Like all machinery, vacuum cleaners work best when well maintained. It is also helpful to use them properly. Here are some tips that will give your vacuum maximum performance and longevity.
1. Always Read The Owner’s Manual
Whenever you have a new machine you should always read the owner’s manual carefully. There will be many hints and tips for getting the best use and longest effective life from your machine.
2. Don’t Use Vacuums to Clean up Everything
It is a bad habit to use a vacuum cleaner as the only tool in the house to pick up rubbish. Before using the vacuum use a broom and dustpan to remove the most obvious dirt and debris. Unless you have a wet/dry canister cleaner you should never pick up damp or wet items, and never water or juices that have been spilled.
3. Use the Right Settings
Most vacuum cleaners have height settings for different surfaces. Having a vacuum set too low when in use on a carpet can lead to extra pressure on the motor and brush roller. You should also make use of the correct accessories for special circumstances. For example, don’t use the carpet cleaning head for a wooden floor.
4. Regularly Check For Built-Up Dirt
Some parts of a vacuum cleaner accumulate dirt. Areas around the brush roller can get caked with dirt which should be cleaned off regularly. The brush roller should be cleaned frequently. It is particularly important to remove any fibers that have been wound around the roller bearings.
5. Check the Filters
Some filters in vacuum cleaners can be cleaned but others need to be replaced. When a filter is no longer doing the job it should be replaced. Always replace filters with the correct size and avoid cheap copies.
6. Empty Canisters Frequently
It is best if you empty your canister or vacuum cleaner bag after each use. This will ensure you have the maximum power available and avoid the risk that you will leave the bag so long that it will cause the motor to overheat.
7. Replace Bags Frequently
If you use paper bags that can be emptied remember that they do not last forever and you should replace them while they still feel sound. It is too late if they are feeling soft and more flexible, by this stage they are letting larger pieces of grit through.
8. Check the Vacuum Tube
Each time you use the vacuum tube inspect it carefully for damage. It is much more effective to reinforce an area around a small worn area than it is to repair a split in the tube. Also check the tube for any blockages or large items that have not been sucked all the way through it. Do not use the vacuum tube to tow the machine from point to point.
9. Inspect the Power Line
The power cable to vacuum cleaners is subject to all sorts of abuse. Make sure that there is no damage to the outside insulation. Never use the cable at the maximum extension because you could damage the plug or the socket in the wall. Do not pull on the cord from across the room to unplug it and never use a vacuum with a frayed plug or cord.
Justin Stewart is a contributing writer to DoItYourself.com. He loves researching new home improvement techniques, and has written about a huge range of topics, from electrical wiring, to plumbing, to carpentry.
H.R. Helm is an accomplished DIY craftsman. He has been DIY since childhood and is now a septuagenarian. He is experienced in wood and metal construction, having designed and built several houses and metal buildings. He built every permanent building on his current homestead and did all the plumbing and electrical work.
He has several years experience as a professional cabinet builder, and he is an accomplished auto repairman, having operated an auto repair business for many years. He currently has a home shop where he sharpens and rebuilds saws, repairs lawn mowers, mobility scooters, hydraulic jacks, and anything else that comes along. He also builds custom tools for metal working.
Invention prototypes are another of his many accomplishments. He owned and operated a manufacturing business building Compact Utility Vehicles for homeowner use. H.R. enjoys making jams and jellies during fruit season along with cooking meals. He is committed to outdoor cooking in a Bar-B-Q pit he welded together several years ago. He maintains fruit and nut trees along with helping his wife with a vegetable garden. He farmed commercial garden produce for several years. It helps to have over 50 years of farming and ranching experience.
ASE Certified Master Auto Technician
Cross country truck driver -- over dimensional freight
Design Engineer/Project Manager for injection molded plastic company
Bus Driver/Substitute Teacher
Inventor with two patents (weight training &ndash; anti-rollback for manual wheelchair)
BS in Industrial Technology