Post # 1
Okay weird question, but as the title says how late do you bees think is too late to vacuum in an upstairs apartment? I feel like I struggle with this every time I’m cleaning. A woman and her young child, he may be 5 years old at the most, live underneath me. I like to vacuumed frequently because we have a dog but I don’t even get home from work until about 7pm. I don’t want to disturb her and her child trying to go to sleep because I know some parents put their children to sleep very early but at the same time I feel like I pay to live here too. I’ve never had any complaints from her and I don’t think I’ve ever done it past 9:30pm at the absolute latest but I’m curious on what other apartment bees do or if downstairs neighbors hate their upstairs neighbors for vacuumimg in the evenings.
Post # 2
anonbee4321 : Hmmm for us to get irritated our upstairs neighbor has to do something past 10pm. And they have 11pm. 2am, etc. I think you’re fine vaccuuming around 8ish. I also get home around 7 and it sucks!!! I think you have to balance being a good neighbor with living your life. I wouldn’t expect our upstairs neighbors to be quiet 24/7. But I think a good rule of thumb is not after 10pm and not before 7-8am in the morning.
You can always ask too. Who knows, maybe they watch TV real loud and it’s perfect for you to vacuum whenever. In fact it’s nice to get to know your neighbors. We tried talking to our upstairs neighbors but they weren’t nice. So as long as everyone is nice about it, you’re golden!!
ETA – I meant getting home at 7 sucks so I feel your pain on that one. And 8ish is good but that might be dinner time for you. So yea I think it’s fine. 😀
Post # 4
10 would be slightly annoying, but I’d for sure stop before 11pm.
Post # 5
I don’t live in an apartment, but I do have kids, including a 5 year old. I think it’s totally reasonable to vacuum until 9pm. I understand people have lives- that don’t revolve around my kids. Although I will point out, if you prefer to vacuum in the morning that could work as well. Most kids that I know get up God-awful early so your downstairs neighbors might be up anyway. You could ask them.
Post # 6
anonbee4321 : That’s very considerate of you. When I lived in an apartment, I never vacuumed past 9.
Post # 7
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I’m pretty sure our lease has an unnecessary noise clause from like 10pm to 7am; but I am not positive. I personally try to vacuum on the weekends or a random day off/as soon as I get home. Honestly though, my upstairs neighbors are horrible! I think they rearrange their furniture every other night at 1am. Very fun! So just the fact that you are even being considerate is very sweet!
Post # 8
Walk down the stairs and ask her. You would like to respect her space and family while taking care of your own.
also, the weekends would be best. We have two high shed dogs and once a week is sufficient
Post # 9
Our downstairs neighbors came up and complained (they are whiny in general – apparently we were “walking too loudly” at 4pm on a SATURDAY because they wanted to nap before partying that night) when we vacuumed at 8:30pm and SO told them that we would do our best to be quiet after 9 on weeknights and 11 on weekends. I think vacuuming before 9pm is totally fair. Also, in my old building I got to know my downstairs and sideways neighbors and gave them my cell to text me if we were bothering them and we’d quiet down.
This building, I have zero problem pissing off the cranky couple who lives below us.
Post # 10
I agree with the above, you can always talk to her! But I dont think vacuuming would make a ton of noise (unless you guys have thin walls or something) not like you are going to stop all movement after X time because you are upstairs. I mean consideration is definitely key, not doing cartwheels is nice but vacuuming once a week is not inconsiderate.
P.S. I’m on the bottom level and our upstairs neighbors are soooooo noisy, but it’s just kind of one of those things you know will happen with being on the bottom.
Post # 11
9-9:30 would be the latest I’d vacuum. As PPs suggested better speak to her as the boy’s bedtime might be before the time acceptable to an adult to vacuum.
Post # 12
I would generally go with 10pm but a 4/5 year old probably has a bedtime around 8/8:30 pm. I agree with those saying to speak with her- Maybe if you know which room of your apartment he sleeps under, you can make sure you vacuum in there on the earlier side.
Post # 13
I don’t think you should have to actually speak to the mother and ensure you do it at a time of her choosing…that gives her too much control. While it’s nice that you want to be considerate, you can do that by vacuuming before 9:00pm (a perfectly reasonable end time). Parents with children, and especially those living in apartments, need to also be mindful of the fact that other adults’ lives don’t revolve around their child and it’s needs.
Post # 14
Thanks everyone for your replies! I agree 9pm is a good cut off time. I know I could go talk to her but kind of along the lines of what witchypoo13 said I don’t want to open up a can of worms unnecessarily. If she were to say oh I prefer the mornings, well I’m not a morning so I’m not going to get up early to do chores.
Post # 15
anonbee4321 : So you’re the mad woman above who vacuums every single evening when other people are trying to relax or get to sleep. I wondered who you were.
I am only joking.
If the child is 4-5 years old then it would be generous and courteous to vacuum earlier in the evening and certain not after the child’s bedtime. This means vacuuming earlier or vacuuming less frequently or, if your Darling Husband works on a different time schedule, getting your husband to vacuum instead of you.
In fact I recommend that last suggestion highly. It certainly works for me.
There are some alternatives, of course. Vacuum the dog. Shave/clip the dog. Keep the dog to a single room. Place the dog in a large hairnet. Invest in wooden floors that need sweeping rather than vacuuming. Invest in heavy-duty soundproofing. Buy the quietest vacuum on the market. Place a large and powerful fan at one end of the apartment so all the hairs end up at the other end of the apartment so there are fewer rooms to vacuum.
Or cover yourself in double-sided sticky tape and just roll across the floor. Wash the dog and dry it vigorously with a towel so that the static electricity built up on the dog will attract all the hairs. If you have a white dog wear a black jumper and if you have a black dog wear a white jumper. (For some reason animal hairs seem to be strongly attracted to human clothing of the opposite colour.) if you have a black and white dog just wear a fluffy jumper. Dye the carpet and soft furnishings the same colour as the dog so the hairs will be camouflaged – you won’t notice them and so you’ll vacuum less often. Dye the dog the same colour as the carpet and the soft furnishings so the hairs will be camouflaged – you won’t notice them and so you’ll vacuum less often. Wear dark sunglasses in the evening and then you won’t even see any hairs.
I admit that some of these suggestions are a bit extreme, although I quite like the idea of a dog wearing a massive hairnet.
So, to cut to the chase, get your husband to vacuum at a reasonable time of day. That’s definitely the answer.