if your vacuum loses suction, is it just a matter of changing the bag and replacing the filter? Or is it something that is going to cost you a small fortune to repair?

Once you have purchased your vacuum cleaner. Try to remember these easy tips:

  • Pick up any small, hard objects, such as pins, buttons, coins, or plaster chips. They can easily clog the hose and filter or, even worse, damage your brand new vacuum's fan and motor!
  • Take chairs, footrests, and waste baskets out of the room or set them on larger furniture to minimize furniture moving while you vacuum.
  • Adjust the nozzle of your new vacuum so that is rides in close contact with the carpet's pile. If the nozzle is too low, it will make the vacuum hard to push, which makes cleaning not so much fun! If the nozzle is too high, air will enter the vacuum above the carpet instead of being pulled through the carpet. Also, the brushes won't reach dirt that's embedded in the pile.
  • Vacuum carpets at least once a week. Clean heavy-traffic areas daily.

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