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How To Vacuum Your Home Properly

Here's how to avoid all the usual vacuuming mistakes. Plus, learn about a revolutionary new material that will help you bust all that dirt at home.

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Photography: Mark Chester Ang (Main Photo)

If you and your kids keep on sniffling even after an intense vacuuming session (looks like you’ve kicked up a lot of dust in the process) or if you’ve spotted a stray hairball or two underneath the sofa, then you must be vacuuming your house the wrong way. Here are some tips on how get that deep-down clean:

Do your vacuuming at an unrushed pace.


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One of the biggest mistakes you can do is to speed-vacuum your room. Going over a carpet at breakneck speed will definitely make you miss some spots. Vacuum the area at a relaxed pace, as this will allow you to get into every corner, and let your machine to suck up more dirt and dust.

Don’t wait for your carpet or sofas to become super-dirty.


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If your carpet or upholstery is beginning to look grayish, then it has become really dirty, and it might not get completely clean in one vacuuming session. Dust and dirt can accumulate and you won’t even see it, so stick to a regular vacuuming schedule (read our *tip at the end of this article).

Vacuum in different directions.

Do you vacuum only in one direction (forward or backwards)? Then you might not be picking up all the dirt. Some of the dirt can hide in the other side of the carpet (or fabric) fibers, so it’s best to vacuum your room or areas from left to right, then turn around, and vacuum from front to back, so that all carpet fiber directions are covered.

Choose the right vacuum cleaner.


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If you’re serious about your cleaning, don’t settle for budget vacuums. On January 23, 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand, Dyson launched their newest addition to their bestselling V8 Series (above): the Dyson V8 Carbon Fibre. This new Dyson model has 15 powerful cyclones, arranged across two tiers that work in parallel to increase airflow by 30% and capture fine dust from the airflow—sending it into its clear bin. The system is well sealed, to minimize the return of dust into the air (meaning, no sniffles afterwards).

Use the vacuum’s proper head attachments.


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Vacuum cleaners have different attachments for various cleaning requirements such as spot cleaning, tight corners, or on different surfaces. In the V8 Carbon Fibre’s case, it has two attachments: the Soft Roller Cleaner Head (above photo), which has nylon bristles that are great for grabbing up large debris or fine dust and is perfect for hard floors; and the Direct-Drive Cleaner Head, which has a motor housed in its middle that helps its nylon bristles deep-clean a carpet. 

Don’t get your wires all tangled up.


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Minding a vacuum cleaner’s cord can be tricky—running over it with its own vacuum can even damage it, so if you’re using this type of a cleaner, always get the cord out of the way of the vacuuming head or hose. This isn’t a problem with the V8, as the machine is cordless, and comes with a convenient docking station (above) that quietly charges the machine and neatly stores all its accessories.

Watch out for static electricity.

Traditional vacuum cleaner heads—which are usually made out of nylon—cause static electricity, which repels and pushes dust particles back down. But with the carbon fiber lining the cleaning heads of the V8, the fiber eliminates build-up of static electricity, and in turn frees the dust particles—making them easier to capture into the vacuum.

*RL Question: How often should you vacuum your carpet?

Answer: According the Carpet and Rug Institute, the ideal frequency is once a week, with a high-quality vacuum cleaner. However, if your carpet is in a high-traffic area or if you have a lot of shedding pets, you should vacuum it daily.

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The Dyson V8 Carbon Fibre will be released in authorized dealers locally on February 21, 2018, with a suggested retail price of P47,500.

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