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Show Your Carpets Some Love

Carpet Cleaning Tips

Carpet Cleaning Tips

Very few houses have zero carpeting. There’s always that spare bedroom, a carpeted flight of stairs, an entry mat, or area rug in the den. As we transition out of the muddy Spring and into the Summer months it’s time to show our carpets some love.

Most of us have the vacuuming thing down pat, but when it comes to stains it can get a little tricky. From carpet extractors, to steamers, and spot cleaners, there’s many different options to choose from. No matter what your preferred method of treatment is, it’s always best to have a solution on-hand.

Carpet Extractors

Designed to scrub water and a cleaning solution into the carpeting. The subbing will loosen the dirt and the suction will remove the soiled water from the surface. Carpet Extractors (or carpet cleaners) are our go-to for continued maintenance. Follow our carpet extractor guide for the best results.

Full size extractors are similar to an upright vacuum and will be able to clean wall-to-wall carpeting as well as area rugs. Included are hand tools for stairs and upholstery. Portable spot scrubbers are also available which are for stairs and upholstery.

These are not to be confused with a ‘Steamer’ which only uses water and high pressure steam. Steamers are ideal for sanitizing tile and hard surfaces, and will not remove stains from carpeting. Using a steamer on stains or odours can actually push it deeper into the carpet fibres.

Stain Removers

These are ideal for doing small areas of staining or for spot treatments. Depending on the type of stain different solutions would work better. For general spot cleaning the Roto-Static Carpet and Stain Remover is our top recommended option.

Any biological stains (i.e. urine) requires an enzyme based cleaner to break the stain and odour down. Without enzymes the cleaning agent will not be as effective. For fresh, or set-in, urine stains and odour Urine-Erase is a must try solution. It works every time, even when all else fails. By separating the enzymes from the liquid solution it ensures the most concentrated urine removal method.

For best results clean the stain before it dries. Don’t fret – even set in stains can be removed with the right solution! A colour-fastness test should be done on the surface before any cleaning solution is used.

Freshen Up Carpeting

Even if staining isn’t an issue your carpets still might need a bit of freshening up. When pets are present in a home their dander and shed hair can cause quite a funky odour. Fresh Wave Carpet Shake is a great way to help remove carpet smell and get rid of the odour. Simply shake the powder onto the carpet or area rug and let sit. After 10 minutes vacuum up the shake to reveal a fresher smelling carpet.

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Allergy Symptom Prevention

Allergy Prevention

Tips for seasonal allergy prevention

Seasonal allergies are the result of our immune system over reacting in an attempt to fight off the foreign pollen, mold, and dust particles that have entered our bodies. It’s never fun suffering through allergy season or watching someone we love struggle with the itchy eyes, running nose, and congestion that can flair up this time of year.

For the lucky Canadians who experience these unbearable symptoms using an over the counter or prescription medication can help, and is sometimes necessary. However, since these dreaded allergy symptoms only happen after something our body has a reaction to entered through our eyes, nose, or mouth, prevention plays a key role in keeping your allergies at bay.

If steps are taken to reduce the chance of allergen particles coming into contact with our bodies the corresponding allergic response should be reduced as well.

Pollen, which is one of the causes of seasonal allergies, is produced by plants in the springtime and becomes airborne by the wind. It does this to pollenate other compatible plants. Since wind is very hard to control the majority of pollen never reaches the intended destination, and ends up being blown all around us.

