Knowing how to maintain your vacuum cleaner will help it last longer and also keep your home clean from all the dust and debris that you can’t see without using. Keeping your vacuum running at peak performance will ensure that it is always working as well as giving it’s best performance. Keep reading to learn more about how you can maintain your vacuum cleaner!
Change the Vacuum’s Belt
The belt is a crucial part of any vacuum, stretching as much as 20% during use. Vacuum belts can be stretched too far or worn out by age causing them to snap under pressure. If they are not replaced often enough this will lead to slow spinning brushes that may stop turning altogether! That’s why we recommend changing the belt every year for maximum performance!
Clean the Roller Brush
Hair, string and other detritus can get wrapped up in the roller brush of a vacuum causing it to stop spinning. This means that agitation is greatly reduced which could affect how well your carpet gets cleaned
or cause bearings or nozzle housings to melt for good!
Replace Bag When Full
Vacuums are not only used to suck up dirt from the floor, but they also collect dust and debris in their bag. To make sure that you have enough vacuum bags on hand for a long time of use it is best if your can tell when one needs to be replaced by looking at an indicator light or changing out the bag before 70-80% capacity has been reached.
Use a Bag to Empty the Bags
To clean a vacuum bag, first seal any dust-filled contents in the garbage and change your clothes if you’re inside. Shake out all of the particles from within by placing it in a large trash bag before vacuuming with one hand while holding onto the top of that same big garbage to keep its mouth closed tight enough so as not to let anything escape.
Empty and Clean the Bin
If you have a vacuum with an attached bin, do not forget to empty it and rinse the container in plain water every few weeks. The inner cyclone must never get wet or dampened. To clean off lint from buildup on the shroud of your vacuum head make use of either dry cloths or brushes for maintenance purposes only.
Keep Filters Clean
When we clean our filters on a vacuum, it’s not only good for the machine but also great for us. If they are washable then every 3 months is the average time frame in which most people do that to keep their vacuums functioning well and last long. For some types of filters though you will need to replace them much more frequently than others; heavy use means replacing your filter once per year while light use should be replaced twice as often (every 2-3 years).
Look for Blockages
When the vacuum cleaner is not working, unplug it and inspect all of the parts to see if they are clogged. If something looks like it’s in there, fix or replace that part first so you can find out what went wrong with your machine.
Unclog Loose Fibers and Threads
After years of use, even the best beater bars will eventually need a little maintenance. If you notice clogs or threads on your bar’s roller mechanism, cut them away with scissors and remember to unplug it before taking any further steps!
Adjust Nozzle Height
Vacuums work off airflow, so it’s important to adjust the height of your vacuum. Setting it on high and then lowering just enough for bristles to make contact with carpet will give you peak performance and long brush life as well as prevent damage.
Clean the Attachments
It’s important to unplug the vacuum cleaner before cleaning it, and if you have a rug or carpet attachment on it then use that as well. Every month wipe off any dirt from both parts with a damp cloth mixed in some mild detergent. After each time using your machine make sure and clean out all of the crevices with either the hose or brush tool first when finishing up vacuuming so none is left behind for next time!
Keep Watch On it’s Performance
If it’s not picking up, smelling or smoking after a while. Stop and find out the issue because you could have an overheated vacuum motor that needs to cool off before continuing on your cleaning session. You can keep this from happening by making sure all clogs are removed first so air can flow freely through your machine. A bobby pin even has enough power when inserted in just the right spot to create a huge clog!
Store It in a Dry Space
To maintain the belt, wipe it with a paper towel or cloth. This will keep dust and dirt away so you’re always ready to go! Though your vacuum is designed for use in dry environments, never leave it near water as this could cause irreversible damage that can lead to cracking and shrinking of the product. Place your vacuum somewhere where air circulation is present-the temperature should be neither too hot nor cold.
Service it Regularly
Spring cleaning is a time for change. Have your vacuum fully serviced before the season changes and you’re stuck with whatever’s left over from last year. Check if everything works, replace any dirty filters or belts, make sure there are no clogged up tubes that will affect its performance when it matters most – like in between couch cushions!
We hope that this list of tips has helped you to better understand how vacuum cleaners work and what steps you can take in order to maintain your own. Comment below if there is anything else that we missed or have any other questions!