Maintaining your vacuum cleaner properly is incredibly important. By regularly checking the various parts for blockages, wear and damage, you will prevent you from immediately needing a completely new vacuum cleaner. Below we are happy to give you some tips so that you keep your vacuum cleaner in optimal condition and enjoy it for a long time.
Use your vacuum cleaner correctly.
Of course, we can start with all kinds of tips that have to do with the parts, but perhaps one thing is even more important. What do you use your vacuum cleaner for, and above all: what do you not actually use the normal home-garden-and-kitchen vacuum cleaner for? You can damage your vacuum cleaner if you use it in the wrong way. For example, if you are renovating a lot, there is a good chance that in addition to the ordinary fabric, you also want to remove building material, sawdust and grit from the floors. However, do not use your regular vacuum cleaner for this, but borrow or rent a construction vacuum cleaner. These are better suited for heavier work.
This also applies to the suction of water. You should not do this with your regular vacuum cleaner since the water can then end up at the engine. Most construction vacuum cleaners can also suck up water, mud or other moisture. These vacuum cleaners are also called hydrogen pistons or wet and dry pistons. This allows you to use them perfectly if you want to empty the gutter, for example, or if you have leakage at home.
In addition, watch out for sucking up sharp objects, such as paper clips, needles, spikes, pins and hair sliders. These things can damage the vacuum cleaner hose from the inside.
Store your vacuum cleaner safely.
How do you store your vacuum cleaner when it’s done its job? Do you carelessly put these in the closet or disconnect the hose first? It is best to do the latter: for example, there is the smallest chance of damage to the hose. If too often a kink occurs in the hose in a certain place, that spot becomes brittle, and a crack or a crack can easily get into it. There are several hose and tube holders for sale that you can easily attach to the inside of a cabinet or door. Here you hang the hose neatly over it so that it retains its shape well.
Don’t you have a vacuum cleaner with a hose at home but a stem vacuum
cleaner? Then you can store it in the charging station, which you can easily attach to the wall. If you prefer not to, you can also choose to charge the vacuum cleaner with a separate adapter and simply put the vacuum cleaner away upright.
Do you have a vacuum cleaner with a battery?
We increasingly see the stem vacuum cleaner in Dutch households. These are vacuum cleaners without hose, which you usually charge via a charging station or a separate adapter. However, you can also opt for a steam vacuum cleaner with a cord. The battery life varies greatly per vacuum cleaner: how long you do with a battery ultimately depends on the position you use. In the most powerful position, you may be able to use the vacuum cleaner for 10 to 30 minutes, while in the lower position, it is much longer. However, the vacuum cleaner has less suction power in the lower position, which can be difficult with carpet floors. Charging a vacuum cleaner battery takes between 2 and 5.5 hours. So think in advance about what exactly you want to vacuum and work efficiently if you want to vacuum in multiple rooms.
Tip: many stem vacuum cleaners have an eco-position. This allows the suction power to be controlled manually, and the steam vacuum cleaner consumes less energy. You choose the suction power you want to use per room in the house so that the battery lasts longer.
Replace broken or saturated filters on time
No matter how carefully you handle your vacuum cleaner, there are always parts that you need to check regularly and replace every once in a while. This is especially true for the filters. Most vacuum cleaners have two filters: a motor filter and an exhaust filter. The term engine filter says it somewhat: the function of this filter is to protect the engine from everything you suck up. If the engine comes into contact with dust or water, a short circuit or fire may occur.
The blow-out filter ensures that the sucked dust is not blown back into the
air. This can be a regular filter or a HEPA filter. HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air. The HEPA filters are ideal for people who suffer from an allergy because they have a frame with a very fine grid. As a result, they retain even more (and smaller) dust particles. The code on a HEPA filter (e.g. 12, 13 or 14) shows how well it filters the air: the higher the number, the finer the filter.
In addition, you have a carbon filter. It absorbs gaseous dirt (cigarette smoke, etc.) and neutralizes foul odours. This filter has a black carbon mat, which is getting harder and harder. So you will automatically notice when the mat is hard and therefore needs to be replaced.
How often you need to replace the filters depends on what kind of dirt you suck up and how well your vacuum cleaner filters. For a HEPA filter, you replace it every six to twelve months, but with an engine filter, this period is very different. Usually, you notice from the vacuum cleaner that the suction power decreases or that the device makes a ‘high’ buzzing sound. Some vacuum cleaners have a special indicator that tells you whether the filter needs to be cleaned or replaced. However, do not blindly rely on this. This indicator does not always work equally well. It is best to check the filters yourself regularly and possibly pick/suck them clean so that you can see for yourself when a filter needs to be replaced. Also, check the manual of the vacuum cleaner for the advice of the manufacturer.
Clean the vacuum cleaner regularly.
In many households, cleaning the vacuum cleaner does not yet receive sufficient attention. And all while you can prevent so much misery with it! We had been talking about changing the filters for a while, but the other parts of the vacuum cleaner also have to stay clean in order to do their job.
Changing dust bag or reservoir
Is the dust bag almost full? Then change it first, before you start cleaning the other parts. Do not wait for the bag to be completely full: your vacuum cleaner will not suck properly for a while. Moreover, the bag may rupture, and the dust will then end up at the engine. Do not: empty the dust bag to reuse it. The pores of the dust bag clog over time and can no longer filter the dirt and dust during a second round.
Do you have a bagless vacuum
cleaner? Remove the dust container from the appliance and dispose of it in the trash. Rinse the reservoir with warm water. Just wait until it is completely dry. When you have a steam vacuum cleaner, you will have to empty the dust tank a little faster. The reservoir is smaller than that of a regular bagless vacuum cleaner.
Cleaning nozzle and other nozzles
Clean the nozzle and the various nozzles you received with the vacuum cleaner so that you do not scratch the floor during the vacuum cleaner. Disconnect the nozzle from the hose and take a good look at the condition of the brush. For example, something may be stuck between the bristles. With warm water and a small tool, such as a brush or a piece of iron wire, you can then clean the brushes. You also need to let this part dry well before you re-attach it. If the bristles are too worn, it is better to purchase a new nozzle.
Cleaning the other parts
It may seem a bit obvious, but the hose, tube and various plastic parts of the vacuum cleaner also need to be cleaned properly once in a while. The hose and suction tube can be flushed with warm water to prevent blockages. However, you should only do this if you then have the opportunity to allow the parts to dry properly. All the moisture that remains carries the risk of damage.
You can simply clean the vacuum cleaner wheels and the housing with a damp microfiber cloth and a little all-purpose
cleaner. With the same cloth, you can also make the inside just as well.
Last but not least: don’t wait too long to replace a particular part if you see it’s broken or worn
out. In most cases, repairs are easy to carry out yourself, and you can then go years ahead with your beloved device. If you wait too long to repair, one problem can lead to another, and you may still need to invest in an entirely new vacuum cleaner.