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How To Look After Your Vacuum Cleaner

From cleaning brushes to choosing the right attachment, here’s everything you need to know to get the most out of your vacuum cleaner.

How do I change my filter?

How do I change my filter?

Filters prevent dust, mites and allergens from being released back into your home, which is great news for allergy sufferers, but can lead to bad news for your appliance. By regularly cleaning the filters you can prevent clogging and make sure your vacuum is working efficiently. If you use your vacuum cleaner every day, you might want to clean the filter every week or every other week. If you vacuum weekly, then a filter clean once a month should do the trick. Most filters are now washable, so give it a tap outside or into the bin to remove surface dust then run it under warm water. Just make sure it’s completely dry before you replace it. Let it dry naturally, not on a hot surface. Some models have filters designed to last for the life of the appliance, but some need to be replaced completely every 6-12 months. You’ll find this information in the manual.

How can I look after my vacuum cleaner?

Regular maintenance is essential if you want your vacuum cleaner to go the distance. If you have a bagged model, you might notice reduced suction as it starts to get full. If it’s too full, this may cause the motor to overheat. It’s recommended that you replace the bag when its half to three quarters full. Clean the wheels regularly with a damp cloth to prevent them trailing dirt through clean carpets or scratching hard floors. Be sure to clear any blockages from the hose, use something long and thin like a broom handle. And, take care of the cord. Leave plenty of slack when vacuuming to prevent damage to wires and never let the cord pull at the plug.
How can I look after my vacuum cleaner?
How do I clean the brushes?

How do I clean the brushes?

It’s a good idea to clean brushes about once a month to make sure your vacuum cleaner remains in good working order. Clear out larger bits of fluff and dust that might prevent dirt being picked up. Hair and thread can also easily become wrapped around the brush roll, restricting movement and putting strain on the motor. If you can’t gently tease out the tangles, carefully use scissors to snip them away.

How do I change the bag?

If you think your vacuum cleaner isn’t performing very well, it could be down to a full bag. It’s important to change them frequently, preferably when they’re half full, to make sure no loss of suction occurs. Many upright cleaners have a pouch, which you simply unzip to remove the bag. On cylinder models, the bag is usually at the back of the machine behind a plastic cover. Find the button or catch that releases the cover, slide the bag out, throw it away, and insert a new one.
How do I change the bag?
How do I empty a bagless vacuum cleaner?

How do I empty a bagless vacuum cleaner?

It’s important to regularly empty the dust canister on your bagless vacuum cleaner to maintain maximum suction. Most bagless models are really easy to empty. If possible, take your vacuum outside, as some dust might escape when you open the canister. Simply release the canister using the appropriate button, empty it straight into a bin or bag, then slot it right back on again.

How do I use the attachments?

Most vacuum cleaners come with a variety of additional accessories, so make sure you choose the right tool for the job. The crevice tool is perfect for tight corners, under furniture, up on the ceiling or down behind the couch cushions. The dusting brush has soft bristles for collecting dust from more delicate areas like windowsills and skirting boards or bookshelves and lighting. The upholstery tool usually has a special fabric strip that’s great for attracting lint from fabric sofas, mattresses or even curtains. Most tools are fitted quickly and easily to hose and can often be stored on the vacuum cleaner itself.

How do I use the attachments?