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How to extend the life of your vacuum cleaner

Published 10th January 2023
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Vacuum cleaners are an essential part of keeping your home clean and tidy, but they don’t last forever. If you want to extend the life of your vacuum cleaner and make sure it’s always in top working order, then you need to take some proactive steps to ensure its longevity. Here are some tips for how to extend the life of your vacuum cleaner.

Clean the filters regularly

Cleaning your vacuum's filters is an important part of maintaining a healthy and efficient vacuum cleaner. Firstly, you should check your vacuum cleaner’s owner manual to find out what type of filter it has and how to remove it for cleaning. Some filters, like so-called 'lifetime filters' are washable and reusable, while others are not and need to be replaced when they become clogged.

Once you’ve identified the type of filter your vacuum cleaner has, you’ll need to remove it and give it a thorough cleaning. If your filter is washable, you can do this by immersing the filter in warm soapy water and scrubbing it with a soft brush or cloth until it’s completely clean. After you’ve scrubbed and rinsed the filter, you should leave it to air dry before replacing it in your vacuum cleaner.

Additionally, you may want to use a vacuum cleaner filter cleaning kit to properly clean and maintain your filter. These kits usually contain a cleaning solution, a brush, and a cloth, all specially designed for cleaning vacuum cleaners.

Empty the dustbin regularly

If you don’t empty your vacuum cleaner often, all of that dirt and dust can accumulate and reduce the effectiveness of your vacuum, causing it to lose suction. In addition to reducing its suction power, a full vacuum's motor can overheat, which in turn can lead to early motor failure. It's best to empty the dustbin or bag to ensure that your vacuum is able to do its job properly.

Emptying bagless vacuum cleaners

The process for emptying a bagless vacuum cleaner is relatively simple. First, turn off the machine and unplug it from the electrical outlet to avoid any potential hazards. Next, remove the dustbin from the vacuum cleaner.

Depending on the type of vacuum you have, the dustbin may need to be unlatched, unscrewed, or slid out. Once the dustbin is removed, carefully shake out the contents into a trash can or outside. If needed, you can use a soft brush to gently dislodge any stuck on debris. Once the dustbin is emptied, you can reassemble the vacuum cleaner and plug it back in. Make sure to regularly empty the dustbin every couple of months or when it is full.

Emptying bagged vacuum cleaners

To empty a bagged vacuum cleaner, start by turning off the machine and unplugging it from the electrical outlet for safety. Then, remove the dust bag from the vacuum cleaner by either unlatching it or unscrewing it, depending on the type of vacuum.

Carefully remove the dust bag and shake out the contents into a trash can or outside. If you want to make sure you don't inhale any dust, wear a face mask as you empty the bag. Once the dust bag is emptied, you can discard it and replace it with a new one. Make sure to regularly empty the dust bag every couple of months or when it is full.

Replace worn out parts

When it comes to vacuum cleaner parts, there are many that can be replaced. The most commonly replaced parts include the filter, belt, bag, and brush roll. You can find these and other vacuum cleaner spare parts available from most brands. The filter is especially important, as it helps to trap dust and other allergens in the air. A new filter can help improve suction and air flow, and can also help reduce the risk of allergens in the air.

The belt is important for giving vacuum cleaners the power to spin the brush roll, which helps it to pick up dirt and debris. When the belt wears out, it can be replaced with a new one. The bag helps to collect the dirt and debris that's been picked up by the vacuum cleaner. If it becomes full or torn, it should be replaced with a new one.

Lastly, the brush roll helps to get dirt and debris out of carpets and other surfaces. When it becomes worn out, the bristles can be replaced with a new set. All of these parts are important for keeping a vacuum cleaner functioning properly and can be easily replaced if needed.

Replacing vacuum cleaner parts is actually quite simple. Depending on the model of your vacuum cleaner, the specific instructions may vary. However, most models work in a similar way. Start by unplugging the vacuum cleaner and then removing the cover. This will give you access to the filter, belt, bag, and brush roll. You might need to just press a catch on the vacuum cleaner's body to open it up, or you could need a screwdriver.

The filter, belt and bag are designed to be easy to replace; these parts should just pop out. Just remove the original, worn out part and replace it with the new one. To replace the brush roll, you will need to unscrew the housing and remove the old bristles, then insert the new bristles. Finally, replace the cover and plug the vacuum back in. This should help you replace the parts yourself and keep your vacuum cleaner running smoothly.

Store your vacuum properly

The best place to store your vacuum cleaner is in a dry and dust-free area. Ideally, it should be placed in a closet or other area that is not exposed to direct sunlight, as this can cause fading and wear on the vacuum over time. If a closet isn't available, a shelf or other flat surface can work just as well.

For those living in apartments or other small homes, storing a vacuum in a corner or under the bed is a great way to save space. Vacuums can also be hung on a wall using a storage rack or strong hooks. Whatever storage option you choose, make sure to check the area every few months for any signs of dust or damage, and be sure to give the vacuum a proper cleaning on a regular basis.

Following these tips will help you extend the life of your vacuum cleaner and ensure it’s always in top working order. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be able to enjoy your vacuum cleaner for many years to come.

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