Vacuum cleaners differ in the type of dust collector. In models with a cyclone filtration system, most of the debris is accumulated in a reusable plastic container. In aqua filter vacuum cleaners, dust-covered air passes through a water tank, and dirt particles remain there. Vacuum cleaners with a dust bag have not gone out of fashion: their advantages are affordable price and low noise level. And you almost do not have to come into contact with the dust: take out the dirt-filled bag and throw it away. Operate a normal household vacuum cleaner with a full dust collector and clogged filters that can not lead to engine failure. Keep an eye on the occupancy indicators: as soon as the device gives a signal, take care of it immediately. To do this, you need to pull out the bag, shake it out properly or completely replace and paste it in place.
CLEAN THE DUST COLLECTOR
Before you pull the bag out of the vacuum cleaner, disconnect the device from the network. Then the order of action will be something like this:
- Disconnect the flexible hose from the vacuum cleaner case.
- Open the lid in the case. How to do it – look in the instructions. As a rule, you need to slightly press the lid’s opening key from below and pull up.
- Gently remove the plastic holder from the neck of the bag. Never throw away this detail! It will come in handy to fasten the new bag.
- If you use a disposable paper bag to collect dust, throw it in the bin along with the contents. If you have a reusable cloth bag, gently pour its contents into a bucket, rinse the dustbin with cold water and leave it in the air. As it dries, you can use it again.
- How to put the bag in the vacuum cleaner? Place a plastic holder on its neck and return it to its place.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE FILTER
The filter protects the vacuum cleaner’s motor from dust that is harmful to it. It should be cleaned regularly, and in any damage – to change. The best way to maintain the vacuum cleaner filter in parallel with the replacement of the dust collector. To do this, remove the filter with the frame and then pull it out of the holder. Rinse with warm water without soap and dry thoroughly. Never put a wet filter in your vacuum cleaner! Place the filter with the holder in place and close the lid until it clicks. If you can’t close the lid, chances are you forgot to insert a filter or dust collector, and the locking system worked. Make sure you’ve put it right and close the lid effortlessly.
IF YOU HAVE A MODEL WITH A HEPA FILTER
Before going outside, the air passes through the HEPA filter located at the back of the device. It effectively traps even microscopic particles of dust. HEPA filters of the 13th and 14th-grade capture more than 99.9% of the contaminants. This is especially important if the home is allergic, young children or people with chronic respiratory diseases. The HEPA filter consists of chaotically intertwined fibres. Large particles he delays on the principle of the sieve. Smaller ones are due to the phenomenon of adhesion. Over time, the filter is clogged with dust, and it also needs to be cleaned. To do this:
- Turn off the vacuum cleaner from the power supply. Pull at the same time. You need to pull the fork, not the cable itself.
- Rinse the cord (in most models, it is done automatically).
- Remove the lid of the output filter compartment.
- Remove the filter and wash it under cold running water. Don’t use detergent!
- Dry the filter at room temperature for 24 hours. You can’t put a wet filter back.
- Check that there is no damage to the filter.
- Place the HEPA filter and close the lid until it clicks.
WHEN DO I NEED TO CLEAN A VACUUM CLEANER BAG?
Cleaning or replacing the bag is required in the following cases:
- The bag change indicator caught fire. It works when the suction power drops to the manufacturer’s specified values.
- The power of the vacuum cleaner’s suction has fallen. The air hardly passes through the filled dust collector. As a result, the cleaning efficiency decreases, and the motor has an additional load, which leads to its accelerated wear and tear.
- There was a bad smell. In the bag is garbage along with bacteria, fungi and mould. Microorganisms begin to multiply in a favourable environment for them actively, hence a specific smell.
- The bag is damaged. This situation can be suspected if you cleaned something sharp, such as shards.