How to Maintain Your Vacuumvacmaster
Your vacuum cleaner is one of the most frequently used machines in your home; to keep flooring in pristine condition and prevent the buildup of dirt, most homeowners use their vacuums on a daily basis. Although the majority of modern models are made to be low-maintenance, there are a few things you need to do to ensure that dust sucker keeps on sucking for years to come!
Routine upkeep is a lot easier with newer, bagless types, but these too require periodic part checks. Since the price of some vacuum cleaners can climb as high as $500 or more, preventative maintenance is all the more important. With that, here is a quick, step-by-step guide you can reference the next time you clean and inspect your vacuum.
Make sure the suction stays: must-have vacuum maintenance tips
- Always unplug the vacuum before servicing
We know it is commonsense, but many people have made the mistake of tampering with these devices while they were being powered- a no-no that can quickly lead to injury. Remember, whenever you are dealing with any electrical, the first rule is to kill the power source!
- Empty bags before they’re full
If your vacuum is equipped with a bag, be sure to empty it before it passes the manufacturer designated fill line. As a general rule of thumb, vacuum cleaner bags should be emptied once they reach 1/3 capacity; the fuller the bag, the poorer the suction performance.Along with that, the less airflow your vacuum has, the harder it will naturally have to work, thus promoting a shorter lifespan. At any rate, never let the bag exceed the 2/3 at the maximum limit.
- Clear debris from the roller brush
Commonly referred to as the beater bar, hair and other remnants usually become lodged and entangled in this part of the vacuum. Since it’s the first point of contact, debris buildup here can get severe quite quickly if not removed regularly. You will need to remove the bottom plate (it is typically secured in place with two screws) to gain complete access to the brush. This is also a good time to lubricate the roller bearings and replace the attached belt if needed.
Don’t forget to replace or clean the filter, too. If yours features a washable type, wait until it is fully dry before re-installing it into the vacuum. The hose should be routinely inspected for clogs and cracks.
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