What Is A Stick Vacuum Good For? (With Bonus Tips Inside!)

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By CleanersWithLove

Carpets are best suited for vacuum cleaners. They are easy to clean and save time, as compared to other surfaces. Carpet is the most popular surface in homes because it is easy to maintain and pets love it! The problem with carpets is that they can be damaged easily by a vacuum cleaner’s suction power.

Apart from carpets, you should avoid vacuuming hardwood flooring if you have one at home. If you don’t know how much suction power your stick vacuum has, then always keep an eye on where it goes while using it on any surface other than carpeted ones!


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A stick vacuum is a handheld device that can be used to clean up dirt and debris from hard-to-reach places such as stairs, upholstery, and other areas that are difficult to reach with a full-size vacuum.

Stick vacuums are ideal for people who live in small apartments or houses with limited space because they don’t require as much storage space as full-size vacuums do. In addition, they’re great for those who have allergies because they don’t generate as much dust during operation as traditional upright models do.


If you’ve ever considered buying a stick vacuum, you’re in luck. Stick vacuums are an affordable option that can help you clean up small messes quickly and efficiently. They’re also great for quick clean-ups between thorough house cleaning sessions and are ideal for people with back problems or mobility issues. Here are some of the things that make stick vacuums so convenient:

? Cordless

A cordless stick vacuum is ideal for anyone who doesn’t have a lot of space. With no cord to get in the way, you can clean anywhere. No longer will you have to worry about tripping over a tangled cord and hurting yourself or your vacuum cleaner. And with no cords, it’s much easier to get under furniture and other hard-to-reach places than it would be with a traditional vacuum.

? Lightweight

The stick vacuum is lightweight, making it easy to carry and store. It’s also easier on your back than a traditional upright or canister model. The convenient design makes it perfect for storing in small spaces like closets, staircases, and hallways.

? Versatile

You can use a stick vacuum to clean carpets and hard floors alike. In fact, they’re often more versatile than full-size vacuums when it comes to the floor types you’ll be cleaning, as they can be used on both carpeting and hardwood floors with ease. Some stick vacuums even come with attachments that allow them to work as handheld vacuums, meaning that you can use them in tight corners or on stairs without having to move furniture around or lift anything heavy.

? Easy storage

Storing a stick vacuum upright is the easiest way to keep it out of the way. You can store it in a closet, on a shelf, or even in a cabinet. The vertical design makes it easy for you to find what you’re looking for by standing at eye level with its handle sticking out from within the confines of your home.

? Cost-effective

Stick vacuums are much less expensive than full-size vacuums, which can be a major selling point if you’re shopping on a budget. They’re also easier to store and more versatile than the larger machines, making them perfect for small apartments or spaces where you don’t have a lot of space to spare.


Stick vacuums are great, but they have their own set of problems. They are an increasingly popular choice among consumers, but they do have some drawbacks that you should be aware of before making a purchase.

In this blog section, we will go over three common stick vacuum drawbacks and how to fix them so that you can enjoy your new device for years to come!

? Limited controls and attachments

The next thing to consider is whether or not the stick vacuum has a limited number of attachments. If it doesn’t, then you can use whatever attachment you need at that moment. But if it does have a limited number of attachments, then there are times when you’ll wish you had an extra one or two on hand.

One way in which this limitation can be overcome is by purchasing an additional attachment set. But these are usually expensive and they’re not always readily available everywhere. You may be able to find them online, but shipping could take weeks (or months).

Another way in which this limitation can be overcome is by purchasing another stick vacuum altogether. But this isn’t always feasible for everyone either because of cost considerations or space limitations.

? Limited size

While stick vacuums are generally easy to use, you should be aware of some of the drawbacks. One of the biggest problems with these products is limited battery life. This means that you will have to charge your device after only a few minutes of use, which can be frustrating if you need to clean a large area.

Another drawback is that they tend to have smaller canister bags than other types of vacuum cleaners, which means that they do not hold as much debris before needing to be emptied. The same goes for their accessories bins. They just aren’t big enough for everything that could get stuck in there during cleaning sessions so it might take multiple trips back and forth between where you’re working and where everything goes afterward just because there wasn’t room left inside them (or even outside).

? Short run times

As mentioned, battery life and lifespan are somewhat unpredictable. The run time depends on the battery size and model, so you’ll want to look at that before buying. Some models have a longer run time than others, but it’s hard to predict how long your current stick vac will last in any given situation with these factors at play.

