How to Choose the Right Vacuum Cleaner for Your Home
According to consumer reports, residential vacuum cleaners last around 8 years. While that may not sound like much, it actually means that you will only have two vacuums between the time that your child is 2 years old and when he or she leaves for college. To put that number in perspective, most people expect a new vehicle to only last 6-7 years. There’s a good chance that your next vacuum will be a part of your household longer than your next car.
What does that mean for you? It means you want to make sure that you have the right vacuum for your home to ensure that you get the most out of it. But how do you know which vacuum cleaner is the right one for your home?
The type of vacuum you need depends largely on the type of surfaces in your home. While you probably have some variation in certain rooms, your home is probably more carpeted or more bare. Hardwoods and tile floors fall under the heading of bare floors, but even they need vacuumed from time to time.
If your home is predominantly carpeted, you should consider a canister with a motorized head. However, if you have a lot of space to cover, you may need to consider an upright model. While neither is a substitute for having your carpets steam cleaned throughout the year, you want to make sure you have the best possible vacuum to care for your carpet.
Versatile canister vacuums typically come with a host of attachments and can get into tight corners more easily. If you still want an upright vacuum to use on your bare floors, find one that allows you to turn the brush roll feature on and off, as they can scratch floors and scatter debris if they’re always in use.
How Many Stories Is Your Home?
If you have stairs, they need the same, if not more, attention than the rest of your floors. Stairs are typically high-traffic areas which make them more susceptible to dirt and debris. While you want to be sure that you’re vacuuming the stairs, you also don’t want to have to lug a massive, heavy vacuum up and down them. Many upright models are marketed as being lightweight, so that’s certainly something you should consider if you’re looking for a way to keep your stairs clean.
What Are You Vacuuming?
Over the course of their existence, vacuums have greatly evolved, meaning they’re now able to clean more than just your floors. Depending how many things you want to use your vacuum on, you need to look for something with multiple attachments. Many newer models have more than the standard attachments and have expanded to features that are also designed for pet hair, mattresses, drapes and more.
You can also look for a vacuum that has variable suction options, which will help you ensure that you don’t damage something delicate while trying to clean it.
Do You Hate Vacuuming?
Everyone has some household chores that they simply can’t stand to do. If vacuuming is pretty far up on that list for you, you may want to consider one of the newer robot vacuums. These battery powered options allow you to simply turn the robot on and stand out of the way, as the censor-based vacuum goes all over the room and cleans your floors.
Choosing the right vacuum is an integral part of having a clean, safe home for you and your family. However, a vacuum is not a substitute for professional carpet cleaning, which should be performed regularly. In addition to choosing the right vacuum, contact us today to make an appointment. Our team at Veritas Carpet Cleaning work with you to do what you vacuum can't.
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