The Cleaning Lady

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.

 


4 Responses to “Take Care of Your Vacuum!”

  1. Jo Dubbs says:

    Get a Dyson Ball

  2. Loretta Morales says:

    MY DAD BOUGHT A RED AND BLACK DIRT DEVIL VACUUM AND WE ARE ALWAYS BANGING THE DARN THING AGAINST THE WALL EVENTUALLY THE WHEELS FELL OFF WE LOST THE WHEELS AND DISCOVERED THAT THE DIRT DEVILS SCREWS FOR THE WHEELS COULDN’T BE REPLACED EVEN IF WE FOUND THEM WITHOUT THE MANUFACTURER REPLACING THE SCREWS BECAUSE THERE WERE NO INDENTS IN THE SCREWS FOR USE OF ANY SCREWDRIVER NOW WERE VACUUM LESS AND HAVE TO USE A BROOM AGAIN WERE BACK AT SQUARE ONE IN L.A PRAY FOR US!

  3. Linda Malott says:

    I bought a canister vac in 1975 when my girls were little. I am still using it. I have replaced the roller brush and hose over the years plus many belts. One thing I do is listen to the motor when I am vacuuming because it will tell you if the hose is getting clogged by a change in tone.

    I now have a pet house rabbit and it works great for picking up fur and hay. I do have to make sure to pick up long pieces of hay. When I hear that the hose is plugged or the suction is less, I use a wire hanger with a curled end to unplug the hose.

    I was fortunate to be raised by a man who did lots of home repairs and was an auto mechanic by trade. It sure helps to know the difference between a phillips and flat screw driver!

  4. Eva says:

    It would have cost me 15 or 18 dollars to have the local vacumn cleaner store change the belt in my vacumn cleaner. They were nice enough to let me know what the problem was. I bought the belt and did the repair myself. Remove screws and put the belt on. Voila. While I was at it, I cleaned the vacumn cleaner. My current vacumn cleaner I found on the side of the road, it was inoperable at first, but I cleaned it up and it works great now. Of course time in money. But at the wages I’m getting now, its a pleasure to sit home and fix my vacumn cleaner, rather than work so I can afford to fix it.

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