Regular vacuuming protects furnishings and gives you healthy indoor air. Plus, it protects your warranties. The secret to fast and easy vacuuming is to know that damaging grit mostly accumulates in “traffic lanes.” Pay close attention to these areas, such as entry ways, even if you don’t have time for anything else. Better to vacuum only traffic areas frequently than to do
everywhere else infrequently. Note: If you can see soiling, your carpet may already be damaged.
Sweep against the “grain” of the carpet. Light vacuuming means several overlapping strokes over the same area, heavy vacuuming takes 6-8 strokes. Make more passes if your vacuum lacks a rotary brush or a “beater bar.” Set the height adjustment so brushes just touch the tips of your carpet fibers. Keep your vacuum in good repair. Change bags and filters often. Bags more than half-full greatly reduce vacuuming efficiency, plus you
have dust passing back into the air. Consider using “high efficiency” filter type bags. You cannot vacuum too much. Remember that it’s the ground-in soil that dulls, discolors and damages your carpets.