Hold on a minute, you’re thinking. Why in the world do I need to vacuum my hard surface floors by hand when I have an automatic vacuum cleaner? Shouldn’t that little robot be doing all the work for me?

Well, yes. Some of it. But automation with a human touch, it ain’t. While an automatic cleaner is an indispensable tool, it can toss debris right back into the air when it tries to vacuum a home full of debris, or worse, pet hair. If you’re dealing with a furry, up your nose pet hair issue, manual home vacuuming is pretty much required to fight the little dust guests.

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If you don’t have a good vacuum cleaner, or having air quality issues, you need to learn how to vacuum your home professionally.

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What You’ll Need to Vacuum With

It would be wonderful to live in a world where homes (and everything else) simply stayed clean. But until those self-cleaning indoor gadgets are invented, we have to live in the present, and we’re still on the hanger for cleaning our stuff ourselves.

Before you can vacuum your room, you’ll need:
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• A motorised vacuum head, also called a power head
• A vacuum pole to attach to the power head
• A vacuum hose
• A vacuum
• And a floor brush to attach to the pole if floor boards and tiled surfaces

Bonus Tip: Got kids? Do they live at home? Then maybe it’s time to put them to work to help keep it clean. Just a suggestion.

Microfibre cloth

Probably the one item you will use most of all, a microfiber cloth will let you easily remove dust, dirt and even sponge up water in a flash.  After all, no one wants to breathe in air that is filled with floating dust particles or potential mould.  So pick up a microfiber cloth and start removing those contaminants as you work to keep your indoor air clean once the cleaning week hits.

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High Efficiency Particulate Arrester Filter

Often called HEPA filter, these are more common on good vacuum cleaners. They won’t have a “washable” option. Instead, with this system’s only setting—”Filter”—all the dust you vacuum will be pulled into—and filtered by—your vacuum’s HEPA filter. The cleaned air is then sent back into your air.

Important: This setting is perfect for routine cleaning, provided you clean the vacuum bag if it is material or dispose of it if it is made of paper.

Assemble the Vacuum

  • Ensure the electricity is turned off.
  • Attach the vacuum head to the open end of the telescopic pole.
  • Attach one end of the hose to the vac head. If the hose is slippery, use a hose clamp to keep it in place.
  • Place the vac head, telescopic pole, and hose in the room, making sure the vac head rests on the floor.
  • Place the other end of the vacuum hose against vacuum cleaner barrel. This will push air through the hose and drive all the air out.

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  • Triple-check to make sure the vacuum inlet is open to the barrel. If not, particles and debris will be sucked in by the vacuum and strain the suction and work hard.
    NOTE: You’ll see the hose struggling from the vacuum pole back up to the vacuum barrel. Once the blockage is cleared, all the air is out of the hose.

Vacuum Your Home

  • We’re not gonna lie. You’re in for quite a workout if you’re going to vacuum your home by hand. And it’s going to take some time, too, so don’t make any other plans for the afternoon.
  • Start at the bedroom end and slowly move toward the exit door end of the home. Use long, slow, sweeping strokes to clean. Make sure your strokes overlap slightly to avoid leaving any debris behind.
  • Not to trivialise its importance, but this is no time to go for the world home cleaning speed record. As mariners might say, steady as she goes. Rushing will just kick up debris, which will reduce visibility and take hours to settle down again, leaving you on the visual for another super-fun session of vacuuming your home.
  • If you’ve got a load of dust, you’ll likely kick up a cloud no matter how careful you are (even though you can’t see it), but there’s no need to make more work for yourself by hurrying.
  • If the air does become dusty, usually you can see it in the natural sun light, give it an hour or so to resettle, then come back and vacuum again, repeating as necessary.
  • If the vac head becomes stuck, switch off the machine for a second to break the vacuum force and set it free. Also, be sure to monitor your vacuum’s heat as you vacuum. If the heat rises above the levels recommended by the manufacturer, take a break, and let it cool down.

After You Vacuum Your Home

  • When you’ve finished cleaning your home, remove the vacuum head from the telescopic pole, and attach your cleaning brush to the pole, and use it to suck away any cobwebs, insect parts and dust from the corners of the rooms, ceilings, walls and floors.
  • Open up the barrel, remove the dust collecting bag, and take it outside to either dispose of the dust or throw it in the garbage. For material bags, make sure you wear some form of protection across your noes and mouth so as not to breathe in the finer particles. Also, be sure the bag is emptied in an area that the dust does not blow back into the home.
  • The pre and HEPA filters should be looked over to see if they need to be replaced. This will help keep the vacuum in top working order.
  • Once you’ve put everything back in its place, step back and give yourself a pat on the back.
  • Dust off all your equipment with damp microfibre cloth, dry it, and return it to storage. This will help keep it in top working condition and avoid unnecessary wear and corrosion.

Put Your Air Purifier to Work

If you can’t get your kids to do the vacuuming at home, you can at least make use of your air purifier to make the task a little easier.

If you’re performing routine maintenance and giving your home a weekly clean, you may not need to adjust your air purifier’s filter setting at all. The standard “Low” setting will do the job quite nicely.

But let’s say you have a lot of pet hair, pollens, dust, bush fire smoke in the home after a hot summer’s day inside. Or you used fragrances to clear up musty-mouldy smells. The hot summer’s day contaminants and pungent-laden fragrances will drop to the floor of the room where they’ll sit until you vacuum them up.

To clear a large amount of contaminants like this from your home, you’ll want to adjust your filter to “Turbo” or ‘High” setting to compensate before you begin vacuuming.

Depending on the size of your room, the filter system will have three parts for controlling filtration.

Air Purifier

E20 PLUS includes an additional final stage 6kg carbon filter for applications requiring heavy duty chemical & odour removal. Excellent for removing pollution from main roads, smoke and mycotoxins produced by mould spores.

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Pre Filter

This offers the part to capture larger dust and debris particulates, helping with vacuuming. They get trapped in the filter and allows finer particles through.

This filter part keeps you from clogging your HEPA and carbon filters with debris, pollen, and annoyingly persistent dust.

Important: If you use this method, your filter is going to clog up while the unit is on. Use a microfibre cloth to add freshness by dusting over the pre filter surface. Some filters can be vacuumed or washed.

Buy a Pre Filter

All main filters including the HEPA and high capacity carbon filters are made from steel casings with 100% air tight seals. Pre-filters result in extended HEPA filter life of up to 5 years.

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You don’t have to dread the vacuuming! When it’s time to vacuum your home—whether you’re just the hands-on type or waging war on invading dust—you can get the job done by hand with a little preparation, a lot of elbow grease, and a healthy dose of patience.

Towards healthier living Tony Parr 🙂

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Carol Parr

Author Carol Parr

Carol Parr is a Building Biologist and Healthy Home Wizard. She has worked with asthma and allergy sufferers in their homes and work places for over twenty years, specialising in mould, dust mites, chemicals, EMFs and WiFi. When she’s not turning unhealthy rooms into healthier, relaxing and productive spaces, she’s most likely frightening her husband and their children with numerous “let’s see what this does when …” projects.

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