Carpet Vacuuming: How to Do It Right

Most people are familiar with the idea of vacuuming carpets to remove dust and dirt. To ensure your carpet is well taken care of and protected, there are a few things to consider.

Most people are familiar with the idea of vacuuming carpets to remove dust and dirt
Most people are familiar with the idea of vacuuming carpets to remove dust and dirt

Here are some tips from Ocean Clean, the best mattress and carpet cleaning service in Singapore, for vacuuming your carpet properly so that it looks and performs at its best.

1. Choose the Right Vacuum

The market today offers a wide variety of vacuum cleaners. Canisters, uprights, handhelds, water vacuum – everything is available. There’re many different types of vacuums, so try to select a vacuum that will fit your carpet’s requirements.

Consider checking with the carpet manufacturer before buying a new carpet to determine if any features are recommended. The “soft carpets” that are very popular today may need a different type of vacuum than traditional cut-pile carpets.

When it comes to vacuum head attachments, look at the options available, and make a wise decision.

2. Beater Bars

Vacuums usually have a rotating brush, called “beater bar”, which is designed to loosen soil deep within the carpet. This feature is useful in many cut-pile carpets, but can be detrimental to some styles.

It is not recommended to vacuum looped carpets with a beater brush. It could loosen the fibers and cause the loops to look fuzzy. A small strand of fiber may be pulled loose from the loops. If it is wrapped around the beater bar, it could be pulled out of several rows, resulting in a run in the carpet.

A beater bar could also damage long frieze styles if the fibers become entangled in the brush. Likewise, natural fiber carpets such as wool should not be vacuumed with beater brushes.

If you have any of these types of carpets, do not use a vacuum with a beater bar, so the vacuum will only use suction.

It is a good idea to buy a vacuum cleaner with an adjustable head height. The vacuum height may need to be adjusted according to the carpet type, in order to maintain proper airflow and maximize suction. You should set the vacuum height to the manufacturer’s recommendation for the carpet style you have.

3. Proper Technique

Walk through the room before you begin vacuuming to find small objects on the carpet that cannot be vacuumed. Pick them up by hand to prevent them from getting caught in the vacuum and damaging it.

Pass the vacuum cleaner back and forth slowly as you vacuum your carpet. With so many other chores and duties to perform, you may want to move the vacuum as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, this does not give the vacuum sufficient time to pick up everything in the carpet fibers, so it will not be as effective.

Pull the vacuum back toward you after running slowly in one direction. Move on to the next section of carpet, allowing the vacuum to slightly overlap the area you just cleaned, to compensate for the lack of brush or suction at the very edge of the vacuum head.

Continue this process until the entire area is covered. Ideally, repeat the process in the opposite direction, i.e., if you originally vacuumed north-south, turn and vacuum east-west. Although this is not necessary every time you vacuum, it is a good idea every once in a while to ensure a deep clean.

Be sure to empty the vacuum bag or canister when it becomes full. A full bag or canister will reduce the suction power of your vacuum, which will make all of your work less effective. To ensure the best performance, do not let it get more than three-quarters full.

4. Make use of the attachments

Almost all vacuum cleaners come with hose attachments so you can vacuum hard-to-reach places and vacuum upholstery, etc. Use them. To prevent dust build-up and possibly filtration soiling, use a crevice attachment along the baseboard at the edge of your room.

Make use of the attachments when perform carpet vacuuming
Make use of the attachments when perform carpet vacuuming

Area Rugs

Upholstery attachments on vacuums are good for vacuuming delicate area rugs, such as wool or silk, which should never be vacuumed with a beater brush. Slide the upholstery attachment over the rug gently.

If you have a cut pile synthetic rug, then you may be able to vacuum it with the beater bar. Be careful not to rip the rug by running the beater bar over the edges. Instead, gently suction along the edges of the rug using an attachment piece.


The stairs are not large enough to use an upright vacuum on, and maneuvering a large vacuum head on them is difficult. Using a hose attachment or even the end of the hose itself is the easiest and most effective way to vacuum stairs.

Using a hose attachment to vacuum stairs
Using a hose attachment to vacuum stairs

You can reach every corner of the stairs with a smaller piece, as well as between the railing posts if you have them.

The attachment or hose should be run along the edges of the stairs, paying close attention to areas where dust is most likely to gather. Continue to vacuum slowly over the entire stair, including the stair nosing (where the carpet wraps around the edge).

5. Vacuum Often

You should do carpet vacuuming based on the amount of traffic and activity in your home. Every household should vacuum its carpet at least once a week and have a deep cleaning once a month. If there is a lot of traffic or pets in your home, you will need to vacuum more frequently, probably twice or even three times per week. By doing so, you will be releasing allergens from the carpet fibers, and your carpet will look and perform better.

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