We’ve all been there before. You’re cleaning the house and get the vacuum out to get all the pesky pet hair that has settled into the living room carpet. You turn it on and go over a patch and...nothing. You realize that your vacuum isn’t picking anything up and isn’t running at maximum efficiency. You come to the sad realization that, despite only having this vacuum for a few months, it appears its usefulness has come to an end and it’s time already to go buy another. But what could you have done differently? Is there a way to get a vacuum to last longer? Lucky for you, there is and we want to give you all 5 tips on how to extend the life of your vacuum cleaner.
Try Focusing on Major Areas of Need and Avoid Moisture
In everyone’s home, there are going to be certain parts that need cleaned more than others. Areas with high foot-traffic, big open areas, and places people spend a fair amount of time in are places that you should prioritize vacuuming. By not using it to get into every small nook and cranny in your home, you can save the life of the motor and keep it going for longer. Also, avoiding moisture is a must. Exposing your vacuum to an area that may accumulate moisture is a quick way of getting your engine to burn out. Even the best vacuum cleaners cannot handle moisture.
Regularly Change the Bags and Filters
This is one of the simpler ways to ensure extending the life of your vacuum. If you use a vacuum on a near-daily basis, do not be afraid to empty the bag and replace it with every use. Vacuuming with a full bag can decrease the efficiency of the motor. If the bag is full, the air flow is not able to get through to the engine. The incoming air flow acts as a coolant to the engine, so if it cannot get there, the engine is in danger of overheating. It also affects the level of clean the vacuum is actually getting accomplished. If the bag is full when you vacuum, it will just stir up the dust and push the dirt deeper and deeper into the carpet.
The Attachments are not there for Decoration
Most of the time, when you buy a vacuum, it will come with a variety of brushes and hoses to use for hard to reach spaces or places where it is tough to get the whole vacuum into. Make sure to check and clean them after every use. Brushes should be cleaned and disinfected and the brush roll should be constantly cleaned. If string or large amounts of hair get stuck in the roll, it can affect the belts of the vacuum and burn them out quickly.
Inspect the Cords and Plugs
A vacuum cannot work correctly if the power source is damaged in any way. When it comes to the cord, overstretching it can significantly shorten the lifespan of the cord. Make sure to always be using the closest power source you can whenever you are vacuuming. Another big issue is when people just yank the cord to unplug the device. This can not only affect the cord but also the plug. As soon as one of the prongs on the end of the plug become bent, it is game over for the vacuum. Always take the time to walk over and gently unplug the machine.
Be Wary of what You are Vacuuming
This is an especially helpful hint for those with pets or children. Always make sure to check the area you are planning on vacuuming for toys, coins, and any other objects that should not be vacuumed. We’ve all heard the noise and experienced the “Oh No!” feeling when we hear the coins rattling around as they get sucked up. This can do irreparable damage to the vacuum and can end up sending you vacuum shopping much before you expected to.
There you have it. There are the 5 tips and tricks we have for extending the life of your vacuum cleaner. If you follow these tips and take extra care of your machine, you can ensure that you will maximize the life of your vacuum.