I love my vacuum cleaner, but I have no idea what to do with some of those attachments. (I call the long tube extension "the spider catcher.") Luckily, Real Simple has this graphic of pretty much every vacuum attachment that exists, from basic to super specific.
I don't know about you, but this chart certainly taught me a lot. (That thing is a "mattress refresher"? What a world!) Not only does it explain what all of those odds and ends are, it tells you how to use them, including "other," less traditional uses you may not have thought of previously.
Your Guide to Vacuum Attachments [Real Simple]