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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I choose the right vacuum?

This is a very common question without an easy answer. Choosing the right vacuum depends on a few different variables. Start by answering the  following;

What type of flooring do you have? All hard surface or a mixture with wall to wall carpeting

What type of carpeting? Low pile or thick and dense pile, thick pile carpets require a height adjustable power nozzle

Do you have pets? You may want to consider a charcoal filter system for odors

Do you have stairs? Canister vacuums are far better suited for stairs

What kind of filtration do you need? HEPA or Standard

By answering these questions you can start to narrow down which vacuum is right for you.


Vacuum cleaners are essential household tools, and it’s common for users to have questions about choosing, using, and maintaining them. Here are some frequently asked questions along with their answers:

1. What are the different types of vacuum cleaners?
Answer: The main types include upright, canister, stick, handheld, robot, and central vacuum systems. Upright vacuums are great for larger homes with carpeted areas. Canister vacuums are versatile for cleaning various surfaces. Stick vacuums are lightweight and convenient for quick cleanups. Handheld vacuums are portable for small jobs and tight spaces. Robot vacuums automate the cleaning process and are good for maintaining clean floors with minimal effort. Central vacuum systems are built into the home, providing powerful suction and convenience without having to carry the vacuum around.

2. How often should I vacuum my home?
Answer: The frequency depends on various factors such as the number of occupants, pets, and the level of outdoor dirt entering the home. As a general guideline, it’s recommended to vacuum high-traffic areas twice a week and less frequently used areas once a week. Homes with pets or allergies may require more frequent vacuuming.

3. How do I maintain my vacuum cleaner?
Answer: Regular maintenance can extend the life of your vacuum. Empty the dustbin or change the bag before it’s completely full, clean or replace filters as recommended by the manufacturer, check for and remove clogs in the hose, and clean the brush roll to remove tangled hair and debris.

4. What is the best vacuum cleaner for pet hair?
Answer: The best vacuum for pet hair typically has strong suction, specialized pet hair brush attachments, and a Charcoal filter to trap odors. Look for models specifically designed for pet hair, as they are equipped to handle the extra demands of cleaning pet fur and dander.

5. Can vacuum cleaners filter out allergens?
Answer: Yes, vacuum cleaners equipped with HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters can trap 99.97% of particles that are 0.3 microns in diameter or larger, including pollen, pet dander, and dust mites, effectively reducing allergens in your home.

6. Are bagged or bagless vacuum cleaners better?
Answer: Both have their pros and cons. Bagged vacuums tend to be better for those with allergies, as they contain dust and debris within disposable bags. Bagless vacuums are more economical and environmentally friendly since you don’t need to buy replacement bags, but emptying the dustbin can be messier. Also keep in mind that filters will need to be replaced over time on a bagless vacuum

7. What features should I look for in a vacuum cleaner?
Answer: Consider suction power, filtration system (HEPA is preferable for allergies), bagged vs. bagless, corded vs. cordless, and attachments that suit your specific cleaning needs (e.g., crevice tools, upholstery brushes). The best choice depends on your home layout, flooring types, and whether you have pets or allergies.

8. How do I fix a vacuum cleaner that’s lost suction?
Answer: First, check and clean the filters as a clogged filter can reduce suction. Empty the dustbin or replace the bag if it’s full. Inspect the hose and attachments for blockages and clear any debris. If these steps don’t improve suction, it may be a motor issue or another component that requires professional repair.

9. Can vacuuming too much damage my carpet?
Answer: Regular vacuuming is crucial for maintaining carpets, but using a vacuum with overly aggressive brush action or too much suction can damage some types of carpet fibers. Use the appropriate setting for your carpet type and consult the manufacturer’s guidelines to prevent damage.

10. How long should a vacuum cleaner last?
Answer: The lifespan of a vacuum cleaner can vary widely based on its build quality, brand, model, and how well it’s maintained. On average, a good quality vacuum cleaner can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. Regular maintenance and prompt repairs can extend its lifespan.

I hope these answers help! If you have more specific questions about vacuum cleaners, feel free to ask.


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