[SOP] Housekeeping – Vacuuming

Name of the SOP: Vacuuming an area

Department: Housekeeping 

Objective : To ensure the area is free of dust and is clean of debris


  • Collect the vacuum cleaner; ensure that the vacuum cleaner bag is empty and clean prior to use.
  • Shut the door of a room so that the vacuum cleaner noise does not disturb the guests.
  • Plug in the vacuum cleaner and ensure that the cord is free of knots for easy operation.
  • Identify the floor / area to vacuum.
  • If the area is carpeted, change the vacuum head from brush side to the metal side for easy operation.
  • If the surface is wooden, change the side to brush by pushing the lever upside down; push the lever by hand only, as using your foot may damage the lever.
  • Start vacuuming from one corner of the room to the other until the entire area of the room is vacuumed.
  • Any item that is bigger than the vacuum head in volume / size should be removed by hand as it may get stuck inside the hose pipe and make suction difficult.
  • Do not under any circumstances use the dry vacuum cleaner to clean wet surfaces or vacuum any liquids; this can damage or break the machine.
  • After vacuuming the area check to ensure the area is covered and nothing is left out.
  • Unplug the vacuum cleaner and roll up the cord properly.
  • Do not use vacuum cleaner at night as it may disturb sleeping guests.
  • Empty and clean the dust bag every day for better results.
  • Do not drag or pull the vacuum cleaner by its hose pipe as this may damage the machine.

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