How Often Should Vacuum Bags Be Changed?
Many people have a vacuum cleaner that they use at least once a week, but they have no idea how often to change the bag. Ideally, they’d turn to the vacuum cleaner manual, but a majority of people lose them or throw them away before they’re needed.
To better help answer your questions surrounding your vacuum needs, we’re letting you in on our insider information regarding vacuum bags!
So the big question remains: When do you need to change your vacuum bags?
If the indicator light is on
Many vacuums now come with an indicator light to let you know when the bag needs to be changed. Miele vacuums are one brand that provide this feature. however, some brands recommend that users should still change the bag if it seems too full, regardless of whether the indicator light is on or not.
If the vacuum smells bad
This is most people’s tip-off as to whether a vacuum bag is full or not. If you start smelling a foul, musty smell coming from the bag, it’s time to change it. Some people whose vacuum cleaner works overtime – people with lots of pets, for example – like to add some cinnamon or another pleasant smelling spice to the vacuum bag so a nice smell will emanate from it while in use.
If you’ve used your vacuum for more than a month
Generally, if you’ve used your vacuum cleaner every day for a month it’s likely necessary to change it before the month is out, even if you’re not experiencing any problems. This ensures your vacuum will continue working to its peak capacity and will last you as long as it needs to.
If you’ve just been vacuuming dusty materials
Vacuuming up after plastering, for example, will fill the bag up with small dust particles that will make your vacuum perform much more poorly. After any large DIY task that involves dust, change the vacuum bag. (And ideally, you should be wearing a mask during the process, as some plasters/paints/DIY materials can be dangerous to the lungs.)
If the suction power is low
The most important feature of a vacuum cleaner is its ability to, well, suction dirt! If dirt is remaining on your carpets despite running the vacuum over it, it’s most likely time to change the bag. Check the hose first to make sure there are no obstructions, but it will likely be a bag problem rather than a hose problem.
Changing a vacuum cleaner bag is a fairly easy process, but make sure you purchase only the type that’s recommended for your brand of vacuum cleaner. VACMASTER has a wide selection available for purchase, so visit our site for more information.