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What are all of those Vacuum Attachments for?

I have had many different vacuums throughout my life, all of them claiming to be the most versatile and most technologically advanced.

Each and every one of them claims that they are ultra-light and will pick up even the most stuck-on particles – no matter what type of floor you are trying to clean. 

All of them came with so many attachments and I have always wondered…

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There are so many different things to clean in a home and yet it always seemed like every vacuum I picked up, came with too many attachments.

I didn’t know what most of them were there for and never even tried some of them out before I got rid of the vacuum. 

So in order to get my home as clean as possible and make the most of each attachment, I decided to try them all out.

I experimented on many different surfaces in my home to see which attachment does the best job and what the best possible way to use each vacuum attachment would be. 

I knew there were areas in my home that were not getting the deep clean they probably needed but I wasn’t quite sure how to tackle those jobs until I figured out how to implement the many vacuum attachments.

Every vacuum seems to come with different attachments and I really don’t know what they are actually called so I am going to do what I do with people I meet, give each one a nickname.

Cleaning Ideas for Vacuum Attachments 

The Flat Ended Squeegie Vacuum Attachment

This one is best for vacuuming curtains and other fabrics that you don’t want to suck into the main base of the vacuum.

It is quite challenging to vacuum curtains and almost always ends in a battle of tug of war but when I use this attachment, it makes cleaning the curtains easy.

When trying this attachment out, I found it was also great for getting built-up dust off of wooden blinds.

The shape of this vacuum attachment made this job easy as it lined up perfectly with the wide slats on my blinds. 

The Rectangle Hair Brush Vacuum Attachment

I love the bristles on this one, they are perfect for fitting into spaces that the rest of the attachments could never get into.

The bristles slide in between vents so easily that I am able to get the caked-on dust out of there, finally!

This vacuum attachment is useful for removing dog hair from furniture as well as fabrics like throw blankets or pillows. 


The Verticle Hairbrush Vacuum Attachment 

This attachment is much like the rectangle hairbrush but it allows you to clean in spaces that are as oddly shaped as it is like small shelves and woodwork.

Use this vacuum attachment in smaller areas that you can’t get into with the bigger attachments like in between couch cushions or other tight areas that collect dust. 

cleaning dining room table chairs

The Motorized Brush Vacuum Attachment

This one is pretty amazing and is probably the most useful vacuum attachment I have ever come across. 

It allows you to clean upholstery that even has caked on dog hair, trust me I put it to the test! 

It is the perfect attachment for carpeted stairs and furniture that you reluctantly share with your hairy pets.

Being able to lift the canister off of the base of the vacuum allows you to reach high places with ease. 

This feature makes giving all of your furniture a deep clean every few months, depending on the amount of pet hair your home is plagued by, much easier. 

cleaning furniture

There are so many different things you can do with all of these attachments, they really make cleaning easier and tough jobs much faster to get done. 

One of the ways to cut cleaning time in half and take advantage of the many uses of your vacuum attachments is to try out new ways to use each vacuum attachment.

More Ways to Use Vacuum Attachments 

Try using the vacuum attachments in more unconventional ways and you may be able to cut your cleaning time in half, try tackling some of these projects using your vacuum attachments.

  • Furniture
  • Curtains
  • Crown Molding
  • Trim
  • Cabinet Tops
  • Fan Blades
  • Woodwork
  • Bookcases
  • Stairs
  • Vents
  • Screens
  • Car
  • Mattress
  • Blinds
vacuuming the floor

What is the Best Vacuum?

That is a tough question to answer for me because as the old saying goes, it is important to have the right tool for the job. 

When it comes to vacuum attachments, the Shark Rocket Complete with DuoClean Technology makes every job easier.

I absolutely love the motorized brush attachment and would highly recommend this vacuum for a whole house clean.

It is so lightweight my daughter is able to push it around with ease.

It reminds me of a self-propelled lawn mower because it practically pushes itself through my home.

It’s nice when you are able to enlist the help of your kids to clean up around the house.

It teaches them responsibility and it is nice to have some help once in a while.

cleaning the floor

When I am cleaning all of the floors in my home, the hardwood, the carpeting, the tile, and the area rugs, I usually grab my Dyson Animal Complete Vacuum.

It is so easy to take apart and clean out when I pick up hair, which I do often.

Plus, it is about 8 years old and still packs the same amount of power that it always had, so it is worth keeping around for those big jobs. 

It comes with its own vacuum attachments too but I find that the attachments just don’t deliver the cleaning power I need when cleaning the whole house. 

Both vacuums are great, but they each have their perks and when cleaning the whole house, I use the Shark

cleaning the windows

I love how lightweight it is and I especially like the ability to clean surfaces I have not been able to clean since I moved into this house.

I couldn’t believe how many cobwebs there were in the corners of the ceiling but once that bright light from the Shark Rocket Complete with DuoClean Technology lit up my living room I was able to give it a good clean.


Have you found any unconventional ways to use your vacuum attachments that have helped give your home a deep clean? I would love to hear about them, leave me a comment below, and don’t forget to share this post on your favorite social media. 

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My journey started after a Crohn's disease diagnosis, inspiring a commitment to well-being. This site shares my distinctive approach to healthy living with my collection of nutritious recipes that boast authentic flavors, mimicking the indulgence of traditional dishes. I love sharing guilt free recipes for low carb, keto, gluten-free, paleo, and the specific carbohydrate diet. I also share tips on natural living, including homemade cleaners and cleaning hacks. I also share my experience as a veterinary technician and pet groomer, to integrate pet health tips, homemade dog food recipes, and grooming insights to ensure your pets thrive.

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Thursday 14th of January 2021

This is such a great post! I remember my dad bought a vacuum cleaner long back in 1998. It had so many attachments, could do 64 jobs. LOL! We never used those extra attachments 😛 Learned a lot from this post 🙂


Tuesday 12th of January 2021

It is nice to actually know how to properly use all the attachments! Definitely helps to clean more efficiently.

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Tuesday 12th of January 2021

This is such an informative post! I have 3 attachments but only have used 1, so this has taught me a few tips on what to do with them and how to use them


Tuesday 12th of January 2021

I don't know what I would do without the attachments! Such a great guide!


Tuesday 12th of January 2021

This is so useful! I have the rectangular one at home and never knew what it was for. Now I know :)