Vacuums won’t last forever, but that doesn’t mean they need replacement as soon as suction begins to diminish. Your vacuum can provide you with years of excellent service as long as you know how to keep it in proper working order. Try the following five techniques to improve your vacuum cleaner’s ability to keep your floors looking fresh and new.
Empty the Debris from the Vacuum
Your vacuum’s purpose is to collect dust, hair and other particles from your floor. The debris goes to a containment area that needs regular cleaning. You can empty a bagless vacuum after every use. Vacuum bags can remain a bit longer. Most manufacturers state that vacuum bags need replacement every three months, though the best rule of thumb is to replace those bags when they are nearly full. A vacuum store should have ample bags in stock, so you will always have a replacement on hand when you need it.
Keep Your Vacuum Clean
Cleaning your vacuum does not mean that you need to scrub it with soap and water after every use. You do need to ensure that no long strings or hair have wrapped around the rotating brush. A simple snip with some scissors should be enough to clear the brush from its entanglements. In addition, make sure there are no clogs in the hose by using a long wire or thin pole to dislodge any blockages. Other parts of the vacuum may become covered in dust over time as well. If you are comfortable with doing so, remove the base from your vacuum and use a dry rag to clean the fan and intake port. Look for the exhaust port and the gaskets and wipe those clean as well. A vacuum repair shop can do this for you if you prefer not to get your hands dirty. All these tasks can be a bit easier with a cordless model.
Change or clean the filters
Most vacuums have filters. You may be able to clean them by running them through warm water. Check your manufacturer’s guidelines for the best method for cleaning. Some filters need replacement rather than cleaning. Your local vacuum store should have replacement filters you can purchase. They can usually order the ones that you need if you do not have them in stock.
Look for any leaks
Cracks and leaks in the vacuum can greatly reduce vacuum suction. Hoses can develop small tears over time, which can keep your vacuum from functioning correctly. Look over all areas of the vacuum carefully. You can use almost any kind of tape to seal cracks when you find them. Electrical tape, clear tape and duct tape are all fine choices for small leaks. Your other option is to replace cracked hoses. They are relatively inexpensive to purchase and very easy to change. Not feeling handy? You can also use your local vacuum repair shop to do this maintenance for you.
Make sure you are using the vacuum properly
This option is the easiest, but also the one most often overlooked. Most vacuums, especially the newer models, have different settings that you can choose depending on the type of surface you are vacuuming. Few people read the manual that accompanies a new vacuum, so the lever, nob or button that adjusts suction may have gone completely unnoticed. Make sure you are using the appropriate setting for your vacuum to ensure you are getting the amount of suction you need for the job at hand.