How to Use Your Vacuum Attachments

  • Using different types of vacuum attachments

Ready to be *blown* away? OK, well then, we’ve got a little cleaning secret it’s time that you hear: Your vacuum cleaner is one of the most important cleaning tools you’ll ever use.

No, we’re not just trying to *suck up* to you here. There’s no denying the importance of having a good, functional vacuum in your cleaning arsenal. This is an unbeatable tool, one that can help you do all sorts of important jobs around your home – especially if your vacuum comes complete with helpful attachments.

Now, with that being said? Sometimes, it can be intimidating to open up a new vacuum cleaner and see that bag full of attachments, especially when you’re unsure of how to use them all. Those little extensions and add-ons can be a lifesaver; but too often, they just end up gathering dust themselves.

It’s time to get the most out of your vacuum attachments. Here’s a handy guide to some of the attachments you may have on hand. Hopefully, with this guide at your disposal, you’ll be able to use each piece to its fullest potential, and truly get a deep, long-lasting clean in your home:

Extension Wand

What it looks like: A long, thin tube, which can connect directly to your vacuum, and, often, to other attachments.

What you should use it for: This piece can help you extend the reach of some of your other attachments. Even better, you can use it to clear away dust and cobwebs from out of reach spots, such as high corners and ceilings, the edges of your balcony, or the deep cracks behind and underneath appliances.

Crevice Tool

What it looks like: This is a long, thin hose, which tapers to a point. It may look a little bit like a whistle or flute.

What you should use it for: This tool is great for getting into narrow crevices or gaps. This is a great way to get in between sofa cushions, vacuum the finer details of your baseboards or crown molding, and get in the narrow gaps around your appliances, such as your oven or refrigerator.

Dust Brush

What it looks like: Also called a dusting brush, this attachment is small and rounded, usually,  with soft bristles.

What you should use it for: This is a great tool for knocking the dust off of flat or delicate surfaces, such as bookshelves, window sills, air vents, picture frames, or the tops of cabinets.

Upholstery Tool

What it looks like: A wide attachment, with a band of suction and, usually, a strop of microfiber or some other material, to help attract and catch dust and debris.

What you should use it for: This tool is for getting the dust and dirt off of furniture and other fabric-heavy surfaces. Use it for fine rugs and heavy curtains, as well as sofas, chairs, cushions, pillows, and beds.

Mattress Attachment

What it looks like: If your vacuum comes with a separate mattress tool, it will be a wide-ended attachment, usually with a small, textured section near the suction opening.

What you should use it for: This tool is designed to be used to get dirt, lint, dust, and debris from bedding and mattresses. It can also be leveraged as an upholstery cleaner.

Ceiling Fan Attachment

What it looks like: A ceiling fan attachment is usually long and thin, with a curved edge that will allow you to reach the tops of your fan blades. Some tools will end in a split section, so that you can get the tops and bottoms of the fan blades at the same time.

What you should use it for: This is for dusting your ceiling fans. You can also use the curved edge of some ceiling fan attachments for reaching other high, awkwardly angled spaces, such as the tops of window frames.

Hard Floor Sweeper

What it looks like: This attachment ends in a long, rectangular head, usually with bristles, and sometimes wheels for an easier glide across surfaces.  

What you should use it for: This attachment is to help you clean hard flooring surfaces, such as tile, hardwoods, and concrete.

Have any favorite attachments that we missed? Is there another mystery piece that you’d like our help identifying? Do you have any vacuum “hacks” that you think we need to hear? We’d love to hear from you – and help out, however we can! Be sure to send us a message on Facebook if you’d like to keep the conversation going.

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2018-12-02T14:02:51+00:00 December 13th, 2018|Residential Cleaning|