Tips to prevent seasonal allergies:

  • Wash your hands and face after coming in from outside. This will limit your contact with allergens and the chance of introducing it to your system by rubbing your eyes or cross contact with food.
  • Change your clothing after coming in from outside. Pollen and mold spores can cling to clothes and prolong your exposure.
  • Do not hang clothes or bedding outside to dry – opt for the dryer instead. Allergens can cling to the fabrics while drying leading to increased contact.
  • Wear sunglasses / goggles when cutting grass or doing yard work; this can help to prevent allergens from entering our bodies.
  • Keep shoes stored outside of living spaces, ideally in a mudroom. If this is not possible store in closet to reduce the number of pollen and mold particles getting tracked into the home.
  • Use a vacuum with a sealed HEPA system, like select Miele units. This ensures the air passes through the bag, premotor filter, and exhaust filter before being expelled from the vacuum. Other vacuums can leak air before it’s filtered and cause allergens to become airborne.
  • Vacuum under furniture regularly, especially in the bedroom. Allergy laden dirt and dust tends to build up under beds, dressers, and couches.
  • Vacuum mattress regularly to remove dead skin cells that can be a food source for dust-mites.
  • Leave windows closed when the pollen count is high. Allergens, like pollen, can enter our home with the breeze.
  • Depending on the severity of allergies investing in an air purifier can greatly reduce allergy symptoms. IQAir and Austin Air units work by circulating air through a series of filters and capturing the particles. This prevents you from breathing the particles in reducing the chance of allergy symptoms.

Did you know: The Weather Network has a pollen forecast and allergy outlook for all cities in Canada. If you know the cause of your seasonal allergies you can use these guides to help limit your time out doors when triggers are at their highest.

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Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Just when you thought life wasn’t busy enough, the calendar changed to April and Spring Cleaning is upon us. Knowing that you’ll have a cleaner house, and possibly one less item on your to-do list, is often cause enough to partake in this age old ritual. Even if your routine doesn’t look like the haul-it-out deep-clean your mom used to do, Spring is the perfect time to embrace change, shake off the winter and move into the new season with a fresh look.

Tips to get Spring Cleaning started:

  • Crank the tunes! There’s nothing like a high-energy playlist or your favourite album to get you motivated. Our Cleaning Like a Boss! playlist is sure to do the trick.
  • Set priorities: if your kitchen and bathrooms are kept close to spotless, but your closets are an eye sore start there.
  • Tight on time? Set a 15-minute timer, clean one area as thoroughly as you can, and repeat. It might not get done all at once, but at least you’re getting started!

Spring Cleaning for the Bathroom:

Bathroom Spring Cleaning Guide

Bathroom Spring Cleaning Guide

  • Vacuum the exhaust fan cover with a dusting brush
  • Launder or replace shower curtains
  • Launder or replace bath mats (inside and outside the tub)
  • Clean tub, shower surround, and counter. The Honest Company Bathroom Cleaner works (and smells) amazing without containing any harsh chemicals.
  • Tip: No exhaust fan in the bathroom? Keep an eCloth Glass and Polishing Cloth handy. After a shower wipe away condensation and clean the mirror at the same time.

Spring Cleaning for the Kitchen:

Kitchen Spring Cleaning Guide

Kitchen Spring Cleaning Guide

  • Clean stainless steel appliances with water and a eCloth Stainless Steel microfiber cloth
  • Empty Tupperware section and match every lid up with a bottom; toss any item that doesn’t have a mate
  • Dispose of any expired spices, or any spices you do not use
  • Dispose of any expired condiments or food in the fridge
  • Dispose of freezer food that’s past it’s prime (i.e. more frost than food)

Spring Cleaning for the Bedroom:

Bedroom Spring Cleaning Guide

Bedroom Spring Cleaning Guide

General Spring Cleaning Tasks:

  • Remove curtains and launder
  • Use a Shutter Blind vacuum attachment to painlessly clean Venetian or mini blinds
  • Vacuum fan blades, lamp shades, window & door frames, picture frames, and baseboards with dusting brush attachment
  • Vacuum stairs and under couch cushions

Things to toss during Spring Cleaning:

Things to get ride of during Spring Cleaning

Things to get rid of during Spring Cleaning

  • Expired Medicine (find out how to here)
  • Toiletry items that are no longer used
  • Cleaning products that are no longer used
  • Old paint (find out how to here)
  • Old magazines, flyers, phone books, or newspapers
  • Anything that’s broken and cannot be repaired

Things to donate during Spring Cleaning:

  • Knick knacks you no longer like or display
  • Old bath / hand towels, sheets and blankets (many pet shelters will gladly accept these!)
  • Excessive plastic or reusable shopping bags
  • Mismatched dish sets and unused mugs
  • Extra kitchen utensils and measuring cups or spoons
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Spring Cleaning for your Closets

How to Spring Clean your Closets:

How to Spring Clean your Closets:

To some a closet is the place to neatly organize their possession. To others a closet is the place of continuous clutter. Either way Spring is the perfect time to check the state of your bedroom and linen closets.

