The handle is so Star Trek-like! After owning a bagless vacuum, I went back to a vacuum with bags.
I hate bagless vacuums! Of course that is my personal opinion. It annoyed the crud out of me, seeing the filth and hair balls on a daily basis. I also hated cleaning the dust containers and the filters every week. Did you know you are suppose to wash the dust containers and filters on bagless vacuums, on a regular basis? Not good for my OCD tendencies!
One thing that I have learned over the years, is that the most expensive vacuums are not always the best ones!
Sorry, I began to speak in tongues.
Below are some vacuuming tips:
Carpets need to be vacuumed on a regular basis! Dirt particles grind the fibers of the carpet and will dull the fibers. Vacuuming keeps soil from becoming embedded in the pile, which can damage it. (This little explanation sounds so fart-headed...but it's true!)
According to the experts, you should vacuum non traffic areas once a week. Light traffic areas, two times a week (3 passes). And moderate to heavy traffic areas two to five times a week (5 passes). As for the 3 and 5 passes thing... really? Vacuum over the same spot 5 times! 5? Good grief. Even that's a bit much for me. Personally I vacuum my entire upstairs six times a week. I vacuum the stairs and downstairs one to two times a week. It all depends on the crap that Homey and his crew leave on the floor. They are like rodents!
I like to use my carpet rake before I vacuum. I usually use it about once a week. However, I do forget to use it alot. It's makes my carpet look more fluffy ("It's so fluffy, I could die!") and using the rake helps to loosen the pile and dirt particles, making it easier for your vacuum to suck up the dirt.
Some tips on maintaining the performance of your vacuum:
Clean the beater bar. Lots of hair and fibers can get tangled up in there... use some scissors to cut the fibers.
Check the belt about once to two times per year for worn spots, cracks, or stretching. Replace them if the belt is looking worn.
Shake and tap paper filters against a hard surface to clean.
If you have plastic filters, you can just rinse these under running water and let air dry.
And for my last tip and the most important tip, of all...
Make your kids vacuum!
"Work, kid work! There's no smiling while vacuuming! I'm crackin' the whip! Oh, you think this is fun?!?! You won't be thinkin' it's fun after you are sucking up old Cheetos, stinky socks, and popcorn seeds!"
*Sniff, sniff. I just shed a tear.*
Oh wait, maybe he's giddy due to the fact that he is entertaining himself by vacuuming his "parts".
You know, it's a proven, scientific, fact, that my boy's dominate, yet, questionable genes come from their father. Yup. Scientifically proven.