Tools and Attachments
The surfaces in your home vary so much that it’s impossible to buy a vacuum cleaner which will pick up dirt from everywhere, straight out of the box. Tools and attachments are the solutions to this, helping you get into all the little nooks and crannies with ease.
To increase a vacuum cleaner’s reach, try using extension tubes. These simple tubes are a necessity for both cylinder and upright cleaners, and usually, you’ll receive one as standard. They allow you to connect the hose to an attachment, giving you a larger reach. Plastic tubes do the job perfectly well, but metal (usually stainless steel) versions are longer lasting.
Telescopic tubes can extend and retract, saving you from having to switch between different tube lengths. Some have a push button to release the telescope function, keeping it firmly in place while you’re using it.
These automatically shift the vacuum cleaner’s floorhead when you move between floors. There’s no way you can forget to lower it for hard surfaces, for convenience and better cleaning.
Hard Surface Floorheads
While most vacuum cleaners are well equipped to deal with carpets, thanks to their rotating brush bars, they’re often not quite as effective at dusting hard floors. A hard floor attachment is specifically designed for wooden, laminate, and tiled surfaces.
A hard floor attachment is specifically designed for wooden, laminate and tiled surfaces.
Full-Size Turbo Brushes
If your vacuum cleaner is one of the cylinder models without a brush bar, a full-size turbo brush is the tool for you – this will add the spinning motion, powered by the flow of air. They’re a must-have if your home is carpeted, removing hair and dirt from between the carpet fibres.
Small Turbo Brushes
Clean the sofa and other soft areas with a small turbo brush. Their mini size makes them perfect for removing pet hair from your upholstery. They sometimes come with vacuum cleaners which are advertised as suitable for pet owners, but are an optional extra for most.
Get right into the edges of the stairs with a crevice tool. These plastic heads can be used with your tubes for precision cleaning in difficult spots.
These small diameter attachments have soft bristles. They can be used for cleaning hard surfaces like shelves, without running the risk of scratching them. Every now and again you may see furniture brushes advertised – this term is sometimes used to describe a dusting brush, and other times they have shorter bristles for getting closer to your sofa and chairs.
When added to your hose or extension tube, an upholstery nozzle makes it possible to clean expanses of soft furnishings. It’s similar to a hard surface floorhead, just smaller in size.
Pet Hair Tool
Picking up cat and dog hair can be tricky for the vacuum cleaner’s standard head. A special pet tool is either a type of small turbo brush (with a rotating brush) or an upholstery tool (without one). They’re specifically designed to remove hair, along with the allergens it contains.
Save storage space by combining a nozzle with a dusting brush. They can be separated if you want to use them independently, but make the most of the limited room on-board.
A special pet tool is either a type of small turbo brush or an upholstery tool.
Standard or Extra?
Most upright and cylinder vacuums will come with a small selection of attachments to get you started. You may receive an extension tube, a crevice tool, and a dusting brush. It will be possible to buy additional tools from your manufacturer, to transform the ways you can use your vacuum cleaner.
Sometimes the most commonly used tools will fit onto the body of your vacuum, so you’ll always have your most important attachments to hand. On-board tools are generally only found on uprights.
On-board tools are generally only found on uprights.