June 23, 2017
How to Use Vacuum Cleaner Attachments – to Clean Just about Everything
A vacuum cleaner that works well is one life’s luxuries. You might not feel this way if you don’t love your vacuum cleaner, but I’m here to show you how to get the most out of your vacuum cleaner so it works for you, not against you!
Over the last couple years I’ve been doing quite a bit of market research on vacuum cleaners and air quality. Through my research I’ve found that the very best vacuum cleaner you can buy is one with a HEPA filter and a bagged system. So when my Dyson started to go, I switched to Miele. The difference is incredible – there are so many features that I love on the Miele, the most noticeable one is not having to empty the dust bin. I found that there was dust everywhere in this process which pretty much defeated the purpose of vacuuming.
These vacuuming tools are the ones I use the most and the ones included with most standard vacuum cleaners. Knowing what each tool can be used for will help you use your vacuum to its full potential. If you’re in the market for a new vacuum cleaner, make sure it has some on-board attachments so you can simply grab and use them as you’re vacuuming.
Vacuum Cleaner Attachments
Oh the crevice tool, my favorite attachment – I use the crevice tool every single time I vacuum. It features a narrow nozzle that fits in tight spots and corners. It also works well along the edge of baseboards and in hard-to-reach spots like corners and vents.
Flex Crevice Tool
This is a Miele tool that’s flexible and perfect for going under appliances and getting at those spots that most vacuum cleaners can’t get to.
This small tool has a felted fabric surface that makes it perfect for delicate fabric surfaces like drapes, mattresses, couches, and chairs.
Turbobrush or Small Vacuum Cleaner Head
This stool has powerful suction and looks like a mini vacuum cleaner head. This attachment works well on stairs and
A dust brush attachment typically has a circular brush head and is especially effective at picking up dust and particles without scratching surfaces. It works particularly well on window blinds, shelves and wooden surfaces.
Now that you have a better idea of what those common attachments are for, let’s look at just how to use your vacuum and attachments effectively on most of your household surfaces.
How to use your vacuum more efficiently
I vacuum all the floors in our house at least once a week (on Wednesdays) and sweep in between. I love using my Miele Canister for hard floors – it’s amazing! This is my personal preference, but I find it easier to keep all the floors cleaner that way.
Most carpeted surfaces will do well with just the vacuum. Areas that receive a lot of traffic such as entrances and main living spaces may need a more frequent vacuuming, but most carpeted areas can be vacuumed once a week.
It can be difficult to maneuver a large vacuum along a stairway. I recommend using a canister vacuum or more portable vacuum. You can also your vacuum hose with a smaller handheld attachment. Use the crevice tool along the edges and corner and use the upholstery tool for the tread if you needed.
Walls and Ceilings
Use the circular dust brush attachment and start at the ceiling. You may need to add an extension to your attachment or use a step stool or small ladder in order to reach higher surfaces. Work your way down from ceiling to floor in a vertical motion as you vacuum.
Use the dust brush attachment – close the blind slats so they lie flat and vacuum. Reverse the blinds so that the slats are lying the other way and repeat. Repeat monthly or as needed.
Use the upholstery attachment on mattresses and fabric surfaces. Work in a horizontal or vertical motion from top to bottom. Use the crevice tool in the tight corners and seams. Use the dust brush on leather furniture to reduce any risk of scratching.
The vacuum cleaner is the best way to remove dust and dust mites from the surface of the mattress when you rotate your mattress. Make sure that the nozzle of your vacuum cleaner is clean and slowly vacuum all of the crevices. Follow up with the upholstery tool to vacuum the surface of your mattress.
The dust brush tool works fabulously in those tricky vent slats for furnace and air conditioners. Dust seems to collect here especially during seasons when the furnace or air conditioner is run more frequently.
Start with the crevice tool and get in the space between the baseboard and floor or carpet. Use the dust brush attachment to run along the baseboards in a horizontal motion. A thorough monthly vacuuming of your baseboards is ideal.
When you utilize your vacuum and its attachments as designed, you will find your cleaning tasks to be more efficient.
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What is the best way to keep the attachments clean? Thanks for all of your helpful posts! My house is cleaner because of your and your blog. : )
b r SaysPost author
Thanks Erika! Rinse attachments in warm water with a little dish or castile soap and allow to dry completely.
Rocky Mountain Mama Jen Says
We have a Miele Callisto canister vacuum that we’ve had for at least 8 years. It also replaced a Dyson. We bought it at our local vacuum cleaner store on the recommendation of the owner and LOVE it. We have 4 homeschooled kids, a husband who works from a studio on our property, 4 dogs, 3 cats, 4 rabbits, 3 ferrets, and a small hobby farm with just about every animal you can imagine. So, even with a “shoes & boots off at the front door” rule, a lot of dirt, hay, straw, and hair ends up in our house. We have more carpet than hard surfaces and our Miele does a great job on both. It was a little painful initially to pay $800 for a vacuum. But I now look at the vacuum as an appliance – much like a dishwasher or washer & dryer – a very important tool that gets a ton of use. Vacuuming is definitely not my favorite job in the world – but a good powerful vacuum sure makes it more enjoyable! We’ve never had a problem with our Miele & I can see it lasting for 20 years.
Edna Silva Says
What the best way to clean my husband piano
b r SaysPost author
I don’t have any suggestions for a piano other than dusting and vacuuming with a nozzle tool where appropriate.
Angela Cook Says
I asked my piano tuner about cleaning the piano keys, and he said a soft cloth with dish detergent diluted with warm water is good when they get “grimy” — also using disinfectant wipes once in a while.
Thanks for your post! I am genuinely considering the Miele vacuum but what’s most hesitant about it is that it isn’t bagless. Trying to convince my boyfriend of having a vacuum that requires constant repurchase of bags is really a challenge.
How often do you think a very (dog) hairy home with lots of dirt would need to change the bags? Miele says a pack of bags (4?) is a years worth but I really feel as if I’d go through a bag a week! (Lots of dirt and hair from dogs freely coming and going through dog door.)
b r SaysPost author
Oh my goodness, I love my Miele and with 3 kids and a dog I’ve gone through 3 bags in over a year – I’m shocked with how they last. You’ll love the vacuum – it’s awesome!
If someone has the same home set up as you (hardwood floors/rug downstairs but carpet upstairs) and could only choose to have one Miele vacuum, which would you recommend – the canister or upright?
b r SaysPost author
How heavy is the canister to lug around?
Not very heavy. It’s really great.
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