You might think that your vacuum cleaner is made for all the cleaning tasks and there is no need to clean your vacuum regularly or take care of it but that is a serious misconception. At the end of the day, your vacuum cleaner is a machine and if you don’t take proper care of it, it will end up getting damaged or ruined. In case you’re looking to buy a new one, Homeguyd has written an in-depth guide on how to go about buying one.
You don’t have to go through a lot of effort to clean your vacuum, just perform a few basic cleaning tasks on it regularly and your vacuum cleaner will remain active and useful for a longer period of time.
Just follow the following steps to maintain your vacuum cleaner:
1. Replace the bag when it is full
Make sure that you replace your vacuum bag with a new one whenever the old one gets full. Remember to always insert a new bag of the correct size and type to avoid any mishaps later on.
2. Empty the bagless models’ bin
If you have a bagless vacuum, then you would need to empty the container where all the dust and debris is collected. Make sure you don’t wait for it to get full before emptying it as it will become harder to remove when it is full to the brim.
3. Ensure cleaning of the brush roll
A lot of debris gets caught up in the brush roll when cleaning a carpet which makes it important to clean your brush roll every once in a while. You can use your scissors or fingers to clean the brush roll.
4. Lubricate the bearings on the brush roll
You will need to check if the brush roll spins easily around the axle or not and if it doesn’t then it means that the bearings need to be cleaned and then lubricated. If this doesn’t work, then you need to replace the bearings.
5. Keep a check on the belts and replace if damaged
Make sure you replace the belts in every 6 months to 1 year to ensure that it remains taut. If you can remove the belt easily from the shaft, then it means that it is worn and loose and needs to be replaced.
6. Remove debris from air passage
Check if there is any debris or dirt stuck to the air passage or the brush roll housing and then remove it with the help of a dry cloth.
7. Replace the brush roll or filters
If you find that your brush roll or vacuum filters are damaged and cannot be fixed by a simple cleaning, then it is time you replace them with a newer version. If your filter is made out of plastic or foam, you can try cleaning it else you would need to get a replacement for it.
8. Determine clogs in the hose
Sometimes your vacuum cleaner might have problems while sucking up the debris, this could be due to the dirt jammed inside the hose. So, take a thin coat wire hanger and use it to remove the debris and free the flow of suction.