12 Effective DIY Cleaning Hacks & 19 Vacuuming Tips to Improve Cleaning

Vacuum Cleaners are the inventions that made house cleaning much easier and revolutionized cleaning. Since their invention vacuuming has become a routine work for us and whether you love or hate doing this, every day you need to get it done. Well, what about those hard to reach places where your vacuum cannot reach even with its multiple ad-dons. Today we are going to share some tips which would make your vacuuming more efficient.

Almost each and every one of you use the vacuum for cleaning purpose that is to get rid of dust and dirt from your home. But what if I said that could use it for uses other than cleaning.

The vacuum cleaner is not only designed to clean floors only, but you can also use it for multiple uses. We are here to discuss all those aspects today such as proper use of attachments, pre-vacuuming tips, maintenance of your vacuum and much more. So, without further ado let’s have a look at what we have in store for you today.

Ultimate 12 Effective Vacuum Cleaning Hacks

  1. For Hard To Reach Places:

    Well, every home has all those tight spots where you cannot reach despite using the crevice tool that comes with the vacuum. To reach into these spaces fold a toilet paper tube over the vacuum nozzle and hold it, now you have got a more flexible attachment which would clean the toughest spots with ease.

  2. For Your Keyboard And Phones Base:

    Well, this is the one place which can be most tricky to clean with a vacuum. To clean spaces like that just attach a squeeze ketchup bottle over the nozzle of the vacuum, it creates a much narrow passage and stronger vacuum that sucks out almost all the dust particles hidden in the space.

  3. Cleaning Window Glass:

    Let suppose that there was a sandstorm or lots of dust settles on the window glasses. You may be planning to spray and wipe it, but all you can achieve is scratches from sand and spread dust around. Instead just vacuum the dust & dirt off and then wipe it over with a soft brush attachment or a piece of clean damp cloth.

  4. Cleaning Pets:

    If you own pets then there is no need of explaining the problems associated with them. As they shed leaving hair all over the house. You can run your vacuum on lower settings on them to collect any loose hair after brushing. Also, there are some specialized handy pet hair vacuums available with such settings and special brushes for the purpose.

    Sometimes you should be careful about stuck the pet hair from the vacuum. We have an awesome article on this topic How to Stop Pet Hair from Destroying Vacuum Cleaner

  5. For Lampshades, Blinds And Mirror Frames:

    If you are tired of dusting blinds, books, lampshades or places where you cannot dust just by using simple cloth. Then it’s time to get Hi-Tech and use the dusting brush attachments available with vacuum cleaners to clean them. Also, small handheld vacuum cleaners are vacuumed quite capable and robust in such work.

  6. Cleaning Vomit:

    Yeah, you heard this one correct you can clean vomit with your vacuum cleaner, but there is a catch. Make a paste of baking soda and water, apply it all over vomit and let it dry overnight. The very next day you would be able to vacuum it as it becomes powdery & fluffy and would stink much.

  7. Cleaning Play Dough From Carpet:

    If kids in your home enjoy playing with play dough, then certainly it might get stuck on the carpet. Let it dry, once it gets dry use the brush tool to break it into fine pieces which can be vacuumed

  8. Saving Excess Work:

    It is one of the most important steps involved in reducing your hard work. If you allow footwear inside your home, then it will lead dirt, dust and other such elements to spread everywhere in your home. Thus you have to vacuum everywhere daily.

    This situation can be avoided if you restrict footwear to a particular place and have a mat over there, where they can be wiped. This will stop the dirt from spreading, thus instead of vacuuming multiple times, you can easily clean the collected dirt at once and at a single place.

  9. Keep An Eye On Bag/Canister:

    Before starting to clean always check how much the bag/canister is full. If it has reached to three-quarters of its capacity, change or empty it depending on your cleaner. While it’s not mandatory to start with an empty canister or bagged but starting with one makes cleaning much more effective.

    Also, waiting for you bag/canister to full may lead to clogging of hose and other parts. Thus it reduces the suction power of the vacuum, and the cleaner does not work up to its maximum efficiency. So always keep an eye on the level of your canister/bag and change it timely.

