How to maintain your vacuum cleaner

The lifespan of your new vacuum cleaner varies according to the model, the brand, and your use (intensive or not). From a few months to several years, it is possible to extend this lifespan with some advice from an appliance professional.

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Can you vacuum everything with your vacuum cleaner?
Customers regularly ask this question. The vacuum cleaner, designed for domestic use, is not designed to vacuum EVERYTHING at the risk of damaging it. Water, ash, flour, fine dust should not be sucked into your equipment. The filter and especially the engine may not appreciate these particles. You are assured of failure.

If your needs are related to the suction of water, ash, and other fine particles, I recommend that you look for equipment specially designed for this use.

Before proceeding with any cleaning, I advise you to unplug your device from any electrical source.

The dust bag/bin
The vacuumed dust is collected in the dust bag specially designed for your vacuum cleaner or in the collection box for the bagless vacuum cleaner. The suction power of your equipment decreases when the collection bag is three-quarters full. It is important to remember to change this accessory as soon as you feel less suction or the light indicates a bag is almost full. The engine will thank you!

For bagless vacuum cleaners, it is advisable to empty the dust collection container very regularly. The suction power depends on it. Personally, I recommend emptying the drip tray every 2/3 suction sessions.

From model to model, from brand to brand, the shape of the bag varies a lot. Always plan to have a few bags in advance so you can change it. Bags fill up quickly and it is not always easy to find the right size of bags in specialty stores.

Filter cleaning
Your vacuum cleaner is made up of several filters (even bagless vacuum cleaners!): HEPA filter (high-efficiency air particle), motor protection filter, air outlet filter, etc. It is these filters that require periodic cleaning or even replacement when this is damaged.

Maintenance of filters is essential. Indeed, over the various aspirations, dust particles and other debris accumulate on the filters. These clogged filters prevent air from passing properly to cool the motor, causing overheating, loss of suction and possible reduction in the life of your household appliance.

Permanent filters
Permanent filters can be washed with water or shaken regularly, depending on the model. I advise you not to change them every time. On the other hand, it is necessary to replace them when the foam or the filter paper deteriorates.

I recommend that my clients look at the filters when changing the dust bag. A quick inspection and cleaning help make sure you are leaving on a clean cycle.

If you wash your filters, I recommend washing them in lukewarm or cold water. Wait until they are dry before placing them back in the appliance. Never use a hair dryer or dryer for your filters, you risk damaging them.

There are two forms of permanent HEPA filters: blue washable HEPA filters and green non-washable HEPA filters.

Look at your manual or ask your appliance repairer for advice on any order for new filters.

Disposable filters
For disposable filters, it is best to look at your manual to find the references and the frequency of replacement. These parts can be ordered from your appliance convenience store or vacuum cleaner shop.

The accessories
Remember to clean the brushes and pipes to remove the various residues clinging to your accessories. These residues can create clumps preventing the proper functioning of your vacuum cleaner.

In conclusion, as soon as your bag or dust collector needs to be changed/cleaned, I advise you to do general maintenance of your device and thus ensure the prolonged life of your equipment!

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