This may seem like a really simple, obvious, no brainer of a question, but many people seem to have trouble deciding how much vacuuming is necessary. There are a few different factors at play here, all of which we will discuss. Let’s talk about everything you need to know so you can answer the question of how often you should vacuum.

How often should I vacuum?

Well, this depends on several different things. First off, a general rule of thumb is that a normal area should be vacuumed roughly every week, or slightly more often depending on the area. If it is a high-traffic area with lots of people walking through, people with dirty shoes, and if there are lots of pets around, you may want to vacuum every day or every other day. Simply put, how often you have to vacuum does depend on how much dirt there is. The more people, pets, and dirt there is around, the more often you will need to vacuum.

You need to use your own eyes and your own judgment to really figure this one out. If you run your finger across the ground and it’s covered in nasty dirt and grime, then it is definitely time to get out your vacuum. Moreover, how often you vacuum also depends on the floor type. Wood floors are much easier to vacuum and they don’t hold as much dirt, so vacuuming a little less often is fine. On the other hand, if it is a carpet we are talking about, you will want to vacuum more often, at least every 2 or 3 days. Carpets can quickly get very dirty as the fabric is great for absorbing dirt, debris, and all kinds of bacteria.

Benefits of vacuuming often

Vacuuming your home on a regular basis is indeed very important for a number of different reasons, so let’s just go over those quickly.

Vacuuming on a regular basis is important because, well, people like clean homes. Surely you don’t like living in a dirty place where friends won’t dare to take their shoes off! Simply put, it makes your home more attractive for you, your friendly, and family too.

There are also certain health benefits to vacuuming on a regular basis. Floors, especially carpets, can hold a lot of dirt, dust, and allergens which can affect people and pets in negative ways. A variety of bacteria and particles can make it hard to breathe, create bad smells, and just be unhealthy in general. A good vacuum will remove all of these things from the floor, plus many come with special air filters to increase air quality too.

Anyone with breathing conditions or severe allergies will definitely benefit from regular vacuuming. Dust and allergens can cause allergic reactions, asthma attacks, and can negatively affect your breathing. The less dirt and allergens are in your home, thanks to some simple vacuuming, the lower the chances of those things affecting the health of your respiratory system or bringing on allergic reactions.

How often should I vacuum?

Regular vacuuming is also very important if you have pets or small children, both of which like to play on and lay on the floor. You don’t want your pets laying in dirt, maybe because it can get in their lungs or maybe just because it means having to bathe them more often. The same can definitely be said for your children! Vacuuming is also essential for removing pet dander from your home. 

Regular vacuuming is also good because it makes your life easier when it comes to mopping. Simply put, cleaning up a small mess on a regular basis, rather than cleaning up a huge mess every now and then, is much more time and energy efficient. It’s much harder to clean and mop big stuck-on messes rather than just a little bit of debris. Vacuuming regularly will keep things from getting stuck on the floor which you would then have to mop up.


Another thing to keep in mind when it comes to deciding how often to vacuum is what kind of vacuum you have. More or less, what we are talking about is how powerful the vacuum in question is. A vacuum with a powerful motor and a good filtration system is going to do a better cleaning job than a regular bag vacuum with a mediocre motor. Check out our Ultimate Vacuum Buying Guide for more information. Either you have to spend a longer time vacuuming with a lower-quality vacuum or you have to do it much more often.

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 The Carpet & Rug Institute 


High-performance vacuum cleaners have a significant impact on improved indoor air quality (IAQ).


Here are just some other tips you might want to take note of when it comes to vacuuming your home.

Never just give the floor a quick once-over. Most vacuums will not suck everything up when you pass over the ground too quickly or just once. Take it slow and steady, take your time, and if necessary, pass over areas twice to get all of the dirt and dust.

Always use a special carpet accessory when vacuuming your carpets. A normal hard floor vacuum head will not be able to get that imbedded dirt in the carpet. The same can be said for drapes. Vacuuming drapes and other fabrics without the proper accessories is a nightmare.

Don’t vacuum before you have cleaned anything above the floor. If you want to do some dusting, do it before you vacuum. There is no sense in vacuuming the floor before you dust anything higher up; dusting will just cause the dirt to go to the ground, which means that you will have to vacuum all over again.

Always remember to empty or replace bags on a regular basis. If you are using a vacuum with a bag-less filter, make sure to empty the canister and clean off the filter after each use. Neglecting to do these things will cause a decrease in air pressure, which means a less useful and efficient vacuum. Check out our article on vacuum cleaner maintenance for more information and helpful advice.


As long as you follow all of these tips and suggestions you should not have a problem with vacuuming. Your house will always be clean, vacuuming will be easy, and everybody will be jealous of how sparkly and fresh looking your home is!