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How often should you vacuum?

Updated: Feb 8, 2023

Assess vacuuming frequency based on flooring type.


Use the guidelines below to determine when to vacuum your floors.


Vacuum carpeted floors twice a week. Carpeting demands vacuuming more frequently because the carpet fibers trap dirt, hair, dust, and allergens. The longer you wait to vacuum your carpets the more engrained the dirt and hair become.


Vacuum daily if you have pets. The floors of pet owners tend to become littered with pet hair and cat litter. What's more concerning is that pets who go outside can bring in certain types of bacteria which can cause headaches, vomiting, and diarrhea. Vacuuming once a day will help remove bacteria to ensure a healthier home. If you can't do it everyday make it a habit to vacuum the rooms that your pets use most frequently each day.


Vacuum hardwood and tile floors weekly. Vacuuming hardwood and tile floors once a week should be sufficient because they don't hold dirt and debris like carpet does. This is due to the extremely flat surface compared to carpet and most hardwood and tile floors are sealed. However, dirt and debris can still get trapped in between cracks and crevices, so this is why it's important to vacuum these types of floors at least once a week.


Best practices for vacuuming floors.

  • Use the best type of vacuum for you floors.

  • Most vacuums have carpet and hard floor modes. Make sure you're using the right mode for the proper flooring type.

  • Consider using a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) vacuum which is equipped with a filter that catches more dust, bacteria, and allergens.

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