How to Vacuum Without Clogging

What You'll Need
Vacuum cleaner
Vacuum bags
Carpet brush

It can be annoying when you try to vacuum and the cleaner keeps clogging. Nothing is more frustrating than having to stop, turn the machine off and remove the source of the clog. Occasionally this will even involve taking the machine apart, and this can be time-consuming. It's much easier to know how to vacuum properly, as this will ultimately help in stopping your machine from clogging.

Step 1 - Check the Vacuum Cleaner

Before you start to use your vacuum cleaner, check the bag to make sure it's not full. If the bag is more the ¾ full, replace it to ensure the best suction. Be proactive and don't wait until the bag is full. If you have a bagless vacuum, empty the canister regularly. Check the hoses of the vacuum cleaner to be sure there are no blockages in them. A short amount of preparation can make your life a lot easier when you eventually vacuum.

Step2 - Use the Carpet Brush

With new carpets, you might want to use a carpet brush. The will raise the nap, especially with thicker pile, and will remove a lot of the fluff that can ultimately clog a vacuum cleaner. Pull the brush through the carpet and gather up the fluff by hand. You’ll only need to do this for the first few weeks after having a new carpet fitted but its a worthwhile effort as it not only helps to prevent clogging, but it also serves to keep the carpet looking brand new.

Step 3 - Preparing the Floor

Go around all the rooms and gather up toys, coins and anything that could end up clogging the vacuum cleaner. Be thorough, and get everything that might present a potential blockage out of the way.

If you vacuum your floors at least twice a week, you're far less likely to have enough dirt in your carpets to clog your vacuum cleaner. Your floors will also look much better and your carpets will last longer. Regular cleaning is better than having to dash around the house at the last minute with a vacuum cleaner before company arrives.

Step 4 - How to Vacuum

When you vacuum, there are easy ways to make sure you gather up the dust as well as avoiding clogs. You should always vacuum forward rather than backward. This is the easiest way to ensure you do a thorough job and is less labor-intensive than pulling the vacuum cleaner backward. You will need to overlap your strokes, as this makes sure you get all the dirt.

Periodically, you will also need to change direction. By doing this, you'll avoid any possible matting in the carpet which could lead to clogs in your vacuum cleaner.

Step 5 - Using the Hoses

To get under the furniture and into the corners, you'll need to use the hoses and nozzles that were supplied with your vacuum cleaner. Use them every time you vacuum to stop dust accumulating and to keep the floor looking tidy. This is especially important if you have wood or linoleum floors. Use a crevice tool to get into those tight spots.

This also applies to vacuuming under the bed, although you'll need to remove any debris first. Use the hose and appropriate nozzle to get all the dirt and dust up.