As much as we do not like to admit, vacuuming is a part of life and it has to be done, sometimes everyday or twice a week, particularly if you have a floor where you can easily see all the dirt and grime that accumulates over the course of a week. For vacuuming not to become a bore and to even like doing it, getting the right vacuum can make all the difference. In this article we will go through some of the things that you should think about when getting a vacuum.
Should you sweep the floor or vacuum your tile floor?
If you like me and have mostly tiles in your house, then you might ask yourself if you should sweep or vacuum your tiled floor. You can certainly do both however when you sweep that normally just moves all the dirt on the floor around the house whereas a vacuum will suck it up and off the floor.
Also if you sweep your floor, you might not get all of the dust and dirt when you use your dustpan and you are highly likely to in fact leave some on the floor and sometimes into the gaps between your tiles.
However, when you vacuum it sucks up all the dust and dirt and keeps it in your bag or container and that makes it easier to get out of the house.
How do you choose the right vacuum for tiled flooring?
Before you even start thinking about going and vacuuming your floor, the first thing you should think about is what type of vacuum is going to get the best result for your tiled floor.
There are numerous options to choose from and there is also a wide range of vacuum cleaners that are made just for cleaning tiles.
No matter what kind of vacuum you are looking for, whether that be a high quality robo vacuum which does all the work itself or even a vacuum that does both sweeping as well as mop your floor, there is something out there for everyone.
How can you know which vacuum is best for tiles?
Now companies that make vacuums do not only make vacuums suitable for tiles, so it is up to you to do your do diligence when looking for one that suits you. Most of us can make the error and simply buy a vacuum that will get the hard areas of their home clean like their tiled floor.
When they do this, they often get upset when the vacuum does not do what they want it to do. Some can even wind up causing some sort of damage to your tiles while you are using it. We think you should consider these following things when you are looking to buy a vacuum for your tiled floors.
Have a on and off brush roll
Now having a vacuum that comes with a brush that is motorized in not a necessity when you are cleaning your tile floor because the tiles might not necessarily be the only type of surface that is throughout your home. Tiles tend to be a lot colder than other parts of your house so you will often find that most houses will have other areas that have floorboards and carpet as well.
The floorboards and carpets will need to be vacuumed too and if you have a vacuum that does not have a motorized brush then it will not clean the areas properly. We recommend that you purchase a vacuum that has a motorized brush but also gives you the option to turn it off too so you can clean tiles and then your carpet as well with the push of a button.
Your type of tile
There are many different types of tiles out there and they can be made up of numerous materials and the quality of them can be vastly different too. If you happen to have a tile that is glazed, then that will be easier to clean with a normal vacuum. Unfortunately, they can be damaged very easily so you should look for a vacuum that will not damage your tiles and leave scuff marks after you use it.
Another type of tile is the quarry tile. They also seem to have dirt and dust on them and therefor will require you to have a decent vacuum with decent power. They are not damaged easily and if you happen to drop thick liquids on them then you can simply use the brush roll and clean it up with ease.
The suction of the vacuum.
You are going to need a vacuum that has a decent amount of power, something that is at, around or over 150 watts ideally. The vacuum that has great suction will reduce the chances that you will need to use your brush roll and in turn will not damage your tiles.
The area between the tiles, the grout
Now the lines of grout come in all different sizes, some are wide, others can be deep or shallow and because if this, dirt, and dust can settle on them in a variety of different ways. That is why is it really important that you get a vacuum that will allow you to get into these areas for a proper clean as having a vacuum with less power will mean you will not pick up all the dirt and dust off your tiles.
Add to that if your grout happens to have marks or stains on them then you perhaps will need to do a more thorough clean. A good trick to use is to grab some baking soda, make it into a paste and then you put it on the sections of grout that are dirty, leave it and then use water to rinse and give it a good clean.
You can also get a special type of sealant that you can use after you clean the grout so that your tiles will always be left looking clean and will in fact be easier to clean next time around.
You want something that is versatile
For most homes there is not a single surface in the whole house that will need a good cleaning from time to time. Your bookshelves, furniture and other areas will need to be vacuumed.
You should think about these specific areas when you are deciding what type of vacuum to buy. Most vacuums nowadays are extremely versatile and give you freedom to clean basically anywhere you want and can even come apart and become a small handheld version.
Most vacuums today will also have little gadgets that come with it to make cleaning other places easier, like under your couch or corners of rooms and small gaps that you just cannot reach with the normal nozzle. Some even have a specific purpose too, like one for cleaning up animal hair or even one for cleaning your stairs so you should think about which areas of the house need cleaning when buying a vacuum.
How much can the bin hold?
How big the container or bag is will tell you how much of the house you can clean in a single go. Vacuums that have a bag in general have the biggest volume to hold all the dirt and dust but will cost you because you will have to buy replacement bags when you finish using one.
Vacuums that do not have a bag are really popular in todays world because they do not cost you money to maintain them, add to that, most companies have vacuums that are bagless actually have a decent size for storing dust. No matter what kind of things you will be cleaning up you should think about the size of your bag or bagless volume to hold the dust and other things.
In addition, think about how often you will be cleaning too, as pet lovers will know, a dogs hair can fill up your vacuums container really fast as well as mess from kids and some of the left over bits of food they can leave around as well.
A vacuum that steams as well
Some machines that are used for cleaning can have a cool feature, in that they can allow you to vacuum and steam simultaneously. This is usually for surfaces that can withstand hot temperatures and can be easily cleaned.
Frequently aske questions.
Can I vacuum tile floors?
You can use a vacuum to clean tile floors yes, however make sure you are using a vacuum that is designed for tiles or that has a feature when you can life up the head so you do not damaged the tiles.
When cleaning a tile floor, does a robot vacuum work?
Robotic vacuums very on tile floors, if you have a vacuum that is specifically made for the hard areas of your house. It will have a great ability to suck up dirt and dust and will come with brushes so that it can sweep the floor and be able to suck up all the dust and dirt at the same time.
Which is better, vacuuming or mopping?
If you look at which picks up the dirt and dust better than a vacuum cleaner is your winner as it does not simply push all the dirt around, it sucks it up off the floor.
On the flip side to that, when you mop you are also killing all types of germs and dirty things with the disinfectant and that is something that a vacuum can not do. In a perfect word you would vacuum your tiles multiple times a week and mop for floors every 4-5 days.
How come my floors are dirty even after I mopped?
The biggest reason for this is simply because either your mop bucket water is dirty, or you do not rinse the mop head thoroughly enough when using it. When you put your mop into the water it will come into contact with the water in the bucket and they when you mop it will pick up dirt, so when you use your mop again you can put the dirty back on the floor if your water is dirty.
Most high-quality mopping machines have to different areas for you, one is for all the clean water and the other side will be for the filthy water to avoid this exact issue.