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Clean The Machine! 5 Tips for Cleaning Your Vacuum

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!

 

5 Common Vacuuming Mistakes

It seems like vacuuming is always on any cleaning to-do list and it isn’t too hard, right? Almost anyone can simply push the “on” button and begin moving the machine back and forth over the carpet. However, if not done properly, vacuuming may not lead to the pristine, clean carpets and floors that you truly want for your home. Here are 5 common vacuuming mistakes people tend to make—and the simple ways to overcome them.

Not emptying the bag at the right time

Usually people wait to empty the bag until it is completely full—which makes sense, after all we wait until the trash is full to take it out. However, waiting until the bag is full minimizes the suction of the vacuum and can lead to particles being released back onto your floor. If you empty the bag when it is approximately three-quarters full, your vacuum’s suction will remain powerful in eliminating those pesky particles from your home.

Not using the attachments

The attachments that came with the vacuum were not meant to be thrown in the back of the hall closet, never to be seen again. They can actually make vacuuming much easier and efficient, even reaching areas you might not have cleaned before while vacuuming. Attachments can pick up dust, allergens and other particles from places you might not have thought to clean or that are tight and hard to reach, such as baseboards, upholstery, windowsills, and under furniture/appliances. So learn to love those attachments and the better clean they really give you.

Not choosing the right setting

Unfortunately, vacuuming isn’t just as simple as pushing “on” and starting up. More than likely, your house has different floor types and levels such as carpet, hardwood or tile—all of which need different treatment. Most vacuums come with different settings to change whenever your floor changes—so use them! The settings should be adjusted according to height of the surfaces you are vacuuming. By changing these settings as you vacuum, you ensure a better suction and a better clean!

Not cutting out tangled hair and strings

When hair, strings and other related things get caught in the vacuum, the brush roll doesn’t turn. And a brush roll that doesn’t turn doesn’t clean. And if it doesn’t clean you are wasting your time vacuuming—not to mention threads can burn up the motor of your vacuum, making for an expensive repair. To avoid this, make sure you cut away any tangles in the brush roll. Most vacuums even have a removable brush roll for extra cleaning. Cutting out these tangled strings and hair will save your cleaning routine and your vacuum!

Not vacuuming multiple times or directions

If you’re in a hurry to clean, you may vacuum over an area in a one-and-done style and move on to a new spot. However, just a single swipe of an area often times does not pick up all the particles and dirt in the carpet. Instead, vacuum multiple times over an area to ensure a maximum clean. Also, going over the same space in multiple directions can help provide a deeper, more effective clean. This way may take just a little more time, but it leads to a much fresher and tidier home to live in.