5 Tips For Maintaining Your Vacuum Cleaner

1. Make Sure the Bag is Properly Attached

If the bag isn’t properly attached, you could find that debris doesn’t enter the bag as it should, but instead fills the inside of your vacuum cleaner. This can damage the cleaner, as the moving parts won’t be able to do their job as effectively as it could. And once this happens, it is virtually impossible to get all of the dirt out of the machine.

In addition to attaching the bag, you also want to ensure that you buy the correct bags for your model. Each make of vacuum cleaner has so many different models, so you can wind up thinking you’re getting the right one when you’re not. If this happens, you may discover that the bag wasn’t as secure as you thought it could be. Check the reference number on your machine and compare it to the number on the bag to avoid purchasing one that doesn’t work.

2. Check the Belt

As a general rule, the belt should be replaced every six months to one year. This is not a solid number, however, as it really depends on the frequency of which you use your vacuum cleaner, not to mention the brand and model you’re using. If you don’t use your vacuum cleaner very often, let’s say once every two or three weeks, then you likely won’t need to replace the belt twice a year. However, if you use it every single day, then maybe you’ll need to replace the belt every few months.

3. Check the Filters & Hoses

Most vacuum cleaner models, particularly newer ones, have filters attached to help pick up particles that may contaminate your indoor air quality. If your vacuum cleaner has a filter, you’ll want to clean and periodically replace it. You can rinse a plastic filter, and shake a paper or fabric one, depending on how easy it is to remove.

4. Clean the Brush Roll

While it will differ from model to model, the roller of most vacuum cleaners are attached by a plate. So, you’ll first lift or remove the plate and then slide the roll out from the slots on either side. Once you’ve identified objects wrapped around the roll, you can remove them with your fingers or with scissors. Then gently pull these objects from the roll until they come completely off. You may even consider washing it off with soap and water, just to ensure that it’s as clean as possible.

Now that you have the brush roll off of the unit, you now have the unique opportunity to clean or replace the roll’s bearings, caps and inside that part of your vacuum. It may not be damaged or too dirty, but a quick wipe with a damp rag will help clean off any sort of dirt or debris that may be trapped in those areas.

5. Make Sure the Bag is Properly Attached

If the bag isn’t properly attached, you could find that debris doesn’t enter the bag as it should, but instead fills the inside of your vacuum cleaner. This can damage the cleaner, as the moving parts won’t be able to do their job as effectively as it could. And once this happens, it is virtually impossible to get all of the dirt out of the machine.

In addition to attaching the bag, you also want to ensure that you buy the correct bags for your model. Each make of vacuum cleaner has so many different models, so you can wind up thinking you’re getting the right one when you’re not. If this happens, you may discover that the bag wasn’t as secure as you thought it could be. Check the reference number on your machine and compare it to the number on the bag to avoid purchasing one that doesn’t work.