Things To Consider When Looking For a New Vacuum
What surfaces are being cleaned?
- Are you cleaning hard surfaces, carpet, drapes, area rugs?
- What type(s) of carpeting do you have (plush, berber, frieze)?
- Glue-down direct or padded?
Have your cleaning needs changed?
- Do you have a new home with more or less carpet? More or less hard surface floors?
- Moving from a two-story to a rambler or vice-versa?
How much area is being cleaned?
- 500-1,000 square feet, 1,000-2,000, more?
How often is the cleaning done?
- Monthly, weekly, two to three times a week, daily?
Who will be using the equipment?
- Adults, children, senior citizen, home cleaning service, etc.?
Do you have pets?
- What type of pets? Short hair or long hair? Birds? Potty trained?
- Do people in your home suffer from allergies to dust or other particles?
Keep your vacuum running smoothly…
Good vacuum maintenance can mean the difference between having to repair or replace your vacuum. Here are a few tips to help your vacuum stay in top condition.
Always use the appropriate bags designed for your machine. They are designed to fit properly and breathe better for peak airflow. Change the bags frequently because the cleaner the bag, the more dirt you can pick up.
Belts stretch, even when they are not in use. A stretched or damaged belt won’t turn the brush roller as effectively and dirt won’t be loosened from deep in the carpet fibers. Belts should be replaced every three to four months, sooner if vacuum is used more.
Beater Bar / Brush Roll:
Clean the brush roller at least every two weeks, depending on usage. Thread, string, and pet hair can get caught on the brushes, putting a strain on the brush roller, the belt, and the motor.
You should clean or replace the filter on your vacuum as recommended in your owner’s manual. This is usually between 3 to 6 months, but some may be only once a year, depending on the manufacturer and the model.