So, how often do you change your vacuumâs bag? If youâre like me, and millions of other housekeepers who mean well, the answer is probably not often enough. Vacuum bags fill up much quicker than most people realize. Once the bag is full your vacuum is unable to perform to itâs full potential and is left struggling to pick up. Youâre left angry with your vacuum for not working right, and letâs face it, your vacuum is probably not too happy with you either.
But this is a problem that is easily avoided; you simply need to know when to change your vacuumâs bag. I bet a quick check of most peopleâs vacuum bags would uncover a bag that is too full. I canât promise that my own vacuumâs bag isnât ready to be changed again. But how full is too full? How do you know?
When we bought our house we didnât have much carpet. I vacuumed only occasionally. But hardwoods turned to a large area rug when we brought home our first baby. I began vacuuming regularly but honestly, I didnât give the vacuumâs bag much thought. When our baby started crawling I talked my husband into wall-to-wall carpet. I loved my new carpet and became a huge fan of vacuuming. I loved the lines that the vacuum left in the carpet, I felt like they made me look like a good housekeeper. I didnât even pay any attention to whether or not my vacuum was actually picking anything up, oops.
But one day, as I was vacuuming the rug in our entranceway, I realized that my vacuum was actually spitting stuff back out at me. It was a fairly new vacuum so I was not happy that it wasnât working properly. For the first time since I had bought the vacuum, I opened it up and discovered a bag that was practically bursting at the seams. Hmmm, so that was the problem. Upon further investigation, I realized my vacuum even has a handy little light that indicates when the bag needs changed. Who knew?
I know I should be embarrassed to share that story but 1) I have no shame and 2) I am trying to help others learn from my mistakes. Oh, and it helps that a certain head-honcho at Crucial Vacuum, whose name I am not at liberty to disclose, shared a similar experience with me the other day. He was recently vacuuming his office and couldnât figure out why his vacuum wasnât picking up. Sure enough, a quick check of the vacuumâs bag revealed a bag in desperate need of changing. So if even he forgets to change his vacuumâs bag sometimes, itâs ok for the rest of us to do it!
A good rule of thumb for when to change your vacuumâs bag is to change it before itâs completely full. Once the bag is full it wonât be able to pick up anything else. We both know your time is way too valuable to waste running a vacuum that isnât picking up. If your vacuum has an indicator that tells you when the bag is full, learn from my mistake and donât ignore it.
Oh and one more thing, make sure you actually have extra vacuum bags. Crucial Vacuum offers the best selection of vacuum bags on the internet. From Bissell to Oreck, we carry bags for all brands and offer free shipping. Now that you will be changing bags regularly you will need to stock up, itâs crucial!