Most of us have a love/hate relationship with our vacuum cleaner. Few of us enjoy vacuuming, but there is great satisfaction from a good thorough floor cleaning.
Most Australian homes now feature a lot less carpet than in previous decades with the trend for hard flooring instead of textiles. If you have had the same vacuum cleaner for some time, it may be worth asking these questions to see if it still suits the job:
Is the Suction Right?
The stronger the suction, the better the vacuum will pick up dust, dirt and pet hair off carpets and soft furnishings. But, while some vacuums are great for carpet, their strong suctions can blow particles away before they can be sucked up when used on a hard floor.
Do you have a two-storey home and only one vacuum cleaner?
No one likes to lug their cleaner up and down the stairs, so consider buying an additional vacuum that can stay upstairs at all times. If your budget doesn’t allow for that, have a space on both levels in which you can store your vacuum. Each time you use it, start vacuuming in the place that you found it and leave it on the level of the house on which you finish your cleaning – leaving you with only one trip up or down the stairs for each clean.
Does someone in the family have allergies?
Many vacuums come with HEPA filters for those who suffer from allergies so always check specifications to ensure you’re getting what you need.
Can I try one out?
Try vacuum cleaners in store on various surfaces which closely match those you have at home. If friends or family have recently bought a vacuum that they are happy with, ask if you can borrow it to try on your floors.
If you have hard flooring in your home also keep in mind that these can be prone to scratches so ensure the vacuum cleaner you are thinking of buying has rubber, non-marking wheels rather than plastic.