In 2015, approximately 2.03 million vacuum cleaners were sold in the United States alone. While most were due to kids growing up, moving out and needing their own vacuum, a significant number was due to replacement. While sure, it’s inevitable that vacuums will wear down and break eventually (they are machines with lots of moving parts), there are several things you can do to delay that entropic curve. Chief among them is a simple regime of preventive vacuum maintenance. Of course, when we here at Crucial say regime, we don’t mean it’s something difficult or boring (well, okay; maybe it’s a little boring). But just like you change the oil and filters in your car, there are some set maintenance things you should do beyond just changing the bag or emptying the dirt container. In descending order of how frequently they should be done, you have your filters, belts, and brush rollers.
Change Those Filters
Depending on the type of vacuum you own, you may have one filter or even three filters. Each of these should be changed on a set schedule to keep your vacuum running at its best. Why? Simply put, when your vacuum kicks up all the dirt and dust, some particles are too light to be trapped in the bag or chamber. These bits include pollen, mold spores, dust mites, and pet dander, which then get blown back out into the air. Your filters (usually a HEPA-rated filter on newer vacuums) traps all of this. So it’s important to keep your filters clear so you know your air is clear. Usually your primary filter needs changed every three to six months, depending on how much you use your vacuum and how dusty or dirty the cleaning is. We here at Crucial have every type of filter for every major manufacturer (and some lesser known ones too), making it easy to keep your filters in top shape. Continue reading »