  10. Dust Your Home Before Vacuuming:

    While it is a habit of most of the people to dust off their home when they are done the vacuuming. This is completely wrong as when you dust all the dust which was settled on surfaces of blinds, baseboards or books won’t be captured by rag or duster and will fall on the floor.

    Now this will end on the ground and make the vacuumed floor look dirty, so to avoid this situation I recommend you to dust your home before you start cleaning, as this can eliminate the chances to vacuum your floor again.

  11. Use All The Attachments:

Listen there you people the vacuum company is not fooling to give you all those accessories to keep them as a showpiece, all of them have a particular

  • Using the crevice tool to clean the edges and hard to reach spots.
  • Use the Motorized Brush Roll for cleaning pet hairs upholstery, carpet, tile floors & grout, fabric etc.
  • Use the Dusting Brush to dust gently yet firmly on most delicate surfaces without scratching them.
  • If an Extension Wand is provided use it to clean the floor while standing or an elevated surface

12. Take Care Of Your Vacuum:


Clean the vacuum regularly and remove the pieces of fabric which get attached to its brushes. Listen to the sound of the vacuum carefully while operating. If it sounds different or strangely stop it immediately as it can get damaged in such condition.

If you follow the above tips your cleaning process will become much easier and also the life of your vacuum will increase significantly.

Non-Cleaning Hacks

  1. Searching For Lost Items:

    If you lose small things like nose pins or small earrings and you are facing a real hard time finding it then don’t worry. Just cover the hose of vacuum by a sock or pantyhose and secure it using a rubber band. Now vacuum the area where you lost your item. You will most probably find it stuck on the filter you put on the vacuum

  2. Fixing Carpet Dents:

    Of course, you can do that with a vacuum. Just place ice cubes on the dents and let them melt, it will cause them to soak and rise. Now simply run your vacuum over it to get your carpet straightens up just like new.

  3. Deodorizing:

    If your room has a stinky odor then just add a spoon of cinnamon to your vacuum bag or a dryer sheet into the bag. As the vacuum runs the light scent will waft through the air and cover up the stinks and make the room smell fresh.

19 Best Tips To Improve Your Cleaning

  1. Number Of Repetitions:

    This is the point which most of the users get wrong at first. Having a vacuum with high suction power does not ensure that the cleaning surface gets completely cleaned in one go. Ideally, vacuum on a sample patch and then check how your machine is performing this way you can be sure that if you need to vacuum again or once is enough.

  2. Starting Point:

    You may be wondering what’s there at the starting point, but let me tell you that it matters a lot. The best possible way is to start from a corner of the room a gradually move your way horizontally across. This method ensures that the entire area is covered and you can go over the same area more than once if required. The above combination gives you bettered clean floors.

  3. Vary The Vacuuming Angle:

    Have you ever cared about the vacuuming angle, No is the answer. But, let me tell you that it matters a lot and especially when you go through mats and carpets. Certain debris and pet hairs get stuck on such surfaces and are picked by vacuum at an only specific angle such that the suction is maximum and directed straight towards them. The next time you vacuum your home tries this one for sure.

  4. Handle The Vacuum Carefully:

    Even though your vacuum looks rock solid you should not treat it like a rock. Do not pull or yank the hosepipe and the wire as it can damage it from internally. Avoid pulling the wires to quickly as it can uproot it when on full extendable length.

  5. Look For Jammed Wheels:

    Sometimes the vacuum does not move with a slight push or pull in this scenario do not apply brute force just lift it slightly and move away. Look for any cloth material, rope, rubber strands that may have jammed the wheels. If found tear it away with a ripper.

  6. Avoid Larger Debris:

    While vacuuming you often neglect the size of debris and tend to run over the messy area. I am telling you with experience that this larger debris will often get stuck in the nozzle of the vacuum thus damaging the motor permanently. To avoid this you can do a manual sweep and remove the larger size debris which may cause damage.

  7. Heavy Lifting Once A While:

    I know it’s not possible for someone to move all the heavy furniture every week or alternate week. Without moving the heavy stuff you keep vacuuming around and can find dust collecting around their legs which not only gets stuck but becomes hard to clean at the later time. So, what I suggest is to move heavy woodwork such as tables, furniture once in a month or two and vacuum the area thoroughly.

