TOOLS AND ATTACHMENTS
The varying surfaces in your home make it impossible to buy a floorcare appliance 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 nooks and crannies with ease.
To increase a vacuum cleaner’s reach, try using extension tubes. These 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 switching between tube lengths. Some have a push button to release the telescope function, keeping it firmly in place while you’re using it.
A hard floor attachment like a horsehair or parquet brush is specifically designed for wooden, laminate, and tiled surfaces.
These automatically shift the vacuum cleaner’s floorhead and performance power when you move between floor types. There’s no way you can forget to lower them for hard surfaces, and it provides you with 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 as effective at dusting hard floors. A hard floor attachment like a horsehair or parquet brush is specifically designed for wooden, laminate, and tiled surfaces.
FULL-SIZE TURBO BRUSHES
If your vacuum cleaner is a cylinder model without a brush bar, a full-size turbo brush is the tool for you – this will add the missing spinning motion, powered by the flow of air. They’re a must-have if your home is carpeted, as they remove hair and dirt from deep in the carpet fibres.
SMALL TURBO BRUSHES
Clean the sofa and other soft areas with a small turbo brush. Their compact size makes them perfect for removing pet hair from your upholstery. They sometimes come with vacuum cleaners advertised as suitable for pet owners.
Clean right up to the edges of the stairs, skirting boards and radiators with a crevice tool. These plastic heads with angled tips can be used with tubes to provide precision cleaning of difficult spots.
These small diameter attachments have soft bristles. They can be used for cleaning hard surfaces like shelves and window sills, without the risk of scratching them. Dusting brushes are sometimes advertised as furniture brushes, but these may also have shorter bristles for getting closer to your sofa and chairs.
Clean right up to the edges of the stairs, skirting boards and radiators with a crevice tool.
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 a standard vacuum cleaner 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.
WASHABLE MOP PADS
Steam mops usually come with washable mop pads, which you can clean in the washing machine and then reuse.
Some models come with cleaning attachments specifically designed for mattresses. These may have dry or deep cleaning functions, and may work powder into the mattress.
A pet hair tool is 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.
STANDARD OR EXTRA?
Most vacuums will come with a small selection of attachments to get you started. You may receive an extension tube, a crevice tool, an upholstery brush, a dusting brush, or more. It will be possible to buy additional tools from your manufacturer, to transform how you 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 most often found on uprights.
On-board tools are most often found on uprights.