How to vacuum your whole house

Doing an effective job

By vacuuming frequently you can diminish wear on floors, carpets, and upholstery. Before beginning, pick up debris, especially metal objects, that could damage the hose or the belt.

For best results on rugs and carpets, use a vacuum cleaner with a beater brush-either an upright or a canister with a power nozzle. The brush agitates carpet fibers and loosens dirt so that it can be sucked away easily. For bare floors, use a floor brush ( a beater brush may scratch the finish).

For upholstery, draperies, and stairs use the small upholstery attachment. Use a dust brush on walls and a crevice tool at the edge of carpeting, in corners and drawers, and on radiators.

Work slowly, vacuuming with overlapping parallel strokes. If you are picking up any insects or spiders, vacuum a few mothballs into the dust bag and dispose of the bag promptly.