Vacuum Cleaner Care And Maintenance Tips – A Home Guide 

A vacuum cleaner is an essential appliance for any home. It sucks up dirt and debris from the floor, eliminating allergens and other pollutants that cause asthma, allergies, or other respiratory illnesses.

Vacuum cleaners are also useful for cleaning furniture, drapery, clothing, bedding and more. Let’s face it…it sucks when you don’t have one….too soon?

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Vacuum Cleaner Care And Maintenance Tips

1) Keep filters clean

vacuum filter cleaningMake sure to check your filter regularly to make sure it isn’t too dirty because a dirty filter will limit how well the vacuum cleans. 

If it’s time to replace your filter you can find them at stores like Walmart or Target in packs of two for about $8-10 depending on what type of filter you need! You’ll want to replace your filter especially if it’s clogged or crushed.

2) Change bags & belts

vacuum bag and belt replaceIf your vacuum is bagless, you still need to change the dust cup every once in a while. You should also check for loose or broken belts often because a broken belt will render the vacuum cleaner useless.

Do not wait for your vacuum to lose suction before you replace the belt. The belts will indicate early signs of wear and tear by being extremely hot or by producing a burning rubber smell.

3) Store it properly

vacuum storageWhen you are not using your vacuum, make sure to keep it in a place where dirt, dust, debris can’t get into the motor. 

The last thing you want is for your vacuum cleaner to become dirty again after you just finished cleaning it.

4) Keep it clean

keeping vacuum cleanUse your vacuum often. The more you use it, the less dirt and grime will accumulate inside of it. 

You can also give your vacuum a quick cleaning by using a soft bristle brush to remove any debris that may be caught in the crevices of the machine.

5) Get rid of the static charge

get rid of the static chargeIf your vacuum cleaner has a hose attachment, you can get rid of any static electricity that may have built up by using a anti-static wrist band. 

You can buy one of these for about $1 at Walmart or wherever craft items are sold.

6) Get rid of the squeaks

If your vacuum makes strange noises while you are using it, check all the moving parts to make sure they are properly lubricated.

Difference Between Canister & Vertical Vacuums

Canister Vacuum

canister vacuumA canister vacuum is a type of vacuum cleaner where the body of the machine sits on top of a set of small wheels or castors and has an extendable pipe or hose that connects to the main body. 

This type of vacuum cleaner offers more flexibility than other types because you can easily carry it around the house.

Vertical Vacuum Cleaners

vertical vacuumvertical vacuum cleaner has a tall, upright design and often has a removable, cylindrical canister that sits near the bottom of the appliance. 

This type of vacuum cleaner is more efficient than other types because it has a long hose that reaches high places.

Are Vertical Vacuum Cleaners Better?

Vertical vacuum cleaners are better than canister types because of the hose that reaches higher places. A telescoping or extendable hose is more useful than a stationary one. Some models offer attachments with rotating heads that make it easier to clean certain types of surfaces.

Vertical vacuum cleaners are also more cost-efficient than canisters because you don’t have to buy a separate cleaner head.

Features of a Vertical Vacuum Cleaner

A vertical vacuum cleaner should have a long hose that reaches the top of your home. Most models come with attachments like rotating heads and crevice tools, but these can be bought separately. Some units also come with a bag or a bag-less dirt cup that makes it easier to clean the unit after using it.

Final thoughts

Now you know how to take of your vacuum cleaner so it can continue doing all the dirty work for you!

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