? Cordless types are not self-cleaning

Cordless stick vacuums are not self-cleaning. The dirt canister is not a sealed unit, so it needs to be emptied after every use. If you don’t empty it regularly, the dirt will clog the vacuum and reduce its suction power.

You should also clean your dustbin regularly with a small brush or vacuum cleaner attachment designed for this purpose. It’s easy to do: just remove the lid of the dust bin and use warm water mixed with dishwashing liquid to clean out any stubborn dirt that might have gotten stuck in there.


When you have a home that has very little carpeting, it can be easy to get by with a traditional vacuum. However, if you have some carpets and rugs or even just bare floors that need cleaning, then a stick vacuum may be the right option for you. There are several different types of surfaces on which these vacuums can perform well and there are also certain surfaces where they’re not so good at getting the job done.

? Hardwood floor

Hardwood floors are notorious for collecting dust, debris, and other potentially harmful particles like pet hair. Before using the stick vacuum on hardwood flooring, it is essential to clean the surface first. Use a soft broom or dustpan to remove any loose debris from your hardwood floor and then use your vacuum on its lowest setting. After vacuuming, wipe away any remaining dust with a soft cloth or paper towel.

? Carpet

Carpets are the most popular surface for stick vacuums. They’re easy to clean and save time, but they might not be the right choice for thick or high-stack carpets.

Carpet is generally one of the easiest surfaces to clean with a stick vacuum because it catches dirt and dust well while being soft enough that it won’t damage your vacuum’s bristles or motor. This makes it ideal for homes filled with pets or children who track in all sorts of filth on their shoes, as well as areas where there are lots of allergens floating around in the air like pollen or cat dander. It also means that carpeting can accumulate a lot more hair than other surfaces like tile floors do: a major selling point for this type of vacuum!

? Laminate

Laminates are smooth, hard surfaces. They come in many different colors and can be used for flooring or wall coverings. Stick vacuums are suitable for cleaning laminates because the suction from them is strong enough to pick up dust and debris while still being gentle on the laminate material.

You can use the stick vacuum to clean the dust that has gathered on top of your laminate flooring by simply pushing it over with your hand or sliding it across the floor with some force to get rid of excess dust.

If you have an area where there is a lot more dirt on top of your laminate, such as under furniture legs or behind radiators, then using a brush attachment will make cleaning this area easier as it will allow you access into those small spaces without damaging any surface areas.

? Tile

Tile floors are a great alternative to carpets, as they’re easier to keep clean and tend to be more durable. The stick vacuum is best used with tile floors because it can get right down into the grout lines between the tiles. You should use the crevice tool for this, as you don’t want to damage your floor by accident. The brush roll can also be helpful for cleaning the edges of your tiles, as well as any other small spaces like corners or under furniture where dirt accumulates easily.

? Rugs

You’ll be able to clean rugs with the right stick vacuum. The size of the brush head will be determined by how much you plan to use your vacuum on rugs. If you want a nice even sweep across all surfaces then opt for a larger head. If you’re just using your stick vacuums for hard floors then smaller heads are more suitable.

There are two kinds of brushes available: rotating brushes and beater bars (or powerheads). Rotating brushes work well on rugs because they can pick up dirt from deep within the fibers without pulling them out or leaving streaks in their wake. They also don’t create static electricity which can cause dust bunnies to stick together when they touch each other! Beater bars are best suited for rugged areas where there’s lots of foot traffic because their wheels agitate and loosen up dirt better than non-powered heads do.


Stick vacuums are very useful in cleaning the home. They are light and portable, and they don’t take up a lot of space in the closet or under your stairs like other types of vacuum cleaners do. However, you need to know how to get the best out of them in order for them to work properly. Here are some tips for making sure that happens:

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? Make sure you choose the right vacuum

Before you start using your stick vacuum, it’s important to make sure you choose a model that is right for your needs. There are many factors to consider when choosing your stick vacuum including:

  • How much space do I have? (The more space, the more powerful)
  • What kind of floors do I want to clean? (Your home has different flooring types which will require different vacuums)
  • What features do I want? (You may need extra attachments or special tools)

Once you’ve decided on the type of stick vacuum that best fits your needs, there are several things to look out for when purchasing one. The most important thing is making sure it comes with a good warranty and customer service in case something goes wrong during use. Additionally, look at what other customers say about their experience with this particular brand before making an investment!

? Clean your vacuum from time to time

  • Clean the filters.

This is one of the most important things you can do to prolong the life of your stick vacuum. The filter will catch all that dust and dirt, so it’s vital that you clean it regularly (the frequency depends on how much you use your stick vacuum). You can just rinse it under water or wipe it with a damp microfiber cloth if needed, but for thorough maintenance, I recommend using an air compressor to blow out any clogs or debris from the filter.

