What to Consider when Choosing a Vacuum for Wood Floors

One of the most popular types of flooring used in both homes and businesses today is hardwood. There are several reasons for this. It is beautiful, durable and, for the most part, easy to clean. However, if you are ready to purchase a vacuum for your hardwood flooring, you may find the process a bit daunting. After all, there are hundreds of vacuums available for sale.

There is good news. With a bit of effort and taking the time to consider a few key factors, you will be able to purchase a vacuum that offers powerful suction for tough dirt and that will leave your flooring spotless.

What Type of Wood is in Your Home? 

Wood flooring is offered in both soft and hard varieties. As a result, when you choose a vacuum you need to ensure it accommodates the hardness or softness present. This is especially important if your flooring is easily scratched. In this case you need to find a vacuum that has more rubber and padding on the part that comes in contact with your floor. This will prevent scratching from the plastic body.

Also, do you have flooring with deep lines and grooves in the wood? If so, then it may be a good idea to find a vacuum that has more suction power to ensure the grooves are cleaned out properly.

How Much Ground to You have to Cover with Your Vacuum? 

The total amount of ground you need to cover with your new vacuum, in addition to the total number of stairways you have to clean will affect the features you need your vacuum to have. If you have a larger, single story home, you may be able to get by with a model that is medium or heavy weight, since you won’t have to carry it around. If you have stairs in your home, then choosing a lighter vacuum will be necessary so you don’t break your back lugging it up and down day after day.

Do You have any Carpeting in the Home? 

If you have a home that only has hardwood flooring, then you can choose a vacuum that works just on this type of flooring, regardless of how it does in other locations. However, if you are planning on using the device on any type of carpet, even large area rugs, then you need to find a model with different settings to accommodate various types of flooring.

There are several situations where you may need a device that is “one size fits all” and able to work on carpet and wood flooring. This will ensure you can use it anywhere in the home.

Do You Have Any Pets? 

There’s no question that your pets are a part of the family; however, they can also make a huge mess on all flooring types. Pet hair has the unique ability to stick to any and everything in your home and it is often difficult to get out of corners and crevices. Selecting a vacuum that is made to pick up pet hair will save you quite a bit of time when you are cleaning. Instead of having to go over these areas several times, a vacuum designed for pet hair will make one sweep and be done.

How Much Noise are You Willing to Tolerate while You are Cleaning? 

If you have ever used a vacuum on carpeting and then wood flooring, you know the sound is amplified significantly over the hard surface. This noise is only going to get higher if you purchase a cheaper model. Keep this in mind when making your purchase and know what level of noise you are willing to put up with. If you want a relatively quiet machine, you may have to pay a bit more, but it will be well worth it in the end.

The Bottom Line 

As you can see, there are quite a few considerations you need to make when choosing a vacuum for your hardwood flooring. Finding the right one will make the entire cleaning process much easier and less time-consuming. Don’t rush the decision, but take your time to find options that are suited to your needs and flooring.