Are Hardwood Floors Harder to Vacuum Than Carpeted?

Home owners often find themselves having to choose between hardwood or carpet floors for their homes. When it comes to which is easier to vacuum, there are many factors involved including the visible dirt, types of vacuums, and concerns regarding pet hair. There are many advantages and disadvantages to having hardwood and carpeted floors but if your main concern is in regards to maintaining cleanliness, you’ll want to read some of these tips from Vacuum Companion.

Collecting Dust

It is well known that it is easier to see dust and dirt on hardwood floors, so it’s not uncommon to think that they collect more of it. In reality, it actually doesn’t collect as much dust and allergens. You may feel like if you choose to use hardwood that you will have to vacuum them more, but in reality you should be vacuuming your carpeted floors the same if not more.

Surface Clean

Hardwood and CarpetingWhen it comes to hardwood flooring, what you see is what you get. Vacuuming dust and dirt may be easier because when you can’t see the dust it probably isn’t there. Vacuuming carpet is important because dust and dirt can get stuck deep in the carpet and may not be visible when it’s there. Even after vacuuming, dust and bacteria can still cling in the fibers of carpet. “Surface clean” is not always clean when it comes to carpet, whereas that same dirt has no where to hide on a hardwood surface.

Vacuum Types

There are many vacuums that are designed specifically for hardwood and others designed specifically for carpet. Hardwood vacuums are typically more lightweight than carpet vacuums, which can make for easier vacuuming. This is especially true if you have really thick carpet because that can be strenuous and tiring to vacuum. Carpet vacuums also tend to be more expensive than vacuums designed for hardwood floors, especially if they are specifically for animal pet hair control.


Pet hair can be a real nuisance. Pet owners have lots to think about when it comes to whether or not they want hardwood or carpet floors, but in terms of vacuuming, hardwood might be the better choice. Being able to see pet hair can actually be an advantage to ensure that the hair is actually being picked up. Hardwood floors can be swept, mopped, and vacuumed to ensure that the hair is really gone where pet hair can be hard to see and get stuck deep in carpet. Roombas are popular with pet owners which works for all floors and helps control pet hair as well as other dust and dirt.

Both hardwood and carpeted floors should be vacuumed regularly to ensure cleanliness. Overall, hardwood is easier to vacuum than carpeting. Home owners should consider all options before choosing their floors, but if cleanliness is your major concern that I recommend you go with hardwood floors as they are typically easier to maintain.