15 Things You Can Clean With A Vacuum Cleaner

Updated on July 24, 2020 by Joseph D. Nielson

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Comparing a vacuum cleaner to a broom or mop is like comparing gold to stone.

Vacuum cleaners outperform traditional cleaning procedures by some margin. Technology constantly evolves and vacuums get better all the time.

Here is a list of 15 things you can clean with a vacuum cleaner.

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1. Floors

Of all parts of the house, the floor is known to collect the most amount of dirt.

It doesn’t matter whether your floors are hard and bare or carpeted. Vacuum cleaners will give them a thorough clean.

The trick here is to pick the correct model for that particular kind of floor. Explore our site and learn the best vaccum for different flooring.

2. Carpets

Carpets and area rugs add beauty, calmness and serentiy to a room. Many people prefer them to bare floors because of this warmth.

Unfortunately, they are prone to holding on to plenty of dirt. As it sinks deep down the fibers, it gets hard to notice.

A vacuum cleaner with strong suction and a special carpet cleaning attachment or rotating brush roll will work wonders.

3. Car interiors

Nowadays, cars have become our homes in motion and we do conduct our normal daily activities like eating and drinking inside them, especially when traveling long distances.

Once in a while, you will experience spillages. You’ll also need to give the car a thorough clean from time to time.

Sticks or handheld vacuums are best for this job as they are more portable and maneuverable.

Don’t forget to clean the areas under the seats and other tight spaces. A crevice tool and an upholstery tool will come in handy for the crevices and seats respectively.

4. Stairs

Stairs are often classified as hard-to-reach areas mainly due to the fact that using a heavy regular vacuum to clean them is so cumbersome.

A lighter canister vacuum with a high suction head will help a great deal with stairs.

A stick vacuum or handheld vacuum can also be used effectively.

A crevice tool might be necessary for getting rid of the dirt harbored between the panels of flooring on the stairs.

5. Ceiling fans

Even though ceilings and ceiling fans are placed high above the ground, they still tend to collect dust, especially during summer and spring. This is mainly because the ceiling fans are responsible for air flow within the room.

Finding a vacuum cleaner with a long hose and a decent brush tool will help a great deal when cleaning your ceilings and ceiling fans.

6. Closets, Cabinets And Drawers

These places are usually hidden from the eye unless they are opened. For this reason, they often collect a lot of dirt and need to be cleaned regularly.

A vacuum cleaner will help get rid of dust, lint, crumbs and other debris.

A crevice tool works perfectly in cleaning the corners and crevices. The outside of the cabinets and closets should also be vacuumed, especially the top part as it tends to gather most of the dust.

7. Mattresses

The top part of a mattress is protected by a bedcover but we normally forget that the bottom part is constantly exposed to a lot of dirt and dust from the floors.

Flipping over the mattress and vacuuming its bottom part will make it clean and hygienic and will also prevent allergies.

You should vacuum the bed frames and board not forgetting under the bed.

8. Pillows

Pillows collect most of our body dirt including skin flakes, dead body cells, hairs, dust and even dust mites.

You should vacuum your pillow regularly using the upholstery tool to get rid of these and to ensure a hygienic and healthier area for your sleep. This will also prevent asthma, skin infections and other allergic reactions.

9. Drapery

Curtains, valances and blinds prevent the entry of dust, dirt and pollen into the inside atmosphere of your house. This explains why blinds, windows and drapery are often laced with dust and debris.

Vacuuming them using the drapery tool or the soft brush attachment will not only get rid of the dirt but also give you a cleaner and more hygienic living environment.

The curtain headers should be cleaned using the hose and dusting attachment.

10. Furniture

Furniture accumulates dirt.

Upholstered furniture should be vacuumed using the upholstery attachment for best results without damaging the surfaces.

Wooden and metal furniture should be cleaned with the dusting tool.

The crevice tool is wonderful for cleaning tight areas. Do not forget to clean between and under the cushions and also under the furniture.

11. Light fixtures

Due to the static caused by the heat from lighting fixtures, they tend to attract a lot of fine dirt and dust over time.

Chandeliers, light bulbs, lamp shades and other kinds of light fixtures should be vacuumed gently using the dusting tool and a long wand for better reach.

The soft brush attachment and crevice tool are awesome for vacuuming the most delicate and awkward spots.

12. Walls And Decor

Walls are often overlooked when it comes to cleaning.

They can collect lots of dirt over time, especially in areas bordering the ceiling and behind decor.

Vacuuming these using the dusting attachment with a long hose usually works well.

Artwork, mirrors and decor like wall clocks should also be gently vacuumed using the soft brush attachment.

13. Electronics

Electronics produce static, heat, sound and vibrations that tend to attract dust and fine particles. These can be cleaned using the soft brush tool or the dusting attachment.

Be sure to unplug before vacuuming and you should clean both behind and under the appliances.

The cords and refrigerator coils should also be cleaned.

14. AC Vents And Fan Vents

Vents control the flow of air into and out of the house during filtration and they often trap dust and fine dirt particles.

To prevent the dirt from spreading into the atmosphere and the motor jamming, you need to keep them clean and clear of dirt at all times.

Vacuuming using the soft brush tool or dusting attachment will do the trick.

15. Books

Wiping or manually dusting books that have gathered dust may smudge the dirt and worsen the situation.

Vacuuming is the best solution in this case.

You could vacuum while you flip open the pages to ensure you capture all the dirt and dust.

You shouldn’t forget to also vacuum the book shelves.

The above are some key areas that can be cleaned using your dry and wet vacuum cleaner.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions and happy cleaning!

Joseph and Family
About Joseph D. Nielson

Former journalist and editor for various press groups, I now dedicate my time to reviewing products for the home and family life. When I get time to myself, I enjoy rock climbing, taking my dirt bike for a rip, and most importantly providing my family with the best home possible!