One of my chores growing up was to vacuum the carpet. My idea of vacuuming was to put a few lines in the carpet as “evidence” and move on about my day. Honestly, I wasn’t trying to shortcut the system. I just didn’t know any better. Until one day when my teenage step-brother showed me how to vacuum carpet correctly. Surprisingly, his instructions have stuck with me all these years.
As I was vacuuming my own house the other day, it occurred to me that carpet across the world could be dirty; not for lack of trying, but because it isn’t being vacuumed properly!
Because I want you all to have sparkling clean homes, I thought vacuuming might be a nice little topic to cover in our Cleaning Tips section. There are a ton of topics related to vacuuming, but for today we’ll start with how to vacuum carpet correctly.
How to Vacuum Carpet
Since I don’t necessarily trust teenage boys 100% when it comes to vacuuming, I googled “how to vacuum.” You know what I found? The consensus is he was right! So, here are the steps I was taught when it comes to vacuuming. Maybe you can use them to teach your kids how to vacuum too!
Step 1: Use the vacuum cleaner crevice tool to clean around the edges of your room.
Have you ever noticed a dark line around the edge of your carpet? If you skip this step, dust and dirt accumulate over the years making it nearly impossible to clean the edges of your carpet. This step does take an extra few minutes, but it’s worth it to keep your carpet in good shape!
Step 2: Use the vacuum crevice tool or flat universal piece to clean under furniture.
I can’t tell you how many dust bunnies I’ve found when vacuuming under furniture…and I vacuum all. the. time. I also find toy cars and legos so I do my best to visually check for items that can be sucked up by the vacuum!
Step 3: Starting at the corner farthest from the door, vacuum left to right and then front to back.
It may seem like duplicate work but there is dirt stuck in the carpet fibers that will most likely be missed if you don’t vacuum both directions.
Step 4: Vacuum your way out the door.
This step isn’t 100% necessary but you get this moment of bliss where you see a perfectly vacuumed floor on your way out. Of course, if your house is anything like mine, there will be tiny foot imprints in the carpet before you even have time to finish the rest of the house. But, that’s okay. It’s worth it!! And if you have vacuuming on your cleaning schedule, you’ll get those vacuum lines again very soon
So, I’d love to hear from you! How do you vacuum carpet? Who taught you the right way to vacuum? And who have you taught?