9 surprising uses for a vacuum cleaner or carpet cleaner

Vacuums and carpet cleaners do more than just remove dust and dirt from floors and carpets. Canister or upright vacuums that have a hose in them with different attachments are a real job when it comes to cleaning messes around the house. People assume that carpet cleaners are just for carpets, but that’s not the case.

Here are nine surprising uses for a vacuum cleaner or carpet cleaner that will make housework easy.


Small appliance cleaning

While your vacuum cleaner won’t be able to clean the oven, it can help remove nooks and crannies in your small appliances like toasters or toaster ovens. (Be sure to unplug the appliances first.) You can also use it to get rid of crumbs on your work surface to help prevent ants.

Banish indoor pollen

To reduce the chance of unwanted pollen roaming your home, vacuum allergens into window sills and screen doors regularly. Use a dry brush attachment to clean the screens to help get rid of pollen and dust. Bypass the blinds and blackout blinds while you are there.

Undoing an accident that happened during the night

Pee accidents in children can be easily undone with portable carpet cleaners. Just be careful not to over-saturate the mattress, which can lead to mold spores, and be sure to clean one side thoroughly and dry it before turning it over to clean the other. The best carpet cleaner will eliminate odors and return the fabric to its pre-accident condition.


D Lint dryer vents

One of the main causes of house fires stems from the dryer’s ventilation system. On average, firefighters respond to more than 13,000 home fires caused by clothes dryers, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Worrying, isn’t it? Fortunately, the possibility of a fire can be greatly reduced by cleaning the dryer regularly. Use the vacuum hose to clean lint from the dryer ducts and reduce the chance of lint igniting.

Find a small item

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 your hands and knees. Wrap a piece of cheesecloth or pantyhose over the tip of the nozzle of the hose and secure it with an elastic band. Work your way around the suspected area. The mesh will prevent your item from being sucked into the vacuum.

Smell spray

Take baking soda from your kitchen and use it on your carpet to reduce bad odors. Spray it on the carpet and leave it for 10-15 minutes. When you vacuum, the baking soda will absorb any odors.


Say goodbye to pet hair on surfaces

As much as we love our four-legged friends, most of us can do without the excess pet hair floating around the house. Use a vacuum cleaner hose to suck up pet hair from all surfaces, whether it’s on your bed, sofa, or curtains. A quick, “all-around” vacuuming session can tame stray hairs from curling up in the washer, a major factor in causing clogging.

Farshan for curtains and upholstery

Carpet cleaners can be used to clean curtains and furniture. For chairs and sofas, allow plenty of time for everything to dry before sitting down again. You can even take your portable carpet cleaner to the garage to freshen up your car’s upholstery.

groom video

Did you know that you can take care of your pet with a special vacuum attachment? Made to brush and suck loose fur directly from your pet, this brush provides a smart way to keep shedding at bay.

Are you excited to try any of these tricks? Anything that shortens cleaning time is a plus in my book!

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