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April 04, 2020

How to Clean Your Vacuum Correctly. Bring the UMPH Back!

Have you ever had a hunch that your vacuum cleaner isn't as good as it used to be? When you first bought it, it was amazing and never missed a speck. Now, you have to go over the carpet three times to get an even half-decent result. While this power reduction and a general decline in effectiveness could be due to many factors, there are a few regular offenders.

Fortunately, where there's a cause identified, there's a solution. It boils down to a straightforward question - how have you maintained your vacuum cleaner over the years? Most people won't have an answer to that question. Let's resolve that for good with five of our best tips to clean your vacuum cleaner. Plus, now that you're spending more time at home, it's a perfect opportunity to get your vacuum cleaner back into top shape.

Tip #1: Empty the Trash!

Now, this step is the one thing you're probably already doing. Bag space is necessary for any vacuum to work as there needs to be somewhere for the dirt to go. We recommend emptying the dust bag every time you clean, where possible. Also, it's a great idea to WASH the bag regularly. Depending on the model and your manufacturer's instructions, you should be able to rinse the chamber in warm water. Now that it's good as new, you can put it back in the vacuum, checking for any additional debris inside as you do so.

Tip #2: Replace the Filters

Did you know that you have to replace the filters in your vacuum cleaner? Whether handheld, robot or cordless, no vacuum filter stays efficacious forever. Replacing the filters in your vacuum ensures the suction stays healthy as it removes clogged particles from the flow of air inside the cleaner. If you've never replaced it at all, or it's been a few months since you have - now's the time to do it! 

“Replacing the filters in your vacuum ensures the suction stays healthy”

Take a look at your manufacturer's instructions or look up your particular model online. Depending on the type, you might be able to rinse the filter and reuse it. Otherwise, you'll need to buy some new ones - typically costing no more $30. You'll be able to purchase them from your manufacturer or most good vacuum stores.

Tip #3: Clear out Tangled Debris

Tangled debris, such as long hairs or strands of carpet, are frequent offenders when it comes to hampering vacuum effectiveness. If you take a look at your vacuum, you'll notice the brush is a rotating 'roll' that helps suck up any debris. If this brush roll cannot rotate effectively, your cleaning appliance will miss valuable opportunities to pick up the dust it craves.

You might be able to remove most of the tangled debris. However, the best way to complete this task is to remove the brush roll entirely from the vacuum cleaner. There should be a clip allowing you to do this quickly. If you can't find it, consult your manufacturer's instructions. Once you've done so, remove the tangled items in their entirety. You might need to cut them with scissors or similar. Once done, replace the brush roll. Great job!

Tip #4: Carefully Examine Any Accessories or Connections

Another common cause for a less than stellar vacuuming experience is an unseen crack, leakage or blockage. Typical culprits will be within the vacuum hose, or the connection to any additional accessories or brush heads you might use. 

“Make sure all the connections to the hose from the vacuum are sealed and in good condition”

Firstly, make sure all the connections to the hose from the vacuum are sealed and in good condition. If you can feel air coming out when the vacuum is running, that's not a good sign! If you can, take a look within the hose, if any debris is stuck, you won't know until you look. If there is, try using a pipe cleaner or disconnecting the hose and shaking it out.

Secondly, each accessory brush you swap out and connect to the hose may not be sealing correctly. If you notice one brush type that doesn't work as well as the rest, there may be an issue with the connection. Replacing it should solve the problem.

Tip #5: Consider and Upgrade

If you've tried all the above tips and contacted your manufacturer for any repairs with no luck, it might be time for an upgrade. If it's been a few years since you've bought a vacuum, then you're in luck. Modern vacuums are increasingly advanced and functional, saving you more time than ever before. 

It's also an opportunity to assess if you've been using the right vacuum for your home - would a cordless, stick vacuum or robot vacuum cleaner suit your needs better?

If you have any questions or need advice, contact us today. Roborock is a global leader in the robot vacuum space, and we're soon to launch a world-first cordless stick vacuum. You can check out our full range here.