Vacuums Need a Little Lovin’ Too

We kind of take for granted that our vacuums clean our homes, but every so often they need a little attention to keep them running well too.

If your vacuum is just not picking up the dirt like it used to, it probably needs a good cleaning.

About every 3 – 4 months, I take my vacuum apart and really clean it up.  By the time I’m done, it looks and works like it’s brand new!

Once a year I will buy new filters for my machine, but the other times I clean them.  I just wash the filters and get as much dirt of them as I can.  I’m sure it’s not what the manufacturer recommends, but I’m cheap like that and it works for me. ;)

Vacuum Filters Cleaning Vacuum Parts Toothbrush for hard to reach places

How to Clean a Vacuum

  • Take all the parts that you can, off from your vacuum. (If you still have the owner’s manual, this will help you)
  • Wash with warm soap and water, all the parts that are washable.  The paper filters I will usually just scrub with a dry brush or toothbrush to get the worst of the dirt out of them.  Take the attachment hose and run water through it, then hang it up somewhere to dry.
  • Dry all of your parts….for at least 2-3 of days!  Make sure everything is nice and dry before you put it back together so nothing gets moldy.
  • If you’re cunning, this drying stage can be protracted to a week, maybe two! 😉
  • Clean the outside and inside of the main body of the vacuum.
  • Put it all back together.
  • Now you have a nice, clean vacuum, so take a picture…. ’cause it will last longer.

Cleaned Vacuum Parts

Once a Year

  • Buy all new filters
  • Buy a new belt

This little bit of maintenance really helps your vacuum last longer and you will notice the difference in how much better your vacuum works.

No money saved right now, but extending the life of your vacuum will reward you down the road.  Fewer vacuums bought, and fewer vacuums ending up in the landfills.


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