Vacuum cleaners and carpet cleaners do more than remove dust and dirt from floors and carpets. Canister or upright vacuum cleaners that contain a hose with different attachments are real workhorses when it comes to cleaning up messes all over the house. People assume that carpet cleaners are only for carpets, but that’s not the case.
Here are nine surprising uses for your vacuum cleaner or carpet cleaner that will make chores easier.
Clean small appliances
While your vacuum can’t clean your oven, it can help pick up the nooks and crannies of your small appliances like toasters or toaster ovens. (Be sure to unplug appliances first.) You can also use it to clear crumbs on the counter to avoid an ant situation.
Ban indoor pollen
To reduce the risk of unwanted pollen entering your home, regularly vacuum allergens from window sills and screen doors. Use a dry brush to vacuum screens to help remove pollen and dust. Review the curtains and blinds while you’re at it.
Cancel a night accident
Child urine accidents at bedtime can be easily solved with portable carpet cleaners. Just be careful not to oversaturate the mattress, which could lead to mold spores, and make sure one side is thoroughly cleaned and dried before turning it over to clean the opposite side. The best carpet cleaner will eliminate odors and restore your fabric to its pre-accident condition.
De-Lint Dryer Vents
One of the main causes of home fires is your dryer’s venting system. On average, firefighters respond to more than 13,000 home fires caused by clothes dryers, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Alarming, right? Fortunately, the likelihood of a fire can be greatly reduced by regularly cleaning the dryer. Use your vacuum hose to clean lint from your dryer ducts and reduce the risk of the lint igniting.
Find a small article
If you’ve ever dropped an earring or a small stud on the floor, you know how hard it can be to find it. There is an easier way than getting on all fours. Wrap a piece of cheesecloth or old pantyhose over the nozzle end of the hose and secure it with a rubber band. Walk around the suspicious area. The mesh will prevent your item from being sucked into the vacuum.
Take baking soda from your kitchen and use it on your carpet to reduce odors. Sprinkle it on the carpet and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. When you vacuum, the baking soda – and any odors – will be sucked out.
Say goodbye to pet hair on surfaces
As much as we love our four-legged friends, most of us could do without the excess pet hair floating around the house. Whether it lands on your bed, couch, or curtains, use your vacuum’s hose to suck up pet hair from all surfaces. A quick “everywhere” vacuuming session can prevent stray hairs from tangling up in the washing machine, a major factor in clog formation.
Refresh curtains and furniture
Carpet cleaners can be used to clean curtains and furniture. For chairs and couches, allow plenty of time for everything to dry before sitting back down. You can even take your portable carpet cleaner to the garage to freshen up your car’s upholstery.
Did you know that you can groom your pet using a special vacuum cleaner? These are designed to brush and vacuum loose fur straight from your pet and offer a clever way to keep shedding at bay.
Are you eager to try any of these tricks? Anything that shortens cleaning time is a win in my book!
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