Your floors are dirtier than you think. Don’t make this vacuuming mistake

When it comes to vacuuming there’s really no one we can think of that actually enjoys doing it. It’s just one of those chores that need to be done and you want to get it over with as fast as possible. Probably too fast and that results in floors that might look clean, but could be a lot cleaner. Have you ever heard of slow vacuming? Well you’re about to.

Slow vacuuming

Slow vacuuming is pretty much what it sounds like. It’s vacuuming slowly, probably a lot slower than you’re used to. It isn’t anything new and if you google it you’ll find articles about it from years ago. But thanks to TikTok the “trend” is seeing a bit of a revival and that’s a good thing. Nowadays we hardly have time for anything and everything just has to happen fast. But always going a thousand miles an hour isn’t doing you or your carpets any favors. TikTok user @maevers even claims slow vacuuming “will have your floors feeling like the stairway to heaven, softer than charmin’s own rolls”.


you will cry tears of joy on your knees

♬ original sound – liz❦

Not convinced? Just checkout some slow vacuuming videos to see how much dirt could be left on your floors if you don’t take your time. Vacuum cleaners are actually made to use slowly, as even Dyson instructs: “Vacuuming slowly gives the airflow and brush bar more time to “agitate” the dust and dirt between the carpet fibers and remove them entirely. It also means you’re more likely to capture invisible allergens hidden deep in the carpet pile”.

They also advise customers to go over the same spot more than once. But according to their research vacuuming the same spot more than two or three times gives a minimal increase in your carpet’s cleanliness.

How slow is slow?

So how slow should you go to be slow vacuuming? There doesn’t seem to be a hard rule here, but suggestions range from 2 -3 minutes per square meter to letting your vacuum sit on the carpet for as long as possible. That last one will obviously be way too slow for most of us. It’s probably best to vacuum slower than you’re used to and then go even a bit slower.

Ilona Braam

Ilona is a Digital Media Design graduate, content writer/creator and a whole bunch of other things. A few words that would describe her are jolly, creative, nerdy, curious and a bit dark.