How to Maintain Your Vacuum Properly
Vacuums… They suck! You know exactly what I mean. You run out and purchase your shiny new vacuum excited about gliding across your floors like an ice dancer. Fast forward six months or a year and there you are disillusioned with your previous vacuum bliss. Regardless of the vacuum brand you will regularly come across the same issues. The beater bar is ineffective, poor suction, and funky monkey smells. Your vacuum honeymoon is over, and you’re considering vacuum divorce. It’s time for a crash course in Vacuum Maintenance 101 if you will. Here are the 3 things you can do to maintain your vacuum properly:
1) Clean The Beater Bar
The best way to deter the vacuum’s falls from grace is regular maintenance. If while using your vacuum it seems to be just pushing items across the carpet rather than picking things up chances are the beater bar has schmutz tangled all around it. It should go without saying, but let’s say it anyway. Whenever you are working on your vacuum make sure to unplug it from the wall. Now that we’ve got liability taken care of let’s chat beater bars. The best way to clean the beater bar is to take a pair of scissors and just cut whatever is tangled. Then with the cut end you can pull the wire/string what have you off the bar. The bristles should be good to go at that point. If the tangle has moved its way to the hinges you may need to disassemble the bottom portion of your vacuum. This can be done with a screw driver.
2) Clean the Clogs
The next problem you may encounter is poor suction. The most likely culprit is a clogged hose or canister. The first step would be to empty the canister or switch out the bag if it’s full. Most canister vacuums have a “Max” or “Full” line along the side. Next check the hose. The best way to clear a clogged hose is with another vacuum. Just suck the clog right out of the hose. Let’s be realistic though who really has two vacuums lying around. If you do kudos, if not here’s a solution. Grab wire hanger and try to push the clog down to the bottom of the hose to dislodge the mess. Depending on what’s stuck in there though you may need to take it to a repair shop.
3.) Replace the Filter
Another overlooked aspect of vacuum maintenance are the filters. Filters keep all that nasty dust and dirt from getting into the vacuums motor. These filters trap smells and become clogged easily. This can be adding to your strained vacuum relationship. Most filters can be washed and returned to the vacuum once they are completely dry. Some vacuums have disposable filters that need to be replaced after every fourth bag or so. Always check your vacuums manual to determine the best course of action.
While it won’t always be newlywed vacuum bliss, you can certainly extend the experience by regularly conducting vacuum maintenance. YouTube is a great source for videos on vacuum maintenance. If you own a Dyson, here is one of our favorites. A second option would be to call the 1-800 number listed on the back/bottom of the vacuum. They will walk you through trouble shooting, and answer any questions you may have.
Do you have a vacuum you absolutely love or tips on how to extend the life of your vacuum? We’d love to know!