Most of us have a vacuum cleaner at home, but do you use it to its full potential?
When you first bought your vacuum, you might have given a puzzled look towards all of the little accessories that came with it only to banish them to the back of the cupboard of doom never to be seen again.
If you have been using your vacuum just to get rid of the dirt from your floors and stairs, then you have been missing a trick and you might be surprised to learn about the other areas of your home where your vacuum can help fight grime.
We’ve put together a handy checklist to help:
Your tumble dryer
You should already be cleaning the lint filter on your tumble dryer regularly, as not doing so can be a fire hazard. But sometimes it is hard to get rid of every last little bit of fluff. Use the crevice tool from your vacuum to get into all the nooks and crannies and give it a spotless clean.
It can seem like a big deal to take down your curtains and wash them (or take them to the dry cleaners). A really good way to keep them looking cleaner for longer in between washes is to use the brush attachment to suck up dust.
The skirting boards and woodwork
They can also benefit from the soft brush attachment of the vacuum cleaner. This is next level dusting! The dust and dirt will be lifted from the wood and sucked straight into the vacuum cleaner, meaning it is actually one of the most efficient ways to dust. Plus, it also means that you don’t have to get down on your hands and knees (presuming that your vacuum has a long enough handle) so it makes it a much easier job.
If you have fixed upholstery on your soft furnishings, then it is really important that you pay regular attention to their upkeep. Prevention is most definitely the key here, it is important to regularly remove dirt and dust from the surface so that it does not become ingrained in the fabric. A regular vacuum of the sofa with the upholstery attachment will keep it looking newer for longer (and whilst you are there have a quick vacuum under the cushions too!
How often do you look up and notice a pesky cobweb that is just a little too high to reach? Your ceilings are another place where your vacuum can help. The long attachment will make easy work of reaching the hard to get to places in your home. Make sure that you use the soft brush attachment, so you don’t to scratch your paintwork. Get to work on all the areas above your head.
Light fittings and lampshades
They will also benefit massively from the soft brush attachment on your vacuum. This is especially true if you are worried about using cleaning products on delicate fabrics or finishes.
When was the last time you hoovered your mattress? Or for that matter when was the last time your hoovered under the bed? The upholstery attachment is a great way to keep your mattress fresh.
The soft brush attachment is also fantastic for getting the dirt from all those electricals that you don’t want water or cleaning products anywhere near. The list is endless … your computer tower, the computer keyboard and the fridge coil to name a few.
Blinds can be a nightmare to clean, but you can make the job much quicker and much less of an ordeal by deploying your vacuum. The soft brush attachment will make light work of keeping them looking clean and shiny for longer.
Drawers and Wardrobes
If you have recently had a clear out of your drawers or wardrobe, then no doubt they were dusty and full of detritus. Get the vacuum in there!