How Often Should You Clean Your Vacuum?

Every now and again, the vacuum needs some tender loving care. And it’s no surprise: it’ll filter through a lot of mud, lint, and other dirt over the course of its existence.

If the vacuum isn’t cleaned thoroughly every now and then, much as plaque hardens on teeth, a forest of particulates can form. If you don’t take care of this buildup, it will put more strain on your vacuum’s motor and belt, eventually wearing them out.

Cleaning the vacuum can be compared to taking it to the hospital for a routine checkup. So how often should you clean your vacuum?

First and foremost, read your vacuum’s owner manual; it will provide you with basic details about how to maintain your model. However, you can clean your vacuum every 12 to 18 months as a general rule of thumb. Also, although it’s tempting to let your vacuum’s contents fill to capacity, it’s just as necessary to empty it often if you want long-term optimum efficiency.

In reality, the vacuum’s output is approximately proportional to how complete it is at the time of use. When the vacuum approaches half to two-thirds of its full power, it’s a smart idea to clean it. This will extend the life of your vacuum cleaner.

Let’s get into the detail now…

Why Do You Need To Clean Your Vacuum Every 12 To 18 Months?

When you clean your vacuum, you’re tackling the impact that dust, debris, and lint buildup have on the bearing housing of your vacuum.

It’s not necessary to go through technical specifics about the bearing housing; suffice it to assume that it’s placed on the vacuum’s underside and keeps oil from escaping through the shaft.

If there is an oil spill, the temperature will rise, releasing dangerous oil vapours – the worst-case scenario is the vacuum on fire or even burning!

An inefficient bearing device may slow down and soften the brush rolls – in other words, they may become less capable, and you will see this in their decreased capacity to pick up particles from surfaces by using that function.

When the vacuum is cleaning, soft brush rolls can seem to make contact with the floor board, but they never do until they become soft! Soft brush rolls will reduce the total efficacy of your vacuum by half, so they should be replaced.

Needless to mention, if wasteful service is allowed to continue for a long time, it would cost you the price of a new vacuum – alternatively, cleaning and repairing defective parts every 12-18 months will save you money.

Vacuum Cleaners Without Bags

If you have a vacuum cleaner without a bag, you will need to clean the filter(s):

– Once a week if you clean every day

– And, whether you sweep once or twice a week, once or twice a month.

The above is particularly important for bagless cleaners in order to maintain the equipment in excellent working order.

It’s worth noting that bagless vacuums are usually much more effective than bagged models; however, bagless models’ filters would need to be washed more often as a result. A few models use disposable filters rather than washable filters, which last 6 to 12 months.

What Are The Signs That It’s Time To Clean My Vacuum?

If you’ve experienced a decrease in efficiency – for example, you have to keep running over the same spot – it’s an obvious visual test that it’s time to clean your vacuum.

However, you should put it to the test on a carpet. When a vacuum cleaner is working well, the air suction should raise the carpet nap, or fibres, onto the brush roll. When you brush through the carpet, it can seem to stand up rather than be smooth, which is something that will happen if it is often trodden on.

Vacuums induce this transition by manipulating airflow with their brush roll in such a way that the carpet nap stands correctly, allowing dirt stuck between it to be properly pulled out. If this should not happen, it means either the carpet or the cleaner is dying.

How to Keep The Vacuum Tidy

The simplest solution is to locate your nearest vacuum specialist servicer, who can determine and replace the correct parts to maintain your vacuum in top working order.

If you have a little more time and grit, you can save even more money by reading the owner’s manual for your vacuum (which should be available online if you’ve forgotten or thrown away the original).

The following suggestions will vary depending on the sort of vacuum you have (for example, if it’s bagless, in which case certain modern models are much easier to clean and recondition). Filter vacuums with no bags are the trend on the market, and you’ll probably need something like:

A dust cloth and a screwdriver are included in the compressed air canister.

Dish cleaner – for a thorough soaking of all washable parts

If the filter is older than a year or 18 months, it has to be replaced.

Notice that many modern vacuums come with lifetime filters, which can last the life of the vacuum if not broken or worn out; most versions come with replacement filters.

When washing the filter, tap it on a rough surface to dislodge any hardened grit or debris that has built up on its surface. Be sure you don’t use your vacuum for a couple hours so you’ll need to let the cleaned pieces dry completely before reassembling them (to prevent electrocution!). Never attempt to speed up the drying process by placing pieces on a hot surface.

That’s what there is to it. Check your manual, but cleaning your total vacuum should be done every 12-18 months. Clean the filter on bagless models once a day or once a week, depending on how much you use it. As a matter of tradition, drain the vacuum until it exceeds half or two-thirds full. Your cleaner would appreciate it.