Vacuum Cleaner Care: Maximising the Lifespan of Your Vacuum
A vacuum cleaner represents a substantial investment, particularly if you choose one of the high-powered models available on the market today. Naturally, most vacuum owners therefore want to see these essential cleaning tools last as long as possible.
Like all machines with complex moving parts, vacuum cleaners require careful attention and maintenance if they are to achieve their desired longevity. As such, if you're not familiar with vacuum cleaner care, it's a good idea to review the following list of best practices for looking after your vacuum cleaner:
- If you have a bagged vacuum, regularly check the bag and replace it if need be. It's generally advised to change the bag when it starts to feel full, rather than waiting until it is absolutely packed with dirt and debris; a very full vacuum bag both makes the vacuum run less efficiently and makes it work harder, leading to greater wear and tear. Never, under any circumstances, use a bagged vacuum when the bag is completely full—doing so will almost certainly cause irreversible damage.
- If you have a bagless vacuum, empty it before every use. While doing this is not absolutely necessary, it's better for the vacuum and will make it run far more efficiently. You should also be sure to rinse out the removable bin at least once per every three vacuuming sessions in order to prevent dirt and grime becoming “caked on” to the walls of the bin.
- Clean your vacuum's vent covers. Vent covers are designed to stop large objects (e.g. coins, socks) from entering the vacuum. As these covers act like filters, over time they begin to become clogged, which causes the vacuum to work harder to achieve the same clean. If this situation is not addressed in a timely fashion, the vacuum will begin to overheat, possibly burning out altogether.
- Clean or replace your vacuum's filters. The same logic outlined in the point above applies here—the dirtier your vacuum's filters are, the harder its motor must work, and the greater the risk of damage to the vacuum. Additionally, dirty vacuum cleaners cause the vacuum to release a significant amount of dust, dirt, and allergens back in the air.
- Remove debris from your vacuum's roller. The roller is the spinning, bristly part of the vacuum's head which comes into contact with the carpet, digging up embedded dirt. Though a dirty roller will not usually destroy the vacuum itself, it will embed dust, grime, and allergens deeper into the carpet, making your vacuum less effective and making professional carpet cleaning necessary every few months, rather than twice per year.