How To Effectively Vacuum Your Carpet and Area Rugs

Jan 21, 2021 | Carpet Cleaning, Rug Cleaning

Correct way to vacuum carpets

Regular vacuuming of your rugs and carpeting leaves them looking great, and extends the life of them as well. Removing pesky and damaging dirt and dust particles ultimately preserves the longevity of your beloved textiles. 

Follow these three rules to effectively vacuum your home:


The old saying, ‘you’re only as good as your tool’ rings true with the type of vacuum you’re using. Make sure you’re using a vacuum with a beater bar, and if it has a bag – change it at least 2-4 times a year. 

Before vacuums, rugs were strung along a clothes line and beaten to get the dirt and dust out. Luckily, vacuums come with a beater bar to replace this grueling task. The beater bar is used to ‘beat’ the unwanted particles out from the fibers of carpets and rugs, then they are sucked into the bag or dust cup. Without a beater bar, particles are typically displaced and larger materials are only extracted. 


It is suggested that carpets and rugs be vacuumed at least twice a week, and even more for high trafficked areas, especially those with pets. Vacuuming should be done often to remove all debris, dust, and dirt from your home. Being consistent with vacuuming will ultimately uphold the integrity and life expectancy of your textiles.   


The key to effectively vacuuming all debris from your carpets and rugs is to vacuum against the nap, by standing the pile up as you pull the vacuum towards you. This exposes the hidden particles that are deep within the fibers and pulls them out. All carpeting and area rugs have a nap direction, just like hair patterns. The nap can be felt by going from end to end with your hand. 

By using these simple rules when vacuuming, your carpeting and rugs will be looking brilliant! Need a deeper clean? Contact us for in home cleaning or drop off your rug at any of our three cleaning facility locations.