Because your vacuum cleaner is the first line of defense in maintaining the condition of your carpet and the air quality of your home, we make it a point to periodically remind you to give this important tool some TLC so it can last as long as possible. Like any machine, this isn’t just a matter of hoping for the best. Here are five things you can do to get the longest life out of your vacuum so it can help you maintain the longevity of your carpet and a healthy living or working environment.
1. Replace That Bag. Empty That Canister.
Whether your vacuum has a bag or one of those lovely clear canisters, it’s important to empty the space the dirt gets sucked into regularly. Bonus Tip: Don’t wait until the receptacle is full. For bags aim to change them at about half full. For the canisters, after every use so the dirt won’t settle into it (of course, if it hits half before and you’re still vacuuming, empty it and then empty again when you’re done.) Why? Because dirt needs some space to fully enter the bag or canister. The closer you get to a completely full receptacle, the less efficiently dirt is captured.
2. Check Your Filters and Hoses.
Not all of the dirt that’s vacuumed up passes on through to the bag. Some of it gets caught in the filter. When too much gets caught in the filter, nothing can move into the bag, which kind of defeats the purpose of vacuuming. Clean your filter (gently) according to its needs – some can be rinsed, some shaken, some wiped. Hoses can get clogged, come loose, and develop cracks. All of these problems impede your vacuum’s efficiency. Fix them (or see number 5).
3. Let Your Roller Loose.
Periodically check for things that may be caught in or wrapped around the roller and remove them if you find them. After all, the roller can’t do its best with both hands tied behind its back, and anything that impedes the roller’s free motion can put strain on the vacuum’s motor.
4. See How That Belt’s Holding Up.
Check the belt that turns the roller. If it’s loose or shows signs of wear, replace it so the roller continues to run efficiently. It’s kind of like that children’s song: the belt turns the roller and the roller moves the dirt and the vacuum sucks it up… and the green grass grows all around…
5. See The Doctor.
Generally speaking, we go to the doctor for two reasons – a regular checkup, or because we have a problem. Your vacuum is really no different. It’s a good idea to periodically have your vacuum checked by a professional, especially if it seems sluggish or otherwise impaired.
Like you, your vacuum wants to live a longer, happier life. Following these five suggestions can make that happen. Your carpet will thank you.
This is one of a series of articles written and published on behalf of Stone and Tile PRO Partners.