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4 Easy Tips and Tricks for Keeping a Clean Vacuum and Prolonging its Life

by Waverly Wilde

If you’ve never thought about how to clean a vacuum, we wouldn’t blame you. It’s not a common thing to do and many people don’t even do it. Unfortunately, this can lead to a clogged roller brush and an unsanitary filter which can put your vacuum in serious risk of breaking down. The key to prolonging your vacuum’s life so that it works efficiently for years to come is by simply spending a little time maintaining its cleanliness! No matter if you have an upright , canister , stick , or robot style vacuum, we’ve come up with a few easy ways across the board to keep a clean vacuum so yours continues to stay in tip-top shape.

1. Watch Out for Obstacles

While this may be more of a preventative measure than a cleaning tip, we think it will help in the process of keeping your vacuum looking immaculate. If you see a piece of gum on the ground, pick it up with a disposable napkin instead of sucking it up through the vacuum hose. If you see that your dog had a little accident, save your vacuum the horror of that mess. And if that pesky cat just knocked a glass vase off the windowsill, shattering it into hundreds of pieces, DO NOT use the vacuum to clean it up. We get it – this is why you have a vacuum cleaner! So, you don’t have to get down on your hands and knees and clean things up by hand, but these are just a few items that can seriously damage your vacuum.

2. Clean the Filter

If you own a bagless vacuum, you’ll want to make sure you’re removing the filter after a couple of uses and wiping out all the dust and debris. If you have a filthy filter, there’s a good chance your vacuum isn’t suctioning as well as it used to. You can easily dust it out with the help of a compressed air duster you might use on your keyboard or electronics. And on a side note, be sure to do it outside where the dust won’t get all over the inside of your house.

3. Clean out the Roller Brush

If you or someone in your family has long hair, then you especially need to heed this advice: Clean out the roller brush often! The more often you clean out the roller brush, located at the suction entrance, the less likely you’ll have to deal with a tangled mess. Rubber bands and other stringy objects are known to wrap around the roller brush, and sometimes it gets so bad, there isn’t really an easy way pull them out. But, with the help of some scissors or a knife, you can usually cut it out and avoid having to spend money replacing it.

4. Wipe it Out

If you don’t have a bag inside your vacuum, it’s crucial that you keep your bagless vacuum wiped out after every couple of uses. Even when you dump out all the dirt and dust into the trash can, you’ll notice that the dust cup probably has a layer of debris inside just stuck to the interior. The last thing you want is to have that dirt get into the motor because then you’ll have serious problems. Simply take a damp washcloth and wipe out the inside of the dust cup to make sure you have a clean vacuum at all times.

It’s a strange thing, giving a deep clean to your vacuum cleaner, but it’s not any different than washing out a grimy dishwasher or dirty laundry machine! The things that wash and sanitize for us need a good bathing themselves every so often and your vacuum is no exception. We hope these tips on how to clean a vacuum are beneficial, but if your current vacuum still isn’t working so well after these steps, it might be time to get a new one! Contact us at the nearest Grand Appliance and TV stores to you and one of our experts will help you discover the right vacuum cleaner for you!