Start by carving out some time and reducing the chance of interruptions. This could mean starting a movie for the kids or gathering supplies like plastic bags and totes. We recommend starting (and finishing) one closet at a time.

Some people start by taking absolutely everything out of a closet. However, if you’re already overwhelmed about the thought of cleaning this step could add more stress than necessary. While you don’t have to remove everything, you do have to look at and consider every item.

From first glance it’s easy to separate the items you know you’re going to keep, donate, and toss. Immediately remove any donate or toss items and separate them into two piles.

Tips for cleaning the linen closet:

The linen closet can be a catchall in some homes and the contents can range between the logical and why-is-that-in-here side. Yearly you should go through the items and decide if they should be donated, tossed, or kept. Its best to remove:

  • Toiletry gift sets you won’t use
  • Toiletry items you no longer like
  • Dried nail polish
  • Expired medicine (including over the counter).
  • Keep two sets for every adult
  • Keep one set for every child
  • Keep one set for guests
  • Donate any extras to a local charity (men’s/ woman’s shelters, or animal shelters are usually in need)
  • Keep two sets of sheets for every bed
  • Keep one set of guest sheets
  • Donate any extras to a local charity (men’s/ woman’s shelters, or animal shelters are usually in need)

After you’ve sorted through what you’ll be keeping and tossing corral items together in baskets to keep it looking tidy.

Tips for cleaning a bedroom closet:

If you’re deciding to keep or donate an article of clothing or accessory: try it on! Act like you’re in the dressing room and use the following criteria to make the call. How to know if you should donate an item of clothing:

  • It’s two sizes too big or small
  • It hasn’t been worn in the last year
  • It’s dated, or no longer your style
  • It doesn’t make you feel your best
  • You already have something similar (how many t-shirts does one person truly need?!) Keep the best ones and free up some space.
  • You wouldn’t buy it again right now

Once you have removed the ‘donate’ items its to organize and place things back into the closet:

  • When hanging items its best to group like items together. This means keeping your work wear separate from your weekend threads.
  • Keep you go-to items in the easiest spot to access. If you found a few items you’ve forgotten about place them in this spot too! It will help bring them into the rotation.
  • Purses and awkward items that cannot be easily stored should be placed in a tote or container. This can be neatly placed on a shelf.
  • Depending on the size of your closet you can hang a secondary rod below the original one for additional storage.

At the end of the day you should have organized (not over stuffed) closets, containing all of your favourite and necessary items. This usually means having to donate, or toss, a fair amount of things. If you struggle with letting go of items it can make it easier knowing someone else will get to enjoy the things you’ve donated.

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Laundry Detergent at a Vacuum Store?

Laundry Detergent

Laundry Detergents from McHardy Vacuum

Would you be surprised if we told you one of our most popular items is laundry detergent?

While we are known for vacuum cleaners (our name kinda gives that away) we also specialize in whole home cleaning. From air purifiers, to odour removers, and a full line of laundry detergents; we have something for everyone’s unique cleaning needs.

For the last 15 years Persil has continued to amaze us with their stain lifting and grime fighting detergents. This laundry room superstar is available in powder, gel, and our favourite MegaPerls. A sensitive version is also available for individuals with skin and fragrance concerns. All of our Persil detergents come straight from Germany and can be used in both top load and HE washing machines.

