So you’ve gone out and purchased the best vacuum you could find? Now, you probably want to take good care of it, right? Before getting started, take a moment when you’re unpacking it to read through all of the included instructions.
It might seem pretty straight-forward, and it is – for the most part – but when it comes to proper care and maintenance of your new investment, take a few minutes to really understand it. You did your research while shopping for the vacuum, got something you love, and so take the extra time to make sure it lasts you a long, long time.
Your vacuum will include operating instructions. Obviously, everyone knows how to use a vacuum. You plug it in, and you turn it on. Still, there can be a bit more to it than that. Even if it seems like common sense, it’s a good idea to read through the guide, just in case there are some things you haven’t thought about or realized before.
Our Experts Quick Tips for Vacuum Longevity
1. Replace Bags Regularly
Checking the bag on a regular basis is a good idea for the health of your vacuum. Most people assume that they should empty their vacuum when it’s full. It’s best practice to actually change bags when the bag is 2/3 full. This is to ensure dirt and debris can move around freely as air enters
2. Ensure the Bag is Attached Correctly
If the bag isn’t on correctly, the dirt and debris need somewhere to go. In most cases, this is going to be the inside of your vacuum cleaner. We all know what happens when electronics and wires get covered in dust and dirt; lack of functionality, and in some cases even electrical fires.
3. Empty Bagless Vacuums/Clean
It’s advised after every use to empty your bagless vacuum, regardless of full indicators. Most are very simple to empty, just opening the container and then dumping it into the trash.
4. Clean the Brush
Often an unchecked spot for maintenance. The brush roll over time will likely start to gather hairs, dust particles, string, and various other debris. In some cases you may have to remove the roller to get anything that’s trapped around it.
5. Check the Belt
While you are checking the roll you may want to check the belt. If it is narrow, frayed, or stretched out, you may want to replace the belt.
6. Lastly, Check the Filter
Try to change the filter as much as possible. Again the point of the filter is to collect any fine particles from affecting the electronics, which is why we make sure the bag is attached properly. Often you will find filters in bagless vacuums since there is nowhere for the debris to go. Newer vacuums also can collect air contaminants that affect the air you breath.
That’s really all there is to it. Did you ever imagine that you would live in a world where you’re actually excited to get the vacuum out when it’s your cleaning day? If you’ve had a big, bulky, heavy vacuum in the past – it’s never fun to lug it around. The really nice thing about a vacuum that has a canister is that the wand is going to be so much lighter, easier to maneuver, and overall much less of a pain in the butt.
A well-cared for vacuum can last you years and years of use, but it’s still a good idea to see what types of warranty options you have. Also, if it does break down, don’t just throw it away! A lot of issues with vacuums can be repaired. If something goes wrong with your vacuum, take it to a repair shop. It’s better than wasting it, and you’ll save money. You might just need a new belt, or a new power cable, or something else that’s relatively simple. If you go with a more common model, it’ll be easier to get replacement parts, too.
Hopefully you’ve found this guide useful! If you own another model of canister vacuum that you’re loving, make sure you let us know. We’re always updating and changing our top-choice lists as new vacuums are released, or as any other events occur that might influence our recommendations.