How To Clean And Maintain Your Vacuum
Cleaning and maintaining your vacuum cleaner is one of the most important aspects of having a clean home. Without proper maintenance, your vacuum cleaner (no matter which brand or how much you spent on it) will lose suction power and become less effective. Here are a few key tips and guidelines that you can follow to ensure your vacuum stays running at full speed.
- Keep the bags / bins empty. This is the most common reason for lost suction on any type of vacuum. If you don’t replace your bags or empty your dust bins before they get too full, then your vacuum will clog – and won’t work. In addition, constant clogging can also increase the chances of additional problems down the road. If you have a bagged vacuum, buy 4-5 bags at a time and keep them handy. That way you don’t end up needing one last minute and end up not worrying about it because you don’t want to go to the store. If you own a bagless vacuum, you might want to empty the dust bin after each time you vacuum your house (and it’s recommended that you do so outside). Emptying this often may seem like a hassle, but it will help prevent dirt and other garbage from sticking to the bin.
- Clean the beater bar/brush. No, this is not fun. But, if you want your vacuum to be able to agitate the carpet properly then the beater brush needs to be able to turn freely. One good way to remove the hair, string, carpet fibers, and other debri from the bar is to use a box knife (BE CAREFUL) to cut it away. Do this every month or two and the brush should stay clean and clear.
- Clean or replace your filters. Many vacuums come with HEPA filters these days, but most people don’t take care of them like they should. If you don’t properly maintain your filter your vacuum will lose suction power as the filter becomes clogged. Follow your manufactures guidelines found in the owners manual for how long you should go before replacing or cleaning your specific filters. Also, make sure you know how many filters there are to clean or replace. Most vacuums have 2 filters, and some will have even more. Again, your owners manual will tell you exactly how many you have and what you need to do with them.
- Take care of your vacuum cord. Don’t get lazy and yank on the cord to unplug it from the socket. This is both bad for the vacuum cleaner and potentially bad for you if you end up exposing some of the inner wiring.
You will be surprised at how much longer and better your vacuum will last if you consistently follow the 4 tips above.
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