How to Choose The Best Vacuum For Hardwood Flooring
I am proud of the hardwood flooring in my house.
I work hard
it clean and shiny. Mind you, it's not as easy as it looks on
commercials because dirt and grime can lodge on the slats. And if you
don't know how to clean them correctly, you might find scratches on
The best way to keep them shiny and scratch-free is
to vacuum them regularly. But not all vacuums are right for wooden
floors. So how do you choose which one to purchase?
There's a vacuum
cleaner for every
budget. At the same time, the most expensive vacuum cleaner
necessarily the right vacuum cleaner for you. It's also not necessarily
better than the cheaper ones or will last longer. Price is one of the
P's in marketing, and it is sometimes used to lure unsuspecting buyers.
Know how much you can spend and stick to it.
Your Specific Needs
Here are some
important tips we gathered from Home Floor Experts
on how to choose the best vacuum for hardwood flooring: Most
people have mixed-types of
flooring on their homes. Some may only have a small area of wood
flooring but may be the highlight of their home. Before going to the
store, consider where you will need the vacuum cleaner and how often
you will need it.
For example, I bought a heavy-duty cleaner because my
ground floor is entirely made of wood and it's the centerpiece of my
home. We also have several cats and dogs so I made sure that it had an
attachment for pet hair.
You also have to decide if you will get an
upright or a canister vacuum cleaner. The former are heavier than the
latter, so those with back backs should look into this.
Canister vs Upright Vacuum
and maintaining hardwood floors makes for time-consuming work if you
use the wrong vacuuming method. Typically, hardwood requires weekly
care to help preserve levels of cleanliness and hygiene.
determine the individual benefits of canister and upright vacuum
cleaners, it is important to recognise the different attributes of both
and any potential disadvantages either may have. User preferences are
just as important as opinions of floor cleaning
and should be included in any assessment. Making the
right choice between a canister and an upright vacuum
affects the cleanliness of hardwood floors and, ultimately, the
perception that visitors have of your home or your business.
Benefits of Canister Vacuum
design and subsequent ease of use makes canister vacuum cleaners a
great choice when the operator requires portability, such as when
cleaning stairs or vacuuming underneath furniture and behind drapes.
This type of vacuum can certainly be used to clean hardwood floors and,
if it is the only option available, a satisfactory standard of cleaning
is definitely achievable.
- · The versatility of canister
vacuum cleaners allow them to be used anywhere and, with so many
attachments to choose from, it’s relatively easy to find an option for
cleaning hardwood floors and surrounding baseboards.
- · Because
canister vacuum cleaners promote manoeuvrability, they are easier to
use in areas with features such as kitchen islands, dining furniture
and cabinetry. The canister model is suitable for most room space where
hardwood floors are prevalent. [Source: http://www.homefloorexperts.com/canister-vacuum/]
Property owners often opt for hardwood floors because, unlike carpet,
they don’t hold potentially harmful allergens and pathogens. The
canister on a canister vacuum cleaner is sealed and self-contained,
which makes it highly suitable for homes with asthma sufferers or where
moulting pets increase demand for frequent cleaning.
Disadvantages of Canister Vacuum
to drag the canister during operation is a disadvantage to many,
especially if non-fixed furniture items are knocked by the canister or
trapped by the power lead. A canister vacuum cleaner that hasn’t been
looked after well could also have sharp edges or burrs, and these
scratch hardwood floors upon contact causing potentially expensive
The space-saving benefits of a canister vacuum will
often result in less power. While it’s usually difficult to notice the
feel of debris trapped in carpet fibres after a vacuum, there’s no
mistaking the gritty, uncomfortable feeling of dirt underfoot on
Benefits of Upright Vacuum
The upright vacuum cleaner, with all but the very oldest models, uses a
centrifugal fan to create the partial vacuum effect which powers
household cleaning. While the upright model lacks the lightweight feel
and manoeuvrability of a canister vacuum, it works well on all flat
surfaces including hardwood floors. High-end branded models from
industry-leading manufacturers are especially effective in lifting
dirt, dust and grit from flooring surfaces.
