Almost every home has a vacuum sitting in the closet, but it can be a pain to drag it out and vacuum the floors. If the carpet looks clean, it’s certainly tempting to let the vacuuming slide for the day. It’s time to reconsider this thought. In fact, you should probably vacuum a lot more often than you realize.

A General Rule of Thumb

The Carpet and Rug Institute recommends vacuuming at least once a week. In high-traffic areas, like the entrance to your home or the path that goes from the living room to the rest of the house, it’s better to vacuum once a day, and areas with a medium amount of traffic should be vacuumed twice a week. Ultimately, it’s about how comfortable you are with the level of dust sitting in the carpet. Remember that the longer it sits there, the better the chance that it will get ground in and cause stains. You can avoid this with frequent vacuuming, particularly in the high-traffic areas.

Got Kids or Pets?

If you have kids or pets, you should plan to vacuum daily because your carpets simply get dirtier. The crumbs from that goldfish cracker your child stepped on get trailed through the house. Sand from the playground gets trapped in your child’s folded-up pants, then deposited on the carpet. Animals leave fur just about everywhere, and it’s not like they were wearing shoes when they went out for a walk. Certain colors or styles of carpets might hide the dirt, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there. When you think about how dirty pets and kids can make your carpet, it’s easy to see why you might want to vacuum on a daily basis.

Why Vacuum More Frequently?

It’s not just kids and pets that make floors dirty. People shed off dead skin cells that inevitably land on the floor. A person can lose up to 100 strands of hair on a daily basis – most of which ends up on the floor. Gravity pulls all dust and other small particles down to the lowest place possible – the floor. All of these things might be too small for you to see, but they really are there making your floor dirty.
Don’t believe that this is true in your home? Do a test. The next time you empty your vacuum’s bag, vacuum the floors that look clean. When you’re finished, peek in the bag to see how much dust and other debris the vacuum cleaner was able to pick up. The floor doesn’t look so clean any more, does it?

A Better Feeling

Knowing that your home is clean simply gives you a better feeling. You can literally breathe easier. If you vacuum frequently, you’ll never be embarrassed when someone drops by unexpectedly. One of the added bonuses of frequent vacuuming is that you need to pick up the clutter on the floor before you can take out the vacuum. When you do this, it’s easier to stay on top of the little messes, especially when you have kids.

Proper Techniques

If you really want to get your floors clean, you need to do it the proper way. Start by dusting or cleaning any higher areas because all of that dirt will eventually land on the floor. As you vacuum, don’t rush. Take things nice and slow. Move your vacuum in different directions, which helps loosen up dirt particles. Pay more attention to the entryways. Even if you take off your shoes, people can track dirt inside if they’re stepping in it with bare feet or socks. The entryway will be cleaner if you take the time to sweep outside and include a welcome mat that traps dirt. Most importantly, vacuum often. The more frequently you vacuum, the easier it becomes.

Don’t Forget the Corners

Most vacuum cleaners do a good job cleaning the main areas of the floor, but dirt and dust can get stuck in the corners and the edges of the wall, where it’s hard for the main vacuum to reach. Vacuums come with attachments to help you reach these areas. Make sure you use them when you vacuum to get the carpets as clean as possible.

Making It Easier

Even when you know that you should vacuum more frequently, it’s hard to find the time to get it done, especially if you’re a busy professional. The weekends are probably the best time for a thorough whole-home cleaning, but you should also plan to schedule a mid-week cleaning. Robot vacuums make vacuuming easy because you can set a schedule and they’ll do the work for you while you do something else.

Vacuuming is essential for removing the dust, dirt, hairs and other gross things from your carpets. The more frequently you vacuum, the cleaner your home will be and the less likely it is for stains to set in. Commit yourself to vacuuming regularly.