We all learned to vacuum watching our moms, or by trial and error...and really, what error? You just vacuum, right?
Truth is, there is a best way to vacuum. Probably none of the ways anyone vacuums are incorrect or ineffective. But unless vacuuming is something your just absolutely love to do, you'd likely prefer to do it really thoroughly so it makes a difference. Who wants to expend energy on a task and have it amount to little? Yeah, not me either. Let's look at the best way to vacuum for the room your vacuuming AND FOR YOUR BACK!
First thing's first- The Right Tool for the Right Job:
That Crevice Tool: yes, the one you use to get spiders when they're up too high, as well as their yucky webs, that's the tool to use for vacuuming baseboards. You can really get down to the bottom of the baseboard where the wall meets the floor.
The Upolstery Brush: this guy does just what he's made to do better than any other! Use this to clean any upolstery (yes, even in the car!) in every room of the house. This attachment is also great for vacuuming drapes and valances. The small "beaters" really catch the dust and allergens.
The Hard Floor Brush: If you've ever been in a big hurry and just went from carpet to hard floor with the regular power head and you felt little bits hitting your ankles, then you see the main problem. The hard floor brush is like a broom with a vacuum attached. It's made to catch all those little bits bits off of your hard floors without scratching them like the regular power head can. Using the hard floor attachment with assure that your floor is cleared of debris, like no other attachment can.
The Dusting Brush: This thing is a GEM! It's to be used for dusting, as its name says. This is the best tool you have in your house for dusting lamp shades! Use it for door frames, tops of frames wall art, tops of TV screens, bookshelves...think of places in your home that could benefit from a good vacuuming, and there you have it, places thing piece will work.
The Regular Power Head: Now here's your work horse for your rugs and carpets! This things has beater brushes made to get down into the carpet and lift dust,, debris, pet hair, your hubby's toenail clippings...you name it! AND it leaves those great "cut" marks that make the whole room look clean!
Is there an order in which to do these different tasks? I'm so glad you asked! Personally, I find it Mose efficient to do all the attachment work first, around the border of the room, the furniture, etc...then you've got things moved around so you can vacuum behind everything - that's when you break of the regular power head and finish the room off.
Is there a better way to vacuum a room? My friends, there is actually a BEST WAY TO VACUUM A ROOM! Plug your vacuum in nearest the exit of the room as you can get. Now begin vacuuming at the furthest corner of the room from the room's exit. Make one pass with your vacuum straight up and back, then up again and come back clightly diagonal. Now move straight up from your diagonal line until you've made an tight "W" pattern, essentially making three passes over each small section of carpet. This gets each space optimally clean of dust, debris and allergens. Continue in this manner. Always making "W" patterns, passing three times over each section, moving yourself and your vacuum backwards out of the room. In the end you'll have vacuumed your way out of the room, never stepping on your beautifully cut pattern, leaving the carpet perfectly vacuumed. Aaaaaaahhhhh... Now doesn't that feel good? Time for bon bons and the latest issue of your fav magazine!
What about the "Odor Control Solutions" that we carry here at Monster vacuum? GREAT question! (Thanks) "Odor Control Solutions (For The Love of Pets)" by Good Home Scents, is made from lava rocks and is especially made to assist your vacuum cleaner in loosening and lifting dirt, loose carpet fibers, allergens, dust, pet hair and dander, as well as unpleasant odors from your carpets and rugs. Use every other week, or at least once a month, not only cuts down on all those unpleasant things, but it also deodorizes you room, your carpet/rug, and even your vacuum! Use every time you vacuum to cut down on allergens. Simply sprinkle a generous amount onto area, leave on for one hour and vacuum up. It's recommended for use on cat urine, litter boxes, pet beds, pet cages or kennels as well as upolstery, fabric and even mattresses. You can even sprinkle the crystals right onto your pet's fur and brush off. * We recommend the fragrance free crystals for sensitive pets.
What if you have a bad back? SO glad you asked! We tend to vacuum standing with our legs straight and the vacuum by our side. If you're having back pain, there is a better way! Position the vacuum directly in front of you, bend your knees like an athlete, and s l o w l y push the vacuum straight ahead moving your legs into a lunge. Don't push far so, only as far as the lunge is not uncomfortable. Bring the vacuum back, and if you can, make a third pass back up, lunging again. As you pull the vacuum back toward the center of your body, pull it a little diagonally and then back up, lunging slightly again. Continue, very slowly, in the "W" pattern as mentioned above; or if you're having a lot of back pain, do the best you are capable of doing without causing yourself more pain. Remember please, nothing is worth further hurting. The mess will be there when you're feeling better.
Better yet, ask for help! Surely there are children, neighbors or church family you can call on. Many churches have a list church members who've volunteered to help other church members with meals, housework, errands or babysitting when needed, as their ministry. If your house of worship doesn't have this, maybe you'd like to be the one to get it started. That's something you can do even with back pain!