The vacuum cleaner is definitely one of the best gifts that technology could have provided you. It reduces your work of hours into minutes, you do not need to spend your whole holiday cleaning your home. Just a minute of work and your place is as tidy as it can get with a fresh smell. Thus for every household, it has become an important investment, but in order for this investment to give proper returns, it should be taken care of.
6 steps Vacuum Cleaner Maintenance Checklist – At a Glance
- Replacing the Bag regularly
- Attach the bag securely
- Clean the Brush roll
- Look for the filters
- Check the belt setup
- Clean the attachments
For your vacuum to work and stay as new for years to come, there are a number of things that you can do. Let us look at some of the steps that you can take for proper maintenance of your vacuum.
1. Replacing the Bag regularly:
The first and foremost thing that you can do is have a habit of replacing the bags on a regular basis. This is the simplest and easiest step that you can take towards the maintenance of your cleaner. People often tend to believe that they need to change or replace the bags only when they are full. This is where they are wrong; bags should be replaced as soon as they are about 2/3rd full. Let me explain to you why, if the bag is already about to fill there won’t be much room left for the dust and debris which are about to be picked by the vacuum cleaner. This often reduces the efficiency of the vacuum and it won’t work as it is supposed to work.
You can look at the following signs to make sure that it’s the time to replace the bag with your cleaner.
- When you find that you covered a particular area while vacuuming and there is debris which was previously not there. Yes, don’t panic it’s a common thing. It happens because the basis full and the collected debris makes it way back through a hose to floor or carpet.
- Whenever you find that your vacuum is not providing as strong as it used to, ding dong it’s time to change the bag.
2. Attach the bag securely:
Some of you may question that why this is under maintenance tips section. While the method of attaching the bags sounds simple and easy, it’s a bit complex. There are lots of different brands available in the market and each one of them functions differently and for the first time users it quite a challenge. So the chances are that you may end up coupling it in the wrong manner.
So, what are the problems you can face if the bag is not properly attached to the nozzle? If that is the case then you can find that all of the collected dust and debris particles won’t go into the bag. Instead, some will fall inside the machine. This is definitely going to affect your machine as it has a lot of complicated moving parts. These particles will not allow them to work properly and they are almost impossible to clean up once they get in.
So what you can do is at the time attaching the bag with cleaner, make sure that the nozzle is securely coupled with the bag. If the vacuum is provided with clips, hooks or holders make sure to use them for a firm attachment.
3. Clean the Brush roll:
I personally consider this as the most important part of the maintenance job when we are talking about the vacuum cleaners. If your vacuum is used quite often then you should look under its hood every now and then. Common items such as hair, floss, strings or even longer pieces of cloth get wrapped around the brush roll and do not let it spin as it is designed for. This leaves your vacuum very inefficient.
How to tackle such situations? I can suggest two ways to get this thing done and it’s up to you which one do you follow. You have the choices to remove the brush roll and clean it or clean it the place itself. If you are new to this I would suggest you go for the first option. Remove the bottom plate and identify what kind of objects are there on your brush roll. Now, try to remove them simply, for objects that are stuck using a scissor or seam ripper to cut them free and then remove.
If you want to take out the brush roll and clean it, remove the plate -> slide out the roll from slots from both corners. Now that you have brush roll in hand you can not only clean it but also oil & grease the bearing and even change it if needed.
4. Look for the filters:
A filter is provided to in vacuums not only to keep the particles inside but also to keep the allergens or contaminants out of room environment. This certainly improves the air quality, but as the vacuum is used these filters tend to get blocked. The blocked filters put extra pressure on the motors to push the particles through them. So, if you want a better performance form your cleaner replace the filters after the fixed cycles. If the filters are reusable wash them clean and dry out completely before reinserting them.
5. Check the belt setup:
Once you have cleaned the brush roll, you need to have a look on the belt. Check the belt if you find it loose against the brush roll, stretched out or frayed it’s time for you to change the belt. It can be done when you have the brush roll out for cleaning. A routine change of belt can be done between eight months to one year. But that number totally depends on the usage, if you have high usage then change it early or the days can be extended.
6. Clean the attachments:
Maintaining the vacuum is not enough itself, to get the best out of it you need to take care of its attachments tools also. The connectors and mounts of the add-ons must be checked and cleaned from time to time. This will increase the life of your vacuum.
These are some of the important maintenance tips that you can follow to keep your vacuum at its best. If you face issues others than the above mentioned, don’t try to repair yourself and take it to a professional shop to get it fixed. This can save you from any unwanted issue that may be caused.