15 Ways to Clean with Your Vacuum Cleaner that Will Blow Your Mind
If you are like most people, you use a vacuum to clean your carpet and rugs and maybe branch out and use it to clean your couch once in a while. But, vacuums can do much more than that, and with these tips and ideas, you can use your vacuum to clean so much more than your carpet. In fact, you might be surprised that with the right attachment, you can clean almost anything that collects dust in your home. Here’s a list of things that are easier to clean with a vacuum. Numatic Henry Vacuums - Image Courtesy of HSS Sales
Under the Refrigerator The gap between the bottom of your refrigerator and the floor collects a lot of dust, and your vacuum can easily remove it. Use a vacuum hose with the crevice attachment to reach underneath the fridge and clean it out. Of course, you don’t have to stop with your refrigerator, this tip also works for the oven, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer and any other large appliance or piece of furniture. Bookshelves Bookshelves also collect a lot of dust, and sometimes a simple dusting just isn’t enough. With a long vacuum hose you can reach high shelves and behind books to remove dust. Use a brush attachment to avoid damaging the books. Heating Vent Covers Heating and cooling vent covers, and the areas just inside the vent, have a tendency to collect a lot of dust and cobwebs. With a vacuum attachment, you can easily suck dirt out from the openings in a vent and even clean out the area just behind the vent.
Walls That’s right, you can even use a vacuum cleaner to clean your walls. This is especially handy for high walls and nooks that collect cobwebs. Instead of trying to wipe these areas clean and knock down the cobwebs, just use a vacuum’s long extension to suck the dust away. Cabinets and Drawers Cabinets and drawers, especially in the kitchen and bathroom, can get grimy. Instead of tediously wiping out each cabinet and removing each drawer to clean it, just use a vacuum attachment to clean the entire cabinet and drawer in seconds. Brick Fireplace Brick is one of those materials that collects dust and lint but is very hard to clean. The vacuum provides the perfect solution as it can easily clean out every little nook and dent in a brick surface, like a fireplace mantel. Windowsills and Windows Windowsills also collect a lot of dust and dirt, especially in the summer when you leave the windows open. Use a vacuum cleaner to clear away the lose debris, and then a damp rag to wipe up anything that remains. You can clean the window itself with a window vacuum, which is specially designed to clean windows, mirrors and other glass surfaces without leaving behind streaks. Door and Window Tracks The tracks that doors and windows slide through are incredibly hard to clean because they are so tiny. Use the crevice attachment for your vacuum to suck out dirt and dust that you normally wouldn’t be able to reach. Curtains You can use the brush attachment for a quick curtain cleaning between washes. When you do this, you can gently reach between folds and won’t even have to remove the curtains. You might be surprised at just how much dust has collected here. Window Blinds Window blinds are notoriously hard to clean because they have lots of small parts. Many people try to lay them flat and wipe them clean or use special dusters to reach between the slats. These approaches work for a quick touch up, but to really clean your blinds, use a vacuum. For this job you can use the brush or crevice attachment. Hold the blinds with one hand and gently run the hose over and between them to clean them thoroughly.
Fabric Wallpaper or Panels Fabric or flocked wallpaper and fabric panels look beautiful and add a some texture and softness to a room, but they have a way of collecting dust. This is a dilemma since cleaning products and even just water will ruin them. The answer? You guessed it: the vacuum. Use the brush attachment to gently brush up dust and suck it away. Mattresses It may not seem like mattresses get very dirty, since they are covered with sheets, but they too can collect dust, hair and dry skin. It sounds gross, but this problem can easily be fixed with a vacuum. To tackle this job, use the upholstery attachment on the hose and run it over the entire mattress, including the sides. Pillows Your pillows are another item that are hard to clean but collect dust and grime. Instead of ruining them by putting them in the washer, use a vacuum to make them fresh and clean. You can use the same process used for mattresses, described above, or you can simply put the pillow in a plastic bag, hold the opening around the vacuum hose, and suck all the air out of the bag, and the dust out of the pillow. Ceiling Fans Have you ever noticed how dusty your ceiling fan gets? Stand on a step ladder and use a brush attachment to clean the blades and the centre of the fan, where the motor is. This is much easier and much faster than trying to wipe the fan clean. Lamp Shades Lamp shades are also hard to clean with normal things like damp cloths or cleaning products, because they can become damaged very easily. But, with a gentle attachment like the brush attachment, you can use the vacuum to remove dust and cobwebs from lamp shades to make them look like new and let a little more light into the room. Using a vacuum can make cleaning even the dirtiest, tiniest and hardest to reach places easier. When you have the right attachment, you can clean virtually any space in your house. Next time you deep clean your home, save yourself some time and frustration by using a vacuum to clean these common problem areas.
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