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Vac Care: Good maintenance goes a long way

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The energy-efficient Ultrasilencer Green is designed to allow an easy change of vacuum bags.Vacuum dust bags may need emptying or replacing once they are full, or it may cause the vacuum to operate less efficiently.

A vacuum cleaner is typically a low maintenance device, but keeping it shipshape will help it clean your house better. Not to mention stave off costly repairs or needing to replace it before its time. Bagged vacuums may contain vacuum bags that require replacing over time, but it pays off in better filtration of dirt in your home.

The latest models such as the Ultrasilencer Green, Jetmaxx and UltraOne are designed for an optimal cleaning experience with minimal effort in cleaning and maintaining the appliances themselves, but here are some tips on how to get the most out of your bagged vacuums. As a general rule, always make sure your vacuum is not switched on before you begin your maintenance routine.

Ultrasilencer Green

The energy-efficient Ultrasilencer Green is designed to allow an easy change of vacuum bags.

Don’t overload the bag

A vacuum bag that is filled to capacity is one that is too full to clean efficiently. With air passing through the vacuum, having an obstruction in the form of a full vacuum bag means that the machine needs to work harder, or it may not clean as efficiently as before. This translates to decreased suction power and an increase in energy use.

What constitutes a full bag may vary from vacuum to vacuum, however. In some vacuums, a bag that is only one-third to half-full may already have its cleaning efficiency compromised.

A tell-tale sign that your vacuum bag may be too full is the presence of leftover debris or fuzz even after  the vacuum has passed over the area several times. When checking the bag, look for an indicator line on the bag and feel it to determine if it’s too full to use.

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Vacuum dust bags may need emptying or replacing once they are full, or it may cause the vacuum to operate less efficiently.

Also, always  use the correct bag type and size for your vacuum. After emptying or replacing the bag, ensure that it is properly secured in place with clips or holders.

Clean the brush roll

Locate the brush roll on your vacuum and clean it regularly. If it is full of hair, thread and debris, it will have to be cleaned thoroughly. A dirty brush roll cleans less efficiently and just stops picking hair out of carpets, so use fingers or scissors to clean it out. It doesn’t need to be entirely spotless, but any hair or string wrapped around it should be removed.

Clean the filters

Many of the latest vacuums, like the Ultrasilencer, have HEPA filters that catch the smallest microbes for healthier air in your environment. These filters need to be regularly cleaned or replaced. Foam or plastic filters in vacuums just require a rinse, although you should ensure that it is completely dry before putting them back in the vacuum. If it is made of paper or fabric, try to shake or pound out the debris. Replace it if that is no longer possible.

Clear the hoses

Ensure your vacuum hoses are free of obstructions. A clogged hose results in reduced suction power and a frustrating time cleaning the home. Try using a stick or bent coat hanger wire to gently dislodge larger clumps, but do take care not to puncture the hose while doing so.

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