Originally created 02/24/02

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Coming clean

Vacuuming does more than keep your house neat. It reduces the dust and dirt that get into the air and, consequently, your lungs.

Effective vacuuming requires proper equipment and the right technique, according to the Carpet and Rug Institute.

Here's what the institute recommends:

  • To remove surface soil, push the vacuum cleaner forward several feet, then reverse direction. For embedded soil, pull the vacuum slowly against the direction of the pile.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner with strong suction, an adjustable brush and high-efficiency filtration.
  • Vacuum all floor coverings at least once a week and high-traffic areas more often.
  • Change or empty the vacuum bag when it becomes more than half full. If the bag is a permanent type, clean it regularly.
  • Move furniture periodically so you clean all of the carpet.