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Take Care of Your Vacuum!

What would you do without your vacuum? I know for me there are few things as satisfying as seeing a freshly vacuumed rug with the vacuum tracks running up and down its surface. Vacuums can last years, with proper care and regular maintenance. Plus, they are expensive so you want to get the longest life possible from this critical household machine. Here are some tips to getting the most out of your vacuum:

Check and replace the bag frequently. Number one tip. A full vacuum bag means the vacuum needs to work harder, wearing down its motor. By the time the vacuum bag is half full, there is almost no air flow left – your motor will last longer if you change the bag more frequently. If your vacuum misses something, it means you need to check your bag by looking for the line on the bag and feeling it to see how full it is. You should change your bag when it is no more than half full for optimum operating (follow your vacuum’s directions on the type of bag and changing the bag properly of course). If you have a bagless vacuum, empty out the bin frequently. 

Be safe. Always unplug your vacuum before doing any maintenance.

Do not try and unplug your own hose. If you have a vacuum with a hose and you suspect there is an obstruction, do not attempt to unplug it yourself. Take it to your local repair shop and let a professional do it – often they will do it free of charge.

Take your vacuum for a tune up 1-2 times a year. Depending on how much you use your vacuum, you should take your vacuum for some TLC one or two times a year to prevent it from breaking. The shop should clean the brush roll and vacuum interior, clean and lubricate the bearings on the brush roll, clean or replace any air filters (HEPA filters need to be changed at at least once per year), and replace the belt.

Use common sense when vacuuming. Resist the urge to vacuum up everything in site and take the time to do a thorough inspection of the area you are vacuuming first. Pick up by hand larger items like coins, paper clips, hair ties, tiny legos, etc.

Remember, you get what you pay for. They don’t make vacuums like they used to and there actually isn’t much new technology. If you have an older model you like – take care of it and it can last years. If buying a new one, do your research and invest in a good one that has a long shelf life.

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