When a regular detergent just won’t cut it there are other options available. Regardless of your lifestyle there’s a good chance someone in your family owns a piece of athletic wear – these fabrics need special attention to keep them working as intended. The UV protection, anti-microbial properties, and quick wicking technology found in workout gear can be unintentionally damaged on laundry day.

Harsh detergents can prematurely break down the fabric or wear out the topical treatments given to these articles of clothing. As well, using traditional wax coated dyer sheets can clog the fabric reducing their breathability. Always wash with a sport-formulated detergent, like Perwoll Sport or Miele SportsWear, which will remove odours while still protecting the fabric. It’s best to air dry the garments or use a non-wax dryer sheet like the Honest Company Wet Dryer Sheets.

Whether you own your dryer, or use a Laundromat, there’s a cost associated with drying clothes. Wool Dryer Balls, like the ones from ForeverNew, are designed to aerate and lift apart the clothing. Simply toss them into the dryer with your clothes and it will help them dry faster. Saving you time, and quarters.

For the environmental conscious the Honest Company Laundry Detergent packs a green punch, yet is gentle enough for baby clothes and sensitive skin. This liquid detergent is made with plant-based ingredients and is free of chemicals.

So why do we carry laundry detergent you may ask? It started with trying to find the best detergents for our own families, which has lead us to provide families across Canada with a selection of our favourite options.

Have you seen Persil ProClean pop up in Big Box stores around you? Don’t be confused – this is their North American version and is not made in Germany. It is actually produced by the Dial Corporation, a subsidiarity of Henkel (the company who owns Persil). For more details see our review and comparison of Persil ProClean.


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The Buzz about battery operated vacuums

Are battery

Are Robot and Cordless Vacuums worth it?

Can you image what it was like to clean your carpets say 50 years ago? What about 100 years ago? From homemade brooms in the 1700’s, to hand-crank operated carpet sweepers in 1869, to a horse mounted – gasoline powered vacuum in 1901, it’s never been easier to get that freshly cleaned look.

As the times change so does the way we clean our homes. But, is the buzz around the newest types of vacuums really worth the hype? Older style cordless vacuums used inefficient batteries, which would develop a charge memory and become very weak as the battery drained.

Now with Lithium Ion batteries and increased motor performance today’s cordless vacuums pack a punch, and are more efficient than your grandmother’s dust-buster.

Robot Vacuums:

  • Can be scheduled to clean while you are away from home or busy taking care of other household requirements.
  • Roomba robot vacuums actually have a suction motor, while some other models only act as a carpet sweeper.

Stick Vacuums:

  • Great for quick pick-ups and spot cleaning.
  • Dyson and Electrolux units can be converted to a handheld unit for detailed jobs.

While a cordless vacuum, be it a robot or stick, won’t replace your standard full size vacuum they are well worth the investment. Overall the quality and convenience of the newer battery operated vacuums provide a solution to our busy lives. They also help to solve that age old question of: ‘When exactly am I going to find time to clean the house?!

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Dyson V8 Animal and V8 Absolute Comparison – Differences Explained

Dyson V8 Animal and V8 Absolute Comparison

Dyson V8 Animal and V8 Absolute Comparison

Difference between Dyson V8 Animal and V8 Absolute vacuum:

The Dyson V8 Absolute comes with an extra floor tool, called the soft roller cleaner head, which is designed specifically for cleaning non-carpeted surfaces. With the soft nylon and anti-static carbon filament brush bar the soft roller head can pick large debris and remove the fine layer of dust all at the same time.

For added performance when picking up large debris, like Cheerios, the visor on the soft roller cleaner head does not touch the floor like similar attachments. This extra high clearance allows the V8 Absolute to actually pick up the debris opposed to pushing it around.

For homes with mostly bare floors (i.e. hardwood, tile, laminate) this extra attachment makes all the difference and really helps to keep your home clean.

When comparing the Dyson V8 Animal and the Dyson V8 Absolute the soft roller cleaner head mentioned above is the main difference. Both packages include the carpet head, dusting brush, crevice tool, mini powerhead, mattress tool, soft dusting brush, and extension hose.

