Vacuum cleaners are expensive and we want them to last as long as possible. Good care and maintenance makes all the differences. One of the most common breakdowns is a snapped belt. It spins the beater bar which is essential to lift dirt off your carpet. If this happens to your vac, you can buy another at a home improvement store and it’s easy to change. Instructions and maintenance tips follow.
The first question when buying a vacuum cleaner is, what is the best vacuum cleaner for your money. Uprights are less expensive, easier to store and are best if you have lots of carpet in the home. Canisters are better for bare floors and in homes where you have to do a lot of reaching to clean curtains and stairs. Vacuum cleaners are expensive and should last as long as possible, so propermaintenance is a must.
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If your vacuum has a bag, don’t always trust the indicator light. Get into the habit of popping the lid every time you start to use the vacuum. If the dirt collection is three quarters full, change it. A quick jab of the finger will tell you how full it is. If you wait to change it your vacuum is working on over drive. A good way to burn the motor out before it’s time. It also is not creating enough suction for cleaning your carpet well.
Powder can block the airflow in the cleaner bag and make your vacuum work harder so if you use a sprinkling cleaning powder to freshen carpets, do it when the bag is almost ready to be changed then after vacuuming put in a new bag. It will keep your vacuum working longer. Fine dust like sawdust and spackling powder can also damage the ball bearings so use a workshop vac if you are remodeling. Also use a shop vac to clean your car to give your vacuum a longer life.
Take special care when you vacuum around rug edge, throw edges and fringes. When snagged by throw rugs and fringes, the brush stops spinning but the belt keeps turning. This will wear out the belt in no time. To be safe raise the height setting on the vacuum. The most common problem with the vacuum is a snapped belt. That’s the band that spins the vacuums beater bar. If that happens don’t trash the vacuum.
Models are different but in general all you have to do is remove the guard plate with a screw driver, pop out the beater bar, remove the broken belt, and insert a new one and put it all back together. Belts can be bought at home improvement stores. Check the owners manual for more information.
Every time you vacuum go in a different direction than you did last. It will keep the carpet from matting and trapping soil in the carpet. Place an old comb in your tool caddy for lifting lint, thread and dust that has become trapped in the vacuum cleaner brushes.
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