Taking care of the carpets is ideal practice to protect your investment and taking care of the tools to ensure your carpets are well cared for is essential. The vacuum is one of the most important tools that need to be maintained. If the vacuum is of good quality and operating at peak performance, it will only ensure your carpets get the maximum level of clean. With that in mind, we at DM Carpet Cleaning would like to share some tips and advice on how to clean your vacuum.
How to Clean Vacuum Cleaner Parts
1) Gather the Following Cleaning Supplies:
– Can of Compressed Air
– Dust Cloth
– New Filter –if applicable
– Screwdriver – particular to your vacuum
– Sink Filled with Warm Soapy Water
– Vacuum’s Manual
2) Vacuum Disassembly: Disassemble the vacuum’s primary components and removable parts of the vacuum cleaner. This also includes the dust bin, all attachment accessories, the pre-motor filter secondary cyclone piece, HEPA post-motor filter, and roller, and any additional pieces specific to your vacuum.
3) Washing and Drying of All Removable Pieces: Before submerging any parts in the soapy water consult with your manual to make certain that none of the pieces will be compromised. Typically the vacuum’s secondary cyclone, extension wands, dust bin, and pre-motor filter can all be washed with soap and water; wash them thoroughly and let them start to air dry and let them dry over night. For the parts that are not applicable for soaking should now be wiped clean with a dust cloth. Cleaning your vacuum monthly is encouraged and manufacturers recommend that the vacuum’s HEPA filter be replaced every 6 months.
4) Clean Inside Vacuum Compartments: The dust bin doesn’t fully seal in most bags-less vacuums which cause the interior to accumulate a lot of dust. Blast the areas with a can of compressed air to efficiently remove the dust. Be sure to wear a face mask, especially if you have allergies and/or do it outside where the dust can spread out more quickly as the dust will explode off the vacuums surface.
5) Rotating Floor Brush Cleaning: Use the screwdriver to unscrew the casing to reach the rotating brush. Once removed, use the scissors to cut loose the tangling of strings and hair from the rotating brush, and grip with your fingers the bulk of the debris and pull out it off. Be sure the cylinder is clean before you reattach it and screw the casing back together. But before you do, complete step 6.
6) Check for Vacuum Obstruction: The primary passageway of the suction path for dirt and debris is a small circular airway just behind the floor brush. Ensure the path is free from clogs with a toothbrush designated for cleaning. Be sure to clean the hose out of any existing debris.
7) Reassemble the Vacuum: Reinstall the new post-motor filter at this time and reassemble after all the parts are fully dry and the vacuum is completely clean. Once you have it all put together, wipe down the entire exterior of the vacuum.