Vacuums need proper cleaning and maintenance. That can be essential to their lifespan and their productiveness. Here are five tips to help you take care of your vacuum.
1. Empty Bag or Canister Often
If the canister or bag is overfilled on your vacuum, the next batch of dust that is stirred by your brushes won't have anywhere to go. As a result, that dust may spread through the interior components of the vacuum, causing them to break down. Also, an overly full bag will reduce the suction power of the vacuum. To prevent that, make sure that you change the canister and the bag often.
Don't wait until they are all the way full. Instead, change bags when they are about three-quarters full. With canisters, aim for the three-quarters mark, but always empty the canister at the end of every cleaning sessions, regardless of how full it is. You don't want dust and debris sitting in there unnecessarily.
2. Clean the Brushes
The brushes are one of the most important parts of the vacuum. Hairs and carpet fibres often clog up the brushes. Take time to pull out those fibres on a regular basis. You may even want to do that after every time you use the vacuum.
3. Replace Filters Regularly
Change the filter as often as the manufacturer recommends. Like the bag, if the filter is too full, it won't be able to hold any more dust. If possible, clean your filter outside so that you don't get all those allergens and dust mites back into your carpet.
4. Dust the Outside of the Vacuum
If you live in a very dusty place such as next to a gravel road, you may notice that your vacuum gets coated with dust while you are using it. When you are done vacuuming, you should use a slightly damp cloth to wipe off the dust. Then, you don't have to worry about it getting back on the floor the next time you use the vacuum.
5. Store the Vacuum in a Temperate Spot
Ideally, you want a storage area for your vacuum that is not too hot, not too cold, not too moist, and not too dry. To that end, try to keep it out of unfinished basements or garages. Excess moisture could lead to mildew in the bag, and if it's too dry, the belt may get brittle and crack.