Which Vacuum Attachment Should I Use? Extension Wand

It used to be that cleaning the floors was super-easy – you simply retrieved your stick broom from the front porch and swept yourself out of the house. With the invention of luscious, glorious, soft-and-cosy carpet, life improved exponentially. Ahh, there’s nothing like the feeling of sinking your tootsies into the soft, deep pile of fabulous carpet. But cleaning it can feel like an overwhelming task when you’re confronted with a myriad of hose and vacuum attachments, gadgets and gizmos. Is there really ever a time you need to use a short, bendy hose attachment with a really skinny circle of brush bristles on the tip?

In our epic 11-part series, we’ll demystify vacuum attachments and help you get the best look and wear out of your luscious carpets.

This week we’ll look at that trusty standby – the extension wand.

How It Works: Standard versions of this innocent-looking plastic tube add up to 18 inches to your upright vacuum’s hose, so you can reach high fan blades, light fixtures, air vents, door frames, or the tippy top of an especially tall piece of furniture – with no stepladder or countertop scaling required. It allows you to keep your arms close to your body, preventing strain and fatigue.

Other Ideas: Use it to recapture dropped coins or jewelry from between couch cushions. You can also stretch a piece of nylon panty hose over the opening to suck up small items and retrieve them without getting them stuck in the machine.

And there we have it – how to use your trusty extension wand.   Next week we’ll look at the ever-useful upholstery tool.

And, as always, if you find yourself presented with a carpet cleaning issue they just don’t make enough vacuum attachments for, give the professionals at BCS a call on 801 561 1730.

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