Vacuum maintenance is the simplest, least expensive way to get your cleaner to perform at peak efficiency. Not only does this give you a return on investment and help you avoid inconveniences, it also contributes to the environment by keeping machines out of landfills.
Generally, if well maintained, a vacuum can live up to eight years. However, over time, many vacuums suffer from a loss of suction, resulting in reduced cleaning power. This lack of suction can be caused by a simple clog or by poor maintenance and care.
Make yours last and avoid replacing it by taking better care of your cleaning companion. Follow these essential tips to increase your vacuum cleaners’ suction:
Step 1: Clean the attachments
Don’t leave your vacuum attachments dirty. When you notice dust build-up, wipe the nozzles and tubes with a cloth. Pay close attention to the motorised brush where hair and fibres can get trapped, which can stop it from spinning and damage its bearings. To detangle, remove the detachable roller from the unit and cut the knots with a pair of scissors, being careful not to include the bristles.
Step 2: Inspect the belt
The driver belt is the rubber band that connects the brush to the motor shaft to make it spin. Make sure it’s not stretched out so your vacuum can capture all debris with less swipes. If it needs to be changed, you can buy a new one and easily replace it yourself by following its instructions.
Step 3: Empty the bin or bag
One of the easiest ways to increase vacuum cleaner suction is to empty the dust collection bag. Dust containers need to have enough space for airflow, otherwise, they could get clogged and have less suction power. Regularly check your dust compartment and empty or change it when it’s already 70-80% full. If you have pets or a large home, we recommend you do this more often.
You can also rely on some Electrolux bagless models that have a bag change indicator. Most bagless types have transparent dust cups so you can monitor the dirt intake.
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