You'll wish you'd known this sooner.

By Stephanie Sisco
July 02, 2020

It turns out that there is a right way to vacuum. Even though most of us have likely been vacuuming our homes for years and years without questioning our technique, cleaning experts have actually gotten vacuuming down to a science. By following these pro-approved tips, you'll catch more dust, crumbs, and dog fur the first time—and your rugs, carpets, and floors will never be cleaner. Stick to the vacuuming guidelines below, demonstrated in the video above, to learn the right way to vacuum.

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1. Go Slowly

The key to getting the cleanest clean is going slow. Start on the far edge of your carpet or rug and push the vacuum forward in a straight line. This movement lifts the nap (or fibers) of the floor covering to reveal any dirt or debris hidden beneath. Then pull the machine back slowly toward you to collect all that debris. For your next row, overlap the first by about 50 percent and repeat the process until the entire surface has been cleaned.

2. Clean in Two Directions

Another tip for getting your carpet extra-clean is to not only vacuum up and down in rows, but to also turn 90-degrees and vacuum side-to-side. The bit of extra effort will be well worth it in the end, as it will help catch every bit of dust and debris.

3. Clean Your Machine

Yes, your vacuum does need to be cleaned. In fact, emptying the canister regularly can improve the suction, while cleaning the brushes and bristles will help them sweep up every last crumb on your carpet. Follow these cleaning guidelines to clear out the bristles after every use, the canister after every few uses, and check the filters once per month. With a little maintenance, the machine will run smoothly, so you won't have to keep vacuuming the same spots over and over.