Vacuum cleaners are a very useful invention. Imagine if we didn’t have them! But you need to take of your machine, so here are some useful tips to help you extend the life of your trusty cleaning companion to help you get the best results vacuuming.
1. Bag replacement
This might be most useful for your standard stick vacuum cleaner, the type that has a bag which, once full, needs replacing. The important thing is to replace the bag when it is around 80% full, and not when it is fit to burst. One strong indication that it is nearly full is that the suction isn’t as strong as it used to be and that bits of dust and dirt start to fall back out onto the carpet. There is an increasing number of bagless vacuum cleaners on the market which will enable you to see exactly how high the level of is; however, for your old-school stick vacuum cleaner it’s important to replace the bag regularly so as to get the best out of your machine.
2. Bagless emptying
Many bagless machines have an indicator that shows when you should empty the receptacle; however, it is a good idea to empty the machine after each usage. This will prevent any dirt from becoming embedded within the vacuum’s interior; it will also help keep the filter clean (see below). You may use your finger to loosen larger dust balls and pieces of debris, and some filters are even washable. By keeping your machine as empty as possible you’ll prevent it from becoming clogged and could avoid future blockages and electrical malfunctions.
3. Clean the Brush Roll
Whether you have a stick vacuum cleaner or perhaps a canister vacuum cleaner you’ll need to regularly check the brush roll to see that it is operating at maximum effectiveness. Stray hairs, bits of string, and thick dust can become entwined in the rollover time, preventing it from spinning as freely as it ought to. Manually checking it, blowing it over a trash can, should do the trick; it should be possible to dunk it in a bucket of warm soapy water, then leave to air dry for two hours. You won’t want to actually disassemble the roll from the unit itself, unless you feel confident you can put it all together again, once done.
4. Belt inspection
Your next port of call is the belt, the thing that keeps the roll in place. Visually inspect it, ensuring that it is not stretched or frayed. It’s also worth checking that it hasn’t slid out of place. The belt should be replaced about twice a year, but that of course depends on how frequently you use it, as well as the particular brand and model. Replacing the belt requires you to remove the roll, slide the current belt off and slide the new one on. It’s relatively easy to do, and your instruction manual is likely to have a step by step procedure for you to follow.
5. Check the Filters
This is, without a doubt, the most important piece of advice for you to adhere to. A vacuum cleaner, even a handheld vacuum cleaner, is only as good as its filter. Most newer machines have an inbuilt filter which can even be shaken or rinsed, as instructed. More often or not they simply clip in and clip out, allowing you to thoroughly clean them according to the specifications. If your model has a HEPA filter that means it is designed to filter out tiny particles; therefore, cleaning your filter is vital if you want to get true value for money – HEPA filter vacuum cleaners tend to be more expensive.
6. Take it back
Most vacuum cleaners come with some sort of warranty. You should be able to take it back to the shop within a year of purchasing it. However, even after this time it’s advisable to seek expert advice from your supplier or search online for your brand’s website. Most problems are easy to fix and won’t need extensive technical support. This is an evolving market, though, with constant upgrades; there are even ‘robot vacuums’ on the market so it might be worth purchasing a newer model rather than fixing an old one. The benefits to your air quality and general hygiene make it a worthwhile investment.
- How to Maintain Your Vacuum Cleaner – NRI Welfare Society
- Vacuum Cleaner Maintenance- How to Keep Your Vacuum Cleaner in a Good Condition – Cleanipedia