There are many different vacuum cleaners on the market these days. You have uprights, cylinders and hand-held vacuums. It is important to choose the right vacuum for yourself and for your carpet needs. Upright vacuums are the best choice for most carpets, unless a loop-pile carpet, then a cylinder vacuum may be the better choice.
When it comes to vacuuming your carpets, you want to do a walkthrough first, picking up any items, such as coins, small toys and even hair grips. If not, they could block the suction and could even damage the vacuum itself.
When you vacuum the carpet pass the vacuum cleaner slowly, in overlapping strokes, in one direction away from you. Change directions and carry on with your overlapping strokes. For heavily trafficked areas spend a little more time.
If you tend to go fast whilst vacuuming, you will be leaving a lot of soiling in your carpet, so keep it slow and thorough. Continue until the whole carpet has been vacuumed.
For the carpet next to skirting boards/walls run the vacuum hose or attachment along the edges.
Keep an eye on the waste bag or canister as it is recommended to empty the bag or canister once they get half full. If they get too full it will decrease the suction of your vacuum.
How often you should be vacuuming your carpets depends on the level of traffic in your home.
The carpet should be vacuumed at least once a week. If you have pets or high traffic areas then you would be wanting to vacuum at least two to three times a week.