A vacuum cleaner is an electronic device that is used to clean dust and dirt from homes, offices and public areas. It does this by creating a partial vacuum to suck up dirt from flat surfaces such as floors; and from other surfaces also optionally. The vacuum cleaners are available in various sizes and shapes for domestic, industrial and heavy-duty use: they range from small portable battery-powered devices to huge industrial appliances for cleaning large volumes. For the cleaning of large open areas of tracts of land etc., there are self-propelled vacuum trucks that collect huge piles of soil etc.
A vacuum cleaner is equipped with different moving and removable parts and accessories to manage various cleaning jobs; an assortment of tubes of various lengths, suction cups, dirt collection bags, brushes of different sizes with soft and hard bristles, nozzles, blowers etc. make up a vacuum cleaner.
The extraction of floors and surfaces also concerns efficiency and energy savings. Hence, there are basic suction rules that must be kept in mind before starting a cleaning job.
In a family that collects a lot of dust and dirt, vacuuming should be the last task. This means that all the dusting, cleaning, cleaning of the beds etc. They must be completed as this allows all dirt to settle on the floor.
Once this is done, all the clutter that builds up on the floor must be removed so as not to accidentally jam the machine.
If the living room, sitting room or study areas have rugs, the best way is to start from the door and cover the entire room by going back and forth a few times, overlapping each other strip by strip so as to collect all the dirt. Corners require special attention especially if they are fitted with wall-to-wall carpets. By using a combination of accessories such as the dust brush and the slit nozzle, hard-to-reach areas can be easily cleaned.
If the room is large it may require tedious work such as going down on the hands and knees to reach the corners; hard floors and wooden floors can be particularly boring.
For the rugs placed in the rooms, it is essential to start moving the vacuum cleaner from the carpet to the final fringes; the other process will eventually suck up fabric from the fringes that can jam the motor and the suction unit.
Wood floors require careful attention because they are easily scratched; the wheels or the base of the vacuum cleaner can create scratches, so you need to clean them. Also, if there is dirt or sand on the floor, it is best to clean it with a wet rag.
Vacuum cleaners that suddenly make strange noises in the middle of a cleaning session indicate that something has jammed or blocked the brush bar that sucks up dirt. Shutting down the system and removing the offensive block are essential, otherwise the engine will burn out and damage other parts as well.
Before using a vacuum cleaner, a thorough reading of the user manual and an understanding of the parts and accessories is essential not only to learn how to use it optimally but also to get the best out of this home gadget.