Vacuum cleaner attachments can be pretty confusing, especially if your vacuum comes with a lot of really fancy ones like my Dyson. Here’s a run down of what each Dyson attachment does!
What do you usually do with all of those vacuum cleaner attachments, gizmos and doodads?
If you’re anything like how I was, then you probably just toss them into the back of a closet or a cupboard and leave them there, thinking you don’t have time for figuring them out. Back in my dark days of trying to ignore that the vacuum even existed, I would only ever use the big main motorized attachment if I actually hauled it out and used it at all.
Of course I saw Chris using a few of the attachments here and there, because he’s a vacuum fiend, so I started to learn the basics, but mostly I just thought “what difference can they really make?” and forgot about them.
Then came the day that I was introduced to my trusty Dyson!
Here she is fresh out of the box on her first day at home. Ain’t she purdy? 🙂
My Dyson came with all of these different attachments and so I thought I might just have to rethink my vacuuming game. I mean, we’re talking about the king of sleek and efficient vacuums here, surely they wouldn’t have included anything that wasn’t absolutely necessary and amazing. So I got to work using every attachment all over the house.
And now I’m hooked!
These things really are the bees knees, my friends!
The Family of Dyson Attachments
If you haven’t formally met your vacuum’s attachments yet, well then let me introduce you!
Most vacuums come with quite a few tools very similar to these, so if you don’t have this exact vacuum, these tips will still totally make sense for you!
The Direct-Drive Cleaner Head
This first attachment is the one that gets used most often by vacuum owners. It spins super quickly and is meant to pull up all kinds of dirt and mess that gets trapped into carpets and rugs. That’s pretty much all that you use it for, typically, but it does a fabulous job of it! Some models have different settings for different types of carpet (shag, berber, etc.), but this one doesn’t.
I’ve used it on my regular plush carpet, shaggy area rugs, loopy rugs, fancy rugs, cheapo rugs, and it does a perfect job on all of them.
This one is a mini version of the previous spinning carpet attachment. This one can be used on carpets of course, but here are some other great uses for it:
- Stairs (super lightweight and manageable!)
- Furniture and upholstery
- Fabric vehicle seats and vehicle carpeting
- Pet beds
The Crevice Tool
This attachment is probably the second most often used. In fact, you’ll probably get the urge to get it out almost every time you vacuum, other than those times where you’re just doing a quick touch up. Even then, you might be tempted to just use the crevice tool and its super-focused vacuuming abilities to do your touching up! Here are some of the places where you’ll use this one:
- Along the bases of cabinets and walls
- In between appliances
- Under furniture
- On your stairs
- On kitchen appliances
- In the crevices where your carpet meets the wall
- In gaps between floor boards, under baseboards, and in doorway thresholds
- Inside heating vents
- In the nooks and crannies of your vehicle interior
- Under sofa cushions
Dyson Vacuum Cleaner Attachments – The Mattress Tool
This one actually reminds me most of the hard floor attachment that we used to have for our vacuum growing up. That’s what we used in kitchens, bathrooms, and basement hallways leading out to the garage that were my responsibility to vacuum and mop every Saturday. 🙂 This one’s a little different though and it’s a great versatile little tool. At first I thought something like this might be kind of weak, but it really creates a great suction on whatever surface you’re cleaning and pulls so much off of it. It’s meant for mattresses, but I’ve found it to be super versatile! Here’s how I use it:
- On mattresses (of course!)
- On bedding where a beloved pet has been sleeping
- On windows or large mirrors
- On the seats of chairs
- On throw pillows
Soft Dusting Brush
This one is almost my very favorite. It’s the one that I’ve always been the most puzzled with and it’s the one that I’ve been using the most now that I’ve figured it out. This one actually allows for the brush part to slide backwards so that you have something similar to a crevice tool too without actually changing out the attachment. Here’s where I’ve been using this one:
- On glass light fixtures
- On appliances
- On electronics
- On mirrors
- On knickknacks
- On flat surfaces
- On books
- On wall art
- On walls
- In the bathroom to remove dust before cleaning it
- On baskets
- On everything! No really, pretty much everything. 🙂
The Best Vacuum Cleaner Attachments For Moms
This last attachment is kind of a special one in that you can only get it with the Dyson V6 Absolute, but it’s pretty darn amazing for a mom like me with a 14 year old with dried mud crumbling off of her soccer shoes, a 5 year old with an interesting way of eating chips, three pets including the world’s most-shedding dog, and a husband who really loves clean floors.
The Soft Roller Cleaner Head
This thing is specially engineered to pick up every single thing, chunk, or microscopic speck off of hard floors without losing suction and it does it in one pass.
And it gets right up next to cabinets and walls and doesn’t miss a thing. Not a single cheerio, goldfish cracker, or doggy kibble is left behind!
The really exciting thing for me about this specific attachment is that it actually works like it says it does. I know!! What a concept!
Don’t worry though if you haven’t been able to get your hands on the V6 Absolute quite yet (or the newest v11 model) and all of its fancy vacuum cleaner attachments, you will still really improve your vacuuming game and make a lot of your household cleaning chores actually a lot quicker and easier if you just use your vacuum attachments that were provided with your existing vacuum. Consider yourself now officially acquainted with them!
How about you? Do you make full use of your attachments or do you just ignore them like I did? I’m so curious to know if I’m the only one who’s been in the dark all this time!
Thanks so much to Dyson for sponsoring this post! I’ve really enjoyed getting to play with my new toy and then chat with all of you about it! As always, all opinions and suggestions are 100% my own!
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.