The reviews for the Dyson V8 cordless vacuums are quite impressive. Due to their versatility they can be used as a stick vacuum for quick pick-ups, or converted into a handheld vacuum for detailed work on upholstery, stairs, and vehicles.

Customer reviews for Dyson V8 Animal

Customer reviews for Dyson V8 Absolute

 Main differences between Dyson V6 and V8 Vacuums:

  • Direct drive powerhead gives 75% better cleaning performance on carpeting than the V6 line. The direct drive system means the motor that controls the brush bar is inside the brush itself.
  • Hygienic dirt extractor dustbin system allows a cleaner experience when emptying the dirt bin, while the silicone blade wipes down the shroud to remove hair and debris buildup.
  • Longer run time. The Dyson V6 has 6-20 minutes of cleaning time, while the Dyson V8 has a 7-40 minute run time.

Battery life of Dyson V8 Vacuums:

  • 40 minutes with non-electrical attachments (dusting brush and crevice tool)
  • 25 minute run time with electrical tools (carpet cleaner head and soft roller cleaner head)
  • 7 minute run time on ‘Max’ setting
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Merry Christmas from McHardy Vacuum

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

When we think about Christmas and the holiday season spending time with family and loved ones is often the most important aspect.

So why do we obsess with gifts when kind words and time together is worth more than anything money could buy? In the week leading up to Christmas take time to re-focus your attention onto the true meaning of the season: God’s love for all of us.

Serve others, show forgiveness, and most importantly share your love with those around you.

Merry Christmas from your friends at McHardy Vacuum

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Vacuum Maintenance Guide

Vacuum maintenance guide

A young Phil McHardy investigates a vacuum.

What do we love more than a brand new vacuum cleaner? When clients tell us their 5, 10, or even 15 year old vacuum is still working the same as the day they brought it home. That’s what we’re truly after – long term satisfaction.

To get the longest life and best clean with your vacuum there are basic yearly maintenance items that need to be performed. Things like changing the belt, replacing filters, and cleaning the agitator (brush / beater bar), go along way in the vacuum world. While vacuum maintenance might sound like a foreign language, we’ve broken it down based on maintenance type … and trust us; it’s nothing like getting under the hood of a car!

Vacuum Filter Maintenance:

  • Wash or replace filters as per the owner’s manual. If unsure our general rule of thumb is: washable filters should be cleaned every 3-6 months, and non-washable filters should be replaced every 12-18 months.
  • Filters trap tiny dust particles and will eventually become clogged. Vacuums work by pulling air from the motor through the filters, bag, and hose. Once the filters are clogged the motor cannot pull the required volume of air, which results in a lack of suction. This is why banging or knocking off the dirty filter isn’t the best long-term plan.
  • Overtime washable filters will need to be replaced as they start to deteriorate. If they are left too long between washings they should be replaced, as the dirt will be almost impossible to remove. Once washed the filter needs to dry for 24-48 hours as the motor can be damaged if the vacuum is used with a wet filter.

 Vacuum Belt Maintenance:

  • Most upright vacuums and central vacuum powerheads use a flat rubber belt. These flat rubber belts need to be changed every 12-18 months, or more frequently if broken. Over time the belt will stretch out due to the constant tension. A stretched vacuum belt prevents the agitator (brush / beater bar) from spinning fast enough, meaning it will not be able to separate carpet fibers or lift debris from the carpet.
  • You can use our step-by-step guide to change a flat vacuum belt at home.
  • Most canister vacuums with an electrified powerhead use a cogged or serpentine belt. These belts only need to be replaced when broken or damaged (i.e. teeth missing from the belt), as they do not stretch. However, they should be checked for damage yearly.

