How To Maintain Your Vacuum Cleaner


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Vacuum maintenance isn’t a difficult task, but it is necessary for optimal functioning and long vacuum life. A few simple things, done on a regular basis, will help to avoid costly repairs and ensure that your vacuum is cleaning efficiently. Here are a few easy tips that should be done every few months, as a general rule:

* Always unplug your vacuum before attempting any maintenance tasks.

  • Check the bag, or dust bin in the case of bagless vacuums. Remove and replace bags with the proper type and size replacement bag for your machine when there is a noticeable loss of suction. Sometimes it may only be half-full, however, the bag needs to be changed when it can no longer pass air. A clogged or overly full bag causes the motor to work harder and shortens its lifespan.
  • With bagless vacuums, remove and empty the dustbin. Use a soft brush or compressed air to remove dust and debris from the internal baffles and screens, then wipe the interior and exterior of the bin clean with a damp cloth.
  • Replace or clean all the filters. One of the biggest causes of diminished vacuum cleaner efficiency, and contributor to poor indoor air quality, are clogged filters. Consult your manual, if your filters are washable, rinse them under running tap water … DO NOT use soap. Then allow them to dry completely before re-installing them into your vacuum. If they are not washable, simply replace the filters with new ones.
  • Check the belt for nicks, cracks, wear, and other damage and replace if necessary. In addition to poor performance, a worn and slipping belt is a common cause of a burnt smell coming from the vacuum.
  • Clean the brush roll, aka beater bar. Make sure that it spins easily and is free of hair, string, carpet fibers, and other debris.
  • Check the hose for clogs. Use a broomstick or wire hanger to gently remove obstructions.
  • Inspect your power cord for damage and repair or replace it as necessary.

Always consult your owner’s manual for specific manufacturer recommendations for your model. If you don’t have one, or can’t find yours, most manufacturers now offer their vacuum cleaner manuals online. Check their website to download yours.

If you need additional assistance, contact the manufacturer directly. Many companies are now providing telephone help lines and online tutorials to assist people in doing repairs and maintenance themselves. You can read more about it here – Vacuum Cleaner Manufacturers Provide Repair Assistance To Consumers


  1. Thanks for recommending to consult your manufacturer’s manual before attempting to repair your vacuum. I would think it is important to make sure you know what you are doing so you don’t cause more damage to the machine. It seems like it could be beneficial to consult a repair service who can fix the problem for you and ensure that the vacuum continues to work efficiently.

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