- · Upright
vacuum cleaners work very well in areas with high volumes of foot
traffic. This makes them an ideal choice for cleaning the busiest
residential homes and for vacuuming commercial properties, particularly
- · In properties with a combination of carpets,
hardwood floors and other flooring types, such as vinyl, it is easier
for an upright vacuum cleaner to make the transition from one surface
to another without the need for stopping to change attachments.
Disadvantages of Upright Vacuum
lack of mobility anywhere without a flat surface, and the heavier
design of the typical upright vacuum cleaner, often makes the user
experience a frustrating one. Having to carry this type of vacuum
cleaner up and down stairs to clean hardwood floors on multiple levels
soon becomes a chore, even though the power benefits with uprights are
Perhaps the biggest drawback to using an upright vacuum
cleaner on hardwood floors is the inclusion of the beater bar. Although
some models have an option to turn the beater bar off, forgetting to do
so could cause irreversible damage to hardwood floors.
Making The RIght Choice
with the advantages and disadvantages of each product type considered,
some users will already have a preferred choice and the patience to
navigate the drawbacks. For those who insist on portability and ease of
use, the canister vacuum consistently cleans hardwood floors well but a
budget model will often leave traces of dirt and debris behind.
vacuum cleaners deliver a more professional clean and, for those who
don’t mind moving the odd item of furniture to reach areas with
difficult access, the superior results always make any additional
effort worthwhile. While the access and portability benefits of
canister vacuums remain important, the deeper cleaning of an upright
vacuum on harder floors will nearly always shine through.
Every home has
a different need so keep these in mind when making your choice.
Be that as it may, a good vacuum cleaner
for hardwood floors should have no beater brush. These are mainly for
carpet so that it can really dig out those dirt and grime.
brushes can scratch wood floors. Make sure it has a function for mop
and sweep as this can make it really shine. Look at the suction power
The problem with wood floors is that grimes can embed
in the slats. Suctioning them is the best way to get them
Other People's Experience
You will be spending a few
hundred dollars on this piece of appliance so think this decision
through - no impulse buying. Talk to friends about their vacuum
cleaner. It can make for a boring conversation but it's the best way to
gauge the performance of a vacuum cleaner
Find someone with the same
cleaning situation as you do, in this case, people with hardwood in
their home (preferably the same type of wood). Go online and read the
reviews of other users. There are many who would be more than willing
to share their experience.
Buying the right vacuum cleaner for your home is not easy.
may just be one appliance, you will be using this vacuum cleaner for
years to come. Take the time to study your options so that you will not
regret your decision.
If the floors in your home are mostly hardwood, I’m sure you
have noticed how easy it is to see the dust and debris that quickly
builds up. If you would like to save on the time and effort it takes to
sweep, having a stick vacuum cleaner is a quick and efficient
alternative to help keep your hardwood floors looking good.
The regular road trips and getaways with your family and
friends can leave your car in disarray and smelling funky. Owning a car
vacuum comes in handy especially if you’re someone who likes to keep
things spic and span. I can show you some simple steps on how to vacuum
your car by yourself. [...]
Panasonic MC-CG917 Optiflow has a 12 Amp Motor and a 24 foot
Power cord reel. This device has a separate large baggy meant to make
the emptying of dust easy. It is fitted with a power nozzle with has an
overload protection reset. [...]
of the most popular choices for flooring is wood. People simply admire
its timeless style and the comfort that it can bring. Wood flooring
feels good on the feet even during winter or summer. However, this type
is one of the most sensitive kinds of flooring. It can easily get
damaged especially if located in high traffic areas such as the
you start practicing ways to maintain a wood floor around your door,
you need to understand the best way to install the floor so that it is
aesthetically aligned. As you look through the doorway at the finished
floor, it might be easy to notice that the floorboards are perfectly