  • Clean the brush.

Your brush is where most of the debris gets trapped in between cleanings, so make sure to brush off any pet hair after each use so it doesn’t collect around your brushes and hinder their functionality when vacuuming again next time around! A toothbrush works great at getting rid of stubborn pet furballs too. Just don’t use too much force as that could damage sensitive components such as bearings or wires within motors inside pivoting heads which would cause them not to work anymore once they become damaged by excessive pressure applied during brushing motions!

  • Clean upholstery attachments if applicable (elevating head height above ground level helps keep heads free from dirt buildups).

? Check for clogs

One of the most important things to do when you have a stick vacuum is to check for clogs regularly. If you don’t remove the clog in time, it can cause damage to your vacuum.

To check your stick vacuum for clogs, you need to open up all areas where dust gets collected and dislodge any dirt or debris.

? Empty the canister regularly

The first thing you should do when you get your stick vacuum is to empty it regularly. It’s important to keep the canister clean and free from dust, dirt, and debris so that it doesn’t clog up your device.

Generally speaking, you need to empty the canister every time after using it for about 15 minutes. This will keep your stick vacuum running smoothly without any blockages or malfunctions occurring due to clogged filters or other parts inside!

? Use attachments

Attachments are a great way to clean up all those hard-to-reach areas. If you have stairs and your vacuum does not come with an attachment for them, consider investing in one for the best results. You can also use attachments when cleaning around furniture or between cushions of sofas or chairs.

Using an attachment will help you clean more efficiently and thoroughly than if you were using your hand only as it will reach into smaller spaces than most people’s hands could manage. It is also safer than trying to get something out of these places by hand because you won’t risk getting hurt doing so!


Stick vacuums are an essential part of all households. They are simple, easy to use, and affordable. Being super affordable, many times people don’t pay attention to their maintenance. Over time, your stick vacuum is going to have some common problems that you need to fix yourself. With regular maintenance and care, stick vacuums can last for years.

? It doesn’t work or turn on

Check the power cord. If it’s frayed or damaged, replace it with a new one of the same length (4-5 feet). Then, check the battery. If it doesn’t have a charge, plug in the vacuum and let it charge for about 15 minutes before trying to use it again.

Make sure your battery is fully charged if you want to use your stick vacuum without being plugged in. Most models require at least a 2-3 hour charging time before they are ready to go again after a long period of disuse or non-use.

Lastly, check that the switch on your stick vacuum is set correctly: On/Off should be OFF when not in use, and ON when cleaning floors with short strokes (this avoids overheating).

? No suction

  • Power cord

If the vacuum is plugged in, make sure to check that there are no kinks or knots in the power cord. If your machine is still not picking up dirt and debris after checking this, you may have a faulty power cord. The good news is that they’re fairly easy to replace! You can find replacement cords at most hardware stores and home improvement centers. Alternatively, if you have access to an electrical outlet or extension cord with multiple outlets on it (such as a lamp with multiple sockets), you might be able to simply use another outlet instead of buying another extension cord.

  • Filter

The filter should also be checked for clogs if your machine isn’t picking up dirt and debris as expected. You’ll know if there’s anything wrong with it because there will be more suction coming from under one side than from under another when using your stick vacuum on bare floors like hardwood or tile. If neither of these things helps fix the problem at hand, then maybe something more serious is going on!

? The battery is dead and won’t charge

There are a few things you can check that may help you get your stick vacuum working again.

Check the charger and power cord to make sure they’re not damaged or worn. If either part looks worn or damaged, replace it before trying to charge your vacuum cleaner again. This is an easy fix!

Then, make sure the battery is fully charged before attempting to turn the device on again. Many stick vacuum cleaners have a low-battery indicator light that will tell you if there’s enough charge for use. If this is blinking on and off when trying to start up your machine, go ahead and plug in for about half an hour; this should give it enough juice to get going again!

? It won’t pick up dirt

You’re trying to vacuum, but you can see that the suction power is low. You may have a blockage in one of the following areas:

  • The filter.

The cleaner has a dirt cup where all the dust and hair collected during cleaning is stored. If this dirt cup is full, it will decrease your cleaner’s performance because it won’t have enough space to collect more dust or hair. You should check if there are any visible blockages on your filter before cleaning it with warm soapy water. If there are no visible blockages on your filter and it still doesn’t perform well after rinsing, try replacing it with another one (you can get them at any hardware store).

