Vacuum Cleaner Maintenance Guide

A quality HEPA vacuum cleaner is an investment not only in a house-cleaning machine, but also in your family's health. Regular and thorough vacuuming goes a long way in reducing environmental allergens like dust mite allergen, pollen, mold spores, pet dander, and other dirt and debris.

Proper use and regular maintenance of your vacuum ensures that your vacuum cleaner is always working at peak performance. Your time is valuable so the effort you put into cleaning should not only benefit the appearance of your home but also your heath, so follow some of the helpful vacuum cleaner tips to keep your vacuum performing longer and you breathing better.

Vacuum Bag Maintenance If you have a bagged vacuum, make sure that the vacuum bag is no more than half full. Full bags mean that the pores of the bag are blocked, and as more debris fills the dust bag, air has to struggle to pass through. This can lead to not only reduced suction but also possible damage to the motor.
Vacuum Cord Maintenance Take care of your vacuum's cord. Keep the cord plugged into an outlet that's not too far away so that you don't risk yanking it out of the wall and bending the electrical prongs (or worse!). Never use extension cords because these can overheat both the electrical cords and the motor. Don't run over the cord with your machine. Particularly powerful brushrolls, like those standard in Miele powerheads. Lastly, try no to get it pinched in doors or wrapped around furniture, as this can damage it.
Remove Large Objects from Vacuum Area Remove larger objects such as coins, paper clips, nails, or thumbtacks from the floor before you vacuum. Getting these objects in the machine can damage internal components or puncture the hose or bag.
Don't Overwork a Vacuum Motor. Don't overwork the motor. Make sure the height on your brushroll is properly adjusted to suit the thickness of your carpet. Too low and it can drag and create strain, while making it more difficult to vacuum. Try to avoid making your vacuum cleaner do "extra" work, like carry around a child who wants to ride on it.
Check Vacuum Brush Roll for Debris Check the brushroll for wound-on hair or string, and remove it. Make sure the unit is unplugged when you are working on the vacuum cleaner, then you can safely disassemble or cut away tangled up debris and hair.

Vacuum Filter Maintenance Check your vacuum's filter. A clogged filter is not only inefficient at picking up dirt, but eventually it can contribute to motor burnout by placing undue strain on the motor ore reduce suction. Make sure to purchase replacement vacuum filters and change them according to the manufacturer's specifications.
  Mechanical maintenance to be performed once a year:
Vacuum Belt Inspection Check your unit's belts (if any) and replace any belts that look frayed or worn.

Vacuum Blade Maintenance Inspect impeller blades or have them looked at by a professional. Chips in the blades are the most common form of damage. Replace any necessary parts.

Vacuum Brushroll Maintenance See if the brushroll is warped or otherwise damaged, ie. excessively worn or missing bristles. A damaged brushroll can make for inefficient vacuuming or cause snags in carpet. Remembering to take proper care of your vacuum cleaner will make it run the most efficiently. Yearly maintenance checks will enable your vacuum cleaner to serve you well for many years to come. In short, take care of your vacuum cleaner and it will take care of you!

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