To get the most out of your vacuum, you should be taking advantage of the attachments. Of course, with how busy most of us are, we sometimes just forget about them or completely ignore using them. This is a shame because the attachments can really bring the entire system together. So if you’re not sure how to use these various accoutrements, don’t let that hold you back from making the most of your vacuum system. So this week, we’re going to talk about the three most common attachments and how to use them. Then finally we’re going to talk about some specialty attachments that can make other cleaning chores a lot easier.
The first attachment that everyone sees is the long narrow tool with the angled tip. This is formally known as a crevice attachment. It’s great for cleaning out the nooks and crannies in your couch, especially underneath the cushions. You can also use the crevice tool to get underneath your heating radiators or to clean in the vents. Another good use for the wand is cleaning under largely immovable appliances like your stove. If it’s been a while since the last time you used your wand, there’s likely a large accumulation of debris. Slip the attachment into an old pair of pantyhose. Make short sweeps and clear the debris from the wand after every pass. This will prevent larger bits from damaging your filters. Another advantage of using the nylons as a filter is you won’t have to dig through a wad of dust and dirt to get the change that was stuck in your couch cushions.
When it comes to cleaning, one of the major challenges facing any pet owner is getting pet hair off of their furniture. Whether you have a short hair cat lounging around or a terrier rolling on your couch, you know the pains of bits of hair and fur all over your belongings. That’s what the upholstery attachment is for. This attachment looks like a miniature vacuum head and fits snugly on the hose of your vacuum. Most of the upholstery attachments come with two fuzzy strips attached; these strips are there to lift and pull the pet hair out of the fabric of your furniture. Cleaning the strips is easy; you just need to wipe them with a damp cloth. An additional neat feature of upholstery attachments are the holes located around the base. These are to prevent the attachment from getting stuck to your pillows or cushions by preventing a vacuum seal.
The final attachment that everyone has seen is the dusting brush. This looks like a round opening surrounded by a swath of soft bristles. This attachment is a life saver if you have allergies. Think of it like a microfiber duster with suction. It allows you to run the brush over flat surfaces, dislodging dust and debris to be sucked away by your vacuum. This attachment can be used on window blinds, to clean on top of window and door frames, and to dislodge and remove cobwebs as well. The brush makes the attachment gentle enough to use on electronics for surface cleaning as well. While we recommend using a microfiber cloth to clean screens, removing dust from the vent ports is never a bad thing. Cleaning the dusting brush is a simple matter. Use the upholstery attachment to give a quick once over of the bristles and you’re good to go.
There are some specialty attachments that can make your life a lot easier. One of these is the Turbo Brush attachment for Dyson Vacuums with a 1-1/4” (32mm) fitting. This brush has a beater bar that actively lifts pet hair from your upholstery. The brush roll is air driven so there’s no motor or electricity needed to take advantage of this extra power. Another attachment that comes in handy is the long crevice tool. These are sometimes referred to as refrigerator crevice tools because they are mostly used to clean your refrigerator’s coils, but these 24” long attachments are great for other uses as well. Cleaning behind your dryer to get rid of excess lint, or cleaning the ceiling corners without a step ladder are just two additional uses. Another type of specialty attachment is the micro-attachment. These are smaller versions of the other attachments and are used to clean computer keyboards and other electronics. The last specialty attachment is aimed right at pet owners. It’s a grooming brush. That’s right, you can use this to brush your pet and remove shedding hair before it hits your carpet or furniture. As long as you can get your pet to sit still while the vacuum runs.
As a final word on attachments, don’t be afraid to buy non-OEM attachments or tools that aren’t specifically made for your manufacturer. The important part of attachments is the opening measurement. Most vacuums come in two standard sizes, 32mm, and 35mm. To find out which your vacuum is, measure the opening of the attachment point at its widest point. You want to be careful to measure from the outside to get an accurate measurement. Once you have that, you can buy the correct size accessories with confidence. Now that you know what attachments and accessories are available for your vacuum and how to use them, there’s no reason to leave them sitting in their case or attached to your upright. With proper use, your vacuum attachments can save you time and effort on your weekly cleaning chores.