  • The bag or container for collecting debris from vacuuming (this should be replaced regularly).
  • The brush roll at its base

The part that spins around and lifts up dirt from carpets may be missing some bristles. If so, simply replace it by unscrewing the base from the inside of your vacuum cleaner and pulling out this component (most stick vacuums come with spare parts). You might also need to replace other small parts such as screws or gaskets; these too can be found at any hardware store nearby!

? Loud noise

When the vacuum is making loud noises, it could be a problem with the motor or the belt. If your vacuum is still making a loud noise, then you should check if there is any clog in the filter. It can also be caused by an obstruction somewhere in the machine that may cause vibrations as it runs.

To fix this problem, you will need to take apart your stick vacuum and clean out all of its components thoroughly before putting them back together again. Make sure that all crevices are free from debris and other debris before reassembling it again so that the noise does not happen again after using your stick vacuum for a while later on down the road!

? Hard to push / heavy to lift

If the vacuum is hard to push or too heavy to lift, it may be time for some troubleshooting.

  • Check the wheels.

The first thing you should do when troubleshooting a stick vacuum is to make sure that all of the wheels are free of dirt and debris, and that they aren’t jammed together due to overuse. If this is the case, try using a screwdriver to wedge them apart slightly so they can move freely again.

  • Check for broken or missing parts.

Is there anything missing from your stick vacuum? If so, get it replaced before trying to use your machine again. It will be much more difficult without all its parts in place!

? It smells burning

If you notice a burning smell coming from your stick vacuum, it could be an indication that one or both of these parts is overheating. The motor and belt are the most likely culprits, so if you smell something when using your device, turn it off immediately and unplug it. If the unpleasant odor persists after you’ve turned off and unplugged the vacuum, there may be problems with either part. If this is the case, contact a professional for further examination or replacement parts as needed.

? Too hot to handle

The most common problem with stick vacuums is that they get too hot to handle. This can be a major inconvenience for you, especially if you have a lot of pets in your home and need to constantly clean up after them.

To avoid this issue, always make sure that the vacuum is turned off before you try to pick it up or use it. If you’re using the vacuum for long periods of time or over large areas, stop frequently and give it some time to cool down before continuing with your cleaning.

In addition to turning off the vacuum when necessary so that it doesn’t get too hot, keep in mind what types of surfaces are available near where you’re cleaning:

  • If there are any materials present that may burn easily (such as carpeting), put down a mat under the area where your feet will be standing while working with this machine so that they don’t come into contact with anything flammable.


? The vacuum can be leaned against the wall or placed upright on its own?

You can do both! It is lightweight, easy to use, and easy to store. A swivel steering function is also included in this vacuum cleaner so that you can move around easily when cleaning hard-to-reach areas like under the furniture or near corners of your house.

? Compared to upright vacuums, what are the advantages of stick vacuums?

Stick vacuums are cheaper, more convenient, and lighter than upright vacuums. They also take up less space in your home and office.

A Stick vacuum is more convenient because it is smaller than an upright vacuum. You can easily store the stick vacuum under your bed or behind a door when you don’t need it. The stick vacuum is also lighter than an upright vacuum so you can carry it around easily when you want to clean hard-to-reach areas like stairs or on top of cabinets.

? Is stick vacuums suitable for everyday cleaning?

Yes! Stick vacuums are the perfect solution for everyday cleaning. They’re light and easy to use, and they can be used on carpet, hardwood flooring, upholstery, and curtains. Stick vacuums are especially handy if you have pets or kids who track in dirt or sand into your home.

? Can you use a stick vacuum for cleaning the stairs?

Yes. You can use a stick vacuum for cleaning stairs. You can use the crevice tool to clean the corners and edges of the stairs. You can also use the brush tool to clean the stairs if your vacuum has that option, but if it doesn’t you can still do this by putting some water on your stair brush head and using that wet brush to scrub away dirt from steps.

? Does the stick vacuum do a good job of picking up dirt and dust from hardwood floors?

Stick vacuums are designed to clean hard floors. The rotating brush and suction action on the head of a stick vacuum will pick up dirt, dust, hair, and debris from your hardwood floor easily with minimal effort.

If there are many areas where debris has collected into piles (such as under chairs or tables), using a small hand broom may be helpful so that these smaller clumps aren’t missed while using the larger surface area of the main body of your machine instead.


In conclusion, it is important to know that you can use different types of surfaces with your stick vacuum. This can depend on the type of flooring material and also the area where it will be used. All in all, it is important to know about these types before choosing one for yourself or buying it as a gift for someone else!

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