  8. The Vacuum In To And Fro Direction:

    When you are running the vacuum through carpet and fiber try to vacuum in to and fro direction. Why to and fro direction? Because each and every carpet is woven in a direction so some part of dust and debris can hide under this directional weave and remain safe until you vacuum from other direction. This vacuuming pattern ensures you that every last speck of dust is removed.

  9. Give Proper Time While Vacuuming:

    Most of the times you run over the floor and still find dust on the surface. This happens because you move the vacuum too quickly, the cleaner does not get sufficient time to collect all the dust from the floor. Similarly, when moving on the carpet the brush does not get enough time to agitate the fibers and collect most of the trapped dust.

    This situation can be avoided when you move your vacuum with slow speed thus giving proper time to your vacuum to clean the surface. Well, this trick is for both the floor and carpet but it works best on carpets.

  10. Height Adjustment:

    At times you find that your vacuum is working excellently on some surfaces while it performs poorly on some other and you wonder that if you need to buy another vacuum. I would suggest you have a look at your vacuum once, this may be because your vacuum does not has an automatic level or height adjustment feature. If it’s absent, try to adjust the height manually and depending on the surface. It creates a great difference in the cleanliness action of you cleaner over various surfaces. Now the performance will be similar on cleaning the Hardwood floor, tile or a carpet.

  11. Stop Waiting:

    One thing which I keep advising you guys is that start cleaning the floor, mat or carpet before it gets too dirty. You guys keep on waiting that when it will look dirty then only you shall start cleaning. But it’s not a good practice because dirt and dust can pile underneath the fibers before you even notice.

  12. Avoid Sharp Items:

    Well, your vacuum is designed to care for almost all kinds of debris but still avoid it over sharp objects as these may tear the dirtbags and nozzles. Moreover, avoid items such as coins, paper clips, and small metal items as these can cause damage to the fan blades.

  13. Fixing Carpet Dents:

    If your carpets have ghosts of the furniture’s past then there is something that will help you. Place small ice cubes on the dented area, let them melt. When they melt the water will soften the fibers, now it’s time to fluff the dent using a fork or a comb. Vacuum the area, the carpet will return to normal state.

  14. Deodorizing Fabrics:

    Well, there is very little thing that you can do about the fabrics that smell and are really tough to wash such as mattress, carpets or rugs. Don’t worry solution is here, sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on it and let it sit for half an hour. During this time the soda will absorb the odor, now you can vacuum it away with all the other dirt and dust.

  15. Deodorizing Rooms:

    What will you do when most of your home starts to stink which may be caused by pets or something rotting. The simple solution is to add a teaspoon of cinnamon to the dirtbag before you start vacuuming the home. It will release a sweet smell when you vacuum.

  16. Cleaning Brush Roll:

    At times you will find that all of a sudden, your vacuum is not picking up things as it used to. No, it has not lost its power neither anything is wrong just look underside the brush roll. You will find a lot of hairs and fabric stuck to it. Use a box cutter or seam reaper to get rid of the these and you vacuum will start working like new once again.

  17. Fixing Carpet Dents:

    Of course, you can do that with a vacuum. Just place ice cubes on the dents and let them melt, it will cause them to soak and rise. Now simply run your vacuum over it to get your carpet straightens up just like new.

  18. Inflate Air Mattress:

    If your air pump starts to malfunction all of a sudden, then you can use a bagged vacuum cleaner along with a smaller nozzle and on the lowest setting to inflate your mattress.

How Often You Need To Vacuum Your House?

The answer to this question varies from person to person. As everyone has different vacuuming needs, so we have divided it into the following parts.

  • If you are one, of those who own a pet that shells hair, then you should vacuum your home at least twice or thrice a week to collect all the fur and hair from heavy traffic areas.
  • Other people can skip once and vacuum their house at least once a week if you restrict footwear out of your home and use other simpler methods to clean.
  • Once a month, you should do deep cleaning, by moving all the furniture and heavy stuff and clean all those hard to clean areas by using a good handheld vacuum cleaner.

Final Verdict

All these hacks are friendly and let you quickly tackle the daily cleaning challenges quite comfortably. We would love to see you employing any of the hacks mentioned above in your day to day life. Also, any cleaning business owner can use some of the cleaning hacks for their business.

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