Top 7 Vacuuming Mistakes You Should Avoid


Vacuuming isn’t one of those activities that require a lot of knowledge to do but a little extra know how can make your home feel much better. It is an essential part of the house and one that we cannot avoid as long, we want to live in a clean and healthy home. Vacuuming keeps your home in proper shape and prevents contamination with allergens that can cause allergies.

It appears quite simple to vacuum, but most people end up making the following rudimentary mistakes:

  • Vacuuming in one direction
Vacuuming in one direction

Over 60% Americans vacuum their carpets in one linear direction as they do when clearing their lawns. It seems pretty good and removes most of the dirty but is not the best way to vacuum. Vacuuming in one linear direction is a major mistake to avoid if you want to clear all the dirt. Moreover, it helps clear allergens and dirt that sit deeper in the fibers of the carpet. All around vacuuming also helps to remove the invisible dirt that lurks deep in the pile of the carpet.

  • Emptying the bag only when its full
Emptying the bag

To most people, it seems okay to empty the bag only when it is full. However, this is a common mistake that reduces the suction power of your vacuum cleaner and one to avoid. Check your bag often and change it when it is three-quarters full. This will help keep the suction power strong. If you have a bagless vacuum, then remember to dust the cup as dirt accumulates there too.

  • Vacuuming with a dirty filter
Dirty Filter

A clogged filter will not make your vacuum operate at the maximum efficiency. If the filter is clogged with grime, you won’t be able to remove dust and allergens properly. The filter doesn’t have to be changed as often as the bag but then check for signs of wear and tear. If it is badly torn, then it is time to replace it. You can check the website of the brand you’re using for recommendations. Otherwise, you will waste your time and energy doing very little cleaning your home.

  • Not using the attachments
Vacuum Attachments

How often do you use the attachments that come with your top-notch dustbuster? The crevices tools and dusting brushes were not just included by mistake. These attachments make cleaning above the floor quite easy. They are ideal for helping you pick up dirt and allergens from areas, otherwise you would not reach. Ares such us the upholstery, lampshades, baseboards and light fixtures are overlooked when cleaning because we don’t use the attachments.

  • Not cutting tangled hair and strings
Tangled hair and strings

If the brush roll doesn’t turn, then it doesn’t clean. It is quite simple, but most people vacuum with a tangled brush roll. The stress from tangled hair and threads will end up burning the motor and giving you the extra headache of unnecessary repairs. You must unwind or snip away or tangled threads and hair. Check to see if you can remove the brush roll in the vacuum for better and improved cleaning

  • Rewinding your retractable cord without guiding it
Rewinding your retractable cord

This is a common mistake most homeowners make retracting the cord without properly guiding it. When you press the rewind button and let the cord snap, there are chances of sending it off track. A cord that has gone off track will require some service to repair and fix it. Avoid this mistake by holding the cord in your hand as you press the pedal winding it back into the reel. Otherwise, you will end up causing damage to your high quality vacuum cleaner.

  • Cleaning without preparation
Clean without preparing

Your vacuum can clear away all the dirty, but you need to prepare the cleaning area before using it. Excess clutter and debris on the furniture will prevent proper vacuuming. Dust from other fixtures in the house will end up covering your carpet and other surfaces as you clean. Make sure you move all the obstacles and clear or the rugs before cleaning. Rugs and mats can be taken outside for airing before any vacuuming can be done.

Eva Brown

Hi there! I'm Eva Brown - founder of The Only Canister Vacuum. I live in Texas with my family. I love fishing, traveling, dancing, reading, good food, wine and good people. When all of my interests come together, it becomes a recipe for a great time! I also have a passion for natural photography and love encouraging others to get out and capture of this beautiful world we live in.

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Lisa - May 16, 2017

Thanks for teaching me how to vacuum correctly! I’ve never thought to vacuum lengthwise and crosswise in order to get all the dirt, but that makes sense and seems like it could have some good results. Do you have any suggestions for what type of vacuum works the best for just basic carpet cleaning?

Kelly - May 18, 2017

Wow!! I don’t think I ever would’ve thought of half of these things unless I looked them up!! My vacuum was really expensive, and I need to take better care of it so that I don’t end up breaking it! Thanks for the tips!


Jacinta - May 18, 2017

That’s a great way of making sure you get all the spots. I don’t usually go over things twice and often force my way on the corners and edges.I think the best part about the guide is that you end up with the nice lines that everyone sees.

Esther - May 18, 2017

I’m pretty sure my mother in law doesn’t own a vacuum either! Every time I go I am covered in her super long hairs!! They are everywhere and it drives me nuts!


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