Vacuum cleaners are one of the most important cleaning tools in any household. Apart from using them to keep carpets clean, most vacuums today have many other useful applications, from sweeping hard floors to cleaning upholstery. And since vacuums are one of the more expensive cleaning tools in your house, it’s important to protect your investment by taking good care of your vacuum!
Unfortunately, costly vacuum mistakes are all too common! Some mistakes are costly because they can ruin your vacuum cleaner, while other mistakes are costly because they lead people to buy a new vacuum when their current one is still operational. Both types of vacuum mistakes will cost you money, but the good news is that they are all entirely avoidable!
Today I’ll be sharing five of the most commonly (and most costly) vacuum mistakes. Avoiding these five things can help ensure your vacuum serves you well for years to come! :-)
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5 Costly Vacuum Mistakes
1. Failing To Empty The Dust Cup
Your vacuum can’t perform correctly if you don’t empty the dust cup regularly. If you run your vacuum while the dust cup is full, not only will it be less effective, but it could also lead to overheating.
2. Assuming Loss Of Suction = Broken Vacuum
If you suddenly experience a loss of suction when using your vacuum, don’t panic! There are several things you should check before declaring your vacuum a lost cause:
- Empty the dust cup
- Inspect the hose for clogs
- Check where the hose connects to the vacuum for clogs
- Inspect the brush roll and remove anything wrapped around it
A lot of the time, addressing these issues will be enough to solve the problem and get your vacuum working again. If not, a good next step would be to contact a vacuum repair service to see if they may be able to help.
3. Assuming The Motor Is Dead
If your vacuum overheats and shuts off, not all is lost! The auto-shutoff feature usually engages to help prevent something fatal from happening to your vacuum.
First, try the suggestions listed above in Item #2. Then check your vacuum’s user manual for instructions about resetting the vacuum. (If you don’t have the paper copy of the user manual, you can always look it up online using the make and model of your vacuum.)
4. Vacuuming Up Stuff You Shouldn’t
Vacuums are an excellent tool for picking up everyday dust and dirt, but they aren’t made to handle every single thing that might be on your floors. Vacuuming up things you shouldn’t is one of the quickest and most effective ways to break your vacuum. For a list of things you shouldn’t vacuum up, check out my post at the link below!
5. Failing To Clean The Filter
Every vacuum has a filter or series of filters that trap fine dust and dirt particles. These filters help prevent that dust from escaping back into the air in your home. If those filters are dirty, they can’t do their job properly.
The process of cleaning vacuum filters depends entirely on the vacuum. Some filters are washable, while others need to be replaced every few months. Look for filter care instructions in your vacuum’s user manual.
Hopefully these tips help you avoid vacuum catastrophes in the future. But if you do find yourself in the market for a new vacuum, make sure to check out my vacuum recommendations at the link below! :-)
How do you take care of your vacuum cleaner?