This is the single most important thing to remember when vacuuming. No matter how strong the suction is, the vacuum cleaner needs time for that suction to work. So use a slow, deliberate back and forth motion. Especially on carpets and rugs, if you vacuum too quickly, you may pick up surface dirt, but nothing is collected from deep in the pile. The brush needs time to loosen deep-down dirt and the vacuum needs time to collect it.
Clear the Path
Do a scan of the floor and remove all objects that may be larger than the diameter of the hose opening (usually 1 1/4”) are removed. Paper, large leaves from houseplants, Lego blocks and other small items can get stuck in the hose, reducing suction and causing the motor to overheat and even burn out.
Things like fringe edges of bedspreads and shoe laces, even if they’re still on the shoe, also need to be cleared away or taken off the floor. They can get sucked up and wind around the roller brush, damaging the roller mechanism. Continue reading