We spent a lot to get a good vacuum cleaner. So, it would be a problem if they’re not able to draw in small particles and clean as well as before.
The key to an efficient and reliable vacuum cleaner is periodic maintenance. That reduces the hassle of having to repair it by DIY or taking it to the nearest service centre.
Now, below is our quick guide to vacuum cleaner care. Read on to know how to keep it functioning at its best every time!
How to Maintain a Vacuum Cleaner
Generally, a vacuum cleaner is easy and safe to maintain. All you have to do is stick to the basics of vacuum cleaner care, which should be stated in your model’s instructions.
Otherwise, you can follow the following tips which can be done in no time.
- Remove the plug properly – Refrain from pulling the plug by the wire and using the automatic rewind on a tangled or path-hindered cord.
- Replace bags regularly – Don’t work the vacuum until its bag is full to the brim. Replace the bag if it is already half full to maintain the vacuum cleaner’s efficiency.
- Dispose of used dust bags – After you’ve used the dust bag and filled it to about half, it would be best to dispose of it since its pores are blocked. Putting it back into your vacuum and re-using it could make the vacuum motor overheat and become damaged.
How to Care for the Vacuum Cleaner’s Parts
Here are simple tips on caring for your vacuum cleaner’s components:
- Remove the debris – Check the brush roll underneath and remove the hair, thread, and clinging debris by hand. For more stubborn messes, you can grab a pair of scissors to pull them out.
- Check if the roll is spinning correctly – This is an easy DIY method that could give you savings on repair costs. If the brush roll is spinning like it should, simply unscrew the cover about the brush and clean the dirt build-up on the bearings.
- See if the vacuum belt is in good condition – The function of a vacuum belt is to assist the brush roll in picking up debris on the ground.
The vacuum belt is attached to the brush roll. To check it, you can open up the bottom plate and stick a finger under the belt to see if it’s taut, which indicates that it’s in great condition.
If the belt seems loose or worn, you could replace it with a new one. Ideally, you should replace yours each year but this may be more depending on how often you use the vacuum.
- Inspect the beater bar for blockages – The beater bar a.k.a. floorhead or powerhead is the flat part of a vacuum cleaner that makes contact with the floor.
What to Know about Cleaning a Vacuum Filter
Every vacuum comes with a filter that performs an essential job. It traps the finest particles while you’re vacuuming so they don’t contaminate the air around you.
It follows from this that your vacuum filter has to be kept clean every time. Different models use different filters and it’s advisable to read the manual on how to clean them appropriately.
The two most common vacuum filters are foam and plastic filters. The first one can be cleaned by simply rinsing them in your sink then fully dried, and the second one would need you to dust them off by using a clean cloth or brush.
In summary, you can easily clean a vacuum cleaner in three steps: change the dust bag, ensure the beater bar is free of debris, and clean or replace the vacuum filter.
That’s all it may take to keep your vacuum cleaner very effective in cleaning the house and to extend its life so that you and your family will have the most use out of it.