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Carpet Care Tips

Basic Vacuuming Tips


Take it from Olympia’s carpet cleaning experts: The easiest and most effective way to keep your carpet clean is by vacuuming regularly. And that’s just one of the benefits. Regular vacuuming can greatly improve the air you breathe. And vacuuming removes loose soil before it can be ground into the carpet pile, causing premature wear.

There’s just one problem: Many folks don’t vacuum properly. But if you follow these tips from Meridian Chem-Dry, you’ll be vacuuming like a pro in no time:

The Proper Way to Vacuum

When you vacuum your carpet, use slow, repetitive front-to-back motions in an overlapping sequence – a quick once-over won't do much. On the other hand, don't press down or make too many passes over the same spot. Instead, move slightly to the left or right about every four strokes. To get the best results, you’ll also want to follow these tips:

  • Clean from the top-down; handle dust blinds, windowsills, and furniture first, and then vacuum away any fallen dust
  • Replace or empty vacuum bags when they are half to two-thirds full
  • Don't ignore those corners and crevices where dust builds

Know Your Attachments

Attachments allow vacuums to do more than clean carpets; the right attachment can help you tackle many other projects. Here is what you can do with some of the more popular attachments:

  • All-purpose or universal brush – works well on books and shelves
  • Crevice tool (long and thin) – reaches into narrow slots and corners
  • Dusting brush – details items that need a softer touch
  • Radiator brush – perfect for radiators and narrow space
  • Upholstery nozzle – great for chairs, sofas, cushions, drapes, mattresses, and more

Follow a Schedule

As a rule of thumb, you should vacuum at least once a week. However, the more foot traffic you have, the more you’ll need to vacuum your carpet. The general formula is:

  • Daily in high-traffic or pet areas
  • Twice weekly in medium-traffic areas
  • Weekly in light-traffic areas, using attachments at carpet edges

Caring for Your Vacuum

For the best cleaning results, periodically inspect your vacuum keep it in tiptop shape and functioning properly:

  • Periodically refer to the instructions that came with your vacuum
  • Keep hoses and attachments free from obstructions; most vacuums that are discarded as broken are only clogged
  • Grip the handle, not the hose
  • Keep brushes clean and replace them when worn; worn brushes can be stiff, and can harm the texture of your carpet
  • Empty containers or replace bags when half-full; this will prevent spills
  • Check for rough edges or bent metal on your vacuum; these can snag and damage your carpet

When it’s time for a deeper clean than a vacuum can provide, you can count on the experts at Meridian Chem-Dry to deliver. We provide effective, eco-friendly carpet cleaning throughout Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, Shelton, and the surrounding area.