CHI Good Questions: Vacuum Recommendations?

CHI Good Questions: Vacuum Recommendations?

64c0014d769edbb2dba39793a0aea10406ac7c6e?w=240&h=240&fit=crop
Janel Laban
Mar 28, 2008

Click Chick sent an email: "Bought a fabulous rug for my living room - for a steal! I only have two burning questions.
1) What kind of vacuum should I get to take care of it? My vacuum broke when I brought this rug home so I took that as a sign to get the right vacuum! The nap is a little over an inch deep. The fibers are not looped, so I worry that a vacuum with a brush might fray the fibers. I'm thinking about just getting a hand vac to suck up the little balls of lint and tiny debris that I find on it. Currently, I crawl around the rug and pick at it by hand!"

(Note: Include a pic of your problem and your question gets posted first.
Email questions and pics
with QUESTIONS in subject line to:
chicago(at)apartmenttherapy(dot)com)

"(I was told that the rug is made of recycled plastic -yet it's really soft and cushy! -my neighbor asked if she could make carpet angels on it!- The tag offers no information)

2) Do I need to put a pad down under the rug?

The rug already has rubber backing - so it doesn't slide around or anything. My concern is that the rubber could have a 'reaction' with my wood floor. I've seen other wood floors that are either darker where the rug was - or actually retains the grid pattern from the backing of the rug.

Thank You for advice!"

Click Chick, we are glad you asked this question! We're looking forward to hearing the vacuum recommendations, since we're perennially searching for a good one while we make do with a glorified dust buster. As far as the rug pad goes, one of the main functions of it is to prevent sliding, so if yours has a rubber backing and isn't sliding, we'd most likely forgo it.

AT vacuum-ers, please share your recommendations in the comments below...

Created with Sketch.