We all like a clean house, but very few of us enjoy spending a Saturday getting it that way. Much like a car, regular and preventative maintenance will help you get the most out of your vacuum cleaner. When a vacuum isn’t in top shape the suction and performance starts to decrease, causing you to work harder to get the job done.
So why are you spending your hard-earned free time cleaning with tools that aren’t performing as well as they could be?
Now is a great time to get your vacuum cleaner tuned-up and ready for the fast approaching holiday season … you know, the time of year when there is a million things to do and never enough time to do them! The steps below will allow you to do a general maintenance at home, and is recommended for all vacuums:
Change the bag when it’s 2/3 full. If it is filled any more than this the suction can be affected, and it puts extra stress on the motor.
- Miele vacuum bags can be completely filled without affecting performance.
- If you have a bagless vacuum we strongly recommend emptying the bucket after every use. This will help to prevent the motor from overworking.
Change the flat rubber belt every 12-18 months. Even if the belt is not broken it will stretch out over time. Without the proper tension the agitator (brush bar) does not spin fast enough and will not be as effective on the carpeting. Most Bissell, Eureka, Hoover, and Panasonic uprights as well as Beam and Eureka central vacuum power heads, use flat rubber belts. Cogged and serpentine belts do not need to be changed unless they are damaged or broken.
Change all filters in the machine in accordance to the manufacturers’ recommendations. If unsure, a good guideline is every 12-18 months. Most vacuums use the air sucked into the machine to cool the motors, if the filters are clogged an inadequate amount of cool air is getting to the motor. When the motor is not cooled properly it will cause it to work harder and overheat, which will reduce the life expectancy of the machine. Clogged filters also reduce the suction and performance of the machine.
- If you have a bagless vacuum you will need to wash the filters regularly. Typically this is done every 1-6 months depending on the machine. Ensure filters are 100% dry before installing back in the vacuum; even a damp filter can cause motor problems.
- Some bagless vacuums require the filters to be replaced, and cannot be washed.
Vacuum Agitator (Brush Bar)
Remove hair and debris that is wrapped around the agitator (brush bar) every month. It is also important to remove and clean the end caps, if possible. If left un-cleaned it can cause the bearings in the end cap to seize, preventing the agitator from spinning.
Due to the unique design of central vacuums very minimal maintenance is required to keep the system running properly. As mentioned above if the powerhead uses a flat rubber belt it will need to be changed every 12-18 months. On average the dirt collection bin should be emptied every 6 months, and most new style central vacuums use a permanent filter that does not need to be changed.
Having items clogged in the central vacuum pipes can be very detrimental to the central vacuum. The blockage prevents the adequate amount of cool air from reaching the motor and greatly reduces the suction and performance of the machine. The best way to prevent clogs in the central vacuum is to be mindful of the items that are being picked up. Rigid, straight items like pens, bobby pins, and lip chap, have a hard time making it through the turns in the pipe.
Dirt and debris residuals can get stuck to the inside of the pipes and elbows, slowly building up. FlipBus central vacuum cleaner balls work to remove any of these deposits. They will not remove a clog in the central vacuum pipes, but will help to prevent one from forming. Simply suck them through the system after every time the bucket is emptied, and the textured balls will bounce around inside the pipes knocking any debris loose.
When a vacuum cleaner is not maintained it will create more work for the owner. For example, if the filters are clogged there is less suction and more time needed to be spent going over the same area. Since this will cause the motor to work harder it will greatly reduce the life expectancy, requiring the owner to replace the machine more frequently. Make sure you are maintaining your vacuum for the best cleaning results!
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