So Many Vacuum Attachments, What Do They Do?

Nearly everyone has a vacuum cleaner in their home and most of you even use it regularly. Of course, your vacuum cleaner probably features a number of attachments, many of which you may have never used. Some are designed for specific applications, such as the carpeting, flooring, and upholstery. So, what are all these vacuum attachments for? 

Let’s find out what they are and how to use them! Because at EH Clean, we are experts at vacuuming, but between visits, you may have to clean up and use one of these many attachments. 

The Beater Bar Brush (the rather large rotating floor brush attachment) – The beater bar, as it's known in the cleaning industry, spins along on the bottom of upright vacuums. On canister or backpack vacuums it is an attachment. In both cases, it is crucial to get that deep clean you want for your carpet. The beater bar brush spins opening your carpets fibers to remove embedded dirt, grime, and even hair. The brush attachment comes in electric powered versions as well as turbine versions, with electric versions offering the deepest clean. 

Hand Power Brushes (also called upholstery brushes or pet brushes) – These rotating floor brushes are smaller, four or five inches in size, and serve the same purpose as the beater bar brush on carpets. The hand power brushes remove dirt, grime, and hair (or fur) from spaces that are hard to reach like stairways and upholstered furniture. An excellent tool for those of you who have furry pets as part of your family.

The Commercial Carpet Tool – The commercial carpet tool is a rectangular shaped brush designed for effectively cleaning short pile carpeting. It is usually about 12 inches long, made of plastic and has no bristles. It is not intended for use on deep pile carpeting (it won’t clean effectively) or hard surface flooring (it can leave scratches).

The Upholstery Brush – Different from the hand power brush, though they are designed to clean similar areas, the upholstery brush is better at protecting delicate upholstery fabrics. This brush is also rectangular in shape, usually about five inches long and sometimes features a removable row of horsehair or nylon bristles ideal for getting rid of pesky pet hair/fur. This small attachment works best on the stairs and your upholstered furnishings.

The Crevice Tool – You may be familiar with the crevice tool, a thin, flat, somewhat pointy attachment used to remove dirt from hard to reach crevices like tight corners, between furniture, or among your furniture cushions. It is designed for small spot cleaning, but not large areas.

The Dust Brush – Another somewhat familiar attachment, the dust brush is the small, round brush with features horsehair bristles making it perfect for delicate cleaning jobs. Use the dust brush for vents, window frames and sills, and even your curtains (provided you adjust the suction on your vacuum before you begin).

The Floor Brush – Not to be confused with the Commercial Carpet Cleaning tool, the floor brush is designed to effectively clean hard surface flooring safely. Your floor brush is a rectangular brush, usually 12 inches long, with a row of horsehair or nylon bristles which protect your hard flooring (no scratches) while effectively cleaning even stubborn pet hairs from your floor.

At EH Clean, our mission is always 100% customer satisfaction, and that is why we treat our clients with immediate responsiveness and constant attention.  We are licensed, bonded, insured and have worker's compensation for all our employees, another reason why our customers all over the Bay Area trust us and rely on us at here EH Clean.

Ed Attanasio | Trust Ed Advertising

Written by Ed Attanasaio
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