How Often Should I Vacuum?

vacuuming carpetVacuuming is a vital chore when it comes to maintaining a tidy home. The task can keep dust and allergens at bay, while ensuring that your floors, carpeting and area rugs look bright and fresh for years to come. But how often should you clean your floors? How do you know if you need to vacuum every day or once a week?

Learn how often you should vacuum your home, along with some specific reasons routine hoovering is crucial to the upkeep of your household.

The Importance of Regular Vacuuming

As you already know, vacuuming is an essential task when it comes to keeping a home clean. In addition to helping reduce the amount of dust, dander or pollen flying around your home, regular vacuuming can help extend the life of your carpets and rugs. How?

Well, the longer debris is left on a rug or carpet, the further into the fiber it sinks. And as you tread over the fibers, you not only force dirt and grime further into your carpets or rugs, you add a little more soil to the mix. If this isn’t addressed quickly, it could lead to the need of the time-consuming task of deep-cleaning your carpet. Worse yet, there is the possibility that leaving filth unchecked could completely ruin your floor treatments. As carpeting and area rugs tend to run on the expensive side, you don’t want this to happen.

Additionally, many people may hear “vacuum” and think of floors and rugs only. However, there are so many other dust- and dander-collecting surfaces that can be cared for using a vacuum cleaner with the appropriate attachments, including furniture, window treatments and even pet bedding.

When to Vacuum

At some point, you may have asked yourself, “How often should I vacuum?” It’s a good question, and the answer is going to depend on your household.

For example, if you have a fairly active home with kids and pets, you may want to vacuum high-traffic areas — such as hallways, mudrooms, living and dining rooms — every other day or at least a couple of times a week. Other spots in the house, like bedrooms, can probably be vacuumed once a week, whereas guestrooms can be cleaned biweekly, unless the family pet sleeps in these places, of course.

On the other hand, if your household consists of just one or two people, you can plan to vacuum your home on a weekly basis. Here again you may want to increase the frequency of your vacuuming if you have pets, especially if they’re prone to shedding.

As you can see, vacuuming provides a lot of benefits to both your home and flooring. However, the households that often require the most vacuuming are typically very active. And all the hustle and bustle of keeping up with homework, soccer practice or dog walking means you probably have less time to clean.

If you find you do need some help staying on top of your routine housework, consider having housekeeping professionals lend a hand. Contact your local Merry Maids today to see what assistance they can offer you.

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