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Using Vacuum Tools

Martha Stewart Living, April 2006

Many vacuum cleaners come with standard attachments -- but all too often they're forgotten. Know which tool is which, and your vacuuming will be more effective.

Run the upholstery tool (top) over couches, beds, and other plush furniture to remove dust. The floor attachment (right) is best for bare floors, delicate or valuable rugs, and materials such as sisal; it has a small brush around its edge to prevent scratches. The angled crevice tool (bottom) reaches tight areas and corners. Use the dusting brush (left) on windowsills, shelves, and chair legs; it's also good for curtains or venetian blinds.

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