Homeowners in Oklahoma City choose carpeting because of the warmth and comfort it brings to their homes. However, due to the nature of carpet, it collects and traps dirt more easily than hard floor options. At Floor Coverings International Edmond, we recommend vacuuming your carpet at least once a week to keep it well maintained and allow it to last its full lifetime. Read on for tips on how to vacuum easily and efficiently.
Vacuum With Vacuum Lines
In Oklahoma City, professional cleaners are often hired because they can clean homes up to twice as fast as the homeowners, while still retaining excellent quality. One technique utilized by professionals is to vacuum with vacuum lines. What does this look like? Starting against the left or right wall, push the vacuum forward along the wall, and then pull the vacuum back at a slight angle. Re-straighten the vacuum and push forward again. Repeat this process until you have reached the other wall. This will draw a series of “V” or “N” shapes into your carpeting.
While this may take a while to get used to, following a pattern like this allows you to keep a constant rhythm and cover more ground, thus vacuuming faster and more effectively. Of course, don’t pass the vacuum over the carpet too quickly or it will not be able to lift the dirt and debris off the floor.
Walk The Cord Out And Use An Entrance Outlet
Another trick employed by professional cleaners is to walk the vacuum to the farthest corner of the room, then unwrap the cord and take it to an outlet by the entrance. This ensures that the cleaner has enough cord to vacuum the entire room. It also makes the cleaner vacuum backwards and out of the room, which prevents any backtracking over freshly vacuumed floors. And once the vacuum needs to be unplugged, it is right next to the outlet.
Use The Right Vacuum Setting
While the above technique helps with the act of vacuuming, it is also important that your vacuum is set to the proper setting while cleaning your carpet. For plush carpeting, the beater bar is excellent for loosening and lifting dirt and debris from the pile. However, for Berber loop pile or for longer cut pile like frieze or shag, the beater bar can be damaging. Consult your carpet manufacturer for their guidelines regarding proper vacuum settings, and make sure your vacuum has the ability to turn the beater bar on and off if you have different types of carpeting in your home.
If you are looking to install new carpet in your Oklahoma City home, call the team at Floor Coverings International Edmond. We offer free, in-home design consultations and estimates. Using our mobile flooring showroom we bring all our samples straight to your door.
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