Best Methods of Vacuum Cleaning

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Vacuuming is one of the most vital things to do to maintain the cleanliness of your carpet at home or the work place.

Get your vacuum working thoroughly and frequently, especially in areas of lots of exposure to dirt. Remember that walking on dirty carpet permits the soil and dirt pieces to work their way below the surface where they are difficult to deal with and can hurt the fibers. Frequent care allows you to take care of that before it happens.

Some do’s and don’ts when vacuuming

Don’t use the sprinkle on carpet powders in your machine. Some people use them but here are reasons why you shouldn’t ever do it:

1.When vacuuming, the powder flies around in the room air and could be breathed by you and your family.

2. The bags need to be changed once a month.

Don’t use your main vacuum to clean up large amounts of dirt like your fireplace. Get a used one for a few dollars and use that for things like your fireplace.

Don’t run your machine on areas that are not perfectly dry. Moisture could sneak into the machine and could cause an electrical shock so ensure the carpet is perfectly dry before vacuuming. This could take place after shampooing.

Change your bag AT LEAST once a month

Never let your vacuum bag get over half full.

The bag gets dirty really quickly. One average, you should change the bag at least once a month depending on how often you vacuum.

Cleaning performance is greatly affected by the bag. A bag too full could cause your machine to run hotter and puts more strain on your motor.

Changing your bag could greatly help you maintain the performance of your vacuum.

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Change your belt about every three months.

Belts stretch and could wear out. It could get stretched so badly that the beater bar is no longer turning at full speed. On average, the belt should be changed every three months for ideal performance

Vacuuming Tips

Vacuum the traffic lanes twice weekly and the entire area once weekly in rooms with light traffic.

Areas with heavier traffic require that the lanes be done daily and the entire area bi-weekly.

Up to three passes of the machine will suffice for light soiling, but five to seven passes are necessary for heavily soiled areas.

Make sure you change the vacuuming direction occasionally.

The History of the Vacuum

the first home vacuumThe first vacuum-cleaning device to be portable and marketed at the domestic market was built in 1905 by Walter Griffiths, a manufacturer in Birmingham, England. His Griffith’s Improved Vacuum Apparatus for Removing Dust from Carpets resembled modern-day cleaners; – it was portable, easy to store, and powered by “any one person (such as the ordinary domestic servant)”, who would have the task of compressing a bellows-like contraption to suck up dust through a removable, flexible pipe, to which a variety of shaped nozzles could be attached.
In 1906 James B. Kirby developed his first of many vacuums called the “Domestic Cyclone” It used water for dirt separation. He held over 60 patents on everything from a wringer-less washing machine to ironing and dry cleaning equipment.

Early electric vacuum cleaner by Electric Suction Sweeper Company, circa 1908
In 1907, James Murray Spangler, a janitor from Canton, Ohio, invented the first motorized, portable vacuum cleaner. Crucially, in addition to suction that used an electric fan, a box, and one of his wife’s pillowcases, Spangler’s design incorporated a rotating brush to loosen debris. Unable to produce the design himself due to lack of funding, he sold the patent in 1908 to William Henry Hoover who had Spangler’s machine redesigned with a steel casing, casters, and attachments – their first vacuum was the 1908 Model O, which sold for $60. Subsequent innovations included the first disposal filter bags in the 1920s and the first upright vacuum cleaner in 1926.
In Continental Europe, the Fisker and Nielsen company in Denmark was the first to sell vacuum cleaners in 1910. The design weighed just 17.5 kg and could be operated by a single person.
The Swedish company Electrolux launched the innovative Model V in 1921 that was designed to lie on the floor on two thin metal runners. This innovation, conceived by Electrolux founder Axel Wenner-Gren, became a standard feature on generations of future vacuum cleaners. There is a recorded example of a 1930s Electrolux vacuum cleaner surviving in use for over 70 years, finally breaking in 2008