Proper vacuuming is the easiest and most effective way to keep your carpet clean. Regular vacuuming can also have the largest impact on the air you breathe.

Most people are familiar with the concept of using a vacuum to remove dust and dirt from carpet. However, in order to ensure the best care and protection of your carpet, there are a few important considerations of which to take note.

Before you start, get clutter off the floor. Be on the lookout for items that may jam the machine. These items should be picked up by hand to avoid the possibility of their getting caught in the vacuum and impairing suction, or causing damage to the vacuum. Wearing an apron with pockets gives you a handy place to dump stray items.

If you only vacuum in one direction, you’re not removing all of the dirt and dust. Some of it can hide under carpet fibers, and vacuuming in both directions—north and south, and east and west—will ensure you get every last speck of dust out of your carpet. You need to overlap each strip by a little, because your vacuum doesn’t clean absolutely up to the edge of the machine.

Take your time. Vacuuming slowly will allow your machine to suck up more dirt and dust, and ultimately get your rugs and carpets much cleaner. Slow vacuuming allows the brush to agitate the carpet properly and suck up the unclean bits that emerge.

Go tight into the corners every third vacuum. Doing the corners takes a bit more effort and, frankly, isn’t called for every time you clean. This is a great “GleamClean” tip- failing to do so can make “dust and dirt accumulate over the years making it nearly impossible to clean the edges of your carpet.