Vacuuming 101

Efficient Vacuuming

To make the most out of the time and effort you put into vacuuming your carpet, check out the FAQs below. 

How often should vacuuming be done?


The frequency of vacuuming is determined by the amount of wear your carpet gets. Areas can be classified into heavy and light traffic. This is based on the amount of “use” your carpet gets in these areas.

For heavy traffic areas, vacuum the “traffic lanes” daily and the entire area twice weekly. In less traveled areas, vacuum the carpet lanes twice weekly and the entire area once a week.

Dirt and debris need to be removed to keep the carpet looking its best longer. Walking on dirty carpet allows the soil particles to work their way down into the carpet fibers, making it more difficult to remove and leading to possible damage. By vacuuming regularly, you will remove these particles from the surface before they can get to the fibers and create a problem.

To get the best possible results, be sure to vacuum the area slowly and go from side to side. Occasionally change your vacuuming direction to help stand the pile upright and reduce matting.

How many times do I need to go over a certain spot before the area is clean?


For heavier traffic areas, it is recommended to go over the area 5 to 7 times. For less traveled areas, it is recommended to go over it 3 to 4 times. To get the best possible results, be sure to vacuum the area slowly and go from side to side. Occasionally change direction to help stand the pile upright and reduce matting.

If you really want to be sure you are getting all the dirt from an area in your carpet, a BISSELL vacuum with the Dirt Sensor is recommended.

What are all the cleaning attachments used for?


Crevice Tool– is excellent for cleaning in tight or narrow, hard to reach spaces, like along baseboards, door tracks, heating and air-conditioning vents and behind and between appliances.

TurboBrush®– use the rotating brush action for deep down vacuuming of mattresses, upholstered chairs and couches, and automobile interiors.

Extension Wand– is great for above floor cleaning. Use the extension wand with the desired tool attachment for a longer reach when cleaning items like ceiling fans, wall corners and drapes.

Dusting/Upholstery Brush– two types of cleaning tools are included in one attachment; simply rotate for the desired use. The upholstery side is for curtains, draperies, cushions, and fabrics. Use the dusting brush side to dust furniture, blinds, books, lampshades, shelves, and baseboards.

Which of the numerous height adjustment settings do I use?


The level you set your vacuum depends on the height of your carpet. For bare floors, use the lowest or bare floor setting, for short and medium pile carpets use a medium setting and finally, for plush carpets use the highest setting. When vacuuming, there should be minimal resistance, if it is difficult to push, adjust to the next highest setting.

Please note some Berber carpets have a tendency to fuzz with wear. Repeated passes with your vacuum over the same area may aggravate this condition. Consider using the highest height setting or turning off the rotating brush for this type of carpet.

How does the Dirt Sensor operate?


On specific BISSELL Vacuums, there is a Dirt Sensor. The clean carpet sensor detects dirt being picked up while the vacuum is in use. When the vacuum is picking up dirt, the red light will come on. Occasionally, the lights (green and red) may alternate quickly back and forth if the area is only lightly soiled or the dirt is spread out. For the best cleaning, continue vacuuming until the green light remains constantly illuminated.

How does the Brush Roll On/Off Switch Work?


Some vacuums offer a feature that allows you to turn the brush roll on and off. The brush roll is disengaged by flipping a switch or through a foot pedal that stops the brush from rotating. The BISSELL Lift-Off is one unit that offers this feature. The Lift-Off utilizes a switch for turning the brush on and off. The brush should be on when doing normal carpet cleaning. However, when cleaning bare floors or delicate surfaces, you may want to turn the brush roll off.