Your vacuum cleaner does a good job of cleaning your home—picking up dust, dirt and other allergens trapped in the carpet’s fibers—but what about the cleaner itself? How often do you think to clean that? If your vacuum isn’t properly maintained and cleaned, its efficiency can be heavily reduced. So it’s important to clean your vacuum in order to extend its lifetime, and enable it to clean better and run smoother. In case you haven’t thought about how exactly you’d clean your vacuum, here are our top 5 tips to get your cleaning machine back in tip-top shape!
**The very first thing to do before any of these tips, is to unplug your machine to avoid any damage or harm to yourself or your vacuum! **
Empty the Canister/Bag
If the bag or canister gets too full, the vacuum can actually stop picking up dirt from your floors — meaning your hard work of vacuuming will be for nothing. Whether your vacuum has a bag or a canister, it’s important to empty it. For the canister or bag, just empty the content into a trash bag; if the bag is disposable, throw it away. You’ll want to do this step somewhere you don’t mind a possible mess, like on a patio or in your garage, because as you empty it, the contents may accidentally end up on the floor. If your vacuum does have a bag, try to never let it get more than about half-full before emptying it. Keeping your vacuum’s bag or canister at a good level is important for the cleanliness of your home and your vacuum cleaner!
Cut Hair/String from the Bottom
It’s almost inevitable (especially in a home with pets, children or long-haired women!) that your vacuum will pick up its fair share of hair or string. Small pieces can easily get caught in the wheels and brush roll, making them harder to turn and roll as they go over surfaces. This means that the machine is not doing as effective of a job as it could—which is not good news for you! Use scissors (nail scissors are small and work the best to get in the tight spaces) or a seam ripper to remove anything caught at the bottom of the vacuum. Once all is removed, your vacuum can function at a much better rate.
Disinfect the Bottom
You may have never heard of disinfecting your machine, especially the bottom. Sure, disinfecting the handles or anywhere germy hands could’ve touched is important. But the bottom of your vacuum can actually be covered in bacteria, which makes your home unhealthy. The bottom is the part that goes all over the floors of your home, and any germs or bacteria on the floors will then be transmitted wherever your vacuum goes next—which is most likely everywhere in your house! To disinfect it, pour rubbing alcohol onto a cotton pad and wipe down the bottom of your vacuum cleaner multiple times. This is especially important if there have been obvious signs, like someone getting sick on the floor or pet accidents.
Wash the Canister
Not only is it important to empty the canister of its content, but it’s also important to clean the insider of the canister itself. Canisters can easily get dirty from dust, allergens, dirt and other stuff it picks up and stores while you clean. If you’re able to detach it, wash both the inside and outside in hot, soapy water. If not, at least take a wet cloth and wipe down the inside and outside of the canister. Either way, make sure you fully dry it before putting it back, including every little crack and crevice. If it’s not thoroughly dried, mold can grow inside your vacuum — and you definitely don’t want that in your healthy home!
Clean the Attachments
It’s also important to clean the entire vacuum as a whole and its attachments, which include filters, and other accessories. Wipe down the outside of the vacuum with a damp cloth. Don’t skip over any part or small piece of the vacuum including buttons, the handle, and cords. Change or clean any of the filters on your machine according to the directions in the manuals that came with your vacuum. Filters are important to keep clean so that your home can stay clean as well! Lastly, wipe down and clean all attachments, even if you rarely use them. You can do this with a damp cloth, and maybe even disinfect them if you find it necessary. When your vacuum cleaner and all of its parts are clean, your vacuum can run much more effectively and efficiently—leaving your home a cleaner and healthier space for you to live in!