I use this for general cleaning of all sorts, cement floors, dust under furniture, couches, rugs, quick pick-up of dry spills in the kitchen, cobwebs, etc. A very versatile vacuum. It lasts a long time also. The first version of this I am now using in the garage; it was purchased around 1990 or so, and is still running! Make sure you change the bag when you need to, or you may not have enough suction for some jobs. When using on stairs, make sure it doesn't fall down the stairs, or it could break. Overall, very pleased. This is my third, and all are still working, except the one I broke on the stairs!