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A carpenter taught me to hold the nozzle of a vacuum cleaner next to any dust-generating task I was doing, like sanding a board. With a HEPA filter in the machine, there’s little clean up when the job is over.
I am not patient with vacuum cleaners, and getting the hall stairs clean is always a clumsy bother. Wrangling the machine is more work than collecting the dirt. A few years ago, I discovered the ideal tool for grooming the flat-weave runner on the stairs, a small currying brush from a tack store. The size does not tax my fine motor skills, and the natural bristles are kind to matting and old wood alike.
The last time I vacuumed the stairs, I used the machine sans hose, simply brushing directly into the opening to the bag. It worked beautifully and cut cleaning time to a third of what it had been.