Vacuum Agitator Maintenance:

  • The agitator is the spinning brush on the carpet head, it can also be referred to as the beater bar, brush bar, or brush roll. Some canisters that are designed for homes without carpeting will not have an attachment with a spinning brush. Regardless if you have a canister, upright, or central vacuum, the agitator needs to be cleaned regularly. In homes with a lot of hair – human, pet, or otherwise – this is even more important.
  • Once hair and string builds up around the bristles the brush loses its effectiveness. If the bristles aren’t making contact with the carpet they cannot separate the carpet fibers, which is needed for a deep clean. Simply flip the vacuum over and use a pair of scissors, knife, or seam ripper to cut the hair. Once cut you can pull the hair off of the agitator.
  • The end caps, or bearings, hold the agitator in place and need special attention. If hair and debris is allowed to build up in the end caps it will cause the agitator to seize, requiring the brush to be replaced. This can be a costly repair.
  • Some end caps can be removed from the agitator for a better clean. Even if the end caps cannot be removed any dirt and debris should be cleared from this area.
  • The agitator and end caps should be checked on a monthly basis and thoroughly cleaned at least once a year. You will need to remove the bottom plate that covers the agitator, as well as remove the agitator from the vacuum, to access the end caps. This maintenance should be performed at the same time the belt is being changed.
  • Due to the design of some powerheads we do not recommend servicing them at home. Select Miele, Beam, Dyson, and Electrolux powerheads can be very difficult to open up and put back together correctly. If in doubt contact us and we will advise on the recommended action.

 Vacuum Bag Maintenance:

  • Most vacuum bags need to be replaced once 2/3 of the way full. If the bags are too full it causes the motor to work harder causing unnecessary strain and reduced suction. Since the motor has to pull the air through the collected debris sitting in the bag more dirt means less airflow, which means less suction.
  • Whenever possible we recommend using genuine bags as they fit the vacuum better and retain more dust particles than ‘after market’ or ‘knock-off’ bags. This is especially true for Miele and Numatic vacuums, as using non-genuine bags can actually void the warranty. Older vacuums may require after market bags once the original manufacturer stops making them.
  • Do not empty or re-use disposable bags. While the bag may look clean the small holes in the bag will become clogged with tiny dust particles. Once these pores are clogged the air will no longer be able to flow through the vacuum bag properly.

 Central Vacuum Cleaner Maintenance:

  • Ensure that all central vacuum inlets have an intact gasket. If this gasket is missing you’re leaking air and reducing suction.
  • Hoses with holes or cracks (even if covered with tape) should be replaced as these weak points allow air to escape, reducing the suction.
  • If your central vacuum is set up to use disposable bags replace the bag once it’s 2/3 of the way full. If you’re not using bags with your central vacuum it is best to empty the dirt bucket every 2-3 months.

Tip from the mechanic:

“Keep it clean so it can keep your house clean. A vacuum with dirty filters and hair built up around the agitator isn’t going to perform very well. By taking a few minutes once a year to tune-up your vacuum you’re going to help make it last longer, and help it clean better.”

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How to Change a Vacuum Belt

How to change a vacuum cleaner belt

How to change a vacuum cleaner belt

Most vacuum cleaner belts can be changed at home, preventing you from having to bring the vacuum into a repair centre. The process is quite simple and is one of the easiest things you can do to help maintain your vacuum cleaner.

How to tell if your vacuum belt needs to be changed:

  • You smell burning rubber
  • The agitator (brush bar) is not spinning
  • The vacuum or central vacuum isn’t picking up on carpeting
  • The vacuum doesn’t pull itself along like it used to
  • It’s been more than 18 months since the belt has been changed (flat rubber belts only)

If your vacuum uses a flat belt it should be changed every 12-18 months, or more frequently if it is broken. Changing the belt ensures the agitator (brush bar or beater bar) is spinning fast enough to effectively clean the carpeting. When the belt stretches out there isn’t enough tension between the agitator and motor shaft causing the belt to slip. This means agitator does not spin at the proper speed and cannot effectively separate the carpet fibres or help lift the dirt, which is vital for a clean carpet. Cogged and serpentine belts only need to be replaced if damaged or broken, as they will not stretch like flat vacuum belts do. It is still recommended to check cogged and serpentine belts yearly.

