How Often Should You Change Your Vacuum Bag and Other User Questions, Answered

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A vacuum cleaner is an indispensable part of a home’s cleaning arsenal. That’s why it pays to have your vacuum checked regularly to keep it running like new. Of course, the user manual does not always answer some maintenance questions. In today’s post, we are listing down answers to these questions. We will also highlight key maintenance tips to lengthen the life of your vacuum cleaner:

How often should you clean your vacuum cleaner bag?

This will depend on the model of the unit. Some vacuum manufacturers recommend cleaning the bag at the same time the filters are cleaned or replaced. Generally, you want to change the vacuum bag when the indicator light of the unit tells you that the vacuum bag is full.

For vacuum cleaners that are not equipped with this feature, you need to check the bag regularly to see if the bag is full and requires changing. However, we recommend changing the bag when it is halfway to being full. Do not wait until the vacuum bag to be full before changing otherwise, the airflow of the unit will be affected. When the airflow of the unit is disrupted, the unit’s performance is also affected.

How to change the vacuum bag?

The method to use to change the vacuum bag will depend on the manufacturer’s recommendations. You’d have to check the user manual to determine how to change the vacuum bag. The specific type of vacuum bag needed is also noted in the user’s manual. Our advice is to make sure the bag is properly inserted. If the bag is not properly inserted, dirt, debris, and dust could end up inside the vacuum’s motor.

When should you clean the vacuum filters?

Cleaning the vacuum filters is critical to the performance of the cleaning unit especially if said unit is the bagless kind. As the vacuum filters become clogged, the unit becomes inefficient in sucking in dirt and unwanted debris. The sound of the vacuum cleaner will change as well. The change is caused by the motor straining to retain its optimum suction performance. When you start noticing these changes, then you need to change your vacuum filters.

You want to schedule the changing of the filter together with the changing of the vacuum bag. This way, the performance of your vacuum cleaner will be at its maximum.

How to clean the vacuum filter?

Bag-less vacuum cleaners have at least one washable filter. Refer to the user manual to check where the filter is located. Once you have checked where the filter is located in the unit, remove it then tap the filter on a hard surface to remove dirt and debris.

After removing the excess dirt and debris, wash the filter using lukewarm water. Leave the filter to dry for at least 24 hours. Do not put the wet filter on a hot surface to dry. Return the dried filter to the filter slot of the unit. If the filter is non-washable, just tap the dirty filter on a hard surface to dislodge the debris stuck to it.

Other Maintenance Tips:

  • Check the bags regularly
  • Do not force the unit to suck up larger items (socks, coins, etc.)
  • Keep the electric cord tidy
  • Conduct maintenance checks regularly to avoid costly repairs

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