There’s more to vacuuming than pushing the nozzle around willy nilly.
According to a vacuum expert, who has made multiple appearances on Reddit’s ask me anything forum, there are some things to keep in mind when purchasing and using your vacuum.
Dishing out advice on how to avoid wasting money on a dud vacuum, the pro said bagged is always better.
"Virtually every vacuum professional in the business chooses a bagged vacuum for their homes, because we know what quality is," he said.
In addition, just because your vacuum probably could suck up whatever you’ve got lying around on the floor, doesn’t mean it should. Before you begin, do a quick swoop of your floors, picking up anything larger than dirt, dust and hair.
"Take your time vacuuming. Racing through the job can cause lots of debris to come rushing in and causing a blockage,” he said.
For animal lovers, cleaning up pet hair is relentless.
“A carpet rake can be used prior to vacuuming to save on bags or having to empty dust bins as much,” the expert said.
He added: “Also, with that kind of heavy duty environment, you really should invest in a premium vacuum and then have it serviced regularly.
“You should also do monthly maintenance on your brush roller, to remove any built up hair on the brush and around the brush bearing end caps. This will greatly increase the lifespan of the brush roller and belts. Change your belts once a year.”
Lastly, stay away from carpet powder: it only clogs your vacuum.