How to tell what vacuum belt you need:

  • Most owners’ manuals include a parts list, which should have the part number or style number for the required belt.
  • Each vacuum has a unique model number, which is found on the data plate (the silver sticker with black writing on the bottom / back of the vacuum). Depending on the brand we can use this model number to look up the parts list and determine the part number for the belt.

Tools to change a vacuum belt:

Steps to change a vacuum cleaner belt:

For this step-by-step guide to change a vacuum belt we will use a Sweep n’ Groom central vacuum powerhead. This powerhead is made by Electrolux and is sold under many names including Eureka well as Beam RugMaster, which require the Eureka P/T belt. However, the same process can be used to change most vacuum belts including Bissell, Dirt Devil, Eureka, Hoover, Kenmore, Panasonic, and Sanitaire vacuum cleaners.

  • Flip the powerhead (or vacuum) over, preferably on a flat surface with the top down.1
  • Use a screwdriver to remove the screws on the bottom of the powerhead.
  • Flip the powerhead back over and remove the top cover of the powerhead.
  • Use the cloth and wipe down the clear belt cover on the top cover of the powerhead.Vacuum belt change guide
  • If needed turn the powerhead so that the agitator is closest to your body.
  • Remove the agitator (brush bar) by lifting straight up.
  • If there is a lot of dirt and build-up the agitator can seem stuck. Sometimes you need to wiggle the agitator or wedge the screwdriver under the agitator and use it to help pry it out.
  • Remove the old belt off the motor shaft or pinion. If the belt is broken you should be able to pull it out.
  • You will notice that the new belt is much smaller than the old one. This is completely normal! Since the belt is constantly under tension while installed in the vacuum it will stretch out. An over-stretched belt performs just as poorly as a broken one.How to change a vacuum belt
  • Place one end of the agitator on the table and place one hand on the top end holding it in place. Spin the agitator making sure it moves freely and it is not seized.
  • If the agitator will not spin it is recommended to replace this part as well.
  • Using the utility knife remove any hair or strings that may be caught around the agitator and brushes.
    • Remove the end caps (the ends of the brush bar that hold it in place) if possible and clean them thoroughly.
    • If the end caps cannot be removed do your best to clean around them and remove any build-up.
  • This is extremely important as if it’s left un-cleaned it can cause the bearings in the end cap to seize, preventing the agitator from spinning. Once the bearings are seized the entire agitator needs to be replaced. This can be costly, and is easily prevented.
  • In homes with animals, or people with long hair, this is an important step in your routine vacuum cleaner maintenance which should be done every few months.
  • Using the cloth wipe down the agitator and agitator housing of the powerhead removing any dirt or debris.
  • Loop one end of the new belt on the motor shaft.Vacuum belt change steps
  • Put the agitator through the belt, lining up the belt on the belt rest.How to change a vacuum belt
  • Connect the end of the agitator that is farthest away from the belt first. In this case the one end has a hole, and not just a slot, which means it needs to go in first.
  • With one hand hold the already connected end in place, and use the other hand to pull back on the agitator. This will stretch the belt allowing you to aline the slots and slide the agitator into place.
  • Once in place press down on the agitator to make sure it’s in the correct spot.How to change a vacuum belt
  • With your hands manually spin the agitator making sure the belt is not pinched between the housing of the base plate. This will ensure the belt does not break when the powerhead is first turned on.
  • Put the cover back on top of the base plate. Holding the two together flip the powerhead back over with the cover facing down. Ensure the tabs of the cover are behind the tab in the base plate.
  • Using the screwdriver screw the screws back into the base plate. Make sure they are tight, but do not over tighten.
  • Use an all-purpose cleaner to remove any dirt or grime build up on the bottom of the base plate.
  • When there is build up it can make the vacuum hard to push on the carpeting.

If you have any questions about changing your vacuum cleaner belt at home you can reach us at 1-877-537-8227, or come into one of our stores. We would be more than happy to assist you with obtaining the correct vacuum belt.

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